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The Volk Brothers - Rock With The Volk Brothersdotdotdot
artworkTacoma was one of the most vital cauldrons for the rebirth of rock and roll in the early sixties. Brewery for the Wailers, Viceroys, and the Sonics, it fermented many other primal bands as well. The Volk Brothers were kind of a hybrid of the fifties real rock 'n' roll and not quite surf, coupled with Sea-Tac frat rock and country twang. It's a curious blend of sounds for the area, yet vital and refreshing. This album compiles their handful of releases and a mess of live tracks, some of which sound really good given the technology of the day. Great liner notes and real rock history lie within.
Picks: Springtime Rock, Ducks Flying Backwards, Wash Don't Soak, Wash Don't Soak, What'd I Say, Shortnin' Bread, Honky Tonk Man, Everybody Twist, Mexican Hat Twist, Egyptian Woman, Emotions

Track by Track Review


Springtime Rock dotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

This is a basic rockabilly boogie progression number with lots of fire and marginal ambient sound. Very spirited, but unremarkable.

Ducks Flying Backwards dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Twangy country jammin' and riffin', with a nearly surf tone lead guitar. It's mighty enjoyable, despite it's lack of a melody. The fun and spirit are obvious. The sax break is a fitting change to this guitar oriented rhythm track.

Wash Don't Soak dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

A great title in an obvious nod to "Walk Don't Run," but with no similarity all to the Johnny Smith classic. Great rolling drums, dynamic guitar playing, and infectious energy here. "Wash Don't Soak" is almost melodic, relying on drive and spunk to keep it going. There are places here that approach surf, including a grodie glissando and some double picking. Very cool.

Wash Don't Soak dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

A great title in an obvious nod to "Walk Don't Run," but with no similarity all to the Johnny Smith classic. Great rolling drums, dynamic guitar playing, and infectious energy here. "Wash Don't Soak" is almost melodic, relying on drive and spunk to keep it going. There are places here that approach surf, including a grodie glissando and some double picking. Very cool.

What'd I Say dotdotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

Recorded in 1962 at the Roadside in Kent, Washington, this instrumental treatment of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" rocks hard and approached surf at times. Very strong performance and bold sound.

Shortnin' Bread dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

"Shortnin' Bread" was recorded in 1962 at the Roadside in Kent, Washington. Again, it approaches surf, mostly in the drums, with dry guitar. Cool track.

Honky Tonk Man dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

"Honky Tonk Man" has a country edge to it, and a sub surf sound. Rich guitar work and tone, with a solid beat. The tape drops out a couple of times, but the track rocks. Recorded in 1962 at the Roadside in Kent.

Everybody Twist dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

More about a progression than a song, yet curiously interesting. Big twang guitar rock recorded in 1962 at the Roadside in Kent.

Mexican Hat Twist dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

The "Mexican Hat Twist" moves back and forth between "Mexican Hat Dance" and a twist progression. Nifty, if a little gimmicky. Lots of high powered energy. Recorded at the Blue Moon in Tacoma in 1962.

Egyptian Woman dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This soft and slow instro is the closest thing to surf here. A slow strollin' rhythm and rich guitar, with a few chorus bridges. Very curious and last dance at the prom cool. "Egyptian Woman" is not the Impressions song. Recorded at the Blue Moon in Tacoma in 1962.

Emotions dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and silky tribal, "Emotions" is liquid and reminiscent of the Lonely Surf Guitar from the Safaris. Dramatic and surfy, with a bit of vibrato shimmer and long cymbals. Recorded at the Blue Moon in Tacoma in 1962. Great track!