Various Artists

Rock & Roll Beach Party

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Madacy's Rock & Roll Beach Party looks like a real gas. It collects songs from classic- '60s groups like Jan & Dean, the Beach Boys, the Hondells, and the Trashmen, as well as classic singers like Bobby Freeman and Chubby Checker. Sounds like fun so far but there is a problem. Two, actually. The first problem is relatively minor; the second half of the disc really is not very beachy. Songs by Lesley Gore, Little Richard, the Guess Who, and Sam the Sham don't really fit with the surf sounds of the rest of the disc. Just about the last place on earth you'd want to hear "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las is on the beach. Still that is nothing compared to the horrific problem that so often rears its evil head on collections like these. We are speaking of the dreaded re-recording. More than half the tracks here are hits re-done by the artists who made them famous. Re-done in a clunky, soulless, modern way that leaves one feeling sad and used, especially if you thought you were getting the original hit versions. Jan & Dean, Bobby Freeman, Chubby Checker, the Guess Who, Little Richard, the Rivingtons, the Surfaris, and Lesley Gore are the offenders here. The main offender would have to be Madacy, who plaster a large banner claiming "Original Artists" across the top of the disc's cover. Don't be fooled. Steer clear of this deceitful and sad disc.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:34
2 2:04
3 2:16
4 2:50
5 2:13
6 2:20
7 2:31
8 2:18
9 4:24
10 2:04
11 2:33
12 2:58
13 2:18
14 2:20
15 2:17
16 2:54
17 2:26
18 2:25
19 2:20
20 3:04
21 2:23
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