Various Artists

Summer Soundtrack

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If you're going to use this set as your summer soundtrack, you're going to have to loop it a whole lot of times, since it is pretty darn brief, and while its ten tracks both specifically recall summer ("All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys, "Wipe Out" by the Ventures, "Surf City" by Jan & Dean) and vaguely recall it ("Gimme Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group, "The Wanderer" by Dion), it is left to Eddie Cochran and his "Summertime Blues" to really define it: "I've been working all summer just to try and earn a dollar...There ain't no cure for the summertime blues." It might not be Shakespeare, but it's absolutely pure urban grit next to Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine."

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