"Last Wave of the Day" was
recorded in South Los Angeles at a studio that recorded
Terry Stafford's song "Suspicion". "The Righteous
Brothers" also recorded their Moonglow sessions there.
The song was a surfing, harmony song that had the usual
Mike Curb commercial sound. Phil Kasper sang the lead
vocal and performed the song perfectly. The band, minus
a bass player, played the backing track as per the music
as written. But missing the quality of the previous
recordings at American Studios, and minus a bass player,
the song did not rise to the overall sound of the
previous Riptides recordings.
Although adequate, it would show a new short cut method
that Curb would adapt for his movie soundtracks. Too
bad, it was a decent song. You can hear Phil's Fender
Jazzmaster maintaining a foot tapping rhythm throughout
the song. There are also snippets of Riptides throughout
the movie track. A terrible movie, but "The Riptides"
helped elevate the quality of the generally awful