Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Strummin' Mental Volume 4
|Volume 4 and still counting... yet more otherwise unavailable obscuros from vinyl sources.|
Picks: Fort Lauderdale USA, Lemon Lime, Zebra Shoot, Firewater, Tickler, Mile Zero, Gotcha, Theme From Impact, Weird, Beachhead, Jet Stream, Later On, Downhill, Normee, Dragon Walk, Jungle Run, IT, Rigor Mortis, Destruction, Gismo
Track by Track Review
Great spring reverb kicks, horrid screams, and fifties styled rock instro format with no reverb at all. One would think the reverb kicks were added as an afterthought to this fifties rocker to update it in a reissue attempt. Fast and furious rocker with a jam feel.
Primitive cool riff rockin' gimmicky backwoods B-side rock. Raw and intense, highly energetic, with a spiffy little quick string slide that gives it it's only real edge over other similar tracks.
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
Crude jam rock, edgy with glissandoes and wham, but unremarkable. More or less just chord progressions and mindless jam lines.
Fifties Riff Rock (Instrumental)
"Firewater" is a fifties riff rock progression, with no melody and muddy sound. This is not the great east LA band that hit with "Farmer John" and "Get On This Plane." Not particularly cool.
Near Surf (Instrumental)
Nearly surf stylings, way fun gimmicks, and an infectious jam riff. The track is very close to being surf in it's structure, and in the used of reverb on parts of the percussion. Quite fun.
Echoed rockabilly styled crude surf, with no melody, but a serviceable progression and a lot of energy. The raging drums are the most interesting part of the track, though the guitar break fits the genre better than the main body of the tune.
A low-E damped dry guitar raver, with speedy double picks, and a cool rhythmic progression. It's gutty without being overwhelming. The drums are manic. Really cool damped guitar less reverb, double picked flair, and a tribal feel. Quite dry for a surf vintage surf track, but it has all of the elements. It rumbles along at a fast clip with fun and wave riders energy.
Borrowed Lick Pre Surf Progression (Instrumental)
Basic riffola - surf like and nifty. This band has no relationship to Merrell Fankhauser's band. This contains lots of little licks from many another surf tune, giving it a familiar and acceptable sound, even though there's little melody.
"Weird" promises a gloomy strangeness, but delivers little more than murky reverby jammin' and echoed drums. Barely a song.
This is the B-side to the Breakers' better known surf obscuro "Jet Stream." It's a basic surf riff, not particularly out of the ordinary, though it does seem to stick with you. Solid surf AABA tune, with plenty of energy and reverb.
"Jet Stream" is a very fine typically surf structured and delivered tune, with solid double picking, and jet engine sound effects overdubbed. The ringing whammy and the melodic lead progression are perfectly set for a surf ride across your speakers.
Pre Surf (Instrumental)
A basic progression, surf guitar tone, single picked damped sound, and a jam feel. Nice enough. In some ways, it's similar to the Vulcaines, but with less menacing tone.
Frat Pre Surf (Instrumental)
This is a progression, a riff with ringing guitar and very nice piano work. No melody, just the riff and splendid playing. This musta rocked the frat house.
Trash Rock (Instrumental)
I think this defines trash rock. Bad writing (if any), horrid sound, totally loose performance, and more exuberance than the talent permits.
Jungle Fever Surf (Instrumental)
Echoed like Dick Dale's "Jungle Fever," "Dragon Walk" has the same kinda charm and tone. It's a fine instro on the edge of surf.
Jungle Pre Surf (Instrumental)
Riff driven, vibrato throbbed guitar, surf bits, and tribal ambiance. Pretty cool. It's another Los Straitjackets possibility. Vibrato and birtd calls, with tribal percussion. Great stuff!
Goofy horror laughs and echoed piano over murky tom toms and bass, with throbbing distant vibrato. The Revels' "Come On Let's Stroll" without words or meaning.
Gimmick theme rock from the fifties, with vibrato guitar and a "Tequila" lead line. If this predates the Champs' track, maybe it was the inspiration? Grodie stage filler.
One of a dozen bands using the name Catalinas do a moderately rough edged sax honker hoping for a Wailers' feel. It doesn't cut it.
"Suzie Q" percussion and an archetypical fifties sax... if not for the beat, "Gismo" would be of no consequence at all.