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Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

Checkered Flag Digital Download

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Though he was renowned as “The King of the Surf Guitar,” Dick Dale detoured onto the drag strip in 1963 and created Checkered Flag, a landmark album of the hot-rod genre. Backed by studio pros like Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Plas Johnson and Steve Douglas, Dick laid down tough, reverb-soaked instrumentals like “Night Rider” and “The Wedge,” highlighting his unique technique and deeply varied sonic textures. The album also features vocal numbers, like lead track “The Scavenger,” penned by some of the top pop tunesmiths of the day, including Gary Usher, Gary Paxton and Carol Connors. Whether vocal or instrumental, each and every one of these songs invokes the sound, speed and spirit of the racetrack, with motors roaring and crowds cheering. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

This Sundazed Music edition of Checkered Flag is sourced from the original Capitol Records stereo masters. What are you waiting for? Hop in your ho-dad machine now and go grab a copy!

1. The Scavenger
2. Surf Buggy
3. Hot Rod Racer
4. Mag Wheels
5. Big Black Cad
6. Ho-Dad Machine
7. Grudge Run
8. Motion
9. 426–Super Stock
10. The Wedge<
11. It Will Grow On You
12. Night Rider

13. Secret Surfin’ Spot
14. Surfin’ and A-Swingin’

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