Anthology Surf Archive BundleAnthology
Part of the ongoing Anthology Surf Archive reissues, Crystal Voyager is another classic soundtrack enjoying its first ever US reissue. Directed by Albert Falzon and David Elfick, Crystal Voyager is shot and narrated by the legendary surfer and innovator, George Greenough (also known for creating the modern surfboard fin). G. Wayne Thomas and the Crystal Voyager Band provide a transcendent sonic backdrop of soft psych rock and breezy folk.
The most fitting first reissue of the Anthology Surf Archive – transcedent and as vital as ever, the Morning Of The Earth film stands toe to toe w/ The Endless Summer as perhaps the most widely recognized (and worshiped) surf film. Anthology is proud to present the first ever US reissue of the soundtrack from this 1971 classic directed by Albert Falzon. Timeless and meditative jams that capture the spirit of 70s Australia surf culture — the sound of escapism. Featuring G. Wayne Thomas,Tamam Shud, John J. Francis, Brian Cadd and more.
From the ‘50s up until the early ‘80s, most surf film soundtracks were bootlegged straight from the director’s record collection without much thought given to licensing rights or fees. As was the case with Bali High (1981), a visual documentation of three years of chasing waves in Indonesia and Kauai. Filmmaker Stephen Spaulding’s original soundtrack featured favorites from The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Santana, but as the subculture of surfing grew commercial traction, Spaulding had to rethink how to legally sell the film without paying for song rights.
For the 1984 re-release Spaulding sought out the help of Kauai based musician and producer Michael Sena to compose an original score that could match the action and vibe of his previous soundtrack. Unencumbered by the challenge of interpreting a compilation of various artists into one fluid body of music, Sena wrote, produced, and recorded each song himself in just three months.
The resulting 26 tracks lend the film its signature flavor and cover an impressive variation of genres, featuring moments of folk, dubby rock, synthesized disco, tropicalia, jazz fusion, and hyper-tempo power rock. Spaulding and Sena’s collaboration leave us with a layered time capsule in surf history, and we are proud to present the first issue of this colorful soundtrack as part of the ongoing Anthology Surf Archive series.
Read Michael Sena and Stephen Spaulding’s liner notes here
Anthology Bundle Includes:
- Crystal Voyager OST LP
- Morning of the Earth OST LP
- Bali High OST LP