Nothing on Rare Surf, Vol. 5: The Capitol Masters 1 will make you forget about the Beach Boys or Dick Dale, but there are some definite rarities lurking on this disc that will make surf-era collectors sit up and take notice. Among the oddities here are a King Curtis surf single, "Beach Party," a pre-Love Arthur Lee and his group the L.A.G.'s doing a passable Booker T. & the MG's imitation on "Ninth Wave," the Brian Wilson-produced group the Honeys singing the bizarre "Surfin' Down the Sewanne River," a young Wayne Newton singing a couple of forgettable surf tunes, and four songs by the City Surfers, a studio group featuring Bobby Darin on drums, a pre-Byrds (and pre-Roger) Jim McGuinn on guitar, and vocalist Frank Gari. Again, nothing on this anthology is essential or vital, but you can definitely amaze your friends by pulling it out and saying, "Hey, did you know...."
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