3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2000
It's kind of amazing that it took Varese until Volume 3 to include the national anthem of the bubblegum world, "Sugar Sugar." The #1 single of its year, if not perhaps the entire decade, the Archies biggest hit is the definitive example of all that is great about bubblegum music: sterling production, chiming harmonies, throwaway lyrics that a child can learn in one pass, and a hook so big you could hang an entire cow on it.
But the Archies tour de force is only the starting point for this excellent collection. In addition to some more well-known hits (Bobby Sherman's "Little Woman", The Monkees "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", The Ohio Express' "Chewy Chewy" and the Sweet's "Little Willy"), Varese has tracked down some terrific rarities.
Complementing the cartoon-based Archies is "Sha-La Love You," from the Saturday morning simian group, Lancelot Link & The Evolution Revolution. Also included from the Saturday morning lineup is the Banana Splits "I Enjoy Being A Boy (In Love With You)." (Perhaps Varese will consider an entire CD for the 'Splits, bringing together their album and EP tracks!) From the UK comes the theme song to the live-action children's program/group, The Wombles, written by Mike Batt.
Other tracks include some non-hits from Tony Burrows (the voice of 5 different one-hit wonders - such as Edison Lighthouse - and the focus of volume 5 of this series), and the hugely catchy "Ricky Ticky Ta Ta Ta" by Austin Roberts.
The variety and programming makes this a very listenable release (as oppposed to just a catalog of songs), and the mastering and liner notes are top-notch.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 1999
There is nothing more enjoyable than the guilty pleasures of bubblegum tunes. This is the purest of Pure Pop, and the tunes are all completely comprised of sunny hooks and melodies, and nothing else to get in the way. Unadulterated feel-good music of the first order. Nothing since has quite equalled the pure, timeless joy of these tunes.
My only regret is that the Banana Splits' full album isn't available anywhere. This was my fave show when I was a little kid growing up in the sixties. Lest this sounds like a joke to you, or just a lame kiddie show with costumed actors, well you are mistaken. Sure, it was all of that, but like the Monkees, these guys really put out some GREAT tunes. I want the full album!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 1999
As an afficianado of "Pure Pop" music, this collection was like dying and going to heaven...almost. While this disc ranks as my favorite of the "Bubblegum Classics" volumes, it still has it's weak links. The inclusion of the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar," (which stands as the heretofore unrivaled apex of "Pure Pop") automatically gives this compilation it's bubblegum street-cred, but gems like Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution's "Sha-la-Love You" and the Fun and Games' "Elephant Candy" make it worth it's weight in gold. My only complaint is that there seems to be a lot of mediocre filler among the gems and a few baffling choices, like why Tommy Roe's obscure chart-fizzler "Jack and Jill" is included rather than his brilliant hit "Sweet Pea." Overall a good, if sometimes uneven summer listen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2000
I adore this comp, probably becuse I love all Bubblegum. I couldn't agree more that they should have used Tommy Roe's Sweet Pea instead, though the lyrics in Jack and Jill are amusing. I was a kid and my babysitters used to listen to Bubblegum when I grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA and MAN this music brings it back! I am thrilled with the comp and the Bubblegum classics series. Now I don't have to cringe every time my 45s, which are all drawn on in crayon, skip! I was thrilled that they included The Sweet on this comp. If you like Little Willy (which is slightly "harder" than the rest) you might enjoy their LP Desolation Blvd which is more early glam, but still features great Teen lyrics and fabulous glam screams. Rock on!
Here in Varese Vintage's third volume of bubblegum/feelgood/goodtime music compilations is found a wide-ranging collection of sometimes sophisticated, often silly songs from the height of the so-called bubblegum music craze in the late 60s and early 70's.
This volume contains everything from the bubblegum anthem "Sugar Sugar" courtesy of the Archies to rarities such as the Peppermint Trolley Company's "Baby You Come Rollin' Across My Mind" and the edgier "Little Willy" from Britains' Sweet. As would be expected, there are several top-20 well-known bubblegum hits here but more interest comes in the form of the rarer tracks such as the aforementioned "Baby You Come Rollin'..." and the voice of so many faux groups, Tony Burrows, whose "Every Little Move She Makes" couldn't get the promotional attention it needed to crack the top-100.
With its mix of bubblegum classics and rarities among the generous 22 tracks and the fascinating liner notes stories behind the music, this piece represents an outstanding sampling of the genre. Sound quality overall is very good with tracks 1,3-8,10,11,13,18 and 20-22 in stereo, the remainder in mono. As one in this comprehensive series, this compilation represents another in these outstanding efforts to bring these bubblegum tunes to the digital domain.
on April 28, 2009
Bubblegum Classics, Volume 3 is fifty-nine minutes and fifty seconds and released on August, 27, 1996. Nine of the twenty songs did not chart and only one of the songs reached #1; the rest of the songs on the CD fall between #2 and #121. You have five televisions shows\groups on this CD; with only The Archies and The Monkees charting.
Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution
The Banana Splits
The Wombles-English television show
So you are getting a little of everything on this CD; fact and fictional groups, charting and non-charting songs, songs and groups you heard of and songs and groups you have not. Bubblegum Classics, Volume 3 gets an AAA+++.
on August 22, 2004
This CD describes itself as "the ultimate collection of pure pop music". That description is more accurate than the title "Bubblegum Classics". The compilers of this collection seem to have catagorized any lightweight pop song as "bubblegum". To me, "bubblegum" specifically refers to the productions of Jerry Kasenetz & Jeff Katz, plus a few other songs that imitate their signature sound. Having said that, this is a good collection of lightweight pop songs. There are some big hits and some real rarities. Some of the songs are great and some of the songs stink. It's a mixed bag, but it's my bag, baby. Recommended for fans of pure pop music.
on February 19, 1999
What I really LOVE about the Bubblegum Classics series is that every time I listen to a disc for the first time I hear several songs that I had totally forgotten (after all, I was about nine years old when they were on the charts) but, amazingly, can nonetheless dredge up most of the lyrics from my memory banks. Then I call my sister and play it over the phone and she sings too. What fun!
on May 30, 2014
I purchased a copy when it first came out and it got ruined. I just had to find another copy. It is a great cd if you love bubblegum.