Surf Age

Surf Age

by Jerry Cole & The Spacemen
     
 

Jerry Cole was a first-rank studio guitarist who, like many members of the Wrecking Crew, cut a few instrumental albums under his own name during the 1960s when he wasn't busy playing hot licks on other folks' records. Cole's 1964 LP Surf Age featured a dozen wordless rock tunes in which he laid out some impressive twangy leadsSee more details below

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Jerry Cole was a first-rank studio guitarist who, like many members of the Wrecking Crew, cut a few instrumental albums under his own name during the 1960s when he wasn't busy playing hot licks on other folks' records. Cole's 1964 LP Surf Age featured a dozen wordless rock tunes in which he laid out some impressive twangy leads over rather generic-sounding melodies, with a tight rhythm section behind him (Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer both played drums on these dates) and some honking sax thrown in for good measure (courtesy of Steve Douglas). Cole and co-producer Jim Economides wrote all the songs on this set, which tend not to have a lot of personality of their own (and "Racing Waves" bears a curious resemblance to Lonnie Mack's "Wham"), but this isn't an album about songcraft -- this is a blowing session where a bunch of talented studio cats have some fun knocking out rock & roll that's polished and frantic at the same time, and on that score, this album delivers the goods. Cole's guitar work lacks the feral intensity of Dick Dale, but he's an agile picker and his tone choices are excellent, ranging from the bright cleanliness of the title track to the reverb-soaked "Deep Surf" and the raunchy fuzz on "One Color Blues." And this album is a testament to the effortless skill and enthusiasm of the great Los Angeles session players of the '60s, who could knock out records this good as easily as some kid at McDonald's flips a hamburger. If you dig vintage surf sounds or classic-era instrumental rock, then Surf Age is right up your alley. [Sundazed's CD reissue of Surf Age tacks on six bonus hot rod tunes from Cole and his pals, including "The Creamer," which boasts a raw, buzzy sound that Link Wray would envy, and a melody Booker T. might find familiar.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2012
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771300225
catalogNumber:
1002
Rank:
172079

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Tracks

  1. Surf Age  - Jerry Cole
  2. Martian Surf  - Jerry Cole
  3. Night Rumble  - Jerry Cole
  4. Rosarita Surf  - Jerry Cole
  5. Movin' Surf  - Jerry Cole
  6. Power Surf  - Jerry Cole
  7. Bronze Surfer  - Jerry Cole
  8. Deep Surf  - Jerry Cole
  9. Ride-Um!  - Jerry Cole
  10. Jerry's Jump  - Jerry Cole
  11. One Color Blues  - Jerry Cole
  12. Racing Waves  - Jerry Cole
  13. Boss Dance  - Jerry Cole
  14. Super Charged  - Jerry Cole
  15. Drag Shot  - Jerry Cole
  16. Wild Willys  - Jerry Cole
  17. The Screamer  - Jerry Cole
  18. The Creamer  - Jerry Cole

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