Various Artists

Wail on the Beach!

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A Pebbles-like volume for surf music, meaning that these extremely obscure early-'60s singles were similar to the slightly later garage records in their funky production values and raw performances. Like many garage compilations, it speaks mostly to the converted, with some frenetic playing and wacky sound effects providing more interest than the actual material. It's not bad if you're seriously into surf collecting, with a more frat-rock-influenced sound than the norm, possibly because several of the bands hailed from outside of California. A couple of the more unusual items are Bob Moore's "Trophy Run," awith extremely Link Wrayish guitar by a young Roy Buchanan, and Susan Lynne's "Don't Drag No More," a vocal hot-rod death disc.