Various Artists

Shag and West Coast Swing, Vol. 1

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A possible definition of shag is music you can dance to in the sand while looking cool, calm, and collected. Defining West Coast swing is more difficult, however, and only a couple of tunes and artists here have any West Coast connections. This compilation consists of mainly soul music with a sprinkling of country, including Delbert McClinton's "Blue Monday" and Wet Willie's "Weekend." Among the many treats are Maurice & Mac's "You Left the Water Running," Billy Stewart's "A Fat Boy Can Cry," and Clarence Carter's "Patches." There are also more laid-back vibes by Lamont Dozier and Leon Haywood, two snappers from the Impressions -- "It's All Right" and "Talking About My Baby," -- and four by the Tams.