Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Some genuine trash along side real surf instro gems. While this is pretty rare, it's no better than the average comp of the day.|
Picks: Delano Soul Beat, Wipeout, Surf 'N Stomp, Church Key, Surfin' With Vigor, Latin'ia
Track by Track Review
The Central Coast soul sound is stronger than the East LA sound that usually dominates versions of this tune. This is not just soulful, but also surfy and large. A fine version.
This is NOT the Surfaris' tune. It is the Impacts tune. This version is just as good as theirs, fuller more powerful, but less cool 'cuz it takes a lap steel to really make it sing. Good sax break, and infectious delivery.
The Revels had been playing for quite a while before laying down the classic slang-for-can-opener titled "Church Key" with producer Norman Knowles' girl friend Barbara Atkins giggling away. Danny Darnold is the lead player here, and Norman does duty on the sax. If you're impressed with their edgy energy.
R&B Surf (Instrumental)
This is an R&B progression, repeatedly repeated with great redundance, played on surf guitar and cheesy organ. The John F. Kennedy impression midstream uttering "Alright, let's try it once with with vee-gah" is very period. Fun, but not of much consequence. Issued as Kenny and the Friends and Kenny and the Sultans.
Easily one of the most beautiful Latin surf instros ever recorded. Tommy Nunes' writing and guitar wizardry were unsurpassed. I'd sure like to hear what he's doing now. This song shimmers. It's been on my top ten surf instro list for 33 years.