The ASTRONAUTS - Surfin With the Astronauts
Printed in Canada
Record VG+ Has several light scuff marks
Cover VG+ VG++ cornerwear, edgewear
A1 Baja (Pronounced Ba-ha) 2:24
A2 Surfin' U.S.A 2:10
A3 Misirlou 2:08
A4 Surfer's Stomp 2:34
A5 Susie-Q 2:02
A6 Pipeline 2:01
B1 Kuk 2:09
B2 Banzai Pipeline 2:00
B3 Movin' 1:56
B4 Baby Let's Play House 2:26
B5 Let's Go Trippin' 1:58
B6 Batman 1:50
The ASTRONAUTS (from Colorado), along with The Trashmen, were the premier landlocked Midwestern surf group of the '60s. They recorded numerous singles and albums and achieved vast regional popularity, but only scored one modest national hit, "Baja." With little material of their own, they carefully tapped heavyweights like Lee Hazelwood (who wrote "Baja"), Roger Christian, and Gary Usher, as well as covering tunes by Dick Dale and Henry Mancini. The group shone brightest on their instrumentals, which used mounds of Fender reverb and two rhythm guitars.
This was their first vinyl album on RCA VICTOR (LSP-2760 (STEREO) and it includes that one hit, "BAJA".
The ASTRONAUTS are BOB DEMMON, JIM GALLAGHER, STORMY PATTERSON, DENNIS LINDSEY and RICH FIFIELD.
This group harkens back to simpler times when hot Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters produced ringing rock and surf tunes. A polished group featuring twin lead guitars! Smooth as silk surf sounds and great cover songs of the mid-60's. A time when rock was pure and simple and ringing guitar instrumentals were "tough". Boulder, CO-based Astronauts toured campuses nationwide with their resume of great dance music. Polished really doesn't describe their performances! Electric is more like it! Inspiration to a hundred "garage bands", these guys knew how to turn on a crowd. Incidentally, they were the No. 3 band in Japan for many years, right after the Beatles and the Ventures! This album has some of the best Surf Genre music ever recorded - timeless!
THE ASTRONAUTS - Baja (1963)
Bob Demmon is on the far right side of the picture...guitar and vocals, he seemed like he was a cool guy and was the oldest guy in the group. Rich Fifield was the group leader...and yea, Bob Demmon later was a teacher in Colorado. Very cool surfin' group in person... Their best album: Surfin' with the Astronaunts!
The Astronauts - Pipeline