Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lloyd Thaxton & The Challengers - Goes Surfing (1963)

This is album by the surfband The Challengers band. This album was issued in 1963, at the peak of the "surf wave", in South California. This record was an "hard to find" Lp, until the Sundazed Records cie (on the Yesterdazed Series) released it back, in 1994, with 2 previously unissued bonus tracks.

Lloyd Thaxton is host-producer of one of the highest rated musical shows in Hollywood. Born in Memphis, Tennesse, and brought up in Toledo, Ohio, Lloyd moved his familly to Hollywood in 1957. The LLOYD THAXTON SHOW is a favorite not only for teenagers, but with their parents as well, because the show is more than a dance-party; it is filled with a variety of crazy and entertaining gimmicks.

By the time "Surfing With The Challengers" was issued in the Spring of 1963, the band become one of the most visible and influential musical groupe in the Southern California. Every records store in the area was selling this, and their first album "Surfbeat like crazy. Wallich's Music City, at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, even had an entire window display devoted to the band. They were on local TV dance shows every week it seemed, and appeareared at the Y-Day Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Choice of the tracks used for "Surfing With The Challengers" repeated the approach followed on their first album: unique surf instrumetal versions of late 50's rock instrumental (songs by Duane Eddy, The Fireballs and The Ventures) coupled with The Challenger's originals. This served to emphasize how much the new genre of surf music had been inspired by the rich heritage of rock instrumentals from the "golden age' just three or four years before.
The choice of material, and the wonderful crisp and restrained production of both this album and the earlier Surfbeat, were inspirational to most teen bands at the time. This is even more than the records by Dick Dale or The Beach Boys, was THE sound of Surf Music.

One of the most popular of the early Southern Californian surf bands, the Challengers were formed by drummer Richard Delvy after he left the Bel-Airs, who had recorded one of the very first surf singles, "Mr. Moto." Their debut LP, Surfbeat (early 1963), was one of the very first all-instrumental surf albums and sold 200,000 copies, an astronomical number for a regional act.

1. Thaxton L & challengers - 01 - Moondawg 1963 (pr) (2:51)

2. Thaxton L & challengers - 02 - Dance with me guitar man 1963 (p) (2:17)

3. Thaxton L & challengers - 03 - Comin' home baby 1963 (p) (2:18)

4. Thaxton L & challengers - 04 - You can't sit down 1963 (p) (2:57)

5. Thaxton L & challengers - 05 - Foot patter 1963 (p) (2:27)

6. Thaxton L & challengers - 06 - Rampage 1963 (2:18)

7. Thaxton L & challengers - 07 - Ventures medley 1963 (p) (3:02)

8. Thaxton L & challengers - 08 - Surfers pony 1963 (p) (2:15)

9. Thaxton L & challengers - 09 - The twomp 1963 (2:03)

10. Thaxton L & challengers - 10 - Tidal wave 1963 (p) (2:15)

11. Thaxton L & challengers - 11 - Satan's theme 1963 (2:26)

12. Thaxton L & challengers - 12 - So what 1963 (2:13)

13. Thaxton L & challengers - 13 - Out of limits 1963 (p) (2:17)

14. Thaxton L & challengers - 14 - Moondawg (prev) 1963 (2:19)
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