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The Vogues: Memories/Sing The Good Old Songs

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2001 audio CD release

Taragon collects two of the Vogues' late-'60s albums onto one CD with Memories/Sing the Good Old Songs. Along with the hit singles "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" and "Moments to Remember," the two-fer includes sweet, lighter-than-air renditions of … see full wiki

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Quite surprisingly, this "two-fer" turns out to be somewhat of a disappointment

  • Dec 16, 2008
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When I wrote my review for "The Vogues Greatest Hits" some years ago I noted that "I always was a sucker for great harmony". Indeed, I have always considered The Vogues to be among my very favorite pop vocal groups. And so when I decided to purchase "Memories/Sing The Good Old Songs" I just assumed that I would be writing a five star review. Not so fast! This 2001 release from Taragon records features 2 of the Vogues original Reprise LP's. At one point I did own a copy of "The Good Old Songs" on vinyl and thought that album was OK but I had never heard the "Memories" LP before. I was absolutely certain that I would love it!
As it turns out I actually was not all that impressed with the "Memories" album after all. I thought that half of the 10 tracks were terrific but found the other five tunes to be quite pedestrian. While I loved the renditions of "Moments to Remember" "Shangri-La" and "P.S. I Love You" I was not at all pleased with the arrangements on tunes like "Standing On The Corner", "Once In Awhile" and for that matter "If I Loved You". These songs are certainly not awful but I expected better. As for the tunes from "The Good Old Songs" LP I have always enjoyed the wonderful medley that includes "Donna", "Since I Fell For You" and "So this Is Love" among others. That one was released as a single but never went anywhere. I also enjoyed the Vogues version of "God Only Knows", another single that somehow failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100. I know this may seem like heresy to some but I actually prefer it to the Beach Boys original! Does anyone out there agree with me? There are a number of other excellent tracks from this LP including "Easy to Say" as well as the Leonard Cohen tune "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye", which was certainly somewhat of a departure from The Vogues standard fare. One tune on this disc that I absolutely detest is "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)". I have hated every version I have ever heard including the original by Roy Orbison and a subsequent recording by Glen Campbell. It is so annoying!
The Vogues "Memories/Sing the Good Old Songs" comes with absolutely no liner notes which always tends to disappoint a collector like myself. The remastering job is acceptable but nothing more. All in all, this is one disc I simply cannot get all that enthused about.

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