Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Surf Creature Volume 2
|Bootleg vintage wonder from Romulan on vinyl only from vinyl sources. Quality is pretty good. The track sequence is messed up, as usual. The sequence here is correct. |
|Sleeve Sequence||Actual Sequence|
|S1-1||Zorba and the Greeks||Shockwave||S1-1||Zorba and the Greeks||Shockwave|
|S1-4||Velvetones||Doheny Run||S1-4 ||Manuel and the Renegades ||Woody Wagon|
|S1-5 ||Manuel and the Renegades ||Woody Wagon ||S1-5 ||Centuries ||Outer Limits|
|S1-6 ||Centuries ||Outer Limits ||S1-6 ||Aki Aleong and the Nobles ||Body Surf|
|S1-7 ||Aki Aleong and the Nobles ||Body Surf ||S1-7 ||Penetrators ||Fakin' Out|
|S1-8 ||Penetrators ||Fakin' Out || || || |
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|S2-1 ||Truant ||Sunset Surf ||S2-1 ||Unknown Artist ||Unknown Title |
|S2-2 ||Intrepedes ||Golash ||S2-2 ||Truants ||Sunset Surf|
|S2-3 ||Danny Steel ||Chinese Surf ||S2-3 ||Intrepides ||Golash|
|S2-4 ||Starfires ||Space Needle ||S2-4 ||Danny Steel ||Chinese Twist |
|S2-5 ||Dave Myers and the Surftones ||Gear ||S2-5 ||Starfires ||Space Needle|
|S2-6 ||Vulcanes ||Cozimotto ||S2-6 ||Dave Myers and the Surftones ||Gear|
|S2-7 ||Nevegans ||Russian Roulette ||S2-7 ||Vulcanes ||Cozimotto |
| || || ||S2-8 ||Road Runners ||Road Runnah |
| || || ||S2-9 ||Nevegans ||Russian Roulette|
Picks: Shockwave, Bathsheba, Static, Woody Wagon, Outer Limits, Body Surf, Fakin' Out, Sunset Surf, Golash, Chinese Twist, Space Needle, Gear, Cozimotto, Road Runnah, Russian Roulette
Track by Track Review
This is a cool tune. The organ comes in notably late in it's first note, but the extended reverb kicks are too cool, and the reverb lead is quite nice. The melody is friendly and fun. This tune is infectious and seems to stay with you. It stands up to multiple listenings. The label was Golden State Recorders, a San Francisco based label run by the legendary Leo de gar Kulka. I don't know if they were locals or just came to the city to record.
This track has an unusual use of the horn in the lead role of the middle eastern theme, with dry surf guitar picking, and warm whammy in the break. It's sultry and stylish.
This is a splendid obscuro, full of inventive surfisms and crunchy sound. It has plenty of twang and punch. The band must have been something to see.
One of the great bands was Manuel and the Renegades. They were a Mexican band from Southern California with an astoundingly mean surf-rod sound. Their most famous single was "Rev Up." This was a follow up single. As you can tell from the track, they had power and they screamed and pounded their way through songs. Very chunky and super cool. Manuel Rodriquez and his brother Jose were the guitar assault of the band.
With almost "Boondocker" rhythm guitar work, warbly leads and behind the bridge notes permeating the track, this stands out as one of the most unusual surf releases. It's ominous and weird, and surfing aliens written all over it. Too cool!
"Body Surf" a boogie progression over a surf beat with chunky rhythms. It's not their best recording, yet it has a certain draw that makes it work really well. It's is a lesser tune from the album, fairly dry, simple progression based and quite rhythmic.
A haunted nasty sax introduces some pretty mean guitar licks. It's much more about mean than melody, or even riff. Thick and brooding, heavy and reverb laden. The riffs are fairly standard, but the blend of tone and down right dangerous attack gives rise to something more than just another surf jam.
The Truants were a Redlands, California band. This single sports an intense throbbing vibratoed lead guitar playing a very slow and mean melody. This is like an evil version of the Viscounts without the sax. Dark, brooding, and down right cool.
Fullerton's Intrepids were quite obscure. This track is a splendid example of the power of simple riffs and reverb. It's infectious, rhythmic, and way fun. It's loaded with drama and danger, as well as surf majesty. The Surf Raiders covered this in the early eighties.
This track is quite an unusual track from the east coast. The lead guitar is a lap steel. The style is slightly surf, slightly bison bop, and mostly growlingly mean. It's infectious and very fun. It's not very "Chinese," but it is exotic.
This track has been around on many comps. It's more a Midwest instro style than surf, yet it has lots of surf feel. It's rhythmic and is injected with "space" sound effects. The lead guitar fills with many chords and chops to avoid gaps. It's somewhat like the Breakers' "Jetstream."
This is my favorite Dave Myers and the Surftones track. It's unusual drum cadence and melody are brilliant and infectious, and this recording shows just how powerful really good meter is in a double picked guitar. Dick Dale says it is among the most important elements. The precision of the meter allows Dave to play slow dribbly glissandoes that are simply gorgeous. A must-have track from 1963 on Wickwire.
The Vulcaines sported one mean sound, low-E dominated, humorous, and powerful. They issued only a couple of singles over their short life. "Cozimoto" (a slang and "Mr. Moto" referenced version of Quasimodo - the name of a hunched over board stance) is very gutsy, while being cutesy at the same time. It owes it's life to childhood melodies, yet is delivered on a huge low-E. A brief drum solo and slight break separate the beginning and the end, but otherwise, it is an awesome surf monster.
Hot Rod Surf (Instrumental)
The single A-side (B-side was "Quasimoto"), this track ended up on the London Records release of the Pyramids' album. It does not appear on the original Best Records release, and bears no similarity in playing or style to the Pyramids. OK, so that's not a slam, just a clarification. This track rules! It's hot, "Pipeline" like, and fiery. It may be a bit obscure, but it's a great track!
This is the "hit" version, and was a single by the Teen-Beats originally recorded under the title "Surf Bound." This early version is more primal, and way better than any vinyl issue for clarity and purity. Great.