When beach party movies were all the rage back in the early to mid-1960s, soundtrack albums were hardly the norm, if the songs used were available as singles or even at all. That a soundtrack album would exist on this 1965 United Screen Arts micro effort starring James Stacy is even more mind-boggling. The musical talent aboard for this teen trash epic included turns by the Righteous Brothers ("Justine"), the Rip Chords ("Red Hot Roadster"), "Mr. Excitement" Donnie Brooks ("Penny the Poo," a thin rewrite of Jessie Hill's "Ooh Poo Pah Doo"), Carol Connors (sweetly crooning the title song) and Raquel Welch in her screen debut, going from bookworm to vamp in the bluesy "I'm Ready to Groove." Padding things out are seven instrumentals by anonymous session players (the finger points to Jerry Cole in the lead guitar slot on the more surf-oriented tunes like "Nitro," "Out to Lunch," "Filet of Soul," "Arrowhead Rock" and "You Can't Fight Sidney Hall," with tenor saxophonist Steve Douglas being another possibility) used as either background music or lip-synched in the movie by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, but here credited to "the Swingers." Interestingly enough, the tracks used on this compilation are the actual production masters, complete with live-on-the-set overdubbed yelling and hand-clapping, often wildly out of sync with the music. In short, a classic.
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