Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|With all six Fender IV tracks, and all but two Sons Of Adam tracks, this is certainly essential listening.|
Randy Holden's band The Fender IV were one sensational surfband. They had power, great writing, and rock solid arrangements. With one personnel change and swapping reverb for fuzz, the became The Sons Of Adam, and later with more changes The Other Half, before Holden joined Blue Cheer. Others went on to Love and other well known bands of the era.
Picks: Mar Gaya, Little Ollie, Everybody Up, Highway Surfer, Malibu Run
Track by Track Review
"Mar Gaya" is such a monster. Huge ominous sounding tune with a minimalist melody on the low-E that thunders across the aural horizon. Randy Holden is a genius! Must have essential surf. Simply the darkest surf single of 1965. Holden says that the inspiration for this masterpiece was Dick Dale's "The Victor," and you can hear it in the relentlessness of the hypnotic thunder, but "Mar Gaya" is infinitely larger.
Originally issued August, 1964.
"Little Ollie" is a slow painfully ominous track, wholly uncharacteristic of their other work. It is from an acetate of unknown origin, and has never been issued before. In some ways, it's very similar to the Safaris' "Lonely Surf Guitar," but tonally more like the centurions. Imagine the dawning of psychedelia in surf... it's right here! Amazing!
From the first drum beat of the intro, this track shreds. The beat is strong, the rhythm infectious, and the melody incredibly good. There are few surf instros that compare to the power and energy of this magical track. Exceptionally good playing, and magnificently strong writing. The glissandos grab and shake you, leaving you spent when it's over. Originally issued in February, 1965.
Using a rhythm track which is very similar to "Everybody Up," this is a really nice track, almost as cool as it's cousin. Fast, vibrant, and great to drive to.
"Malibu Run" of the best examples of how ska was creeping into the surf instro sound just before it ended. This is a fine, very melodic, and rhythmically infectious track. Mid tempo magic. Brilliantly melodic and surfy. Check out the more ska-centered cover by the Halibuts. "Malibu Run" is a beautiful rolling song with a great melody line. It was the B-side of "Everybody Up in February 1965.