Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Soundsations - Shout (Introducing The Ramrods)dotdotdot
artworkBefore they were The Soundsations, this Grand Rapids band was called The Ramrods. There are four locally issued instros here, including a very cool surf cover of "El Cumbanchero."
Picks: El Cumbanchero, Frankie And Johnny

Track by Track Review


El Cumbanchero dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

You can tell it's 1963 as surf has crept into The Ramrods' sound. This is a very nice surf arrangement of Rafael Hernandez Marin's classic song. Great rolling drums youthful energy. This is all cool!

Frankie And Johnny dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboys and surf and twang romp through this version of "Frankie And Johnny." Its energy is strong, its twang cool, and its exuberance inviting. Big grins here!

Flyin' Saucer Twist dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Classic fifties b-side riff rock with a cycling main riff. Done quite well, "Flyin' Saucer Twist" is a fun listen even if it's very derivative. The classic drum rant is too cool!

Twistin' Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Twistin' Boogie" is a stereotypical fifties guitar boogie. More fun than cool, and certainly not memorable among the sea of such b-side instros.