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Hey, Beach Girls!: Female Surf 'N' Drag 1961-1966 [Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B003Z41FGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. CYCLE SET - Donna Loren
2. DON'T DRAG NO MORE - Susan Lynne
3. HEY BEACH BOY - Andrea Carroll
4. SHOOT THE CURL - The Honeys
5. PRAY FOR SURF - The Honeys
7. SURFER'S PLAYMATE - The Fleetwoods
8. DRAG RACE JOHNNY - Little Pattie & The Statesmen
9. WE'RE GOIN' SURFIN' - The Wailers With The Marshans
10. ROD HOT ROD - The King Pins
12. RED CORVETTE - Ellie Gee & The Jets
15. (DANCE WITH THE) SURFIN' BAND - Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars
16. YOUR BABY'S GONE SURFIN' - Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes
17. DRAGGIN' WAGON - The Surfer Girls
19. SURFIN' - The Orlons
20. I MISS MY SURFER BOY TOO - The Westwoods
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* To bridge the gap between volumes of "Where The Girls Are", the guys who curate that series have taken Stephen J McParland's book Bikinis, Black Denim & Bitchen Sounds as their inspiration to dream up this fun new diversion to tide girl group buffs over. It'll fill a few gaps in the collections of aficionados of surf, drag and hot rod music too, no doubt.

* The influence of California's Beach Boys permeates "Hey, Beach Girls!" as it did the world of music in 1963. Brian Wilson and his cohorts had not long zoomed to the Top 3 with `Surfin' USA' when an opportunist East Coast record company exec with his eye on the latest pop fads concocted a plan to grab a piece of the action. Bestowing the Surfer Girls moniker on a new young female trio, he ushered them into the studio to cut `Draggin' Wagon' to the very same tune.

* Over in Paris, France's top girl group Les Gam's flipped over the same Beach Boys platter to give `Shut Down' their inimitable yé-yé treatment and in Australia teenager Little Pattie stormed the charts with `He's My Blonde-Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Guy'.

* It's doubtful that much surfing went on in Detroit, but the Supremes dipped their toes in the water with `Surfer Boy', one of two numbers they got to sing in the movie Beach Ball. In Philadelphia, epicentre of dance craze culture, the Orlons and Dee Dee Sharp took a break from the watusi and the mashed potato to cut tracks for the rare "Everybody's Goin' Surfin'" LP: `Surfin'' and `Riding The Waves' make their CD debut here.

* Other highlights include hideously obscure and collectable decks from the Westwoods, the Fleetwoods, the Beach Girls, Ellie Gee (short for Greenwich, natch) & the Jets, the Surfettes and Andrea Carroll, all of whose contributions are also new to CD. Not forgetting, of course, Ginger, Diane and Brian Wilson's wife Marilyn, otherwise known as the Honeys, without whom no surfing girls compilation would be complete.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Beach Girls! 7 Feb 2011
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Another superb girl comp from Ace and though not their best is certainly one of their most fun. This comp covers the period from 1963-66 and includes the known: Donna Loren, the I can't believe it: The Supremes, the international: Little Pattie & Les Gams & the downright obscure: Susan Lynne.

Standouts include the stomping 'Drag Race Johnny' by Australia's Little Pattie & The Statesman. The frenetic, almost garage sound of Hal Blaine & The Cougar's 'Dance With The Surfin' Band.' Susan Lynne's 'Don't Drag No More' starts off as a pastiche of Jan & Dean's 'Dead Man's Curve', however the gorgeous, plaintiff chorus provided by The Angels (yes them) transforms it into a lost girl group classic. Cameo's top RnB vocal group The Orlons do a credible version of perennial fave Surfin'. Jack Nitzshe's wife Gracia sings lead on The Westwood's effortlessly cool 'Will You Love Me...'. The comp ends on a novelty number written by Jeff Barry and sung by his soon to be wife Ellie Gee (best known as Ellie Greenwich)- it's disposable but fun.

Annoyingly, Ace has re-cycled a few tracks from some of their other comps, notably The Brian Wilson comp which I suspect most surf fans will have picked up but for those who just buy Ace girl comps it will (I think) all be new.

As on all Ace releases, well all the ones I own, sleeve notes and sound are superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Fans Of The Girl Group Sound, Surfer And Hot-Rod/Drag-Race Music Alike 10 Nov 2012
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Ace of London applies their usual thoroughness to this collection of mostly obscure tunes recorded from 1961 to 1966 that will appeal to a cross-variety of collectors who focus on the Girl Group Sound, surfer music and those tunes dealing with hot-rod/drag-race themes. For collectors of songs that became hit singles, however, there's not much here as only track 16, Your Baby's Gone Surfin' by Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes, made any U.S. national charts, and even then it was barely a dent as it flamed out at # 93 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in August 1963 on RCA Victor 8214 (the flipside, for the record, was the instrumental Shuckin'). Note that The Rebelettes were really Darlene Love & The Blossoms.

The remainder were either failed U.S. singles, album sides and the odd foreign release such as tracks 6 (He's My Blonde-Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Guy) and 8 (Drag Race Johnny) by the Australian act Little Pattie & The Statesmen, and track 14 (Attention! Accident (Sur Autoroute de L'ouest) by Les Gam's, a French group's blatant theft of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, complete with his trademark opening guitar lick.

The sound quality, featuring audio restoration by Rob Shread of Sound Mastering Ltd., and mastering by Nick Robbins, is excellent as always with an Ace product, and the liner notes by the compilers Malcolm Baumgart and Mick Patrick are as comprehensive as they are informative and interesting. A discography of the contents will fill you in on when each track was recorded/released.

If the various themes mentioned above are your passion, then you will want this one in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls Do Surf Music Too! 23 Jan 2012
By D. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of these songs you might have heard before, as some are covers, but buy it anyway. It is great to find a CD with Girls doing surf music. I recommend this to any surf aficionado......one to add to your Surf collection.
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