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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.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Original Surfaris - Wheels-Shorts-Hot Rods

The Surfaris who are credited on this budget release (Diplomat, 1965) are not the ones who recorded the big hit Wipe Out in 1963. There were two groups called the Surfaris in southern California at the time and there was a lawsuit over the name. The group with the hit won, but the other group was allowed to call itself the Original Surfaris, apparently because it was formed first.

Wheels-Shorts-Hot Rods was put together to cash in on the short-lived fad for hot rod music, an offshoot of the surf sound that had emerged on the U.S. West Coast. The tracks on this LP for the most part bear little relation to surf or hot rod music and were likely recorded several years earlier -- and only the opening tune, Delano Soul Beat, is actually by the Original Surfaris. For example, Gear Down Boogie is a sax-driven stomper that sounds like it could have been made in the 1950s. All the tracks were apparently recorded by producer Tony Hilder at his small California studio but the groups were not credited, nor were they paid according to various sources.

Gear Down Boogie

By the time Wheels-Shorts-Hot Rods was released the Original Surfaris had disbanded. The group had been planning a true surf music LP for 1963 but the project was shelved in the wake of the legal action involving the other Surfaris. The album finally surfaced on LP and CD in 1995 thanks to Sundazed Records.

This album has been out of print for a number of years. There are a few copies floating around on the web, but they're kind of pricey. Luckily the album's 12 tracks are available for download at a reasonable price. Here's a sample from YouTube.

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