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The Challengers (Surf): Surfbeat

Album Notes

The Challengers: Glenn Grey, Don Landis (guitar), Nick Hefner (saxophone), Jim Roberts (piano, organ), Randy Nauert (bass), Richard Delvy (drums).

Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.

Originally released on Vault (S-100). Includes liner notes by John Blair and original release liner notes by Bill Tanner.

All selections are stereo except tracks 2 and 11.

Released in January, 1963, Surfbeat was one of the very first surf music albums to hit the stores. The album is almost a history of surf music itself, or at least its roots, with excellent takes of rock & roll staples like "Red River Rock," "Ramrod," "Movin' & Groovin," and "Torquay" aboard. With a nod to Dick Dale and the Beach Boys, the group also covered "Surfin' Safari," "Miserlou," "Let's Go Trippin'," and "Surf Beat." This is not only a historically important album, but one that really rocks as well. ~ Cub Koda


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