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Best Of The Four Preps, The

Four PrepsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) 2:30Album Only
listen  2. Big Man 2:24Album Only
listen  3. Down By The Station 2:49Album Only
listen  4. Lazy Summer Night 2:13Album Only
listen  5. I Ain't Never 1:54Album Only
listen  6. Lonesome Town 3:04Album Only
listen  7. Pretend 2:45Album Only
listen  8. Lollipops And Roses 2:41Album Only
listen  9. My Special Angel 3:14Album Only
listen10. Love Letters 2:32Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb
  • ASIN: B000000D55
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1993/CURB) 10 tracksMedium 1
  1. 26 Miles
  2. Big Man
  3. Down By The Station
  4. Lazy Summer Night
  5. I Ain't Never
  6. Lonesome Town
  7. Pretend
  8. Lollipops And Roses
  9. My Special Angel
  10. Love Letters

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite pop, not quite folk, just a lot of fun May 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Like many of the vocal ensembles of the late 50s/early 60s, the Four Preps put a somewhat modernized twist on many old standards. Sometimes it didn't work but, when it did, it was pure magic.
The Four Preps stand apart from their contemporaries (the Four Aces, the Four Lads, the Four Freshman) by having a more spontaneous, less polished sound. The result is a cross between barber shop quartet and schoolboy hijinx that will delight listeners.
This collection includes their biggest hits; 26 Miles (Santa Catalina), Big Man and Down by the Station, alongwith the hilarious rock sendup More Money for Me and You.
I prefer this disc to other Four Prep compilations because of a lovely rendition of Lollipops and Roses and an equally interesting interpretation of My Special Angel.
The mastering on the disc is a bit muddy, but more than adequate for even high end stereos.
If you want to take a trip back to the days of malt shops, ivy-covered walls and letterman jackets, spend an evening listening to The Best of the Four Preps.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT obscure January 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The previous reviewer must be young if he thinks the Four Preps were obscure--they were an extremely popular group in the late 50s and early 60s. They had many hit records and did TV, radio, and personal appearances all over the country. I only wish more of their music was available on CD.They were very talented singers and writers. This is proven by the many awards they have won since the 60s and the fact that they are still working.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice blast from the past August 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I remember the Four Preps when they were on The Ozzie & Harriet Show back in the '60s. Not only did they sing, but they also starred as Rick's fraternity brothers! This CD is a really nice flash back to those happy days. One or two tracks are a tad too "Lawrence Welk-y", but it's easy to gloss over them in favor of the really nice, nostalgiac tracks found here. I would very much recommend this CD for those who remember those days and wish for simpler times again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection. March 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Four Preps had exactly one big chart hit, "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," back in the 1950s. It was followed up by a couple of other not-so-big hits, "Big Man" and "Down by the Station." Those three were actually written by two of the members of the group, which in those days was not usual. And all three are included on this CD. But then, after that, how do you fill up a "Best of" CD? Well in this case, apparently, you add a couple of even smaller hits, and a few performances of well-known 1950s songs that this group never got onto the charts. The total collection is actually pretty nice to listen to. Their version of "Pretend" isn't as great as Nat Cole's, but still pleasant. Their version of "My Special Angel" is better than Bobby Helms' version, though I prefer the later incarnation of the song done by the Vogues above all. And their version of "Lollipops and Roses" isn't bad at all either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding value April 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding value for the price,only 10 songs on here but very pleasant to listen to and remember.Their original songs are what is expected(very nice, no disappointment here), but I must comment on the other songs that were not theirs originally,they are unexpectadly well done and a pleasure to hear done by these guys.
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