Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Monster Summer Hits - Wild Surfdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of those odd collections that demonstrates how little major labels "get it." Some nice instros, but mostly vocal mung and never-mind instrumentals that have little to do with the genre, but everything to do with the pop culture of the day. Its lone asset is the original recording of the "Theme From The Endless Summer" from the Sandals.
Picks: Surfer's Stomp, Theme From 'The Endless Summer', Hawaii Five-0, Surf Age, Wipe Out, Pipeline, Goofy Foot Glen, Come September

Track by Track Review

Surfer's Stomp dotdotdot
Sub Surf (Instrumental)

The Mar-Kets created this nearly Lawrence Welk forties-ish "Surfers Stomp." Frankly, Susan and the SurfTones do the best version of this song. Simple slow paced innocent instrumental rock and roll, with great piano and saucy sax. Infectious and unpretentious. Don't look for the classic surf sound here, but do enjoy the simplicity and fun. Smooth and right nice.

Theme From 'The Endless Summer' dotdotdot
Classic Film Score Surf (Instrumental)

"Theme From The Endless Summer" is a world renowned tune. It incorporates nontraditional instruments and has been an influence to many others. The use of melodica is particularly interesting.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
TV Surf (Instrumental)

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

Surf Age dotdotdot
Studio Jam (Instrumental)

Ringing guitar notes, and Capitol Records studio horns create a cross between an interesting song idea and bad session work.

Wipe Out dotdot
Biker (Instrumental)

Highly uninspired dry rendering of the Surfaris classic. Mel Taylor's drums are way weak when compared to Ron Wilson's.

Pipeline dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Never let it be said that Jerry Cole was even a prince of the surf guitar. Listening to this version of "Pipeline," you quickly notice he got the melody wrong. Argh! Makes me crazy! Incidentally, Jerry was one of the studio regulars in Hollywood, and was reported to have played guitar in lieu of the Beach Boys on many of their early studio tracks.

Goofy Foot Glen dotdot
Movie Surf (Instrumental)

Soundtrack mung, in a faux mariachi style, with a real serious studio session feel. Doesn't rise to the level of the Tijuana Brass.

Come September dotdotdot
Movie Surf (Instrumental)

Near surf with a mariachi format and a definitive studio session lack of chemistry. It's a cool tune, but it needs some development.