Saturday, August 21, 2021

Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surfers' Choice (1962)


Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surfers' Choice (1962)


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Side one

"Surf Beat"

"Sloop John B" (Carl Sandburg, Lee Hays)

"Take It Off"

"Night Owl" (Tony Allen)

"Fanny Mae" (Buster Brown)

"Misirlou Twist" (Chaim Tauber, Fred Wise, Milton Leeds, Nicholas Roubanis)


Side two

"Peppermint Man" (Alonzo Willis)

"Surfing Drums"

"Shake 'n' Stomp"

"Lovey Dovey" (Eddie Curtis, Nuggy)

"Death of a Gremmie"

"Let's Go Trippin'"




Surfers’ Choice is the debut studio album of Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, pioneers in the surf genre. The album was released in November 1962. The recording established the conventions of surf music and brought the concept to middle America. The album was mostly recorded live at the Rendezvous Ballroom, with overdubs added in the studio. The record was out of print for a long time. It was reissued on CD by Sundazed Records in October 2006. The album was later rereleased by Not Now Music with a bonus disc of singles as Surf Beat.

Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was the pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album.



As Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

Surfers' Choice (1962)

King of the Surf Guitar (1963)

Checkered Flag (1963)

Mr. Eliminator (1964)

Summer Surf (1964)


As Dick Dale

Tribal Thunder (1993)

Unknown Territory (1994)

Calling Up Spirits (1996)

Spacial Disorientation (2001)



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