Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Tarantulas - Greatest Hits Or... The Big Sellout!dotdotdotdot
artwork9 very impressive instros with wholly original arrangements and writing. This is a very strong release. About a third of the album is vocal, including one really cool song called "Blonde Hair and Roses" that is mostly a very haunting and intriguing instro injected with light almost psych-era vocals. Its vibrato and darkness, shimmer and heavy thunder make it very cool.
Picks: Surf Out!, Shark Attack!, TR-6, Skateboarding Is Not A Crime, No Gato, Bato!!, Third Break (From The Shore), Freakazoid Mind Warp, Death Zone, Banditos de Rojos

Track by Track Review


Surf Out! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's amazing when a very simple riff is coupled with a perfect backtrack and just the right spirit, because it becomes a splendid record. Infectious and rhythmic, and a simple pleasure. Tasteful glissandos and a big chord end add real surf playfulness.

Shark Attack! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big swimming chords, splashy reverb, and a dangerous edge. "Shark Attack!" has a bit of a dark side, with a melody line that's not optimistic. Great dribbling glissandos and menacing tribal thunder.

TR-6 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandals classic "TR-6" is done with a rich darkness that it did not possess first time around. It seems a bit slower, yet is meaner and more defiant. Quite cool!

Skateboarding Is Not A Crime dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an almost flippant song with a bouncy beat and light heart. it seems at odds with the little snots that tackle pedestrians and destroy private property with their makeshift ramps and graffiti. Very fun.

No Gato, Bato!! dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is interesting! Classical flamenco and surf intertwined for a deliciously contradictory ride. Great acoustic guitar and reverbed splash. It's amazing how well this works. Wonderful.

Third Break (From The Shore) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In a not-to-subtle nod to Hendrix's title, the Tarantulas blast off with a playful and thoroughly delightful song. Great muted splash, delicate notes, ska-like rhythms, twanging chords, and just too much fun!

Freakazoid Mind Warp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This bonus track is a punchy and trippy track with very cool military drums and a highly unusual sound and structure. It's endearing right from the start. Superb!

Death Zone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a fine track. The guitar plays like it's made of liquid, with splashy notes flying about in a most playful fashion. The Leslie whirls and the drums rock. A totally cool track.

Banditos de Rojos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid live rant with rich Spanish flair and tribal thunder. Black-laced senoritas and outboard reverbs are a deadly combination. Plenty of energy and lots of flair. Exciting and cool.