Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Hal Blaine - Drums! Drums! À Go Go
|This studio project was produced by Steve Barri and Phil Sloane under the direction of Lou "Folk Rock" Adler, who both played guitar on the session. Also on the disc are Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn, Larry Nechtel, Al DeLory, Bill Pitman, and Corol Kaye. The live crowd sounds were added. Much of the music is hits du jour instrumental go-go, and there's no surf content. Lotsa drums and big party, but little else. Organ, sax, chumpy guitar, and great drums. Originally released in 1966. The CD includes the vocal "Bang Bang Rhythm."|
Picks: Topsy '65, Woolly Bully, Whiskey A Go-Go, Money, Cannonball, La Bamba, Rumble, California Sun, Oo Poo Pah Doo, Midnight At Pinks, Land of a Thousand Dances, Drums A Go-Go, The Invaders, The Swinger, Secret Agent Man
Track by Track Review
Jim Messina & the Jesters again contribute material to the set. The sullen Russian influenced middle eastern melody is well suited for the basic arrangement of this band. Solid and very fun. While a lesser Messina tune, this is my fave among their Jesters covers here.
Domingo Samudio's hit as Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, this is an organic pre-disco party prancer. Blaine's drums are right on, though the overall track is strictly limited to go-go parties.
Whiskey A Go-Go
This Johnny Rivers tune sports the suave riffs that made Johnny great in '65 and '66. It's heavily riff based, like a backtrack. But then, most go-go (read pre-disco) is.
Everyone did Barrett Strong's "Money." It is fun, but otherwise unnecessary.
The Lee Hazelwood / Duane Eddy composition with well played but subdued guitar. Lots of carrying on and spirit.
This percussion oriented cover of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" is as good as the Ventures' version, but more beat oriented and less edgie.
Link Wray's "Rumble" is performed sans volume, but with all the gradually building vibrato required to make this tune shine. Sparse and respectful.
The Rivieras' "California Sun" comes to go-go land with all the pomp of a disco in Joey Dee and the Starlighters land, where the party is the thing...
Oo Poo Pah Doo
Lots of bands covered Jesse Hill's "Oo Poo Pah Doo," from Paul Revere and the Raiders to the Sentinals. Generally uninspired, though the sax is pretty tuff in spots.
Midnight At Pinks
This Phil Sloan-Steve Barri composition is named after a hot dog stand. It's a basic Bill Black Combo kinda piece - a jam based on a common progression. The guitar noodles some cool riffs in vibrato.
Land of a Thousand Dances
It was nearly mandatory to cover Chris Kenner's "Land Of A Thousand Dances" in the first half of the sixties. This is so low key... an attempt at a soul groove in go-go boots. I don't think it works.
Drums A Go-Go
Another Sloan-Barri composition. Moderately paced and relatively boring. "Drums A Go-Go" not related to the rousing Hollywood Persuaders's tune of the same name.
Space Rock A Go-Go (Instrumental)
"The Invaders" is a weird quasi space-fi number from the pen of Jimmy Haskell. Steve Barri produced this without the aid of P. F. Sloan. In some ways, it sports a really cool bit of eerie pre-space rock effects, maybe like an inspiration for Stereophonic Spacesounds Unlimited. Pretty cool track.
The "la la la" girl chorus is too cheesy. Tijuana Brass at the au go-go.
Secret Agent Man
The final track on this CD is a tepid cover of Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan's hit for Johnny Rivers. Just slushy... no bite, no glory.