Saturday, November 24, 2012


"LEGENDS OF GUITAR" - Surf, Vol. 1: Simply the best instrumental surf music compilation ever produced. John Blair (author of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music) has collected a CD full of pure gems. Excellent reverberated surf: Dick Dale, The Surfaris, The Chantays, The Lively Ones, The Ventures and many many more! A reverberated-guitar masterpiece...if you ever see one used, BUY IMMEDIATELY! (Amazon)
Presented by Guitar Player magazine, the Legends of Guitar series is doing a pretty good job at documenting some of the most important and exciting guitar work of the past few decades... None of the 18 tracks, all released from 1962-65, were sizable hits; most, in fact, are rare regional singles known only to dedicated surf collectors. There are a few recognizable names: Dick Dale, the Chantays ("Pipeline"), The Ventures, the Surfaris, and Bobby Fuller, but even these selections steer clear of those acts' hits in favor of overlooked cuts. There are also some surprising lead guitarists: future Turtle Al Nichol (as part of The Crossfires), Randy Holden (one of the best obscure U.S. '60s guitarists) ...and, most amazingly, Jim Messina playing on discs by early surf combos... (Allmusic)
A quintessential must-have for any surf music fan, this collection is the best representation, so far, of the broad spectrum of styles that made up this genre of music!! Everyone from Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Chantays to lesser known acts such as The Crossfires, The Astronauts, and more are laid out in this beautiful eighteen song album. It features some of the greatest early guitar work as well as some hard to find surf instrumental gems! (Surf Digest)

1. A Run For Life - Dick Dale 2. Surf Rider - The Lively Ones 3. Beyond - The Chantays 4. Latin'ia - The Sentinals 5. Baja - The Astronauts 6. Squad Car - Eddie & The Showmen 7. Tidal Wave - The Challengers 8. Tally Ho! - PJ & The Galaxies 9. Diamond Head - The Ventures 10. Soul Surfer - Johnny Fortune 11. Bombora - The (Original) Safaris 12. The Jester - Jim Messina & His Jesters 13. Gypsy Surfer - The Avantis 14. Our Favorite Martian - Bobby Fuller & The Fanatics 15. Bustin' Surfboards - The Tornadoes 16. Point Panic - The Surfaris 17. Mar Gaya - The Fender IV 18. Fiberglass Jungle - The Crossfires
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