Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Bobby Fuller - El Paso Rock Volume 1 Early Recordingsdotdotdotdot
artworkBobby Fuller is one of my favorite straight ahead rockers from the early sixties Texas cauldron. El Paso Rock Volume 1 Early Recordings features two fine instros, and one hell of a cool surf drenched version of "Summertime Blues."
Picks: Summertime Blues, Stringer, The Chase

Track by Track Review


Summertime Blues dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

"Summertime Blues" is an instrumental, but the back track features a rich muted reverb surf guitar for a very chunky sound. Much closer to Eddie Cochran than Blue Cheer, this version is nonetheless powerful and very cool!

Stringer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wow. This track begs the question, why is the production so much better on this track? Bobby liked the Chantays styled instrumentals, and this is the first one he wrote and recorded. Seventh single B side, originally issued on Todd 1090.

The Chase dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the lone stereo track on this 2 CD set. Very nice Bobby Fuller & the Fanatics / BF4 soft surf sound. The lead could have been more present, but this is a great track. The lead is Bobby's Southwest sound over heavily reverbed and damped rhythm guitar. Bobby is playing a nine string guitar!