I got the "Waves of Care" CD a few weeks ago, and have been just loving it!! In case you don't know what it is: 27 songs by 15 surf bands, all but three recorded at the 2018 Surf Guitar 101 Convention in Torrance, CA. All the tracks recorded and mixed by the triple-Grammy-winning producer Mark Linett (and the CD co-produced by him and John Blair). This thing sounds AMAZING, especially for a live recording - obviously a thoroughly professional job that puts you right there - or even better! All the instruments are very clear and warm-sounding, it's all just perfect and beautiful!
And look at that list of bands! Frankie & The Pool Boys (San Francisco), Surfer Joe (Italy), Les Agamemnonz (France), The Blue Hawaiians (SoCal), The Tremolo Beer Gut (Denmark), Urban Surf Kings (Canada), King Pelican (Texas), FASCINATING CREATURES OF THE DEEP (San Francisco), Black Flamingos (New Jersey), Insect Surfers (SoCal), Par Avion (SoCal), and more - including The Kaisers of California, a special band formed by three-quarters of the legendary Huntington Cads with Big Papu of Los Kahunas from Argentina, as well as TWO tributes, to the Sentinals (with John Blair on lead guitar) and Paul Johnson (with Marty Tippens and Dave Arnson on lead). This freakin' CD is just CHOCK FULL of excellent surf music, both modern and classic!
Just a few personal highlights: both tracks by The Kaisers of California, the gorgeous, sunny "Another Summer Song" (with Adriàn Castiñeira AKA BIg Papu on lead) and the rockin' "Meltdown" (with Chris Barfield on lead, I believe)! Both tracks by one of my favorite surf bands of the past 12 years, Frankie & the Pool Boys, with my good friend Ferenc Dobronyi on lead - "Teke Teke Teke" and "Ewa on the Beach", both modern surf classics! Surfer Joe's "A Day At the Beach" with Lorenzo Valdambrini on lead and Jonpaul Balak on bass, such a happy tune! Both of the Sentinals tribute tracks, "Latinia" and "Big Surf", absolutely killer, the band completely nailing their sound and feel, including the wailing sax on the latter! Those are just a few of my favorites, but honestly, I love listening through this full CD, there are no weak spots!
Maybe the best thing about this very special CD is that all the proceeds go to MusiCares to help with COVID-19 relief, intended for struggling musicians. You can buy the CD either through John Blair's personal website or through its Bandcamp page:
This is a limited edition CD, so get it while you can, you really won't regret it! Wonderful job to all involved, but in particular John Blair and Mark Linett for making it happen! Thank you, gentlemen!