Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Reef Rammers - Live at L.A. Wood 2002dotdotdotdot
artworkThe 15th anniversary edition of L. A. Wood finds the Reef Rammer Surf Band, now simplified to the Reef Rammers, back on stage for more very wet surf. Included is the vocal "Sloop John B.."
Picks: Torquay, Rumble, The Cat, Pacifico, Intoxico, Seaweed, Kaui Boy, Tribute To L. A. Wood

Track by Track Review


Torquay dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' groovy "Torquay" is splashed with dripping reverb and classic rhythm. Soft and very wet.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's ultra tuff intro "Rumble" is splashed and washed in the surf. The arrangement is based on the LP version, but is softened by the reverb.

The Cat dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Cat" is an original song dedicated to Mickey Dora. The beautiful melody is picturesque and fluid, and the surf credentials rock solid. haunting, adventurous, and a little Spanish. Totally excellent.

Pacifico dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Finally, the only beer I actually like gets a song all its own. Or, perhaps it's merely about the ocean. Either way, "Pacifico" is a beautiful song with great bridges and a slithery flow. I like this song a lot.

Intoxico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neal Nissensen's classic "Intoxico" (also spelled "Intoxica") is done just the way it's supposed to be. There are quite a few versions of this song. The Reef Rammers make it more wet than most.

Seaweed dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Seaweed" is a little reminiscent of "Endless Summer" in style. It's a great song with a classic lite-surf line and very well developed sense of flow. I think this is a really pretty song with a fine sense of drama and open adventure.

Kaui Boy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a Hawaiian style instro that moves slowly through palms and sunset breezes. "Kaui Boy" is a very pretty song.

Tribute To L. A. Wood dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a band dedication to L. A. Wood on the occasion of its 15 year anniversary. The song underneath the thank-yous is the stunningly beautiful "Mexico."