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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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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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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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Make Mine Mondo! (CD) Various: Make Mine Mondo! (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOP1521

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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...
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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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The Birth Of Surf (CD) Various: The Birth Of Surf (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1155

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(Ace Records) 26 tracks - a killer multi label collection 1958-1963 with 20 page color booklet. When the Beach Boys sang their way into the American Top 20 in 1962 with Surfin' Safari they introduced the nation to a pastime that had...
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Backbeat - The World Greatest Rock'n'Roll Drummer (CD) Earl Palmer: Backbeat - The World Greatest Rock'n'Roll... Art-Nr.: CDCHD719

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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...
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Teen Beat Vol.4 (CD) Various: Teen Beat Vol.4 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD655

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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...
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Beach Party - Garpax Surf & Drag (CD) Various: Beach Party - Garpax Surf & Drag (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD998

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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...
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A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers (CD, Limited Edition) The Routers: A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers (CD,... Art-Nr.: CDLUX008

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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...
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Teen Beat Vol.1 (CD) Various: Teen Beat Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD406

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(Ace Records UK) 30 Tracks - 16 page booklet - This defintive compilation of rockin' instrumentals is guaranteed to set any party alight. B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own bongos) Packed with the great sounds of the '50s and '60s, Teen Beat...
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Nippon Guitars (CD) Takeshi Terauchi: Nippon Guitars (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWIKD297

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(2011/Big Beat) 25 tracks. Instrumental Surf, Eleki & Tsuigaru Rock 1966-1974.
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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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In The Vaults Vol. 5 The Ventures: In The Vaults Vol. 5 Art-Nr.: CDCHD1407

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(2014/ACE) 26 tracks (62:43) compilation and 20 page booklet by Dave Burke and Alan Taylor of 'Pipeline' Magazine.
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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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Big Sixties Frat Party! Sandy Nelson: Big Sixties Frat Party! Art-Nr.: CDLUX007

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(2012/ACE) 24 tracks (59:02) Imperial 1965-67 with 20 page booklet. Limited Edition (1.500 copies) Another fabulous collection of hot-rockin', foot-stompin', feel great instrumentals - most on CD for the first time!
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Psychedelic Guitars (CD) Jerry Cole: Psychedelic Guitars (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1328

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(2012/ACE) 24 tracks 1967/68 with 12 page booklet.
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Exotic Guitars From The Clovis Vaults (CD) FIREBALLS & STRING-A-LONGS: Exotic Guitars From The Clovis Vaults (CD) Art-Nr.: CDLUX004

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(2010/ACE) 30 rare and unreleased guitar intrumentals from Norman Petty's famed Clovis studios. Limited Edition (1.500) 16 page booklet.
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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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A Stompin' Good Time Alan Freed R&R Big Band: A Stompin' Good Time Art-Nr.: CDCHD1184

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(2008/ACE) 24 tracks 1957/58 feat.King Curtis, Ernie Hayes , Sam 'The Man' Taylor a.o. 12 page booklet - rocks ! 'Mr Rock'n'Roll brings you the cream of the New York R&B Session Scene on 24 Rambunctously Rockin' Instros from the late 1950s.
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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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Hot Rod Twangin' - The 1960s Crown Recordings Vol.1 (CD) Jerry Cole: Hot Rod Twangin' - The 1960s Crown Recordings... Art-Nr.: CDCHD1122

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(ACE Records) 24 Tracks - Crown 1960-66, with 12 page booklet. Think of any record at all that was made in Los Angeles in the 1960s and there's a fair to definite chance that Jerry Cole played on it (the 'Pet Sounds' album being just one...
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Go Champs Go - Papersleeve The Champs: Go Champs Go - Papersleeve Art-Nr.: CDCHM1126

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(2006/ACE) 12 tracks Challenge 1958
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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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Clovis Classics - The Definitive Collection (CD) The Fireballs: Clovis Classics - The Definitive Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD1112

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(2006/ACE) 30 tracks 1959-69 / remastered (24-BIT) & stereo remixes from original master tapes with 16 page booklet / Rock & Roll & Beat Aufnahmen in digital überarbeiteter Soundqualität - Highlight ! defintive career spanning collection...
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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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Vol.3, In The Vaults The Ventures: Vol.3, In The Vaults Art-Nr.: CDCHD1031

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(2005/ACE) 26 tracks (7 unreleased) Dolton & Liberty 1961-73 with 16 page booklet
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Law Of The Jungle (CD) Link Wray: Law Of The Jungle (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD837

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(ACE Records) 30 Tracks - Link Wray never disappoints. This CD contains classic Swan 45s, rarities and seven stunning previously unreleased stereo mixes from the original Swan label multi-tracks In the scheme of things, Link Wray...
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Barbed Wire (CD) Link Wray: Barbed Wire (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD770

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Jumpin' At The Mardi Gras (CD) Joe Lutcher: Jumpin' At The Mardi Gras (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD753

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(1949/50 'RPM/Modern') (77:09/25)
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Vol.2, In The Vaults The Ventures: Vol.2, In The Vaults Art-Nr.: CDCHD716

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CD on ACE RECORDS by The Ventures - Vol.2, In The Vaults
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The Original Golden Crest Masters (CD) The Wailers: The Original Golden Crest Masters (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD675

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(ACE Records) 20 Tracks - Golden Crest, 1959-1960 (many in stereo!) - Although their musical career extended right through until the late 60s, the Wailers were originally very much a product of the 50s. Formed in the north-west corner of...
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Toes On The Nose Various: Toes On The Nose Art-Nr.: CDCHD634

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(ACE Records) 32 tracks The years 1963-65, from which the 32 tracks here are taken, witnessed the explosion of surf music as a major new genre. Several things contributed to the sudden growth of the style, especially in Southern...
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Teen Beat Vol.2 (CD) Various: Teen Beat Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD522

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CD Compilation on ACE RECORDS by Various Artists - Vol.2, Teen Beat
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Blue Fire & Rarities The Fireballs: Blue Fire & Rarities Art-Nr.: CDCHD472

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CD on ACE RECORDS by The Fireballs - Blue Fire & Rarities
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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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CD on ACE RECORDS by The Fireballs - Torquay - Campusology
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Wheels STRING-A-LONGS: Wheels Art-Nr.: CDCHD390

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CD on ACE RECORDS by STRING-A-LONGS - Wheels
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Soul Limbo (CD) Booker T. & The MG's: Soul Limbo (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSXE009

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Ace Records - 11 tracks - 
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Tequila The Champs: Tequila Art-Nr.: CDCH227

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CD on ACE RECORDS by The Champs - Tequila
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