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The Challengers - Wipe Outdotdotdot
artworkYour basic instro hits package, mostly different takes from their other releases. Quite a number of the tracks are MOR or pale compared to the earlier versions. This album was cut for GNP Crescendo, and was expanded to a two record reissue set in a mid-sixties.
Picks: Big Shot, Wipe Out, Lonely Bull, Igor's Theme, Tequila, Happy Time, Memphis, Rebel Rouser, Big Shot, Cruel Sea, Small Fry, R. J. Mike (aka Sidewalk Surfer), Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Big Shot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson wrote this track, and it has his signature on it, but it doesn't measure up to "Mr. Moto" or most of his other writing, which is mostly stellar.

Wipe Out dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gad zooks, have there not been enough failed covers of this song? Tepid, sluggish, and uninspired.

Lonely Bull dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sluggish and uninspired, this version is pleasant, but has none of the character of the original Herb Alpert or the Dream Syndicate cover.

Igor's Theme dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty darn uninteresting track. It slowly plods along, and the warbly guitar tone is wearing thin.

Tequila dotdot
Exotica Mexica (Instrumental)

OK, so it's over done, over imitated, and overplayed. Still, it's a great song. So, why do it so boringly?

Happy Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just barely a pick, this track features Hal Blaine's rolling drums, and flying thin guitars. It rocks, though from a sitting position. melodic and interesting, but very little about it is surf.

Memphis dotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Uh, yeah. I'm sure this is unnecessary.

Rebel Rouser dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cool, though sounding rather Memphis studio in the arrangement.

Big Shot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson wrote this track, and it has his signature on it, but it doesn't measure up to "Mr. Moto" or most of his other writing, which is mostly stellar.

Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Among the better covers of this Dakotas (Billy J. Kramer) tune written by Mike Maxfield.

Small Fry dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Good Guystrack, this is highly infectious, energetic, and satisfying. It's a song that's been around for a long time, an old Belairs - Paul Johnson tune. The overall effect is happy danceable rockin' good fun.

R. J. Mike (aka Sidewalk Surfer) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This wonderful song is not quite as well done as the earlier versions, but it is still quite listenable. The far away sax is an interesting change, though I'm not sure it adds. Again, we have Hal Blaine's rolling drums. The bridge has lost the infectiousness of the original from the Good Guys album.

Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hal Blaine's drums, and either a totally different mix or different take of the Triumph records session. This mix is fuller, sports more clarity, and has a different charm. very cool.