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The Catalinas - Banzai Washout c/w Beach Walkin'dotdotdotdot
artworkThe Catalinas were a studio band, featuring among others Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Steve Douglas, Bruce Johnston, and Billy Strange. They issued a couple of singles and an album on the RIC label.
Picks: Banzai Washout, Beach Walkin'

Track by Track Review


Banzai Washout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve Douglas wrote this classic and plays the raging sax. Dick Dale later covered it. The melody is hot, the rhythm is driving, the drums inspired, and the whole thing rocks. The brilliant ringing tones and the speed are marvelous. One of the great singles. Billy Strange played the fiery lead.

Beach Walkin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beach Walkin'" is a sax lead tune very much influenced by "Balboa Blue." It's neither memorable nor creative.