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Tommy James and the Shondells: Anthology

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Label: Rhino Records
Released: 1989.10.26
Category: Rock'n'Roll
Producer(s): See Artists ...
Rating: *******... (7/10)
Media type: CD
Web address: www.tommyjames.com
Appears with:
Purchase date: 2010
Price in €: 2,00

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[1] Hanky Panky (Barry/Greenwich) - 2:59
[2] Say I Am [What I Am] (James/Mack) - 2:37
[3] It's Only Love (Cordell/Levy/Trimachi) - 2:05
[4] I Think We're Alone Now (Cordell) - 2:08
[5] Baby, Baby I Can't Take It No More (Cordell/James) - 2:17
[6] Mirage (Cordell) - 2:30
[7] I Like the Way (Cordell) - 2:42
[8] Run, Run, Baby, Run (Cordell) - 2:18
[9] Gettin' Together (Cordell) - 2:18
[10] Real Girl (Landan) - 2:18
[11] Love's Closin' in on Me (Cordell/Gentry/James/Vale) - 2:17
[12] Out of the Blue (Cordell/Gentry) - 2:22
[13] Get Out Now (Cordell/Gentry) - 2:08
[14] [I'm] Taken (Anders/James) - 2:28
[15] One Two Three and I Fell (Calvert/Cordell/Gentry) - 2:21
[16] Mony Mony (Bloom/Cordell/Gentry/James) - 2:45
[17] Somebody Cares (Cordell/Gentry/Weisenfeld) - 2:22
[18] Do Something to Me (Calvert/Marzano/Naumann) - 2:28
[19] Crimson and Clover (James/Lucia) - 3:23
[20] Sugar on Sunday (James/Vale) - 3:19
[21] Crystal Blue Persuasion (Gray/James/Vale) - 3:45
[22] Sweet Cherry Wine (Grasso/James) - 4:09
[23] Loved One (James/Vale) - 4:02
[24] Ball of Fire (Cordell/James) - 2:53
[25] She (Cordell/James/Kasenetz/Katz) - 2:03
[26] Gotta Get Back to You (James/King) - 3:01
[27] Draggin' the Line (James/King) - 2:45

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Tommy James - Vocals, Producer, Arranger

Jimmy Wisner - Arranger, Conductor

Pete Drake - Producer
Ritchie Cordell - Producer
Henry Glover - Producer
Bob Mack - Producer
Bob Gentry - Producer
Bob King - Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Wisner - Arranger
Geoff Gans - Art Direction
Bill Inglot - Digital Transfers, Compilation Producer
Dennis Loren - Photography
Brigid Pearson - Design
Ken Perry - Digital Transfers
Gary Peterson - Compilation Producer

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

1989 LP Rhino R1-70920
1989 CD Rhino R2-70920
1989 CS Rhino R5-70920
1992 CS Rhino 70920

Another great example of what Rhino does so well, Anthology brings together no less than 27 of Tommy James and the Shondells' nuggets on one disc. Along with good liner notes from Parke Puterbaugh, who interviewed James extensively (James himself contributes a slew of fun and informative anecdotes about many of the songs) and the usual skilled remastering job, it makes for one heck of a collection. James himself sums up his own appeal best of all: "We were really having fun, and you can hear it in the grooves." "Hanky Panky" understandably kicks things off, but the collection really doesn't take off until the just-plain-irresistible "I Think We're Alone Now," notably (and some would argue memorably) covered by Tiffany in the late '80s. The original is barely two minutes long, but packs in everything from a killer opening bassline and dramatic pauses to a totally killer chorus, James and company transforming Ritchie Cordell's song into a glistening gem. The fact that so many of his hits were beneficiaries of later remakes - "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol, "Crimson and Clover" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Draggin' the Line" by R.E.M. - is even better testimony to their appeal, and hearing the originals all in place confirms why they were smashes. If a number of selections are paler shadows of some of these greats, the arrangements are rarely less than anything but pure pop fun -- the almost delirious addition of swirling strings, flutes, and even harp to many songs gives them even more cheery flair. The fact that they were able to make woozy, psych-influenced delights like "Crimson and Clover" and still maintain their status as major hit artists on the charts is testament enough to their appeal.

Ned Raggett - All Music Guide

Aufatmen können die Fans von Tommy James & The Shondells. Die "Anthology" mit den größten Erfolgen dieser wichtigen Popband der Sixties schließt eine echte Lücke: In der vorliegenden Überspielung klingen die wunderschönen Melodien "Sugar On Sunday", "Crystal Blue Persuasion" und "Crimson And Clover" endlich lasergerecht. Lediglich vom ersten Hit "Hanky Panky" scheint kein brauchbares Masterband mehr zu existieren. ** Interpret.: 06-10 ** Klang.: 06-07

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