RELEASE
1963
LABEL
Warner Bros.
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Early Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Surf

Album Review

Jack Nitzsche had one brush with greatness early in his career, apart from his job as Phil Spector's arranger -- "The Lonely Surfer," a classic of the surf music genre. This album attempted to extend his solo career beyond that of a one-hit wonder, with mixed success. The best cuts are songs that are in the same surfer mold: "Puerto Vallarta," "Baja," and "Beyond the Surf." Nitzsche had a gift for melodramatic, ascending arrangements that rose to dramatic crescendos, underpinned by rumbling basslines and clanging percussion. Less successful are a super-slow take on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and remakes of easy listening and soundtrack hits such as "Ebb Tide" and "More," which are given a precious sheen of strings. The one exception is a rather rocking version of Elmer Bernstein's "Magnificent Seven," which sounds like it was made for dancing. This is a pleasant, if not exceptional, set of music for fans of surf instrumentals.
Mary Grady, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Lonely Surferhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-lonely-surfer/id140786870?i=140786328&uo=5
  2. Puerto Vallartahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/puerto-vallarta/id140786870?i=140786371&uo=5
  3. Stranger on the Shorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stranger-on-the-shore/id140786870?i=140786415&uo=5
  4. Theme from "Women of the World"http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-lonely-surfer/id140786870?uo=5
  5. Old Townhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-town/id140786870?i=140786544&uo=5
  6. Ebb Tidehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ebb-tide/id140786870?i=140786654&uo=5
  7. Theme from "Mondo Cane" [More]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-lonely-surfer/id140786870?uo=5
  8. The Magnificent Sevenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-magnificent-seven/id140786870?i=140786791&uo=5
  9. Bajahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/baja/id140786870?i=140786801&uo=5
  10. Theme from a Broken Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-lonely-surfer/id140786870?uo=5
  11. Beyond the Surfhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/beyond-the-surf/id140786870?i=140786821&uo=5
  12. Da Doo Ron Ronhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/da-doo-ron-ron/id140786870?i=140786827&uo=5
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