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The Surfmen - The Ghost Hop c/w Paradise Covedotdotdotdot
artworkThis 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


The Ghost Hop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"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.

Paradise Cove dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.