The Revells

The Revells weren't an actual group, but one of the several surf-hot rod acts of the 1960s that were actually comprised of California session players and songwriters. They released one album, a novelty-concept LP of sorts jammed with songs about the then-hot slot car craze. Masterminded by Gary Usher (who produced the record and wrote most of the songs with Roger Christian), it shamelessly imitated the lowest common denominators of Jan&Dean/the Beach Boys circa 1964. That's not surprising, as Usher and Christian both helped write some of the Beach Boys' early songs (Christian also worked on material by Jan&Dean). Despite the presence of top L.A. session men like Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine, the album isn't worth anything other than as a period piece, although it was reissued on CD in 1995. ~ Richie Unterberger

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