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Michael Sena Bali High: OST on 2LP

Third Soundtrack To Be featured in the Anthology Surf Archive Series!

Surfing in the mid to late ‘70s was a radical and fertile time in the counterculture’s history. Board design and fin set-ups were becoming smaller and more maneuverable as the so-called Shortboard Revolution busted into the forefront of surfing performance. Surfing also began to take itself more seriously in the mid ‘70s, and as a result, surf filmmaking flourished. The formula was similar across the spectrum: search for waves, find them, surf them, and record them. However it was the who, how and why that separated the memorable from the mediocre.

As part of their ongoing Anthology Surf Archive series, Anthology Recordings is recognizing the classic 1981 underground film, Bali High, made by Stephen Spaulding in his early twenties. Although now a popular destination for many types of surfers, Bali in 1977 was still an untapped resource of waves. Spaulding was struck by its uncrowded tubes, towering volcanoes and rich Hindu culture. Spaulding would spend the next three years chasing waves from Indonesia to Kauai, filming now legendary surfers - Rick Rasmussen, Peter McCabe, Tommy Carroll, and Larry Blair. The end result was Bali High, a preservation of this era of travel and adventure.

From the ‘50s up until the early ‘80s, most surf film soundtracks were bootlegged straight from the director’s record collection without much thought given to licensing rights or fees. As was the case with Bali High (1981), a visual documentation of three years of chasing waves in Indonesia and Kauai. Filmmaker Stephen Spaulding’s original soundtrack featured favorites from The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Santana, but as the subculture of surfing grew commercial traction, Spaulding had to rethink how to legally sell the film without paying for song rights.

For the 1984 re-release Spaulding sought out the help of Kauai based musician and producer Michael Sena to compose an original score that could match the action and vibe of his previous soundtrack. Unencumbered by the challenge of interpreting a compilation of various artists into one fluid body of music, Sena wrote, produced, and recorded each song himself in just three months.

The resulting 26 tracks lend the film its signature flavor and cover an impressive variation of genres, featuring moments of folk, dubby rock, synthesized disco, tropicalia, jazz fusion, and hyper-tempo power rock. Spaulding and Sena’s collaboration leave us with a layered time capsule in surf history, and we are proud to present the first issue of this colorful soundtrack as part of the ongoing Anthology Surf Archive series

Michael Sena Bali High - OST Track Listing:

1.  Bali High
2.  Reggae Blood
3.  Winter
4.  Boeing Boeing Boeing
5.  Dirty Fingers
6.  Martial That Thought
7.  The Last Illusion
8.  Litany
9.  Ride
10. Sitar
11. Mountain Song
12. The Two-Finger Concerto
13. The Plains of Ginsasha
14. Fisherman Dance

1.  Desire's First Face
2.  Cannonade
3.  Under-ripples
4.  Agatha Trim
5.  Mushroom FX
6.  Balinese Bounce
7.  Nothing Just Happens
8.  Pausolition
9.  We Are Whole
10. Something You Like
11. Orchid II
12. Bali High (reprise)

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1. Bali High
2. Reggae Blood
3. Winter
4. Boeing Boeing Boeing
5. Dirty Fingers
6. Martial That Thought
7. The Last Illusion
8. Litany
9. Ride
10. Sitar
11. Mountain Song
12. The Two-Finger Concerto
13. The Plains of Ginsasha
14. Fisherman Dance

1. Desire's First Face
2. Cannonade
3. Under-ripples
4. Agatha Trim
5. Mushroom FX
6. Balinese Bounce
7. Nothing Just Happens
8. Pausolition
9. We Are Whole
10. Something You Like
11. Orchid II
12. Bali High (reprise)

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