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Any Major Summer Vol. 5

Any Major Summer Vol. 5

As the northern hemisphere is enjoying (or perhaps not) the onset of the summer season, here is the fifth and final summer mix.

I have stuck by the rule of using only one song per artist in this series. The exception was The Beach Boys, the official spokespeople for summer. They featured on the four previous mixes; here they are represented by a gorgeous Brian Wilson track from 1998 and a cover version of the equally lovely Warmth Of The Sun, by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs. Plus: Bruce & Terry’s Summer Means Fun is very obviously a Beach Boys knock-off.

Few mixes on the Internet are likely to include songs by the Bay City Rollers and Partridge Family (well, the Wrecking Crew, really) on the one hand and Pink Floyd and The Doors on the other. That”s the benefit/penance of riding with a halfhearted dude. There are three songs separating the Partridge Family and Pink Floyd tracks. Does it work out? I think it does, but what do you think?

One track here is brand new: I debated whether to include Matt Nathanson’s joyous Gold In The Summertime, the lead single of his forthcoming new album. In the end, it was too good to exclude, but in fairness to Nathanson, the version here is at a low bitrate. If you like it, buy it. Visit www.mattnathanson.com

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-sunburnt covers. PW in comments.

1. Percy Faith Orchestra – Theme from “A Summer Place” (1960)
2. Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In The Streets (1964)
3. Bruce and Terry – Summer Means Fun (1964)
4. The Happenings – See You In September (1966)
5. Billy Idol – Hot In The City (1982)
6. Aerosmith – Girls In Summer (2002)
7. Brian Wilson – Keep An Eye On Summer (1998)
8. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs – The Warmth Of The Sun (2006)
9. Matt Nathanson – Gold In The Summertime (2015)
10. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On (2006)
11. Michael Franks – Summer In New York (2011)
12. The Blackbyrds – Summer Love (1974)
13. Traffic – Paper Sun (1967)
14. Graham Gouldman – Sunburn (1979)
15. Bay City Rollers – Summerlove Sensation (1974)
16. The Partridge Family – Summer Days (1971)
17. The Sunrays – I Live For The Sun (1965)
18. Peter and Gordon – Green Leaves of Summer (1066)
19. Larry Jon Wilson – July The 12th, 1939 (1977)
20. Pink Floyd – Summer ’68 (1970)
21. The Doors – Summer’s Almost Gone (1968)
22. The Cure – The Last Day Of Summer (2000)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    June 18th, 2015 at 07:16 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. GarthJeff
    June 18th, 2015 at 17:06 | #2

    Absolutely ‘BRILLIANT’ AMD!!! The tracks, the artists, the tags, their stories…..Oh Happy Day……

  3. Lordy
    June 18th, 2015 at 20:44 | #3

    Love it! Thanks!

  4. Rhod
    June 21st, 2015 at 04:19 | #4

    Thanks Amd

    I really enjoy the summer series brightens up the cool days we are now having.



  5. dogbreath
    June 22nd, 2015 at 11:18 | #5

    Thanks! Nothing wrong with mixing the Rollers, Floyd & the Doors IMO. Pink Floyd’s “Fat Old Sun” always invokes a lazy warm glow of a late summer evening vibe for me. Good tines. Good mix. Good covers. It’s all good!

  6. Robin Richardson
    July 5th, 2015 at 15:02 | #6

    Thank you for a great compliation dude!

  7. Pez
    January 21st, 2022 at 20:49 | #7

    Now that we are freezing our asses off here some sunnier sounds would be just the musical tonic. Several in the series are down. Can you make the sun shine again?

  8. amdwhah
    January 27th, 2022 at 08:15 | #8
  9. Pez
    February 2nd, 2022 at 01:09 | #9


    Hey thanks! Frozen ass can thaw out now with these sunny summery sounds.

  10. amdwhah
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