Thank you for the music
Thank you for the music
“Ace’s compilation pairs two old Chiswick vinyl compilations: 1978’s Early Recordings and 1982’s Good Rockin’ Tonight. Despite the title of Early Recordings, these aren’t the earliest sides Wray ever committed to wax. Link cut these sides for Swan between 1963 and 1967, many years after “Rumble” rolled all the way to 16 on Cadence and long after he left Epic. They’re midperiod but they’re still prime and, in some ways, even dirtier than his trailblazing Epic instrumentals because they were done on the cheap and shHere you got essential amelessly ape trends. Wray embraces the corn in covering the “Batman Theme,” co-opts surf for “Scatter,” indulges in some backwoods boogie on “Turnpike U.S.A.,” rips off “Telstar” on “Cross Ties,” turns “Rumble” into a noir novelty for “The Shadow Knows” — and those are just the recordings that came out as singles during the ’60s. Good Rockin’ Tonight is devoted to sides that were squirreled away in the vaults until 1982, many of which were covers, some of them even featuring vocals (like the title track). The music on the 1982 LP is of a piece with the 1978 set but it’s not quite on par: the earlier comp really did have the cream of the crop. That said, having the two of these records on one CD is not only a blast, it’s one of the best ways to hear Wray’s ’60s peak.”
Here you got essential Link Wray, some of his best recordings cut for Swan records in the mid 60’s. Link Wray’s best moments are all here, punked-out, raw, primal guitar instro riot. Already have posted these stuff before but hey… This is A MUST !!!
“Surf band from Southern California. The Lively Ones made recordings built around storming, reverb-drenched Fender guitars embellished by occasional raunchy sax breaks. Over a period of about 12 months, they ground out about five albums, filled out with many covers or retitled numbers based on rock and R&B compositions. They had a couple of hits in the L.A. area in 1963 (“Surf Rider” and “Rik-A-Tik”), but their best moment was probably “Goofy Foot,” whose staccato gunfire of riffs deservedly propelled the track onto several modern best-of-surf anthologies. They ranged far and wide for source material, giving surf treatment to “Telstar”, “Exodus”, “Rawhide”, and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”
Story by Mike Ferraro:
I was a founding member of “The Irridescents in, I believe, 1962. We were just four young 15 year old teenagers who loved surf music who also happened to play guitars. We were a garage band that was formed in La Crescenta, California and we went to Hoover High School in Glendale, Ca.
The Irridescents were composed of: Hank Fouchet, Lead Guitar; Mike Ferraro, Rhythm Guitar; Collin Field, Bass; David Kimber, Drums. We performed in and around the Glendale area. While playing at a Hoover High School dance, I learned that I had mispelled the word Irridescents. I was told by an english teacher that there was only one R in the spelling and there was no plural of the word!!! Oh well….We were just a bunch of kids having fun and trying to impress the girls and maybe get a few dates!
I believe it was in 1963 we performed at the “Battle of the Bands” at the Deauville Castle Club in Santa Monica, California. Instead of playing the current hits of the day, we played some original songs and compositions that were written by our lead guitarist, Hank Fouchet. Among them were “Swamp Surfer” and a composition of “Bali Hai” that was transformed into a a “surf music” sounding piece. After our performance we were approached by a fellow whose name was Steve Reggio. He said he liked our sound and original music and would like to record us and produce an album. As “star struck” teenagers we promptly signed the contracts and a week later we were in Hollywood at the Western Recording Studio (shortly later to become the famous Western Recorder recording studio)performing our surf style original numbers and fantasizing about competing with the Beach Boys!!.
