DICK DALE - SAN LUIS OBISPO 2012 [R.I.P. 1937 - 2019]

December 23, 2012 – 4:36 am

DICK DALE R.I.P. 1937 - 2019

Guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock known for his 1962 hit Misirlou, has died age 81. He died on March 16, 2019, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian. Dale developed his distinctive sound by adding to instrumental rock influences from his Middle Eastern heritage, along with a “wet” reverb sound and his rapid alternative picking style. At the turn of the ’60s, Dale was pivotal in the development of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. On the track Misirlou, Dale transformed the traditional Greek folk song into a sped-up, one-string performance, which became a national sensation after Dale performed it on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1962. In 1994, Quentin Tarantino used it as the opening music for Pulp Fiction.

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San Luis Obispo 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo, CA; November 20, 2012. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Nothing like the sound of a biting surf guitar first thing in the morning…

Thanks to OldNeumanntapr who taped the show and to Klingklang, who shared the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Klingklang noted: “First night of the west coast November-December 2012 tour. A huge thank you to OldNeumanntapr for sharing his amazing recording. All I did was EAC the cdr I received, created fades at the beginning and end, then FLAC’d and tagged. Just to mention, ‘The Eliminator’ fades in and there is a brief tape dropout in ‘House Of The Rising Sun’.”

OldNeumanntapr commented: “I was really glad that Klingklang could upload this one for me and I was pleased with how this show turned out. I have been fortunate to see (and record) Dick five times since 1995… My dad used to tell me stories about Dick Dale. He first saw him (with the Deltones) at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa in ‘61, and also at Harmony Park in Anaheim. I really wish some of those early shows had been recorded. Dick is 75 years old now but can still shred on stage!”

And for those who need to ask… this is what Patrick S. Pemberton wrote at sanluisobispo.com:

Dick Dale, the eccentric King of Surf Guitar… known for his blistering double-picking staccato playing – and revitalized by director Quentin Tarantino…

Dale - who inspired fellow left-handed guitarist Jimi Hendrix - was known for a fervent style that melted picks and snapped up to three strings per song. Though known largely for instrumentals like “The Wedge” and “Pipeline, ” Dale occasionally sang with a raspy, soulful voice. Dale’s experiments with reverb initially were intended to add effects to his voice. But his decision to add reverb to his guitar was a breakthrough. Wanting to push the limits of volume, he also worked with Leo Fender to create bigger, louder amps and signature guitars…

“Pulp Fiction,” the hip noir crime flick, brought Dale’s music back to the limelight in 1994. Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, whose writing is often inspired by music, has said that he thinks surf songs sound like spaghetti western music. After hearing “Miserlou” live, Dale said, Tarantino approached him in his dressing room, saying he wanted to build his next movie around it.

Neumann AK-40’s (x/y) > LC3 > KM-100’s > Beyer MV-100 > SBM-1 > TCD-D8
Transfer: Tascam DA-P1 > coax > HHb CDR 800 PRO > CDR > EAC > Audacity (fades) > TLH [flac level 8]
Location: 10′ from stage, center right

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. The Eliminator (6.9MB)
Track 02. Ring Of Fire (4.1MB)
Track 03. Nitro (2.7MB)
Track 04. Peter Gunn (3.1MB)
Track 05. Taco Wagon (4.2MB)
Track 06. Baby Left Me* (7.8MB)
Track 07. They Call My Baby Patty But Her Real Name Is Linda Lou/House Of The Rising Sun (9.0MB)
Track 08. Let’s Go Trippin’** (4.0MB)
Track 09. Mr Peppermint Man/Shake And Stomp (3.6MB)
Track 10. Pipeline (2.4MB)
Track 11. Ghost Riders In The Sky (4.6MB)
Track 12. Rumble (5.1MB)
Track 13. Esperanza (4.3MB)
Track 14. What’d I Say/Summertime Blues/California Sun (5.8MB)
Track 15. Hey Bo Diddley/Surfing Drums*** (12.4MB)
Track 16. Amazing Grace (5.4MB)
Track 17. Misirlou (8.5MB)

* Dick on harmonica
** First few notes of ‘Fever’ were played before ‘Let’s Go Trippin’
*** Dick also plays drums and bass

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  1. 52 Responses to “DICK DALE - SAN LUIS OBISPO 2012 [R.I.P. 1937 - 2019]”

  2. Fab stuff. Nothing like a bit of surf twang to warm up the cold and wet winter.
    Thanks BigO and a Merry Christmas.

