Summer Songs, Summer Love, Summer Fun

Various Artists
GENRE: ,
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
£9.99
Release date: 10 Jul 2015

"There’s been a few other “summer” related compilations over the years - but none of them can touch Summer Songs, Summer Love, Summer Fun, just released by British reissue label Fantastic Voyage...I’m not sure how they do it, but they always manage to strike a perfect balance between the obvious and the obscure...would make a great soundtrack to your next party - the rest is up to you." Icon Fetch      

"Even if it rains all summer, this is music to be enjoyed whatever the weather" Record Collector                                    "Songs of Summer, teenage angst, songs of Summer romance, broken hearts, laughter & fun, very well put together...The sun will shine when you play this!" Beat Magazine

CAT No: FVTD216UPC TEXT: 5055311002163

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Summer. A time for fun, holidays on the beach, parties, maybe a summer romance and sunshine. Not every summer can deliver all those things, but memories of the best summers stay with us for years. And then there’s the music. As its title implies Summer Songs, Summer Love, Summer Fun is packed full of summer songs: many have summer or summertime in their title, while others reference summer activities or preoccupations.

Compiled by Austin Powell (who masterminded Fantastic Voyage’s It Takes Two, He’s My Girl! He’s My Boy! and the popular Forgotten 45s and American Music Library series), and covering the years 1952 to 1962, the 81-track 3CD set Summer Songs, Summer Love, Summer Fun quite conceivably packs in more summer songs than any other compilation. Generally, every song appears just once, but two versions apiece of Here Comes Summer, The Green Leaves Of Summer and Summertime Blues, plus vocal and instrumental versions of Theme From A Summer Place, all make for interesting comparison.

As summer turns to autumn, it’s back to school and that summer romance turns into a long distance affair, so not every summer song will be a happy one. In this package, there are happy songs and sad songs, there are well-known songs and some of the biggest recording artists of the fifties and early sixties, including The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Nat King Cole, Connie Francis, Cliff Richard, Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis. As always, there’s a surprise or two and a few lost gems to discover.

 

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Here Comes Summer (Jerry Keller)
  2. Summertime Guy (Eddie Rambeau)
  3. Summer Job (Brian Hyland)
  4. School Is Out (Gary US Bonds)
  5. Let The Sunshine In (Teddy Randazzo)
  6. Summer Romance (Debbie Reynolds)
  7. One Summer Night (The Danleers)
  8. Lazy Summer Night (The Four Preps)
  9. Summertime (Gene Vincent)
  10. Summer Love (Andy Williams)
  11. Theme From A Summer Place (The Chordettes)
  12. Summertime Blues (The Beach Boys)
  13. Surf Beat (Dick Dale and His Del-Tones)
  14. A Long Vacation (Ricky Nelson)
  15. Dance With Mr Domino (Fats Domino)
  16. Love Letters In The Sand (Gary Miller)
  17. Soft Blow The Summer Winds (The Journeymen)
  18. The Green Leaves Of Summer (The Brothers Four)
  19. The Things We Did Last Summer (Shelley Fabares)
  20. I Wish It Would Rain All Summer (Jo Ann Campbell)
  21. Theme From A Summer Place (Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra)
  22. Summer Serenade (Ernie Freeman)
  23. Summer Souvenirs (Karl Hammel Jr)
  24. I Don’t Care If The Sun Don't Shine (Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill)
  25. When Summer Is Through (The Tokens)
  26. Summer’s Gone (Paul Anka)
  27. Long Ago Last Summer (Diana Trask)

CD2

  1. Summertime, Summertime (The Jamies)
  2. Summer’s Comin’ (Freddy Cannon)
  3. Can't Wait For Summer (Steve Lawrence)
  4. Summer Is A-Comin’ In (Nat King Cole)
  5. Summer Day (Kari Lynn)
  6. Struttin’ In The Summertime (The Applejacks)
  7. June, July And August (Rusty Draper)
  8. Summer Set (Monty Kelly and His Orchestra)
  9. You Are My Sunshine (Johnny and The Hurricanes)
  10. Beach Party (The Fendermen)
  11. Limbo Rock (Chubby Checker)
  12. Teenie Weenie Bikini (Mitchell Torok)
  13. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini (Buddy Hackett)
  14. Summer Nights (The Safaris)
  15. You Are My Sunshine (The Marcels)
  16. For You, Sunshine (Joe Barry)
  17. Sunshine Guitar (Guy Mitchell)
  18. Summer Vacation (Peggy Lee)
  19. The Long, Hot Summer (Gene McDaniels)
  20. The Summer Of ’61 (Frankie Avalon)
  21. Through The Summer (Linda Scott)
  22. Gone For The Summer (Jerry Fuller)
  23. Our Summer Romance (Dean Reed)
  24. Down At The Beach (The Pentagons)
  25. Down On The Beach (Ernie Maresca)
  26. Wasn't The Summer Short? (Johnny Mathis)
  27. Summer’s Over (Pat Shannon)

CD3

  1. Here Comes Summer (Cliff Richard and The Shadows)
  2. The Summer Is Comin’ (Tony Richards)
  3. Now That Summer Is Here (The Videls)
  4. Summertime Symphony (Jamie Coe)
  5. They Tell Me It’s Summer (The Fleetwoods)
  6. Summer Spree (Vinnie Monte)
  7. The Magic Of Summer (Karl Hammel Jr)
  8. Summer Nights (Bobby Pedrick)
  9. Summer Sunday (Zabethe Wilde)
  10. California Sun (Joe Jones)
  11. Beach Party (Bob Jaxon)
  12. (Let’s Have A) Beach Party (Dave York and The Beachcombers)
  13. Queen Of The Beach (Carole King)
  14. Summer Holiday (Bill Justis and His Orchestra)
  15. Cloudy Summer Afternoon (Bud and Travis)
  16. The Green Leaves Of Summer (The Springfields)
  17. Summertime Blues (Bobby Vee)
  18. Johnny Summertime (Susan Singer)
  19. Pretty Susy Sunshine (Larry Finnegan)
  20. Vacation (Connie Francis)
  21. Teenie Weenie Bikini (The Upbeats)
  22. Bikini (The Bikinis)
  23. This Morning It Was Summer (Nat King Cole)
  24. Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Elvis Presley)
  25. All Through Spring And Summer (Tuesday Weld)
  26. Summer At The Shore (Billy Duke)
  27. Summer’s Gone (The Lettermen)