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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • ASIN: B007WFR284
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

(2012/RockBeat) 104 trash & twang instrumentals 1959-66. 29x15cm Digi- book of track by track comments and rare memorabilia (color and b&w).

Medium 1
Jack The Ripper - VALIANTS
Scrub Bucket - McCOY, Johnny & CYCLONES
Moment Of Truth - SURF TEENS
Night Ride - RAMRODS
Earthquake - EMERALDS
Sufer's Fright - RUNABOUTS
Slaughter On 10th Ave. - AVENGERS VI
Moon RElay - VISTAS
Mr. Custer Stomp - SCOUTS
The Breeze & I - VIBRANT
Batman (Freefalling) - 4 OF US
Pink Dominos - CRESCENTS & CHIYO
Don't Call Me Fly Face - REEKERS
Garden Of Eden (Part 2) - LINCOLN TRIO
Jungle Fever - DALE, Dick & HIS DELTONES
80 Ft. Wave - VAQUEROS
Minor Chaos - ROWE, Steve & FURYS
Cloudburst - KAN DELLS
Quasimoto - ROAD RUNNERS

Medium 2
The Cruel Sea - REVELAIRS
Kick Out - SAFARIS
The Marauder - ROBIN & THE 3 HOODS
Vox Instruments Radio Commercial
Windy & Warm - TRAVELERS
Cozimotto - VULCANES
Hanging Five - REVELIERS
Madalena - MOCKERS
Flip Side - CLAYTON, Rich & RUMBLES
Snake Eyes - LOSERS
Rockin' Fury - GESTICS
Commercial - PIPELINE PETE
Pipeline '66' - RON-DE-VOO'S
Side-Swiped - TORQUETTS
Sinner - SINDERS
Nautiloid Reef - NAUTILOIDS
Surfing Soft Drink Commercial

Medium 3
Road Runnah - ROAD RUNNERS
'502' (Like Getting Pinched On A 502...

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This 4CD brilliantly packaged box-set is from Rockbeat records, a label I'd never heard of before risking getting this set after hearing good things about it on the grapevine. The clincher that swung me into making the purchase is that I heard that ex-employees of the late lamented Rhino Records (a label now in name only since it has effectively closed shop) are involved in Rockbeat and on receiving this set it is pretty obvious since it is an incredible labour of love.

This set as the title indicates contains 100+ tracks of ultra-obscure early to mid-60's surf instrumentals mostly beautifully mastered from existing vinyl copies (many of these were pressed in tiny runs 50-odd years (!) ago and so the sound quality, especially the lack of pop'n'crackle represents a truly amazing job by the mastering engineer). This is surf and so reverb and more reverb is the order of the day but the variety is actually quite surprising with a few atmospheric ballads, raw & rocking proto garage, evil-sounding Arabian influenced modal melodies and your classic fast chugging, gurgling surf sound. All good, much is amazing and almost certainly nothing you've heard before unless you lived in Cali in the early '60s!

In addition there are a few advertising jingles interwoven into the set, some of which are almost wistful in bringing to life a long-gone era and some are plain hilarious such as the one for Vox. Finally the booklet really brings to mind the salad days of Rhino Records and Rockbeat have really excelled themselves with loving introductions from Mike Campbell [Heartbreakers] & Chris Isaak, then info on all the bands represented with plenty of pics including tonnes of evocative advertising and other ephemera.

In conclusion, the best box-set this year no argument ---- treat yourself.
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A great compilation of late 50s @60s surf instrumentals.I saw it advertsed in one of my sons music mags,checked it out with amazon and bought it..Great reverb guitars and lots more .Dont try an listen to these 4cds to quickly as you will soon get fed up.Tracks soon start to meld as one and your listening experience goes down .Check out lost legends of surf guitar vol 1 to 5 also on amazon
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Really nice set but I have now had 2 sets with a CD2 which will not read or play on my Musical Fidelity CD player although it plays on my computer & DVD player. The problem may be confined to players which display text - maybe others can comment on this.
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I only picked a few songs out of this 4CD collection, but then I already have most of the rest.
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HASH(0x98d5539c) out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC AND GRAPHICS MAKE THIS A KEEPER 15 Nov. 2012
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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Surf music fans-this is the real deal. If you already own the Rhino set, the series from Sundazed, The Trashmen box set (plenty of twangy reverbed guitars and that simple beat), the various Ace Records sets, or maybe (stretching away some from surf music)), even the "Dancehall Stringbusters" sets, the (American and British) "Great Rock 'N' Roll Instrumentals" collections, etc., you might want to add this collection to the pile. Where do I start? The sound has been newly mastered, and is clean and fairly crisp-with no compression to ruin the vintage sound. Many of these tunes were pressed up in less than a 1,000 albums/singles, and were known either locally, or regionally. One (possible) caveat-the discs were manufactured (standards issues?) in China. But I haven't had any "reading" or "tracking" problems on various stereo systems. Like many of you, I'll almost always take a chance on some unknown record "company", in order to hear some vintage music like this.

