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The Surfaris - Gone With The Wavedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a 1977 British import LP - a collection of material from the surf and rod era, as well as their terminal folk rock period. These Decca sessions date from '64 through '66. There are 5 surf instros here.
Picks: Moon Dawg, Hot Rod Graveyard, Scatter Shield, Dune Buggy, Surfing Drums

Track by Track Review


Moon Dawg dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fine cover of the Gamblers' 1960 hit single. This is the first time it was committed to disc all reverbed out. It growls and has a more menacing tone. Great track.

Hot Rod Graveyard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow ominous number, featuring a very simple melody and cool vibes. It is dark, brooding, evil, and lurks in your closet when you're sleeping. A very cool track. The contrast between the simple guitar parts and Ron Wilson's bitchin' rolling drums is perfect. A great track.

Scatter Shield dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the best album tracks from this band. It was a single, and still carries a lot of weight with me. The engine rev up - clutch blow up sound effects at the beginning are cool. It's a good vehicle for Ron Wilson's drumming, and it's melodic and powerful.

Dune Buggy dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is one of the coolest and most unique vintage surf tracks ever recorded. It's marvelous blend of rhythm and melody is utterly infectious. I can still recall the thrill of hearing it for the first time. The rhythmic chunk, the tribal riffs, the melody that seems to only slightly drift off of a single note, the angry sax, all contribute to a masterpiece of instrumental music. Brilliant!

Surfing Drums dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cover of Dick Dale's cover of Bo Diddley's "Hush Your Mouth" , with a lighter more choppy arrangement than Dale's. It sports a more mystic feel than Dick's, but retains the tribal drums. Fine track.