Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin' Beach Partydotdotdot
artworkThis is an odd compilation. Four tracks each from the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, and seven tracks from Jim Waller and the Deltas, credited as the Deltas, with altered titles, and in stereo for the first time on CD. Here's the translation:
9Wild Surfin'Surfin' Wild
10Surf Trippin'Surfin' Wild
11Surfin' The KeysChurch Key
12Beach Wompin'Body Wompin'
13The Violent SurfVesuvius
14Hawaiian WipeoutWaikiki Wipeout
9Beach BeatBal Beat

These are the last seven tracks on their album. The review uses the correct titles.
Picks: Surfin' Wild, Trippin' At Trestles, Church Key, Body Wompin', Vesuvius, Waikiki Wipeout, 'Bal' Beat

Track by Track Review


Surfin' Wild dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This was a single for the Deltas. It is very Hammond oriented, and quite a melodic jazz combo number.

Trippin' At Trestles dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Piano oriented jazz number that is very interesting and infectious. In the old days, I used to think the title didn't match the song very well, but as time has crept up on me, it has become a much better fit. There was a significant influence from West Coast jazz in the South Bay surf sound, and this has some of those elements in it.

Church Key dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Relatively straight surf arrangement for Waller's band, this cover of an early Central Coast standard from the Revels is solid and very cool.

Body Wompin' dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

The organ pumps out the feel of the surf with a cool backtrack. The guitar and sax trade off against the organ. Great jazzy whammy chords give it ab aquatic edge.

Vesuvius dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

The oft-covered surf tune, done with heavy horn and organ use, and a Latin jazz feel. Different, and cool.

Waikiki Wipeout dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

The vision of the waves at Waikiki as seen over the rim of a glass bearing an umbrella and some beverage comes to mind here.

'Bal' Beat dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

A very soulful luau number that gets you going even if you want to hate it. Great schmoozy stuff.