Vintage Surf Movie Soundtracks

Tear a hole in the spacetime continuum with the help of some reissued surf vinyl

Crystal Voyager, Bali High, and Morning of the Earth OSTs.
Crystal Voyager, Bali High, and Morning of the Earth OSTs.

Remember the good ol’ days when there were fewer fins on surfboards, airbrushes looked like psychedelic dreams, and surf checks involved looking out a cloudy van window whilst Zeppelin blared from the stereo? Me neither. Sadly, I was also born too late and missed the much-romanticized era of surfing during the ’70s and early ’80s. But that doesn’t mean we can’t fetishize the past, and uber-hip New York record label Mexican Summer is here to help us do exactly that. The label has recently started reissuing the soundtracks of classic surf movies in their original vinyl format. Right now, their catalog includes the soundtracks of Bali High, Crystal Voyager, and Morning of the Earth. They’re beautifully packaged with nostalgia-soaked art from the original films, and the music features exactly the kind of breezy blend of psych-rock and folk that you would expect from that unhinged era. Just drop the needle and picture yourself on an empty Balinese beach, staring at a flawless left, with Alby Falzon telling you to get out there.