The group started in the mid- to late- 1950s as a high school band in San Luis Obispo, California called Gil Serna & The Rockets, before changing their name to The Revels in 1959. Although their instrumental style predated the 1961-65 era of surf music, their success came during that period. They are usually considered a "pre-surf" band and were the original Central California coastal instrumental band. Other bands from the area later included the more popular groups named The Sentinals and The Impacts. The Revels singles were collected on their sole album, Revels on a Rampage (1964). They also composed music for the soundtrack of the 1961 film The Exiles. Their 1961 song "Comanche" has been featured on two soundtracks. It first appeared as the "Detoured Theme" in The Exiles. It was later included along with several other Surf music hits on the soundtrack of the film, Pulp Fiction (1994).
The Revels were a hard-partying group from California who are best known for their classic hit instrumental "Church Key." This compilation captures all their best singles, their lone album in its entirety, plus early demos and unreleased material in a package that catches their frat-band lightning in a bottle. Sam Eddy's piano work on "It's Party Time" is rock & roll at its irreducible best, while the guitar work here tips its hat to Duane Eddy regularly. [Cub Koda]
IT'S A PARTY TIME!!!