Steven Mirkin
June 07, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Calling Up Spirits

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dick Dale
Producers
Beggars Banquet
genre
Instrumental

We gave it a B

Dick Dale, the king of the surf guitar, plays with speed, precision, and passion — and still delivers moments of jaw-dropping, how’d-he-do-that listening. But Calling Up Spirits‘ mix of covers, remakes of his ’60s surf hits, and ecologically minded new material feels thin and lacks the cohesiveness of previous efforts, like 1993’s Tribal Thunder and his appearance on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. B

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