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The Lettermen: Capitol Collectors Series

2 Ratings: -1.0
1992 CD release

The Lettermen are an American pop music vocal group. The Lettermen's trademark is close-harmony pop songs with light arrangements. They were popular mainly with adult audiences during the 1960s.  The group was formed in late 1950s by Mike Barnett, … see full wiki

1 review about The Lettermen: Capitol Collectors Series

Fabulous harmonies make me long for a simpler time and place.

  • Dec 4, 2008
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The Lettermen have been doing what they do for more than years now. Original member Tony Butala leads the current trio who continue to record and maintain an ambitious concert schedule. This 1992 compilation "The Lettermen:  Capitol Collectors Series" is by far the best available anthology of this legendary vocal group. You will find just about all of their Capitol hits here including "The Way You Look Tonight", "When I Fall In Love", the great medley from 1967 "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You" as well as one of the surprise hits of the summer of 1969 "Hurt So Bad". But the great listening does not stop with the big hits. I found just about every track on this disc to be quite enjoyable. Most surprising perhaps is "Oh My Love" a somewhat obscure Beatles tune and "Everything Is Good About You" originally recorded by the Supremes. You are also sure to enjoy
the Lettermen's version of the Four Coins classic "Shangri-La" and of course their other great medley from 1970 "Traces/Memories". While The Lettermen achieved considerable success on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart they were also a force to be reckoned with on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. In fact, The Lettermen saw 32 consecutive album releases make the Top 100. Quite a feat! The Lettermen were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.
"The Lettermen:  Capitol Collectors Series comes with a very attractive booklet that includes a neat collage featuring many of their album covers and 45 rpm picture sleeves. Having said that,  the lack of any meaningful liner notes was a big drawback for me. But all in all if you are a big fan of group harmony and/or 1960's pop you really can't go wrong with this one.  Recommended.

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