Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: I Live For The Sundotdotdotdot
artworkThis great 1986 budget LP release contains the only from-the-master release of the Fender IV's "Malibu Run," as well as a marvelous sampling of vintage stuff from Davie Allan and the Arrows to Richie Allan and the Pacific Surfers. Also here are four vocals by the Sunrays, Jan and Dean, Frank N. Stein and the Dropouts, and the Beach Boys. Jim Pewter's liner notes are quite fun, and even provide some interesting tid bits. Compiled by Chris Ashford.
Picks: Malibu Run, The Rising Surf, Midnight Run, We're Goin' Surfin', Moondawg '65, The Cruel Sea, Wild As The Sea

Track by Track Review


Malibu Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Malibu Run" of the best examples of how ska was creeping into the surf instro sound just before it ended. This is a fine, very melodic, and rhythmically infectious track. Mid tempo magic. Brilliantly melodic and surfy. Check out the more ska-centered cover by the Halibuts. "Malibu Run" is a beautiful rolling song with a great melody line. It was the B-side of "Everybody Up.

The Rising Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Pure Gorgeous Surf (Instrumental)

Among the prettiest surf instro tracks of all time, Richie Podolor's composition is stunningly crystalline and well crafted. This track delivers imagery of the surf beginning to rise from a placid state, promising but not yet delivering big surf. The tones are characteristically clean and pure, and the melody is most memorable. Thoroughly engaging and emotionally charged!

Midnight Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is THEE defining Super Stocks track. It is melodic, dramatic, emotional, powerful, dynamic, and highly melodic. It was written by Gary Usher, Richard Burns, and Roger Christian. It has one of the most infectious sounds of any of the more layered less assaultive surf instros. Totally great.

We're Goin' Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like every other band on earth at the time, the Wailers tried to move into the pop consciousness on the wave of the surf sound. Their vocal attempts (Party Time U. S. A.) were pretty lame, but this instro is quite good, though not very surfy in the traditional sense. No double picking, and no Fender reverb, but plenty of watery groove. The girls chorus singin' "everyone's surfin', we're going surfin..." etc. could have been dropped, but still, it was a great single, and stands up well over time. The melody is the same as Dave Myers and the Surftones "Aqua Limbo Luau."

Moondawg '65 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie's complete reconstruction of the Gamblers' studio gem. It's chunky and laden with that classic Davie Allan sound.

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.

Wild As The Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and familiar tune, with a wistfully breezy lilt to it, and an almost siesta imagery. It's not fast, but rather a romantic mid tempo number. Nice listening.