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The Belairs - Mr. Moto c/w Little Brown Jugdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the original single, and in this case, it is a virgin copy from a lot pressed with the labels reversed, which was obtained via the Pollo Del Mar web mart. These sessions were recorded in May 0f 1960, predating Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'" and his success at the Rendezvous Ballroom. This may actually be a reissue/counterfeit recognizable from the spelling of the band's name as two words (Bel Airs) instead of one (Belairs).
Picks: Mr. Moto, Little Brown Jug

Track by Track Review


Mr. Moto dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is it, their claim to fame, their most familiar song, and the first surf release from May 1961 on Arvee Records. "Mr. Moto" is just about the most influential surf instro ever. "Mr. Moto" came to be a surf classic, and was recorded and released months before Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'," before he opened the Rendezvous Ballroom, and before it was called surf. If you must draw a line in the sand, it must be drawn here. "Mr. Moto" was recorded at Liberty.

Covered by countless others, this song features 15 year olds Paul Johnson and Eddie Bertrand trading guitar parts in their trademark style on a prototypical PJ writing masterpiece. Jim Roberts' piano work is stunningly perfect for this song. A historical absolutely must have!

Little Brown Jug dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was the B-side to "Mr. Moto." It shows the rhythmic nature of Paul and Eddie's synergy, and their penchant for familiar childhood tunes reconstructed to fit their need. It's easily the best version of this tune around. Recorded at Liberty, this is the original unedited version, without the removal of the botched line from Paul.