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Muscle Beach Party - The United Artists Sessions

Frankie Avalon Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B0073GQX1E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Muscle Beach Party
2. Surfer's Holiday
3. Boy Needs a Girl
4. Beach Party
5. Don't Stop Now
6. Runnin' Wild
7. Nevertheless
8. More
9. Days of Wine and Roses
10. Moon River
11. Stolen Hours
12. Again
13. Don't Make Fun of Me
14. Every Girl Should Get Married
15. New Fangled, Jingle-Jangle Swimming Suit from Paris
16. Here to Stay
17. I'll Take Sweden
18. There ll Be Rainbows Again
19. Would Ya Like My Last Name
20. The Bells Keep Ringin'

Editorial Reviews

Frankie's late-'50s/early-'60s recordings practically define an era in pop music. But while there have been countless reissues of his much-loved Chancellor hits, his later recordings have had sand kicked in their face when it comes to the CD era...including many performances that offer solid evidence of Frankie's blossoming maturity as a vocalist. That's why Real Gone Music is releasing Frankie Avalon: Muscle Beach Party--The United Artists Sessions -- 20 tracks recorded in 1964 and 1965. The centerpiece of the set is Frankie's album, Muscle Beach Party and Other Movie Songs, which features fresh versions of songs from Beach Party and Muscle Beach Party films (notably, a dynamite version of "Runnin' Wild," his spotlight solo in the latter movie) and superb renditions of "Days of Wine and Roses," "Moon River" and other Hollywood standards, all in stereo. In addition, we've included his rare UA singles -- "New Fangled, Jingle Jangle Swimming Suit from Paris," "Here to Stay," "Don't Make Fun of Me" and "Every Girl Should Get Married" -- plus his tracks from the soundtrack of I'll Take Sweden, a Bob Hope comedy in which Frankie co-starred. The missing piece of Frankie's recording legacy, with notes and photos!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Along with Bobby Rydell and Fabian, Frankie Avalon was one of the "Golden Boys of Bandstand" - handsome, talented teen idols whose appearances on the original Philadelphia-based American Bandstand provided a ticket to pop crooning stardom. Avalon's biggest hits (including two chart-toppers, "Venus" and "Why") were recorded for the Chancellor label from 1958 through 1960, but in that latter year he began an acting career that led to starring roles in a string of beach party movies, including 1964's Muscle Beach Party. The beach party films innovated on the surf-theme of the Gidget series by adding original music, including songs by Avalon, his co-star Annette Funicello and guest stars that included Donna Loren.

Unlike today's consolidated marketing, in which soundtracks are developed in parallel with a film's marketing plan, actual soundtracks to the beach party films weren't typically issued at the time. The only full soundtrack was Wand's issue of How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, and a few film tracks turned up on Annette Funicello's solo albums. Instead, Avalon, Funicello and Loren re-recorded songs from the films for their respective labels (Avalon for United Artists, to which he'd signed after leaving Chancellor, Funicello for Disney's Buena Vista and Loren for Capitol), often in very different arrangements. Most notably, several songs sung as duets in the films were re-sung as solos on the artists' respective albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frankie without Annette! March 29, 2012
By the early Sixties, the heyday of the teen idol was over. The British invasion had begun and the careers of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello were saved by an unexpected smash hit low budget movie called BEACH PARTY.

I was never much of a Frankie Avalon fan (I was probably jealous) but I loved Annette. It's not that Frankie wasn't a good singer, in fact, Frankie was a trained musician (the Trumpet) and he had a pleasant light baritone that served him well on ballads like his number one hit "Venus". Up-tempo numbers really didn't suit Frankie. Remember "Dee Dee Dinah" or "Gingerbread"?

All of Frankie's early hits were recorded on the Chancellor label. MUSCLE BEACH PARTY was released by United Artists. Like Annette's Beach Party Albums, this is what was called a "Studiotrack", i.e., it contains all the songs from the movie, but they have all been re-recorded by Frankie whether he sang them in the movie or not.

The main problem here has to do with production. Frankie didn't have Tutti Camarata, who always made Annette sound better than she really was. These tracks are all in stereo, but instead of enhancing these songs, Frankie's voice seems to be coming out of the left speaker. He is accompanied by a girl-group backup (Totally unnecessary) and lots of electric guitars. It's all rather noisy, distracting and somehow, insincere.

Frankie is much better with the ballads like the classic "Nevertheless" and the theme from the Susan Hayward "Stolen Hours" which I have never heard outside the movie before now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Beach Party May 1, 2012
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Great songs, 60's stereo. The sound is very good from the original master tapes. Although this says all stereo, one song is rechannel stereo, Every Girl Should Get married. I'm looking forward to more vintage 60's releases like this from Real Gone Records
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