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artworkCulled from the same sessions that produced The Hollywood Persuaders' Drums A Go-Go album and The Rotations "surf" single, this 1964 Mexican ep was a nice find. It's not surf directly, but was recorded in 1963 by Paul Buff and Frank Zappa. It's more historically than musically interesting.
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Tijuana dotdotdot
TJB Surf (Instrumental)

Reverbed second guitar, and a huge debt owed to Balboa Stomp and Herb Alpert by Paul Buff's studio band on this one. It's so very close to Surfers Stomp with just slight variations created by the organ in the breaks and a twinge of the Tijuana Brass. Frank Zappa probably played guitar. Not surfy at all, but a cool tune. Also issued as "Tijuana Surf."

Grunion Run dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This is a bluesy Frank Zappa guitar instro, traditionally arranged and fluid. It's not particularly interesting, except from a historical perspective, though it's very well played and recorded.

Ciudad Juarez dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Juarez" is likely from the same session that produced "Tijuana Surf," because the style, instrumentation, and production are very similar, as is the melody structure. Not more than just OK.

Persuasion dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Persuasion" is an easy flowing piece with cool electric piano, and a mild guitar melody and whistling organ, both of are inspired by Del Shannon's "Runaway." Derivative, but very pleasant.