Scott Schinder
June 13, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Better Shred Than Dead

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dick Dale
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B

While there’s no disputing the brilliance of classics like ”Misirlou Twist” and ”Let’s Go Trippin’,” surf-guitar king Dick Dale has actually made few records worthy of his talent. But this two-CD package, Better Shred Than Dead, manages to sift through his catalog — including early rockabilly vocal sides and ill-advised novelty tunes — to make a persuasive case for Dale’s genius. B

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