Review – Forever Summer II

Not being a company to rest on their laurels, KHP Music has released this fifteen-track compilation that has some of the best beach, boogie and soul music these ears have heard. I don’t have a crystal ball, but it’s not hard to predict that this CD could easily spawn several Top 10 and possibly #1 tunes. “All The Good Times” is the latest from Lia and The Wave and it kicks off this project. “That’s My Story” from Cracked Ice, featuring shared lead vocals of Brent Carter (formerly with Tower of Power) and Susan D has started making it on the air waves and in the clubs. The Holiday Band does an excellent job on the 5 Royales’ “I Know It’s Hard But It’s Fair” with a touch of Gospel and Doo Wop tossed in for good measure. Newcomer Becky Fox Baldwin makes her Beach Music debut with the Danny Woods penned and Roy Roberts produced “Just The Way You Are”. The Rickey Godfrey Band scores big time with “Running Out of Time” in a shag groove that is dead on. If this one isn’t being played in the clubs and on radio, then grits ain’t groceries. Rhonda McDaniel’s “Why Am I Crying” could just very well be her best effort yet. “Red Hot Love” from The Band of Oz, is a previously unreleased version of this great slow tune. Jerry West nails this one vocally. The backup vocals and instrumentation blend as to make this one another potential hit for BOZ. The wave of “young people” entering Beach Music continues with 14-year old Rachel Tripp, daughter of The Fantastic Shakers’ Freddy Tripp. She gives us her take on Jackie Moore’s “Sweet Charlie Babe”. The Vicki Skinner Band makes their KHP debut with “Try Matty’s”. I really dig Vicki’s soulful and gritty delivery on this one. I really like Sea-Cruz’s “Walk Away From Love” with Butch Barnes on lead vocals. It’s hard to believe the big boy can hit the high notes he does. This could be my favorite cover of the David Ruffin classic. The Jelly Rolls are back with “Suffer With The Blues”, another one to wear out some shoe leather to. Roy Roberts’ “If You Can’t Put It Out” is another tune that gets it’s second wind on this project. It’s got a smooth shag groove to it that dancers should find favorable. Josh Shilling’s “Heading To The Beach (For The Weekend)” is another one that caught my ear. It has the potential to be a radio favorite. Before they called it quits, Time Piece recorded their original composition “My Sweet Talkin’ Daddy” with Sarah Strable on lead vocals. This is another one of my picks from this CD as it’s a great song. Sarah is now a member of Black and Blue. The Flashbacks featuring Wendy Goodson round out this compilation with a remix of “I Want A Love”, from the late Johnnie Taylor, (originally titled “A Love To Call Mine”) but from a lady’s point of view. This will be out in time for SOS, so there’s no excuse not to add it to your collection.

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