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Beat Club 40th Anniversary Edition Part 2


Part 2 of Beat Club Anniversary Edition


Vanilla Fudge-You Keep Me Hanging On (1967)
The Alan Price Set-The House That Jack Built (1967)
The Move-Blackberry Way (1969)
The Beach Boys- Do It Again (1969) (Inc. In Beat-Club '68)
The Gun-Race With The Devil (1969)
Donovan-Atlantis (1969)
Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger Trinity-Road To Cairo (1969)
The Amen Corner-Half As Nice (1969)
Love Sculpture-Sabre Dance (1969)
Jimi Hendrix Expirience-Hey Joe (1967) (Inc. In Beat-Club '67)
Steppenwolf-Born To Be Wild (1969) (Inc. In Beat-Club '68)
Humble Pie-Natural Born Boogie (1969) (Inc. In Beat-Club '68)
The Who-Pinball Wizard (1969)
Ten Years After-Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (1969) (Inc. In Beat-Club '68)
Chicago Transit Authority-I Am A Man (1968) (Inc. In Beat-Club '68)
Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love (1970)
Santana-Jingo (1970) (Inc. In Beat-Club '70-1)
Free-All Right Now (1970) (Inc. In Beat-Club ' 70-2)
Ginger Baker's Airforce-Sunshine Of Your Love (1970)
Ike & Tina Turner-River Deep, Mountain High (1971) (Inc. In Beat-Club '71)
Alice Cooper-Under My Wheels (1971)
Mc5-Kick Out The Jams (1972) (Inc. In Beat-Club '72)
Black Sabbath-Paranoid (1970) (Inc. In Beat-Club '70-2)
The Rolling Stones-Loving Cup (1972)
Doors-Love Me Two Times
Eric Burdon-Paint It Black
Steve Miller-Space Cowboy
Santana-Samba Pa Ti
MC5-Motorcity Is Burning
Slade-Hear Me Calling
The Rolling Stones-Hipshake
The Rolling Stones-Tumbling Dice

Beat Club 40th Anniversary Addition Part 1


Part 1 of Beat Club 40th Anniversary Addition


The Herd - Paradise Lost (1968 )
Dave Davis-Susannah's Still (1968)
Nirvana-Pentehost Hotel (1968)
The Amen Corner-Bend Me Shape Me (1968)
Traffic-Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1968)
Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn (1968)
Procol Harum- Quite Rightly So (1968)
The Hollies-Jennifer Eccles (1968)
The Herd-I Don't Want Our Loving To Die (1968)
Manfred Mann-My Name Is Jack (1968)
The Small Faces-Lazy Sunday (1968)
The Equals-Baby Come Back (1968)
Cupid's Inspiration-Yesterday Has Gone (1968)
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown-Fire (1968)
Dave Dee & Co-Last Night (1968)
The Who-Magic Bus (1968)
The Easybeats- Good Times (1968)
The Spooky Tooth-The Weight (1968)
Blue Cheer-Summertime Blues (1968)
Barry Ryan-Enclose (1968) (Inc. In Beat-Club '69)
Simon Dupree & The Big Sound-Thinking About My Life (1968)
Tiny Tim-Top-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me (1968)
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band-I'm The Urban Spaceman (1968) (Inc. In Beat-Club '69)
Manfred Mann-Fox On The Run (1968)
Joe Cocker-With A Little Help From My Friends (1968) (Inc. In Beat-Club '69)
The Marmalade-Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (1968)
The Beach Boys-Bluebirds Over The Mountains (1968)
The Flirtations-Nothing But A Heartache (1968)
The Cream-Strange Brew (1967) (Inc. In Beat -Club '67)
The Kinks-Waterloo Sunset (1967)

The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist (1982)

The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist (1982)

Biography by Richie Unterberger

Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968This obscure San Francisco (by way of L.A.) '60s band gained a degree of notoriety in the '80s when their punk-garage single "Mr. Pharmacist" was included on one of Rhino's Nuggets compilations and covered by the Fall. Actually, most of the Other Half's material was far less garage than psychedelic, featuring the sustain-laden guitar of Randy Holden, one of the best Jeff Beck-inspired axemen of the '60s. Boasting a just-out-of-the-garage approach to Haight-Ashbury psychedelia, the group cut a little-heard, fairly strong album, as well as a few rare singles, in 1967 and 1968. Holden, who had previously played in the L.A. psychedelic garage band Sons of Adam, went on to join Blue Cheer and record on his own.

