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Donna Loren Very Best of Donna Loren - Beach Blanket Bingo

Very Best of Donna Loren - Beach Blanket Bingo
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  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

Donna Loren got her big break when she won a national talent search for the "Dr. Pepper Girl". Signed to Capitol in 1964, she appeared not only on records, but in four "Beach Party" movies in the next two years. Among the highlights in this lighthearted collection are "Cycle Set", the Goffin/King penned "Just A Little Girl", and "Beach Blanket Bingo".

Tracks:

  • 1.Cycle Set
  • 2.I Think, You Think
  • 3.It Only Hurts When I Cry
  • 4.These Are The Good Times
  • 5.I'll Never Change Him
  • 6.Fly Boy
  • 7.New Love
  • 8.I Am My Ideal
  • 9.Beach Blanket Bingo
  • 10.Freeway
  • 11.Blowing Out The Candles
  • 12.Just A Little Girl
  • 13.Ten Good Reasons
  • 14.Ninety Day Guarantee
  • 15.So, Do The Zonk
  • 16.Smokey Joe's
  • 17.Call Me
  • 18.Play Little Music Box Play
  • 19.I Believe

Product Description:

Actors: Don Rickles; John Ashley; Frankie Avalon.
True, this 26-song CD doesn't look at all like an authorized release. It's also true that 17 of the songs are on the official Beach Blanket Bingo: The Very Best of Donna Loren CD compilation, which has a couple of tracks ("Play Little Music Box Play" and "I Believe") that somehow didn't make it onto this anthology. Still, it does have nine cuts that aren't on Beach Blanket Bingo: The Very Best of Donna Loren, and if you hang out at specialist record stores, you'll probably be just as apt to find this CD as the other one. You might find it the preferable option, too, as there's more material and the sound's good (though one suspects it's not mastered from the original tapes), even if there's nothing in the way of liner notes except track listings and songwriting credits. As for the music, while Loren was a far better singer than most women (or men) playing bit parts in '60s teen beach movies, it's least-common-denominator '60s pop/rock. The production ambition is there, variously echoing the girl group sound, surf music, and late-period teen idol pop. What's missing? Really special songs, and a distinctive attitude on part of either the singer or her composers and producers. As for the tracks here not on the more high-profile, authorized Loren best-of, none are exceptional, and some are off-puttingly trivial ("I'm in Love with the Ticket Taker at the Bijou Movie," "On the Good Ship Lollipop"). But a few are, relatively speaking, among her better efforts, including the frivolous surf romp "Muscle Bustle" (co-written by Brian Wilson), the girl group tune "Johnny's Got Somethin'," and the more mature cuts "It's Such a Shame" and "As Long as I'm Holding You," which sound as though they date from later in the '60s than the rest of the package. ~ Richie Unterberger

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Rating 5.0 Very Best of Donna Loren Music Lover: from Colorado Springs -- June, 3, 2005

A musch under rated but Very talented singer from the 60's. Her voice is unique and she deserved more attention than she received. Her song Little Music Box, is as appropriate today with Iraq as it was in the Viet Nam era with people going away and "remember me" please.


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  • UPC: 090431279328
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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