Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Among the more interesting bootleg comps, this from-vinyl collection includes both sides of the ultra rare Nautiloids single, and a handful of other tasty nuggets as well.|
Picks: Concussion, Downshiftin', Wild Side, Nautiloid Reef, Thunderin' Guitar, Easy Rhythm, Congo Bongo, Battle of the Three Blind Mice, Trackin', Heart Attack, Fearless, Yukkum Yukkum, Look Out, Nautiloid Surf, Stomper, Tom Tom, Road Block, Endsville
Track by Track Review
You could consider this a pre-surf single. Its strong reverbed guitar and raging drums are complimented by a nasty sax and thundering bass. The Holidays' "Concussion" is a riff rocker, but so were many early surf singles. It was originally issued on the Dixie label. Kinda like Al Casey's "Ramrod," kinda Duane Eddyish, with drums that sound like a surf band. Fast and powerful, with lots of drive and flair.
"Downshiftin'" sports much tension between lead and rhythm, with a lead that is slightly surf reverbed, and the riff is much like many lesser surf single, and with the second guitar whammy, this is right where the line between rock and surf gets foggy. A great find. The Ree-Gents were likely from upstate New York.
Employing the classic drums from Dick Dale's "Surf Beat," a reverb guitar, and a raw sax, "Wild Side" pounds like a minor surf epic of teenage wave rider angst. This track was never issued. It comes from an acetate destined for the Blue Moon label.
This is a genuine primitive garage surf obscuro. Moody lead guitar, gutty rhythm, and surf drums. The riff is moody and mean enough to have captured the imagination of a number of bands that have covered it.
Surfable Rock (Instrumental)
This is an intensely "hot" recording. While it's relatively primitive, it's also highly compressed and has an in-the-red quality that gives it plenty of perceived volume. The riff is more melodic than most, and is quite memorable. The lead guitarist discovered that changing octaves verse to verse provides variety without over complicating the writing. First verse is low-E, second is high-E, and the third is the sax, etc. Nice track.
Pre Surf (Instrumental)
This is a moody vibrato throbber with echoes drums a la fifties b-sides. It's much more than that, though. "Easy Rhythm" is a pre surf brooder in the best sense. dark riff rockin' almost morose twang and piano plinkery. Groovy!
Pre Surf (Instrumental)
Deep and gloomy guitar riffology in a murky recording with some tribal drum work. No melody, just a riff. Pure unadulterated unpretentious primitive riff rockin' angst. Nothing like a melody, but the riff and chords are like a sped up Link Wray on the prowl. Raw twang!
Battle of the Three Blind Mice
Riff Rock (Instrumental)
"All right you cats, let's get 'em!" and the mice scream and run... riff rock, and no, there's no use of the "Three Blind Mice" melody of your childhood.
Semi-saucy sax 'n' roll with a saunter, "Trackin'" is a moderately interesting track with some tasteful vibrato and charm.
Near Surf (Instrumental)
"Heart Attack" is kinda like a circular riff surfer with a "Let's Dance" chorus. It's fun and spunky, and sports a surfable guitar line. More or less jammin' twang, yet quite listenable. Great drums!
This is your basic rockabilly progression riff rocker, except that the two guitars do a duet, one on the high-E and one on the low-E, both vibratoed. The net result is a really mean and spooky tune worth seeking out.
Fifties riff rockin' guitar coolness, with some imagination and murky small label sound. It's rumored that this acetate was found by Cub Coda.
Primitive chord progression riff rock b-side stuff. A great string slide and rolling drum break are the highlight of the track. Some double picked guitar lines add to it's surfability.
The other side of the ultra rare Nautiloids single is slower and moodier. Primitive, grumbly, and ominous. "Nautiloid Surf" is like a twilight storm on the horizon.
"Stomper" is a raw riff rocker in the fifties mold, when most instro bands had not yet learned the difference between a melody and a progression. Edgy, but forgettable.
Carl Newman is best remembered for his solo single "Rockin’ and Boppin’" on Chicago’s Trio label. He was in charge of the Rockin' Rebels (not the "Wild Weekend" band). "Tom Tom" sports dominant and primitive drums and basic riff rockin' small town instro riffs and progressions.
Chord progressions, one note jams... just a noise and power thrash.
Frat Rock (Instrumental)
Murky low end grodie frat vibrato grind, guitar plays second fiddle to the mean sax. Not very remarkable.