The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist (1982) plus

01. The Other Half - Introduction 
02. The Other Half - Feathered Fish 
03. The Other Half - Flight Of The Dragon Lady 
04. The Other Half - Wonderful Lady 
05. The Other Half - I Need You 
06. The Other Half - Oz Lee Eaves Drops 
07. The Other Half - Bady Day 
08. The Other Half - Morning Fine 
09. The Other Half - What Can I Do For You, First Half 
10. The Other Half - What Can I Do For You, The Other Half 
11. The Other Half - I've Come So Far 
12. The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist 
13. The Other Half - No Doubt About It 
14. The Other Half - It's Too Hard Without You 
15. The Other Half - I Know 


The Other Half ‎– The Other Half (1968) 

This album has been kicking around for ages, first in cut-out bins in the 1970s and subsequently on want lists, ever since "Mr. Pharmacist" (which was not on this long-player) turned up on Rhino's Nuggets, Vol. 12. It turns out to be not at all bad, if not exactly distinguished -- the Other Half were a much better garage band than they were a psychedelic outfit, their frantic, crunchy rockers (which dominate this record) being far more memorable and impressive than their efforts at trippy, spaced out, languid psych ("Wonderful Day"). "I Need You," and "Feathered Fish" give lead guitarist Randy Holden the opportunity to stretch out in the best Jeff Beck manner (circa the Yardbirds' Roger the Engineer), and even their more primitive numbers, such as "Oz Lee Eaves Drops," are good showcases for the group. Holden and rhythm guitarist Geoff Westen also get into some entertaining faux mandolin sounds on "Morning Fire," but when the band tries to get too serious, as on the two-part "What Can I Do for You," the results are fairly dire, which makes the last ten minutes of the original LP (which didn't even run 30 minutes) easily dispensable.


The Other Half - Mr Pharmacist (1982)


The Cryan' Shames - Sugar & Spice (1966)

The Cryan' Shames -  Sugar & Spice (1966)

The Cryan' Shames actually were a big deal in Chicago in the mid- and late '60s, when a bunch of their singles hit the local Top Ten; some of them were small national hits as well. The biggest of these was "Sugar and Spice," a cover of a Searchers song that made the Top 50 in 1966 and was later featured in Lenny Kaye's renowned Nuggets anthology of '60s garage bands. In their original incarnation, the Shames leaned toward the pop end of garage. Borrowing heavily from the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Yardbirds, guitarist James Fairs wrote a clutch of energetic guitar pop/rockers with sparkling harmonies. After 1966, the group pursued an increasingly mainstream pop direction featuring saccharine arrangements and material. In this respect they uncannily mirrored the devolution of local rivals the New Colony Six, who also shifted from tough pop/rock to MOR in their bid for national success. But the Shames' appeal endures, partly through the efforts of reissue/archival labels such as Sundazed Records, which have kept their music available into the 21st century, and some of the original members, who have kept the band alive as a performing outfit from the 1980s onward.

They actually started out in Hinsdale, IL, as the Prowlers, a trio formed by Gerry Stone (rhythm guitar), Tom "Toad" Doody (vocals), and Dave Purple (bass, keyboards), who added guitarist James Fairs and drummer Dennis Conroy, both late of a local band from Downers Grove called the Roosters. The quintet became the Travelers, specializing in R&B and rock & roll covers, though Fairs was starting to write originals as far back as 1964. They became a sextet with the addition of Jim Pilster, a one-handed tambourine player whose artificial extremity got him dubbed "J.C. Hooke." Included in their ranks were four singers who were capable of handling lead vocals as well as harmonies, and as they already had their rock & roll and R&B sound down, they emerged as a heavyweight outfit on the local band scene, equally adept at covering the Beatles, the Byrds, or the Rolling Stones, among others. Additionally, as they discovered, Pilster's presence lent them some novelty/publicity value as "the guys with the hook," an attribute that would also benefit the Barbarians around the same time, who sported a member with a replacement appendage. According to biographer Clark Besch, they were making upwards of $180 a gig (albeit split six ways) in 1966, a good fee for a group that had never recorded. They also attracted the attention of manager Bob Monaco, who was associated with the local Destination Records label, and hoped to rectify that gap in their biography in short order.

