Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Bobby Fuller - I Fought The Law / KRLA King Of The Wheels plus...
|Besides being a budding legend that prematurely (and some say mysteriously) died before his prime, Bobby Fuller also recorded some mighty fine surf instros. He loved the sound, but his lead guitarist did not, so when the instros came, Bobby took the leads. |
This CD couples I Fought The Law and KRLA King Of The Wheels, plus seven additional tracks.
Picks: Thunder Reef, Wolfman, The Lonely Dragster, KRLA Top Eliminator
Track by Track Review
Thunder Reef is a riff-rockin' surf instro, with not much reverb, and little melody. The stompin' sensibilities are dominant, and the rhythm is infectious. A fairly tame track over all.
Border Radio Surf (Instrumental)
This is very similar to The Lonely Dragster, with Bobby's Wolfman Jack imitation overdubbed, and wolf baying added. It's pretty surfy, chunky, and moderately paced. It's a cool track, dripping the early sixties border radio days when Wolfman Jack was on XERB beaming into California (and on XERF and others along the border as well). Saturday nights, car radios were tuned to XERB, KRLA, KFWB, KHJ, KAFY, KFXM, or KGFJ, from which oozed out the surf, the rock, and the R&B that drove a generation.
Mighty close to Wolfman, with a different guitar treatment, and piano. A sorta pre-spych long sustain on the lead hints of a changing time. A nice track.
Surf Progression (Instrumental)
Dragster engine racing, the machine fires off of the line, and then a basic rockin' progression comes forth. Not very melodic, but fun and chunky, with occasional wolf cries. Cool track.