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Love you Annette!

One of her best albums, a true early 60s gem

This album was originally released by Buena Vista, Walt Disney's then-new "pop" music label in July, 1963. It was the first of five albums Annette Funicello would record over the next three years to promote her appearances in the now infamous American International "Beach Party" movies. Of those five LPs, this first one is actually one of the best that came from the series, given the quality and variety of the material. On the original LP, the cover (like the CD shown here) shows a gorgeous 21 year old Annette roasting hot dogs with the gang on the beach at dusk; the back showed a classic picture of her with the famous autographed surfboard. Side one (the first six cuts on this CD) contains two actual soundtrack songs and three “re-recordings” of music from the film "Beach Party," as well as a new "surf/beach" piece written just for the LP. Standouts include the title cut as well as two excellent Styner/Hemric ballads, “Treat Him Nicely” and “Promise Me Anything,” both beautifully performed by Annette. These both just reek of the gentle, bouncy nature of American pop just months before the start of the British Invasion. "Side two" starts off well with a punchy cover of "California Sun," which not only is up there in Annette's "career top ten" but also (for whatever reason) had a minor comeback as a popular spin in L.A. discos in the early 1980s. It also includes a few entertaining Disneyesque surf numbers and two Sherman-authored Hawaiian-themed songs from a prior Annette album (“Hawaiianette,” released in June 1960, my personal favorite of these being “Date Night in Hawaii,” a wonderful snapshot of a kinder, gentler, and now screamingly extinct adolescent mindset). The nice thing about this collection is those Hawaiian themed songs are all in stereo; on the original 1959 Buena Vista release, they were in mono. Bottom line: highly recommended for those looking for a wonderful snapshot of the early 1960s.

Wonderful

Its so lovely to hear these songs. they make wish you were in the 60's dancing on the beach with Annette singing

Biography

Genre: Musicals

Annette Funicello was 13 years old when she was discovered by studio head Walt Disney dancing in an amateur production of Swan Lake in Fullerton, California. Much to the enmity of her Mickey Mouse Club co-stars, Funicello joined the cast late in the show's first season and was not required to audition. However, Disney's impulses proved correct, as she swiftly became the most popular performer on The Mickey Mouse Club and featured in her own storyline, Adventures in Dairyland. Soon it was obvious...
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