Coming from the greater Boston area, Richard Anthony Mansour (aka Dick Dale) was an unlikely choice to become the King of Surf Guitar, but he eventually did so here we present The King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & His Del-Tones.
Dale's family moved to SoCal after his junior year in high school and that's where things started to get interesting as this is when he learned to surf. Dale wanted his music to reflect the sounds he heard in his mind while surfing and this desire to create a certain sound led him to push the limits of equipment. He worked with Leo Fender, yes the namesake of Fender guitars, on amplifiers because he kept blowing the ones Leo gave him and this work eventually produced a distinctively fuzzy sound that established surf music in late 1961.
This collection rightly concentrates on Dale's instrumental exploits as the Jimi Hendrix of surf music. 1961's Let's Go Trippin' was the first real surf instrumental and then we wander into his other hits including Misirlou, Surf Beat, King of the Surf Guitar, Riders in the Sky, Banzi Washout as well as a 1987 duet with Stevie Ray Vaughan on Pipeline.
To be listened to loud and at the beach!!!
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