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"Pipeline" the song is not only one of just three genuine instrumental surf hits ("Wipeout" and "Penetration" are the others), but an artifact of rare beauty, an otherworldly, liquefied meditative mantra between the swells as opposed to the crashing bluster of Dick Dale's heavies. Often imitated, it was never duplicated, not even by the Chantays themselves (although the later single "Monsoon," included as a bonus cut here, comes pretty close). Otherwise this debut from the Santa Ana, California, quintet consists mainly of run-of-the-mill instrumentals (covers of "Runaway," "Riders in the Sky," and "Sleep Walk" are dispensable, although their version of the Mar-Keys' "Last Night" shows off unexpected funk chops). Besides "Pipeline," "Monsoon," and the latter's flip side, another "Pipeline" self-knockoff called "Scotch High's" (sic), the only peaks in the set are "Banzai," featuring buzzbomb guitar runs and nimble piano, and the moody "Wayward Nile," an instrumental composed by future Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher. --Ken Barnes
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Pipeline was one of those instrumentals which was built around the chords of Del Shannon's Runaway (which itself stemmed from the English melody of Greensleeves)
The CD here is virtually the same as the Varese Saraband one which has a better sleeve as it shows the group rather than the iconic view of a surfer.
There would be no further album or even much info but this hit hangs in the air
"Pipeline" - This is the greatest surf instrumental of all time, in my humble opinon. No surf music collection is complete without this song.
"The Lonesome Road" - This is a rocking version of the old standard.
"Tragic Wind" - It has the same opening riff as "Pipeline." This tune features the piano to great effect.
"Runaway" - The Chantays do a surf version of the Del Shannon hit with mixed results.
"Blunderbus" - Written by Spickard and Carman, this rocker really moves!
"Banzai" - It's another blazing instrumental with great drum work.
"Sleep Walk" - It's a sleepy cover of the Santo and Johnny hit, which compares favorably with the original version.
"Night Theme" - It's an adequate cover version of an obscure song by the Phantoms.
"Wayward Nile" - Written by Tony Asher, this song has a memorable melody.
"El Conquistador" - This song is a surfed up version of "Malaguena," with some great Spanish flourishes.
"Riders In The Sky" - On this tune, the Chantays take some liberties with the melody of "Ghost Riders In The Sky."
"Last Night" - It's a great version of the Mar-Keys hit. The Chantays are hitting on all cylinders on this song.
"Move It" - This song is a rave-up, complete with whoops and hollers. It was the original A-side of the "Pipeline" single.
"Monsoon" - This was the band's second single. It's a great rocker that features an electric piano, which was unusual for 1963. It should have been a big hit.
"Scotch High's" - The original B-side to "Monsoon," the song is a variation of the melody of "Pipeline."