Surfers' Choice

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Surfers’ Choice
Studio album by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
Released 1962
Recorded Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, California
Genre Surf music
Label Deltone
Producer Jim Monsour
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones chronology
Surfers’ Choice
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Surfers’ Choice is the debut album of Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, pioneers in the surf genre. It was released in 1962. The recording established the conventions of surf music and brought the concept to middle America. The instrumentals, such as “Let’s Go Trippin’” and “Misirlou”, were the most influential. The album was mostly recorded live at the Rendezvous Ballroom, but with some overdubs added in the studio. The record was out of print for a long time but was reissued on CD by Sundazed Records in October 2006.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Surf Beat"
  2. "Sloop John B"
  3. "Take It Off"
  4. "Night Owl"
  5. "Fanny Mae"
  6. "Misirlou Twist"
  7. "Peppermint Man"
  8. "Surfing Drums" (this song is an earlier version of Jungle Fever, without the jungle noises added, and with a set of lyrics at the end)
  9. "Shake 'n' Stomp"
  10. "Lovey Dovey"
  11. "Death of a Gremmie"
  12. "Let's Go Trippin''"

Sundazed CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Del-Tone Rock"
  2. "Jungle Fever"
  3. "Misirlou"
  4. "Eight Till' Midnight"
  5. "Lovin' on My Brain"
  6. "A Run For Life"

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts – Album

  • 1963 Pop Albums No. 59

Billboard Music Charts – Single

  • 1962 “Let’s Go Trippin’” Pop Singles No. 60