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The Original Surfaris - Bomboradotdotdotdot
artworkFor absolute clarity, this band was called the Surfaris before the band that did Wipe Out. Other than that, there is no relationship at all. Because of the success of "Wipe Out" c/w "Surfer Joe," they were forced to change their name to the Original Surfaris, despite having issued some singles and album tracks. This CD is the album this band planned to release 30+ years ago, but never did. It's not a greatest hits package, or a compilation of their singles (that hopefully may still be coming). It's also not their second album, which was released in '64. Not only is this the first time most of this has been heard, its in reasonable stereo too. This band was very powerful, and their playing writing via lead player Larry Weed and leader and piano player Al Valdez was very strong (Al went on to the Electras). Witness the number of artists who have recorded Moment Of Truth!
Picks: Bombora, Vesuvius, Surfari, Down Under, Surf Angel, Intoxica, Wipeout, Beep Beep, Latin'ia, Church Key, Board-Walk, Steel Pier

Track by Track Review


Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' "Bombora" is one of the great surf pounders, with it's heavy tom tom action and low-E lead growling away. A great and essential track.

Vesuvius dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a decent cover of a tune that has been done by many of the Central Coast surf bands. Robert J. Hafner wrote it, and the Sentinals and the Revels did it, among others. It's a soulful, almost Pachuko Soul highly rhythmic tune, using a sax lead, and sporting infectious hooks.

Surfari dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' "Surfari" is a really cool high energy number that has been only narrowly circulated and covered even more rarely. It has a bunch of energy, great low-E double picked leads and a solid helping of hooks. Great track

Down Under dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fine track, with soulful Central Coast jazz / R&B leanings in the break guitar lines, a wailing sax, and lots of cool Latino hints. Powerful jam-based tribal thunder.

Surf Angel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow reverby smoocher is melodic and pretty, with a melody that only millimeters from "Blue Moon." Very nice track.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track was recorded by many. It's another R. J. Hafner composition. It has his penchant for Latino soul and beer can party feel. Solid performance and a much fuller sound that any other version.

Wipeout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is NOT the Surfaris' tune. It is the Impacts tune. This version is just as good as theirs, fuller more powerful, but less cool 'cuz it takes a lap steel to really make it sing. Good sax break, and infectious delivery.

Beep Beep dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Impacts did this originally. Their version is more fun, but this is more gutsy. It's a simple infectious riff coupled with a gimmicky "honk." Cool track.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nuñes' great track, done with less beauty and exotica, and more darkness and smoky soul. Very cool track.

Church Key dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Once the Revels hit with this, every surf band had to play it. It was the party anthem of the instro set, the way Louie Louie was the anthem of the frat bands. This is a much more surfy grodie version that the Revels' or Jim Waller & the Deltas', or Dave Myers & the Surftones'. It's rhythmic and gutsy.

Board-Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a fun variation on the idea behind Bombora, this has a Wild Weekend kinda melody, and a lot of party infectious energy. Powerful and playful.

Steel Pier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Impacts' coolest track, delivered with more rhythm chunk and fuller more plucky sound, but without the lap steel slither. A really fine track.