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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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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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More Long-Lost - Honkers & Twangers (CD)
Various: More Long-Lost - Honkers & Twangers (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLUX017

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(Ace) 24 tracks. The Golden Age of Instrumental Rock lasted for 10 glorious years – from modest beginnings in 1956 with just three US Top 100 chart entries, through the peak year of 1961 with 52 hits, onto a still very respectable 27...
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Shadowman (CD)
Link Wray: Shadowman (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD638

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(Ace Records) 12 tracks (54:07) - The last real rock'n'roll star delivers his finest record in decades with a power & honesty that is the spirit of Link Wray and the very essence of Rock'n'Roll. Awesome!! There are few people left on the...
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The Original Norman Petty Masters (CD)
The Fireballs: The Original Norman Petty Masters (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD418

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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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Teen Beat Vol.6 (CD)
Various: Teen Beat Vol.6 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1518

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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...
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The Early Years 1956-69 (CD)
James Burton: The Early Years 1956-69 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1313

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks (63:30) with 16 page booklet. First multi label/ artist collection of the best of James Burton's instrumental work and his distinctive guitar. A Killer album! The story of James Burton’s early years told in this...
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Early Recordings - Good Rockin' Tonight (CD)
Link Wray: Early Recordings - Good Rockin' Tonight (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1460

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“This Ace album has it all. If you only have to have one Link Wray album this is it.” Bobby Gillespie Listening to this record gives me the same feeling as Ritchie Valens’ brilliant instrumental ‘From Beyond’ – recorded in 1958, the same...
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Pachuko Hop (CD)
Chuck Higgins: Pachuko Hop (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD394

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(ACE) 20 tracks (48:42) Specialty masters 1954-1956 (incl. 11 unissed takes) with 6 page notes by Billy Vera.
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The Birth Of Surf Vol.3 (CD)
Various: The Birth Of Surf Vol.3 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1454

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(Ace) 26 tracks, 1959-1966, 20-page booklet with liner notes and details to every track by Alan Taylor and Dave Burke of Pipeline magazine, plus many rare photos and label scans. Fantastic compilation of classic Surf instros, hits,...
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The Piltdown Men Ride Again (CD)
The Piltdown Men: The Piltdown Men Ride Again (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD681

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(ACE Records) 29 Tracks (69:39) - With 12 page booklet - All the Piltdown Men’s instrumentals on the Capitol label in their primaeval rocking glory, including the hits, rare singles and three quality unreleased tracks. There are more...
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Rumblin' & Rare
RUMBLERS: Rumblin' & Rare Art-Nr.: CDCHD1342

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(2012/ACE) 24 tracks (57:00) w.18 page booklet. More BOSS nuggets from Downey Records 1963-65 (many unreleased).
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The Birth Of Surf Vol.2 (CD)
Various: The Birth Of Surf Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1252

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(2010/ACE) 26 tracks 1959-67 with 20 page booklet.
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It Came From The Beach - Surf, Drag & Rockin Instros From Downey
Various: It Came From The Beach - Surf, Drag & Rockin... Art-Nr.: CDCHD1198

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(ACE Records) 26 tracks (mostly stereo, 3 unissued) from the studio that also created the Chantays 'Pipeline' and the Rumblers 'Boss'. - Killer instros from the 'Downey' vaults, with 20 page color booklet! Any collectors who travelled to...
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That's Swift - Norman Petty Instrumentals
Various: That's Swift - Norman Petty Instrumentals Art-Nr.: CDCHD1158

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(2007/ACE) 24 tracks 1963-65 with 12 page booklet
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King Of The Wild Guitar (CD)
Link Wray: King Of The Wild Guitar (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1143

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(Ace Records) 25 tracks (72:05) 1958-1995 The King of the Wild Guitar rips through a five-decade career-spanning 25 cuts of extreme disortion. Not for the faint-hearted.
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Intoxica !
Various: Intoxica ! Art-Nr.: CDCHD1114

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(2006/ACE) 26 tracks, the first volume of the large and fascinating Downey catalogue!/Die erste Scheibe des Downey Katalogs mit vielen Instro-Rockern der frühen 60er Jahre!
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Big Sixties Beat Party!
Sandy Nelson: Big Sixties Beat Party! Art-Nr.: CDCHD1080

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(2005/ACE) 24 tracks 1965-69 Imperial Album & Single sides Many great supporting musicians are featured, including Gerry McGee (Ventures), Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Rene Hall, Jim Horn, Larry Knetchel, Al Casey, Don Randi, Mars Bonfire...
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Barbed Wire (CD)
Link Wray: Barbed Wire (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD770

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Vol.2, In The Vaults
The Ventures: Vol.2, In The Vaults Art-Nr.: CDCHD716

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Happy Organs, Wild Guitars & Piano Shuffles
Dave 'Baby' Cortez: Happy Organs, Wild Guitars & Piano Shuffles Art-Nr.: CDCHD386

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(ACE) 24 original Clock recordings - back in stock/wieder lieferbar !
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Torquay - Campusology
The Fireballs: Torquay - Campusology Art-Nr.: CDCHD452

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Wheels
STRING-A-LONGS: Wheels Art-Nr.: CDCHD390

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Tequila
The Champs: Tequila Art-Nr.: CDCH227

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