THE ORIGINAL SURFARIS – Bombora!/Wheels + Singles [60’s Surf/Hot Rod Instros]

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”Surf Rock band from Orange County, California that formed around 1960. Originally called The Surfaris, they changed their name after another band called The Surfaris had a big hit with Wipeout.”

Between October 1962 and through January 1963, they recorded in the studio of producer Tony Hilder a number of songs written by Larry Weed, such as “Moment of Truth” and “Delano Soul Beat” that were released on Hilder’s own Impact label, as part of a surf music compilation album titled Shake, Shout and Soul. These tracks subsequently appeared on various compilation albums, such as Wheels, The World of Surfin’, Surf’s Up at Banzai Pipeline and others.

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After some months, the band again went into the studio with Hilder producing and recorded a number of tracks intended to be released on the Impact label, as their first full-length LP. Two of the tracks, “Bombora” and “Surfari” were leased to Del-Fi Records, which sent them out as a single. But the record, even though it started selling well in the state had to be pulled from the stores because of a lawsuit.

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The Original Surfaris, in their various incarnations, were “one of the most highly regarded” and “creative” surf groups of the 1960s, but also remained at the time “one of the most obscure” ones. Critics described their music as featuring “reverb galore, swaggering sax and a tough surf sound”, while their best tracks were praised for their “spooky reverb guitar lines and Latin-influenced minor melodies that were hallmarks of much of the best instrumental surf music. Another surf music group from Los Angeles named themselves The Bomboras inspired by the instrumental track. The Original Surfaris allegedly never received any money for the tracks they recorded with Tony Hilder, since they had signed all their publishing rights away for one dollar per song.” [wiki]

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Surfaris or not Surfaris, that is the question !?! These guys are ‘Originals’ ok! ”Bombora!” Lp shoulda be their debut surf album in ’63 but the project was shelved in the wake of the legal action involving the other Surfaris. The ’65 ”Wheels” album is kinda mystery, ’cause it sounds kinda dated [must be it was recorded earlier] and maybe only opener “Delano Soul Beat” is actually by the Original Surfaris. Anyways, here you got almost all the stuff recorded by the band, so check ’em out!

 

THE KUSTOM KINGS – Kustom City U.S.A [1964]

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”A high-octane mix of and charging hot rod instrumentals, this album laps the competition! Led By Bruce Johnston, The Kustom Kings include The Wrecking Crew’s finest, including Steve Douglas, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, and Hal Blaine!”

VROOOM!!! After a short break here we go again with a hot rod rumble at Surfadelic. This here is one of the finest slabs in genre [from my point of view], with songs and instros mostly penned by Bruce Johnston/Steve Douglas tandem, graced by cool production with buzzing fuzz sound. Fav tunes: [instros] Fireball, Tuck And Roll, Asphalt Eater, [Vocals] Super Fine 39, Stick Six, In My 40 Ford, cool cover of Rip Chords’ Hey Little Cobra. But there’s a catch, I have two different vinyl rips, one is probably from original 60’s vinyl while other is from reissue. You gotta choose brothers & sistas or dig ’em both. ”Go fast, don’t be last, win the race first place, remember you’re a fastest car around…”

[special thanx to my friend Juan for vinyl rip 2]

 

 

 

It Came From The Beach/Beach Party Garpax [60’s Surf ‘n’ Drag]

 

… And again, surfin’ & draggin’ double feature on Surfadelic. Two fine collection of 60’s instros and vocal tunes from Downey and Garpax labels.

It Came from The Beach” compilation gets together all the surf and rocking instrumentals recorded at the Downey Studios or for Downey Records in the early 60s. Most were released on small indie boutique labels, if not on the Downey imprint itself. It comes with some prev. unreleased stuff as well as many tunes you could already heard on ”Surf Legends And Rumors” comp. but from different masters.

