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Robert Russell Bennett and the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra (Richard Rogers) - Victory At Seadotdotdotdot
artworkI think the stage was set for me to like surf instrumental music because I grew up in a household where my father watched Victory At Sea regularly. No. it's not the war footage that did it, it'd the rise and fall of the sea as simulated with the swelling violin glissandos from "Song Of The High Seas" that opened every episode. The power and magic of that translated almost directly into the glissandos in surf music. So, when I finally got a copy of the soundtrack, it was natural to include it into my surf library. Richard Rogers' brilliant score and Richard Russell Bennett's wonderful musical direction add up to powerful surf-worthy classically oriented music.
Picks: The Song Of The High Seas, The Pacific Boils Over, Fire On The Waters, Guadalcanal March, Peleliu, Theme Of The Fast Carriers, Hard Work And Horse Play, Mare Nostrum, Beneath The Southern Cross, Mediterranean Mosaic, Allies On The March, D-Day, The Sound Of Victory, Victory At Sea

Track by Track Review


The Song Of The High Seas dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

The Pacific Boils Over dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Fire On The Waters dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Guadalcanal March dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Peleliu dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Theme Of The Fast Carriers dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Hard Work And Horse Play dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Mare Nostrum dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Beneath The Southern Cross dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Mediterranean Mosaic dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Allies On The March dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

D-Day dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

The Sound Of Victory dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.

Victory At Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Orchestral War Surf (Instrumental)

This is the opening theme. It is huge, powerful, and defined the aquatic power of the glissando, setting the stage for it's use in surf music five years later. The imagery is unavoidable. The cold Atlantic, with its choppy swells, immediately invades your mind's eye. As the high seas subside, the moodiness of a tentative peace on the waves is visible delivered with the moving and ominous sounds of the dark just over the horizon. This is simply the best orchestral side trip you can take that relates to surf music in a fundamental way.