Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Wave Crests - Surftime U.S.A.dotdot
artworkThis records was also issued as Mike Adams and the Red Jackets Twist Contest and Surfin' Around The World with a few minor track changes. All three albums are from the same session.
Picks: Surfer's Roll

Track by Track Review


Surfer's Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Blue Tail Fly" heavily is influenced by Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly." The drums rock, the piano if cool, and the frantic pace kinda cool.

Over The Waves dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Little Richard's "Lucille" provides the rhythm idea, and the melody is Percy Montrose's "Oh My Darling, Clementine." Dismissible!

Surfer's Roll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tasteful version of King Henry VIII song for Anne Boleyn, "Green Sleeves." This may just be a different take from the same sessions as Mike Adams & The Red Jackets, as it sounds very similar, though the differences are likely just mastering.

Surfer's Madness dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Madness" is a romp through James Whitcomb Riley's "Shortnin' Bread." Pure pap, more or less. Quite dismissible.

Surftime Frenzy dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pedestrian blues jam. Its unremarkable riffs and structure just don't create a lasting impression. Some melody lines are borrowed from Fat's Domino.

Surfer's Noise dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The fluffy backtrack and arrangement are just not very interesting - in fact, I'd say they border on juvenile. "Surfer's Noise", also called "Hot And Glassy," is a fast number with relentless drums and a speed freak pace. Some really nice piano and occasional sax flair.

Surfing For Two dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While Steve Douglas' sax wails on "Red River Valley," the band behind him is light weight, and the backtrack arrangement is less than interesting. Ho-hum! I'll stick with Johnny and the Hurricanes!

Rock Around The Surf dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Penniman's "Lucille" is the basis of "Rompin' At Rincon." Very pedestrian.

The Surf And I dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Virgil Stamp's "When The Saints Go Marching In" is rocked up, but is a long way from essential, or even very interesting, though the drums do rock.