    By Ruus on Dec 23, 2012

  3. Great post. Dick Dale uses the heaviest strings of anyone I know of…16p, 18p, 20p. 38w, 48w, 58w

    By JB on Dec 24, 2012

  4. I’ve always been a fan of Dick Dale’s music. I finally saw him (and his 14 year old son, Jimmy) play outdoors at the ski resort in Wrightwood the summer of 2006. It was LOUD and it was great. Both play guitar and drums. Dick played the bass strings with the drumsticks and played trumpet too. Jimmy can match his dad note for note on guitar.

    In 2008 Mr. Dale was stricken with rectal cancer for the second time. The first time was in the 60s and it was thought to be terminal, which is what caused Jimi Hendrix to say “You’ll never hear surf music again.”

    I’m so glad he has beaten it again and is still out there playing. If you ever get a chance to see him play live, do it!

    And I’m proud to be a Dickhead!

    By sking on Dec 27, 2012

  5. I saw Dick Dale first in mid-70’s at Magic Mtn in Valencia and talked to him afterwards. He is from Lebanon, Dick Dale being a stage name. He told me his real name but it was hard to pronounce and it has been many years. sking, funny how your first sentence ended up shortened in the Recent Comments column, especially considering your last sentence! Blooper! Anyway, consider this one more comment to get it off the list!

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 28, 2012

  6. Ah yes 4yrs. I see now what you mean. Very embarrassing and very funny too, if I do say so myself. Please make 4 more comments before I am immortalized.
    BTW Dick Dale did a meet & greet after the show and I got photos and autographs from both Mr.Dale and his son. And sense it is still the Christmas season if you ever see a copy of his album Spacial Disorientation he does a wonderful version of Silent Night that can give you chills.

    Now- a few more comments here please. Thanx

    By sking on Dec 28, 2012

  7. Silent Night

    probably better without the video

    By sking on Dec 28, 2012

  8. sking, this bids adieu to adult-oriented comment. Glad I got the honors. I saw Dale at the famous Palomino country club in the late 70’s with the Deltones, and in Valencia in the 80’s. I exchanged emails with him in the late 90’s. His ex-wife and son got into trouble this past year by shooting and blowing up Propane containers for fun late one night. Neighbors took exception and both of them were arrested. Dick Dale did not find this amusing at all, and had sharp words to say when told about it.

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 28, 2012

  9. Thanks 4yrs. I knew I could count on you. I’ve been removed from the naughty list. You don’t think anyone saw it do you? I guess Dick’s wife and child learned nothing from Hunter S. Thompson.

    By sking on Dec 28, 2012

  10. :-) i am going to grab this one, big O, if that is okay with you? :-)


    By I-) on Jan 4, 2013

  11. Thanks for the Dick Dale. I saw him at a custom car show in 1964 and He still has the fever. Bless Dick Dale. Thanks again for the John Cipollina.

    By john mitchell on Jan 6, 2013

  12. wanna hear a great instumental. “Jungle Fever Beat” by Dick Dale.

    By john mitchell on Jan 6, 2013

  13. sking: His mom probably said, “Jim, you’ll shoot your ears out! Oh, that’s right, you’re only a drummer anyway. No worries.”

    By 4yrsnojob on Jan 6, 2013

  14. I sent a link to Dick Dale & his wife so that they might download and listen to this concert.
    Hope you get this. God bless you Mr. Dale and cleanse you of cancer, and give you strength.

    By ScarRad on May 23, 2016

  15. Dick Dale has left us. 81 years. You’ll never hear surf music again.

    Let’s go trippin’

    By sking on Mar 18, 2019

  16. http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1303#comment-2909551

    By sking on Mar 18, 2019

  17. seems odd to call track 2 ring of fire when he plays folsom prison on the guitar the whole time.

