The Barefoot Adventure Soundtrack. You just can’t separate the music from the footage in Bruce Brown’s early surf films. It’s one of the key authentic elements that really set his films apart. For me, this Bud Shank gem is the epitome of 60s California surf cool.But it also has that wonderful South Shore logging vibe that Brown seemed to capture so beautifully in his films. Listen to it in the car before a warm summer session and you’re guaranteed to surf better. I highly recommend it if you don’t already have it.
If you want a copy you can often find a Japanese release on CD via eBay. If you don’t want to wait, you can down download it here.
Disclaimer: If you try to stream one of Brown’s pre-Endless Summer films on Netflix, it seems that some of the original soundtracks have been replaced with some incredibly inferior schlock. If anything, it proves how essential the original music really was. Happy Friday! – James Bowman, Halcyon Tea, San Diego. Find out more about Halcyon Tea here.