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25 All-Time Greatest Summer Songs: The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since these tracks date back to the '60s and early '70s, this upbeat collection of happy sunshiny tunes should have an "oldies" tag attached to its boasting, clumsy title. Otherwise there's little about this collection that doesn't live up to its rather grandiose moniker. OK, so the unfortunate exclusion of the Beach Boys as well as fellow California surfers Jan & Dean leaves this lacking, but there are plenty of other compilations that include them, and fascinating rarities such as the Wombles' "Wombling Summer Party" as well as the Legendary Masked Surfers featuring Dean Torrence doing Brian Wilson and Jan Berry's obscure "Gonna Hustle You" carry the torch for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since these tracks date back to the '60s and early '70s, this upbeat collection of happy sunshiny tunes should have an "oldies" tag attached to its boasting, clumsy title. Otherwise there's little about this collection that doesn't live up to its rather grandiose moniker. OK, so the unfortunate exclusion of the Beach Boys as well as fellow California surfers Jan & Dean leaves this lacking, but there are plenty of other compilations that include them, and fascinating rarities such as the Wombles' "Wombling Summer Party" as well as the Legendary Masked Surfers featuring Dean Torrence doing Brian Wilson and Jan Berry's obscure "Gonna Hustle You" carry the torch for the more popular MIA Wilson summer tunes. Other than that, the track list says it all, and unique, along with seldom anthologized nuggets from Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazelwood, the 5th Dimension, and Bruce and Terry, make this a winning and wonderfully consistent 70 minutes of fun in the sun tunes. The booklet features snappy liner notes and original trade ads for the songs, which enhance the disc's kitschy appeal and prove this is not just another tacky, quickly thrown-together package meant to make a quick buck. So hop in your woody, throw the top down, and slap in this disc. It's guaranteed to plaster a warm smile on your face, even during those freezing, bleak winter days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206614824
  • Catalog Number: 066148
  • Sales rank: 267,099

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer in the City (2:44)
  2. 2 A Summer Song (2:38)
  3. 3 Summertime, Summertime (2:02)
  4. 4 Vacation - Connie Francis (2:23)
  5. 5 Wipe Out (2:40)
  6. 6 Summer Means Fun (2:15)
  7. 7 Dancing in the Street (2:40)
  8. 8 Sunny Afternoon (3:34)
  9. 9 In the Summertime (3:34)
  10. 10 Happy Summer Days (2:20)
  11. 11 Sealed With a Kiss (2:41)
  12. 12 The Theme from "A Summer Place" (2:24)
  13. 13 On the Beach (In the Summertime) (3:29)
  14. 14 Summer Wine (4:17)
  15. 15 Summer Sand (2:58)
  16. 16 Here Comes Summer (2:11)
  17. 17 School Is Out - Gary "U.S." Bonds (2:29)
  18. 18 Palisades Park (1:54)
  19. 19 Let's Go Trippin' (2:10)
  20. 20 Beach Party (1:49)
  21. 21 Lost Summer Love (2:18)
  22. 22 Gonna Hustle You - The Legendary Masked Surfers (2:43)
  23. 23 Wombling Summer Party - The Wombles (4:03)
  24. 24 Summer (4:00)
  25. 25 Summertime - Billy Stewart (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
Chad & Jeremy Track Performer
Dick Dale Track Performer
Connie Francis Track Performer
Brian Hyland Track Performer
The Kinks Track Performer
The Lovin' Spoonful Track Performer
War Track Performer
Nancy Sinatra Track Performer
The Surfaris Track Performer
Shelley Fabares Track Performer
Martha & the Vandellas Track Performer
Ronnie Dove Track Performer
The 5th Dimension Track Performer
Mungo Jerry Track Performer
Billy Stewart Track Performer
Jerry Keller Track Performer
Annette Track Performer
Bruce & Terry Track Performer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tony Orlando & Dawn Track Performer
The Legendary Masked Surfers Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Sebastian Composer
War Composer
Tutti Camarata Producer
Dave Appell Producer
Mike Batt Arranger, Producer
Lee Hazlewood Producer
Bruce Johnston Arranger, Producer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Bill Justis Arranger
Terry Melcher Arranger, Producer
The Tokens Producer
Bob Crewe Producer
Billy Strange Arranger
Thomas Allen Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Stan Applebaum Arranger
Steve Boone Composer
Harold Brown Composer
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Ron Frangipane Arranger
Jack Gold Producer
Jerry Goldstein Composer, Producer
Bones Howe Producer
Erik Jacobsen Producer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Jim Monsour Producer
Barry Murray Producer
Ken Noble Composer
Chad Stuart Composer
Shel Talmy Producer
Peter Udell Producer
Jim Vienneau Producer
Ron Wilson Composer
Hank Medress Producer
Jim Fuller Composer
Charles Miller Composer
Mickey Stevenson Producer
The Jamies Producer
Dean Torrence Producer
Bill Pitzonka Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Gary Geld Producer
Mark Sebastian Composer
Berryhill Composer
Frank Guida Producer
Hank Hunter Composer
Clive Metcalfe Composer
Charles Barris Composer
Patrick Connolly Composer
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