Sugar & Spice Their new name was imposed upon them when they were notified that another band had a prior claim on "the Travelers" -- as they told Besch, the situation was described by one of the affected parties as "a cryin' shame," and that became their new name. The group and Monaco intended to make their recording debut with George Harrison's "If I Needed Someone" -- a new Beatles song not yet available in the U.S. -- but were thwarted, as the Beatles' publisher wouldn't allow the release. Instead, they grabbed up another, older British Invasion-spawned original, "Sugar and Spice," written by producer/composer Tony Hatch (under the pseudonym "Fred Nightingale") for his client group the Searchers. The number had been in the repertory of another local band, the Riddles, and they got their version out through MG Productions on a tiny local label. The resulting single, which included a proto-psychedelic Fairs original called "Ben Franklin's Almanac," became a Top Five hit locally in Chicago, and attracted the attention of Columbia Records, which bought up their contract and put the record out nationally. It easily made the Top 50 and Columbia wanted more -- the band duly obliged with "I Wanna Meet You," another Fairs original, which only made the Top Ten locally and number 65 nationally. Columbia was still interested in an album, however, and the group delivered the 12-song Sugar & Spice long-player. It was a fairly good record of its kind, mixing covers and Fairs' originals and, as it was done on a tight budget -- basically Columbia accepted the record as delivered, according to Pilster in an essay by Besch -- it also included all four single sides, plus their proposed debut of "If I Needed Someone." Although the album barely cracked the Top 200 nationally, the single and the long-player between them helped raise the band's fees more than fivefold in just a matter of weeks.
A Scratch in the Sky It all wasn't a bad beginning, and might have led to better things for the band, if it hadn't been for the Vietnam War and the military draft, which cost the Shames the services of Gerry Stone. Lenny Kerley, late of the Squires, was his replacement, and was soon partnered up as a songwriter with Fairs, generating a third single, "Mr. Unreliable," which made the Top Ten in Chicago. The Cryan' Shames continued to enjoy immense success locally in Chicago, without parallel sales in the rest of the country -- fortunately, they were not costing Columbia a great deal, and the Chicago music marketplace was important enough to keep the label interested. Their fourth single, "It Could Be We're in Love," recorded and released in the late spring of 1967, topped the local listings, without breaking through nationally. There were some lineup changes around this time, as guitarist Isaac Guillory came in on bass, taking over for Dave Purple, who was drafted that year. And a second album, entitled A Scratch in the Sky, issued in December of that year, actually sold somewhat better than their debut LP, reaching number 158 nationally; in contrast to the mix of garage punk, British Invasion, and folk-rock sounds on Sugar & Spice, A Scratch in the Sky was an ornate sunshine pop/psychedelic work, reminiscent of the Association or, perhaps, the Left Banke. The group saw a string of departures in 1968 and 1969, most notably that of James Fairs, and although the Cryan' Shames continued to record and perform with a new lineup -- featuring Saturday's Children alumnus Dave Carter on guitar and former Squires/Boston Tea Party member Alan Dawson on drums -- a lot of continuity was sacrificed. Dawson also left in late 1968, though not before contributing to their final album, Synthesis. They broke up in the last month of 1969. Since then, there have been reunion performances by various members and the formal reactivation of the group in the late '80s, which continued as of 2009.

The Cryan' Shames -  Sugar & Spice (1966)

The Cryan' Shames' debut album was typical of the more thrown-together rock LPs of the era: both sides of their first two singles and a bunch of cover versions. The singles, actually, were pretty good, including their most well-known song, "Sugar & Spice," a cover of a Searchers hit that actually was more memorable and imaginative than the original. Its B-side, "Ben Franklin's Almanac," was a respectable original with shades of the Byrds, the Yardbirds, and California harmonies; the second single, "I Wanna Meet You," was a decent meld of Beatles-Byrds jangle with Beach Boys harmonies; and its flip, "We Could Be Happy," was an OK soft rock number. Throw in the sole original composition not from a single, "July" (one of the better 1966 Byrds sound-alikes), and you have half a decent (though not great) period pop/rock album. The problem is, though, that the cover versions that fill out the record -- including songs written and/or popularized by the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Animals, along with "Heat Wave" -- are neither too creatively done nor even imaginative selections. "Sugar and Spice" and all four of the originals appear on the Legacy compilation Sugar & Spice, which makes this album superfluous if you already have that anthology. The 2002 CD Sundazed reissue is bolstered by six bonus songs: their 1967 single "Mr. Unreliable" (different from the LP version) and its laid-back B-side "Georgia," a cover of the Beatles' "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," and three previously unreleased 1969 tracks that found them going into a mellow folk/country/soft rock direction.

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962
Jasmine Records ‎– JASCD 1008
Released:10 Aug 2018

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962

JACKIE DESHANNON was one of the most iconic and important singer/songwriters of the second half of the 20th Century.

