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The Surfaris - Hit City '64dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine album from one of surfdom's most important bands. Aside from some of their best tracks, it also includes the otherwise unissued jazz classic "Comin' Home Baby."
Picks: Scatter Shield, Mystic Island Drums, Comin' Home Baby, Hiawatha, Scratch, Earthquake

Track by Track Review


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.

Mystic Island Drums dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In those days of obligatory drum solos, and particularly from the band that brought you "Wipe Out," it was mandatory for them to have a show off track for Ron. This features really heavy guitar chords and great drumming, showing just how much unique energy he had. Great fun.

Comin' Home Baby dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Herbie Mann's "Comin' Home Baby" gets the full surf treatment. Beyond cool, it drips vintage surf innocence and power in a soft package. It's a marvelous recording that displays the dynamics this band could reach with a soft melody.

Hiawatha dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on the melody from the Hamm's beer commercials of the day, this track is the best version of the tune first surfed up by the Nobles. It's Indian tom tom driven sensibility is infectious.

Scratch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A reasonable version, not stellar, but average.

Earthquake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nobles were Ron Wilson's favorite band, or so he told me several times in the early eighties. His respect for their writing and performance was born out on their VJ album, despite the Aki Aleong tracks on it. This is one of their better written works, and the performance is rolling, smooth, and oh-so nice to hear. Nice use of echoplex.