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VA • Cowabunga! - The Surf Box - Set 4 New Waves [1977-1995]

California may be the largest state in the Union, but it's only one state nuzzling one ocean, with only so many people living near the coastline, and a small minority of them have attempted to navigate waves on a board, much less possess the fetching physique to do so in public. Obviously, then, surf music isn't for surfers. If it were, Rhino would put out a greatest-hits EP instead of a four-disc box set. Cowabunga! is all the permanent-wave stuff most people will ever need. The discs are arranged in a curious manner: disc 1, "Ground Swells," chronicles the years from 1960 to 1963; disc 2 features nothing but recordings from '63; the third CD runs from '63 to '67; and the coda captures the postpunk renaissance that began in '77. Curious, isn't it, that there was so little going on in surf between '67 and '77? Maybe Jimi Hendrix almost killed it when he promised (in 1967!), "You'll never hear surf music again" on "Third Stone from the Sun." But Hendrix is dead, and Dick Dale lives! So, too, do the Revels, the Beach Boys, the Surfaris, Annette Funicello, the Ventures, and dozens of others. At least they do in this anthology. By the way, "cowabunga" is "a yell of excitement by a surfer." You learn that from the helpful glossary included in the excellent liner notes by John Blair, leader of Jon & the Nightriders. As to the lasting appeal of surf music, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it's mostly instrumental. People make jokes about dumb California blonds, but the ones who made most of the classic surf sides knew one thing: it's wise at times to keep your mouth shut and play! --Steven Stolder

Discogs ...

Disc: 4
  1. Storm Dancer - Jon & The Nightriders
  2. Goin' To Malibu - The Malibooz
  3. Wave Walk'n - The Surf Raiders
  4. Night Of The Living Wedge - The Wedge
  5. My Beach - Surf Punks
  6. Tan Punks On Boards - Corky Carroll & The Cool Water Casuals
  7. The Rebel - The Cruncher
  8. Polaris - Insect Surfers
  9. Chumming - The Halibuts
  10. Save The Waves - The Surfdusters
  11. Desert Bound - The Looney Tunes
  12. Pier Pressure - Teisco Del Rey
  13. A Night In Tunisia - Laika & The Cosmonauts
  14. Reverb 1000 (Live) - Man Or Astro-Man
  15. Banzai Run - The Phantom Surfers
  16. Spanish Blue - The Aqua Velvets
  17. XKE! - The Boss Martians
  18. Killer Dana - The Chantays
  19. Honeybomb (Live) - Mermen
  20. Punta Baja - The Eliminators
  21. Wingnut's Theme - The Sandals
  22. Esperanza - Dick Dale

Label: Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2 72418
Released: 1996
Genre: Rock
Style: Surf

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