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Monday, July 30, 2012

BEACH PARTY: Garpax Surf 'n' Drag

From the vaults of Hollywood maverick Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records comes this 26 track collection of early 1960s surf and hot rod music. This CD is based on a classic album Paxton released in 1964 on the GSP label, bolstered by many additional tracks From the archive. There are rip-roaring instrumentals like With Vigor and Warpath, Beach Boys-style vocal workouts like Red Hot Scrambler-Go, Wild Wild Mustang and classic Paxton novelties such as Big Bad Ho Dad. There's a healthy helping of unissued material too (seven tracks previously unavailable). Features Dave Kinzie, Surf Bunnies, Captivations, Zip-Codes, Rockets Band, Kenny & The Sultans, Judy Russell, Torquays, Fashions and others. 
 [Editorial Reviews]


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Teenage Riot! 50.000.000 Delinquents Can't Be Wrong!!!

 50.000.000 Delinquents Can't Be Wrong!!! 

... And that's for sure. Now, a classic compilation with 16 wyld 50's R'n'R, Rockabilly tunes 'bout gang fightin' , rioting, stealing hubcaps, with cool B-movie trailers in between the songs. Great stuff like REGGIE PERKINS-High School Caesar, BARRY WEAVER-Street Fight, CHUCK DANIELS-Class Pak, ROBERT WILLIAMS-Loud Mufflers, CHUCK HARROD-They Wanna Fight ... You Can't Be Wrong, Dig!!!

THE BARBWIRES - ...Sounds Like Trouble! [2001]

You're pretty familiar with their 2008. Searider abum. Now dig this! A debut long player for this Sweden surfers. Intense cocktail of Space/Sci-Fi and Spaghetti Western influenced surf instrumentals with Dick Dale touch, will win you over. Pretty hot Surfadelic stuff that Sounds Like... Trouble!

At The Skyline Drive
Crazy Kooters
Jo-Jo, Mojo


Saturday, July 28, 2012

SANDY NELSON - Rebirth Of The Beat [1968]

Sandy Nelson's new beat for a new psychedelic generation. With Joe Saraceno production, Sandy covered the classic psychedelic rock songs like: Sunshine Of Your Love, I Feel Free, Magic Carpet Ride ... and classic surf instro. Out Of Limits. Also, there are fine originals with plenty of fuzz guitars and cool organ sounds, what makes it my favorite Mr. Nelson's Lp. 60's psych/lounge coolnes again. 
Feel the Beat!

 Rebirth Of The Beat
 Come On React
 Drums Along The Strip

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The T-BONES - Sippin' 'n Chippin' [1966]

A delicious piece of sweet 60's nostalgia. The T-Bones were "Studio" group consist of such elite musicians as Leon Russell on piano, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson on saxes, Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell on guitars, Ray Pohlman bass, and Hal Blaine on the drums. Well known names from surf/hot rod field, they did a pair of LPs in 1964, Boss Drag and Boss Drag at the Beach on Liberty Records. Later on, with their producer Joe Saraceno [producer of The Ventures and The Marketts] the group had a hit single in 1966 with their instrumental "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)", whose melody was from a commercial for Alka-Seltzer.  The follow-up, "Sippin N Chippin" was next to hit the charts. This lp is a pure 60's lounge/pop instumental candy, with sweet girl vocals singin' "la-la-la", "pa-ra-pa-pa" and so on. Get it!!!

 The Phoenix Love Theme
 Sure Gonna' Miss Her
 Cinnamint Shuffle


The Mag Seven - Knife To A Gunfight (2008)

 Knife To A Gunfight 

Things get pretty dangerous and deadly when you encountered the bunch of guys in black suits and red ties. The Mag Seven are surf/punk instrumental gang, playin' something you can call Heavy Surf, simmilar to Huevos Rancheros. 
Some incarnations of the band featured members of Black Flag, Descendents, All... So, don't you mess with these guys. Suckers To The Side!


The Commish



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS - Best Of [Surfadelic Ultrasound Collection]

Well, DEB ask me 'bout The Raiders, so here they are in almost 70 minutes, 26 trax Surfadelic Ultrasound Collection. Ok, this may [should] be somethin' like a "Definitive best of" for one of the 60's most commercial garage bands. Started as instrumental rock group led by organist Paul Revere, by the second half of the 60's they get a mainstream success with string of national hits Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry, Him or Me (What's It Gonna Be). Under the guidance of producer Terry Melcher, the group relocated to Los Angeles and increasingly emulated the sounds of British Invasion. They appeared regularly on national television, most notably on Dick Clark's Where the Action Is, Happening '68, and It's Happening. Despite their goofy [even for 60's standards] stage outfit they became the most popular garage rock act in U.S. In mid-1967, with three gold albums to their credit, The Raiders were Columbia's top-selling rock group. Here you got all of their hits from 1966. Just Like Us! to 1969. Alias Pink Puzz Lp plus some extra stuff. Dig!!!

