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Surf & Instrumental Music

Instrumental Rock'n'Roll

Before the British Invasion, instrumental groups owned an immense popularity in the U.S. and throughout the world. Those bands were wild, young and savage and spread the true spirit of Rock'n'Roll music into the worldwide music scene. Most bands acted completely without vocals and added at least one instrument taking over the 'singing' part - mostly hot electric guitars. And Teenagers kept on dancing – who would need lyrics anyhow?! Recent years have seen a huge amount of CD reissues in that field and a great amount on vinyl! Nevertheless, the few adult exponents of that style, Link Wray, Duane Eddy and The Ventures, should not be neglected! 

Woodies, Boards and the Fiberglass Jungle - Roots of the California Surfin' and Hot Rod Scene

At this stage we could just copy the wonderful books about the California music scene written by John Blair (Check 'em out in our mailorder) Well, we're not talking about Surf music sung with nice voices like The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean did, we're talking about the real Surf style and that is? Bingo! Instrumental Surf! A broad trend that dominated grassroots teenage music in America during the years 1961-1965, actually creaks down into four distinct phases. It started as early as 1961-1962, with such transitional records as 'Mr. Moto' by The Belairs (on Felsted label), 'Stick Shift' by The Duals (on Sue label), 'Moon Dawg' by The Gamblers (World-Pacific label), 'Church Key' by The Revels (on Impact), and 'Fiberglass Jungle' by The Crossfires - later to become The Turtles - (on Capco) which had what later would be called a surf sound, but no overt connection with surfing. This was instrumental music, a direct outgrowth of the hard rock, sax-and-guitar instrumentals that were 1959's biggest trend (Duane Eddy & The Rebels, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Viscounts, The Ventures, The Rock-A-Teens, The Royaltones, The Fendermen etc.), a style taken over by local dance bands everywhere.

Dick Dale - The Guitar Legend

The catalyst that turned these thousands of instrumental bands into surf bands was Dick Dale, whose Eastern-influenced, staccato guitar sound with reverb was designed to simulate the feel of being on a surfboard riding pipelines and tubes. Dale's popularity at Southern California dances became immense in 1961 and 1962, and he was soon imitated by a whole wave of surf bands including The Chantays, The Rumblers, The Tornadoes, The Pyramids, The Marketts, The Surfaris, The Challengers and Dave Myers & The Surftones. This music established the audience for surf-related music, in California at least. Dale perfectionized his instrumental reverb sounds throughout the sixties in creating amplifiers (Fender Showman) and guitars for Leo Fender's company.

California Style

But it took Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys to give it a commercial cast to which the rest of the world could relate. They pioneered surf lyrics in songs that were about going to the beach, surfing, partying, etc. In short, they had built surfing into a universal metaphor for being young and having fun. Their inspiration, however, had come from The Regents - Ba-Ba-Ba-Barbara Ann - and of course Jan & Dean, whose truly pioneering 1959 records such as 'Baby Talk' (on Dore label) had introduced the California style of falsetto and doo-wop-derived nonsense phrases used heavily in the early Beach Boys records. The vocal surf bands who followed made up the golden age of surf music. Even Hollywood followed with easy Teenage Beach Party movies starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon with tremendous commercial success. 

   
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The Phantoms: Ken Levy & The Phantoms - Mostly Instrumental (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTR12
 

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(Triola Records) 18 Tracks - Made in Sweden 1961-66!

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The Munsters: The Munsters - Inspired By The T.V. Characters 'The Munsters' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0746
 

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(Real Gone Music) 12 Tracks - CD debut of their first release on Decca in 1964! Producers Joe Hooven and Hal Winn hired the Wrecking Crew (especially Glen Campbell and Leon Russell) to record these monstrously inspired Surf-Twist-Beat songs. The Munster Creep is a...

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Kepa Härkönen: Spicy Tales & Spicy Tones (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRAMA1018
 

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(Ramasound) 12 Tracks - Digipack - Finnish guitarist of the extra class whose instrumentals are surfing in-between surf, soul-blues and rhumba beat!

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John Blair: Southern California Surf Music, 1960-1966 (Images Of America) - John Blair (PB)
Art-Nr.: 0071602
 

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(Arcadia/John Blair) Paperback, English, 128 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm, rare b/w photos, ads and label reproductions. Dick Dale & the Del-Tones began holding weekend dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, in the summer of 1960. Over the next year...

