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The Catalinas - Fun Fun Fun
artworkThe Catalinas were a studio group featuring Bruce Johnston, Hal Blaine, Jerry Cole, Steve Douglas, Leon Russell, Billy Strange, and Tommy Tedesco. It is Hal Blaine's drums, Steve Douglas's sax, and Billy Strange's fiery guitar that makes "Banzai Washout" such a screamer! It's the only track like that on the album. Fun Fun Fun was produced by Terry Melcher. This reissue is very nicely done.
Picks: Banzai Washout

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.