Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Reverbs - Winter Swell IIdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Reverbs have been playing in the Bay Area for a number of years under various names, including the Surfonics. Purely traditional, restrained delicate reverb surf. This was recorded in concert January 27, 1996.
Picks: Baja, Pipeline, Scatter Shield, Mr. Moto, Shots In The Dark, Bulldog, Coyote Point, Penetration, Hideaway

Track by Track Review


Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra familiar reverb from the pen of Lee Hazelwood and the trad stylings of the Reverbs. A basic rendering, stylistically reverent and delicate. A few well placed glissandoes add a bit of glitter.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The reverbs open this classic with a dueling guitar and drums glissando, which is carried throughout the track. More delicate than many, this is a tuff little take.

Scatter Shield dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Completely rearranged, the Surfaris' "Scatter Shield" sports a different rhythm track and more restrained surfiness. Nice variation.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hey, it's Paul Johnson's "Mr. Moto!" Trad and splashy with reverb o'plenty.

Shots In The Dark dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's film score in one of the earliest surf rearrangements. The Reverbs splash it up while retaining its lounge-worthiness.

Bulldog dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' classic pre-surf instro "Bulldog" is carried to its logical trad extension. Damped splash and surf chunk! Nice track.

Coyote Point dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an amazingly infectious and rhythmic original. It has incredible guitar tone, a fine mid tempo melody, interesting harmonics from the rhythm guitar, a solid bass and drum sync, and a very chunky sound. I find myself coming back to it repeatedly. When they played this, it got quite a reaction from the audience. This recording ended up on KFJC's Waves Of The West CD.

Penetration dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashy reverbed pyramidal surf, with fine liquid springs and chunky rhythm. Slightly rearranged, yet retaining its roots. The ringing chords are cool, as are the damped runs.

Hideaway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Freddie King's "Hideaway" is liquefied with reverberating splash and jammin' bluesy surf sounds. Lots of soul here.