Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Tornados - Away From It Alldotdotdot
Not one of their best albums, but it does contain some bright moments.
Picks: Lonely Paradise, Chattanooga Choo Choo

Track by Track Review


Indian Brave dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a mighty flippant number, like a carnival sideshow hoe-down. Weird, but not remarkable, though some bright spots in the guitar lines do shine.

Flycatcher dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Willie and the Hand Jive" rhythms and churning organ... more than MOR, less than rock.

Dreams Do Come True dotdotdot
Teen Beat (Instrumental)

Teen dreaming fluff. The melody is pretty, but much of the sound is sock hop weird at best.

Lullaby For Gulia dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Like an ice cream man coming for your aging gramma, "Lullaby For Gulia" bounces and flits across the ears like a mindless Sunday at the amusement park.

Costa Monger dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

Bouncy and flirty in a popcorn vendor kinda way, this whistle accompanied number is silly and playful. Too MOR for me.

Lonely Paradise dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like a light weight "Telstar," this tune whistles and weirds its way through the swirl of teen romance. Wistful and yet endearing.

Chattanooga Choo Choo dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

Amazingly enough, the rockabilly guitar work and mall organ do wonders with this big band standard. Too funny.

Alan's Tune dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

With a railroad shuffle beat and a plucky lead guitar, this has an almost Baja Marimba Band feel to it, though certainly none of the sound there of. A bit too contrived for my taste.

Cootenanny dot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

"Cootenanny," as in old coot and nanny. This slow stomp is a flyweight compared to "Telstar."

Night Rider dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

A horse whinnies and then rides off just before the almost chorus sounding organ comes in. Like a cross between a mall organ and a carnival, this seems to have an unreal quality, while also seeming to fit into the elevator just fine.