Phil Dirt -
Reverb Central, Santa Cruz, CA - 4/19/06
The Danny Morris Band - Danny Morris Live!
This DVD was recorded live at the Key West Bar, Indiatlantic, Florida on May 20 and 21, 2005. The sound is very good, and the performances are solid as well. 11 great instros with twang and reverb.
Picks: 'Arthur's Boogie', 'Pipeline', 'Navajo Spaceship', 'Where is My Sombrero', 'Women From Pluto', 'Run, Chicken Run', 'I Only Have Eyes For You', 'Fireball', 'Mowgli's Bounce', 'Flight School'
Arthur's Boogie (live)
"Arthur's Boogie" has a classic boogie structure and sways in a rockabilly vein with rich tone and lots of flair. Big twangin' countrified fun. The inserted glissandoes give it a warm surfability.
Please, Please Me (live)
There's plenty of warmth in the Beatles' "Please Please Me." I'm sure that John Lennon and Paul McCartney could not have envisioned this, yet their song lends itself to an island holiday sound. The arrangement shows a lot of thought, and the overall feel is splashy warm.
The Chantays' venerable "Pipeline" opens with a bit of a rough glissando, but once into the song, the band gets into the groove. The playing is superb, with some slight wandering from the melody as-written, as well as some modernizations. Frequently double picked, It's darker energy is quite large, and very powerful.
Navajo Spaceship (live)
This is a Danny Morris original in a style that straddles surf and the Shadows. It's a stylish and enjoyable track with tribal drums and rhythm in the breaks, where double picked guitar reigns. Is this the same song as "Navajo Tears?" Quite nice!
Where is My Sombrero (live)
The lovely and delicate humor of the melody is accentuated by the arrangement. The song grins bigger than Danny does on stage. It's a very VERY cool track. Relaxed, fun, and perfecto for a coastal drive. I can't say that I've heard Braheen Urban, Lew Porter and 'Teepee' Mitchell's song converted to this format before.
Women From Pluto (live)
"Women From Pluto" rocks slowly with dribbling double picking and liquid whammy, reverbed and cool. The slow and sinewy bass line against the precision drums gives this a surf blues feel. very cool.
Run, Chicken Run (live)
Wow! Danny plays the entire second half of the song behind his back, and it looks effortless! Approaching one million version and counting... well, not quite, but "Run Chicken Run" is becoming really common. This version is a little like Los Straitjackets meets the Cadillac Angels, but it's focus is more blues and rock than their classic roots.
I Only Have Eyes For You (live)
This silky oldies standard gets the liquid instrumental treatment, and it sure takes to it well. Vibrato and reverb, silky notes, and lush sound. Gives me chills.
Danny Morris plays the guitar really well on this very solid and fluid rendition of the Fireballs' namesake song. It's more aggressive than the original, less reverby than most covers, with groovy whammy and rhythm. Great stuff!
Mowgli's Bounce (live)
The plucky delivery of this pretty melody is delivered with warm muted reverbed over exotic percussion and a very smooth bass line. Images of sunset islands and perfumed breezes with a liquid blues feel. Very cool track.
Flight School (live)
Over the intervening years, "Flight School" has grown into a kind of tribal "Miserlou." Big tribal drums and double picked mean surf guitar drive the song solidly. Big and thundering, and very menacing, this track sports fine glissandoes and great surf tone. Drama and surfisms abound in this fine track played out over a classic surf beat.