Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Teen-Beats - Night Surfing c/w Clair De Lune Rock
|This 1961 single from the Teen-Beats is pretty early for surf, with a release date of September 4, 1961, or so I've read. Nifty stuff. They were a studio group fronted by Don Rivers (Sherrell) who had issued a single in 1961 credited to The Teen-Beats featuring Don Rivers and the Califfs.|
Picks: Night Surfing, Clair De Lune Rock
Track by Track Review
Night Surfing" is a minimal instrumental with a simple progression and a presurf rock'n'roll edge. It's pretty cool in a small town combo kinda way, and the drums are crisp. This track was reissued as "Swimmin' Part One" in 1964.
"Clair De Lune Rock" is a slightly up-tempo vintage rocker with a grinding frantic groove. Similar in aural quality, but not at all the same melody or progression as part one. A "Honey Don't" intro to part two is guttier but no more interesting than part one. This is a great rockabilly boogie, while also being as simple as they come. It's actually quite infectious. Rhythmic and energetic, it lacks only from a lead guitar not present enough. Damn cool track. It was reissued in 1964 as "Swimmin' Part Two."