Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf's Up!dotdotdot
artworkReprise licensed this album from Northridge, but didn't use all the masters, and messed with the track sequencing. Added here, but not on the Northridge release, are the Original Surfaris "Surf's Up" and "Pipeline," and the Coast Continentals' "Banzai Pipeline" (not the Henry Mancini tune). Missing from the Northridge package are Bob Vaught and the Renegaids' "San Onofre" and Bob Hafner's "Surf Creature." The mono mixes of the Original Surfaris tracks are balanced with the lead in prominence, unlike the Northridge version.
Picks: Moment Of Truth, Intoxica, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Kalani Wipeout, Aqua Limbo, Delano Soul Beat, Church Key, Surf's Up, Banzai Pipeline, Laguna Limbo Luau, Surfer's Stomp, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


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.

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.

(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.

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.

Aqua Limbo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave Myers and the Surftones experimented with the luau and limbo thing for a while, a surfers beach party phenomenon limited to Southern California and the Frankie and Annette movies. Dave Myers used a variation on the Limbo Luau ethic by blending it with the Pachuko Soul sound. Dave was a trained jazz guitarist, who also took lessons from Dick Dale in his home port of Laguna Beach, Balboa and sometimes Newport. ""Aqua Limbo"" is a unique and party oriented tune, heavy on the fun, light on the usual Dave Myers sound. Totally fun-tastic.

Delano Soul Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Soul Kings may have been interchangeable with the Rhythm Kings, I don't know. Their stuff is mighty similar. "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!

Church Key dotdotdot
Leslie Surf (Instrumental)

The Biscaynes issued only two singles, and appeared on a couple of compilations. It is their backtrack that Doug Hume barfs over the top of. Their sound was lighter and Leslie organ oriented. Here, they give us their typical arrangement of "Church Key."

Surf's Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a chord driven thing, with standard jam riffs from the R&B arena, plus Chuck Berryisms, and touches of "Let's Go Trippin'." A rockin' party anthem.

Banzai Pipeline dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Banzai Pipeline" is a cross between a Dartells styled track with shouts of "surf's up" and a sax band anthem, mixed with other frat party stuff. This wasn't on the original issue of this LP, but appeared on the Reprise release.

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.

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.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the more unusual "Pipeline"s from the original surf era. The lead piano is mightily distorted, and the sax leads are soulful and mean, while the guitar is grodie and powerful. This has an entirely different feel than any other version, and night-n-day different from the Chantays' original.