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ERA Sounds 1 - Mixed by G the P
We're loving G the P's latest project where he posts original 45 records resplendent in their original paper 'company' sleeves on a dedicated Instagram feed @company45sleeves. So we asked the man himself (aka London-based burger aficionado, record geek, and all-round Good Egg Gavin Lucas) if he’d record a little mix for us of his favourite surf instrumental records from the early 60s.
Happily, he obliged and here it is – the very first ERA Sounds mix, made especially for us, is ready for your ears!
"Influenced by instrumental tracks by Link Wray and Duane Eddy, surf rock emerged in the late 1950s as a distinct genre when bands on the West Coast of the US started using Fender Jaguars and effects pedals to play reverb-laden, percussive rock with a “wet” sound. Between 1959 and 1965, the genre produced regional, national, and even international hit records with Dick Dale and the Del-Tones becoming probably the best-known surf act of all time – thanks largely to the inclusion of Miserlou on Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie soundtrack in 1994.
"For this playlist, I wanted to bring some bona fide surf anthems such as Pipeline by Chantay's and Bustin' Surfboards by The Tornadoes together with some lesser known instrumental records that no-doubt Dick Dale and his surfing buddies would have dug back in the day. These include a 1959 Mac Rebennack (later to be known as Dr John) record, an obscure but wonderfully frenetic instrumental recorded in Florida in 1959 by The Original Starfires (I've included the sleazy sax drenched flip of that single too), and a recently unearthed, unreleased recording by Link Wray that practically redefines the surf sound. Named Son of Rumble, this follow up to Wray's iconic 1958 track Rumble is set to be released by The Black Key's Dan Auerbach via his Easy Eye Sound label next month. Heads up, surf’s up!" G the P / Gavin Lucas