Surfing Songbook 0794


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    Surfing Songbook 0794 Varèse Vintage / Varese

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Review Text Although on the surface, this may seem like a collection of pedestrian surf-era instrumentals, there is more here than meets the eye. Possibly the first ever L.P. release by the newly-formed Dunhill Records (named after one of the founders, Bobby Roberts, who had been a lounge dancer in a group called 'The Dancing Dunhill's'), this project was a launching pad for P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, the production and songwriting team that eventually contributed to the careers of The Mamas & The Papas, Barry McGuire, and many others. The Surfing Songbook is essentially a cash-in to the Beach Boys-Jan & Dean surf/skate craze at a time when Brian Wilson and Jan Berry were for the most part abandoning the field. It is notable for some excellent performances, particularly from a very young P.F. Sloan on great reverb-drenched surf guitar, as well as studio aces Hal Blaine, Joe Osborne, Larry Knechtel, et. al.. Also contains exquisite liner notes from Elliott Kendall, a West Coast musician and music archivist. Pretty Boss. ~ Matthew Greenwald

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Surfin' Safari - 2:14
  2. 2. Surfer Girl - 3:31
  3. 3. Sidewalk Surfin' - 2:17
  4. 4. Surfin' U.S.A. - 2:17
  5. 5. Surfin' - 2:29
  6. 6. Ride the Wild Surf - 2:14
  7. 7. Hawaii - 2:42
  8. 8. Drag City - 2:09
  9. 9. Little Deuce Coupe - 2:46
  10. 10. Honolulu Lulu - 2:14
  11. 11. Surf City - 2:48
  12. 12. Skateboard Craze - 2:02

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