"Surfing" is one of the best half dozen albums by the Ventures. After an opening remake of the Chantays big hit, Pipeline, which the Ventures manage to trump, 9 of the next 11 tracks are all band originals. This musical genre (surf music) was admittedly pretty formula, but every track here is executed to near-perfection by this peerless guitar-based instrumental band, which also happened to include (for most of its "classic" period) one of the greatest rock drummers of all time: the late, great Mel Taylor. I have deducted one star from my rating due to Sundazed's stingy offering here. You get the original album, all 29 minutes of it, for a current price on Amazon of $15.
Most of the Ventures catalog was last released as two-fers, as logic dictates they should be, since you can so easily fit two of their albums on one CD. But not good old Sundazed, they've cut the Ventures CDs back to the barbones albums -- not a single bonus track is included. But hey, they're rock music purists, right? "They don't need no steenking bonus tracks!" Oh well, at least I looked forward to getting a nice booklet with some comments from band members, and an appreciation by a music writer with some expertise in this genre, etc. Wrong! No booklet, no notes - nada. Even the original album back cover (a real "period piece," complete with a surfing term glossary) is reproduced so poorly under the clear lift-out tray that you can barely read it. Luckily, I already have most of my favorite albums by the band on the prior, two-fer CDs, and thus will not need to take out a bank loan to purchase these new reissues. But had they been offered as two-fers, or with better packaging or bonus tracks, I probably would have purchased more of the later-day, post-1966 albums. Thanks Sundazed, you bunch of cheapos!!