Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Best Of 60's Surfdotdot
artworkThis budget compilation contains 14 tracks, comprised of 10 vocals and 4 instros. Nothing hard to find, and mostly the hits.
Picks: Wipe Out, Pipeline, Hawaii Five-0, Let's Go Trippin'

Track by Track Review


Wipe Out dotdotdotdot
TV Surf (Instrumental)

"Wipe Out" is simply the definitive drummer's badge of courage. If he can do a decent "Wipe Out," he's hired. Simple, and written and recorded in just minutes, this is an international classic that has sold multimillions of copies, and still does every year worldwide.

Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is it. This track defined surf. It is the archetype! Paul Johnson once told me that when first heard this tune on his car radio, he said Whoa! Wha-at is THAT?, and pulled over to the side of the road to listen. The Chantays defined the classic surf line up, 2 guitars, piano, bass, and drums. Glorious first use of glissandoes, first rhythm guitar dominance in the mix, and just plain essential.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
TV Surf (Instrumental)

Often covered TV theme song from the chameleons of instro rock from the 1968 TV series.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is Dick Dale's 1975 GNP Crescendo version. He doesn't like it, and it is less twangy than the original, but it also is well played and much fuller sounding. It is just a little sterile.