Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Golden Summer Vol. 3dotdotdot
artworkGolden Summer Vol.3 is a very pedestrian collect... nothing rare, and aside from Eddie and the Showmen's "Scratch," nothing much from 'real' surfbands.
Picks: Eddie and the Showmen - Scratch, The Rally Packs - Bucket Seats, The Ventures - Surf Rider, The Cruel Sea

Track by Track Review


Scratch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very shallow stereo mix of the often covered song. It's very powerful, and a must have. B-side of single number two.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aside from Sandy Nelson's dominant drums, this version of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Let's Go Trippin'" is mighty weak! Very thin guitar, quite low in the mix, and uninspired performances all around.

Bucket Seats dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's hard to imagine listening to this, but Jan Berry produced it. I often wondered if Jan and Dean's "B-Gas Rickshaw" was an anomaly, or a glint of actual interest in real surf. I think this track answers the question. This is a very nice track, catchy, well produced, and infectious. It's on the lighter side, as with most studio concoctions, but it still a great track.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

They called it "Spudnik" on their mashed potato album. The Lively Ones renamed it and made it a surf classic. This is quite dry compared to the Lively Ones' version. It's such a solid piece of writing!

The Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also titled "The Cruel Surf," this is an odd version, with the lead guitar mixed pretty low. It's faster and more pumped than the Dakotas' original. The guitar tone is quite dry.