Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Surf Beat - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThe sleeve says this live demo CD-R was recorded at the Dome in Norco, California in December of 1999, but the accompanying letter says the performance was captured on February 11 at the Temecula Woodie Run and on February 12 at the 2000 Temecula Hot Rod Run. The tracks display two different ambiances, so I'd guess the latter is more likely. Either way, the sound is pretty good, though on some tracks a little remixing would be in order. Surf Beat shows quite a bit of prowess here. All tracks are all covers, but as a cover set, it packs quite a punch.
Picks: Surf Beat, Pipeline, Esperanza, Caterpillar Crawl, Spanish Blue, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one heavy monster rendition of the Dick Dale and his Del-tones classic. It's very reverent, quite straight ahead. The crunch and rumble are very strong, with great tone and power. Most excellent.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' "Pipeline" is extra heavy dutied out. The double picked lead guitar and rippin' glissandoes cry out with power surges. Heavy thunder, with small arrangement embellishments that add to the total affect.

Esperanza dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's gentle Spanish piece is laid out nicely, with delicate guitar work. A little less fluid than the original, but definitely enjoyable and as pretty as ever.

Caterpillar Crawl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a different approach to the Strangers' obscuro. It's heavy surf with dry second guitar and nasty raspy sax. The overall affect is to contrast the meanness of the lead guitar, bass and sax to the dryer more landlocked drums and rhythm guitar. It's quite an effective arrangement, and different from everyone else's.

Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets are not often covered, despite the wealth of their spectacular writing. This is a quasi exotic cover, with cool percussion and saucy sax. The mix is way off, so it soles some power, but it sure does show potential. Very fine playing and arranging.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damn fiery Dick Dale-like playing, with big power and lots of flair. The altered glissandoes add a different feel. It's like a cross between his 1975 GNP session and his performances today. The arrangement is the long "Miserlou Twist" version. Nice reverb kicks too.