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reviewed An Intimate Evening with Johnny Maest.... July 13, 2012
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An Intimate Evening with Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge: 40th Anniversary Celebration
Imagine! It has been 50 years since a young singer from Brooklyn named Johnny Maestro made his very first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with a tune called "Sweetest One". At that time Johnny was …
reviewed Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles. November 24, 2011
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Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles
About ten years ago I purchased the two-disc set "Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975". At the time it was clearly the best Three Dog Night collection on the market.  But frankly, …
reviewed The Essential Phil Spector. October 17, 2011
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The Essential Phil Spector
In 1958 at the age of 18 a brash young singer/songwriter from Los Angeles named Phil Spector wrote a song called "To Know Him Is To Love Him".  Together with three friends from high school …
reviewed Junior Walker and the All Stars: The .... February 15, 2011
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Junior Walker and the All Stars
I began my lifelong obsession of collecting records in the spring of 1965.   There were so many amazing sounds emanating out of our little transistor radios in those days.  There was folk, …
reviewed The Temptations: Ultimate Collection. January 30, 2011
Temptations Ultimate Collection
Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care …
reviewed Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story .... August 27, 2010
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Celebrate The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975
When I purchased "Celebrate:  The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975"  several years ago it was easily the best available collection of Three Dog Night on the market.  No question …
reviewed Tommy James 40th Anniversary Singles .... August 24, 2010
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Tommy James 40th Anniversary Singles Collection
When Tommy James was just 13 years old, he and a group of junior high school buddies formed a rock `n roll band in their hometown of Niles, Michigan.  They called themselves The Shondells.  The …
reviewed Rev Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder and t.... June 13, 2010
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Rev Up The Best of Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Whee
Think back to the music scene in the mid 1960's and to all of that energy!  There was music by The Beatles, the British Invasion and all those dynamite tunes being cranked out by Motown.  …
reviewed Diana Ross: The Definitive Collection. December 29, 2009
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Diana Ross The Definitive Collection
During the years 1964 to 1986 few artists dominated the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart like Diana Ross.  As lead singer of The Supremes and later as a solo artist Diana placed more than 70 tunes …
reviewed Bette Midler Jackpot: The Best Bette. November 18, 2009
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Bette Midler Jackpot The Best Bette
Since bursting onto the American entertainment scene in early 1973 Bette Midler has quite literally done it all.  She spent three years on the Broadway stage in "Fiddler On The Roof" and …
reviewed Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Sin.... November 09, 2009
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection
Recently PBS presented another edition of its Emmy Award-winning series "Live By Request".   On this night the special guest star was was lead singer, guitarist and songwriter …
reviewed Martha & The Vandellas. October 27, 2009
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Martha & The Vandellas
As the story goes Martha Reeves went to work at Motown as a secretary sometime around 1962 for the paltry sum of $35.00 per week.   As Martha recalls "As part of my job I had to audition …
reviewed The Very Best of The Rascals. October 16, 2009
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The Very Best of The Rascals
Over the years I have written ad nauseum about how great it was to be a teen in the 1960's.  Top 40 radio was at it's peak in those days and I was glued to my radio for the Top 40 Countdown …
reviewed Stevie Wonder. September 25, 2009
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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning nearly a half century at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day.  I cannot think …
reviewed Roy Orbison: Black & White Night. June 09, 2009
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Roy Orbison
The other night a buddy of mine called raving about a disc he had picked up a few days earlier.  I had seen Roy Orbison's "Black & White Night" disc in the rack at my local …
reviewed Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of T.... March 30, 2009
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Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of The Fleetwoods
While I had some familiarity with the Fleetwoods I really had no idea just how talented this group really was.  The fact of the matter is that I don't think I have ever heard any group express teen …
reviewed The Complete Tom Jones. March 22, 2009
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Take a look at the alternatives and I'll bet you will agree with me that "The Complete Tom Jones" is the finest anthology of Tom Jones on the market today.  According to the liner notes …
reviewed The British Are Coming, Volume 1. March 22, 2009
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While this is really not a bad compilation you cannot help but feel a bit cheated when you realize that there are only 51 minutes of music on this disc.  Otherwise, "The British Are Coming Vol.1" …
reviewed Little River Band The Definitive Coll.... March 22, 2009
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Little
Just how many times can a major record label reshuffle, recycle and reissue the same mediorcre material?   Capitol Records decided to find out by presenting us with the 2005 release "The …
reviewed The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates. February 12, 2009
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The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates
According to Billboard they were among the top recording acts of the 1980's.  Over a period spanning 16 years beginning in 1974 they recorded for three different labels, placed nearly three dozen …
reviewed Kinks: The Ultimate Collection. January 21, 2009
