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a mixed bag of tunes

he is at his best when doing instrumentals....dick's vocal tracks are utterly mediocre, but when the focus is on his incindiary guitar playing he shines, like on 'riders in the sky' and 'hava nagila''s great to have these lp's finally available though...they're worth a small fortune on vinyl!

Dick's 1963 Capitol Records Debut Album!

As fast as surf-guitar innovator Dick Dale blazes his way through searing versions of “Hava Nagila” and “Riders in the Sky” on King of the Surf Guitar, his terrific 1963 Capitol Records debut album, any doubts that Dale could duplicate the frenzied attack of his previous LP, the wildly successful Surfers’ Choice, are completely erased. Whatever style of music — R&B, folk or pop — Dale tosses into his sharp-bladed, slice ’n’ dice music machine, it comes out pure surf, absolutely smoking-hot and the perfect accompaniment to your next beach-side stomp and frug session. If you like this artist you might want to check out Jerry Cole the Rhythm Rockers and the Lost Legends of Surf Guitar compilations on Sundazed Music!

Earth to Dick: you're not Elvis and never were....

The only reason this gets 4 stars rather than 5 is due to the excess of vocals by Dick Dale on here. As much as Dick may have thought himself to be Elvis Presley (and still apparently does considering the preponderance of vocals in his recent live shows), he never was, and the vocal tracks are generally passable/OK to mediocre("Dick Dale Stomp" is definitely the best one,). The instrumentals, however, are utterly incredible and brilliant - "Hava Nagila", "Riders In The Sky", and "Lobo" justify the purchase of this album even if it were filled with nothing else but the undistinguished Elvis impersonations that constitute most of Dick's vocal tracks.

King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
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