The Birth of Surf, Vol. 2

The Birth of Surf, Vol. 2


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Like the first volume of this series on Ace Records, this might not be the very best surf rock compilation, but should be on the short list for anyone looking for the very best such anthologies once you get past the most obvious ones. The 26 tracks do have a couple big hits, the Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run" and the Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend," both of which might have been more properly categorized as influences on surf music rather than genuine surf tunes. But most of these are not common fare even on surf compilations; even the selections by well-known artists (Dick Dale, the Surfaris, the Chantays, the Trashmen, Bobby Fuller, the Astronauts, the Pyramids) aren't their most famous songs. Some of these might verge on enjoyable background music depending on your taste, but overall this is heavy on surf's best distinguishing traits -- haunting melodies, reverb guitar picking, lean brisk rhythms -- while maintaining a good amount of variety. And although surf music is primarily a Southern Californian phenomenon, with many of the bands here coming from that region, the CD also represents artists from various other corners of the country who plugged into the sound. Occasionally a particularly dynamite track leaps to the fore, and while again this will vary according to individual tastes, the Chantays certainly excel at projecting surf's darker moods on "Monsoon"; the Scarlets' furiously bopping "Stampede," cut in New York in 1959, illustrates how primordial surf was being waxed far from the West Coast even before the '60s; and the Vy-Dels' "Unknown" -- from 1965, which was pretty late in the game for surf's prime -- crackles with atmosphere. By far the most surprising name here, although his presence won't surprise longtime surf enthusiasts, is Jim Messina, who plays lead guitar with the Jesters on his 1964 instrumental "The Thing."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2010
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667039925
catalogNumber: 6703992
Rank: 29618

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Dick Dale   Composer
Jim Messina   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Bob Demmon   Composer
Rich Fifield   Composer
Bobby Fuller   Composer
Jim Gallagher   Composer
Walter Georis   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Dennis Lindsey   Composer
Stormy Patterson   Composer
Alan Taylor   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Gary Usher   Composer
Bob Berryhill   Composer
Pat Connolly   Composer
Jim Fuller   Composer
Ed Chiaverini   Composer
Tim Fitzpatrick   Composer
Ernie Furrow   Composer
Ron Griffith   Composer
Jim Masoner   Composer
Dennis Rose   Composer
Joel Willenbring   Composer
John Greek   Composer
Norman Knowles   Composer
Phil Todaro   Composer
Velvetones   Composer
Warren Waters   Composer
Larry Weed   Composer
Trevor Churchill   Master Tape Assembly
Dan Darnold   Composer
Wally Zober   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer
Lou Josie   Composer
Lansdowne   Composer
Casado Lecuona   Composer
Jim Pash   Composer
Bert Salmirs   Composer
Dave Benjamin   Composer
Pete Antonio   Composer
Chuck Delaney   Composer
Bob VanDerSchaegen   Composer
Jay Best   Composer
Mike VanDerSchaegen   Composer
Gene Best   Composer

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