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A Malibu Kind of Christmas

by The Malibooz

Lush Beach Boys-style 4-part harmonies meet the driving guitar energy of Dick Dale, from the winners of SurfMusic USA magazine readers' poll Best Vocal Surf Band. Featuring Walter Egan & John Zambetti, The Malibooz have multiple film score credits.
Genre: Holiday: Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Santa Drives a Super Stock Dodge
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2. Little Surfin' Drummer Boy
3:28 $0.99
3. And a Happy New Year
3:48 $0.99
4. It's Just Not Christmas Without You
3:18 $0.99
5. Santa Man
2:35 $0.99
6. Malibu Kind of Christmas
4:16 $0.99
7. A Quiet Little Christmas
3:02 $0.99
8. When Santa Comes to Santa Cruz
3:12 $0.99
9. Carol of the Swells
3:06 $0.99
10. Christmastide
4:42 $0.99
11. Rudy
2:07 $0.99
12. Our Christmas Wish For You
3:11 $0.99
13. Seashells and Coral
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14. Christmas Wrap
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Album Notes
The release of this album is a Christmas present for all true believers in the power of surf rock, and marks the return to the recording studio of the legendary Malibooz! "Malibu Kind Of Christmas," Malibooz' first original Christmas surf music since the 60s, was received with stellar reviews.

Surf Rock

Formed in 1964 by John Zambetti and his high school friend, Walter Egan, The Malibooz has a unique history as an "indie" group -- beginning with their self-released EP, the single "Goin' to Malibu," and a New York World's Fair performance while Zambetti and Egan were still in high school. The team continued to collaborate on projects over the years -- including the Walter Egan Band (known for Egan's hit 1978 single, "Magnet and Steel" -- recently heard on the Boogie Nights soundtrack) and the Johnny Z Band (which released Bring Back the Night on Cypress Records in 1987). John Zambetti and Walter Egan co-produced The Malibooz's first CD release, Malibooz Rule! in 1981, followed by A Malibu Kind of Christmas (1992). [Scott Monahan, who continues to play keyboards for the group, also played with the classic rock band Spirit (another Indiespace artist at]. The Malibooz's 1999 release, Living Water (The Surfer's Mass), combines two classic forms -- the guitar-based, harmonically-rich genre of surf music and the complicated structure of the traditional mass.

As the heart and soul of the band, John Zambetti and Walter Egan are celebrating 30 years of making music together with this CD. THE MALIBOOZ were born in the halcyon days of surf rock and from the beginning set a course somewhere between the Beach Boys and the Ventures, blending the gnarly gnashing thrash of their Fender guitars with ethereal dreamy vocal harmonies and soaring falsettos. They delighted an international audience in two performances at the New York World's Fair. Later in college, the band caught on in Washington, D.C. while attending Georgetown University. It was a special and turbulent time-- they were classmates with a well-known sax player, President Bill Clinton. Before releasing the record they called "what would be the best Beach Boys album since Surf's Up, if the Beach Boys had recorded it," (MALIBOOZ RULE!), Walt made five albums for Columbia Records and had a "million seller" with his recording, "Magnet &Steel." The Johnny Z Band released a solo album on Cypress/Polygram records that yielded the single "Bring Back the Night." Now based in Malibu, California, THE MALIBOOZ are back with a lineup including Walter Egan and John Zambetti on guitars and lead vocals; Scott Monahan on keyboards and vocals; David Chamberlain on bass and Teddy Zambetti on drums.



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Richard Siegmeister

Great Holiday Fun
If you love the Beach Boys Christmas CD like I do then you must get the Malibooz: A Malibu Kind of Christmas. The Beach Boys cd is one of the best holiday cds ever. The Malibooz cd is in the same style and is very good. The two cds together would make a great holiday surf pop double feature.

Dan Miller

Surfs up....always with The Malibooz!
The Malibooz do definitely RULE! We have been playing nothing but this CD since we received it a week ago. This music from the 70’s still plays as fresh today as back then. John Zambetti and Walter Egan have been making music together for over 40 years and this CD is a great intro to their sound if you unfortunately have not heard them before. The acid test was that my 12 year old son downloaded this CD immediately to his iPod, so there is hope for the future generation. This CD is the best thing to come out of the early 70’s since the Blind Faith import album cover (remember vinyl?). Go Malibooz!

Diana Siciliano

Doesn't get better than this...
This is my 15th Christmas season of enjoying this album and it still is as fun and fresh to listen to now, as it was in 1992! Friends and family of all ages really enjoy the songs which makes it a reliable favorite for entertaining multiple generations at the holidays. It is also the most appreciated host/hostess gift I have ever given at Christmas. Don't miss out on this wonderful gem of an album! When you hear it, you'll know what I mean...

pamela mcginn

when the weather gets bad and the winter blahs set in, this is the perfect antidote.

still fresh and seasonal after many years of listening, the malibooz have captured the christmas spirit and infused it with a bit of the west coast surf.

forever a classis at our house!