Various Artists

Ocean Drive, Vol. 4

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This is the fourth installment of Ripete Records' four-volume Ocean Drive series spotlighting the songs and artists 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 encompass everything from doo wop to funk, as long as you can dance to it. This volume ranges from the Platters ("The Great Pretender") to Isaac Hayes ("Don't Let Go") and even Charlie Rich ("Mohair Sam"), and features classic sides along with those that are essentially regional rarities. Highlights include Jerry Butler's classic "Only the Strong Survive," Barry White's exclamatory "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," and Al Green's hopeful "Jesus Will Fix It." Varied and upbeat, this set ends up being a virtual instant dance party (slow and fast), beach or no beach.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 5:38
3 3:23
4 3:18
5 2:39
6 3:14
7 2:47
8 3:22
9 3:32
10 3:29
11 3:12
12 2:46
13 2:20
14 2:14
15
3:35
16 3:05
17 2:27
18 3:57
19 3:32
20 3:36
21 2:50
22 3:23
23 2:46
24 3:21
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