Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Surfmen - The Ghost Hop c/w Paradise Cove
|This second pressing renames "Extasy" to "Paradise Cove," the name that would stick after The Surfmen morphed into The Lively Ones. Great stuff!|
Picks: The Ghost Hop, Paradise Cove
Track by Track Review
"Ghost Hop" sports a great melody riff played on low-E surf guitar, with classic piano tinkling and great drums. The nasty sax in the break is a fine offset. Powerful and infectious.
The Surf Men's rendering of "Paradise Cove" was the second recording for them. As the Expressos, they had recorded it as Wandering with Aki Aleong producing. They had renamed it "Extasy," but changed it to "Paradise Cove" to relate to the rising surf phenomenon. It's more basic than the familiar Lively Ones version, and truly primal and significant in it's seminal creation of the Polynesian rhythm cool lagoon variety of Surf. This is a must-have track for any collector.