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25 Beach Music Classics
1. I Love Beach Music - The Embers
2. Sixty Minute Man - The Dominoes
3. Whispers (Gettin' Louder) - Jackie Wilson
4. Shoop Shoop Song, The (It's in His Kiss) - Betty Everett
5. Cool Jerk - The Capitols
6. What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am) - Bill Deal & the Rhondels
7. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis
8. Work With Me Annie - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
9. Get on Up - The Esquires
10. With This Ring - The Platters
11. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
12. I'm Gonna Miss You - The Artistics
13. Untie Me - The Tams
14. Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood
15. Backfield in Motion - Mel & Tim
16. Cheater, The - Bob Kuban & the In-Men
17. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - The Swingin' Medallions
18. Love Makes the World Go Round - Deon Jackson
19. Come to Me Softly - Jimmy James
20. In a Moment - The Intrigues
21. Smoky Places - Jay Uzzell/The Corsairs/Jay "Bird" Uzzell
22. Color Him Father - The Winstons
23. Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board
24. Brenda - O.C. Smith
25. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 066467
Ollie McLaughlin; DJ Ron Carroll; Carl Davis; Mel Friedman; Earl Montgomery; Eddie Holland; David Henson; Abner Spector; Hank Ballard; Joe Hooven; Karl Tarleton; Jerry Ross; Jerry Winn; Joe South; John Schroeder Orchestra; Lamont Dozier; Luther Dixon; Ralph Bass; Tony Macaulay; Thom Bell; Brian Holland; Calvin Carter; Charles Wallert; Steve Massie (Compilation); Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation)
Personnel: Delbert McClinton (harmonica); The Dells (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Photographers: Chris Beachley; Billy Vera.
Arrangers: Andrew "Mike" Terry; Tom-Tom; Sonny Sanders; Thom Bell; Anthony King; Riley Hampton.
The definition of "beach music," the name given to rock, soul, and R&B records (mostly pre-1970) that have found seemingly eternal popularity along the Carolina coast, is hard to pin down. Generally, though, it could be said to refer to light, melodic, and romantic soul-pop records of the 1960s, though records of different eras and different styles make inroads into the scene, too. Ultimately what qualifies a beach music record as "beach music" is how popular it is in this region, and 25 Beach Music Classics does a good job of gathering a couple dozen or so of them in one place. Not many of them are going to be hard to find for the general '60s collector, the roster including such smashes as Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," Jackie Wilson's "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)," the Capitols' "Cool Jerk," Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger," Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby," Brenton Wood's "Gimme Little Sign," Bob Kuban & the In-Men's "The Cheater," the Swingin' Medallions' "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)," Chairmen of the Board's "Give Me Just a Little More Time," the Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup," and Deon Jackson's "Love Makes the World Go Round." All of these get airplay on oldies stations across the United States, but for balance there are some lesser-anthologized items too, like the Tams' "Untie Me," Jimmy James & the Vagabonds' "Come to Me Softly," the Intrigues' "In a Moment," and the Corsairs' "Smoky Places," as well as a couple slices of '50s vocal R&B with the Dominoes' "Sixty Minute Man" and Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie." The inclusion of a couple post-1980 efforts in the beach music style (the Embers' "I Love Beach Music" and O.C. Smith's "Brenda") was unnecessary and weakens the set very slightly. But overall this is a very solid collection of (for the most part) the lighter, more buoyant side of vintage soul, whether you're a beach music listener or not. ~ Richie Unterberger
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