It's hard to overestimate the talent and influence of Dick Dale. With the possible exception of Les Paul
, no modern guitar player has done so much behind the scenes to create the sound and gear of contemporary electric guitar, from helping to develop the Showman amp and outboard reverb gear to his playing itself, which incorporated Middle Eastern scales in the late '50s and early '60s when such things were unheard of on electric guitar -- and he did all this by playing guitar left-handed, upside down and backwards, and at massive volume. This two-disc set combines Dale's 1962 LP Surfer's Choice
on one disc with Deltone Records singles he released in the same time period on a second, making for a nice introduction to this guitar pioneer.