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The Tempests - Midnight c/w Count Downdotdotdot
artworkThis is an interesting presurf single, more obscure than important, but as more pieces of the history of instrumental evolution come to light, it becomes more obvious how unavoidable the birth of surf music was.
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Surf (Instrumental)

"Midnight" is a basic riff rocker. For 1961, it's way less developed than most, sounding a lot like 1958. The riff is kinds cool, and the occasional pulled note and sloppy drums suggest a beginner band. 1961.5 Dominion 1006 (Midnight c/w Count Down)

Count Down dotdotdot
Presurf (Instrumental)

A tic toc clock and a count down over hum and descending guitar lines. Piano and guitar playing what sounds like a number of surf instros before there was reverb - it is May of 1961 after all! Raucous drums and frantic guitar and keys. Good fun!