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The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy

2 Ratings: 4.0
2000 audio CD release

Alone among their British Invasion cohorts, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde came directly out of the folk clubs of London. The duo specialized in folk-tinged acoustic guitar-based soft pop, like Simon and Garfunkel crossed with a dash of Petula Clark.  Because … see full wiki

1 review about The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy

Outstanding harmonies make this one an absolute joy to listen to!

  • Dec 11, 2008
Rating:
+4
While most of the acts from the so-called "British Invasion" enjoyed success on both sides of the "pond", to the best of my knowledge Chad and Jeremy never even appeared on the charts in England.  Seems very strange to me because here in America Chad and Jeremy made quite a splash in the years 1964 to 1966.  As another reviewer has duly noted Chad and Jeremy produced several hit records with "harmonies to die for".

"The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy" is yet another superb offering from the Varese Sarabande label.  This beautifully remastered disc features all of their familiar hits from their stint at World Artists records as well as some of the best loved tracks from their days at Columbia.  Looking for the hits?  You will find them all here including "A Summer Song", "Willow Weep For Me" and "Yesterday's Gone".  While these tunes are great I am partial to some of the duo's lesser known hits including their rendition of the Lennon-McCartney tune "From A Window", "What Do You Want With Me" and my all-time favorite Chad and Jeremy tune "If I Loved You" from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel". I have never heard a better version of that tune!  In 1966 Chad and Jeremy moved on to Columbia records with some very ambitious plans.  They made a couple of critically acclaimed LP's which for some inexplicable reason never quite caught on with the record buying public.  "The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy" offers the 3 singles released from these albums including "Distant Shores", "I Don't Want To Lose You Baby" and the beautiful "Before and After". Talk about great harmony!!!   I would also recommend to you a couple of other gems including "The Truth Often Hurts The Heart" and "September In The Rain" .

As usual Varese Sarabande has included a thoughtfully done 8 page booklet highlighting the career of Chad and Jeremy.  Fans of 1960's pop music will certainly enjoy this one.  Chad and Jeremy briefly reunited in the late 1980's to record a new LP.  I actually owned a 45 from that album. Time had not diminished the great harmonies one bit.  Chad and Jeremy reunited for a PBS special in 2004.  Since that time that have made occasional appearances and there are even plans in the works for a new album.  Chad and Jeremy are often overlooked and in my mind they are perhaps the most underated act of their day.  Check out the "Very Best of Chad and Jeremy" and I bet you will agree.    Highly recommended!!!

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November 25, 2009
I loved these guys and I remember they appeared on the Batman tv series as Peter and Gordon. I thought one of them passed away within the last few months?
 
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