Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Flat Duo Jets - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThere are some stellar instros on here, including the best-ever recording of "Sing Sing Sing." A fine foray into the jungle, just before the cannibals get you.
Picks: Madagascar, Chiquita, Sing Sing Sing, Pink Gardenia, Man With The Golden Arm

Track by Track Review


Madagascar dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Extreme reverb, tribal tom toms, lumbering moody melody line, a distant danger about it, like in those thirties black and whites when the safari hears native drums at night, just before they are attacked, eaten, or accosted by King Kong. Pretty darn cool. Not very surfy, but darn cool!

Chiquita dotdotdotdot
Invasion Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums and just about the coolest treatment of the Dave Clark Five's B-side to "Glad All Over." This is one of coolest British Invasion oddities around, and this performance is eerie, huge, and catchy. Love it! It has a strip joint runway grind atmosphere that makes you wanna go to the corner dive.

Sing Sing Sing dotdotdotdotdot
Big Band Surf (Instrumental)

Luis Prima found many a big band making big rhythmic and infectious noises with his creation, but I'm sure he had no idea that it would be rocked to it's max potential fifty years later. This is great! Very powerful, and totally enthralling. Best on the CD.

Pink Gardenia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jeepers, double picking, tribal attack, coy approach, and power to the max. A very infectious little number.

Man With The Golden Arm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Large performance of the Elmer Bernstein spy flick theme. Good, but not remarkable.