July 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the wake of his 1993 cult triumph, Tribal Thunder, surf-rock legend Dick Dale rides again on the kitschy, reverb-guitar twang he pioneered in the late ’50s, with this new album, Unknown Territory. While the wave-crest glory of ”Terra Dicktyl” and ”The Beast” steer this odd set clear of a wipeout, landlocked listeners may find this mostly instrumental Territory off-limits. ”Hava Nagila” as a surf tune? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… C

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