The other collection is based on the ‘Beach Party‘ album Gary Paxton released in 1964 on GSP plus many additional tracks from the archive. Contains half instros/half vocal [mostly surfin’ girl groups] and some previously unreleased tunes from the vaults of Gary Paxton’s Garpax Records. Some real cool stuff mixed with some so so, but pretty solid anyways. Let’s go to the beach!

 

 

 

THE SURFARIS – Surfers Rule/Gone With The Wave/Wipe Out! The Best Of [60’s Surf/Hot Rod/Garage]

 

”The Surfaris were an American surf rock band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. They are best known for two songs that hit the charts in the Los Angeles area, and nationally by May 1963: “Surfer Joe” and “Wipe Out”, which were the A-side and B-side of the same 45 rpm single.A-254867-1446475420-7579.jpeg
Wilson’s energetic drum solo made “Wipe Out” one of the best-remembered instrumental songs of the period. “Wipe Out” is also remembered particularly for its introduction. Before the music starts, Berryhill’s dad broke a board (imitating a breaking surf board) near the mic, followed by a maniacal laugh and the words “Wipe Out” spoken by band manager Dale Smallin. “Wipe Out” was written in the studio by the four original members (Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller, & Wilson). It was initially issued on the tiny DFS label (#11/12) in January, 1963. It was reissued on the tiny Princess label (#50) in February, 1963. It was picked up by Dot (45-16479) in April, 1963, and later reissued as Dot 45-144 in April, 1965. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.
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The band released a series of records, with two other singles, “Surfer Joe” (written and sung by Wilson) and “Point Panic” (another group-composed instrumental), having an impact on the charts. Point Panic is a renowned surfing venue in Hawaii after which the song was named.
The original 1963 membership remained intact until August 1965 when Connolly departed before their Japanese tour. Ken Forssi replaced him on bass for the tour. Fuller resigned after the tour and the band folded in early 1966.” [wiki]

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Ha ha ha ha ha, wipe out!.” Classic stuff, everybody knows [remember legendary chasing scene from “The Wanderers”?] but The Surfaris ain’t just ”one hit wanders”. They recorded several fine lps and 45’s and this here are three collections of their 60’s stuff from classic dragin’ & surfin’ tunes [cool instros as Scatter Shield, Murphy The Surfie, Point Panic, Waikiki Run, Burnin’ Rubber, Beat 65, Big Surge, Surf Scene, Dune Buggy, Scratch] to garage, pop & folk rock [especially ’77 comp. ”Gone With The Wave” with many interesting covers]. ”Wipe Out! The Best Of” comes with 6 bonus trax added by Mr.Eliminator, so you better watch out! Go Go Go For Louie’s Place! Dig !!!

 

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GARY USHER – Hot Rod U.S.A. [1960-1965]

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”This quasi-legitimate bootleg compilation collect 30 tunes (mostly hot rod & surf) that Usher had a hand in as producer and/or performer between 1960 and 1965, most taken from rare collector 45s.
The majority of tracks here are penned by Usher, from “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” rip-off “Lonely Surfer Boy”, to two 1960 singles released under Gary Usher’s own name: “You’re The Girl” (which was his first 45, released on the Titan label) and its b-side “Driven Insane” which has backing vocals by future Honeys member Ginger Blake; solo compositions like The Wheel Men’s “School Is A Gas,” the instrumental “Gear!” and The Pyramids “Custom Caravan.” An unusual chord structure and prominent piano solo distinguish The Pendletons “Barefoot Adventure” and the ultra-rare comedy track “Wave Hog” which is sung by Gary Usher – is credited to the Silly Surfers and was commissioned for a model-kit building company! Following this is two follow-up tracks: “Francis The Foul” (which is about a cheating football player) and “Leaky Boat Louie”, both taken from a 1965 comedy album by the Weird-Ohs. Other highlights are the Four Seasons-inspired “Shame Girl” b/w “I’ve Got Plans” by the Neptunes, Gary Usher’s Beatlesque ”It’s A Lie” and ”The Beetle”, The Pyramids instrumental ”Mindnight Run”, The Marketts ”Collision Course” and what is credited as “the only enjoyable cut” from the comedy album Rod’s N’ Ratfink by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos: “The Lonely Stocker” – which was strangely enough the weakest track on the Knights album. Also found are a Gary Usher vocal on the Wilson-Usher collaboration “Shut Down” which was released under the name The Road Runners.”

