The Super Stocks were a California studio band created by Gary Usher in 1964. to capitalize on the popularity of surf music and hot rods. Usher’s bands distinguished themselves from other studio creations by the quality of the session musicians – the Super Stocks made use of Wrecking Crew session musicians, including guitarist Glen Campbell. The band produced three albums on Capitol. [wiki]

Whether penning Beach Boys songs with Brian Wilson, producing classic albums by the Byrds or recording with Sagittarius, Gary Usher was never more part of the sunny California sound than when he cut the three top-speed Super Stocks LPs for Capitol Records in 1964. With Usher singing lead, THUNDER ROAD comp by this studio-only outfit of seasoned L.A. session pros, is a collection of nitro-burning gems from ’64 that helped put super-charged, wide-track muscle cars right in the middle of the daydream of every American teenager!



THE SUPER STOCKS – Surfing Instrumentals [1963/64]



“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 !!!