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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey everybody take a trip with me" (Gary U S Bonds), 15 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Lets Go Trippin (Audio CD)
Before the British Invasion there was Surf and its heyday was the early 60s.The genre more or less became absorbed into Frat Rock and is of its time.
Dot Records licensed all their surf recordings and even one of the token inland surfers Pat Boone simply had his voice added to an existing track by the Hondells for his 2 songs.(The other inland surfer is Vaughan Monroe whose first hit had been in 1949)
Maybe the lawyers could have sorted it but the Surfaris seemed to be trouble from the word go.
Unaware of a West Coast group also called the Surfaris they recorded a song called Surfer Joe for a vanity label which was licensed out to one called Pincess and its this one which Dot picked up.The B side became the massive hit Wipeout and seemed to create problems of its own.
The results of the court case meant the other Surfaris had to be known as The Original Surfaris!
I mean this was simply Sandy Nelson in reverse yet one Merrill Fankhauser laid claim to "composing" it!
(The same Fankhauser later became a cult name in Outsider Music and at the time was in a surf group called the Impacts who certainly recorded a piece called Wipeout but it didn't sound anything like the Surfaris' hit).
Whetever this is the original hit not the Decca remake which turns up on all the mass market comps of surf music.Its the reason why the original Wipeout album is not on CD as its really by the Challengers who had been commissioned to produce the album Dot requested so gave them a list of instrumentals to learn but realised that the group who were only schoolkids were not proficient enough to play them so added their own versions instead supposedly without the knowledge of the Surfaris
This is the real deal.Not even the Surfaris could have exactly recreated the hit recording as it was one of those things which happen once in the studio.
3 years later they signed with Dot again and cut a single called Showbiz-included here-but the magic had gone.Wipeout however charted for a second time
After the single was a hit first time in 1963 Dot wanted an album out but only 2 tracks appeared by the Surfaris-the rest were by the more musically adept Challengers who did the other instrumentals.And another problem for the lawyers to sort out as the Challengers record company objected.So did the Challengers as they expected a credit yet it makes you wonder how the Vault label found out
Depending on what you read the Surfaris were threatened with legal action THREE times. No wonder they went back to Decca and cut a vocal album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 31 Jan. 2013
R. Wright (Wirral, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lets Go Trippin (Audio CD)
A strange collection of music here. I bought it for the inimitable "Move It", originally the B-side of The Chantays' "Pipeline", and found (for example) Pat Boone's imitation of The Beach Boys ....
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