The Challengers - Meet The Challengers mp3 album
Challengers is the fourth studio album by Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers, released on August 21, 2007. The track listing for the album was revealed June 1, 2007.
The Challengers was an instrumental surf rock band started in late 1962. They were located in Los Angeles. They represented a growing love for surf music and helped make the genre popular. Their debut album Surfbeat was the biggest selling surf album of all time and helped bring surf music from California to the rest of the world. The band was formed out of the pioneer surf band called The Bel-Airs.
The Challengers Band, Hollywood Palladium around 1965. Randy Nauert is with Phillip Pruden. I remember feeling rich! The album was a huge success (selling 200,000 copies in the first two months!) and when other record labels heard how simple and direct it was, the market became flooded with imitations trying to capture some of the profits. They just put 'surf' somewhere in the title of their album. There were some good albums too but "Surfbeat" was the first. AM radio dictated a singles market back then. With the release and success of "Surfbeat" we began the album market for our style of music. This was before album radio, FM Underground and such
Challengers isn’t quite a concept album. It doesn’t follow the same characters or tell a cohesive story or even track a specific theme. What it does is keep circling back to the idea of long-parted lovers reconnecting or talking themselves through pushing past the pain they feel over that breakup, which is now far enough in the past as to make anyone hung up on it feel a little embarrassed. Only one song-opening track My Rights Versus Yours -seems to be written from the point of view of two people who’ve just completed an exhausting fight, one that seems doomed to end the relationship
At the Beach Hanging Out Summer. The Challengers on the Move. Perhaps the most pop-oriented and calmest of the early Challengers LPs (though not by much) in terms of material selection. Collectors will be interested in one of the four CD bonus cuts, "Lead Foot," an early version of "K-39. Their debut album "Surfbeat" was the biggest selling surf album of all time and helped bring surf music from California to the rest of the world.
On this album, the Challengers emulated the sound of the Shadows, who were the most popular rock group in England in the pre-Beatles era. The Shadows were an instrumental group that was huge in the UK, but totally unknown in the US. The Challengers sound a lot like the Shadows here, and in fact, four of the songs here were hits for the Shadows in the UK. Truth to tell, this album doesn't sound much like a surf album. The Challengers are one of the finest instrumental surf bands ever, but this album lacks their magic touch. Aside from the slick cover of "Hava Nagila" and "Apache," the cd has tepid takes of songs like "On Broadway. Only for the most hardcore Challengers fans. If you want a good dose of this great group, I recommend "Killer Surf," their "Best Of" collection.
|A1||I Just Keep Trusting The Lord|
|A2||Then The Answer Came|
|A3||I'll Never Be Lonely Again|
|A4||Just Over In The Glory Land|
|A5||Fill My Cup, Lord|
|A6||He Touched Me|
|A7||Jesus, Use Me|
|B1||Yesterday, Today, Forever|
|B2||Turn It Over To Jesus|
|B3||It's Me Again, Lord|
|B5||That I May Know Him|
|B7||All My Life|