Johnny & the Hurricanes

The EP Collection

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Although they really had little in common with the reverb-laden California surf sound of the early '60s, Johnny & the Hurricanes had their greatest success during this period, and while their raw, sax-led R&B leaned more to Junior Walker than Dick Dale, they are still remembered mostly as a landlocked (Toledo, OH, was their home base) surf outfit. This collection of their EPs and singles is an ideal introduction to the band, and it has their biggest hits, 1959's "Crossfire" and two rough and ready remakes of old folk tunes, "Red River Rock" (a version of "Red River Valley") and "Beatnik Fly" (which turns the old minstrel song "Blue Tail Fly" into an after-hours stomper). Also of note here is the set closer, an elegant and jazzy mid-tempo shuffle called "Minnesota Fats."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:28
2 2:10
3 2:39
4 2:12
5 2:09
6 2:03
7 2:23
8 2:23
9 1:51
10 2:09
11 2:31
12 2:11
13 2:14
14 2:32
15 2:07
16 2:04
17 1:59
18 1:49
19 2:22
20 2:26
21 2:02
22 2:05
23 2:14
24
2:20
25 2:34
26
2:06
27 2:24
28 2:23
29 2:12
30
2:35
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