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John Blair: The Illustrated Discography Of Surf Music 1961-1965 - John Blair (Fourth Edition, PB)
Art-Nr.: 0071601
 

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(Blair/ Fourth Edition 2008) Paperback, English, 236 pages, 21.5 x 28cm, The illustrated discography of Surf Music 1961 -1965 with hundreds of rare b/w and color photos, ads and label reproductions. Interest in the surf music genre of the early sixties has enjoyed...

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John Blair: The Illustrated Discography Of Hot Rod Music 1961-1965 - John Blair & Stephen J. McParland (2nd, PB)
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(Blair/ 2nd Edition 2016) Paperback, English, 144 pages, 21.5x27.5 cm, The illustrated discography of Hot Rod Music 1961 -1965 with hundreds of rare b/w and color photos and label reproductions. A companion volume to John Blair's Illustrated Discography of Surf...

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Various Artists - John Blair - Jon & The Nightriders: Rumble At Waikiki – The John Blair Anthology (2-CD)
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2-CD Limited (1.000) Deluxe DigiPac Edition  (6-sided) with 64-page booklet, 52 tracks. total playing time approx 146:10 minutes.  • A retrospective of the Californian guitar virtuoso John Blair, 1973-2017. • Long overdue and first retrospective...

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks with 28 page booklet Pop music was different in the beginning and never more so than in California, where Hollywood’s dominance of the entertainment scene meant that Los Angeles was scarcely aware it had a music industry until hotshot...

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Jim Waller And The Deltas: Jim Waller And The Deltas - Surfin' Wild (CD)
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(Sundazed) 12 tracks (29:25) Fresno, California's phenomenon Jim Waller And The Deltas 1963! rare and out of print re-issue 

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SUSAN & THE SURFTONES: Thunderbeach (CD)
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(Gee-Dee) 15 tracks (43:26) It takes something really special to catch the ear of worldlywise record company executives and jaded music journalists. But that's exactly what SUSAN & THE SURFTONES did with their very first recordings. Originally only intended...

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The Tornadoes: Bustin' Surfboards '98 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGRZ024
 

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(Garland) 14 tracks (41:48) 1997 recordings, mastered by Steve Hoffman. In 1993 Sundazed Records reissued The Tornadoes only album, the 1964 "Bustin' Surfboards." The band was shocked to receive new fan mail from all over the world. "We didn't know anyone remembered...

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The Fireballs: The Original Norman Petty Masters (CD)
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(Ace Records) 25 tracks with 8 page booklet 25 of the most twangy guitar instrumentals this side of Duane Eddy cut in Norman Petty's Clovis, New Mexico studio, in the echo of Buddy Holly.

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Jon & The Nightriders: Live At The Whisky A Go-Go (CD)
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(John Blair Music) 18 Tracks - For the first time on CD! The legendary 1981 album complete with 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks! Steam Hammer Instrumental Surf of the best kind! Go for a Nightride!

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The Mustangs: In Amsterdam (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC192644
 

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(Rarity Records) 24 Tracks - 12 Studio & 12 Live Tracks! Instrumental Rock'n'Roll Surf!

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Various: Dessine-Moi Une Pochette De Disque Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3931045
 

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(Magic Records) 25 tracks, special instrumental

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Electric: Royal Summer (CD)
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(Magic Records) 17 tracks, Remastered in High Definition 24-bit

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Insect Surfers: Death Valley Coastline (CD)
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(Marlin) 14 tracks, featuring Davie Allan: Cycle-Delic Guitar on 'Vulcano Juice'

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Various: Guitar Heroes (CD)
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(Disky) 16 tracks

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Jan & Dean: The Original (CD)
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(Disky) 18 tracks

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The Ventures: 4 Original Albums (3-CD)
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(IMC Music) 99 tracks including rare early singles with vocals Walk Don't Run (Stereo & Mono) The Ventures (Stereo & Mono) Another Smash!!! (Stereo & Mono) The Colorful Ventures (Stereo & Mono)

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The Cruncher: Da Capo (CD)
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Duane Eddy: The Best Of Duane Eddy (CD)
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(Delta Music) 20 tracks

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Bill Doggett: The Many Moods Of Bill Doggett (LP)
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​(King) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1960 'King' LP album

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Various: Rock Instrumentals Story 1934-1962 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5426
 

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(Frémeaux & Associés) 66 Tracks - Import from France! The history of instrumental rock'n'roll, from swing boogie to surf rock!

