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Big Surf by The Sentinals

This album just exemplifies how The Sentinals where one of the cleanest sounding Surf Rock bands of the time. A great album, although I’d sooner they’d left out track 10 Surfin' to the Beach Boys. The Sentinals have such a great sound as an instrumental band that I think they didn't need to include vocal covers like this. Songs like Latinia, just take your mind away to the beach and waves. I love hearing the sounds of the band in the background, clearly having a good time playing rock n' roll at it's very purest! Get this album to get a good taste of an alternate Surf Rock band other than the usual suspects like The Ventures, The Challengers, The Surfaris and even the great Dick Dale.


Formed: 1961

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

A decent though not first-division surf band, the Sentinals made a couple of albums for Del-Fi in 1963-64 and achieved a good deal of regional popularity, although only drummer Johnny Barbata (later in the Turtles and Jefferson Starship) would go on to name groups. They formed in 1961 in the Californian Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo, a locale that also bred another Del-Fi surf band, the Impacts (starting point of future cult folk-rocker Merrell Fankhauser). The Sentinals (sometimes, confusingly,...
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