"Complete Instrumentals & Chuck Tharp Vocals"
From Raton, New Mexico "The
Fireballs" formed in 1957 to become early pioneers
of the guitar instrumental sound that was so very influential to budding musicians of the era.
Although commonly and erroneously referred to as "surf" guitar, George Tomsco's distinctive style
had a unique sound of its own, captured brilliantly by Norman Petty at his Clovis, New Mexico studio.
This release compiles all of the titles recorded by the group between 1958 and 1969
under their various monikers such as "Guitars Inc.", "George Tomsco & The Dots", "Lupe",
"The String-A-Longs" and 2 tracks by drummer Eric Budd under the alias of "Curly Whistle".
Also featured are unreleased Petty Studio demos by Chuck Tharp, and George Tomsco has dug
out the earliest recordings of the band that were recorded on acetate disc in the summer of 1958.
138 tracks · 6 albums
· 24 songs previously not available on CD *
1.8 GB size zip file
pdf booklet with recording & release dates
"This is the absolute best
The Fireballs have ever sounded. Such clarity and low end I have never heard
You can hear Stan's bass.
Recordings (1958 acetates) Chuck Tharp on
Fireballs” LP (mono)
Clink Clank Classic
Peg Leg (45) *
"Guitars Inc." single
La Pobracita *
Really Big Time
"Torquay" LP (stereo)
Quite A Party
Mr. Reed (45)
"George Tomsco & The Dots" - Mexican Fun (stereo) *
Chuck Tharp with The Fireballs (1964 recordings)
Let's Take The Long Way Home (stereo) *
Tough Times (stereo) *
Dumbo '65 *
Grasshopper (stereo) *
Letter To Albert (stereo) *
"Campusology" LP Ahhh Soul! Campusology Daytona Drag Evermore Peg Leg Sheezburger In The Mood Mr. Mean Mrs. Mean Gently, Gently Mr. Reed Find Me A Golden Street Ain't That Rain * Drugstore Cowboy "Wide World Hits" LP (released as "The String-A-Longs") More Places I Remember Love Is Blue La Pobracita (Poor Little One) Silence Is Golden Black Grass There Is A Mountain I'll Be There Blue Guitar Groovin' Black Is Black Someone Stronger Light My Fire Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay Hold Me Tight Love Child Stormy Popi (as "The String-A-Longs")
"instrumental" Fireballs were nothing short of great, and this is an
excellent purchase - can't
go wrong at this price!"
"What a wonderful collection! The whole thing is heart-breakingly good! Fans will be pleasantly surprised"
"Just got my copy! Great to hear the clear, crisp sounds of George Tomsco's guitar and the vocals of Chuck Tharp!"
"Superb sound quality and an essential purchase for fans of rock guitar instrumentals. Such a collection is quite a feat"
"This set is out of this world. It sounds fantastic - puts the previously released CDs to shame, and I thought they sounded good!"
The sound is really first-rate. I know this was a labor of love, and I'm so glad you made it happen"
"The quality is far above what I had expected and I am so glad to see you doing what you are doing. Keep up the great work"
"Sound is indeed first class and the mastering likewise. My favourite is the Torquay album - it's the best that I've heard it.
Value for the money is very impressive"
"what a great treat this set has turned out to be!
I have spent several hours thoroughly enjoying the incredible music, personal nostalgia having seen the Fireballs when they played
the Gardens Ballroom here in Calgary in the early sixties, hearing the evolution of the musicians and noting the band’s
progression through different through different styles of music. Thank you for this marvelous journey in musical time"