Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Reverberators - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from the Reverberators, apparently recorded live in mono, and heavily compressed. That aside, there are song excellent songs played with lots of splash and energy, and some solid writing as well.
Picks: Heat Waves, Kicking Horse, Yangtze River Surfer, Camel Walk, Cleo's Mood, Comanche, Swing Malibu, The Wrangler, Don't Turn Your Back On The Sea, Zamboni Bay, El Perro Loco, Unlisted 1, Unlisted 2

Track by Track Review

Heat Waves dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moody song with a slithery beat and ringing chords, mysteriously floats across the moors with surf and haunting Linkisms blended with exotic drums. This is a very cool song, recorded live somewhere (judging from the talking moron just off stage).

Kicking Horse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great beat gallops under the guitar here, with big twang, a bit of double picking, and an infectious gate. Spaghetti, surf, and big guitar twang coexist perfectly. The melody riff borrows slightly from "Apache," yet remains original sounding.

Yangtze River Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine instrumental with a very surfable melody line and great guitar tone. The live mono recording buries the real shine and smoothness of the guitar's tone, but it doesn't seem to be too big a deal.

Camel Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great tribal drums and nasty sax rule on this fine cover of the Saxons' ultra cool "Camel Walk." Ominous and big, with a great drum break. The compression is obvious in places, but it's a fine track anyway.

Cleo's Mood dotdotdotdot
Surf R&B (Instrumental)

The cool R&B groove of "Cleo's Mood" is made richer by surf guitar and nasty sax. Mighty fun and funky, with a gutsy soul and sensual edge.

Comanche dotdotdot
Surf R&B (Instrumental)

The Centurions' "Comanche" is richly pumped up, with a very reverent sound. Lots of energy and that Central Coast raw R&B edge.

Swing Malibu dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A tuff fifties back room rockabilly beat runs under the bass throb, guitar chords, and a sax honking lead. Quite grodie.

The Wrangler dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

An unusual beat and catchy guitar line give this song a quirky sound. Definitely on the strange side, yet quite attractive.

Don't Turn Your Back On The Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Loaded with Dick Dale-isms, this is a surf slammin' near-rearrangement of "Hava Nagila." Power, reverb, and big surf sound, with no shortage of energy or loudness. It fades at the end... too bad.

Zamboni Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A classic surf beat runs under a very nice melody. Moderately paced, this song seems ripe for a coastal adventure with the top down. Quite a nice song.

El Perro Loco dotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

This is much more a riff rocker than their other material. As such, it doesn't hold interest as well, yet will appeal to the frat-surf contingent.

Unlisted 1 dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly brooding thunder and power surf double picking pummel the silence. Yes, it's quite strong, yet not melodic. Its power and abandon drive it quite successfully.

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Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a riff rockin' rockabilly boogie with lots of energy and spunk. If those fifties guys had louder amps and reverb, they'd have done things like this. Solid track.