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Johnny Barakat and the Vestells - Happy Time c/w The Long Ridedotdotdotdot
artworkJohnny Barakat was the teenage son of small business people. One day, while minding his parent's store, he was shot during a robbery. It left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. To break the boredom that ensued, his mother got him a guitar. With little else to do, he developed enough skill to start playing with his friends, eventually forming the Vestells, and recording a number of tracks, including the two that ended up on this single.
Picks: Happy Time, The Long Ride

Track by Track Review


Happy Time dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was the B-side of The Long Ride single. The sound of this track is a much lighter than the rest. The guitar is much less reverbed, playing in a more rockabilly pluck fashion. It's quite a happy tune, as the title implies. Infectious and fun.

The Long Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Barakat was a kid who'd been shot in a holdup of his folks store, and left restricted to a wheel chair. Out of sheer boredom, he learned to play the guitar... and did he ever. His buddies the Vestells backed him on this incredible vintage surf monster. This is the second best track on the CD, and it appears nowhere else. It may be from vinyl, but it's totally killer. His whole catalog of recordings is on AVI's Rare Surf Volume 3.