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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Roger Green's Summer Mix 2006

Here's the CD I put together for Kelly' Brown's music exchange. Naturally, I wouldn't bother describing it to you if you couldn't get it too. This time, though, there's a slight hitch...

Summer Fun-the Barracudas. When I worked at FantaCo, there was a mail order customer in 1987 and 1988 who worked for Rykodisc and would occasionally send me a free disc "in appreciation for all the great mail order service" I provided for him. They were mostly samplers, though I also got King Sunny Ade. Another album I got was Drop Out with Barracudas on ESD Records, which either Ryko was distributing, or he got it in exchange. Cut 8 starts off as a car commercial then leads into this infectious pop tune.
Summertime Blues-Eddie Cochran. Could have picked the Who version, but was seeking something lighter.
Dancing in the Streets-Martha & the Vandellas. I considered Heat Wave, but thought it was too obvious. Besides, these first three tunes are in the same key!
Summer Days-Bob Dylan. I've recently noted my joy at listening to "Love and Theft" a week after 9/11.
Summer Breeze-the Isley Brothers. I have the Seals & Crofts version, but I picked this version from a Rhino disc, "Black on White: Great R&B Covers of Rock Classics".
Independence Day-David Byrne. Now we come to the south of the border segment of the disc. From the "Rei Mommo" album, a cumbia.
Master Blaster (Jammin')-Stevie Wonder. One of those album where a song is functionally the title song, because the lyrics appear in it, in this case, "hotter than July".
Montego Bay-Amazulu. I had this friend named Donna who was dying, and she knew her brain would not be functional in a very short while. So she made a list of people who would divvy up her music, her books, her artwork and her other stuff. I was one of the two people who was in charge of the music. One of the albums I kept for myself was "Sun Splashin': 16 Hot Summer Hits", from which this song and the next two came.
Coconut-Nilsson. I considered the version by Fred from the B-52's, but the original suited my mood better.
Hot Fun in the Summertime-Sly & the Family Stone. This is 20 seconds longer than the original. OOH, Lawd!
Too Darn Hot-Erasure. Now we come to the great composers section. From the original "Red, Hot, and Blue" album, music of Cole Porter.
Summertime-Billy Stewart. From "Red, Hot and Gershwin", one of FOUR versions of this song on the album. This rendition I remember from my youth, mostly for the tongue-rolling. It went to #10 on the Billboard charts in 1966. One of my former officemates HATED this song.
Surf Rider-the Lively Ones. Needed some surf music. From "Pulp Fiction".
Summer of Love-B-52's. Goes well with the previous cut.
It's Summer-Temptations. There was a different, and I think better version of this song on the "Psychedelic Shack" album. This version from the Emperors of Soul box set; I'm guessing it's originally from the later "Solid Rock" album.
Summerfling-k.d. lang. Pop tune appropriately from the "Invincible Summer" album.
Surf's Up-the Beach Boys. Of course, I had to end with the Beach Boys, but I thought this would not fit the conventional mode. Beside which, I LOVE the vocals at the end.

Problem is that I've been having difficulty making copies. I went to friend Bill's house and made a half dozen copies. I sent one to Lefty and Kelly, and another to Eddie, but it most of the extra copies, including one for myself, has noise in the background of the latter tracks. I haven't figured out how to use the burner software on my own computer. So, I WILL get you a copy if you want - e-mail me at my NEW address,, but it may take a while.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Great selection Roger. Maybe you don't like him, but Jimmy Buffet's music always said "summertime" to me. Especially "Cheesburger in Paradise". Of course that is more wishful thinking then anything.