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The Surfaris (Jim Pash) - Surf Partydotdotdotdot
artworkPreviously issued on vinyl only in the early eighties live 1981 Santa Anna. Jim Pash's Surfaris turn in a great performance, with a bonus Nobles cover not on the vinyl LP. Very good energy and playing. Original band members include Jim Pash (lead/sax) and Jim Fuller (bass - was lead guitarist in the sixties), plus Don Murray (drums) from the Crossfires / Turtles. The Surfaris have stayed with their fairgrounds oldies review, which, while well done and pretty authentic, leave me begging for new material for the modern surf age. They put on a good show when this was recorded, though today, they have become more nostalgic and less dynamic. They hold a special place in surf history, and it's a good thing that they perform in any capacity. There were three versions of the Surfaris at the time this was recorded, this one with Jim Pash in charge, the splendid Ron Wilson & the Surfaris, and Bob Berryhill's Surfaris. Ron's death a few years back ended one, but Berryhill still does the show now and then, and has released a CD recently. With Pash at the helm, the Surfaris seems to have no drive for things new, except evolving arrangements. Jim Fuller was one of the best lead guitarists around in the sixties, but is now relegated to the bass. With the parting of the ways between Ron Wilson and Jim Pash back in the late sixties, and the continued friction through the seventies and into the early eighties, as well as the departure of Pat Connolly and Bob Berryhill, it's no wonder that the band has changed, mostly doing covers the hits of others. It seems no one is writing new songs. History aside, this is a very good live performance from a very important band doing a solid surf revival review.
Picks: Wipe Out, Tequila, Shake-N-Stomp, Surfer Joe, Point Panic, Pipeline, Earthquake [The Nobles Medley], Hiawatha [The Nobles Medley], Apache, Scatter Shield, Dick Dale Medley (Let's Go Trippin' / Surf Beat / Miserlou)

Track by Track Review


Wipe Out dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

Don Murray was a good drummer, but no one can do this like Ron Wilson could. Solid performance.

Tequila dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

Among the best versions of this Champs classic.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

A decent performance of Dick Dale's classic single.

Surfer Joe dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Vocal)

All five verses for the first time on disc since Richard Delvy edited out the extra two for the Dot release. Energetic and well played.

Point Panic dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

Really strong performance, much edgier than the original Bud Dant studio track. A sample from the single opens it.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

A solid rendition, not outstanding, but very listenable.

Earthquake [The Nobles Medley] dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

The first cover since the sixties. The Nobles were the originators, and their version is still my fave, but this is quite good. Lots of energy, and plenty of magic.

Hiawatha [The Nobles Medley] dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

Another Nobles track, based on the theme from a TV ad for Hamm's Beer, starring a slovenly bear and Indian maidens with a certain detailed jostle that won the hearts of many a youth. This is great. Very hot! Lots of energy, and plenty of power.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

A pedestrian version of the Jerry Lordan classic.

Scatter Shield dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

As the flappers would have said, "Yowsa!" A great version of a great Surfaris original. Powerful, and well delivered. The sample is OK.

Dick Dale Medley (Let's Go Trippin' / Surf Beat / Miserlou) dotdotdotdot
Surf Revival Review (Instrumental)

Part 1 - Among the hottest of all the versions on disc anywhere of Dick's first instro.

Part 2 - A fine energetic performance.

Part 3 - A Damn good version of thee surf anthem, first surfed up by Dick on his most famous Del-tone single. A spirited performance of the standard, with ample edge and power.