”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.
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.
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]
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 Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is essentially a journey back to the glory days of the surf rock instrumentals. There’s twenty-six tracks from familiar faces and new names. Among the familiar faces is the founding father of the surf rock instrumental, Dick Dale. Joining Dick Dale and His Del-Tones are The Rip Tides, The Rumblers, The Sentinals, The Baymen, The Torquetts, The Rondells, Marrell’s Marauders and The Surfaris. That’s just a tantalising taste of The Birth Of Surf Volume 3. It was lovingly compiled by Alan Taylor and Dave Burke of Pipeline Magazine.
For anyone looking for an introduction to the surf rock instrumental, then The Birth Of Surf series is the perfect starting point. Along with the the first two instalments in The Birth Of Surf series, The Birth Of Surf Volume 3 is the perfect primer to the surf rock instrumental.”more at [DereksMusicBlog]
COOL surfin’ stuff all the way. Surf’s Up! Dig !!!
Are you for more hot instrumental rockin’ action? This here is a Real COOL vinyl comp. series of raw 50s/60’s R’n’R & surf instros. Mostly little known groups but pretty wyld. Well, some of the tunes you could hear on other comps but who cares, ya gotta hear ’em again [and learn well] alright? Gid!
”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 Shutdown … all originals and hot cover of ”Miserlou” too. 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 ?!?] 🙂
“Sydney band The Denvermen was one of the premier Australian surf-instrumental groups of the early 1960s and although they have been somewhat overshadowed by their better-known contemporaries The Atlantics, they certainly deserve more recognition. The original lineup was formed in late 1961, by members of two earlier Sydney groups, Digger Revell and the Lonely Ones and Paul Dever and the Denvermen. The group was ‘discovered’ at the Teenage Night-club in Sydney in mid-1962 by New Zealand-born rocker Johnny Devlin, who offered to take over their management. He arranged for an audition tape to be made of two of the group’s instrumentals, “Outback” and “The Mexican”. The tape was sent to EMI Records, who were so impressed that they issued them as a single, released on HMV, but unfortunately their debut was not a success.
In late 1962, The Denvermen began working on a lyrical, “Sleepwalk”-styled instrumental, conceived by their lead guitarist Les Green and producer/manager Johnny Devlin, that was eventually named “Surfside”. Devlin added sound effects of breaking waves and when it was released in December 1962, “Surfside” hit the Sydney Top 40 during the second week of January 1963, and soon reached #1. It also did very well in Melbourne, where it peaked at #6 in Melbourne, and by April it had made the charts in every state, thus becoming the first Australian “surf” hit. This was a significant achievement, since capital city radio was still very parochial at that time and it was common for records by Sydney bands to be ignored by Melbourne radio (and vice versa). “Surfside” was also released in the USA on Capitol; over the years it has been included on many anthologies of surf music and is rightly considered one of the perennial classics of the genre.
The band released a string of ‘surf’ instrumentals on RCA from 1963 to 1965.”
More surfin’ instros from the other side of the globe. Check out this fine The Shadows/Duane Eddy styled Oz surf rockers. Lets Go Surfside !!!
Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans are true legens of J-surf, something like The Ventures of The Far East. Mr. Takeshi [also known as Terry] is a Japanese most prolific instrumental rock guitarist who recorded 1000s slabs [mostly for King Records] with The Blue Jeans, The Bunnys or solo. I’ve already posted some of his cool surfin’ stuff here , as on my old blog. Now, you gotta deal with ’63 Lp ”Surfing” [his first surf album on Toshiba Records], GREAT compilations ”Early Times 1964-65” and ”Nippon Guitars 1966-74]”. Lottsa cool covers of surf & rock classics, The Ventures, Astronauts, Dick Dale, The Chantays, The Surfaris… as well as fine original Eleki tunes. Let’s go Surfin’ shogun style!
“Original issue from the Toshiba‘ Drum Drum Drum Series, the most wanted (1st pressing in red LP) of Tenshi No Yūwaku (Temptations Of Angels) featuring Jimmy Takeuchi & His Exciters with the arranger Kunihiko Suzuki. Titles include the greatest hits of the Japanese GS movement out in 1968, among cover songs by rock bands as The Tigers (Flower Necklace), The Tempters (Please, God), The Golden Cups (Girl With Long Hair), The Folk Crusaders (Unbearably Sad) or The Wild Ones (Bara No Koibito), Pop singers as the Angel Love of Jun Mayuzumi (Kunihiko Suzuki‘ composition), Yukari Ito‘ Drops Of Love, the Secret Love of Tomoko Ogawa. Also included the Soul Jazz standard Alligator Boogaloo by Lou Donaldson, Beatles‘ cover Lady Madona and Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba. All tracks arranged by Kunihiko Suzuki.”
Mo’ ”Drum Drum Drum” from Jimmy & His Exciters on this late 60’s instro-lounge slab with nice cover pic of ‘Bond-like’ girl. If nothing else, Jimmy’s albums worth only for their girl covers alone ok. 掘る!!!
Jimmy Takeuchi was a Japanese jazz drummer who have recorded many instrumental lounge slabs with His Exciters as backing band. This here is a surf oriented album with covers of classic tunes as Walk Don’t Run, Wipe Out, Diamond Head, The Cruel Sea, Pipeline, Apache and others. Funny is that many of his albums have ”Drum, Drum, Drum” in title [quess ’cause he was drummer alright!] If you’re a fan of Takeshi Terauchi and Asian surfin’ sounds, then this stuff’s fer ya. Dig!
The Hollywood Persuaders were one of Multi-instrumentalist Paul Buff studio projects with hit ”Tijuana Surf” and fine instrumental R&B/surf/lounge ’65 lp “Drums-A-Go-Go” with cool stuff as Thunderbird, Persuasion, North Beach and title tack. You can check out Los Persuaders [which is the same ”band”] and their ’64 ”Tijuana lp” .
The Persuaders were crew with legendary “Tequila man”, The Champs sax player Chuck Rio [aka Daniel Flores]. Their pretty rare ’63 R&B/Surf flavored instro slab “Surfer’s Nightmare” should appeal to The Fabulous Wailers “Tall Cool One” fans. Well, these are reposts but anyways check ’em out, Dig !!!
“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.
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 !!!