Various Artists

Wild Surf!

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In the early and mid-'60s, Del-Fi recorded a good deal of surf music. This compilation brings together 24 tracks recorded by acts whose impact was strictly regional, including the Lively Ones, the Centurions, Dave Myers, the Sentinals, the Impacts, the Surfman, the Original Surfaris (not the "Wipe Out" guys), the Pharos, and the Gonzos. Some of the best tunes have shown up on surf compilations (like Rhino's Surf Box). But if your interest in surf runs deeper than the usual greatest hits collections, this is one of the more solid secondary anthologies out there, many of the tracks exhibiting a distinct Latin influence in the melodies and rhythms.

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