Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The 'Verb - Reverberated... For Your Pleasuredotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great release, full of well written songs that are sure to please. generally on the uplifting side, the songs have power and exceptional arranging. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the lead guitar mixed to the side and a couple of less stellar tracks. This is well worth seeking out.
Picks: The Wrath Of The Mercenary, Uomini Del Pistola, Bikini Sunrise, Sixty Seconds 'til Sunrise, Atlantic Waltz, Hull Breach Reef, El Capitan, When It Rains..., Remember The Summer, Scarlett Fever, Boogie At The Beach, Surf After Sunset, Riverside Drive, Order 66, All Is Quiet At Sweetwater, The Mercenary Rides Alone (Into The Sunset), Don't Worry Baby, Squad Car

Track by Track Review


The Wrath Of The Mercenary dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash chords and whirling organ bring on a grand surf melody decked out in classic reverb tone. "The Wrath Of The Mercenary" is an upbeat number with a melody that travels through a cycle back to where it begins in very creative ways. Great track.

Uomini Del Pistola dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark tremolo throbbing and spy melody lines in rich reverb. The three guitars compliment each other really well. "Uomini Del Pistola" is dark, dramatic, and risky. The more I listen to this, the more I like it!

Bikini Sunrise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bit splashy optimism, with a touch of doubt, and a grand sound. This song ends with a wonderful reverb crash. With a title like "Bikini Sunrise," one expects a squirmy wakening from the nether world of dreams to a glorious vision, or the realization it's was only a dream.

Sixty Seconds 'til Sunrise dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big power and liquid reverb abound in "Sixty Seconds 'til Sunrise." It pounds, stomps, prances, rips, and pleases through great guitar lines and glissandos, tuff drums, booming bass, and a brilliant attitude. This is very cool!

Atlantic Waltz dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The waltz rhythm and cadence, and the liquefied guitar lines ooze classical periods reinvented for the curl. "Atlantic Waltz" is a superb track that dribbles reverb notes like a Mediterranean vacation or a Godfather Goes Surfing epic. Wonderful!

Hull Breach Reef dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hull Breach Reef" is a romp in the surf with organ whirling against a surf riff in the lead. In some ways, this is pretty garagy, but in others, it's very surf. The lead guitar sparkles with reverb and glissandos.

El Capitan dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dark gutty double picked guitar churns out a bold and dangerous melody against a splashy second guitar. This is a cool instro with a mysterious melody, and an adventurous image. The trumpet midway through adds a Mexican flair to an already cool track,and the slap note that follows adds drama. This is a splendid track!

When It Rains... dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a beautiful track, with a lush surf sound and gorgeous easy melody. Perhaps a little sad, "When It Rains..." is very comforting, like knowing it will be better soon. Totally cool!

Remember The Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Remember The Summer" is a sparkling and light hearted song with a meandering melody line. Very nice.

Scarlett Fever dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an easy track with a summer afternoon along the coast feel. "Scarlett Fever" is oddly mixed, with keys on the right and lead guitar on the left, and second guitar in the center where the focus should be.

Boogie At The Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Boogie At The Beach" opens with a variant of the guitar opening from The Rondells' "On The Run", moves into a virtual copy of rhythm guitar riff from the opening of The Champs' "Tequila," employs the drums breaks from The Surfaris "Wipe Out." It also graduates into some really intense surf sparkle. It's a fun track.

Surf After Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf After Sunset" is an uplifting experience, with an infectious beat and pace, sparkling surf guitar, and an evolving adventurous traveling melody line. Warm and friendly.

Riverside Drive dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely track with wonderful dribbling guitar, shiny chords, and a relaxed pace. Even the organ seems to fit well into the arrangement, giving its verse a sense of gentility. "Riverside Drive" is quite nice.

Order 66 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The balance between the low and high guitars playing off against each other is superb. "Order 66" is powerful, intensely engaging, adventurous, and perfect for the open road. Wonderful!

All Is Quiet At Sweetwater dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"All Is Quiet At Sweetwater" is gentle, yet has power and beauty. Great drums for the guitar lines, and the bass seems also to really carry its load. This is haunting like spaghetti westerns are, and has sweeping imagery.

The Mercenary Rides Alone (Into The Sunset) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The desert ride imagery is superb here. Gorgeous chords, shining reverb, and a spectacular melody. There's just nothing in "The Mercenary Rides Alone (Into The Sunset)" to send you away. Totally cool!

Don't Worry Baby dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby" is done with a light hearted arrangement. Pleasant and easy on the nerves.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car" is done in a relatively straight forward way, with more reverb sparkle and lots of energy. A totally cool cover. The sirens are aped by everyone's voices.