Dick Dale & His Del Tones

Singles Collection 61-65 - Sundazed LP5248 (two discs, mono, 180g vinyl

While the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean successfully co-opted the ‘surf’ genre by adding vocals, its inventor was Dick Dale, aka ‘King of the Surf Guitar’. Dale launched the genre with ‘Let’s Go Trippin’’ from 1961, which kicks off this set, developing a sound he forged to reflect the sensations of the sport. Along the way he directly influenced so many guitarists (eg Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen) that he’s even credited by some with inventing heavy metal. What these 28 mono tracks reveal are ingenious techniques that dazzle and frighten in equal measure 50 years on. He even raunchifies ‘Hava Nagila’. Tarantino used Dale’s ‘Miserlou’ in Pulp Fiction, reviving a career that need never have faltered.

Sound Quality: 80%