I have had the pleasure of seeing Kenny Vance and the Planetones perform "live" several times over the past few years. They are a dymamite act in concert! Perhaps I was expecting too much but I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed in this 2002 studio recording. Don't get me wrong--"Kenny Vance and the Planetones" is not a bad disc. It just seems to lack some of the energy and excitement I found in their concerts. One of the strengths of gifted lead singer Kenny Vance is his ability to tackle all kinds of material. He is equally comfortable with the soulful sound of Major Lance's "Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um" and great doo-wop sounds like the Skyliners "This I Swear". Both of these are included among the 15 tunes on this disc. My favorite track on this disc would have to be "Gloria" which has to be one of most popular doo-wop tunes of all time. I also enjoyed the Planetones renditions of "I Only Have Eyes For You", "I'm So Happy" as well as the bouncy medley "Walking Along/Church Bells May Ring". That one is outstanding! And no Kenny Vance and the Planetones disc would be complete without their signature song "Looking For An Echo." All in all, I would have to say that I was a little disappointed with some of the songs included on this 2002 release. For me "Kenny Vance and the Planetones is a solid four star disc but no more. Collectables has wisely included some decent liner notes to add to your enjoyment. In 2005 the group released a new CD entitled "Lover's Island". To be honest I think I might enjoy the songs included on that one even more.
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As one of the original members of Jay & The Americans and the musical coordinator for such classic films as Animal House, Hairspray and Eddie & The Cruisers, Kenny Vance has already left his indelible mark on modern pop music. The Planotones have appeared with the likes of Jay Leno, Connie Francis and Rita Rudner in such establishments as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Caesar's Palace and the MGM Grand. This modern Doo Wop classic contains such gems as "Your Way," "I'm So Happy," "This Magic Moment" and the original "Looking For An Echo."