Ocean Drive (various artists)

Band members               Related acts

- The Artistics

- Archie Bell and the Drells

- William Bell and Judy Clay

- Chairmen of the Board

- The Coasters

- Bill Deal and the Rhodels

- The Drifters

- The Eglins

- Marvin Gaye

- The Impressions

- The Intrigues

- Robert John 

- Patty and the Embers

- James and Bobby Purify

- Edwin Starr

- The Tams

- The Temptations

- Joe Turner

- Dionne Warwick

- Mary Wells

- Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

- Jackie Wilson



- various






Genre: soul

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Ocean Drive Volume III

Company: Warner Special Projects

Catalog: OP-2526

Year: 1981

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: double LP set

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4736

Price: $10.00

Cost: $66.00


I believe this was part of an oldies series Warner Brothers hawked on national television.  Regardless, it's interesting for at least a couple of reasons.  From a marketing perspective it's amazing that the company was able to get release clearances from such a broad spectrum of labels (including Motown).  Elsewhere, recognizing this was volume III of the series, but from an artistic standpoint I think you could argue that at least some of these 24 selections were dubiously labeled 'beach music' (The Impressions, Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells, Jackie Wilson ...).  


Musically the set's a bit haphazard, but the mix of well known and more obscure stuff is pretty enjoyable.  My preferences are for the more obscure stuff, including The Intrigues' 'In a Moment', William Bell and Judy Clay's 'Private Number', and Joe Turner's 'Wee Blues'.

"Ocean Drive Volume III" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I've Been Hurt (The Tams)

2.) Wee Baby Blues (Joe Turner)

3.) My Girl (The Temptations)

4.) I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing (The Drifters)

5.) What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am (Bill Deal and the Rhodels)

6.) (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)


(side 2)
1.) You've Got Me Dangling On a String (Chairmen of the Board

2.) You Don't Need a Gypsy (Robert John)

3.) My Guy (Mary Wells)

4.) Private Number (William Bell and Judy Clay)

5.) Do You Believe In Love At First Sight (Dionne Warwick)

6.) Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl (Patty & the Emblems)


(side 3)

1.) In a Moment (The Intriques)

2.) Heaven Must Have Sent You (The Elgins)

3.) There Goes My First Love (The Drifters)

4.) Stay (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs)

5.) It's All Right (The Impressions)

6.) Give Me Just a Little More Time (Chairmen of the Board)


(side 4)
1.) Stubborn Kind of Fellow (Marvin Gaye)

2.) I'm Gonna Miss You (The Artistics)

3.) Brazil (The Coasters)

4.) (S.O.S.) Stop Her on Sight (Edwin Starr)

5.) Let Love Come Between Us (James & Bobby Purify)

6.) I Can't Stop Dancing (Archie Bell & the Drells)





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