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1.0 out of 5 stars No wonder these tracks are "rare", 8 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Rare West Coast Surf Instrumentals (Audio CD)
Having bought the ACE "Birth of Surf" collection I was prepared to really enjoy this compilation. After one listening I'm taking it to the charity shop!

No wonder these tracks are rare - most of them are totally uninspired, and VERY few of them even sound like surf music, despite the names of the groups involved.

One problem may be that ALL of the tracks were put out on Titan Records, which means you get a pretty limited range of sounds right from the off. In fact it looks like most of the tracks are the A side and the B side of the same records.
So what? You may ask. The Surfmen are just one of the acts featured on this album, and they made "El Toro" - surely an authentic "surf sound".

And the answer is "yes", but that's one of the best tracks in this collection which even the Surfman don't equal in any of their other appearances. In fact one of their tracks - 'Malibu Run' (Titan 1727, 1962) - sounds like nothing more than a lightly edited version of their slightly earlier 'Paradise Cove' (Titan 1723, 1962).

Another problem is that this isn't really a collection of surfing records, IMO.
The front cover describes the CD as "Rare West Coast SURF Instrumentals" - which is kinda strange given that the far more accurate back cover description has a heading that reads: "Rare West Coast Surf and Rock'n'Roll Instrumentals making their first-ever CD appearance".

IMO there's a LOT more rock'n'roll than surf, not to mention the fact that two of these "instrumentals" actually feature vocals sung by Gary Usher (both from the same record: Titan 1716, 1961).

So, if you like West Coast Rock'n'Roll of 1959-1963 this might be just the thing you've been looking for. If you're after the surf sound you might be rather disappointed.
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