Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Rebel Rousers - Rock From Missouridotdotdot
artworkThis album adds 13 previously unreleasased recordings from the Jan records vault, all cut in 1959, the same year as their only single, both sides of which are also here. Lots of instros and a handful of vocals. No surf, but intriguing late fifties mid-American rock 'n' roll.
Picks: Spark Plug, Detour, Guitar Boogie Rumble, Night Train Stomp, Fat Man's Walk, Gunfire, Dark Road, Bo Diddley

Track by Track Review


Spark Plug dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Jazzy cymbals launch this riff rocker. Delicate picking and a mostly gentle sound, with softly aggressive breaks. The melody and sound are kind of what might happen if Henry Mancini had been a small town garage rocker instead of a music machine orchestra leader. "Spark Plug" languished in the vaults for 30 years before seeing release here.

Detour dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy's country rock epic "Detour" is very nicely done, with a richer more intense guitar. Real basic rock 'n' roll with primitive edge and power. The backtrack is 15 ips echo drenched.

Guitar Boogie Rumble dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very gutty and primitive variant to the "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" idea, but much more real. Big twang and intense gut. Very cool, though too jam like. The string bending in the break is entirely cool. Mostly played in the low register, it foreshadows surf's early edge.

Night Train Stomp dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

String bending apes the train's whistle as the Rebel Rousers monkey around with "Night Train." It's sometimes a little stiff, but always interesting.

Fat Man's Walk dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

A walking bass line under a "Bulldog" kinda riff with infectious chops and soft appeal, "Fat Man's Walk" is really quite nice. The dribbling double picking in the break leaves it on the bluff overlooking the surf.

Gunfire dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"Gunfire" is mighty gutsy and intense for such an ancient intro. Pauses for gunshots, and almost reverbed guitar. This could fit into a surf set easily enough.

Dark Road dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

A walking riff rocker with a somewhat engaging riff and gentle gate. Of all the instros, "Dark Road" is the only one that saw release as the flip side of "Red Headed Woman." Oddly enough, it's the least interesting and least intense.

Bo Diddley dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The Rebel Rousers engage the Bo Diddley rhythm with a sense of tribal sensuality, but then that IS the Bo Diddley beat isn't it! The lead guitar is not as intense as most tracks here.