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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Surfaris - Hit City '65

The Surfaris were well past the heady days of their big instrumental hit Wipe Out, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart in 1963, by the time this album came out two years later.

Wipe Out's flip side Surfer Joe, a vocal, also was a chart single, but the Surfaris never had another. The two tracks were recorded for Dot Records, but the band never actually had a full album on the label. Ten of the 12 tracks on the Wipe Out album were by another group, The Challengers, although contemporary issues of the LP failed to note that fact.

The Surfaris began recording for Decca in '63 and the majority of their songs were now vocals, strange for a band whose biggest success was an instrumental.

Hit City '65 is certainly aptly named as almost all of the tracks are cover versions of recent hits. It contains but one instrumental, Beat '65, written by Los Angeles producer and session guitarist Richard Podolor, who recorded under the name Richie Allen for Imperial.

Beat '65

Beat '65 was included on a 1995 Varese Sarabande CD compilation, Wipe Out! The Best of the Surfaris. It's out of print of course, but copies turn do up on line at widely varying prices. The California-based dealer Amoeba Music lists two copies for sale at a fair price.

What appears to be the same album, with a shortened title, The Best of the Surfaris, and different, cheap looking cover art, is all over the place, including on iTunes, as a download. I'd advise auditioning this before buying.

Beat '65 was also issued as a single. On the other side was this vocal, Black Denim. Sounds very Beach Boy-ish.

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