Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf Party [Soundtrack]dotdotdot
artworkThis rare soundtrack from the teens at the beach film Surf Party includes two instros from the Astronauts, plus some serviceable material from Jimmy Haskell. Vocals include two sad tracks from Kenny Miller, Patricia Morrow's sappy "That's What Love Is," a collaborative track from Jackie De Shannon, Patricia Morrow and Lory Patrick called "Never Comin' Back," and the great Jackie De Shannon's pseudo surf song "Glory Wave" (covered later by Dick Dale).
Picks: Firewater, Surf Party, Symphony Of Sorrow, Great White Water, Crack-Up, The Big Wheel, Racing Wild

Track by Track Review

Firewater dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song was covered by the Sid Presley Experience in the mid eighties, a pre-God Fathers band. They didn't carry it forward, and that's a shame. What a fiery monster this can be. Melodic, spirited, energetic, and piercing.

Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the title track from the movie Surf Party, and it appeared on the soundtrack and a as a single, but never on an Astronauts album. A great example of what a college band from Boulder Colorado can do with Al Schmitt at the controls at RCA Hollywood. Remarkable.

Symphony Of Sorrow dotdot
Orchestral (Instrumental)

Jimmie Haskell's "Symphony Of Sorrow" is a slow orchestral thing, down hearted and forlorned. It's a long way from the surf, yet its melody implies the water's edge. This is one of those instrumentals that could be turned into a grand slow surf instro.

Great White Water dotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

"Great White Water" is a fuzz lead instro with edge and a strange surfability. The melody riff is very durable, and the beat just tribal enough to keep it on the turntable. Not much like the usual studio mung of the period - i.e. a good track.

Crack-Up dotdotdot
Latin R&B Rock (Instrumental)

The Originals issue this in '58. It's very playful, but not very imaginative.

The Big Wheel dotdot
Orchestral (Instrumental)

"The Big Wheel" is an orchestral soundtrack filler that's almost interesting - I said almost. It could be surfed up I suppose. The sax break and structure are essentially leftover fifties rock thinking.

Racing Wild dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another orchestral piece, not too far from Nelson Riddle's theme to the Route 66 TV series. As with much of Jimmie Haskell's writing, it's surfable in another format, but dismissible as is.