Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Endless Summer Legends Volume 2
|Three volumes make up a better than average supermarket/as seen on TV collection. What makes it worth a mention is the inclusion of several of the more obscure/authentic surf/rod instros among the vocal mung. Liners are completely void of any info at all - printed on just one side. The box has no data either.|
Picks: The Astronauts - Surf Party, The Belairs - Mr. Moto, The Chantays - Pipeline, Dick Dale and his Del-tones - Let's Go Trippin', The Ventures - Diamond Head
Track by Track Review
The Astronauts - Surf Party
This is the title track from the movie Surf Party, and it appeared on the soundtrack and a as a single, but never on an Astronauts album. A great example of what a college band from Boulder Colorado can do with Al Schmidt at the controls at RCA Hollywood. Remarkable.
This is it, their claim to fame, their most familiar song, and the first surf release from May 1961 on Arvee Records. "Mr. Moto" is just about the most influential surf instro ever. "Mr. Moto" came to be a surf classic, and was recorded and released months before Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'," before he opened the Rendezvous Ballroom, and before it was called surf. If you must draw a line in the sand, it must be drawn here. "Mr. Moto" was recorded at Liberty.
Covered by countless others, this song features 15 year olds Paul Johnson and Eddie Bertrand trading guitar parts in their trademark style on a prototypical PJ writing masterpiece. Jim Roberts' piano work is stunningly perfect for this song. A historical absolutely must have!
This is it. This track defined surf. It is the archetype! Paul Johnson once told me that when first heard this tune on his car radio, he said Whoa! Wha-at is THAT?, and pulled over to the side of the road to listen. The Chantays defined the classic surf line up, 2 guitars, piano, bass, and drums. Glorious first use of glissandos, first rhythm guitar dominance in the mix, and just plain essential.
Dick Dale and his Del-tones - Let's Go Trippin'
Dick Dale's August 1961 recording of "Let's Go Trippin'" is ahead of the surf sound, more a rock 'n' roll number than what would be later identified as surf. It is nevertheless a very important key to the development of the genre.
Dick's original Del-tones were a hell of a band. This session featured a seasoned Barry Rillera on sax, who had been in his brother Ricky Rillera's band the Rhythm Rockers (no relation to the surfband of that name), with whom Richard Berry had sung for over a year at Harmony Park between 1954 and 1955. It was at Harmony Park one Saturday night in 1955 that Richard heard them do Rene Touzet's "El Loco Cha Cha" for the first time, and was inspired by it's "duh duh duh, duh-duh" intro to write "Louie Louie."
The Ventures - Diamond Head
Danny Hamilton's classic instro, and among the very few surf singles the Ventures issued. Classic.