Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd.
|When Thee Midniters succeeded so wildly with "Whittier Blvd.," they become disenchanted with their label Chattahoochee, so they formed their own label Whittier. Their initial 1965 album was reissued on Whittier in 1966. This is it.|
Of course, it opens with their must-have cruising classic.
Picks: Whittier Blvd.
Track by Track Review
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)
This is it! "Whittier Blvd." may be the ultimate cruising song. High spirits, rockin' stompin' good fun, and great mariachi horns. This is one of a handful of songs that demonstrate the incredible power of a simple riff that's well written and turned to great effect through outstanding arranging. The bass line is more melodic than the lead lines, yet the guitar and horn section pummel while the rhythm section simply rocks. A must have of the era. It's not surf, but surf bands used to play it. "Whittier Blvd." ended up being their signature, and I think it was their only instro. Totally cool.