Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|The first LP from the band that defined Australian surf music, The Atlantics! Many fine tracks are on this album released in October, 1963. My recommendation: Get everything they did!|
Picks: Bombora, Adventures In Paradise, The Gremlin King, Dark Eyes, Glassy Walls, Turista, Surfers Paradise, Bluebottles, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, Moon Man
Track by Track Review
Pick noises and stinging notes, and a piercing lead fronting a speedster deluxe. This is definitely up to the standard they set with it on the CBS Australia release from the sixties. Totally infectious and driven. A grand Peter Hood/Jim Skiathitis tune.
The Challengers' version is so pretty. This is more eerie with quasi-Martin Denny bird calls. Odd, but cool.
Balkan Surf (Instrumental)
Double picked delicately with the Balkans in mind, this very cool almost minuet moves from frothy to chopped and rhythmic, with considerable infectious spirit.
This traditional Euro instro is given new life with a creative arrangement and sound, merging traditional ideas and a Shadows style intensity. Lots of energy and very cool.
Near Surf (Instrumental)
An attempt at surf, but a Shadows sound and little surf feel. The damped Echoplex bits are nice.
Semi-Mexican hat dance structure and a Three Suns sort of muffled twang. Nice, but tame.
In a strange way, this has an "Endless Summer" feel to it, with a dry damped chop second guitar and a fluid bass line. It's quite tasty.
Boss vintage Atlantics with a sound that's a cross between their aggression and the more subdued Euro styles. The muted guitar parts are simply superb!
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" is a sorta MOR cha-cha, with a Shadows feel, like a tango de motherland, with a Les Paul feel. Pleasant, but not very interesting.
Country MOR (Instrumental)
Jumpy, sorta Roy Clarkish, with a nifty riff and quick picking. Cool drums, and not the Devons' tune.
MOR Mung (Instrumental)
More MOR mung, slow and completely nonintrusive, almost ambient in the background music sense. Bonus Track.
Whammy island cool tune with a driving Fireballs-like rhythm guitar and thumpy bass line. Very endearing.