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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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(Sam Sam Muisic) 11 tracks Eddy King has been a singer and musical jack-of-all-trades for many years. He became famous with his group Papaya. On his other album "Indo Rock For Everyone" he shows that indo rock music is timeless and...
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De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.14 (CD)
Various: De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.14 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHL1034

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(Sam Sam Music) 15 tracks The first and long-awaited album by one of the last legendary indo-rock artists Ben Poetiray. It all started in 1962 when he formed the band ''The Poetiray Brothers'' with his brothers. In 1970 he left his...
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Keep On Rocking (CD)
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Time Travelers - Indo Rock Guitars (CD)
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De Rock'n'Roll Methode Vol.5 (CD)
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(1993/SamSam) 16 tracks (46:56) vocal and instrumental Rock'n'Roll from various decades. 
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Strings Of Fortune (CD)
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Live In "La Gaité" (2-CD & DVD)
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(Sam Sam Music) 35 tracks on 2 CD's un 1 DVD, PAL, Code 0, 36 minutes, 13 tracks - live -'back together after 42 years'. After 40 years, guitar instrumental group The Black Albinos are back once again with all original members. A...
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Best Of 40 Years & Friends (CD)
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(Sam Sam Music) 21 tracks Fans of the 60s get their money's worth on this CD. The musical friends that Willy Wissink has gathered around him in the forty years of his existence still make him the ''Godfather'' of Rock 'N Roll. His guitar...
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Birth Of Rock'n'Roll (CD)
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De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.21 (CD)
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De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.17 (CD)
Various: De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.17 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHL6067

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​(Sam Sam Music) 21 tracks - Part 17 of a unique Rock & Roll album series with exclusively original, nostalgic, new and sometimes rare recordings by Dutch and sometimes other European artists. Time span from the end of 1957 until today....
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Colourful - The Best Of (CD)
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(Sam Sam Music) 23 tracks The Dutch instrumental guitar group The Fellows was formed in the sixties, inspired by the Shadows. This group has a rich musical experience and craftsmanship. On this best-of CD, entitled Colourful, you will...
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De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.18 (CD)
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(Sam Sam Music ) 20 tracks - Part 18 of a unique Rock'n'Roll album series with exclusively original, nostalgic, new and partly rare recordings by Dutch and other European artists. Time span from the end of 1957 until today. A historical...
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De Rock & Roll Methode Vol.20 (CD)
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The Very Besto Of Twilight (CD)
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(Sam Sam Music) 15 tracks The instrumental guitar group ''Twilight'' originally came from The Hague and played well-known guitar songs from the 50s and 60s. This band played the well known repertoire perfectly and still managed to put...
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Greatest Hits (CD)
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Shadows Mania (CD)
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(Sam Sam Music) 26 tracks The compilation album Shadows Mania is one of the best instrumental guitar CDs ever released. A wonderful tribute album to the famous guitar group The Shadows. 26 famous guitar bands from all over Europe play 26...
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De Rock & Roll Methode - Vol.13 (CD)
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