The Fantastic Baggys

Anywhere the Girls Are!: The Best of Fantastic Baggys

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Along with the entire Tell 'Em I'm Surfin' LP, this CD adds a heap o' extras: the 1964 non-LP single "Debbie Be True"/"Anywhere the Girls Are," a couple of songs that showed up on a 1966 South African LP, the 1965 non-LP single "It Was I," and nine alternate/instrumental/vocal overdub/variations versions, most of them previously unreleased. "Debbie Be True," complete with "Don't Worry Baby"-type guitar chording, would have been pretty fair Beach Boys album filler; "It Was I" is a not-bad update of the old Skip & Flip hit rockaballad; and "(Goes to Show) Just How Wrong You Can Be," which would be re-recorded by P.F. Sloan in the mid-'60s as a solo artist, shows Sloan and Steve Barri's growth into more serious directions. To be honest, though, most of those extras are nothing more than very modest variations from the official tracks. But what the heck, if you're bothering to hunt down a Fantastic Baggys compilation in the first place, you might as well have everything you can, right? In addition there are lengthy liner notes, even including first-hand quotes from Sloan and Barri. It remains about the best Jan & Dean album you could track down that is not, in fact, Jan & Dean.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:11
2 2:13
3 2:17
4 2:12
5 2:10
6 2:01
7 2:15
8 2:44
9 2:26
10 2:05
11 2:10
12 2:25
13 1:56
14 2:38
15 2:17
16 3:05
17 1:53
18 2:34
19 2:13
20 2:05
21 2:27
22 2:24
23 2:15
24 2:13
25 2:38
26 2:16
27 2:45
28 2:05
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