A re-up of this cool bootleg collection with enchanced sound quality on many trax by Mr.Eliminator himself. Don’t miss it !

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THE NEW DIMENSIONS – The Best Of [60’s Surf Instros]

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”Formed by Beverly Hills eighth-graders in 1962, the New Dimensions issued three instrumental surf LPs shortly afterward for the small budget label Sutton. Like most such groups, they’d be totally forgotten by all but the most dedicated surf music collectors if not for the presence of New Dimensions mainstays Jimmy Greenspoon (later keyboardist for Three Dog Night) and Michael Lloyd (later in the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and still later producer of records by the Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy, and Leif Garrett). The New Dimensions cut sides very much in the style of the Chantays and Dick Dale, but never made a commercial impression, in part because they only issued LPs, without putting any singles on the market. After evolving into the Alley Kats and cutting a few singles, Lloyd and Greenspoon took separate musical paths, with 22 tracks from their early group eventually finding their way onto the CD compilation The Best of the New Dimensions.” [allmusic]

 

 

Great all-instro collection with four unreleased trax by these L.A. 60’s surfers. Already have posted some of their slabs but this kicks ass comp is one of the best out there next to The Astronauts ”Surfadelic Collection”, The Lively Ones ”Hang Five!!!”, Dick Dale’s ”King Of The Surf Guitar” or The Super Stocks ”Surfing Instrumentals”. Style ranged from Astronauts-like surfin’ instros to sax driven R&B and bongo-exotica influences. Featuring mighty COOL stuff as Failsafe, Cat on a Hot Foam Board [from famous Diggin’ Out comp.], National Breakout, Wild Wave, Chicky Run, Blacktop, Bongo Shutdownall originals and hot cover ofMiserloutoo. More fresh splash o’wet reverberating sounds for summer fun. This is a MUST. Say… Dig !!!

[p.s. Check this out! Don’t know why but they kinda use photos from same session for The Sentinals lp cover. Hot damn ?!?] 🙂

 

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THE ROAD RUNNERS vs SQUIDDLY DIDDLY [60’s Hot Rod/Surf]

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Two rare 60’s slabs by fictional acts. First is another Gary Usher’s studio project, The Road Runners and ’64 hot rod lp ”The New Mustang” with Dennis McCarthy, Dick Burns [The Hondells] and Gary Paxton. Beside usual car songs there are few fine instro-tunes as Mighty Mustang, New Mustang and Road Runnah.

Squiddly was cartoon squid created by Hanna-Barbera and ’66 lp ”Squiddly Diddly’s Surfin’ Safari” is pretty cool surfin’ parody. Rare stuff, don’t miss it, Dig!

 

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HOT ROD CITY – Introducing The Quads, The Grand Prix, The Customs & The Challengers [1963/95]

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“Recorded in 1963. [Originally released on Vault], the original LP version of HOT ROD CITY was performed by two basic groups of surf and hot-rod musicians operating under three names. The Grand Prix and the Quads were conceived by songwriter-producer Richard Delvy, and the Customs were conceived by songwriter-producer Gary Usher. This 1995 reissue adds eight additional songs and alternate takes, including two previously-unreleased tracks by Delvy’s main band, The Challengers. The members of the Challengers also formed the core of The Grand Prix and The Quads. This release includes the alternate take bonus tracks “Candy Apple Buggy”, “Goin’ 88”, “Nifty ’50”, “Hot Rod City”, “Competition Coupe”, and also a few tracks that weren’t included on the original album; “She Rides With Me”, “The Blonde In The 406” and “Little Queenie”.

Gary Usher and Richard Delvy, flush from their success with the top-ten album Shut Down (which they produced), was asked by Vault Records to try and duplicate that success on their label. Vault had already contracted surf-rock band The Challengers to play on the tracks, but never having written car tunes before, Usher was brought in to lend an authentic touch.

