Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology

Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology

by Dick Dale
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Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology

The big picture on Dick Dale -- the inventor of surf music, the Godfather of Loud, precursor of heavy metal, the first high-energy power guitarist (all titles being proffered from the man himself to describe his contributions) -- gets told in a real fine way on this two-disc, 39-track anthology. Although single-disc best-ofs exist, this is the first one to cross-license from various labels. Dale started as a vocalist who just happened to be able to furnish his own guitar solos, and it's here that the compilation starts. But by track four on the first disc, "Let's Go Trippin'," the Dick Dale story begins in earnest. The sopping-wet surf sound hadn't been invented yet, but the staccato picking, heavy twang, and hard attack were already in place. The outboard Fender reverb tank that became part of Dale's signature found its first workout on "Miserlou" (although Dale claims otherwise), and what followed was the beginning of surf music, pure and simple. Most of the groundbreaking recordings were featured on Dale's debut disc, Surfer's Choice, hands down the surf album that started it all. From this classic comes "Shake-N-Stomp," "Take It Off," and the one that made him a California legend, "Surf Beat." The rest of the first disc carries you through his later Capitol recordings while the second starts with the second half of Dale's career in 1983 with live tracks from his The Tigers Loose album and steers you through duets with Stevie Ray Vaughan, tributes to Hendrix, and best of all, documenting his own resurrection in the '90s, totally viable and still his own man. Transfers sound a bit buzzier in an over-EQ'd way on some of the early tracks, but overall, this is one really great tribute to an original pioneer.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227263126
catalogNumber: 72631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Dale   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Glen Campbell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Leon Russell   Bass
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Darlene Love   Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums
Benjamin Barrett   Concert Master
Paul Carman   Saxophone
Frank DeVito   Percussion,Drums
Ron Eglit   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Rene Hall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Fanita James   Background Vocals
Drew Johnson   Percussion,Drums
Scott Mathews   Percussion,Drums
Art Munson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Earl Palmer   Percussion,Drums
Alan Palmer   Saxophone
Prairie Prince   Percussion,Drums
Barry Rillera   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Saxophone
Rowland Salley   Bass
Jerry Stevens   Percussion,Drums
Bobby Strickland   Didjeridu
Gary Usher   Background Vocals
Stevie Ray Vaughan   Track Performer
Vince Welnick   Keyboards
Steve Soest   Bass
Jack Lake   Percussion,Drums
Nick O'Malley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Rick Rillera   Bass
Ray Samra   Bass
Scott "Tempo" Kyle   Trombone
Richard Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Armon Frank   Saxophone
Anita Van Oud Heusden   Background Vocals
Billy Pulliam   Bass
Billy Barber   Keyboards
Mona Wright   Background Vocals
Steve Crum   Trumpet
Susan Sheller   Background Vocals
Lee Farrell   Saxophone
Larry Gillette   Saxophone
Jerry Brown   Saxophone
Bryan Dietz   Bass
George Dumas   Percussion,Drums
Jack Freeman   Saxophone
Mike Johnson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dick Dale   Arranger,Producer,Creative Consultant
Don Ralke   Producer
Hal Blaine   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Jim Economides   Producer
Ron Eglit   Producer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Guy Hemric   Producer
David Kahne   Producer
Hank Levine   Arranger
Scott Mathews   Producer
Jim Monsour   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Jim Pewter   Liner Notes
Nicholas Roubanis   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Jerry Styner   Producer
Gary Usher   Producer
Fred Wise   Composer
Greg Douglass   Liner Notes
Joel Selvin   Producer
Timothy Eames   Art Direction,Sculpture
Melissa Totten   Contributor,Editorial Research
Milton Leeds   Composer
John Blair   Discographical Annotation

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Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dick is the King of Surf Music he still is good! having said that. There are better Surf Bands out there... I would rather listen to the Chantays, Dean Torance, Al jardine, or the Surfaris.. Surf UP!!