Various Artists – Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar

Three-CD volume of rare cheater stomp and big noise from Waimea

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Pounding from the ‘burbs and beaches of Orange County and beyond, surf music (in its 1961-64 heyday) was a breeding ground for the West Coast’s most vibrant talents, long before its relegation to Tarantino-filched novelty. Wrecking Crew legend Jerry Cole (complete with Spacemen) is here, alongside soon-to-be-pivotal LA producers Terry Melcher and Gary Usher, while a pre-Buffalo Springfield Jim Messina crops up with the Jesters and The Surfaris include Ken Forssi, future member of Love. Unearthed gems from The Royal Coachmen, Vibrants and Gene “The Draggin’ King” Moles burn rubber alongside better known reverb-twangers like The Pyramids, Trashmen and Tornadoes. Bustin’ surfboards ahoy!


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