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The Birth of Surf

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000PHX4VK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 30 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ace seem to dominate the market in pre-Beatle rock and roll and 'The Birth of Surf' shows their expertise. Carefully selected, these tracks are all from different bands, are presented in chronological order, and are accompanied by detailed track notes and plenty of photos. Surf is one of those odd genres that grows alongside mainstream pop and came at a time when the first flush of rock and roll had been flattened by a watered down version. Sometimes featuring three guitars or two basses and usually a sax or two, these bands are partly characterised by often being six or seven strong.

The title 'Birth of Surf' hints that 'surf' is an arbitrary tag, a suitable analogy nevertheless for a thrilling ride through what is basically rock instrumental music. Whereas The Shadows were supreme technicians with a stack of great melodies, these bands tended to sacrifice precision in favour of all-out assault. Even so, there are some beautifully-crafted tracks alongside the manic ones.

The first few tracks were probably recorded before the surf label existed. Significantly, they are mostly by artists who enjoyed mainstream hit success: Duane Eddy, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Fireballs, The Ventures and Link Wray. Their influence on what followed is however clear. The obvious selections are all here too: 'Wipe Out', 'Pipeline' and the legendary Dick Dale's best-known track. Two further tracks that were resurrected for 'Pulp Fiction' are also included, but The Centurions and The Revels are not represented.

At first listen, many of the tracks sound much the same but on later hearing are nearly all are distinguished by something a little different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 23 July 2012
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Anyone who enjoys guitar based music would appreciate this collection of songs! From the more well known tracks like Dick Dale & the Deltones 'Miserlou' (featured on Pulp Fiction' and Wipeout by the Surfaris to more obscure ones. One of my favourites is 'Squad Car' by Eddie & The Showmen :)

I always dismissed Surf music as a relic of days gone by and would only be appreciated by people older than me, but if you love rock and roll or play guitar yourself you'll love this
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD 12 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've wanted a surf instrumental compilation for years, ever since i got the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
This contains several of the surf tracks from Pulp Fiction plus 20+ others and is a great CD.
Admittedly you could always argue that they are all a muchness of a muchness but there really isn't a bad track on it and if you just want a surf instrumental compilation you really can't go wrong with this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I heard some random surf instrumentals in a friends car and wanted to hear more. I took a chance on this and there really was no better choice!
The more you listen the more you hear, the guitar sounds are wonderful and the inlay notes are great with some excellent pictures. This cd did not leave my player for 3 weeks. There are some tracks you will of heard before (mostly in Pulp Fiction) but son you will know them all. Basically I like it very much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars birth of surf 17 Jan 2014
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Its a great c'd with many great hits that takes you back in time well worth giving it a try
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong? 12 Sep 2013
By Surbcru
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As with all compilation albums, there are some super driving, rocking star tracks and some dross, but with 170 of them, you can't be robbed at the low, low price. This has introduced me to some new (old) artists, but also provided a reminder that even successful artists like the Beach Boys have produced some duffers. This is a well mastered album with good and consistent volume, giving clear reproduction. So, lets all Dance With The Surfin' Band - (Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars). Excellent.
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