Collectors will have come across some of this music (some are familiar to me), either the version heard here or by another band. But the majority will be new to many fans. The most well known names here are Dick Dale (one track), Bobby Fuller (before The Bobby Fuller Four), the jazz trumpeter Shorty Rogers (Calvin Cool & The Surf Knobs), who was behind the album by this group, and The Mosriters, three quarters of the group consisted of the well known rhythm section of Jimmy Johnson-guitar, Roger Hawkins-drums, and David Hood-bass. The rest of the bands were filled with players who you've probably never heard of-which is a good thing. Besides California, bands from places like Coaldale, Penn., or New Mexico, Alabama, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, New York City, and other states, all made surf music, and are represented by some great music.

Personally I like bands I've never heard of-and especially if there's little or no information on them in the notes either. As an example, just who were The Sting Rays? And this isn't the surf music trio from Arizona, who released an album a few years ago. And why did they remake, and rename, the song "Moondawg", and title it "One Mo' Gin"? And why did they credit the song to Derry Weaver, the original composer? And unlike almost all the other tracks, this tune has no release date-only the label-Sea Port Single 1021. Hmmmm.

And who are The Debonairs? The Vy-Dels? The Buddies? Or The Vaqueros? Or The Elite U.F.O. from Stanton Kentucky? How about The Hollywoods? Or The Losers, whose "Snake Eyes" has the sound of rolling dice. And don't forget The Sinders, from McMinnville, Tennessee, with "Sinner". And lastly (but certainly not least) among unknown groups/oddities, how did Harry Nilsson's very English voice get dubbed onto "Turn On", by The Ric-A Shays? I love this kind of stuff because it's all part of that whole, do-it-yourself two guitars/bass/drums/and maybe a little sax or keyboard to generate some surf music action. When virtually anyone could (and did) start their own record label, and pressed up a few hundred copies of some local band.

But the information on most of the bands in this set is interesting and sometimes informative as well. I'm continually impressed and surprised at the attitude back then-the "Me and my friends are gonna start a band, play some stomping surf music, and make a record," attitude. It all seemed so innocent and simple back then-and thinking back, I suppose it was. How about a female surf guitarist? Listen to Chiyo & The Crescents. Or "to young to make music?" The Surf Teens, whose two guitarists were 16, the drummer was 13, and the geriatric bass player was 20 years old.

These mono tracks were released on small labels like Timber, Velvet, Angela, Allstar, McCady, Tilt, Daytone, Coulee, Janie, Tondy, Dub Tone-you get the idea. Oftentimes, many of these tracks were the 'B' side to a vocal tune by the band, when they needed something for the Single. But don't let that throw you off. It's all here-the primitive beat, the heavily reverbed twangy guitar, the staccato picking, a dash of keyboard or sax, the occasional sound of an engine revving, and a few shouts and screams for good measure. This is prime surf music. Picking highlights is useless, you're either into it or you're not. But if you're a fan of this music, from the prime years of 1959 to 1966, you need to check this out. With a number of bands playing this style of music in the present, it's still nice to hear music from the original era-there's just something real about it that can't be replicated.

The four discs fit into cutouts in the inside of the front and back covers-with a cutout for your finger to get the disc out. I immediately put mine in double jewel cases for safe keeping. The outer packaging is a very thick cardboard-think hardback book built like a tank. The outer dimensions are about 11 1/2"X"6". Inside the 60 pages of notes and graphics is an essay by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty's band) about how surf music influenced him. Check out an album by the Blue Stingrays, "Surf-N-Burn", which is Campbell and other band members playing surf music under a made up name. There's also a paragraph by Chris Isaak on how this music has influenced him. There's a two page essay by James Austin on surf culture, and to top it off, the last page of the book is a beautiful beach scene, with the slogan "Save Our Mother Ocean". It's evident that a lot of thought and care went into this collection.

There's a track by track listing with a short synopsis of every band, and a list of release details for each song, written by Alan Taylor and Dave Burke from the U.K. magazine "Pipeline". Also included are many pages of period graphics-movie ads ("The Beach Girls and the Monster"-with music by Frank Sinatra, Jr., "It's A Bikini World"-"The bikini bunnies are bustin' out all over!"), album covers ("Surf Mania","Good Humor Presents Real Cool Hits", The Creations), musical instrument ads ("Surf's down music's up"), cartoons (Surfink), Vaseline Hair Tonic ("Ted sure knows how to ride those waves! But his hair always looks like something the tide washed in."), posters (several Dick Dale ads), TV stills (Batman-"Surf's Up! Joker's Under!", The Flintstones, Mr. Ed) comic book and magazine covers (Wonder Woman, Capt. Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders, Bunny, Patsy and Hedy-Career Girls, "The Nude Bikini Debs of the Death-Head Gang"), drink ads ("It's great to take chances but not on your bourbon", "Sizzling by the seaside?") etc. The paper stock is a good quality smooth finish, which only enhances the crisp bright colors of the graphics. Also included are other recommended instrumental collections, websites, Further Reading, and organizations.

