Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Sundazed Sampler
|This is the first of several Sundazed samplers designed to suck you into their catalog, never to emerge again. It's not a bad place to be. Sundazed is a stellar label, reissuing many very good recordings. This volume contains 4 instros, three of which are surf.|
Picks: Water Baby Boogie, Loophole, Four In The Floor, Bustin' Surfboards
Track by Track Review
This is spectacular rockabilly masterpiece, with near surf tone and incredibly fine percussion. This track is so infectious that you can't put it down. Rolling rockin' rockabilly madness. Historically interesting, "Water Baby Boogie" is a pretty typical boogie instro. The progression is indistinguishable from a thousand others. except for the pre-surf double picked occasional flurries in transition.
This exceptionally infectious surf track is way happy, and just shines with shallow string bending and slight reverb. This has appeared on several comps over the past few years. Mighty fine listening. The original release was on Challenge in 1964.
Hot Rod (Instrumental)
This was a cool single when I first got it back in '62 or so. It is a rhythm dominated number, with a minimal progression, covered by racing hot rod engines. Way fun.
"Bustin' Surfboards" is one of the most recognizable of the tribal surf instros from the sixties. It's drum dominated raw sound was nothing short of magical when I first heard it on KRLA. This is one of the essential surf instros, a desert island must-have.