Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Jackie and the Cedrics - Great 9 Stomps Set!!dotdotdot
artworkJackie and the Cedrics continue to think of their surf sound as fifties rockabilly... and, ok, that's their privilege. Their sound on this issue is a bit better than earlier releases, but still not the powerhouse they are live.
Picks: Moovin' 'N' Groovin', Low Hide, Scorpion Stroll, El Conquistadoer, Ali Baba, Banzai Diamond Head, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Latin'ia

Track by Track Review

Moovin' 'N' Groovin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Charming garage interpretation of Duane Eddy's classic. There's nothing new here. The marginal recording of the drums and bass hides the action there, with likely would make this more palatable.

Low Hide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big wham garage drive of Link Wray and his Raymen' Raw-Hide is nothing short of hot. It's not groundbreaking, but the fire is undeniable, and it certainly satisfies.

Scorpion Stroll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Linky number that oozes and whams with tortured lumbering. A little too repetitious, but still huge and with reverent nods to the Linkster.

El Conquistadoer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one power throbbed delivery of the Chantays' El Conquistador, completely different in texture and effect. This is monstrous, and very fun. The spirit just oozes from this performance.

Ali Baba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and the Customs' obscuro is thrashed with less fire than the original, but plenty enough for pleasure. The rolling drums and bass which are so important to the original are played well, but are not clear enough in the mix, sapping potential drive. Still, it's a great track.

Banzai Diamond Head dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Based strongly on Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper," this is a sloppy derivative tune with lots of flair but little technique and demo sound. Ample fire, but thin sound.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" makes for an uninteresting instro. It's spirited, and has flair, but the melody is just not really interesting.

Latin'ia dotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about the least interesting cover of Tommy Nuñes' "Latiña" I've ever heard. It's not that the arrangement that sux, it's the lo-fi sound that hides what sounds to be an interesting take on the tune. It's fast, with damped reverb out back. The drums are about a block away, and the tone is very dry.