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posted by: Alley Gator
07/16/13 11:16 pm
SUMMER IN THE U.S.A. (2013 VERSION)
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My CD-Length summertime mix with a built-in narrative to keep it interesting, now updated and greatly improved by Cat comments and suggestions. What are your favorite summertime songs?
Chapters: Intro (tracks 1-2), June (3-6), Sun & Fun (7-15), Growing Up & Memories (16-19), Travails (20-23), Chill Out and Gone (24-25).

01. Summer (War, 1976)
02. Hot Fun in the Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone, 1969)
03. School Is Out (Gary U.S. Bonds, 1961)
04. See You in September (The Tempos, 1959)
05. Sealed With A Kiss (Brian Hyland, 1962)
06. It Might As Well Rain Until September (Carole King, 1962)
07. In The Sun (Blondie, 1976)
08. Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon, 1962)
09. One Summer Night (The Danleers, 1958)
10. Let's Go Trippin' (Dick Dale, 1961)
11. Rockaway Beach (The Ramones, 1977)
12. Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters, 1964)
13. Soul Shakedown Party (The Wailers Feat. Bob Marley, 1970)
14. Summertime (Billy Stewart, 1966)
15. Dancing in the Street (Martha & The Vandellas, 1964)
16. Street Fighting Man (The Rolling Stones, 1968)
17. Racing in the Street (Bruce Springsteen, 1978)
18. Night Moves (Bob Seger, 1976)
19. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison, 1967)
20. Summer in the City (The Lovin' Spoonful, 1966)
21. Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks, 1966)
21. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran, 1958)
23. Summertime Blues [live] (The Who, 1970)
24. Summertime (The Zombies, 1964)
25. Summer Days (Bob Dylan, 2001)


tracks added to first version:
Rockaway Beach (The Ramones)
Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)
Soul Shakedown Party (The Wailers)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Summertime (The Zombies)

tracks deleted from first version:
Surfin' USA (The Beach Boys)
Surfer Girl (The Beach Boys)
All Summer Long (Kid Rock)
All Summer Long (The Beach Boys)
Wipe Out (The Surfaris)

2013 changes since 2012:
dropped Miles Davis's Summertime
replaced with Blondie's In The Sun
catfish says:
08/09/12 6:54 pm
Hey, how could you leave out Under the Boardwalk? One of my favs.
Alley Gator says:
08/09/12 7:00 pm
catfish said: Hey, how could you leave out Under the Boardwalk? One of my favs.
Great catch, catfish!
Magic Rat says:
08/10/12 1:09 pm
Great idea- I love this list. Gotta few more favorites that captures some of the moods of summer for list #2:

--4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
--School's Out for Summer (Alice Cooper)
--Boys of Summer (Don Henley)
cornercat says:
08/10/12 5:23 pm
Maybe Saturday in the Park (chicago)?
Murgatroyd says:
08/10/12 5:47 pm
I can't do Beach Boys or surf music in general (except for Dick Dale) but otherwise a great start! I like the Zombies version of Summertime so I might swap that one out. I would also suggest:

Long Hot Summer Night - Jimi Hendrix
Sweet Life - Frank Ocean
Anything from Hollie Cook's self-titled album from last year. In fact you NEED reggae! How about:

Soul Shakedown Party or Simmer Down - The Wailers
Alley Gator says:
08/12/12 1:27 am
Murgatroyd said: In fact you NEED reggae! How about: Soul Shakedown Party or Simmer Down - The Wailers
Excellent idea to add reggae! I listened to everything I could come up with and couldn't find a better choice than Soul Shakedown Party. Shaggy's "In the Summertime" just isn't good enough. Meanwhile, I remembered The Ramones' Rockaway Beach, which could easily replace a Beach Boys tune or two.
barbara ann 1945 says:
08/15/12 12:55 pm
Great list idea...and great content. One of my guilty pleasure summer songs from the summer of 1959 is not appropriate for this list....in fact, it's kind of bubble-gummy...it's Jerry Keller's "Here Comes Summer." Look it up guys...it's really sweet and romantic. I'm thinking that Janis Joplin's version of "Summertime" would be my pick....with all due respect to Satchmo & Ella. Janis' version tears at the heart. Oh, but summer songs are so important!! Thanks, Gator.
Alley Gator says:
08/15/12 6:39 pm
After 5 Cat comments with suggestions and 6 days of listening, I just posted an updated version of the original mix.

Thanks to all - especially to Murgatroyd - for great ideas. I hadn't heard of Hollie Cook or listened to "Soul Shakedown Party" for years. Please keep the comments coming.

And BTW,*all* lists on the Alley can always be updated by their author.
catfish says:
08/16/12 3:26 pm
Very nice! Definitely improved. Thanks!
Murgatroyd says:
08/20/12 12:27 pm
Alley Gator said: After 5 Cat comments with suggestions and 6 days of listening, I just posted an updated version of the original mix. Thanks to all - especially to Murgatroyd - for great ideas. I hadn't heard of Hollie Cook or listened to "Soul Shakedown Party" for years. Please keep the comments coming. And BTW,*all* lists on the Alley can always be updated by their author.
Cheers! Great list.
Alley Gator says:
07/07/13 10:30 pm
I discovered "In the Sun" after I finished the playlist last year, so I decided to save it for summer 2013.