Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Pebbles Volume 4: Surf N Tunes
|This is the early Pebbles surf comp, comprised of 16 vocals and 3 instros. All from vinyl, it is none the less the sole source for one of these tracks so far. The most notable vocal is Dave Edmunds Britainization of "New York's A Lonely Town" into "London's A Lonely Town." Priceless.|
Picks: Flashin' Red, Ram Charger, LSD-25
Track by Track Review
The sirens and the traffic sounds and a basic dry surf arrangement with pounding drums and a cool melody. Infectious, with dribbling glissandoes, it's a great example of teenage surf from 1963. A nice addition to your library, but not essential listening. "Flashin' Red" is introduced with an aircheck from KASK (?).
The overpowering organ here detracts from the surf guitar. A little lower in the mix would have fixed it. Melodic and chunky. This is the same song as the Venturas recorded, though they titled it with a dash ("Ram-Charger"). I don't know which is the original.
Pre Surf Drug Instro (Instrumental)
The Gamblers were a studio band with Sandy Nelson, Elliott Ingbar (future Captain Beefheart, and Derry Weaver, who wrote their two tracks. The other side of this single is the oft-covered and remarkably powerful two chord monster "Moon Dawg." This side is probably the first rock track released named after a drug, and predates psychedelia by more than five years.