The Birth of Surf, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume of this series on Ace Records, this might not be the very best surf rock compilation, but should be on the short list for anyone looking for the very best such anthologies once you get past the most obvious ones. The 26 tracks do have a couple big hits, the Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run" and the Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend," both of which might have been more properly categorized as influences on surf music rather than genuine surf tunes. But most of these are not common fare even on surf compilations; even the selections by well-known artists Dick Dale, the Surfaris, the Chantays, the Trashmen, Bobby Fuller, the Astronauts, the Pyramids aren't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like the first volume of this series on Ace Records, this might not be the very best surf rock compilation, but should be on the short list for anyone looking for the very best such anthologies once you get past the most obvious ones. The 26 tracks do have a couple big hits, the Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run" and the Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend," both of which might have been more properly categorized as influences on surf music rather than genuine surf tunes. But most of these are not common fare even on surf compilations; even the selections by well-known artists Dick Dale, the Surfaris, the Chantays, the Trashmen, Bobby Fuller, the Astronauts, the Pyramids aren't their most famous songs. Some of these might verge on enjoyable background music depending on your taste, but overall this is heavy on surf's best distinguishing traits -- haunting melodies, reverb guitar picking, lean brisk rhythms -- while maintaining a good amount of variety. And although surf music is primarily a Southern Californian phenomenon, with many of the bands here coming from that region, the CD also represents artists from various other corners of the country who plugged into the sound. Occasionally a particularly dynamite track leaps to the fore, and while again this will vary according to individual tastes, the Chantays certainly excel at projecting surf's darker moods on "Monsoon"; the Scarlets' furiously bopping "Stampede," cut in New York in 1959, illustrates how primordial surf was being waxed far from the West Coast even before the '60s; and the Vy-Dels' "Unknown" -- from 1965, which was pretty late in the game for surf's prime -- crackles with atmosphere. By far the most surprising name here, although his presence won't surprise longtime surf enthusiasts, is Jim Messina, who plays lead guitar with the Jesters on his 1964 instrumental "The Thing."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667039925
  • Catalog Number: 6703992
  • Sales rank: 55,335

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures (2:08)
  2. 2 Stampede - The Scarlets (1:56)
  3. 3 Shanghied - The Wailers (1:59)
  4. 4 Church Key - The Revels (2:03)
  5. 5 Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels (2:15)
  6. 6 Bust Out - The Busters (2:32)
  7. 7 Surf Beat (3:00)
  8. 8 Point Panic - The Surfaris (2:16)
  9. 9 Monsoon - The Chantays (2:04)
  10. 10 Bullwinkle, Pt. 2 - The Centurions (2:20)
  11. 11 High Tide - The Lively Ones (1:54)
  12. 12 Hot Doggin' - The Astronauts (2:25)
  13. 13 Enchanted - The Pagents (2:11)
  14. 14 Surfari - Original Surfaris (2:05)
  15. 15 Malaguena - The Trashmen (2:35)
  16. 16 Midnight Run - The Pyramids (1:57)
  17. 17 Baggies - The Bel-Aires (1:56)
  18. 18 Banzai Washout - The Catalinas (2:24)
  19. 19 The Thing - Jim Messina & the Jesters (2:01)
  20. 20 Our Favorite Martian - Bobby Fuller & The Fanatics (2:51)
  21. 21 Crash - The Creations (2:20)
  22. 22 Cloudburst - Kan Dells (2:07)
  23. 23 Golash - Intrepides (2:27)
  24. 24 Mr. X - The Velvetones (2:24)
  25. 25 Unknown - Vy-Dels (2:27)
  26. 26 Theme from the Endless Summer - The Sandals (2:52)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dick Dale Composer
Jim Messina Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Bob Welch Composer
Bob Demmon Composer
Rich Fifield Composer
Bobby Fuller Composer
Jim Gallagher Composer
Walter Georis Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Dennis Lindsey Composer
Stormy Patterson Composer
Alan Taylor Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Gary Usher Composer
Bob Berryhill Composer
Pat Connolly Composer
Jim Fuller Composer
Ed Chiaverini Composer
Tim Fitzpatrick Composer
Ernie Furrow Composer
Ron Griffith Composer
Jim Masoner Composer
Dennis Rose Composer
Joel Willenbring Composer
John Greek Composer
Norman Knowles Composer
Phil Todaro Composer
The Velvetones Composer
Warren Waters Composer
Larry Weed Composer
Trevor Churchill Master Tape Assembly
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Dan Darnold Composer
Wally Zober Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Lou Josie Composer
Lansdowne Composer
Casado Lecuona Composer
Jim Pash Composer
Bert Salmirs Composer
Dave Benjamin Composer
Pete Antonio Composer
Chuck Delaney Composer
Bob VanDerSchaegen Composer
Jay Best Composer
Mike VanDerSchaegen Composer
Gene Best Composer
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