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The First Class

Best remembered for the smash "Beach Baby," '70s pop group First Class was the studio creation of British singer/songwriter John Carter, who had previously enjoyed success with Ken Lewis under the guises of the Flowerpot Men, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, and the Ivy League. For "Beach Baby" -- a slice of richly harmonic pop in the mold of classic Beach Boys -- Carter enlisted the services of singer Tony Burrows, the voice of other pre-fab hitmakers including the Edison Lighthouse ("Love Grows [Where My Rosemary Goes]"), White Plains ("My Baby Loves Lovin'"), the Brotherhood of Man ("United We Stand"), and the Pipkins ("Gimme Dat Ding"); upon its release in 1974, the single reached the Top Five on the U.S. pop charts and also scored in the U.K. A self-titled album and follow-up singles including "Dreams Are Ten a Penny" and "Funny How Love Can Be" tanked, however, and after releasing a second LP, The First Class SST, Carter dissolved the project in 1976. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Track List: Beach Baby: The Very Best Of The First Class

1. Beach Baby

2. First Day Of Your Life

3. Won't Somebody Help Me

4. Long Time Gone

5. Dreams Are Ten A Penny

6. I Was Always A Joker

7. Surfer Queen

8. Child's Play

9. I Was A Star

10. Baby Blue

11. What Became Of Me?

12. Wake Up America

13. Old Time Love

14. Seven-Ten To Nowhere

15. Bobby Dazzler

16. Life Is Whatever You Want It To Be

17. Funny How Love Can Be

18. Smiles On A Summer Night

19. Ain't No Love

20. The Disco Kid

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Track List: Silver Surfer

1. The Song Was Wrong

2. Broken

3. If I Don't Have You

4. Top 40 Angel

5. Coney Island

6. Too Many Golden Oldies

7. Greasy Dollar Bill

8. Sunday Child

9. Wake Up America

10. I Can't Believe My Eyes

11. Silver Surfer

12. Lisa (I Always Loved You)

13. Make It On My Own

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Track List: The First Class

1. Beach Baby

2. Won't Somebody Help Me

3. What Became Of Me?

4. Surfer Queen

5. First Day Of Your Life

6. Long Time Gone

7. Funny How Love Can Be

8. Dreams Are Ten A Penny

9. Bobby Dazzler

10. Disco Kid

11. I Was Always A Joker

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Track List: Tonight (Single)

1. Tonight

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gary.jsam
Greatest song of all times
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They were annoying back then, and haven't improved with age
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kellied
The power is in its time machine quality. It transports us to a time and a place where we didn't have to be to experience it. This is real art, believe it or not. To me, real art lifts the spirit and brings us to people and places and gives us new experiences.
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No idea why music that is so plastic can stick into your brain and stay there and you can't get it out! I guess that makes it good music. I love this song....it has molecules that attach to brain cells like crack. And I can listen to it over and over the stupid sill thing keeps sounding better and better. WTF?

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