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ARTIST: Various Artists
ALBUM TITLE: The Summer Series Volume 3: Summer Surf
ADDITIONAL INFO: Every song tells a story, yet some are more compelling than others. This compilation doesn't just include great tunes which fit the genre - this music was selected from key moments ion each artist's carrear. To find out more scroll down to the 'BACKGROUND' section at the bottom of this listing... This CD was released as part of a mini 3-part series. The other 2 CDs are called Summer Funk; & Summer Ska) cover different genres, from different eras. As such they will be listed in a different section.
STYLE OF MUSIC & GENRE: folk rock, pop, psychedelic rock, surf rock, Latin, funk, soul, Motown, reggae.
TRACKLIST (Track number; artist; song title; duration; artist creditied with writing the song):
1. Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime 3:30
2. The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk 2:36
3. The Supremes – Automatically Sunshine 2:53
4. Tony Burrows Of First Class – Beach Baby 4:29
5. Jose Feliciano – California Dreaming 4:01
6. Aswad – Shine (Live) 4:48
(Cang, Gaye, Robinson, Forde, Wakeman)
7. The Tommies – King Of The Streets 3:12
8. Marathon – Sweet Soul Affection 3:20
9. Brownie – If I Could Move You 3:58
10. The Sunspots – Crispy Lettuce 2:42
11. Special Guest – Come Back Soon 3:08
12. Killers – Bestie 3:54
13. Rayz – Love Every Part 3:27
14. Wikked – The One They Wrote For Us 3:49
15. Belle – I Think She's Cool 3:39
FORMAT: Audio CD promo album in illustrated card case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: Universal MCA Music Ltd / Sony ATV / Daily Star Sunday (2004)
CATALOGUE NUMBER: TS009
CONDITION: CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
BACKGROUND: The signature tunes on this CD were assembled not just because they fitted the ‘Summer Surf’ moniker; they were all hits in their own right and are seeped in historical significance for each of the artists that they represent. For more info, read on…
1. Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
Written by the group's founder, front-man & spiritual leader (Ray Dorset), this song celebrates the carefree days of summer. Mungo Jerry are inextricably linked with this song, as it’s their most instantly recognisable song & biggest hit. It reached Number 1 in numerous charts around the world. At seven weeks in the number one spot in the UK, it became the top-seller in the 1970 singles chart and helped define the decade. It is considered one of the highest selling singles of all time with an estimated 30 million copies sold.
2. The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk
Marked by tragedy (the band's lead singer, Rudy Lewis, unexpectedly died of a suspected heroin overdose the night before it was due to be recorded in 1964). As such former Drifters lead vocalist Johnny Moore was brought in at short notice to sing the track. The last-minute move was a success, as the single, shot up the Billboard Hot 100 and the song has remained a much covered enduring hit for the band.
3. The Supremes – Automatically Sunshine
Written by Smokey Robinson and released as a single by the Motown trio, The Supremes. It was the group’s third single from their hugely popular 1972 album Floy Joy. It is notable for being one of the band’s final recordings at Motown's famed Detroit studio, Hitsville USA. Whilst being successful in its own right, it was followed by a period of decline in the US charts and was their last top 10 release in the UK Singles Chart. Thus marking the end of a creative renaissance which had followed Dianna Ross’ departure in 1969.
4. Tony Burrows Of First Class – Beach Baby
It’ astounding that Tony Burrows remains relatively unknown when you consider that he is the most successful ‘One-Hit Wonder’ singer in history (with more hit singles, for more groups (5) than any other artist in recording industry history, both in Europe (the UK Singles Chart) and the U.S. (Billboard Hot 100 chart). In fact during one episode of the long-running BBC TV chart show ‘Top of the Pops’, Burrows appeared with three different groups (a feat which has never been matched)! 1974’s ‘Beach Baby’ was one of Burrows’ biggest hits and with the dense, complex production, layered vocals and wistful lyric, it evoked the 1960s west-coast production style of lead Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
5. Jose Feliciano – California Dreaming
Originally Jose Feliciano released this distinctive Latin reworking of The Mamas And The Papas classic as a Double A-side single with ‘Light My Fire’. This 1968 single was his first and biggest selling hit (reaching # 3 in the USA; # 6 in the UK; # 3 in Australia; & # 1 in Canada – almost unheard of for a Latin artist in this era). ‘California Dreaming’ also became the title of his successful 2CD ‘best of’ collection.
6. Aswad – Shine (Live)
‘Shine’ is perhaps the odd one out on this compilation, being as it is: from a different era (the 90s as opposed to the 60s/early 70s); reggae (a musical form which does not feature elsewhere on this album); & live (as opposed to studio recorded). Nevertheless it was a huge hit, being one of just 2 songs which Aswad are principally remembered for (the other is ‘Don’t Turn Around’) and it has an undoubted laid back beach vibe. It is perhaps for this reason that it manages to gel with the other songs here.