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The Temptations - Blue Surf c/w Egyptian Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkThis original single from 1963 is rare and very cool. It's a vintage piece of magic from Garden Grove. The Temptations started life as The Nomads in the early sixties, but changed their name in '63 before recording this set.
Picks: Blue Surf, Egyptian Surf

Track by Track Review

Blue Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great damped surf rhythm guitar, cool second guitar fills, a sassy sax lead, and strange chorus lines. This is a really cool, slightly mean track with a bunch of appeal. "Blue Surf" was the B-side of their only single, released in June of '63. It's a strange song. The whole thing would be killer if it weren't marred by the dreadful "Ahhhs" parading as backing harmonies. The tune itself owes a great deal to the Gamblers' "Moon Dawg." Wonderful.

Egyptian Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Trading on stereotypical Egyptian themes, this fine single was unearthed for a cover job in the early eighties by the Surf Raiders. The arrangement is pure garage surf. Melodic, infectious and energetic.