Surfin' U.S.A.

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Hot Doggers were actually a studio-only project of Bruce Johnston who played piano and bass, and sang lead vocals and Terry Melcher who produced and added backup vocals, with plenty of assistance from top Los Angeles session musicians. Though Johnston and Melcher each made notable contributions to the '60s L.A. rock scene, Surfin' U.S.A. is nothing more than a quickie surf exploitation album, most of the songs being covers of then-recent hits by the likes of the Beach Boys, the Ventures, and Dick Dale. Though it's professionally executed and largely instrumental, with only four of the 12 tracks featuring vocals, it would be rather foolish to pay these tracks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Hot Doggers were actually a studio-only project of Bruce Johnston who played piano and bass, and sang lead vocals and Terry Melcher who produced and added backup vocals, with plenty of assistance from top Los Angeles session musicians. Though Johnston and Melcher each made notable contributions to the '60s L.A. rock scene, Surfin' U.S.A. is nothing more than a quickie surf exploitation album, most of the songs being covers of then-recent hits by the likes of the Beach Boys, the Ventures, and Dick Dale. Though it's professionally executed and largely instrumental, with only four of the 12 tracks featuring vocals, it would be rather foolish to pay these tracks serious attention when the originals were so much better. True, there are top players involved, including Leon Russell and Glen Campbell before either had risen to stardom, as well as Hal Blaine drums, Carol Kaye bass, Billy Strange guitar, Steve Douglas saxophone, and Tommy Tedesco guitar. Plus, Johnston did get to write one of the songs, the unremarkable, frenetic closing instrumental "Quasimoto." But this only has value for aficionados who collect everything they can from the era featuring these musicians, rather than for the more general surf music fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771623225
  • Catalog Number: 6232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surfin' U.S.A. (2:17)
  2. 2 Let's Go Trippin' (2:11)
  3. 3 Balboa Blue (2:28)
  4. 4 Surfin' (2:12)
  5. 5 The Original Surfer's Stomp (2:03)
  6. 6 Pipeline (2:23)
  7. 7 Misirlou (2:21)
  8. 8 Surfin' Safari (2:13)
  9. 9 Surfer's Stomp (1:58)
  10. 10 Walk, Don't Run (2:03)
  11. 11 Peppermint Man (2:28)
  12. 12 Quasimoto (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hot Doggers Primary Artist
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Saxophone
Leon Russell Piano
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Bruce Johnston Bass, Piano, Vocals
Billy Strange Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Carol Kaye Bass
Jay Migliori Saxophone
Ray Pohlman Bass
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Glenn Ross Campbell Guitar
Ed Hall Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Session Leader
Brian Wilson Composer
Mike Love Composer
Terry Melcher Producer
Johnny Smith Composer
Nicholas Roubanis Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Stephen J. McParland Liner Notes
Milton Leeds Composer
S.K. Russell Composer
S. A. Anderson Composer
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