Given three fictional group names to work with – The Customs, The Quads, The Grand Prix, and the aforementioned backing group, The Challengers, Usher also brought in friends Dick Burns (The Hondells), Paul Johnson, Bobby Hart, Paul Johnson, Dennis McCarthy and others to quickly shape an album of hot rod tunes in order to strike while the iron was hot. The resulting album, Hot Rod City, while no masterpiece, captures the raw energy of the drag-racing circuit, and includes several songs of interest to Beach Boys fans. Included are the previous Usher compositions “RPM”, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” and three Beach Boys songs, “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Shut Down,” and “409.”

Welcome to the Hot Rod City, Dig !!!

 

 

THE SUPER STOCKS – Surfing Instrumentals [1963/64]

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“The Super Stocks were one of the better and more interesting studio creations of producer-composer Gary Usher. Usher had been a singer and recording artist in his own right, but made his biggest splash in the music business during the early ’60s, through his collaborations with Brian Wilson on such songs as “In My Room” and “409.” He wrote more songs in that vein in collaboration with Roger Christian (who also worked with Brian Wilson), and was soon prevailed upon to provide actual recordings of surf and car songs, which were a hot sound in 1963. This resulted in his organizing of several “groups” that existed only in the studio (usually comprised of the same singers and featuring the same session musicians playing on them), including the Hondells, the Revells, and the Surfaris (who were an actual group produced by Usher, and who saw lots of the same session people turn up on their records). The Super Stocks were among Usher’s more fondly remembered surf “bands” of this period, and one of the more ubiquitous, with three complete LPs to their credit as well as appearances on two popular compilation albums.

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The Super Stocks first showed up on the Capitol Records car song compilation album Shut Down (not to be confused with the Beach Boys’ Shut Down, Vol. Two, which was done in its wake), on which they had four songs. They also contributed six songs to the album Hot Rod Rally, but the group’s main claim to fame lies in the three LPs of their own that they released in 1964: Thunder Road, Surf Route 101, and School Is a Drag. Following those odd early sides, Usher assembled a core of regular players, including Glen Campbell, Richie Podolor, and Paul Johnson on guitars; Hal Blaine on drums; and Steve Douglas on sax. He handled some of the early vocals himself, with Chuck Girard, Ritchie Burns, and Joe Kelly also singing; and Girard eventually took over most of the vocal chores.” [allmusic]

Re-post of super cool 80’s Australian vinyl lp collection of 60’s surf instros by this studio hot rod/surfin’ crew. Surf’s Up !!!

 

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THE HONDELLS – 4CD Collection !!!

 

“The Hondells were a west coast surf/hot rod band in the early 60’s that had songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared in several movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Beach Party”.
The band toured throughout the United States with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and played with a USO tour in Vietnam. They released several albums and singles on the Mercury label under the name of The Hondells. The main members of the band also played on and released songs as “The Weird-Oh’s” and “The Super Stocks”.
The band members were Richard “Ritchie” Burns, Wayne Edwards, Randy Thomas, Dennis McCarthy, Al Ferguson, Les Weiser and “King of The Fuzz” Davie Allan. Most of their material was produced by Gary Usher.”

Ugh! It’s gonna be a bit of overkill but for you ‘hard core’ fans of surf & hot rod Hondells style it’s never enough. I’ve already posted their classic ’64/’65 slabs [several times] and an collection, but these 4cd’s cover everything The Hondells crew recorded in the 60’s. Here you got albums, singles, alternate versions, commercials, rarities, their recordings as THE SUNSETS, THE FOUR SPEEDS, THE COMPETITORS, THE GHOULS [lp posted on old blog], THE SUPER STOCKS, THE GO-GO’S , with LLOYD THAXTON and GARY USHER. Everything you wanna know about your favorite Honda bikers is here, so c’mon… You’re Gonna Ride With The Hondells !!!