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Surf-N-Burn

Blue StingraysAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: September 9, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitone Records
  • ASIN: B000001INM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Monsoon
2. Echo Park
3. Goldfinger
4. Brave New World
5. Russian Roulette
6. Moon Over Catalina
7. Malibu Babylon
8. Blue Venus
9. Land Of The Unknown
10. Surfer's Life
11. Stingray Stomp
12. Zuma Sunset
13. Ju Ju Beads
14. Green Sea
15. Super Hero

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am so Amused! March 7, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
Jokes on us!
While there may never have been a group called the Blue Stingrays, there probably should have been.
The artists (Petty's boys? Is that what I have heard?) go to great lengths to recreated the wonderful surf sound that made the Ventures and the Surfaris such fun.
The first cut is so authentic sounding, right down to the gradual fade in, I thought it WAS a vintage Ventures cut.
Later in the disc, the boys get frisky, and the sound becomes more of a rock/surf fusion...which is really a very good thing.
I love the fake liner notes, and the cover art is priceless.
I am so glad that the surf sound is appreciated to this day...and this album pays due homage to a great, and largely lost, sound.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did they come from?! September 30, 2003
By Sandy
Format:Audio CD
I discovered the Blue Stingrays about a few years ago. I was moving my stuff into my new place and found the CD sitting on some used piece of furniture among other stuff. I listened to it and felt like I had just robbed a bank and gotten away with it. I was so lucky to find that CD and luckily, it had no owner. I asked around about them because it does not list the players or any other info - the playing sounds so fresh and new, especially the drummer. I've heard they are Tom Petty's Heartbreakers but I've also heard they are some younger guys from the Epitaph Label. I think my favorites are Surfer's Life, Echo Park and their version of Goldfinger. Tone is so drenched with richness!! So, I really don't know who these guys are, but they're phenomenal. I recommend the Blue Stingrays for anyone who is a lover of instrumental music, surf guitar, reverb or just damn good melodies and tone. It's definitely a classic in my music collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's no wonder... September 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
...that this is such a great cd. The band is the Heartbreakers minus Tom Petty. Mike Campbell is one of the few gifted guitarists who can change sound and direction. Not only is he a mastermind with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers he is amazing here. This is a very fun cd and I'm sure that the Heartbreakers had a ton of fun creating it. The liner notes are a spoof, so have fun reading about their "history", but don't spend too much time searching for those old albums!!!!! Great job to Mike and crew, and thanks for a very fun batch of music. I look forward to more side projects from these guys!!!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Low on Energy April 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Surf-N-Burn has some hip tracks. These dudes are definitly hot players. (Needless to say, the Heartbreakers are top level pros.) I dug all the tunes. But...when I listen to the King of the Surf Guitar, I hear about 5db higher energy levels (I'm not talking about sound pressure.) Listening to Dick Dale feels like Waimea Bay, the Blue Stingrays feel more like Huntington Beach. I'm not sorry I bought it. I've listened to it several times. I just wish they Stingers had clocked it up just a bit. Go on, buy it. It's pretty sweet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome surf music... July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First - the reviewer Ralf hit it dead on the head in his review, just by giving you guys some hints about who this band actually is. If you can't put 2 and 2 together, these guys are The Heartbreakers, i.e., Tom Petty's band. No real mystery here, and I had this fact disclosed years ago when this cd first came out. Sorry if that ruins any of the mystique for you.

Anyway, the other reviewers are right about this for the most part. It is flawless, excellent, fantastic surf music. Straight out of the Del-Fi school of surf music. Old-school, whatever you call it. It is beautiful, it is timeless, it is gorgeous, it is fantastic. Definitely pick this up.

Also, don't know if they are still doing it, but back when this cd first came out, it came with a blue "Blue Stingrays" guitar pick. Maybe it still does. If so, that's just another little added incentive for you to get this...or not. But I'm sure that if you pick this up, you won't regret it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reverb Paradise Found September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent top-shelf classic old-school surf/spy reverb guitar CD. If you like reverb, you'll love this one. Not as hard-edge as Dick Dale & Link Ray nor as laid back as Aqua Velvets. Somewhere in between. There's not a bad song on this CD and the cool twist is that it has a very retro look and feel even though it was released in 1997 by Tom Petty's back-up band. The track list even refers to "Side 1" and "Side 2" and "33 1/2 RPM" as if it was originally a slab of vinyl. There's even the occasional needle scratch noise inserted between tracks. Very Cool. Man, If I could only find the guitar tabs to these songs!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Surf Guitar September 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Simply the best surf guitar I have heard. That the Blue Stingrays are determinedly anonymous, no matter. They have studied the canon and it is damned good. Opening with "Monsoon", the mood is sustained through a vigorous reading of "Goldfinger" and "Malibu Babylon". Dance floor barn-burners include "Moon Over Catalina" and "Stingray Stomp". Moodier pieces like "Surfer's Life" and "Zuma Sunset" emphasize the band's virtuosity by absence of extraneous elements. The arrangements and musicianship are top-notch throughout.
The Blue Stingrays have also paid homage to the genre by the straight-faced album graphics which had me going (yes, I am in the ad biz) until the joke is slyly given away on the back of the booklet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't be disappointed. Glad I discovered these guys and wish they...
Buy it, you won't be disappointed. Glad I discovered these guys and wish they had more albums!
Published 3 days ago by Continuity
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites of 90`s surf music
Well played and inventive tribute to the surf genre. More than a tribute really, as many songs are original. Read more
Published 3 months ago by George E. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting for this since 1966
Awesome C.D. took me back to my teenage years in Florida. Reminded me of the Ventures & the song Wipeout.
Published 3 months ago by brenda voldness
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT GREAT
SOUND IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE SHADOWS AND THE VENTURES
MOST OF US WOULD PROBABLY LIKE TO HAVE SOME DICK DALE IN THE SONGWRITING / SONIC MIX

PROBABLY A ONE-OFF... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert v.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Stingrays
I love this CD. Great surf music! Mike Campbell and all do an outstanding job especially Zuma Sunset where I used to spend a lot of time.
Published 6 months ago by Jo Ann Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Fake surf music but terrific
The liner notes seemed absurd so will a little checking I found they were actually Tom Petty's group. "Goldfinger" is better than the Ventures version. Buy it!
Published 7 months ago by M. J. Schau
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect example of beach music - great recording
It is rare that I find a recording of a new band that sounds great, no matter what the musical content is like. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon user
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surf album!
Mike Campbell and co. Have created a surf album worthy of keeping company with the greats...full of good summery Surfside side vibes!!!
Published 11 months ago by jon-ri
5.0 out of 5 stars damn
why did I buy surf music, especially surf music THIS GOOD? Now I want more.

Ask Tom Petty why he listens to this.
Published 12 months ago by Linwood S. Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This is a fantastic album by the Heartbreakers, a group of musicians who have never received the acclaim they deserve. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Timothy N. McGarey
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