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The Belairs - Mr. Moto c/w Little Brown Jugdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is an odd little release from Essential Media Group in mp3 format only. It was issued October 16, 2007. It is both sides of one of surf's essential singles. Originally released in May of 1961, Mr. Moto c/w Little Brown Jug predates Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'" and his success at the Rendezvous Ballroom. In chronological terms, this is the first surf single. In quality terms, this is probably not legitimate - it's from vinyl, and not restored or cleaned up.
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.