The first wholly comprehensive collection of her early recordings, this unique set features her first sixteen singles, recorded between 1956-62, during which she recorded as Sherry Lee, Jackie Dee and Jackie Shannon, before adopting her more familiar stage name in late 1959.

Includes fans' favourites like 'Buddy', 'Just Another Lie', 'Trouble' and 'Baby (When Ya Kiss Me)', as well as her earliest US hits, 'The Prince', 'You Won't Forget Me' and 'Faded Love'.

A handful of these sides are serious collectors' rarities, virtually impossible to find elsewhere on CD.

Indeed, 'So Warm'/'Young Girl's Prayer' - a rare, cancelled 45rpm release from 1959 - has never been re-released previously, in any format.

This compilation is a mandatory purchase for all serious Jackie De Shannon fans/collectors.

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962


Track Listing

1. BABY HONEY (as Sherry Lee)
2. I'M CRAZY DARLING (as Sherry Lee with Shorty Ashford)
3. I'LL BE TRUE (as Jackie Dee)
4. HOW WRONG I WAS (as Jackie Dee)
5. BUDDY (as Jackie Dee)
6. STROLYPSO DANCE (as Jackie Dee)
7. I NEED LOVIN' (as Jackie Dee)
8. JUST ANOTHER LIE (as Jackie Shannon with The Cajuns)
9. TROUBLE (as Jackie Shannon)
10. LIES (as Jackie Shannon)
11. SO WARM (This Is How I Feel)
22. WISH I COULD FIND A BOY (Just Like You)
23. BABY (When Ya Kiss Me)

Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962


VA - Surf Bunnies & Hot Rod Honeys

                                  VA - Surf Bunnies & Hot Rod Honeys       

VA - Surf Bunnies & Hot Rod Honeys

"...One of two great collections (possibly bootlegged?) of Gary Usher influenced California music, released a few years ago. This collection is just amazing - 32 tracks of surf and hot rod songs from the early 60s featuring female vocals. Many of these were originally released just as two sides of a 45, and are pretty much unknown other than that. Names like Donna Loren, the Surf Bunnies, and Susan Lynne might be familiar from other collections, but there's a ton that I've never seen or heard anywhere else. Surprisingly the Honeys don't show up here at all, but it wouldn't be too surprising if one or more of the acts on here was actually the Honeys under one of their many names. I thought it was the Honeys doing the vocals on Hal Blaine's Dance To The Surfing Band, which is included here. The Majorettes do a catchy ode to surfer guy couture in their song White Levis. And in the very next track the Sea Shells offer a rousing tribute called Love Those Beach Boys, singing "rah rah rah, be true to the Beach Boys!" Another song I can't get out of my head is the Delicates' Black & White Thunderbird, with a jumping beat and fun lyrics about cruising and picking up friends. And if you haven't heard the Surf Bunny Beach by the Surf Bunnies, or Don't Drag No More by Susan Lynne, you've gotta - they're both great combinations of California surf sound with great girl vocals. But then, so is the rest!... " ~  Bamboo Room

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks ‎– Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies (1964) 2018


Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks ‎– Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies (1964)  2018

"Cruisin’ for Surf Bunnies is further proof that, as a sculptor of sound, Hazlewood’s life as a songwriter and producer ranged more widely than most of his successful peers"

Recorded October 26, 1964 at United Recorders, Los Angeles, California

- Album mastered from pristine LHI master tape
- All tracks previously unreleased
- Liner notes by Hunter Lea with an interview from Marty Cooper
- Album art featuring unpublished photos of Suzi Jane Hokom’s early 1960s group The Surf Bunnies
- LP pressed at RTI and housed in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket

Deep in the LHI tape archive hid a mysterious tape marked “Woodchucks.” The tape held a "lost” instrumental surf album recorded by Lee Hazlewood in the early 1960s. Some of the songs have been recorded by The Astronauts, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, Takeshi Terauchi, The Ventures, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), The Trashmen, The Challengers and The Surfaris. Lee’s original recordings have never been released. Bask in the reverb drenched twang of Lee Hazlewood’s original versions for the first time ever!

Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archive series with this very special release. Not a reissue, but rather a brand new, never before released time capsule from the surf era. Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks Crusin’ for Surf Bunnies is the perfect soundtrack for sun-baked skin and salty waves, hot rods and summer love. It’s the soundtrack to the American dream in the early 1960s and it comes from California. Though Lee and Suzi Jane Hokom hadn’t met yet, they were both living that dream…Suzi with her group The Surf Bunnies and Lee on his brief surf music tangent with albums like Al Casey’s Surfin’ Hootenanny, Hal Blaine and the Young Cougars and The Glaciers From Sea to Ski.

