From page 83 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Guitar Legend: The Very Best Of SHOUT FACTORY
Near-as-damn-it definitive compilation of surf splendour.
Unlike his contemporaries The Beach Boys, Dick Dale was a genuine surf nut who lived it like he played it. His distinctive Telecastertwang was, by his own reasoning, the
chopping sound of mighty waves on the Pacific coast. This terrific set underscores Dale’s unofficial status as King of the Surf Guitar with 1961’s Shake N’ Stomp and Let’s Go Trippin’ , the latter generally acknowledged as the first waxing of a whole new craze. The irresistible staccato of Miserlou remains his calling card, largely thanks to Pulp Fiction , but what’s also apparent – as on Third Stone From The Sun – is just what an uncommonly expressive guitarist he was. And caps aloft to the compilers for including Pipeline , his 1987 set-to with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Dale was certainly no singer, though he does have a bash against the two-bits-and-a-shave rhythm of Surfing Drums , but who needs a voice when you can riff like this?