Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surfin' Gorillas feat. Clive Osborne and Per Thorsell - Ramcharger, Summertime Surf, Bahia Del Diablo, Hot Rod Hookerdotdotdot
artworkThree of the four tracks on this release are instros. The sax use is very period - much more reverent than most. On the demo side and in mono, but cool nonetheless, this is well worth checking out.
Picks: Ramcharger, Bahia Del Diablo, Summertime Surf

Track by Track Review


Ramcharger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sampled drag strip announcements slightly masked by engines revving, and then a surf riff number that is on the menacing side. It' has the spirit of surf and the thunder of the waves as they were morphed into the hot rod genre in the mid sixties.

Bahia Del Diablo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With marinara sauce dripping off their collective chin, the Surfin' Gorillas intro "Bahia Del Diablo" with a whistling wild west theme. But wait, that's where the parmesan ends and the sax and surf begins. The sax is rugged and direct. The surf guitar is way too low in the mix, but solidly played. nasty and cool.

Summertime Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid raging surf, power driven and pummelicious. The guitar pushes hard under the snarling sax melody line. A big Dick Dale intro, solid surf attack, and mis-credit to Rodney and the Blazers. The arrangement may be inspired by them, but it is Gershwin's tune after all.