Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surfalicious Dudes - Demos and Live 2004dotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R is burned from three studio tracks and nine live tracks downloaded from the band's website. Much of the band's live tracks are clipped and not easy to listen to, and it's all covers. the playing is strong, and as they move to originals, I would expect the Surfalicious Dudes to become a very fun band to see.
Picks: Miserlou, Mr. Moto, State Fair, Nitro, Tailspin, Walk Don't Run, Pipeline, Wipe Out, Last Date, Hanky Panky, Squad Car, Outta Gear - Drum Solo - State Fair

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moderately interesting cover of "Miserlou." It's pretty straightforward, with solid guitar work and energy. Very traditional and not at all adventurous, though the guitar tone in the glissandos is splendid.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very strait version of the Belairs' "Mr. Moto," modified only with the addition of reverb and a few splashes. Very enjoyable and well done.

State Fair dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' playful "State Fair" is not far off the mark. Excellent guitar tone and true to the point of the original.

Nitro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reasonable ambient sound and a solid performance of one of Dick Dale's most repetitious songs. Nothing new arrangement wise, but well done.

Tailspin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tailspin" rocks and flies with a healthy nod to Los Straitjackets. Great energy and drive, with a gutty guitar sound in the double picked fire passages. Great energy!

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures 1960 pre-surf arrangement is the basis of this cover. Nicely done, with cool whammy chords, but otherwise pretty straight forward.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wrongly credited to the Ventures, the Chantays' definitive "Pipeline" is strong, though it's delivered in a common arrangement.

Wipe Out dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Distortion from clipped audio detracts from an already pedestrian cover of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out."

Last Date dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" is interesting with edgy guitar and whammy chords. A pretty arrangement and solid playing.

Hanky Panky dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy James and the Shondells' teenage angst epic "Hanky Panky" has been done a few times before. This is actually quite a nice arrangement, with ample edge and power, though the recording is clipped significantly.

Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's classic "Squad Car" is pretty tuff, though the melody line is incorrect, sounding more like "Flight of the Bumble Bee" that way it's done. The drums are big and tribal.

Outta Gear - Drum Solo - State Fair dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pair of Los Straitjackets' songs sandwiching a drum solo that's more entertaining than some. Significant clipping on this track makes it hard to listen to.