01 - Steppin' Out
02 - Just Like Me
03 - Louie, Go Home
04 - Ballad Of A Useless Man
05 - Kicks
06 - There's Always Tomorrow
07 - Melody For An Unknown Girl
08 - Ss 396
09 - Corvair Baby
10 - Hungry
11 - The Great Airplane Strike
12 - Good Thing
13 - (You're A) Bad Girl
14 - Him or Me (What's It Gonna Be)
15 - I Had a Dream
16 - Mo'reen
17 - Tighter
18 - Ups And Downs
19 - Let Me
20 - Happening Intro-Too Much Talk
21 - Don't Take It So Hard
22 - Happening '68
23 - Mr Sun, Mr Moon  
24 - Judge Gto Breakaway
25 - Cinderella Sunshine
26 - Theme From It's Happening



Big Wednesday [1978]

Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday (1978) is an American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Milius co-wrote Big Wednesday with Dennis Aaberg, and it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story Aaberg had published in a 1974 Surfer Magazine entitled "No Pants Mance." The picture stars Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt and Gary Busey as California surfers facing life and the Vietnam War against the backdrop of their love of surfing.
Although initially a commercial failure, the film has found a cult audience in the years since its release.
The film tells the story of three young friends whose passion in life is surfing. The friends include: Matt (Jan-Michael Vincent), a self-destructive type who has a devil-may-care attitude; Jack Barlowe (William Katt), the calm and responsible one of the bunch; and Leroy "The Masochist" Smith (Gary Busey), whose nickname tells a lot about his personality.
Their surfing lives are traced from the summer of 1962 to their attempts of dodging the Vietnam War draft in 1965 (including faking insanity, homosexuality, and all manner of medical ailments), and to the end of their innocence in 1968 when one of their friends is killed in Vietnam. The three make the difficult transition to adulthood with parties, surf trips, marriage, and the war. 
The friends reunite years later, after Barlowe has served time in Vietnam, for the "Great Swell of '74." With this reunion, the transitions in their lives becomes the end 
point of what the 1960s meant to so many as they see that the times have changed, and what was once a time of innocence is forever gone. The surfing scenes used in the finale to Big Wednesday were not filmed in California, where the film is set. The filming of large surf conditions used in Big Wednesday were actually done at the famous Sunset Beach, located at Pupukea, Hawaii. [wikipedia]

Great underrated movie, one of my favorites. Shame there's no surf music in it, but you got stunning photography of surfin' scenes, big waves and surfboards. Cool nostalgic stuff. See it!


Happy Times - Instrumental Circus [2007]


From Finland again, surf instro cats Happy Times with their all-covers platter. Interesting approach to such classics like Walk Like An Egyptian, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Strawberry Fields Forever... With stunning psychedelic guitar sounds all over they gonna put your brain cells into submission. They made even cheesy stuff sounds good. It's a Happy Times again, Dig!

Walk Like An Egyptian

Black Is Black
Psychedelic Venture

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SVEN LIBAEK - To Ride A White Horse [1966]

One more of great Sven Libaek film scores, this time from Australian surf documentary To Ride A White Horse. After Bruce Brown's seminal big screen surf movie The Endless Summer stormed it's way across Australia in the mid '60s and caused an eruption of social awareness of the beauty of surfing and surf movies, Australia film maker Bob Evans added his take on this fabulous life by producing this surfin' documentary. Take a Ride!

SVEN LIBAEK - Ron & Val Taylor's Inner Space [1973]

A shark documentary soundtrack from the legendary 1973 Australian television series Inner Space, a sub aquatic adventure series from the husband and wife underwater filmmaking team Ron and Valerie Taylor.Well, this ain't surf, garage or psychedelic stuff, but pretty great, real cool Jazz/Lounge film music created by ingenious Australian composer, record producer and musician, Sven Libaek. What caught my eye was a stunning and scarry cover art which reminds me on Steven Spielberg's Jaws. A surfers worst nightmare on the cover with cool music inside. A killer combination. Dig!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Soul, Inc. [US garage '65-'69]


