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The Catalinas - Fun Fun Fundotdotdot
artworkThe Catalinas were a studio band. This project was produced by Bobby Darin's T.M. Productions at RCA Hollywood on March 26 and May 20, 1964. The session featured musical director, arranger and writer Steve Douglas, who also played sax the May 20 sessions. The March sessions likely included Bruce Johnston - piano, Ray Pohlman - bass, Hal Blaine - drums, Larry Migliori - sax, Tommy Tedesco and Billy Strange - guitars. The May sessions were probably played by Leon Russell - piano, Ray Pohlman - bass, Hal Blaine - drums, Steve Douglas - sax, and Bill Pitman and Jerry Cole - guitars. The recording engineers were Larry Levine and Dave Hassinger. These sessions produced a couple of singles and an album on the RIC label.
Picks: Wipe Out, Banzai Washout, Beach Walkin'

Track by Track Review


Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Catalinas didn't really capture Ron Wilson's drums, or the basic sound of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out." Hal Blaine's drums are just fine, but he is much too precise to do justice to Wilson's laughing drums. The guitar work sounds to me like Jerry Cole, just so-so.

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.