The album came out 2 weeks later. It was called “The Silver Sounds of the Surf” It was a brown velvet cover with a surfer on a board in silver. But we were completely surprised and shocked when the album was titled: Dick Dale and The Irridescents. Wow!! Dick Dale was our idol. What is this? Well, it turns out that before Dick Dale became famous in Southern California with his surf style music, he made a number of non surf music vocals that were less than notable. He evidently signed away his music rights. So this Steve Reggio realized all he needed to do was find some gullible band with original music that wanted to record and then he would put Dick Dale’s name on it….totally bogus…….How did we find out about it? Well…most of us use to go see Dick Dale perform every week at the”Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim. And during one of his breaks from playing he held up his new album and said: “This is my new album that is now in the record stores” Then he reached down and picked up the album that we recorded and said: “This album is also in the stores but it is a fake- don’t buy it” I can still feel the blood rushing out of my brain. We were so embarrassed. We were paranoid that he might know we were the culprits!! We just stood there on the dance floor trying to look as innocent as we could!!
Shortly thereafter, I think, but I am not completely sure, we sold our rights to our songs for a pittance and Steve Reggio then replaced The Irridescents with the name of “The Stompers” on the cover of the same album.
As I understand our single and our album are now somewhat collector items, I guess we have now achieved a degree of fame that we were seeking in 1963!!
P.S.: We understood at the time that our album sold 2,000 copies in Southern California- purchased, no doubt, by unknowing surfer types.
Re-post of rare instrumental lp credited to DD and The Stompers.
This is actually The Irridescents Lp with two vocal trax by Dick Dale. The Irridescents can be heard on “Diggin’ Out” and “Get A Board!” surf compilations. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic!
Meanwhile, back on the beach…
Pretty solid set of mostly ‘rare’ 60’s instro surf featuring The Catalinas, The Pacific Surfers, The Surf Teens, The Deadly Ones, The Tornadoes, Jim Waller & The Deltas, Dave Meyers & Surftones, The Centurians, Scott Engel, Baron Daemon & the Vampires, The Frantics, The Silly Surfers, The Nep-Tunes, Mr. Gasser, New Dimensions and The Hustlers. 18 trax of wild surfin’ action! Check some favs down below n’ dig!
Collection of raw rockin’ n’ surfin’ instros on Mr. Manicotti label that gave you legendary ”Diggin’ Out” comp. and ”The Big Itch” series. Already have posted this before but here it is again with slightly better sound. Concussion!!!
Re-post of these 90’s lp collections of DD 60’s stuff. ”Draggin’ And Surfin” contains his vocal cuts, cool songs about hot rods and surfing. ”Surfers’ Guitar” gathers killer DD instros mostly from his ’63/’64 lps ”Checkered Flag”, ”Mr. Eliminator” and ”Summer Surf”. ”Rarities” is a collection of singles B sides and stuff. Let’s dance to the Dick Dale Stomp!
”The Ventures have had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide. The band was among the first to employ and popularize fuzz and flanging guitar effects, concept albums, and twelve-string guitars in rock music. Their instrumental virtuosity, innovation, and unique sound influenced a large number of musicians and bands, earning the group the moniker “The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands”
The Ventures of Tacoma, Washington were one of the most influential instro rock bands of all times. They recorded 100s of albums and instros with styles ranged from r-billy, r’n’r, r&b to surf, garage rock and psychedelia. There are zillions of ‘best of’ collections out there but I think they do no justice to this legendary group. Mostly, the usual comps are too generic, made for geeks, concentrate on too much cover versions and not so attractive sides. So… Here’s another Surfadelic super-collection ingeniously made by Mr.Eliminator himself, just for your listening pleasure. It mainly contains original tunes with only few covers from their ’63 -’68 albums and singles. Of course emphasis is on fuzzed-out, rockin’ & surfin tunes. Stop action! It’s Super Surfadelic alright! Dig!!!
More ‘Ventures-style’ instro action in this real cool collection of 90’s garage/surf revival bands covering their favorite Ventures 60’s tunes. Cool stuff: Space Cossacks – Journey To The Stars, The Fathoms – Walk Don’t Run, Eddie Angel & The Omega Men – Stop Action, The Hypnomen – Go-Go Slow The Boss Martians – Guitar Freakout, The Bomboras – The Ninth Wave, Davie Allan & The Arrows – Lullaby Of The Leaves, The Tiki Tones – Swingin’ Creeper, Satan’s Pilgrims – Escape-Psychedelic Venture, The Huntington Cads – Sha La La, Ivan Pongracic – Moon Child… Dig!!!