“He was trying to do too much at that period of time. He was just throwing stuff around, but this sounds like a complete project. If there was an airplay record in there, he probably could’ve had a band go out and be the Woodchucks or whatever he wanted to call them. It’s a good surf album. I really loved it. He was a master…there’s no question about it. He invented sounds that no one was doing.” – Shackleford and “Lonely Surfer,” Marty Cooper

With "Crusin' For Surf Bunnies', The Legendary Lee Hazlewood The Beach In Style

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks, Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies


Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks ‎– Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies 

01. Lee Hazlewood - Movin' 
02. Lee Hazlewood - Baja, Pt. 1 
03. Lee Hazlewood - Bangkok Cock Fight 
04. Lee Hazlewood - Johnny October 
05. Lee Hazlewood - The Nomads 
06. Lee Hazlewood - The Man 
07. Lee Hazlewood - Angry Generation 
08. Lee Hazlewood - Baja, Pt. 2 
09. Lee Hazlewood - Quiet Village 
10. Lee Hazlewood - Batman 
11. Lee Hazlewood - Torn Sarong 
12. Lee Hazlewood - Crickets Of Karachi 

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks ‎– Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies (1964)  2018

VA - Ain't It Hard (Sunset Strip 60's Sound! Garage & Psych From Viva Records)

VA - Ain't It Hard (Sunset Strip 60's Sound! Garage & Psych From Viva Records)

 Review by Richie Unterberger 

From 1965 to 1967, hitmaking Los Angeles producer Snuff Garrett's short-lived Viva Records label recorded some interesting garage rock and psychedelia, though none of them met with even the merest commercial success. In fact, the company's releases are rare even by the standards of the garage-psych collecting world, despite the presence of some industry heavyweights in the productions. Ain't It Hard! Sunset Strip '60s Sounds: Garage & Psych from Viva Records presents 16 of these tracks, and while they aren't in garage psychedelia's very top drawer, it's an above average compilation as such obscurities go. For one thing, the material really is produced better than the average small-label garage-psych output; even though Garrett himself didn't produce any of these sides, some pretty notable talents on the L.A. scene were delegated to do so, including J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, and Dave Hassinger. Also, these cuts do have a more varied, at times pop-oriented sound than many single-label garage-psych anthologies, again likely due at least in part to the presence of some of those L.A. heavyweights.

There's some pretty fair, mildly deranged garage-psychedelia here, like Apothecary Dream's "The Sound Sandwich," which sounds something like a mating of the Electric Prunes and the Grass Roots. Second Helping's "Let Me In" is first-rate snarling, manic garage punk, written -- unbelievably considering what he became famous for in the '70s -- by the group's lead singer, a young Kenny Loggins. Loggins also penned another Second Helping track here, "Floating Downstream on an Inflatable Rubber Raft," which despite the contrived title ain't a half-bad piece of garage-pop-psychedelia. Other standouts on the CD include the pounding male-female harmonized folk-rock of the Gypsy Trips' "Ain't It Hard," covered by the Electric Prunes (and one of the few cuts here that could have been a chart single given the right exposure); the Shindogs' fairly catchy "Who Do You Think You Are," performed by the house band of the Shindig television program, and co-written by bassist Delaney Bramlett; and the Leather Coated Minds' instrumental "Non-Stop," whose closely intertwined guitar lines sound a bit like garage-psych precursors to the Allman Brothers. True, some of this disc verges on L.A. psychsploitation. But at a time when so much '60s garage rock has been exhumed on countless compilations, this is a notable excavation of largely worthwhile material that reissues have usually passed by, complemented by excellent historical liner notes.

VA - Ain't It Hard (Sunset Strip 60's Sound! Garage & Psych From Viva Records)


Davie Allan & The Arrows - Wild In The Streeet (1968)

Davie Allan & The Arrows - Wild In The Streeet (1968)

In the late sixties, Davie Allan & The Arrows carved their niche in the musical history books with an array of classic instrumentals and two dozen motion picture soundtracks. The most notable of the movies was Roger Corman's cult classic The Wild Angels plus Devil's Angels, The Glory Stompers (Dennis Hopper) and Born Losers (the film that introduced the character Billy Jack). Some of the other 60's "B" films were Riot On Sunset Strip, Thunder Alley, The Angry Breed, Mary Jane, Teenage Rebellion, Hellcats, Mondo Hollywood, The Wild Racers, Wild in The Streets, The Golden Breed, Skaterdater and The Hard Ride.
1990's film and TV work includes includes Jim Jarmusch's Night On Earth, Roger Corman's Not Like Us and MTV's Road Rules. In 2004, a tune was in an episode of HBO's The Sopranos plus another tune was in Christmas With The Kranks and tunes were featured in Tarantino's Hell Ride and Inglourious Basterds in 2008.

