Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Eddy Medora of the Sunrays - Ride Ride Ridedotdotdot
artworkEddy Medora has reissued some of his vintage work along with some modern vocal tracks. the seven instros are from the Snow Men, the Dirt Riders, the Renegades a.k.a. the Renegade Five, and the Rangers.
Picks: Renegade, Six Eight Blues, Ski Storm - Part I, Sidewinder, Wheel Stand, Square Four, Mogul Monster

Track by Track Review


Renegade dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of twang and some nifty piano, but mostly just honkin' drama and a sweaty R&B feel. Ominous for sure, but pretty murky. "Renegade" is avery primal track with a dark gutty sound. The stinging twango of the whammy chords in the middle add a jungle dimension to the sleazy sound of the song.

Six Eight Blues dot
Sax Blues (Instrumental)

"Six Eight Blues" is a slow tortured sax blues number - a sorta stroll through the ghetto.

Ski Storm - Part I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Snow Men cut this single on for Kim Fowley who licensed it out to Challenge in 1963. "Ski Storm - Part I" is rhythmic and poundy, with a bitchin' riff and great energy. The drums rock, the piano is ultra cool, and the riff, while straight forward and simple, is very effective.

Sidewinder dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a riff rocker, with a nasty and muddy sax. Stinging whammy chords make it kinda cool! Preparing for a fight, but it's just a puff.

Wheel Stand dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Wheel Stand" is a riff rocker with a twangy guitar line and pumpin' drums. Its originality lies in the vibrato keys (?) add a cool effect. Gutty and fun.

Square Four dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Maximum vibrato, and near surf meanness. The riff is cool, and the piano all vibratoed and throbbing. "Square Four" is a fine instro, but the muddy sound kinda hides it.

Mogul Monster dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a direct rip-off from another instro I can't quite place. Frat rockin' Northwest style rock 'n' roll.