On Saturday I went to an estate sale in Portland that advertised "lots of records." They weren't kidding. There were a couple thousand in a room about the size of large walk-in closet. About six record geeks and I were falling all over each other, rifling through some dead guy's vinyl.
I managed to score some nuggets, and I was just about to leave when I spotted "Surfin' Hootenanny" by Al Casey. We had a good laugh over the title, which suggests The Ventures, unplugged, doing "Tom Dooley." Boy were we wrong.
Turns out that Al was a session man that had previously worked with Duane Eddy, among others. The record was produced by Lee Hazelwood (who wrote half of the songs) and features Leon Russell on organ and Hal Blaine on drums. The vocals are by The K-C-ettes, who were really The Blossoms, and included Darlene Love. And the music rocks. Wild instro-garage rock, echoey guitars, smoking drums, and some sweet girl group harmonies.
And check out the swingin' board game on the back cover. Click on the image for a closer look.
Here it is for your listening and dancing pleasure:
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Thanks man, great share! Darlene Love and Hal Blaine and the others! Wow!
i'm loving it!
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