Guitar Beat

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Guitar Beat
Guitar Beat cover.jpeg
Studio album by The Raybeats
Released 1981
Recorded April 1981, Woodcottage, Goring-On-Thames
Genre Surf rock, avant-garde
Label PVC/Passport
Producer Martin Rushent
The Raybeats chronology
Guitar Beat
It's Only a Movie!
(1983)It's Only a Movie!1983

Guitar Beat is the debut album by the neo-surf band the Raybeats. It was released in 1981 and produced by Martin Rushent. The album features ten original instrumentals, plus a Jan and Dean cover.

In tongue-in-cheek fashion, the original LP sleeve characterized the first side as the "listless, spotty & wasteful side" and the second as the "brave, clean & reverent side". The record sleeve also featured on the front a hand-colored photo of the band by photographer Laura Levine.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Trouser Press favourable[2]

AllMusic called it "a magnificent, echo-drenched set of concise and atmospheric riff-driven tunes that in a better world would have turned up as the soundtrack for a James Bond movie directed by David Lynch."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Pat Irwin, Jody Harris, Don Christensen and George Scott III except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Tight Turn"
  2. "Big Black Sneakers"
  3. "Tone Zone"
  4. "The Backstroke" (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
  5. "B-Gas Rickshaw" (Jan Berry)
  6. "International Operator"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Searching"
  2. "The Calhoun Surf" (Danny Amis)
  3. "Piranha Salad"
  4. "Cocktails" (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
  5. "Guitar Beat" (Irwin, Harris, Scott, Amis)



  1. ^ a b "Guitar Beat – Raybeats | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Young, Jon; Robbins, Ira. " :: Raybeats". Retrieved May 13, 2016.