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Surfer's Choice
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Album: Surfer's Choice
# Song Title   Time
1)    Surf Beat
2)    Sloop John B.
3)    Take It Off
4)    Night Owl
5)    Fanny Mae
6)    Misirlou Twist
7)    Jessie Pearl
8)    Del-Tone Rock
9)    Peppermint Man
10)    Surfing Drums
11)    Shake `N' Stomp
12)    Lovey Dovey
13)    Death of a Gremmie
14)    Let's Go Trippin'
15)    Jungle Fever
16)    Misirlou
 
Album: Surfer's Choice
# Song Title   Time
1)    Surf Beat
2)    Sloop John B.
3)    Take It Off
4)    Night Owl
5)    Fanny Mae
6)    Misirlou Twist
7)    Jessie Pearl
8)    Del-Tone Rock
9)    Peppermint Man
10)    Surfing Drums
11)    Shake `N' Stomp
12)    Lovey Dovey
13)    Death of a Gremmie
14)    Let's Go Trippin'
15)    Jungle Fever
16)    Misirlou
 
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  • Very few early rock & roll albums were true groundbreakers, but this is one: not only did it single-handedly establish the surf music genre (and Dick Dale's hegemony over it), but also sold the entire concept to mass America, where surfing in landlocked regions was only a state of mind. Largely recorded at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach -- Dale's ruling home turf, where one can clearly hear the kids screaming in anticipation at the start of "Surf Beat" -- this lays out the vocal highlights from Dick's set list ("Peppermint Man," "Lovey Dovey," "Night Owl," "Fanny Mae," and "Sloop John B.," sounding very odd here with overdubbed strings) up against the instrumentals that truly forged the style. "Miserlou Twist" -- a different version than the original Del-Tone single -- and the original, pre-reverb single version of "Let's Go Trippin'" appear to be the only studio tracks aboard. But the live takes on "Surfing Drums" (later retitled "Tribal Thunder" on one of Dale's comeback albums), "Take It Off," "Shake 'n' Stomp," and the lowdown stomp of "Death of a Gremmie" just as clearly delineate the wild, reverbed excitement of the new style in its native habitat. Without a doubt, surf guitar's finest hour, the genre's equivalent to Charlie Parker's Dial recordings. ~ Cub Koda
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.110) - Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 10 Reissues Of 2006" -- "Dick Dale invented surf guitar: staccato bursts of loud, clean twang over explosive rhythms."
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