    By dropkicksarge on Mar 18, 2019

  18. Did Dic have a big Dic

    By C Tony on Mar 18, 2019

  19. I had to get this off my chest . Took my family shopping yesterday and didn’t see one white face in the dept store . Only black heathens with tattoos and nigga women with attitudes. Also Mexicans ‘ Muslims ‘ Chinese people and Indians who have taken over all the convenience stores and hotels . That’s all you see anymore. What is America coming to.

    By Jerry Disher on Mar 18, 2019

  20. Jerry Dishwater Disher:
    “AMERICA”, is based on IMMIGRANTS numbnuts. Get over it or get out. YOUR people were NEVER INVITED, but came and pillaged pilgram!


    By Ren, on Mar 18, 2019

  21. I never minded it when they was only a few of them . Now there are just so god damn many of them ugly heathens . Not one white face . And them people don’t consider themselves Americans. They speak in their own language and send money back home . I feel like a foreigner in my own god damn country. Niggers an Mexicans an them god damned Indians getting government subsidizing to get em started . They won’t do that for me .

    By Jerry Disher on Mar 18, 2019

  22. Can’t stand goin out anymore. All you see are them ugly freaks

    By Jerry Disher on Mar 18, 2019

  23. Rumor has it this late gentlemen had a big un

    By U L E on Mar 18, 2019

  24. I feel you man . Hate coons also

    By Derrick on Mar 18, 2019

  25. You’re right ‘ hard to find a white face anymore. Just those ape faced baboons

    By Derrick on Mar 18, 2019

  26. How did this “music site” turn into such an Ugly racist place? I get it’s only a few morons - who should be listening to New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern when she said “THEY are us” and she is right.

    By harmon on Mar 19, 2019

  27. The land of gooks, sand niggers, towel heads, kykes and dumbass white trash women that love monkey dic. They r so stupid cause when they hit that poontang they starts hitting them, knocking them up and makin them pregnant. real brainiacs these white trash broads

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Mar 19, 2019

  28. Racist ? Hell the coons got everything they want . They got basketball an football. Hardly any white players anymore. Like Jerry said you can’t even take the family out anymore without seeing nothing but coons an people from other countries.its the whites that’s discriminated against . Plus the Indians and Muslims. Sometimes I don’t think I’m in the US anymore

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  29. The white race ain’t gonna exist anymore the way this shit is goin . Them apes are fuckin all the white women makin high yeller kids . Daddy would turn over in his grave

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  30. Hey Derrick, its time we bring back jim crowe amd put those black bucks in their place. remember the days what would happen if they looked at our women. Our race will never be pure again, roo much black coffee in the cream

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Mar 19, 2019

  31. I don’t hate anybody “ I just like being with white people like me . These freaks hate white people too . It’s not just whites that are racists. Blacks are also nasty . Even the movie theaters ‘ all you got are niggers handling the food . Won’t even go no more . Last time we found kinky hairs In the popcorn. My wife threw up . They don’t. make them niggers wear nets

    By Jerry Disher on Mar 19, 2019

  32. Back in the day the guys in the white sheets would put a stop to this bullshit . All I ever see are coons when I leave the house too. And ape faced baboons with beautiful white women . I guess I can’t blame them though. Coon bitches are ugly as shit and won’t shut the fuck up . All they do is talk talk talk loud .

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  33. Being a segregationist dosent make one a racist. Two different things . Most people prefer being with their own race .

    By Joe Oleg on Mar 19, 2019

  34. That said “ people who have biracial kids are being selfish as the children will suffer the bigotry and racial identity issues because of their parents

    By Joe Oleg on Mar 19, 2019

  35. Big O…SHAME ON YOU…Have you not seen the events in NEW ZEALAND and HOLLAND ..You can stop this Crap you Allow on a so called music site,just let the hate keep spreading…You and all the social media that allow this hate to go on will wreck the internet…big brother wants more control and you are adding to their shut down of sites like yours WAKE UP!

