Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Rattlesnakes - El Caballero '97 / Lady Wild '99 / 1999-2001 To Be Continueddotdotdotdot
artwork5 wonderful instrumentals are amid two discs of mostly original rockabilly from a fine Russian band. The vocal tracks are not purely traditional in how they are produced, making this a modern, rhythmic, and engaging set of songs.
Picks: Tornado, Compass Rose, Caravella, Sovtransavto Express, Stranger In Nevada

Track by Track Review


Tornado dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Tornado" is a rippin' romp with a cowboy rhythm, surfish chords, and the spirit of British thematic instros of the sixties delivered via the fitting chorus. Aurally, it's not British at all. Rich and rhythmic, with "tornado" muttered occasionally. Very cool!

Compass Rose dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

This is a wonderfully rich exercise in Spanish themes, with Mexican acoustic guitar, infectious drums, and a fine surf guitar lead playing long reverbed notes. The melody is shimmered and inviting, and very well written. Splendid!

Caravella dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Caravella" is a very enjoyable instro with rich guitar lead, some vibrato, catchy rhythms, and a smooth flow. Excellent melody, and solid guitar work. Big chords round out the experience. A fine track!

Sovtransavto Express dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Romping over a rolling cowboy beat, "Sovtransavto Express" sports a catchy melody line and lots of spirit. The western rhythm and energy make it very appealing. The sound is rough, but the performance is great.

Stranger In Nevada dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Beginning with big drama via Spanish chords and slow percussion, "Stranger In Nevada" is seductive and inviting. Once the song comes along, it becomes a rockabilly guitar romp with a fine melody line and lots of spirit. The audio is somewhat limited, but the performance is quite nice.