Rhythm And Beach
R & B Superband
QuickHouse Music: 2317
Overall CD Rating: "C"
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Overall I appreciate the effort, but for my money it sounds like
"Elevator Shag". It needs more soul and less schmaltz.
DJ Jim: I
can't really say this is a terrible CD, it's just not that good. I know
some DJ's are raving about this production, but I just don't hear it.
Although there are a couple of songs which work, most leave me feeling
nothing. If you "can't feel the groove" you won't dance to it.
Nothing on most of this CD says "get out to that floor and
dance". I don't think I'll be playing from it very often.
If we haven't scared you off and you
really want to own this CD, you will find it at all of your Beach Music specialty
stores such as Judy's House of Oldies or The Wax Museum. See our links
page for addresses.
Up A Step, Lead Vocals: Mark Black.
Jim: Beach Bop with good production but average
vocals. Not quite Shag, not quite Bop, not quite Swing. DJ
Mike: Nice Myrtle Beach sound but bad
vocals. Doesnít make me want to dance.
Turn Your Heater Down, Lead Vocals: Jim Quick & Gary Brown.
Sounds a little like Delbert McClinton but needs
help. DJ Jim: This song is rather slow but
might appeal to Shaggers and Boppers. I think I'd probably speed it up
just a bit. It's not a bad song but I've heard better.
Makes A Woman, Lead Vocals: Christy Ballance.
DJ Jim: Makes me feel the groove. DJ
Mike: True Myrtle Beach sound with great female vocals and good
production. This song will appeal to Shaggers and West Coasters. This
oneís in the pocket. DJ Jim: This is a
good Blues Bop tune with some soul for a change. I like this song.
Christy Ballance's vocals are very good.
Do My Best Work At Night, Lead Vocals: Bobby Bruce.
Makes me feel like Iím in a bad bar.
Jim: It's not that
bad! This song seems
like an average filler tune. Itís not bad and people would dance to
it, but it lacks "oompfh". So far this CDís leaving me a
little cold, I expected better. It smacks of white boy blues, in other
words: ďIt ainít got no soulĒ.
Fight It (Feel It), Lead Vocals: Jerry West.
Another Delbert wannabe, "nuff said". DJ
Jim: Once again, not necessarily a bad song but not great. This
CD seems like a collection of singers looking for a style of their own,
which of course it is. A Blues Bop tune.
It's Me, Lead Vocals: Christy Ballance.
Oh No, not Todd Rundgren for a "belly rubbin'
song". DJ Jim: Too weak to make me
want to belly rub. I really liked her last song. I don't know what this
one's on here for. Iím beginning to regret buying this CD.
Like The Movies, Lead Vocals: Clifford Curry.
Clifford Curry doing a gospel sounding blues song
but at least itís got soul although itís really slow. DJ
Mike: C.C. rules but it could stand a little pep. Buy C.C.ís CD
Or Later, Lead Vocals: Dink Perry.
Oh No...more commercial sounding beach music. Man
this CD is sounding weaker with each song, and itís Dink Perry, he
should be ashamed. DJ Mike: At least the
West Coast crowd will like it. DJ Jim: I
donít think so, it just doesnít make you want to get up and dance.
It's definitely Beach, just weak to my ears.
Walked Alone, Lead Vocals: Gary Brown.
Nice vocal on 9, smooth, it seems a bit fast for
a slow song and a bit slow for a fast song, but it has a good sound.
Iíd rate it second best on the CD. DJ Mike:
Good vocals with nice production. Our dancers will hear a Cha Cha but
overall a nice shag smoothie.
In The Pan, Lead Vocals: Jim Quick.
DJ Jim: Finally, a
track with potential but I hate those horns. Itís got the beat. Itís
got soul. Itís the best track so far although I think Shaggers will
find it too fast, Boppers and Swing dancers will probably like it. DJ
Mike: Good Bop Blues which will drive them to the dance floor but
I think the vocals need a little help.
As Long As We Have Each Other, Lead Vocals: Christy Ballance & Jerry
DJ Mike: This song is getting a lot of airplay
for some unknown reason. DJ Jim: Sounds
just like the rest to me, lame commercial sound with mostly good vocals
from Christy Ballance, but Jerry West's vocals sound a little sick.
During their duets, it really begins to sound bad. I don't like it very