Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Shaggerman Rock 'N' Roll Vol 2
|Volume 2 is significantly better than volume 1, with 8 instros, several of which are worth your time.|
Picks: The Clashmen - Boondocker, The Fireballs - Good Soul, Arlen Sanders and the Pacifics - Hopped Up Mustang (Movin'), The Shindigs - Thunder Reef, Tommy and the Hustlers - Diggin' Out, Travis Wammack - Night Train
Track by Track Review
The Clashmen - Boondocker
This is a marvelous surf single. The sound is heavily damped reverb rhythms with solid open surf leads. Thumpy and pure primal surf from landlocked teenagers. This has long been a fave. Very cool.
The Fireballs - Good Soul
Dark fuzz guitar and psychedelic bass lines create an intense experience that's all about distortion and heavy mind twirls. This is completely different than the signature sounds of The Fireballs.
The Psychos - Mack The Knife
A chumpy beat runs under short burst low key organ leads, alternated with sax leads. Kinda dirty, like a smoky club of fifty years ago. So-so!
The Rambling Ramblers - Lost Safari
"Lost Safari" os almost an instrumental. The vocal is limited to primitive "oh oh" kinda stuff. The back track is also primitive, with sparsely used chords and a cardboard beat. You can imagine this becoming a cool groover once fleshed out, but it's still pretty developmental and unchanging here.
Arlen Sanders and the Pacifics - Hopped Up Mustang (Movin')
This is a narrated hot rod story in a sort of post beat rebel without a cause style, which is posted over a heavy, chunky version of Lee Hazelwood's "Movin'." The story may be very trite, but the instro backing is gutsy and cool.
The Shindigs - Thunder Reef
Thunder Reef is a riff-rockin' surf instro, with not much reverb, and little melody. The stompin' sensibilities are dominant, and the rhythm is infectious. A fairly tame track over all.
Tommy and the Hustlers - Diggin' Out
Near Surf (Instrumental)
"Diggin' Out" opens with drums and a bass line, moves into ringing chords, then finally employs reverbed surfisms. Its a jam-like chord based number with lots of charm and flair, but no real melody. The coolest part is the tinkly fifties piano break.
Travis Wammack - Night Train
Fuzz Rock (Instrumental)
James Brown and his Famous Flames did wonders for this tune. The drummers' accelerating train beat in the intro is quite precise. Travis Wammack brought it to an almost comical place with the extreme swirling fuzz and boxy sound.