Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: KFWB Battle Of The Surfing Bandsdotdotdotdot
artworkDel-Fi was one of the primo surf labels in the hey day of the early sixties scene. They issued this album under at least three, if not more banners, KFWB (Loa Angeles), KYA (San Francisco), and KPOI (Honolulu). The KFWB track listing was different than the other two. This is the KFWB artwork with the KYA and KPOI track line up. It remains a strong cross sectional sample of the label's output from the early days of reverb.

Tracks missing from this issue that appeared on the KFWB version of the release are the Sentinals' "Vesuvius," and the Impacts' "Tor-Chula."
Picks: Surf Party (SurferÕs Delight), Surf Battle (Goofy Foot), Pipeline, Surfin' Tragedy, Soul Surfing, Driftin', Get It, Hot Pastrami, White Water, Ramrod, Surfin' U. S. A., Delano Soul Beat

Track by Track Review


Surf Party (SurferÕs Delight) dotdot
Hollywood Surf (Instrumental)

Bruce Johnston's first album was essentially a frat band thing, titled Surfers Pajama Party, and advertised as being recorded live at UCLA (doubtful). This track is a basic frat party anthemic dance number, sax oriented, R&B flavored, and rhythmic.

Surf Battle (Goofy Foot) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A high power track is an essential part of any vintage surf collection. This is just about the best Lively Ones track ever! Fast, powerful, high energy, ripping good guitar work, ample changes. Stunning! It's been covered, but never matched.

Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Probably the best period cover of the Chantays' surf archetype. The dribbling glissando opener is stunningly effective, and the whole track reeks power and speed. A totally great track.

Surfin' Tragedy dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This track demonstrates how easily Jim Waller and the Deltas slid between surf and jazz. Their interpretation of the Bob Vaught and the Renegaids classic shows how close to R&B and jazz the song was, and how a beautiful guitar instro could be morphed into an ominous organ and sax growler. A great track!

Soul Surfing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another fine example of the Rhythm Kings' contribution to the Pachuko Soul arena. Rhythmic, soulful, cool.

Driftin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This very pretty sinewy slithery flat water lagoon track is quite nice. Dave Myers' knack for melody and precise playing is evident throughout.

Get It dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Pachuko Soul number, more chunky and R&B oriented than most, but still horn based, rhythmic, and fun. This has frat house leanings, but is cleaner and written much better than most of that ilk.

Hot Pastrami dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pedestrian rendition of the Dartells' tune, complete with the expected shouts of food dishes.

White Water dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This, along with "Gear,' is one of Dave Myers' best instros. It starts out peaceful enough, but after lulling you into that placid mindset, it demonstrates why you should never turn your back on the ocean, with Dave's biggest guitar sounds throbbing through acute vibrato. Magnificent! (fake stereo)

Ramrod dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The arrangement is quite true to the Duane Eddy original, or should I say Al Casey. As above, the spirit is less than the original, with subdued drums and guitar tones. The organ is sorta bizarre for the track, adding a studio lizard dimension. This is classic pre-surf instrumentalism.

Surfin' U. S. A. dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like the other Beach Boys' covers, it is uninspired and just so-so.

Delano Soul Beat dotdotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

This well circulated Pachuko Soul tune has been recorded several times, most notably by the Original Surfaris, who substituted guitar for the intended horn lead. This is a great pure arrangement, as it was intended.