Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Bruce Johnston - Gone Public - The Bruce Johnston Story (Disc 1)
|Just six intros on this 2 CD set of Bruce Johnston tracks. Sadly, it doesn't contain the most fiery of his work, "Jersey Channel Island Part 7." Extensive liner notes and more, Gone Public - The Bruce Johnston Story (Disc 1) is a gold mine for vocal fans, but not for instro mongers like me.|
Picks: LSD-25, Makaha At Midnight
Track by Track Review
Pre Surf Drug Instro (Instrumental)
The Gamblers were a studio band with Sandy Nelson, Elliott Ingbar (future Captain Beefheart, and Derry Weaver, who wrote their two tracks. The other side of this single is the oft-covered and remarkably powerful two chord monster "Moon Dawg." This side is probably the first rock track released named after a drug, and predates psychedelia by more than five years.
Bruce Johnston's first album was essentially a frat band thing, titled Surfers Pajama Party, and advertised as being recorded live at UCLA (doubtful). This track is a basic frat party anthemic dance number, sax oriented, R&B flavored, and rhythmic. Called "Surf Party" here, it's the same track as "Surfer's Delight."
"Maksha At Midnight" is a really bizarre attempt at Hawaiian guitar, with some distortion on the guitar. It is a moody mysterious piece with very strange sounds. To Bruce's credit, it is inventive and unique. A slow-dance melodic tune. That album is something of an enigma... puzzling ideas of disparate sources merged together for some sort of impressionistic view of the surf world. A few of the tracks work, but many are just typical of the studio session hit factory output of the period.
"Beach Walkin'" is a sax lead tune very much influenced by "Balboa Blue." It's neither memorable nor creative.
An organ based pumping "Can I Get A Witness" progression with lots of mindless noodling, but no melody, and no guitar, just organ, piano, bass, and drums. The Rogues is NOT the Sacramento surf-garage-punk outfit of the mid sixties.
Sea And Ski
This organ lead number is really light weight. Its melody line is like the refrain from "Don't Back Down." "Sea And Ski" is not particularly interesting or durable.