A singles band from Kentucky, formed in 1965.They were one of the most popular garage rock bands in Louisville from 1965-69, during which time they released seven singles. Joining Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour, they shared stages with Byrds, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Bo Diddley... The music of the Soul, Inc. ranges from Beatles-influenced pop, and garage rock to Motown soul and psychedelic rock. Here you got great garage trax like Leaves Of Grass, Stronger Than Dirt, 60 Miles High, UFO, I Hate You, covers of Connection [Stones], Who Do You Love [Diddley], Subterranean Homesick Blues [Dylan] few R&B flavored instros. Get It! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Jack Nitzsche - The Lonely Surfer [1963]

Jack Nitzsche was an arranger, producer, songwriter and Academy Award-winning film score composer. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s as the right-hand-man of producer Phil Spector, and went on to work with the The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Hal Blaine and others. His own instrumental composition "The Lonely Surfer" became a minor hit in '63. This album attempted to extend his solo career beyond that of a one-hit wonder, with mixed success. The best cuts are songs that are in the same surfer mold: "Puerto Vallarta," "Baja," and "Beyond the Surf." Nitzsche had a gift for melodramatic, ascending arrangements that rose to dramatic crescendos, underpinned by rumbling basslines and clanging percussion. Less successful are a super-slow take on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and remakes of easy listening and soundtrack hits such as "Ebb Tide" and "More," which are given a precious sheen of strings. The one exception is a rather rocking version of Elmer Bernstein's "Magnificent Seven," which sounds like it was made for dancing. This is a pleasant, if not exceptional, set of music for fans of surf instrumentals. [allmusic]

Ambitious Wall of Sound orchestrated surfin' Lp, with all horns and strings you can imagine. Perfect soundtrack for an lazy sunday afternoon. Dig!

 The Lonely Surfer [7''version]
 Puerto Vallarta
 Beyond the Surf

Saturday, July 21, 2012

SLACKTONE - Into The Blue Sparkle [2001]

"Surf music does not get any better than Slacktone"
 "If you’re a fan of surf music in the same vein as the Aqua Velvets, Dick Dale, Los Strait Jackets, and the Ventures, you’ll absolutely LOVE this"
"Into The Blue Sparkle is a brilliantly powerful sparkling experiential sonic flow"
"This is a crafted masterwork of three-piece musical artistry: guitar, drums and bass"
"Only The Mermen can hang with these guys, maybe the Surf Kings at their best"
 [Amazon customer reviews]

 Coffin Closer
 Longboard Legato
 Bird Bone


Friday, July 20, 2012

THE AQUA VELVETS - Surfmania [1995]

Icy cool breeze is what you need on these hot summer days. Well, Surfadelic is here to give you a splash of Surfmania by legendary Aqua Velvets. A surf rock revival band from San Francisco, California, formed in the 1980s by guitarist Miles Corbin. They became one of the most profilic surf instrumental group in the 90's. More than just another surf revival act, The Aqua Velvets add strings, horns, keyboards, and exotic instruments to create their multi-dimensional surfadelic experience. The result was a psychedelic cinematic sound, which has more in common with film composers like Ennio Moricone and John Barry. Here you got Surf, Lounge and Exotica in most sophisticated Aqua Velvets style. It's Martini Time! Dig!


Martini Time

Mastering The Art Of Falling Down

Thursday, July 19, 2012

THE BOSS MARTIANS - Move! [2000]

With the fresh new sound on their 4th studio Lp, The Boss Martians approach the second stage in their career. Longtime drummer, Dan Israel quit the band and was replaced by former Untamed Youth drummer Joel Trueblood, and later on by drummer Jason Reavis. Also, bass player Scott Betts was replaced by Steve "Esquerita" Davis. So, with this lineup changes during the recording session, you could expect wide variety of sounds goin' on this platter. And you're right. Here you got surf, hot rod, garage rock, rockabilly, power pop and even some latin/bossa nova sounds done in Boss Martians style. Great stuff all over, with garage rock kicks of She's In, You're Gone, Move!, I Want More, powerpop This Time Around, couple of cool Untamed Youth style trax Bad Ass '71 Dodge Super Bee and Never Trust A Chick, surf/hot rod instros The Last Ride, Pandilla En Motocicleta, Trouble On 2 Wheels [w/out-of-place Eastern-sounding clarinet breakdown ?!?], pretty interesting, fun instros Chihuahua Del Diablo and Intermission, cover of The Standells classic Little Sally Tease and unlisted bonus track, anticipation of Making The Rounds Lp. Prominent are great use of wah-wah guitar and some organ/synth sound effects. There's something for everyone on this real cool rockin' record, so get it while you can. In Moving Stereo ! Buy it Here!

She's In, You're Gone
The Last Ride
Never Trust A Chick (In A 3 Window Coupe)



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