Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Ken Levy and the Phantoms - Ken Levy and the Phantoms
|This is a great release from Ken Levy and the Phantoms. the vocals are pretty forgettable, but the instros are very cool. It's a merger of two vintage albums from these guys.|
Picks: Long John Silver, Ten Green Bottles, Durango, Windy And Warm, Ooie
Track by Track Review
Great rockin' drums and a "Perfidia"-like arrangement deliver a sparkling instro with great whammy chords and energy. "Long John Silver" seems part way between the Pacific Northwest and the Norse regions. Very melodic and enjoyable.
The lead guitar has an oddly narrow sonic envelope , and the drums rock! The walking bass line and jammy riffs use every inch of energy the performance creates. The melody is part "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and part backwoods rocker.
"Durango" has a fine western-inspired melody and a traditional European guitar sound. The Spanish verses are very nice, and there are enough changes to keep the track interesting.
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)
John D. Loudermilk's splendid "Windy And Warm" is done with a touch of reverb and a grin. The undulating riffs in this song always get me, and the muted second guitar creates a surfish feel. Too much fun!
There's a sort of swampy feeling in this simple riffer. It's gentle pace and restrained sound are countered by great drums. While the tom toms rumble, the sax honks an occasional bit of saucy late night ambiance. Mostly a drum solo, "Ooie" is catchy and rhythmic. Did I mention great drums!