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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B00005B9MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghost Hop - The Surfmen
2. Rockin' Rebel - The Strangers
3. Makin' Out - The Storms
4. Earthshaker - The Lancasters
5. Satan's Holiday - The Lancasters
6. Paradise Cove - The Surfmen
7. War Path - Davie Allen
8. Beyond The Blue - Davie Allen
9. Boogie Man - The Strangers
10. Young Maggie - The Strangers
11. The Breakers - The Surfmen
12. Cassanova - The Surfmen
13. A Lost Soul - The Strangers
14. The Scramble - The Playboys
15. Navajo - The Strangers
16. El Toro - The Surfmen
17. Malibu Run - The Surfmen
18. Driven Insane - Gary Usher
19. You're The Girl - Gary Usher
20. The Cat Walk - The Playboys
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From the vaults of George Brown's Titan label come 24 track of rare surf music. The CD contains every track released by the Strangers & the Surfmen (who later muted into the Lively Ones), plus the rare, very first releases from cult figures Davie Allen & Gary Usher, as well as an early (1965) U. S. only release by the Lancasters, written by and featuring a young Ritchie Blackmore, who went on to form the hard rockin' groups Rainbow & Deep Purple.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Martijn13Maart1970 on July 28, 2010
Ace did it again, with this wonderful compilation Cd. The title says it all; packed with surf age instrumentals that are worth to reissue but are songs you probably never have heard before. Needless to say that ACE took care of the sound quality as well as good track information in their usually elaborate booklet. Good news for fans of this music genre who don't want to spend too much on collecting albums from all those separate bands that emerged in the early sixties.

Other surf rock, or surf instrumental compilations I recommend for those who love the surf rock sound are:
ACE RECORDS
The Birth Of Surf, Volume 1 and 2
Big Surf (OOP)
Toes On The Nose

RHINO
Cowabunga 4CD set (OOP)
Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 5, Surf

Sundaze Records
Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar Volumes 1-4
Rare Surf 1-6

If you buy all those, for sure there will be some overlap, but not a lot. It will be worth it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 24, 2010
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54 minutes in length approximately. The tracks,from the original analogue tapes,have been remastered. The sound is fairly crisp and open. The booklet contains some good info on the bands,producers,and the era.

This collection does contain some rare West Coast surf music,from the small Titan Records label. This was one of a myriad of small,independent record companies in the late 50's/early 60's that released surf music hoping to cash-in on the surf/instrumental craze (which only lasted a short time),then coming into vogue. Usually the vast numbers of these groups (THE SURFMEN,THE STRANGERS,THE STORMS,THE PLAYBOYS,among others), sold their records only locally,or at best,regionally. Very few of these groups made it to the national level in sales. It's interesting that (the late) Gary Usher (heard here),who was responsible (and famous) for dozens of teen records (both instrumental and vocal),made his first recordings for Titan.

The tracks here range from up-beat instrumentals,to slower,atmospheric tunes,which are very evocative of their time. This gives this collection added depth and appeal. Besides Usher,probably the most well known musician appearing here (courtesy of Kim Fowley) is Ritchie Blackmore (first guitarist in DEEP PURPLE),playing with an English pick-up group called THE LANCASTERS. This was a three-piece band originally called THE SUPERSTITIONS. The two singles (which have some good guitar),from 1964,went basically nowhere,even after being sold to Titan for U.S. release. The only other musician listeners might recognize is Davie Allan,known for his intense fuzz-styled guitar sound with his group THE ARROWS. Allan's two tracks are easily recognized by his guitar playing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By feoras on November 10, 2006
This is one timeless piece of music history, i listen to it and i can hear the evolution of musical genious... Sure it came before Zeppelin and the Doors (all hail the doors) But this music can really take you somewhere if you let it... It's very creative and beautiful, a he11 of a cd to own, and not too expensive either, for what all you get, so buy it now or buy me one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NotAPoet on February 23, 2014
I would buy this just for Ghost Hop - fantastic song, totally love it. That alone gets the 3 starts. But I hope I can find it on another CD, because the rest of this one is not so good, especially when they start singing!!! Come on. Instrumentals means instrumentals. I'm glad I listened to this whole thing before buying it. Gotta go find Ghost Hop now on another CD!
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By WoodWorker on March 14, 2015
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I bought this thinking it was what it said........INSTRUMENTALS, but guess what? NOT. Too bad as the vocals are not that great. There are better surf instrumentals out there an they are available on Amazon too.
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Love these Classic Collections!
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