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Hal Blaine calls himself the most recorded drummer of all time, and the evidence seems to support him. But Blaine’s quality matches his quantity. After all, in addition to pounding the definitive Phil Spector beat on “Be My Baby,” the skins man provided precise stick- and footwork on “Return to Sender,” “Good Vibrations,” and even Dino’s “Everybody Loves Somebody,” as well as hundreds of chart-toppers through the late ’70s. This re-release of a 1966 album, with extra tracks from a ’67 effort, Have Fun!! Play Drums!!, finds Blaine and his studio pals—the middle-aged men (and woman, bassist Carol Kaye) who crafted much of the swingin’ ’60s teen sound—strolling through instrumental versions of Top 40 hits like “La Bamba,” Link Wray’s “Rumble,” “Wooly Bully,” “Land of 1,000 Dances,” and “Secret Agent Man.” There is also an odd arrangement of a Polaroid camera jingle, “The Swinger.” Everything has that clean California sound, a mixture of home-grown surf style and Carnaby Street. Blaine’s solos are less interesting than the tight parts he plays, and the few originals—such as the Kinksish title tune—are mostly variations on popular riffs of the day. But the best cut, “The Invaders,” might have been a Joe Meek production. As Hal says elsewhere, “It’s a groovy little number.”

—Dave Nuttycombe