Anthology Surf Archive LP Bundle
Bali High, Litmus + GlassLove 2xLP, Crystal Voyager, Evolution, Sea of Joy, Morning Of The EarthAugust 5, 2016 Anthology
ARC Surf Archive Bundle Includes:
- Evolution LP
- Sea of Joy LP
- Litmus LP + Glass Love 2xLP Book Box Set
- Crystal Voyager OST
- Morning of the Earth OST
- Bali High OST
Surf Archive surveys the historical intersection of music and surf countercultures. Interwoven with the films that have documented surfing’s evolution from the fringe to forefront are the soundtracks that paced them.
Tamam Shud – Evolution
Anthology Recording’s Surf Archive delivers the first ever reissue of Evolution, the debut album by Australian progressive heavy rock fiends Tamam Shud. A blazing backdrop of charged-up fuzz and guitar expression exquisitely matching the wild, inspirational, and groundbreaking visuals of Paul Witzig’s incredible 1969 surf film of the same name.
Tully – Sea Of Joy
Director Paul Witzig’s 1971 Sea Of Joy inspired Australian hard rockers Tully to trade in their riffs and explore enchanted themes and mellow moods that became the film’s celebrated soundtrack. This newly restored classic caresses shores beyond Australia’s beaches for the first time ever for Anthology’s Surf Archives.
Andrew Kidman – Litmus LP + Glass Love 2xLP + Book Box Set
As part Anthology Recordings’ Surf Archive series, we celebrate the soundtracks to Andrew Kidman’s classic 1996 film Litmus alongside his 2006 follow up Glass Love.
Litmus, Andrew Kidman’s first avant-garde surf film, served as a soulful reaction to the pop-punk progression that dominated the “alternative” mainstream. With the film’s visceral and cerebral moodiness, folksy soundtrack, and meditative spirit, critics swooned over surf misfits like Wayne Lynch, Derek Hynd, Tom Curren, and Joel Fitzgerald. Despite the acclaim, the film was not much of a commercial success at the time. The aura of Litmus’ soundtrack, however, has found its cultish corner in the surf world.
Prior to filming Litmus, Kidman’s band, The Val Dusty Experiment, recorded a total of thirty-five songs in one day. The outcome of the “one-and-done” sessions was a lo-fi, rustic, experimental rock ‘n’ roll sound, adding a rough-around-the-edges ambiance to the surf scenes that span Ireland, Australia, California, and South Africa. Additional contributions from Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans diversify the score. Litmus was a defining moment in surf filmmaking — it sparked an open-minded retro-progressive movement as surfers formed a higher consciousness about the types of boards they were riding and why.
Kidman released his second film, Glass Love, ten years later. As with Litmus, the music came first; Kidman felt his songwriting was ready to take on a new life. Thanks in part to Litmus, experimentation in board design progressed as surfers became more contemplative, questioning, ‘is surfing art or sport?’ Glass Love and its soundtrack highlights this mindset and time period, creating an extra dimension to surfing that is still prevalent today.
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.
Morning Of The Earth
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 Summeras 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.