Lost Legends of Surf Guitar, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This collection of 20 surf instrumentals, all recorded in 1963 and 1964, is very much what you might expect of an anthology of lesser-known surf music on a quality reissue label such as Sundazed. That is, it's good, though not nearly as good as the very best '60s instrumental surf music anthologies, and can be confidently recommended to surf collectors. That's not only because it's rare mostly originally done for very small labels and pretty good, but also because even the biggest surf collectors won't have all of this, as eight of the tracks were previously unissued. There aren't many names among the artists that will strike chords of recognition, though the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This collection of 20 surf instrumentals, all recorded in 1963 and 1964, is very much what you might expect of an anthology of lesser-known surf music on a quality reissue label such as Sundazed. That is, it's good, though not nearly as good as the very best '60s instrumental surf music anthologies, and can be confidently recommended to surf collectors. That's not only because it's rare mostly originally done for very small labels and pretty good, but also because even the biggest surf collectors won't have all of this, as eight of the tracks were previously unissued. There aren't many names among the artists that will strike chords of recognition, though the Pyramids of "Penetration" fame are here with their Gary Usher-arranged 1963 cuts "Pressure" and "Contact"; Jim Messina was part of the Jesters, whose previously unissued recording of "The Jester" was produced and co-written by the then-teenaged prodigy; and the Original Surfaris not to be confused with the Surfaris of "Wipe Out" fame, the Centurions, and Dave Myers all have their devotees among surf fanatics. There aren't many truly killer cuts, though the finest trademarks of surf music -- the monstrously reverbed guitar, the Latin and Middle Eastern-inflected melodies, the sleek tempos -- are in force more or less throughout. But there are some numbers that would stand comfortably on any cream-of-the-'60s surf collection, like the Chandelles' "El Gato" produced in New Mexico by ex-Buddy Holly producer Norman Petty and Dave Myers' "Gear," with the almost military crunch of its rhythms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771112620
  • Catalog Number: 11126
  • Sales rank: 15,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Gato - The Chandells (2:23)
  2. 2 Loophole (2:38)
  3. 3 Big Noise from Waimea (2:56)
  4. 4 Gear! - Dave Myers & the Surftones (1:54)
  5. 5 The Breeze and I - Steve & the Emperors (1:48)
  6. 6 Failsafe (2:17)
  7. 7 Jetster - The Chandells (2:10)
  8. 8 The Rising Surf - The Tandems (1:49)
  9. 9 Contact - Pyramids (1:53)
  10. 10 Surfs Up (2:03)
  11. 11 Cemetary Stomp - Essex (2:23)
  12. 12 The Jester - The Jesters (2:26)
  13. 13 Repeating (2:33)
  14. 14 Pressure - Pyramids (2:11)
  15. 15 Ian Fleming Theme - Menn (2:12)
  16. 16 Pray for Surf - Essex (2:31)
  17. 17 Point Surf (1:49)
  18. 18 Ishamatsu (2:33)
  19. 19 Exotic (1:52)
  20. 20 Beyond the Surf - The Tandems (2:21)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jim Messina Producer
Cat Anderson Composer
Norman Petty Producer
Gary Usher Arranger
Mike Borchetta Producer
Tony Hilder Producer
John Hodge Producer
Larry Wilson Producer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Domenic Priore Liner Notes
Bob Dalley Photo Courtesy
Reggie Arvizu Photo Courtesy
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
Mindy Arvizu Photo Courtesy
John Blair Photo Courtesy
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