    By tom petty's Ghost on Mar 19, 2019

  36. the jew media is shoving this in our faces. havent u noticed many commercials show aryian men wih baboon women and aryian women with apes. the jewish media is promulgating all this so that it will be considered normal. Monkeys need to stay with monkeys.. you will never see a lion mating with a giraffe or a tiger mating with a cow.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Mar 19, 2019

  37. I just heard Judge Jenine Pirro was booted off Fox News for criticizing Muslims. What the fuck is the world coming to.

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  38. we have become a nation of snow flakes. we all have to be politically correct because someones feelings will be hurt. fuck that. call a spade a spade

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Mar 19, 2019

  39. Encore un guitariste de génie qui s’en est allé. Et dire qu’en France, on ne le connaît même pas !!!

    By Bernard (France) on Mar 19, 2019

  40. Never understood the appeal. Why would some good looking white man or woman want to get with some ape faced coon . Our white race is under seige. Pretty soon the white race ain’t gonna exists no more . Fuckina coon should get you jail time .

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  41. +1 to this posting:

    Big O…SHAME ON YOU…Have you not seen the events in NEW ZEALAND and HOLLAND ..You can stop this Crap you Allow on a so called music site,just let the hate keep spreading…You and all the social media that allow this hate to go on will wreck the internet…big brother wants more control and you are adding to their shut down of sites like yours WAKE UP!

    By Philip on Mar 19, 2019

  42. What does people expressing opinions on the Internet have to do with mass murder ? The mainstream media / TV / Radio etc has basically made it impossible to express opinions anymore without condemnation. I didn’t read about anyone advocating violence ‘ only expressing a desire to stick to ones own race . I believe races should be kept separate but don’t advocate violence or mass murder . They are not one and the same .

    By Joe Oleg on Mar 19, 2019

  43. Races and cultures are being force fed on each other ‘ examples Burger King and McDonalds in Tokyo and Paris . The uniqueness is gone . Another example is GW Bush trying to Americanize the Middle East . It dosent work . Races and cultures are different for a reason

    By Joe Oleg on Mar 19, 2019

  44. Anyone here realise that you racist white cunts are all immigrants. Derrick? Jerry? Joe? All European names,,, Do you not get it you dumbfucks? Nobody wants you here, nobody wants you anywhere.

    By For Fuck's Sake!!! on Mar 19, 2019

  45. When I was a kid the whites and coons had their own separate neighborhoods and schools . Then bussing happened and the coons and whites was thrown together. The old segregationists warned that they was comin for the white women and look at it today . I blame Lyndon Johnson for that shit . He hated coons too but wanted their votes . Before that shit went down everybody was happier even the coons .

    By Derrick on Mar 19, 2019

  46. Anybody else see kinky nigger hairs in their buttered popcorn at the theatres? That was shocking to say the least . My wife and I decided right there no more going to the movies. I wish we could just stay home and not have to see all those niggers and foriginers but we gotta work for a livin an shop unfortunately.

    By Jerry Disher on Mar 19, 2019

  47. Why is whitey always puttin us coons down. We comes in peace. WE just wants to fuck yur white bitches and have octarron, maroon and quadroon lil nigga babies. WE is trying to gets lots of our folk to pass

    By Martin Luthor Coon on Mar 20, 2019

  48. RIP Dick Dale. Condolences to his wife and son, Jim. Saw him perform in the 70’s and 80’s. My older brother danced in the early 60’s to him live in Redondo Beach. In emails above, I’m also 4yrsnojob.

    By ScarRad on Mar 20, 2019

  49. I wonder if Big O will ever post a Broadway play production

    By Sweeney Todd on Mar 20, 2019

  50. Thats a good point Mr Todd

    By Evita on Mar 20, 2019

  51. It’s called Coc envy. Blacks have big Cocs . That’s why all those white baby dolls love suckin and fuckin em . Mississippi black snake.

    By C Tony on Mar 20, 2019

  52. Why are all you racists posting on a site from Singapore? Why don’t you all pack it up and move to a site in America?

    By Robert Planet on Mar 20, 2019

  53. I just finished a book called “The Birth of Loud” about Leo Fender & Les Paul and the development of the electric guitar. Lots of input from Dick Dale. They are having a memorial for Dick Dale this weekend at Huntington Beach. There is a good video interview on this page-

    By sking on May 24, 2019

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