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Summer Beach Party [Varèse Sarabande]
     

Summer Beach Party [Varèse Sarabande]

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No rotten surf/beach movie of the early to mid-'60s would be complete without songs that were as frivolous and silly as the films themselves. As guilty a pleasure as those songs were, however, they often outclassed the movies they were soundtracking by a wide margin -- sometimes, indeed, they were the only reason to bother with the films. This 19-track

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No rotten surf/beach movie of the early to mid-'60s would be complete without songs that were as frivolous and silly as the films themselves. As guilty a pleasure as those songs were, however, they often outclassed the movies they were soundtracking by a wide margin -- sometimes, indeed, they were the only reason to bother with the films. This 19-track compilation cuts out the middleman, in a sense, by gathering rock & surf songs from numerous such 1963-1965 movies, enabling us to hear the goods without suffering through the scripts. Despite the presence of some hitmakers and major stars, it's hardly deathless music -- only the Beach Boys' gorgeous ballad "Girls on the Beach" is truly excellent, though Jan & Dean's 1964 Top 20 hit "Ride the Wild Surf" and the Astronauts' ripping instrumental "Surf Party" are quite good. Taken in the spirit in which it's intended, however, it's a fun (if slightly trashy) romp through the lighter side of the sun-baked pop
ock of the era. Virtually all of the artists on the CD -- including Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Dick Dale, the Exciters, Donna Loren, the Pyramids, the Kingsmen, Nancy Sinatra, and the Rip Chords -- had a hit of some sort, even if these particular numbers don't include those hits, or even feature those performers at their best. As compensation, though, even the dumbest numbers -- the Kingsmen's "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" takes the prize, though Annette's "Pajama Party" isn't far behind -- offer some crass if relatively disposable fun. Some of the other tracks aren't without their interest, even viewed apart from the popular culture angle: Frankie Avalon rocks about as hard as he ever did (though not exactly frenetically) on the 1963 single "Don't Stop Now," Donna Loren does a decent tune in the soulful girl group vein with "It Only Hurts When I Cry," and Nancy Sinatra's "Geronimo" predates her big Lee Hazlewood-produced hits. Surf/California expert Stephen J. McParland supplies fine, detailed liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2006
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206674224
catalogNumber:
066742

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Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Tutti Camarata   Arranger,Producer
Bruce Johnston   Producer
Terry Melcher   Composer,Producer
Jan Berry   Composer,Producer
Guy Hemric   Composer,Producer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Jerry Styner   Composer,Producer
Gary Usher   Composer,Producer
Simms   Producer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Bob Marcucci   Composer
Stephen J. McParland   Producer,Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Steve Massie   Producer
Russell Faith   Composer
Red Gilson   Composer,Producer
Jerry H. Steiner   Composer

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Summer Beach Party 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just in time for the summer season is the first release ever to collect songs from the beloved beach party films of the ’60s. The core “Beach Party” films featured Frankie Avalon and Annette singing and acting, along with some of the biggest recording artists of the day (The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, The Kingsmen, Jan & Dean, Nancy Sinatra, Donna Loren), yet there never was any official soundtrack albums issued for the films. These musical numbers made the “Beach Party” films the full-length music videos of their day. Six songs are appearing for the first time anywhere.