Barefoot Adventure: The 4 Star Sessions 1962-66

Barefoot Adventure: The 4 Star Sessions 1962-66

by Gary Usher
     
 

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This collection encompasses the first incarnation of Gary Usher's multiple studio projects recorded between 1962 and 1966 focusing on surf, sun, and hot rods. During that four-year span, numerous LPs and singles were released using a core of studio musicians who were under contract to Challenge/4 Star: Dick Burns, bass and vocals; See more details below

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This collection encompasses the first incarnation of Gary Usher's multiple studio projects recorded between 1962 and 1966 focusing on surf, sun, and hot rods. During that four-year span, numerous LPs and singles were released using a core of studio musicians who were under contract to Challenge/4 Star: Dick Burns, bass and vocals; Dennis McCarthy, keyboards; Randy Thomas, drums and organ; and Usher on guitar and vocals. As collectors of the genre are well aware, not all of the material waxed has withstood the test of time. Usher, however, had talent that went beyond simply cranking out generic tunes to capitalize on a passing fad. Across the board, he produced superior recordings that continued after the surf and hot rod era evaporated. His post-1966 work with the Byrds, Sagittarius, Chad & Jeremy, Curt Boettcher, and many others is highly favored. Among the 38 tracks are 17 -- minus the interviews -- previously unreleased demos and alternate takes issued under the monikers the Four Speeds, the Sunsets, and the Competitors. Most fans will already be familiar with standout tracks like "R.P.M.," "Cheater Slicks," "Four on the Floor," and "My Little Surfin' Woodie." The extra treats are the two cuts by the Honeys, which are straight outta the Phil Spector girl group sound, and the Bobby Fuller Four-like "Harder and Harder." As usual, the folks at Sundazed have done excellent work. The four-part audio interview segments with Usher will satisfy anyone who is more than casually interested in surf and hot rod music. Also included are several rare photos, label artwork from the singles, and informative liner notes by surf author Stephen McParland.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2008
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771116727
catalogNumber:
11167
Rank:
68709

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. R.P.M.  -  Four Speeds
  2. My Little Surfin' Woodie  -  Sunsets
  3. Barefoot Adventure  -  Four Speeds
  4. Four on the Floor  -  Four Speeds
  5. Cheater Slicks  -  Four Speeds
  6. C.C. Cinder  -  Sunsets
  7. The Chug-A-Lug  -  Sunsets
  8. Gary Usher Interview, Pt. 1
  9. My Little Beach Bunny  -  Sunsets
  10. Playmate of the Year  -  Sunsets
  11. Lonely Surfer Boy  -  Sunsets
  12. Soul Stompin'
  13. Nifty '50
  14. Power Shift
  15. Mag Wheels
  16. Gary Usher Interview, Pt. 2
  17. My Sting Ray  -  Four Speeds
  18. 426 Super Stock

Disc 2

  1. Wax, Board and Woodie
  2. Draggin' Deuce
  3. '54 Corvette
  4. My Little Surfin' Woodie  -  Sunsets
  5. Gary Usher Interview, Pt. 3
  6. R.P.M.
  7. Barefoot Adventure  -  Four Speeds
  8. Cactus Juice
  9. Coney Island Wild Child
  10. Sugar and Spice
  11. Twins
  12. Milky Way
  13. Quicksand
  14. Gary Usher Interview, Pt. 4
  15. You Made a Believer Out of Me  - Gary Usher
  16. Waiting for the Day  - Gary Usher
  17. Tied Down
  18. Harder and Harder

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