Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Supertones - Surf Fever 2000dotdotdot
artworkThis last CD from the Supertones is a posthumous release of remaining archive tracks. Most of the CD is a worthwhile adventure in reverb-land. Take it for a closing chapter, and enjoy it.
Picks: Surf Fever 2000, Playa Del Rey, Moonshot Part 1, The Lonely Bull, Exodus, Side Slippin', The Sweet Ride, Media Noche, Stranger In Paradise, A Taste Of Honey, Perfidia, Lone Rider, Morgan, Scrambler, Movin', King Size, Moonshot Part 2, Baja, Endless Summer, A Hard Day's Night

Track by Track Review

Surf Fever 2000 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Amidst screams and pounding drums lies a plaintiff riff and ringing chords. This progression based piece has more than its share of energy. Dark and low-down, and pretty derivative.

Playa Del Rey dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Playa Del Rey" is a Spanish flavor track with warm tone and solid drums. The balance between lead and rhythm is quite nice, and the melody is excellent, though derivative.

Moonshot Part 1 dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

The countdown precedes the grodie vibratoed melody. This sad adventure tune has a European feel to it more than surf. It's a well crafted piece, at once familiar and new. The melody seems like a variation on "Dance On" in spots.

The Lonely Bull dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is among the most welcomed of the many covers of this tune. It even uses the chorus that the Tijuana Brass used. It's both fresh and surfy, as well as cheesy and dated. The plinky piano is just too cool.

Exodus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Straight ahead cover, with the ska flavor of the Halibuts' version, and an almost Duane Eddy feel. Polished and lots of fun.

Side Slippin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track has a very warm tone, round and very pleasing. The melody floats off of the guitar, remaining in your memory long after the track ends. Parts of the melody line are derived from "Blue Moon." Overall, this is an original and very pretty piece. Really nice.

The Sweet Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbly glissandoes, plinky piano, solid surfability, and a very memorable melody riff coexist in this fine track. The surf factor is high, and the playing really good. Infectious in a powerful and friendly way.

Media Noche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bongos and an almost mystical sound support this middle eastern sounding tune. The ambiance is distant, almost floating on a desert breeze, with excellent piano. I found myself coming back to this track repeatedly.

Stranger In Paradise dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a million versions of this out there, you'd think that it's all been done before. This is like you'd imagine the Ventures or Shadows would do. When the Ventures did it, they surfed it up. This is fluid and warm, with an original arrangement and floating whammy. Very nice.

A Taste Of Honey dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Italian mobster opening, and a slightly less percussive and more fluid variation on the Halibuts' arrangement.

Perfidia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly slowed from the Ventures' version, this classic is warm and fluid. The moderating of the pace gives it an islandic feel.

Lone Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Percussive Italian-Mexican feel and floating whammy, with a bit of the west as well. This plucker is very listenable and nicely played. Deluxe friendliness.

Morgan dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an instro rendering of the German classic. It's a melodic piece, so it works all right without lyrics. It has a sorta country feel to it.

Scrambler dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Motorcycle engines precede this very well laid out cover of the Sandals' tune. The lead work is splendidly fluid. Much more a floating arrangement than either of the originator's recordings, and certainly smoother than Los Holy's "Sueno Sicodelico." Under the smoothness is a very solid drum track. The new approach is stunningly enjoyable.

Movin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's surf classic is slowed and soothed. A nice variation to an often covered tune.

King Size dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a melody line very close to John Anderson's (Bay Men / Eddie and the Showmen / Humans / Ninja Nomads / Neon Spores) "Madame Prairie Dog," this warm piece passes through like a cowboy riding tall in the saddle. The piano is just so honky tonk.

Moonshot Part 2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The second rendering of this tune sports an intro hints of "Telstar." Not as fun as Part 1. Organ lead.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's most familiar surf classic is given new life through a damped and restrained delivery over solid drums. The ringing rhythmic approach is a nice touch.

Endless Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandals' claim to fame is gently played out with fluid warm tone. There's nothing new here, but it's very pretty. The organ that replaces the melodica is atmospheric.

A Hard Day's Night dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beatlemania comes to surfmania... I hope not. This probably brings grins at live shows, but I didn't find that it stands up to more than one listening. It's nicely arranged and all, just not particularly interesting.