Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Reverberators - Limbo Furydotdotdotdot
artworkIf you like your surf with spaghetti western influences, and you dig the sound of ska legend Val Bennett's guitar, then this is gonna knock your socks off!
Picks: Lowdown, Terror Pipe, Tsunami 500, Kerouac's Revenge, Peso Room, Bikini Bounce, Harlem Nocturne, Bandito Stomp, Paint It Bond, Gringo's Gulch, Tango, Cubana Mood, Biker Dust, Limbo Fury, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Lowdown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Champs' gnarly "Lowdown" seems grodier and tuffer than ever at the hands of the Reverberators. nasty sax and bass grumble. The song is a basic riff rocker, but in this format, it's a solid and mean back alley rumbler.

Terror Pipe dotdotdotdot
Shadows Country (Instrumental)

The Reverberators, but they seem to have the thunder and dribble of surf down. "Terror Pipe" is rock-solid, though a little demo sounding. Great guitar and sax work, and thundering angry tube power. In some ways, it sounds a little like the Surf Raiders used to.

Tsunami 500 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sea gurgles at the beach's edge. The guitar double picks a nasty and gloomy whirlpool churner. Forbidding and mean.

Kerouac's Revenge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, isn't this fun! It's a kind of loungy beat generation surf tune with a few spoken lines. Quirky and way fun!

Peso Room dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great surf rumble with a vintage reggae guitar tone like Val Bennett's "The Russians Are Coming" a.k.a. "Take Five." Heavy thunder and liquid suave, with a nasty sax break. This is a great track!

Bikini Bounce dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Bikini Bounce" is a mean and grumbly fifties rave kinda tune, like you might have heard from outside that seedy bar you were too young to get into.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the greatest saucy waterfront epics, Earl Hagen's monster "Harlem Nocturne" seems to work in virtually every arrangement. Where the Viscounts' hit was raw and tuff, this is a little more gritty and soulful.

Bandito Stomp dotdotdot
Riff Rock (Instrumental)

"Bandito Stomp" just never develops beyond riff rock. There are splendid moments when the sax comes in, but it's just not more than an instro filler between vocals, if you know what I mean. The drums, on the other hand, are great!

Paint It Bond dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a merger between John Barry's "James Bond" theme and the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Samples from bond films meander through the track. It's an interesting merger.

Gringo's Gulch dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Big compressed spaghetti-surf guitar opens this silky cool liquid cowboy adventure. The melody is rich and very inviting. "Gringo's Gulch" approaches the Hellbenders' remarkable spaghetti western sound, and surely bears repeated listens.

Tango dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With tongue-in-cheek slither, the Reverberators float this delightful tango like Val Bennett was in the room biting a rose and wearing black lace. Raspy sax and very cool sounds.

Cubana Mood dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicately plucked notes and round full bass smoothly float a mood fit for an afternoon on a summer verandah. Pretty, simple, and scenic, "Cubana Mood" is a pleasure cruise for your ears. Very nice!

Biker Dust dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the hog winds out, the edgy vibrato guitar grinds out a riff, and the whole band sounds like they are in another room. "Biker Dust" is mono and lo-fi in a fifties single b-side or demo kinda way.

Limbo Fury dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

major lowdown bass, tropical drums, and Link Wray inspired chords play out a mysterious and dangerous adventure through unknown territory. It sounds like a demo, but the power of the song and performance overcome the audio limitations. They really ought to recut this correctly. It's a great song, full of urgency and relentless power.

Untitled dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A 15th unlisted track is at the end, also in demo mono. It's a rock grinder, short on melody and long on loudness.