Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Geoff Stitch has long been a local surf legend, grunting out instros since the mid eighties in the Surfonics and the Reverbs, and playing on sessions. This 1987 demo resulted from a request for submissions for What Surf III. While they didn't make it to the comp, they did capture their essence on tape quite well.|
Picks: Pipeline, Mr. Moto, Stoked
Track by Track Review
In lieu of the classic guitar glissando, the Chantays' "Pipeline" opens with a drums sequence not unlike the Challengers, then advances through a pickslide into the melody. Some other minor tweaks along the way keep this from being just another cover. Very satisfying.
This is a pretty straight treatment of the Belairs' first single / signature tune "Mr. Moto." Aside from the lack of sax, the addition of bass and reverb, significant rhythm rewrites, and an altered break, it's just like the original (ha!). Very reverent and wet.
One of very few Beach Boys' original instrumentals, "Stoked" is an enduring surf jam that occasionally resurfaces. The Reverbs do a good job retaining the original intent with only a little more reverb. At only 40 seconds long, it's quite nice.