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World Of Surf Music [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (10 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Zyx
  • ASIN: B00000B3L5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been Better. 11 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great cover and potential for great double CD, however The World Of Surf Music has been a considerable let down.
There are 34 tracks from such names as The Ventures, Dick Dale and His Del Tones and The Surfaris.
So far all is looking good.
Now the downsides, personally I don't like the slim CD case.
There are no dates of recordings, so it's unclear if they have been rerecorded, which I always avoid.
The only dated track is The Ventures Hawaii Five-O which is given as 1995.
Finally there are a few vocal tracks which the artists should have left as instrumentals, the're a shade embarrassing.
I recommend Ace Records which are original artists original recordings with excellent booklets full of relevant info.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal!!! 22 Dec 2003
By stonehenge7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm really glad I took a chance on this one! Even though there were no previous reviews and little info as to whether these were the original takes, I bought it and it has easily become my favorite surf-music disc.
With 34 well-selected tunes you get a lot for your money, including many great and obscure surf tunes and several standards as well. There's great variety too. You can listen to this one a lot and it still sounds fresh.
In my mind, speed-surf music is OK, but gets old too fast. I do listen to Dick Dale at times, but to me there are plenty of other types of music more suited to speed-guitar. Classical and Metal to name two. Surf music should be about a lot of twangy reverb, few or no vocals and a rock-steady beat. It should evoke memories of beach-safaris past make you want to hop in the rig (Woodie?) and head to the beach...now!
This disc has these qualities in abundance. Songs such as "Surfin' Tragedy" by Bob Vaught and the Renegades and my favorite of all "Bustin' Surfboards" by the Tornadoes, fit the bill perfectly. "Bustin'" has the perfect mix. It's got a rock-solid beat and super twangy guitar that absolutely drips with thick, surfy reverb. All this and the sound of waves washing up on shore and you get the picture. It's perfect!
This one's got a goodly number of tasty Ventures, Dick Dale, Surfaris and Challengers numbers too. There is a great version of "Telstar" and a not-so-good version of "Tequila", both by the Challengers. My only gripe is it would have been much better to have the original "Tequila" by the Champs here.
Still, this is a very minor glitch. Overall this is an extremely well done collection. You can't go wrong with "World of Surf Music"...I just wish my Dad hadn't sold the Woodie years ago.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great cuts, and some trash 25 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album is a good deal if you are looking for the rare surf instrumentals it contains, like Mr. Moto and Mr. Rebel. Most of the re-recorded songs (particularly the Jan & Dean stuff) sounds terrible. But with 32 songs on the CD, I found enough great original surf classics to still be glad I bought it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the Albums Name! 17 Nov 2006
By Boston Bluesman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great collection of surf music. A the album title denotes 'World of Surf' many different style of surf music are presented on this collection - It not all Dick Dale style guitar riffs. Lots of fun songs on the mix like Tequila. The album overall a great value with a lot of music (32 songs) for 15 bucks. Even if you just mildly enjoy the genre you will enjoy this album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Most songs are the original versions but BEWARE! 1 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Kahuna Classics seems like a great collection of surf hits. Except for one thing--some of the recordings are the dreaded "NEW STEREO RECORDINGS." I feel this is somewhat deceptive but at least at the store you can read it before you buy it. If you order this CD you won't know till it arrives. The only other negative comment is that the Beach Boy cuts are from their first recording sessions. Not their best work. Fortunately, Miserlou and many of the other selections are the same great tunes we know and love. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because only a few of the tunes are NEW. But listening to Papa Oom Mow Mow redone was almost PAINFUL! Surfin' Bird Forever!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Identical to World of Surf Music 17 Jan 2009
By B. Weinshenker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection is identical to ZYX Music's The World of Surf Music. If you don't already have TWOSM, then this is a great collection of tunes.
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