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20 All-Time Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

Johnny Maestro & The CrestsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00005MK7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 16 Candles
2. Pretty Little Angel
3. I Thank The Moon
4. Beside You
5. Six Nights A Week
6. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
7. Flower Of Love
8. The Angels Listened In
9. A Year Ago Tonight
10. Step By Step
11. Silhouettes
12. Trouble In Paradise
13. My Special Angel
14. Journey Of Love
15. Isn't It Amazing
16. I Remember (In The Still Of The Nite)
17. Model Girl
18. What A Surprise
19. Mr. Happiness
20. It Must Be Love

Editorial Reviews

Their 1958 smash 16 Candles joins their hits Step by Step; Six Nights a Week; The Angels Listened In; Trouble in Paradise; A Year Ago Tonight , and Flower of Love ; all three solo hits by Johnny Maestro, and 10 more!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sound Yet For Johnny Maestro October 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have virtually every CD by Johhny Maestro both with the Crests
and with the Brooklyn Bridge.In fact I booked Johnny many years
ago.
This is THE BEST sound quality I have ever heard
for the Crests.Every song is crisp&clear.Mastered with love.
Carey Mansfield and the crew at Varese Sarabande deserve kudos.Mastering by Marty Wekser is crisp and warm unlike other Crests disc which are either muddy 4th Generation or overly boosted and tinney.
Lee Rudnick
NY Media Consultant
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Crest" of golden-era American pop August 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although sometimes tagged as doo-wop artists, Johnny Maestro and the Crests produced some of the best pop tunes of the early American rock and roll era. Clever lyrics, bouncy arrangements and Maestro's vocals combined to make catchy tunes like "Step by Step", "The Angels Listened In" and "Trouble In Paradise" as listenable now if not more so than when they first charted.

This new compilation from the dependable Varese Vintage people is very similar in content and sound quality to the Rhino piece of ten years ago. Included here are two more cuts with four that do not duplicate the Rhino selection.

Sound quality is excellent with tracks 6,8-10,14-20 in true stereo. Included is an eight-page booklet with pics and a history of the group.

If you're a real fan, this adds a few more cuts to your collection if you already own the Rhino piece. If there's a choice to be made, I give this one a slight edge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Example Of Interracial Doo-Wop Brotherhood February 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The caption is taken from the 5 pages of liner notes written by Bill Dahl for this wonderful offering from Varèse-Sarabande which, in addition to being virtually as complete a compilation of someone's "greatest hits" as any can be, has excellent sound reproduction and comprehensive liner notes.

To assign it just 2 stars, as did "New York City Historian" back in 2005, just doesn't wash. Besides, his comment regarding the omission of "the hit My Juanita from 1958" belies his claim to being a historian of any measure. That song happened to be the uncharted B-side of the # 86 Pop hit Sweetest One, billed to "The Crest's" on Joyce 103 in July 1957, with the backing of the Al Browne orchestra

Yes, that too is missing here, but likely because Varèse-Sarabande couldn't get publishing rights. Also, the group that sang that lost one member, 15 year-old Patricia Van Dross, before the then all-male group hooked up with Coed, which then covered all their subsequent hits. If he wanted to nit-pick he could have pointed out that the total number of actual "hits" compiled by the group was 14 - counting Sweetest One - and not 20 as claimed on the cover, and that the compilation leaves out 10 Coed B-sides in favour of some failed singles. But even that wouldn't have accounted for the deduction of 3 stars and would be quibbling to the nth degree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely American Music May 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A fabulous CD for anyone who wants to understand what this important kind of American music was like (or to revisit the happy, golden moments of those days). It was just prior to the British Invasion whose enormous impact on music altered so much of what came after.
The lyrics on this CD are sweet and innocent, the harmonies heavenly and the lead voice of the late Johnny Maestro is smooth perfection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fifty years and going strong April 12, 2007
By Topaz
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hard to believe, but 2007 marks 50 years since The Crests first charted with "Sweetest One", which should have been included on this CD, along with "My Juanita". It's still a great CD, with the amazing voice of Johnny Maestro singing lead, and superb backing vocals from J. T. Carter, Tommy Gough and Hal Torres. If you google "Johnny Maestro", the first listing should be for his official website, and e-mail can be sent to the guys there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crest March 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Graduating from High School in 1961 was the best yr. ever and the music was something worth listening to.
Love this CD
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2.0 out of 5 stars the hits of Johnny maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge February 19, 2014
Format:Audio CD
great songs,but wouldn't have bought it if I knew it was live,my fault I guess,wasn't looking for live version.
have to be more careful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the oldies February 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great CD and I play it all the time. Well worth buying if you like oldies or The Crests.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Crests are great but they are doing everybody else's material on...
The Crests are great but they are doing everybody else's material on this album and not necessarily better. Not as good as penguins! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Charlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music from my era
Published 1 month ago by wcook48
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great memories from a great group.
Published 1 month ago by Salim Curi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good music
Published 2 months ago by sandy johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow I realy enjoyed it
What a great CD I would buy it again good price great sound I got it for my brother and he has not stopped playing it
Published 8 months ago by leonardo velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD was wonderful.
I have always liked the music from the 50's and 60's especially the doo-wop sound.
I recently heard a couple of songs by Johnny Maestro when he was with the Crests and had to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ronald M Adriance
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wounderful Collection of the Music of its Day
Has all their major hits plus so many of their lesser known songs. Also includes cover songs from other artists.
Published 9 months ago by Mark G Krekorian
5.0 out of 5 stars CD - Johnny Maestro & The Crests
If you like oldies, this is one of the best!

The voices are great; the songs are great.

Don't hesitate! Get it you'll love it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scooch
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
love this cd bring back old times can't beat the old music stuff out today can't even compare to good this
Published 13 months ago by Ronald Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Can anything take you back like the music of your youth? Just wonderful. Invite a few friends over and dance the night away.
Published 14 months ago by Judi
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