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Various Artists, Surfonic Water Revival
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Surfonic Water Revival
(Various Artists)



Album length: 17 tracks: 57 minutes, 53 seconds
Street Date: 1998


As a big fan of secular surf music, when I was a kid, I was thrilled to hear about Surfonic Water Revival. I was a real Beach Boy freak, but I decided as I was a Christian, I no longer wished to listen to secular stuff. However, I always yearned for a Christian Surf music album to be released. I was already a huge Lost Dogs, Daniel Amos, Swirling Eddies (all Terry Scott Taylor groups) fan when I went onto the Lost Dogs website. On the their web store was an album entitled Surfonic Water Revival. I couldn't believe my eyes! A Christian Surf album at last!

Most of these songs were written by Terry Scott Taylor. Terry writes in the liner notes that the album is a nod to the old 60's surfers such as Jan & Dean, Beach Boys, etc, and then added something like 'with a few surprises thrown in'. Not all the tracks are pure surf sounding, but these tracks just add to the feel of the album regardless. Artists on the record include Terry Scott Taylor, The Lost Dogs, Daniel Amos, Rebecca St James, Plumb, Chuck Girard, Phil Keaggy, Rich Young Ruler, Silage, Brother's Keeper, Randy Stonehill, All Star United, OC Supertones, Rick Altizer, Insyderz, Smalltown Poets, Paul Johnson, Plankeye, Havalina Rail Co, and Skillet. All the tracks have a Christian message. My favourite tracks on the album are: "Wave Perfect," "California Blue," "Endless Summer (# 2)," "The Sun comes out Again" - all of the 60's sounding 'surfer songs' on the album. However, all of the 17 tracks (that includes 2 instrumentals) are superb. "Sister Mariana Trench" by Silage stands out as it is superbly written (by Terry Scott Taylor) and Silage performs it wonderfully. The album was released by KMG Records in 1998.

If you don't mind the album not sticking strictly to the Beach Boys-esque sound, then you will love this album. It is a testament to the brilliance of Terry Scott Taylor, and to every artist that sings or plays on the album. Finally: 17 tracks on the album make it worth every penny! Buy it and see for yourself!

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 6/2/10, written by Ian Rabjohns for Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

JFH Staff's Additional 2 Cents


As a fan of Supertones, Skillet, Plumb, ASU, and RSJ, I picked this record up when it released in 1998 and loved the tracks from the aforementioned artists, but I found that I wasn't a huge fan of surf music in general. I haven't touched the album much since picking it up twelve years ago, but I still enjoy revisiting a few of the songs from this. Only surf music fans need apply to this one. And fans of any of the individual artists who have exclusives here may want to track down a used copy. - 6/2/10, John DiBiase of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

 


. Record Label: KMG
. Album length: 17 tracks: 57 minutes, 53 seconds
. Street Date: 1998
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Wave Perfect (2:49) - Smalltown Poets w/ Paul Johnson
  2. California Blue (2:50) - Brother's Keeper w/ Phil Keaggy
  3. A Good Sailor Knows (4:06) - Insyderz
  4. Endless Summer Part 2 (3:58) - Chuck Girard w/ Paul Johnson
  5. Surfer Girl Replies (3:40) - Plumb
  6. Into The Deep (2:25) - Terry Scott Taylor
  7. Thrill Seeker (3:36) - Plankeye
  8. The Sun Comes Out Again (4:08) - Randy Stonehill w/ Havalina Rail Co.
  9. Pay For Surf (2:35) - Daniel Amos
  10. Gold Coast (3:49) - Rebecca St. James
  11. Sister Mariana Trench (3:02) - Silage
  12. Surfer's Paradise (4:03) - All Star United w/ Phil Keaggy
  13. Oyster (3:29) - Rick Altizer
  14. Last Day Of Summer (4:15) - Skillet
  15. Caught Inside (2:23) - The O.C. Supertones
  16. The Net (3:57) - Lost Dogs w/ Rich Young Ruler
  17. Wave Perfect (Instrumental) (2:47) - Paul Johnson

 

 

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