Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Impala - El Rancho Reverbodotdotdotdot
artworkNo one from Memphis ever understood the surf idiom before this. Very good performances. Production could be more sympathetic, but these tracks mostly rip!.
Picks: El Rancho, Odalesque, Ronnie and the Renegades, Wild Night At The Bloody Bucket, Last Tango In Turrell, What The Astronauts Drink, Anna Vienna, Open All Night, Taos Pueblo, Have You Seen This Man?, Derailed, Endsville, Hell Of A Woman, LTD A-Go-Go, Mr. Here, Experiment In Terror / Stalkin'

Track by Track Review


El Rancho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shiny southwestern sounds and short duration give this a just right feel, with slightly spooky guitar tone and flapping cactus chaps.

Odalesque dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty swell surf track. It cuts right to the chase with a glissando and damped reverbed rhythm guitar, and a narrow little riff melody line, accented with tasty whammy. Excellent stuff.

Ronnie and the Renegades dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big stinging whammy and a relentless bass line behind a simple riff rock lead and a modern beat. The track works ok, but is a bit too repetitious. The main riff reminds me of a speeded up Jim Thomas melody.

Wild Night At The Bloody Bucket dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Grindcore riff rock instro fare. It's pumped, but not melodic or memorable. In the Link Wray vein without the magic the skinny one delivers.

Last Tango In Turrell dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Excellent tango de whammy, tasty licks, deep wham, stinging tone, and that cool tango rhythm.

What The Astronauts Drink dotdotdot
Tang (Instrumental)

Moody bluesy fluff with organ, setting a scene, but not developing it beyond its ambiance.

Anna Vienna dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Driven surf grind, glissandoes and occasional double picking, with middle eastern air and a Surf Trio feel, but slightly restrained from what that might imply in terms of edge and power. Excellent track, highway bound, whammy swerved, and open road free falling.

Open All Night dotdotdot
Soul Groove (Instrumental)

Slow R&B groove, with organ and soul guitar, in a "Hole In My Soul" kinda feel with hints of Hugh Masakela and the rhythm guitar from Steppenwolf's "Tighten Up Your Wig."

Taos Pueblo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Desert surf drive and whammy, glissando action, and a grodie low down riff. Power is the key here.

Have You Seen This Man? dotdotdot
Wanted Poster Rock (Instrumental)

Desert twang for mechanical bull riders, with a decent riff and a nifty sound. Nice track.

Derailed dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big rock candy grind, with a riff and a prayer, but no melody.

Endsville dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a cool idea this is, with tasty damped licks and a super simple riff that works oh so well. There's enough power and enough edge, and just enough moodiness. Playful and devilish.

Hell Of A Woman dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dark vibrato grind with an evil sax at the end of a dark hall, sultry like the Viscounts, but edgie and dirty. "Hell Of A Woman" is a really slow groove.

LTD A-Go-Go dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mysterious distant power surf for the old Ford. It's big and swimming in large hall reverb.

Mr. Here dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An unusual melody line introduces this sorta dramatic track. The main track is not very melodic, but just more of the same recurrent power drama.

Experiment In Terror / Stalkin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

These two covers slowly oozed out in a dark corner of your imagination, where there is no waking up when it gets tough. Spooky, big, distant, ominous. Raw and intensely mean. The screaming sax is too cool!