If you're a fan of authentic period surf music, you should probably check this out. There's a few short segments advertising movies or soft drinks from the period between songs, which don't really intrude on the surf music experience. There's about four hours of cool surf music, along with a sixteen minute "hidden" track at the end of Disc Four. It's a compilation of various radio spots, which take you back (if you're old enough) to that whole era. Some people will no doubt wish that the space was used for more music-to each his own. But this is music that sounds best blasting from a car radio as you cruise to check the surf, and the trailers and ads were a part of that whole era. Me, I'm off to check the swell direction. Cowabunga!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d55c0c) out of 5 stars Monster wave of obscure `60s surf gems 19 Dec. 2012
By hyperbolium - Published on
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It's no accident that this deluxe 4-CD set uses the word "Nuggets" in its title; this is an apt reference to Lenny Kaye's landmark 1972 compilation of psychedelic and garage rock. An even better touchstone, however, is Bomp's follow-on series of Pebbles releases, which dug deeper into the world of one-off local and indie releases. In that sense, Surf-Age Nuggets is the Pebbles (with a touch of Las Vegas Grind) to earlier anthologies of major label releases, hit singles and nationally-known acts. Producer James Austin (who previously helmed Rhino's Cowabunga! The Surf Box), focuses here on the impossibly rare and ephemeral: obscure singles that barely managed local distribution, with just a hint of rarities from a couple of well-known names. The result is a magnificent musical essay on the scene that flourished in the wake of surf music's brief rise to commercial popularity.

Dozens of earlier collections have explored this DIY wave, but never in the luxuriousness of this set. Not only are the discs stuffed with 104 tracks (including a sprinkle of period radio spots and a 16-minute bonus montage hidden at the end of disc four), but the collection is housed in a wide 11 x 6 hardcover with a 60-page book of liner, song and band notes, full-color photographs and reproductions of picture sleeves, posters, period ads, comics and other ephemera. Although the material was sourced primarily from early `60s vinyl, unlike the first-state (that is, pops-and-clicks intact) condition of many collections of vintage singles, mastering engineer Jerry Peterson worked some very special voodoo in cleaning up the digital transcriptions. The complete lack of surface noise is a bit eerie, but the results remain largely true to the powerhouse mono vibe of a vintage 45.

The selections are guitar-centric, beat-driven and up-tempo; a formula whose thousands of variations have yet to get old. This is the sound of four guys getting together in a garage, working up covers and a couple of originals, scoring a gig and getting a crack at recording. Being true to the period, what's here isn't all strictly surf music; there's plenty of reverb-drenched Dick Dale-styled staccato picking, but instrumental rock was a bigger lineup into which musicians crowded from every state. California surf bands provided inspiration, but the twang of guitar slingers like Duane Eddy, Link Wray and Lonnie Mack also held sway. Most of these acts had brief careers, but this collection is more than a set of surf songs; it's a soundtrack to an era in which surf culture captured the national attention, even among those who didn't surf or listen to surf music. This is a document of a time when radios had only an AM band, and teen culture was on the rise. Paddle, turtle, hangout and catch this tasty wave! [©2012 Hyperbolium]
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d55e4c) out of 5 stars "A great companion to the Cowabunga box set" 21 Dec. 2012
By D. C. Ditommaso - Published on
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The creators of this box set mentioned that this is a great companion to the Cowabunga box set that was released by Rhino in the 90s, and I believe this is true. Technically you shouldn't be able to ever hear any of these long lost gems ever again, but somehow they managed to get them out to us. The sound of some of the tunes have a weird whistle to them or some kind of over modulation to them, but that's probably trying to remaster something that was found by some 45s found in Grandma's attic. Frankly I'm amazed. The packaging is great and the liner notes have great information on each song (and I thought I knew it all). I love the little tidbits they put between some of the songs like the "KRLA Big Kahuna Promo". I've paid $15 for some collection that had 100 surf tunes and most of those tunes were containing the original pops and scratches from the 45s, and other songs were completely unlistenable. This is not like that -- It's worth the cash.. Surf's up!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d5c00c) out of 5 stars Surf Garage At It's Vintage Best 3 Dec. 2012
By Tex Jr. - Published on
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This collection is an absolute must for any 'surf' music fan. Everything from the song & group choices to the packaging is top notch. You won't have to worry about getting anything you might have had on other collections, these are mostly groups you have probably never heard of which makes this collection even better & more fun. The whole thing comes in an oblong hardback book with lots of vintage photos & illustrations. There is a synopsis of each song. The four discs all look like Fender Guitar volume knobs & are inserted into the book covers. The recordings are clear & of course the music is fantastic, a lot of fun stuff for the price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d55ec4) out of 5 stars Surf age nuggets 2 May 2014
By Jeff G. Knutson - Published on
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This set is the best surf reissue ever!While the Cowabunga box is real good the tracks on it are the "hits" these are real good hard driving much lesser known tunes. I had a couple of the 45s on this set which I really dig and thought if there are more like that it would be a good set! It contains alot of killer tunes and is highly recomended for the most serious and fun loving instro collector.A killer set with great liner notes,buy it!!!
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