Surfers' Choice

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Surfers’ Choice
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Studio album by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
Released 1962
Recorded Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, California
Genre Surf rock, rock and roll
Label Deltone
Producer Jim Monsour
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones chronology
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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 album was mostly recorded live at the Rendezvous Ballroom, with 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]

All tracks composed by Dick Dale; except where indicated

Side one
  1. "Surf Beat"
  2. "Sloop John B" (Carl Sandburg, Lee Hays)
  3. "Take It Off"
  4. "Night Owl" (Tony Allen)
  5. "Fanny Mae" (Buster Brown)
  6. "Misirlou Twist" (Chaim Tauber, Fred Wise, Milton Leeds, Nicholas Roubanis)
Side two
  1. "Peppermint Man" (Alonzo Willis)
  2. "Surfing Drums"
  3. "Shake 'n' Stomp"
  4. "Lovey Dovey" (Eddie Curtis, Nuggy)
  5. "Death of a Gremmie"
  6. "Let's Go Trippin'"

2006 Sundazed CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Del-Tone Rock"
  2. "Jungle Fever" (a later version of "Surfing Drums" with jungle noises added)
  3. "Misirlou" (traditional)
  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