Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Back To The Beach [Soundtrack]dotdotdot
artworkThis is an absolutely wonderful film. Conceived and written by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, it makes fun of everything about the old Beach Party films of the sixties. As the marque outside Connie Stevens' tiki bar says, the album also features Dick Dale and at least two of his Del-tones." Among the vocal gems is Pee-wee Herman's rendition of "Surfin' Bird" and Frankie Avalon's "California Sun" with Dick Dale on guitar. Also in the mix are Dave Edmunds doing "Woolly Bully," Fishbone backing Annette on "Ska Ska Ska."
Picks: Pipeline, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is the best of mid-eighties Dick Dale. He's backing Stevie Ray Vaughn here on a classic, and his speed and power shred the blues legend all to hell. They trade roles, with Stevie taking the lead for the first half, and Dick conquering the role in the second half. It was a single only on Columbia, so it's great to see it on CD here.

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Fusion Surf (Instrumental)

This fusionish version of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" just doesn't work for me. It has none of the charm, and none of the percussive magic.