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Various: Surfin' With The Beach Boys And Others (CD Compilation)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG79122
 

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(BMG-Ariola) 16 tracks (36:49). Fantastic Surf sound compilation with original recordings, 1962-64, plus 1990s bands, such as New York's Susan & The Surftones and Hamburg's The Looney Tunes. And on top of it all the rare British Eagles with their own version of...

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La Luz: Floating Features (CD)
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(Hardly Art) 11 Tracks - Deluxe Digisleeve -  This girlie band from California is truly a ''cool number'' with a decent push reverb in the guitar amps, which gives their sixties-influenced sound a nuance of surf rock and sometimes seems to look back into the...

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Various: Surf Party - The First Wave (10-CD)
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(The Intense Media) 200 Tracks - 1958-1962 - Surf music which spread from California in the 1960s, was party and light-heartedness, but above all an instrumental offshoot of rock'n'roll. Effect-heavy guitars dominate on these ten CDs, on which world-famous groups and...

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Cobra Express: Surf Experience (CD)
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The Spotnicks: The Complete President Tapes Vol.1 - 1962-1964 (2-CD)
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(Magic) 68 Tracks - Part 1 of the most successful period of the Swedish Spotnicks, including rarities and Christmas classics!

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The Spotnicks: The Complete President Tapes Vol.2 - 1964-1967 (CD)
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(Magic) 31 Tracks - Part 2 of the most successful period of the Swedish Spotnicks, including rarities and a Christmas classic!

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Craig Duncan & His Appalachian Orchestra: Smokey Mountain Fifties (CD)
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(Green Hill) 14 Tracks - Pop hits of the 1950s featuring hammered dulcimer!

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Various: Instrumental Nuggets Vol.2 (CD)
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Sandy Nelson: Golden Hits - Best Of The Beats (CD)
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(See For Miles) 24 tracks (54:07) two original albums from 1962 and 1963  - Golden Hits (from the original sleeve notes) Every generation of music lovers has its own collection of favorite tunes. favored artists and special records. This has been ever since...

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Sandy Nelson: Drummin' Up A Storm - Compelling Percussion (CD)
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(See For Miles) 16 tracks Imperial 1962   - Drummin' Up A Storm  became Sandy Nelson's fourth hit single and though it was a powerful sound indeed, it only rose to No.67 in the U.S. To be fair, the flip had also attracted attention and that too...

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Ray Anthony & His Orchestra: Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD)
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Ray Anthony - BCD17548 1-CD Digipak (4-pages) with 70 page booklet. 28 tracks, total playing time approx. 73 minutes. • Unique compilation of his uptempo numbers. There has never been such a thing before!  • A jouful party for those who love...

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Earl Palmer: Backbeat - The World Greatest Rock'n'Roll Drummer (CD)
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(ACE Records) 30 tracks Earl Palmer not only shared the same hallowed initials as Elvis Presley but also contributed enormously to the mainframe of first generation rock'n'roll music. His roots stretch back so far, that before Earl mobilised a snare alongside a kick...

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks 1961-63 (4 unissued).  - Classic rock'n'roll massacre of the classics by Mr Bumble and friends with the cream of the west coast session crop, and a young Kim Fowley warming up for a career in the unusual. The story behind B. Bumble...

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Bill Haley & His Comets: Strictly Instrumental (CD)
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(Hallmark) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1959 Decca album!

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(Columbia/Sony) 11 tracks

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Duane Eddy & The Rebels: The Twang's The Thang (CD)
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(Hallmark) 12 Tracks - Original 1950s Jamie recordings!

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Duane Eddy & The Rebels: Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel (CD)
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(Hallmark) 12 Tracks - Original 1950s Jamie recordings!

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Dave 'Baby' Cortez: Rinky Dink (CD, Japan)
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(Geffen Japan) 11 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1962 Chess album!

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(Sequel Records) 27 tracks (56:42) with 16 page booklet by Barry Lazell.  - The rock instrumental was the final distinct incarnation of the original rock'n'roll revolution, flowering at the tail end of the 1950s at a time when the world-conquering rockabilly...