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Kinks Ultimate Collection
They arrived in America in 1964 riding the first wave of the British Invasion. Over the next two decades The Kinks would prove to be one of the most important and influential rock and roll …
reviewed The Seekers: Night of Nights "Live". January 19, 2009
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The Seekers Night of Nights
I am usually not a big fan of "live" recordings but I must say that this 2 CD collection imported from Australia is the exception to the rule.  It was a huge surprise and …
reviewed Now That's What I Call Motown. January 15, 2009
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Now That's What I Call Motown
I'm sure that many younger people wonder what the fuss was all about.  A half century ago, a young Detroit entreprenour named Berry Gordy Jr. decided that he was going to start his own record company.  …
reviewed Tommy Roe: Greatest Hits. January 13, 2009
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Tommy Roe Greatest Hits
You might say that Tommy Roe was ahead of the curve.  He recorded "bubblegum" music before the term was even coined.  After his wildly successful debut single, 1962's "Sheila", …
reviewed Early Girls Volume 1: Popsicles and I.... January 13, 2009
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Early Girls Volume 1
In 1995 Ace Records released the first in a series of three discs entitled "Early Girls". As with just about every other Ace disc I have ever purchased this is a top quality compilation. There are great …
reviewed Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridg.... January 12, 2009
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Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge Greatest Hi
Imagine!  It has been more than 50 years since a young singer from Brooklyn named Johnny Maestro made his very first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with a tune called "Sweetest One".  At …
reviewed The Hollies: Epic Anthology from the .... January 12, 2009
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Hollies Epic Anthology
If you grew up in the 1970's and were a big fan of the Hollies, then "The Epic Anthology" just might be your ticket. This collection features all of the great Hollies tunes you would have heard on Top …
reviewed Tommy James and the Shondells: Anthology. January 08, 2009
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Tommy James and the Shondells Anthology
Although they were never one of my favorite groups there is little doubt that Tommy James and the Shondells were one of the top recording acts of the late1960's.   The 1989 Rhino records release …
reviewed The Rivieras: Moonlight Cocktails. January 07, 2009
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Rivieras Moonlight Cocktails
Not to be confused with the Indiana group of the same name that gave us the rockin' 1964 hit  "California Sun",  this Rivieras was a Northern New Jersey R & B quartet with …
reviewed Teenage Crush: Volume 3. January 05, 2009
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Teenage Crush Volume 3
As someone who has been a collector for more than 40 years, it is a rare day when I find a oldies compilation containing 9 songs I do not already own.  Yet this is the case with "Teenage …
reviewed The Best of the Flamingos. December 31, 2008
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The Best of The Flamingos
What is the most perfect sounding single of all time?  Many collectors would answer that question without hesitation.  "Golden Teardrops" by The Flamingos was released on the fledgling Chance …
reviewed Teardrops: The Very Best of Lee Andre.... December 31, 2008
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The Very Best of Lee Andrews and the Hearts
Hailing from Philadelphia, USA, Lee Andrews and the Hearts certainly made their mark during the late fifties.  While most doo wop vocal groups never made the Billboard Top 100, Lee Andrews and the …
reviewed The Beat Goes On: The Best of Sonny a.... December 25, 2008
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The Best of Sonny & Cher The Beat Goes On
I'll never forget it.  They were virtually unknown.  And within a period of just a few weeks in that summer of 1965 Sonny and Cher burst onto the scene like few acts in the history of rock …
reviewed Early Girls: Volume 3. December 23, 2008
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Early Girls Volume 3
Tired of hearing the same old songs on the radio?  Spice up your listening with another of the great offerings from England's premier oldies label Ace Records.  There are three volumes in …
reviewed Elvis Presley: 2nd To None. December 23, 2008
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Elvis Presley 2nd To None
When I heard BMG's dazzling 2002 compilation "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" I was simply flabbergasted!!  The audio quality on that disc was stunning and was far superior to other Elvis Presley collections …
reviewed Teen Time - The Young Years of Rock a.... December 23, 2008
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Teen Time The Young Years of Rock & Roll Vol 3
As a collector of 45 rpm records for more than 40 years, I certainly gave my share of business to Eric Records. You see for about 20 years or so Eric was one of America's leading reissue labels. The company …
reviewed Ultimate Manilow. December 23, 2008
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Ultimate Manilow
I suppose that a number of my contemporaries will be snickering when they read this. After all, in the mid to late 1970's no one was considered less cool and more irrelevant than Barry Manilow.  …
reviewed Gladys Knight and the Pips: The Ultim.... December 21, 2008
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Gladys Knight & The Pips The Ultimate Collection
Pulled this one off the shelf the other night after hearing that Gladys Knight had performed in our town earlier in the week.  My wife and I had seen Gladys Knight and the Pips perform in the summer …
reviewed The Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits: The.... December 20, 2008
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The Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits The Record
 If you grew up in the 1970's you probably bought a lot of Bee Gees records.  Just about everyone did.  In fact, I could be wrong but as far as I can tell their string of 6 consecutive …
reviewed The Hollies Greatest Hits. December 20, 2008
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The Hollies Greatest Hits
 I have been biding my time for a good many years waiting for just the right Hollies collection.   There have been several issued over the years but not a single one of them included all …
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