Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Lively Ones - Surf City
|A repackage of a lot off their songs from other albums, plus some pedestrian sax lead covers of Beach Boys and Jan & Dean classics. A good set, but not their best package.|
Picks: Surf City, Telstar Surf, Heads Up, Malibu Run, Misirlou, Surf Rider, Soul Surfer, Sleep Walk, Crazy Surf, Livin', Tranquilizer, Forty Miles Of Bad Surf
Track by Track Review
Jan and Dean classic without the vocals. Spirited, but just OK.
The Tornados had a major hit with Joe Meek's tune, and the whole world discovered Joe's formula super compression and fill every nook and cranny production techniques... a sort of British Phil Specter. This coexisted with the surf movement in the US, and so it was adapted to surf by many a surf band. This version is not the best out there, but certainly is among the top ten.
Freddie King' "Heads Up" is given a fairly tepid treatment.
A variation on the "Paradise Cove" / "Surfers Lament" theme. Moody, pretty, stunning bottleneck slides. Almost Polynesian, but still a dirge. Very cool.
Spy Surf (Instrumental)
No match for the Dick Dale version, but a damn fine rendition anyway. This has something magnetic about it, even though it is in some ways light weight.
This is what happens when a real surfband covers a Nokie Edwards (Ventures) tune that had no relation to surf as written. In fact, it started life as a Potato concept song called "Spudnik." This is the grand and beautiful song that runs under the ending credits of Pulp Fiction. This is the full length version, not the single edit.
Wetter tones and thinner sound than the Johnny Fortune original, but it's a good take, with really strong double picked bridges.
Standard fair, with pretty decent slides to simulate the lap steel. Slow dance romantic.
A strange barely surf instro that's not very interesting.
Bebop Surf (Instrumental)
A Be Bop inspired track with organ and little interest.
This is one of the most infectious and fiery surf instros anywhere, otherwise known as "High Tide." It flies through a staccato lead line, and a softer break. Very powerful. This is one of my favorite classic surf tracks. (fake stereo)
Duane Eddy Surf (Instrumental)
Pre-surf guitar hero Duane Eddy's classic, surfed up for maximum enjoyment.