Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Original Surfin' Hitsdotdotdot
artworkThis 1963 French ep is taken from the GNP Crescendo album of the same name. Each of the four tracks are from different artists. The track choices are unusual to say the least.
Picks: Dave Myers and the Surftones - Church Key, The Sentinals - Tor-Chula, Jim Waller and the Deltas - Soul Beat Pt. II

Track by Track Review


The Breakers - Surf Bird dot
Surf (Vocal)

Ah yes - scary as they come, the Breakers do a doo-wop Hollywood syrup surf song for the teeny boppers. Oh boy! The backing band here is Jim Waller and the Deltas.

Dave Myers and the Surftones - Church Key dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave produced a unique arrangement of a song that was recorded by a bazillion instro bands, making it his own. I like it better than the original Revels version because of Dave's great double picking throughout matched exactly by his marvelous drummer. One of the better covers of the Revel's classic, and certainly the most surfy under it's original name.

The Sentinals - Tor-Chula dotdotdotdot
Soul Surf (Instrumental)

A Latin Laguna Luau party number from the minds of San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach... I forget. One of their more ethnic numbers, very Latino and very wonderful. This Latin soul jazzy number has been one of my faves for a millennium (almost). It has a really cool soulful feel and great damped barely reverbed guitar. A brilliant arrangement.

Jim Waller and the Deltas - Soul Beat Pt. II dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sultry jazzy number with a very soulful groove. It drips liquid love and emotional well-being. So cool is that the Ray Beats covered it in a merger with Intoxica on their It's Only A Movie album.