Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surf Raiders - California Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkRecorded live at Knott's Berry Farm in Costa Mesa & at Mira Cosa High Schools on what sounds to be a high end boombox. These recordings are marginal, but the performances are great!
Picks: Steel Pier, Egyptian Surf, Surf Drums [Rawhide], Surf Party, Surfin' Elephant, Ali Baba

Track by Track Review


Steel Pier dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Impacts' "Steel Pier" is reverbed out, and played with fire and thunder. The drums are dull, but the tracks works ok.

Egyptian Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The most famous cartoon Arabic melody is turned into a blazing surf rage. It's tough and melodic, and very infectious.

Surf Drums [Rawhide] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Surf Drums [Rawhide]" jams mightily from the amps. It's the Lively Ones' arrangement, wetter and less precise, but just as hot energetically.

Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' film score theme rages onward as the Surf Raiders pummel the bejeepers outta their audience with raging glissandoes and driven vintage surf.

Surfin' Elephant dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Craig Cahill's wonderful melody is really well laid out and chunkily delivered. The melody is so fun that you just have to love it.

Ali Baba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an excellent cover of Dave Zdunich's (Dave & the Customs) "Ali Baba." It's not as powerful, but the much more damped style gives it a more delicate feel which works well with the tune.