Killer Surf! - The Best of The Challengers
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Clocking in at 30 tracks, this is a top-heavy collection of surf sides the Challengers cut for the GNP/Crescendo label. As the group never really had a hit, this is arguably all the Challengers you might ever need for the collection. But it is grade-A surf music, extremely well played with various session ringers like Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Steve Douglas, and Paul Johnson brought in on various numbers.
Challengers indeed kill the surf classics...
I am a surf music fan and have just about every album ITunes offers plus much more. My two stars goes to the great classic surf songs included in this album; all 30 songs are some of the greatest surf songs out there. However, this band does a terrible job in recreation of all these surf music classics, their playing has full of errors or modifications that does not make sense. Why not get the great originals rather then settle in these uninspired versions. Pipeline - Chantays, Wedge - Dick Dale, Walk, Don;t Run - Ventures, Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy, Telstar- Tornadoes . This is a great collection of all classic surf music. But this band is flat and does not do justice to the originals. Some remakes are great, like the acoustic versions by Duotones, but not these...
These are remakes of classic Challengers tunes, not originals. This album was released in '94. To get the real sound of the Challengers check out the albums K-38 and Surfbeat. This album in no way represents the Challengers sound of the early 60's.
What is going on here? These songs are all flat and lifeless, sound like they were re-recorded by amateurs for bingo night at the old-folk's home. Very confusing what Capitol Records was trying to accomplish here...please don't buy any of this. Search out the originals and ignore this garbage.
Formed: 1963 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s
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||K-39 (LP Version)||K-39||2:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pipeline||Killer Surf! - The Best of The Challengers||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Louie Louie||California Kicks||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Torquay||Surfbeat||2:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Man from UNCLE||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||1:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wipe Out||Killer Surf! - The Best of The Challengers||2:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Out of Limits||Killer Surf! - The Best of The Challengers||2:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tequila||Killer Surf! - The Best of The Challengers||1:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bulldog||Surfbeat||1:56||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Gloria||California Kicks||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|