Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Bobby Fuller - El Paso Rock Volume 3 More Early Recordings
|Five instrumentals grace El Paso Rock Volume 3 More Early Recordings, three of which are surf instros. A slab of cool Bobby Fuller material doesn't hurt a bit either.|
Picks: Wolfman, Thunder Reef, Skag (Skeg)
Track by Track Review
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.
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.
Recorded in the summer of '63, and just discovered. A "Torquay" inspired song. Great.
This is a backtrack. It doesn't really stand alone very well.
This is a demo sounding instro with very dry guitar and a blues basis. It has a warm up kind of soul about it. Kinda cool in its obscurity.