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Surf Party! - The Best of The Surfaris - Live!

The Surfaris

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Here's an album that shouldn't work, but somehow does in spite of the odds being stacked against it. Take what's left of the Surfaris (three original members), the drummer from the Crossfires, and a session lead guitar player who worked with them in the '60s, and record them live running through their hits and a set of appropriate covers in front of an enthusiastic crowd of car club folks. The band adds a few modern touches to their sound (electronic sax manipulations, keyboards out of Pash); some of the tunes are just played too damn fast for comfort, and Don Murray's vocals fall pretty flat in comparison to original drummer Ron Wilson's, but you can't fault the band's enthusiasm or the crowd's very real response. All reunion albums should be this much fun.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Glendora, CA

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A Glendora, CA, surf group remembered for "Wipe Out," the number two 1963 hit that ranks as one of the great rock instrumentals, featuring a classic up-and-down guitar riff and a classic solo drum roll break, both of which were emulated by millions (the number is no exaggeration) of beginning rock & rollers. They recorded an astonishing number of albums (about half a dozen) and singles in the mid-'60s; the "Wipe Out" follow-up, "Point Panic," was the only one to struggle up to the middle of the...
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