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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 The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Or.... November 11, 2011
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The Very Best of Neil Diamond
Between the years 1966 and 1983 Neil Diamond was one of the most consistent hitmakers in American popular music.  During this period he placed an impressive total of more than 50 singles on …
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 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 Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits. June 04, 2010
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Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits
How time flies by!  My old 2 CD compilation of Elvis Presley's biggest hits was issued way back in 1988.  And to put it mildly the sound quality on that collection left much to …
reviewed The Ultimate 5th Dimension. May 05, 2010
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The Ultimate Fifth Dimension
They rose to the top of the pop music world virtually overnight!  This talented quintet, originally known as The Versatiles, formed in Los Angeles in 1966 and within a year they had secured a recording …
reviewed The 5th Dimension Up, Up and Away: Th.... December 26, 2009
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The 5th Dimension The Definitive Collection
They rose to the top of the pop music world virtually overnight!  This talented quintet, originally known as The Versatiles,  formed in Los Angeles in 1966 and within a year they had secured …
reviewed Pirate Radio (2009 movie). November 13, 2009
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Pirate Radio
The year was 1966.  Although the sounds of rock & roll, R&B , folk and soul were exploding all over the countryside the staid BBC continued to program only the …
reviewed The Ultimate Bee Gees. November 11, 2009
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Ultimate Bee Gees
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 #1 …
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 Mary Travers. September 17, 2009
Mary Travers
It is hard to believe that we shall never hear them sing again.  Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary passed away tonight after a long battle with leukemia.  She was 72 years old.  …
reviewed Walter Cronkite. July 18, 2009
Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite is gone.  He was an American icon who set the standard for journalistic excellence.  He was 92 years old.  During his long and distinguished career Mr. Cronkite covered …
reviewed Festival! The Newport Folk Festival (.... July 03, 2009
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Festival!
In 2009 The Newport Folk Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary.  What makes this year's show so special is that the two co-founders of the festival (producer George Wein and the legendary …
reviewed The Vogues Greatest Hits. May 10, 2009
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The Vogues Greatest Hits
Back in 1968, when I was 17 years old, most of my contemporaries were into music by people like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones.  While I enjoyed all kinds of music, my preference during …
reviewed Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greates.... April 22, 2009
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Save The Turtles
It was a relatively short but highly successful run.  Between 1965 and 1970 a five man group from Los Angeles known as The Turtles produced some of the biggest and brightest pop records of the …
reviewed A Decade of Classic Australian Hits: .... March 19, 2009
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A Decade of Classic Australian Hits 1960's
Over the past several yearsI have become increasingly interested in learning more about the history of popular music in Australia.  I have always been a huge fan of the Seekers and recently I purchased …
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 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 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 …
reviewed Cameo Parkway: 1957-1967. December 19, 2008
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Cameo Parkway 1957-1967
It had gotten to the point where I thought I would probably never live to see the day. For more than three decades the vast majority of the hits recorded on Philadelphia's Cameo and Parkway labels from …
reviewed The Righteous Brothers: Retrospective.... December 18, 2008
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The Righteous Brothers Retrospective 1963-1974
With all of the hoopla surrounding Abkco's recent and long overdue releases from the Cameo-Parkway catalog I had not heard a blessed thing about the new Righteous Brothers "Retrospective: 1963-1974". …
reviewed Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridg.... December 17, 2008
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Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge Today
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 The Best of Johnny Maestro: 1958-1985. December 17, 2008
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The Best of Johnny Maestro 1958-1985
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 ", …
reviewed An Introduction To Jose Feliciano. December 16, 2008
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An Introduction To Jose Feliciano
You just have to wonder what the people at Fuel Records were thinking when they put together "An Introduction to Jose Feliciano".  Aside from two pages of extremely superficial liner notes you really …
reviewed The Best of Mel Carter. December 16, 2008
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The Best of Mel Carter
This is about as bare bones as it gets folks. "The Best of Mel Carter" just has to be one of the stingiest offerings I have ever come across. And that's too bad because just about anything Mel Carter …
reviewed The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy. December 11, 2008
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The Very Best of Chad and Jeremy
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 …
reviewed Stevie Wonder: At The Close of A Century. December 07, 2008
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Stevie Wonder At The Close of A Century
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning over 40 years at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day. I cannot think of any other artist …
reviewed Ricky Nelson Greatest Hits. December 04, 2008
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Ricky Nelson Greatest Hits
In the liner notes to "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" the legendary John Fogarty mused "I've always considered Rick Nelson equal to the Sun Records artists...Maybe he came from Hollywood …
reviewed The Very Best of Otis Redding. December 04, 2008
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The Very Best of Otis Redding
It was the summer of 1967.  Otis Redding was in the midst of the performance of his life at Monterey International Pop Festival.  What he was referring to of course was the way Aretha Franklin …
reviewed Paul Revere and the Raiders: Kicks! T.... December 03, 2008
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Paul Revere and the Raiders Kicks The Anthology
What more could you possibly ask for?  Australian based Raven records has done it once again!  To the best of my knowledge there has never been a comprehensive collection of the hits of Paul …
reviewed Cameo-Parkway: The Greatest Hits. December 03, 2008
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Cameo Parkway The Greatest Hits
It had really reached the point where I thought that I would never live to see the day.  For more than three decades and for reasons that are still unclear, Allen B. Klein, owner of the Cameo-Parkway …
reviewed Jan and Dean: The Complete Liberty Si.... December 03, 2008
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Jan & Dean The Complete Liberty Singles
Collector's Choice got it right.  While putting together "Jan and Dean: The Complete Liberty Singles" anthology the producers decided to offer the original mono recordings that you …
reviewed The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary. December 03, 2008
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The Very Best of Peter Paul and Mary
It is hard to believe that they released their very first Warner Brothers single more than 45 years ago.  And although Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers get credit for producing Rhino's …
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