In 1996, they did a 12-city tour of Europe and in 1999 they did a 16-city east coast tour of the United States. In 2004, they played at festivals in New York, Atlanta and Spain plus Halloween in San Francisco. Also, a west coast tour in 2007 plus a tour in Texas in February 2008; the Oneida Casino in Green Bay (Nov '08 and '09) and various venues in '09 and '10 plus the "Guitar Geek Festival" in January 2011 and various dates in 2012. Plus volume #4 of my Retrophonic CD series is in the works for 2013.

In 1994, the critically acclaimed recording Loud, Loose and Savage (Top 10 CD pick ... San Francisco Chronicle, Guitar Player and Bam) brought back the "cycle-delic" sounds of cult legend Davie Allan.

In 1999, they won the "LA Weekly Music Award" for Best Instrumental Band.

Davie Allan & The Arrows - Wild In The Streeet (1968)


The Back-Wash Rhythm Band ‎– The Golden Breed (1968) OST

Movie: The Golden Breed (1968)

This colorful surfing documentary finds world-class surfers searching for the perfect wave in California, Peru, Hawaii and Mexico. Spectacular overhead and on-shore camera shots record the daring rides on the Banzai Pipeline, Wainea Bay and other famous locales known to be a mecca for serious surfers. Narration and interviews with the participants give first-hand information on this exciting sport.


The Back-Wash Rhythm Band aka Davie Allan & The Arrows

The Golden Breed (1968) 

One of the rarest surf soundtrack albums 

Original Soundtrack Recording!
Introducing. . .The Back-Wash Rhythm Band featuring DAVIE ALLAN

Hailed as ?magnificent? by the Los Angeles Times, director Dale Davis? film The Golden Breed captured surfing at the height of its longboard era. Featuring the sport?s top stars, it was beautifully shot in Hawaii, California and other scenic locales. However, when the film was released in 1968, surfing was in the midst of a revolution. Australian Nat Young won the 1966 World Championship using a shortboard, which was 3 to 4 feet shorter than a longboard, allowing greater maneuverability and increased speed. This feat sparked a mass move toward shortboards, making longboards appear pass? in comparison. In other words, longboards were no longer cool in 1968 and as a result, The Golden Breed quickly disappeared from theaters.

Scored by Mike Curb, Jerry Styner and Harley Hatcher, the film?s soundtrack is just as evocative and vivid as its aquatic footage. Curb assembled a ?first call? set of studio musicians to record it, including Curb soundtrack veteran Davie Allan on guitar. Trimming the fuzz and turning up the reverb, Allan turns in a superb performance with his guitar lines often juxtaposed against Tijuana Brass-style horns to great effect. Curb recruited members of The Riptides as vocalists as well as Mike Clifford, who sang the film?s title track. This aggregate group of musicians and vocalists wasdubbed ?The Back-Wash Rhythm Band? on the LP?s liner notes, obscuring their true identities. Capitol Records released the album as Capitol # 2886 but without a successful movie to promote it, it sold few copies and was duly deleted.

In the years since its release, the superb quality of the soundtrack earned it a well-deserved spot among the best recordings of the surf genre. Collectors eagerly sought it, guaranteeing high prices when an elusive copy was found. But just as longboards have made a big comeback, Sundazed Music now brings this classic album back from the beach foryour listening pleasure. Sourced from the original Capitol analog tapes, it sounds better than ever!


The Golden Breed (Vocals  – Mike Clifford) • Hawaiian Circus • In The Curl • What Turns You On (Instrumental) • Golden Time • Coral Below • What Turns You On • High Rise • Over The Falls • Waimea Bay • Surfer Paradise • The Golden Breed


Beat Club 40th Anniversary Edition Part 2Beat Club 40th Anniversary Addition Part 1The Cryan' Shames -  Sugar & Spice (1966)Jackie DeShannon ‎– The Early Singles 1956-1962VA - Surf Bunnies & Hot Rod HoneysThe Back-Wash Rhythm Band ‎– The Golden Breed (1968) OST

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