The Bel-Airs

The Origins of Surf Music 1960-1963

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Compilation of rare sides, including early home demos featuring nothing more than two guitars, and later sessions cut at L.A.'s famed Gold Star Studios in 1963. Interesting as a document of some of the very first surf recordings, but not terribly interesting in and of itself -- "Mr. Moto" (two versions included here) towers over everything else. Comes with an extensively annotated booklet by founding member Paul Johnson.

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