The Packards were to the surf-revival of the '80s what the Belairs were to the “first-wave” in the '60s — a pioneer band that played a major role in defining the form. As you will hear on these tracks from five different Packards albums, we sought to make surf-instro music that was true to its roots, yet relevant to a new day

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'82  
Beach City Bop
The Packards
a PJ original  A nutty little tune thatīs a lot of fun to play. Thatīs Randy Mitchell playing the cool solos that break up the verses.
The Packards / Beach City Bop
'87  
Day Tripper
The Packards
Turbocharged ska/surf version of the Beatlesī great tune, complete with horn section...
California
'86  
Armor of Light
The Packards
a PJ original  a slice of solid Americana that blends the progressive with the traditional.
Guitar Heaven
'86  
Andele
The Packards
a PJ original  Mexican flavored tune that dates back to my days with PJ & the Galaxies
High Energy
'80  
Bedlam
The Packards
a PJ original  One of my earliest originals (the Belairs recorded this first, in ī62...) and a perennial favorite.
The Packards / Pray For Surf
'82  
Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord
The Packards
Our instro version of a popular worship song written by my friend Rebecca.
The Packards / Beach City Bop
'87  
Squad Car
The Packards
a PJ original  This version features my sis and her husband - sheīs a real dispatcher and heīs a real cop... and dig the cool horns in the second half!
California
'86  
The Magnificat
The Packards
My instro version of my friend Bill Irelandīs meditation on the biblical song of Mary - "My soul doth magnify the Lord..."
Guitar Heaven
'80  
Tally Ho
The Packards
a PJ original  An updated version of a tune I wrote in ī64 and recorded that year with PJ & the Galaxies. Some "British Invasion" influence here.
The Packards / Pray For Surf
'86  
Link Wray Medley
The Packards
Three tunes by the early rock-instrumental hero: Rumble, Jack the Ripper and Rawhide. We always closed the show with this one...
High Energy