Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Surfriders [Paul Johnson] - Surfbeat Volume 2dotdotdot
artworkPaul Johnson's studio project, and essentially a Challengers side project. Players include Paul and Art Fisher on guitars, and maybe Phil Pruden on sax.
Picks: Wipe Out, Teen Scene, Memphis, Hot Pastrami, Surfbeat, Rum Runner, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Sloop John B., Ram-Bunk-Shus, Surfer's Blues, Sunset Surfing, Love Potion #9

Track by Track Review


Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Using Dale Smallen's introduction to the Surfaris' hit, the Surfriders play a pretty straight version of "Wipe Out." It's one of the few where the drummer really grooves.

Teen Scene dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Hunters' groovy little instro "Teen Scene" is delivered in a surfy environ with precise and pristine guitar and tasteful piano. Lots of fine twang.

Memphis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is basically a nonplused presentation of Lonnie Mack's variation on Chuck Berry's "Memphis." It has energy, but it's just not particularly memorable.

Hot Pastrami dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty direct version of the Dartells' "Hot Pastrami" without the organ focus. The sax, bass and guitar team the melody line.

Surfbeat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's "Surf Beat" is dry and rhythmic, with solid drums and great plinking piano. Pretty fun.

Rum Runner dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Journeymen song is groovily rung out. The catchy riff tweaks your interest, and the combo cuts it well. Lots of twang and tuff drums.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool cowboy rhythm backs this catchy version of Stan Jones' classic tale of the west. It's not very surfy, but it sure does grab your sox. Excellent track.

Sloop John B. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Dick Dale arrangement less vocals, violins, and reverb. Nicely done, probably much as the Belairs did it in concert.

Ram-Bunk-Shus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Who was it, Freddy King or Bill Black or someone hit with this. Lots of fun as opposed to essential. The sax work is quite good. Sounds like Phil Pruden?

Surfer's Blues dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Journeymen tune was co-written by Paul Johnson and Art Fisher. It's a blues jam more than a song.

Sunset Surfing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine melody line, warm and displaying that classic Paul Johnson flow. Paul co-wrote it with Terry Nolan. Great guitar and sax, and an infectious rhythm.

Love Potion #9 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Coasters' hit gets the sax and roll treatment. Great whammy guitar chords and a nasty edge.