Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Chantays – Pipeline (1963)

Formed in Santa Ana in 1962, the Chantays were five high school buddies — Brian Carman (guitar, vocals), Bob Spickard (guitar, vocals), Bob Marshall (piano, keyboards), Warren Waters (bass), and Bob Welch (drums) — ranging in age from 13 to 17. Playing local dances, they specialized in surf music, and at least in the beginning were primarily an instrumental outfit. They were spotted and signed up by manager Dale Smallins, and in 1962 Carman and Spickard composed and published a piece entitled "Pipeline," which went on to become one of the biggest and best instrumental surf hits ever recorded. Its simple yet memorable melody and beautiful guitar line — lyrical yet evoking excitement and ... Read More...
01 – Pipeline02 – The Lonesome Road03 – Tragic Wind04 – Runaway05 – Blunderbus06 – Banzai07 – Sleep Walk08 – Night Theme09 – Wayward Nile10 – El Conquistador11 – Riders In The Sky12 – Last Night13 – Move It14 – Monsoon15 – Scotch High’s
A CD reissue of their 1963 debut album, with the addition of "Pipeline"'s B-side and both sides of the non-LP flop follow-up single. Mostly it's lesser variations of the "Pipeline" formula, including one instrumental penned by Tony Asher, Brian Wilson's writing partner for much of the Pet Sounds album. It doesn't include the single "Beyond," which can be found on the surf volume of Rhino/Guitar Player's Legends of Guitar series.
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