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The Best of Johnny Maestro: 1958-1985

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2006 audio CD release

The only career-spanning best-of from the legendary doo-wop singer. The story of Johnny Maestro is one that spans virtually the entire rock era. He began his musical career in the '50s with The Crests, whose #2 hit, "16 Candles," is a staple of Oldies … see full wiki

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Solid anthology of one of rock and roll's greatest voices.

  • Dec 17, 2008
Well it's about time!  You've heard that voice on the radio for decades now.  In the late fifties as lead singer of The Crests he sparkled on great doo-wop sounds like "Step By Step ", "The Angels Listened In", "My Juanita" and of course "16 Candles".  In the early sixties he hit the charts again as a solo artist with terrific tunes like "Model Girl" and one of my personal favorites "What A Surprise . And then in the late sixties Johnny Maestro formed a great new group he dubbed Brooklyn Bridge. That group hit the charts with memorable numbers like "Blessed Is The Rain", Rogers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" and of course the #3 smash "The Worst That Could Happen" from 1968.  You will find all of these and so much more on Shout Factory's wonderful new 2006 anthology "The Best of Johnny Maestro 1958-1985".  This is a collection that is long overdue!!!

After all these many years Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge remain wildly popular in the New York/New Jersey and New England area. And what's not to like?  At age 70 Johnny Maestro is still getting it done with one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll.  Check out the two acapella numbers on this disc.  Great stuff!  You are also sure to enjoy tunes like "Trouble In Paradise" and "A Year Ago Tonight".  The fact of the matter is that there is no a bad song among the 15 tracks on this disc.  What prevents this collection from being a five star offering is Shout Factory's inexplicable failure to include one of the most popular Brooklyn Bridge hits "Welcome Me Love".  No Johnny Maestro collection can be considered complete without that one.  But all in all this is a really fine collection.  These are the original Coed and Buddah recordings you enjoyed in your youth.  I can highly recommend it! If you are looking for other Johnny Maestro recordings might I suggest Collectables 2004 release "Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge Today".  This was the groups first new studio recording in decades.  Either way you can't go wrong.   Long live Johnny Maestro!

Sadly Johnny Maestro passed away on March 24, 2010 in Florida.  He had been suffering from cancer.  His last performance was at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut on January 17, 2010.  Johnny Maestro was 70 years old.

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