Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf's Up! At Banzai Pipelinedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the Northridge Records version of this comp reissued on CD, and it's in mono. There was also a version on Reprise, which had some different tracks, and which they remastered/remixed in mono differently from the stereo masters which must be somewhere (argh!). I wanna know when the stereo masters are gonna surface on CD! The hard core surf tracks here are wonderful. This is essentially a companion album to Surf War.
Picks: The Biscaynes - Church Key, Bob Hafner - Surf Creature, Dave Myers and the Surftones - Aqua Limbo, Laguna Limbo Luau, Neal Nissenson - Intoxica, The Original Surfaris - Moment Of Truth, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Kalani Wipeout, The Soul Kings - Delano Soul Beat, Jim Waller and the Deltas - Surfer's Stomp

Track by Track Review


The Biscaynes - Church Key dotdotdot
Leslie Surf (Instrumental)

The Biscaynes sound was lighter and Leslie organ oriented. They give us their typical arrangement of "Church Key."

Bob Hafner - Surf Creature dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is a very moody vibrato laden monster with distant howling in the background. Bob Hafner aka R. (Robert) J. Hafner wrote numerous surf tunes. This is his only direct credit for performance. It's been covered, because it's mighty evil and mysterious. Great track.

Doug Hume - Surfin' Tragedy dot
Surf (Vocal)

And now, for the worst record of all time. I'm not jiving. This is worse than any of the Golden Throats nonsense, and uglier than any phony lo-fi garbage. Either skip right over it, or get your ear plugs ready, because the other choice is Dramamine.

Dave Myers and the Surftones - Aqua Limbo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

""Aqua Limbo"" is a unique and party oriented tune, heavy on the fun, light on the usual Dave Myers sound. Totally fun-tastic.

Dave Myers and the Surftones - Laguna Limbo Luau dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave Myers and the Surftones present a slightly limbo luau ethic version of their Pachuko Soul side, with "Laguna Limbo Luau," a mighty fun party tune with Hawaiian overtones from extreme string bending or bottleneck.

Neal Nissenson - Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Who was this guy? Neil Nissenson's only release (I think) is a cover of the over-recorded "Intoxica." It's a cool track.

The Original Surfaris - Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris deliver their original version of "Moment Of Truth," which is mixed from the two-track masters with the lead guitar way down, so it's quite rhythmic and not too melodic. You can always tell which version of the track is being covered when the band misses the melodic nature of the whole thing. The Reprise album has the lead up front, but the backtrack too low, and Dave Myers and the Surftones' version is quite different, being restructured. It's a wonderful vintage track by one of the great bands.

The Original Surfaris - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdotdot
Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris deliver one of the rockin'est versions of Stan Jones' classic cowboy instro "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky." It's raw-raw-raw, and very energetic. There's more whoopin' and hollerin' here than on just about any other vintage recording. There was a lot fun happening when these guys laid this down on tape.

The Original Surfaris - Kalani Wipeout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Original Surfaris track, this time as they ventured into Dave Myers' limbo luau territory. The idea was to recreate a real Hawaiian luau, surfer style.

The Soul Kings - Delano Soul Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Delano Soul Beat" is a song also recorded by the Original Surfaris, but with guitar lead instead of the trademark Pachuko Soul / Mariachi style horns. This track is most infectious, and a really rare glimpse into the soul side of the surf genre. Very cool!

Bob Vaught and the Renegaids - San Onofre dotdotdot
Whammy R&B (Instrumental)

There is precious little on CD from Bob Vaught & the Renegaids. Their gutty crude sound is displayed on "San Onofre." It's a cool R&B instro with whammy accents. I'm waiting for GNP to issue their album on CD - hey Neil, are you reading this?

Jim Waller and the Deltas - Surfer's Stomp dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Jim Waller and the Deltas show off their Samba / Jimmy Smith easy sax jazz surf with the Mar-Kets "Surfers' Stomp." Given the funky studio groove of the hit, this is quite a nice change.