Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Little Muddy - Door 15dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a very adventurous release. It's far outside what you might expect, but well worth your time. Some really excellent writing and superb playing. Don't go hunting surf here, just some sophisticated and well produced instrumentals.
Picks: Door 15, Caveman Radio, Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon, The Godfather, Daktari Safari, Jamie's Cryin'

Track by Track Review


Door 15 dotdotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Superb fretless bass, sophisticated guitar lines occasionally suggesting Earl Hagen, tasteful rhythm guitar, and excellent drums. The violin raises it from cool to very cool!

Caveman Radio dotdotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Dirty tone, superb tribal drums, fluid (fuzz) bass, and an interesting guitar riff. "Caveman Radio" is angular and jazzy, but the drums shout jungle rock and roll!

Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon dotdotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Dirty guitar, whammy chords, rock drums, long bass notes, and underneath it all, The Union Gap's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon." This is lumbering and dangerous, heavy and thumping. It's hard not to like this!

The Godfather dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

"The Godfather" flows slowly from long guitar lines. The bass and drums perfectly support this lovely but gritty version of Nino Rota's "Speak Softly Love" (theme from The Godfather film).

Daktari Safari dotdotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

"Daktari Safari" evolves into a playful number with a fun riff and great drums. The bass rules! This is tribal and mysterious, and steeped in exotic jazz with fuzzy grit.

Jamie's Cryin' dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Cryin' lap steel lays down sultry lines over an easy rhythm section. "Jamie's Cryin'" is smooth and silky, but gritty at times too. Very nice.

What Was Isn't There dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Almost orchestral ambiance gives the electric guitar a wispy sound behind the acoustic guitar. Very pretty and delicate.

Sanford And Son dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

Soulful and slow, "Sanford and Son" uses a bit of wah wah to capture the period. It's the big grit guitar bridges that caught my attention. Nicely arranged.

To Sir With Love dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

This is a smooth and endearing version of Lulu and the Luvvers' "To Sir With Love." Jazzy and easy on the ears.

Midnight Cowboy dotdotdot
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

More film score music done with long flowing notes and a lush sound. Lush does not mean soft - the sound is crisp and direct. Very pretty.

The Primitive Channel
Exotic Rock (Instrumental)

"The Primitive Channel" is a kind of interlude with various guitar sounds and feedback that closes out the CD.