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The Surf Raiders - Surf Bounddotdotdotdot
artworkThe second Surf Raiders album is from the same lineup, but is much better recorded, and shows a matured band playing tighter and with more precision. This is an excellent album. What's surprising is that the Surfin' Fever retrospective CD contains so few of these tracks.The Surf Raiders on this disc are Bob Dalley - lead guitar, Linda Dalley - organ, Neal Kuzee - rhythm guitar, Dave Rodriguez - drums, and Loyd Davis, bass.
Picks: Surf Bound, Totally Tubular, Egyptian Surf, Beyond, Hit The Surf, Raider Jam, Wave Walk'n', The Ranch, Hott Foam Rider, Long Ride, K-39, El Surfboard

Track by Track Review


Surf Bound dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nevegans aka the Teen Beats originally cut this. It's a great rolling beat surf tune, melodic and infectious. The chants of "surf - bound" celebrate anticipation of the waves waiting just ahead. It's an excellent recording and performance.

Totally Tubular dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This retitling of the New Dimensions' "Failsafe" is excellent. It sports plenty of damped reverb guitar, but is marred by Linda Dalley's organ too hot in the mix in spots, and less edge than the original.

Egyptian Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The most famous cartoon Arabic melody is turned into a blazing surf rage. It's tough and melodic, and very infectious.

Beyond dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cover of the surfiest thing on the second Chantays album. It's quite well delivered, and sounds really surfy. The haunting melody is enhanced by the eerie organ that stays rightly in the background. Excellent track.

Hit The Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and spunky, this is a Bob Dalley composition that is very derivative of Dick Dale's "Shake 'N' Stomp." It's well played, infectious and vibrant.

Raider Jam dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In the spirit of the Beach Boys' "Surf Jam," this is a riff based jammin' tune. The playing is solid, but the lack of a real melody leaves me flat.

Wave Walk'n' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth trad surf, with organ added. This is a melodic and warm track, with the kind of draw that brings you back for more.

The Ranch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the title, you might expect a variation of "El Rancho Grande," but it's not. Neal Kuzee arranged this. It's excellent, smooth, melodic, and reverent.

Hott Foam Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and rhythmic, "Hott Foam Rider" is a solid track with a very trad melody riff written by Bob Dalley. The structure is pure vintage surf.

Long Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Barakat & the Vestells' "Long Ride" is delivered very true to the original, except for the sound quality. An excellent cover, well played and really surfy.

K-39 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A competent cover of the Challengers' best tune, well paced and very fun. It is not as powerful, but retains the energy. The lead guitar is subdued in the mix.

El Surfboard dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Co-written by Bob Dalley and Johnny Barakat, this drips moody trad surf. It flows well, and is well played. The break is straight out of "Hernando's Hideaway."