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It Came from the Beach: Surf, Drag and Rockin' Instros

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Downey Records has a place in surf music history for releasing the Chantays' hit "Pipeline" alone, though that single didn't become a smash until it and the group were sold to Dot Records. This compilation has 26 instrumental sides recorded by Downey from about 1961-1965, much of which was issued on obscure singles on Downey and affiliated labels of the time, though some of it was unissued until many years later and three cuts make their first appearance anywhere on this CD. Even surf/early-'60s instrumental music lovers will likely approach this compilation without unrealistic expectations of hearing classics along the lines of "Pipeline" or the Pyramids' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Downey Records has a place in surf music history for releasing the Chantays' hit "Pipeline" alone, though that single didn't become a smash until it and the group were sold to Dot Records. This compilation has 26 instrumental sides recorded by Downey from about 1961-1965, much of which was issued on obscure singles on Downey and affiliated labels of the time, though some of it was unissued until many years later and three cuts make their first appearance anywhere on this CD. Even surf/early-'60s instrumental music lovers will likely approach this compilation without unrealistic expectations of hearing classics along the lines of "Pipeline" or the Pyramids' "Penetration," or for that matter the Rumblers' small 1963 hit "Boss," which was recorded for Downey. Instead it's a disc for genre specialists, the attitude and energy that fired Californian instrumental surf and hot rod music also present, but a good share of the tunes themselves being rather basic and dull. There are nonetheless a good number of tracks that make things more interesting by adding the haunting, occasionally Latin-Eastern-tinged riffs that distinguished much of the better music in the style, like the Blazers' rather Dick Dale-ish "Bangalore." The Surftones' "Cecilia Ann" couldn't fail to remind many listeners of the kind of spooky ambience the Chantays created in "Pipeline"; Sir Frog & the Toads' "Mustang" wins points not only for the engagingly silly band name, but also the mighty speedy guitar picking; and the Chevells' moody "Let There Be Surf," deservedly anthologized on some of the best surf compilations, was a significant regional hit, selling 50,000 copies though, oddly, it was the only single the group released. The Rumblers' previously unissued "Oblique" is about as avant-garde as this kind of music gets, a jazzy sax bumping incongruously against a scraping horror-movie like riff as bongos obliviously patter away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667033923
  • Catalog Number: 1198
  • Sales rank: 99,058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surf Rat - The Rumblers (1:54)
  2. 2 Kopout - The Hustlers (2:08)
  3. 3 Bangalore - The Blazers (2:11)
  4. 4 One Armed Bandit (2:18)
  5. 5 Cecilia Ann (2:21)
  6. 6 Mustang (1:54)
  7. 7 Twitchin' (2:35)
  8. 8 Hangin One - The Ramblers (2:58)
  9. 9 A Go Go - The Rumblers (2:22)
  10. 10 Beaver Patrol - The Blazers (2:47)
  11. 11 Destruction - The Rumblers (2:19)
  12. 12 Shore Break - The Blazers (2:06)
  13. 13 Wailin' Out - The Hustlers (2:20)
  14. 14 Mocolotion - The Riviaires (2:53)
  15. 15 Riptide (2:35)
  16. 16 The Hustler - The Rumblers (2:25)
  17. 17 Downey Surf (1:33)
  18. 18 Wimo Stomp (2:15)
  19. 19 Mozart Stomp - The Ramblers (2:28)
  20. 20 Hi Octane - The Rumblers (2:22)
  21. 21 Take It Off (2:29)
  22. 22 Let There Be Surf (2:09)
  23. 23 Rendezvous Rods (2:38)
  24. 24 Inertia - The Hustlers (2:38)
  25. 25 Oblique - The Rumblers (2:09)
  26. 26 Church Key - The Revels (2:17)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Steve Morris Composer
John Kirkland Composer
Greg Crowner Composer
Rex DeLong Composer
Norman Knowles Composer
Wayne Matteson Composer
Bob Toten Composer
Vern Acree Jr. Composer
Jack Stern Composer
Dan Darnold Composer
John Thompson Jr. Composer
Jack Wenzel Composer
Amy Vanderbeck Composer
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