Surfers' Choice

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 “Surf Beat” 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

  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
  9. Shake 'n' Stomp
  10. Lovey Dovey
  11. Death of a Gremmie
  12. Let's Go Trippin'

Sundazed CD Bonus Tracks

  • Del-Tone Rock
  • Jungle Fever
  • Misirlou
  • Eight Till' Midnight
  • Lovin' On My Brain
  • A Run For Life

Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts - Album

  • 1963 Pop Albums No. 59

Billboard Music Charts — Single

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

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