The Trashmen - The Best Of The Trashmen (White Vinyl)
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The Trashmen's defning moment, 1963's "Surfn' Bird," is perhaps the
ultimate lightning-in-a-bottle record - Their frst true studio recording, it
captures the group's interminable energy and mastery of live
But it also is the culmination of spirit and experiment that turned it into
something new and, from the perspective of 50 years, unique.
This collection shows them to be variously a frst- rate surf band, a great
protopunk outft, solid rockers with the raw essence of the earliest originators of
the sound, and adept enough to work in some comedy and country. This scope of
ability and interest is probably the true basis of the band's following now. But
"Surfn' Bird" has more tenacity than other bands' entire better- performing
catalogs, and with it, the Trashmen created a work that is arguably today the
most relevant release from that storied decade.