RAKE and the Surftones (give or take a few) at first live performance. Left to right - Jim Cox, Darryl Voss, Kenji Sano,
Jay Graydon, Dean Parks.
SURFERS DRIVE WOODIES is produced by Jay Graydon for NEW MUSIC INC. and recorded live (except for the overdubs)
on October 9th, 1995 using the HARPOON STUDIOS remote truck parked at Malibu beach next to the pier. The band was set up
about 10 feet from the edge of the pacific ocean during "high tide".
This album was engineered by Cookie (Mikal Reid) and mixed by Todd LaBrea using the 96 track Webcore wire recorder system
utilizing ham radio crystal mics and soup cans with long strings for earphones.
Mastering by Steve "Hang 10" Hall at FUTURE DISK. Steve brought his surfboard into the mastering studio for the "vibe".
WAY COOL! 2002 release remastered by Todd LaBrea using the ALESIS MASTERLINK system.
Jay having fun at the surf party.
Todd LaBrea (Jay Graydon) plays an electric guitar through a reverb and amp (it is a secret). ERNIE BALL guitar strings
and volume pedal were used. Todd uses PLANET WAVES guitar cables now but they were not made then.
Hot Fat Reynolds (John Ferraro) plays EVANS DRUM HEADS.
Poop Fiction (Steve Lukather) plays the LUKE signature model MUSIC MAN Guitar and used ERNIE BALL GUITAR STRINGS.
Biff “No Pick” Balboa (Sterling Ball) plays the signature STERLING model MUSIC MAN Bass but not on this album. I am not
sure what strings he uses.
Yo Wood (Sherwood Ball) plays MUSIC MAN Guitars and ERNIE BALL strings.
This album is dedicated Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Beach Boys and the many surf bands and studio musicians that molded
the surf sound.
Tommy Tedesco, the "God Father" of all studio guitar players is responsible for lead guitar on the song "OUT OF LIMITS"
and many more. His "surf style" was a major influence!
I asked Tommy to name the studio musicians that helped to create the "surf sound" during the 60's.
Guitar: Tommy Tedesco, Glen Campbell, James Burton, Jerry Cole, Billy Strange and Jerry McGee Bass: Ray Pohlman, Carol
Kaye and Bill Pitman on 6 string bass Keyboards: Leon Russell, Al Delori and Don Randi Drums: Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer.
Darryl Voss, Bill Champlin, Steve Lukather and Bobby Cochran are getting instructions by Jay about their key for playing
the crazy chromatic WipeOut.
A host of the world's top guitarists got together at this once-in-a-lifetime party gig at
Marilyn's in Malibu. We were totally WIPED OUT!! by the completely new and surprising approach
to the classic surf song. Jay Graydon, Dean Parks, Bill Champlin, Steve Lukather, Sterling
Ball, Bobby Cochran, Jim West, Jason Scheff, Craig Copeland, Teddy Castalucci - all playing in
various keys - yea, at the same time! AWESOME! WILD! My friends, there are absolutely no
words for this! Wishing you were there.....
Sterling "Biff" Ball is having a great time with Luke and Dean.
"I can't hear you"... or is it ... "I don't want to hear you"...
Teddy Castalucci and Kenji Sano.
Bill Champlin grooving with the Hammond B3. Kenji in the background.
Jay, Dean Parks and Kenji Sano together in a solo.
Todd LaBrea on surf music:
In September of 1964, I attended the 9th grade dance and heard a sound that changed my life! The local surf band was
playing as I entered the gym. I walked up to the "band stand" and stood there with my mouth hanging open. I had no idea
what the guitars and amps were but they looked and sounded like heaven to my eyes and ears.
The next day in school, I asked one of the guitar players (in that band) to please educate me regarding the guitars and
amps. He replied that his guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, the other guitar player plays a Fender Jazzmaster and their
amps are Fender Tremoluxe's with Fender "tank" reverbs. I asked him what that "lever" on his guitar was for. He said it
was a "tremolo bar" that allows the player to "bend down and vibrato" the pitch of the guitar. WOW!
A few days later I met two guitar players at school and asked them to jam "surf tunes" at my house with me playing drums
(I owned a very old Ludwig drum set). That Saturday was so much fun! We decided to "jam" the following day so the guitar
players left their guitars and amps at my house. I fooled around with one of the guitars that night and figured out how to
play all the songs we had played that day. TOO MUCH FUN!
Read the rest of Todd LaBrea's rap on surf music, as well as stories by his band buddies, in the
album liner notes...
*.....You might find your summer queen
Might run into Ben Vereen.
It could happen at Malibu Pier........*
Craig Copeland and Jason Scheff in beautiful harmony