Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Reverbs - 1987 Demodotdotdotdot
artworkGeoff Stitch has long been a local surf legend, grunting out instros since the mid eighties in the Surfonics and the Reverbs, and playing on sessions. This 1987 demo resulted from a request for submissions for What Surf III. While they didn't make it to the comp, they did capture their essence on tape quite well.
Picks: Pipeline, Mr. Moto, Stoked

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In lieu of the classic guitar glissando, the Chantays' "Pipeline" opens with a drums sequence not unlike the Challengers, then advances through a pickslide into the melody. Some other minor tweaks along the way keep this from being just another cover. Very satisfying.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight treatment of the Belairs' first single / signature tune "Mr. Moto." Aside from the lack of sax, the addition of bass and reverb, significant rhythm rewrites, and an altered break, it's just like the original (ha!). Very reverent and wet.

Stoked dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of very few Beach Boys' original instrumentals, "Stoked" is an enduring surf jam that occasionally resurfaces. The Reverbs do a good job retaining the original intent with only a little more reverb. At only 40 seconds long, it's quite nice.