Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin' USAdotdot
artworkAt first glance, this would appear to be another meaningless surf pop compilation for the masses. While that is true, it also contains several extreme rarities, though you wouldn't know from the packaging. Both the Chantays "Pipeline" and the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" are remakes. Both were issued on vinyl in the seventies, and again in the eighties. Neither have been available on CD before. Even if you are a collector of vocal stuff, the Jan & Dean and Hondells tracks are also seventies or eighties remakes.
Picks: Pipeline, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is it. This track defined surf. It is the archetype! Paul Johnson once told me that when first heard this tune on his car radio, he said Whoa! Wha-at is THAT?, and pulled over to the side of the road to listen. The Chantays defined the classic surf line up, 2 guitars, piano, bass, and drums. Glorious first use of glissandoes, first rhythm guitar dominance in the mix, and just plain essential.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a 1975 remake recorded for K-Tel. Ron Wilson is not on the session, the sound is less crisp, and the bass is more upfront, but otherwise it's recognizable from a guitar standpoint as the Surfaris.