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The Regents - The Regents: Live at the AM-PM Discothequedotdotdot
artworkThis is a nicely recorded live set from 1964 as the discotheque craze was beginning. It gave way to go-go. It was completely unaffected by the British Invasion, with material roots in early rock, R&B, jazz, and surf. The Regents play surf instrumentation throughout, and there are four instros here. Darn rare.
Picks: Delano Soul Beat, Comin' Home Baby, Gonzo, Theme And Close (Delano Soul Beat)

Track by Track Review


Delano Soul Beat dotdotdot
Discotheque Surf (Instrumental)

At under a minute, this version of The Soul Kings' "Delano Soul Beat" is just too short. Surf guitar and sax gently roll a couple of verses. Very tasteful, if fairly low key.

Comin' Home Baby dotdotdotdot
Discotheque Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very tasteful version of Herbie Mann's jazz standard "Comin' Home Baby." Fine surf guitar and wailin' sax, along with a saucy coastal sound. This stands up really well. The song was a hit on top forty radio, and it made its way into many surfband set lists, including such notables as The Surfaris.

Gonzo dotdotdotdot
Discotheque Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very nice surf treatment of Deadric Malone's (aka Don Robey), which was originally cut by James Booker. Liquid surf tone and that groovy soul-jazz writing are a perfect blend. Its melody is based around a splashy riff, and the band fluidly lays it out. Excellent!

Theme And Close (Delano Soul Beat) dotdotdot
Discotheque Surf (Instrumental)

Al Garcia's "Delano Soul Beat" serves to close the show, with the last verse talked over for the thanks. The arrangement is identical to the opening track. It's just 30 seconds longer.