Various Artists

Ocean Drive, Vol. 2

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This is the second installment of Ripete Records' four-volume Ocean Drive series which spotlights the songs and artists that have become associated with so-called beach music, that hard-to-pin-down-but-you-know-it-when-you-hear-it genre of East Coast dance music that is inclusive enough to span everything from doo wop to funk, as long as you can dance to it. This volume ranges from the Platters ("With This Ring") to the O'Jays ("Hold On"), and features classic sides along those that are essentially regional rarities. Highlights include the Poets' wry "She Blew a Good Thing," Patty & the Emblems' Motown-styled "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl," the Tams' wise "Too Much Foolin' Around," and the Del Vikings' immortal doo wop turn on "Come Go with Me." Varied and upbeat, this set ends up being a virtual instant dance party, beach or no beach.

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