Discography

UNRELEASED DEMO

The original Raybeats recorded an unreleased four-song demo in the spring of 1980. Its whereabouts are unknown.

Recorded Spring 1980, probably at Big Apple Studios, NYC
  • Tone Zone
  • Searching
  • Tight Turn
  • Jelly Bread
Personnel: Don Christensen, drums; Jody Harris, guitar; Pat Irwin, guitar, alto saxophone, Acetone organ; George Scott, bass.
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ROPING WILD BEARS

Released on Don’t Fall Off the Mountain Records, early 1981
  • Searching
  • Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt
  • Tight Turn
  • Tone Zone
“Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt” composed by Welch, Bennett and Marvin. All other selections composed by Scott, Harris, Christensen and Irwin.
Personnel: Don Christensen, drums; Jody Harris, guitar; Pat Irwin, guitar, alto saxophone, Acetone organ; Danny Amis, bass, guitar.
Produced by the Raybeats
Recorded at Earth and Sky Studios, Austin, Texas, Christmas 1980

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GUITAR BEAT (British version)

Released 1981 by Don’t Fall Off the Mountain Records
Side One
  1. Tight Turn (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  2. Big Black Sneakers (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  3. Holiday Inn Spain (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
  4. Tone Zone (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  5. International Operator (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  6. Calhoun Surf (Amis)
Side Two
  1. Guitar Beat (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Amis)
  2. Searching (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  3. Piranha Salad (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  4. Andy’s + 1 (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  5. The Backstroke (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
Personnel: Jody Harris, guitar; Danny Amis, bass and guitar; Pat Irwin, alto saxophone, Acetone combo organ, guitar; Don Christensen, drums.
Produced by Martin Rushent
Recorded at Woodcottage, Goring-On-Thames, England, April 1981

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GUITAR BEAT (American version)

Released by PVC/Jem in 1981
Side One
  1. Tight Turn (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  2. Big Black Sneakers (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  3. Tone Zone (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  4. The Backstroke (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
  5. B-Gas Rickshaw (Berry)
  6. International Operator (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
Side Two
  1. Searching (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  2. The Calhoun Surf (Amis)
  3. Piranha Salad (Irwin, Harris, Christensen, Scott)
  4. Cocktails (Irwin, Harris, Christensen)
  5. Guitar Beat (Irwin, Harris, Scott, Amis)*
*The songwriting credits for the title track of “Guitar Beat” on the American version of the album incorrectly credited George Scott when it should have been Don Christensen. The British version has it listed correctly.
Personnel: Jody Harris, guitar; Danny Amis, bass and guitar; Pat Irwin, alto saxophone, Acetone combo organ, guitar; Don Christensen, drums.
Produced by Martin Rushent
Recorded at Woodcottage, Goring-On-Thames, England, April 1981

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IT’S ONLY A MOVIE!

Released by Shanachie Records, 1983
Side One
  1. Jack the Ripper (Wray, Cooper)
  2. Banzai Pipeline (Mancini)
  3. Instant Twist (Christensen, Harris, Irwin)
  4. The Sad Little Caper (Christensen, Harris, Irwin)
  5. Doin’ the Dishes (Christensen)
Side Two
  1. The Big Country (Irwin)
  2. Jelly Bread (Jones)
  3. Buddy Lonesome (Christensen, Harris, Irwin)
  4. Soul Beat (Waller)/Intoxica (Hafner)
  5. It’s Only A Movie (Harris)
Personnel: Don Christensen, drum kit, drumulator, Simmons electronic drums, piano, synthesizer, Whippo, fuzz guitar, bell, crowbar, slit drum, marching drum, dish breaking; Jody Harris, guitar, dish breaking; Pat Irwin, guitar, synthesizer, E-mu drum programs, alto sax, temple blocks, bongo, whistling, lead bass. David Hofstra played bass on “Instant Twist,” “The Sad Little Caper,” “Buddy Lonesome” and “It’s Only A Movie.” Bobby Albertson played bass on “Jack the Ripper,” “Banzai Pipeline,” “Jelly Bread” and “Soul Beat/Intoxica.” Buddy Lonesome played harmonica on “Buddy Lonesome.” Linda Curtis played congas on “Doin’ the Dishes” and “The Big Country.”
Produced by Joe Blaney and the Raybeats
Recorded at Surf Sounds during the summer of 1983
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