Monday, July 22, 2013

The Original Surfaris - Bombora


Originally slated to be released in 1963, this album was withdrawn due to litigation over the use of The Surfaris name, and retrieved from the vaults in the mid-'90s. A fair but unexceptional instrumental surf collection; the best cuts (most notably the title track) have appeared on compilations.

Bombora

Those of us who've hanged 10 in our dreams know "Wipeout" by the Surfaris. These, however, are the Original Surfaris, some kids from the Fullerton area of Orange County who arrived at their name not via the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari," but via the Safaris' doo-wop hit "Image of a Girl." Such romantic notions can't deter drummer Mike Biondi from unleashing a maniacal drum solo that squeezes as many rim shots into 12 bars as the other Surfaris' Ron Wilson unloads in an entire chorus. Wild and woolly though the Original Surfaris may be (Larry Weed's ripping leads are precise and deadly) they also know their way around a ballad; "Surf Angel" is as wonderfully mushy as anything by Rosie & the Originals. --Jud Cost

Quite possibly the greatest surf album you've never heard, this 1963 session was only the stuff of legend until purloined by Sundazed. Screaming guitars, screaming sax, & screaming groupies vie for the stereo microphones in this Tony Hilder production that'll become the prize of your surf collection should you buy it, which you most certainly should, indeed. We ain't lyin'. Sundazed. 1995.




BOMBORA! was recorded and scheduled for release in 1963, but was unissued due to legal problems. This is the album's first release. Quite possibly the greatest surf album you've never heard, this 1963 session was only the stuff of legend until purloined by Sundazed. Screaming guitars, screaming sax, & screaming groupies vie for the stereo microphones in this Tony Hilder production that'll become the prize of your surf collection should you buy it, which you most certainly should, indeed. We ain't lyin'. Sundazed. 1995. Includes liner notes by Robert J. Dalley. This is part of Sundazed records' Yesterdazed Series. Personnel: Larry Weed (guitar); Doug Weisman (saxophone); Al Valdez (piano); Mike Biondi (drums). Liner Note Author: Robert J. Dalley. The Original Surfaris: Larry Weed, Chuck Vehle (guitar), Doug Wiseman (saxophone), Al Valdez (piano), Jim Tran (bass), Mike Biondi (drums). Compilation producer: Bob Irwin. Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.55) - "...a great `lost' album that ended up being shelved in a vault in 1963. You'll hear `driving, twin-guitar, tuff-sax wallop' as you cruise through the ultimate surf soundtracks..."




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