Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfingdotdotdot
artworkSome pretty groovy surf obscuros appear here, along with two of Dick Dale's pre-surf pop vocals, both of which are slightly less than cool. The cover lists the Surfaris, which in this case are the Original Surfaris. Also listed are the Surf Boys (listed on the label as the Beach Boys), but according to John Blair's authoritative Illustrated Discography of Surf Music - 1961-1965, the band is actually the New Dimensions. The Surf Kings have the smallest listing and the most tracks (4), and are also the Bo Troy and his Hot Rods, while Dick Dale gets top billing for his two widely circulated pre-surf pop vocals.
Picks: Surfin' Dance, Latin Soul, Big Board, Night Surf Party, Surfin', Delano Soul Beat, Surf Water, White Cap

Track by Track Review


Surfin' Dance dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight version of this tune, sounding a lot like a raw version of the Sentinals. No magic, but definite period chunk, rhythmic and edgy. "Vesuvius" is actually "Vesuvius," and was also issued on the The World Of Surfing collection credited to the Surf Boys.

Latin Soul dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While crudely recorded, particularly the drums, this is the poundiest, hottest, and most infectious version of this fine tune. Ultra powerful guitar tones take it beyond the Sentinals version. It has all the Latin flair, but is monster surf guitar dominated.

Big Board dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an extra chunky tune, with a big low-E lead guitar, reverbed hand claps, and a great riff for line dancing. It's punchy, pumped, and mid tempo cool. This has also been released as "Slippery Shillelagh" by Bo Try and his Hot Rods less the racing engines.

Night Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Night Surf Party" is a simple studio jam with hot rod sounds permeating the entire track. Not very interesting. While the stereo recording sounds similarly formulated, the band does not quite sound the same to me. Perhaps it's just a less inspired track. This is the same track as Bo Troy and his Hot Rods "High Boy Hauler," but sand the hot rod sounds.

Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Boys' "Surfin'" is actually the New Dimensions covering the Sentinals' "Tor-Chula." It's beefy and sports the requisite edge for the song.

Delano Soul Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Central Coast soul sound is stronger than the East LA sound that usually dominates versions of this tune. This is not just soulful, but also surfy and large. A fine version.

Surf Water dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The band plays a pretty cool hot rod surf instro jam. The Surf Kings' "Surf Water" was also issued as Bo Troy and his Hot Rods "Bash." This is undubbed, missing the exhaust stacks' rage.

White Cap dot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a typical fifties studio jam with wailing sax and nothing approaching a melody. Exhaust stacks blow, and so does the track. The Surf Kings' "White Cap" was also released as Bo Troy and his Hot Rods "Four Banger."