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Dick Dale & his Del-tones: Checkered Flag

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! In late 1963, California's King of the Surf Guitar left the shore for the strip and created one of the classic albums of the hot-rod music genre. Dick Dale's Checkered Flag is heavy with white-hot Dale instrumentals ("Night Rider," "Ho-Dad Machine") and vocal car tunes from the pens of pop's songwriters (Gary Usher, Gary Paxton, Carol Connors). Helping Dale stir up the nitro fuel are L.A. session stars Plas Johnson, Steve Douglas, Hal Blaine and Earl PalmerCheckered Flag is tough stuff, an unyielding trophy-run down the asphalt aisle. Make way!

TRACK LISTING:
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

BONUS TRACKS:
13. Secret Surfin’ Spot
14. Surfin’ and A-Swingin’








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