The music of The Shadows and The Surfaris awakened Big Al's interest in music in the early 1960s; the UK version of The Surfaris Play LP was his first purchase and a particularly strong influence and he will always quote The Ventures In Space as being his favourite album of all time and in any style. Since 1989 Big Al has published PIPELINE, the world's No.1 rock instrumental magazine, along with his co-editor Dave Burke. He promoted Pipeline Magazine's annual Instrumental Convention which ran from 1993 to 2014 with live acts from around the world, including special reunions of several '60s groups. Big Al's CD credits include compiling "The Birth Of Surf" series on Ace Records as well as the notes for Rockbeat Records' 4CD set "Surf-Age Nuggets" and their two Dick Dale compilations.

Alan Taylor

Revival Album Top 10

1. JON & THE NIGHTRIDERS "Banished To The Beach"

2. THE SURF RAIDERS "Surfin' Fever"

3. THE DANGERMEN "Meet The Men Of Danger"

4. BANG! MUSTANG "Surfin' NSA"

5. THE MADEIRA "Sonic Cataclysm - Live"

6. THE KRONTJONG DEVILS "Surfin' Sounds"

7. THE SURFITES "Big Pounder"

8. THE BITCH BOYS "Ride The First Wave"

9. THE BRADIPOS IV "Surf Session"

10. THE COFFIN DAGGERS "The Coffin Daggers"

 

1. DICK DALE & THE DEL-TONES "Miserlou"

2. THE CHANTAYS "Pipeline"

3. THE SURFARIS "Surf Scene"

4. THE SENTINALS "Latin'ia"

5. THE ORIGINAL SURFARIS "Latin Soul"

6. THE FENDER IV "Mar Gaya "

7. THE VY-DELS "Unknown"

8. THE IMPACT V "Riptide"

9. THE CREATIONS "Crash"

10. THE VELVETONES "Mr X"

11. THE CATALINAS "Banzai Washout"

12. THE TRASHMEN "Malaguena"

13. THE ASTRONAUTS "Baja"

14. THE PYRAMIDS "Penetration"

15. THE SUPER STOCKS "Midnight Run"

 

Classic Surf Top 15

Surf Revival Top 15

1. THE SURF RAIDERS "Point Conception '63"

2. JON & THE NIGHTRIDERS "Depth Charge"

3. THE BLUE DEMONS "Jack The Ripper"

4. SATAN'S PILGRIMS "Morpheus"

5. THE SURF COASTERS "Sea Knows"

6. BANG! MUSTANG "Journey To Calafuria"

7. THE RAYBEATS "Calhoun Surf"

8. THE BITCH BOYS "Waikiki Storm"

9. LOS STRAITJACKETS "Tailspin"

10. HUSKY & THE SANDMEN "Extasy"

11. THE SHOCKWAVE! "Thunder On The Sea"

12. THE HALIBUTS "Gnarly!"

13. THE ELIMINATORS "Dawn Patrol"

14. FRANKIE & THE POOL BOYS "The Raven"

15. THE GHASTLY ONES "Hollywood Nocturne"

Show: Crossing Borders (monthly)

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