Various Artists

Surfin' in the Midwest

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Although surf music was primarily a Californian phenomenon, there were a lot more surf bands in the Midwest than most listeners would expect. This has 16 rare surf tunes from locales in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and other Midwest states, recorded between 1963 and 1967. Perhaps there's a tad more of a frat-rock feel to these sides, but generally it sounds quite similar to West Coast surf music; play it to most people, and they would never suspect that it didn't originate from California. It's not incredibly remarkable stuff, but it's solid surf music that will appeal to enthusiasts for the form as much as other mid-level surf compilations dominated by West Coast sides, and includes extremely detailed liner notes.