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Various: Teen Beat Vol.4 (CD)
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As with the earlier volumes in the series, this set features a variety of hits and rarities, including several that never gained a UK release at the time, making them of special interest to British collectors. From the 40s and 50s instrumental records were...

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Various: Teen Beat Vol.6 (CD)
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(Ace Records UK) 26 Tracks - With 24-page booklet containing liner notes by Dave Burke and Alan Taylor, fantastic pictures, photos, memorabilia and label scans! A much-anticipated new collection of rockin’ instrumentals from the Golden Age of American Rock’n’Roll....

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The Sandals: The Spirit Of Surf (CD, Japan)
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The Vikings: The Complete EMI Session Plus...(CD)
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(Triola) 25 tracks 1961-1963 and 1989 (21-25)​

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Various: The Manu Years Vol.1 (CD)
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(Triola) 22 tracks 1962-1964​

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King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree: Blues At Montreux (CD)
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(1992/Atlantic) 6 tracks - King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree Live

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Various: Beach Party - Garpax Surf & Drag (CD)
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(ACE) 26 tracks - Surf'n'Sand stompers with12 page booklet.  - This album is based on the 'Beach Party' album Gary Paxton released in 1964 on GSP plus many additional tracks from the archive. Everything taken from the original mastertapes. Cliche it may...

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The Beach Boys: The Best Of Beach Boys - 1970-1986 The Brother Years (CD)
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(2000/Capitol) 22 tracks, 24-bit digitally remastered

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The Ventures: The Best Of The Ventures (CD)
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(1987/EMI America Records) 15 tracks incl. Live-Version Slaughter On Tenth Ave and Journey To The Stars

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The Mar-Keys: Last Night (CD, Japan)
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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1963 Atlantic album!

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Booker T. & The MG's: Hip Hug-Her (CD, Japan)
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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 11 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1967 Stax album!

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King Curtis: Have Tenor Sax, Will Blow (CD, Japan)
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(2013/Atlantic Japan) 11 Tracks (34:31) - Japan CD reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic album!

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The Beach Boys: Het Beste Van The Beach Boys (CD)
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(1990/EMI) 24 tracks - Dutch pressing

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Bert Weedon: The Very Best Of Bert Weedon (CD)
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(2002/EMI) 30 tracks, 1959-67

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Link Wray & His Raymen: Jack The Ripper - The Singles 1957-1962 (CD)
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(2017/Jasmine Records) 34 tracks - Link Wray & The Wraymen Jack The Ripper the singles 1957-1992, plus... Link Wray conquered ill-health (he suffered partially impaired hearing and eyesight, and had only one lung) to become one of the most influential...

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(1989/CBS) 10 tracks, original classic album

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Bill Black's Combo: The Return Of Bill Black's Combo (CD)
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Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs: Quite A Party - The Early Years (CD)
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Hank Marvin: Hank Marvin (CD)
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(1998/EMI) 22 Tracks - The original 'Hank Marvin' album with 10 bonus tracks - stereo masters 1968-70!

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Kevin Breit: Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas (CD)
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(2017/Stony Plain) 11 Tracks -  Kevin Breit is a master guitarist who has recorded with the likes of Norah Jones, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson and Hugh Laurie. With unmatched artistic vision, Kevin has created the joyful and whimsical...

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Eddie Vartan & Son Orchestre: Last Night (CD)
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(2017/Magic) 26 Tracks - The early instrumental sides of the French bandleader, 1961-1962! Twist it up - One, two, three, kick!

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The Cruncher: Surf Guitar (CD)
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(1991/NPR) 22 tracks - One of Europe's best Surf instrumental projects! From North Germany's tiny but great NPR label - Highly recommended - Only a few copies on stock - mint quality! MM/Bear Family Records

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The Terrorsaurs: Swamp Beat (CD)
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(2017/Wild Records) 12 tracks - The second album by the Terrorsaurs - agressive and wild Surf and guitar Rock 'n' Roll  stuff

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The Routers: A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers (CD, Limited Edition)
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(2012/ACE) 27 tracks 1962-64 (4 unissued) with 20 page booklet. Limited Edition (1.500).  - Most UK football fans would be surprised to learn that one of the most instantly recognisable hand-clapping chants heard throughout England’s soccer grounds during the...

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