Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Perfect Day: 40 Years of Music From Surfer Magazine.dotdot
artworkOne day I'd like to see the sport's mags embrace the music they originally named "surf music." Only five instros here, nothing new. The other twelve tracks are vocals from across the spectrum, from the B-52's, the Beach Boys, and the Moody Blues, to Robin Trower, Sprung Monkey, and Jan and Dean. As a mag comp, I suppose it's a good party disc for the common surfer. For fans of surf music, it's not a good bet. The disc also contains three little screen movies in jerky-tone.
Picks: Miserlou, Theme From 'The Endless Summer', 0 to 60 In Five, Hawaii Five-O, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Miserlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The introductory note of Miserlou is somehow bigger than life. Dick's machine gun staccato is perfect. This is Dick Dale's biggest Del-tone singles, the incredibly archetypal "Miserlou" featured so prominently in Pulp Fiction. No comprehensive Surf collection should even be conceived without this song. This IS the sound of primal surf, the source of the idea of really LOUD guitar leads. It's reported that the arrangement was developed after Dick saw Johnny Barakat do it this way.

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.

0 to 60 In Five dotdotdot
Art Rock (Instrumental)

This floaty art rock piece is breezy and oceanic, but doesn't really portray the surf in any direct sense like surf instrumentals do. The piano work is the best part of the track, which is otherwise repetitious progressions and near disco. The guitar work is competent, and in another setting, quite good, but as surf, it doesn't compute.

Hawaii Five-O dotdotdot
TV Surf (Instrumental)

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

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the best of mid-eighties Dick Dale. He's backing Stevie Ray Vaughn here on a classic, and his speed and power shred the blues legend all to hell. They trade roles, with Stevie taking the lead for the first half, and Dick conquering the role in the second half. It was featured in the film Back To The Beach as well as a single.