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Essentials

Tommy James and the ShondellsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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“Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Draggin’ The Line”...

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000630Z9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hanky Panky
2. Say I Am (What I Am)
3. I Think We're Alone Now
4. Mirage
5. Gettin' Together
6. Mony Mony
7. Crimson and Clover
8. Sweet Cherry Wine
9. Crystal Blue Persuasion
10. Ball of Fire
11. She
12. Draggin' The Line

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered compact anthology of the popular 1960's hitmakers who were regular visitors to the Top 40 charts of that decade. Includes "Crimson & Clover", "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mony Mony", "Sweet Cherry Wine", "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and many more.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential? Yes! Comprehensive? No! August 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a concise, if not thorough, collection. All the big hits are here. In fact, only three of the Shondells Top 40 hits ("It's Only Love," "I Like the Way" and "Do Something To Me") are missing. In addition you get James' lone solo Top 10 hit "Draggin' the Line." [Footnote: James was still only 24 when "Draggin the Line" was a hit--he was only 16 when he first recorded his biggest single "Hanky Panky"!] Like other Essentials releases, Rhino has simply taken an earlier compilation (in this case 1990's 27-track Anthology) and repackaged the material. This is only an improvement if you want nothing but the big radio hits--and they're all here, but at 35 minutes my only complaint is that the lesser hits weren't also included.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not include the full June 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As with most other Rhino comps, this one also includes the edited version of "Crimson & Clover." If the full version were included, this would be a 5-star review, because all the other tracks I would consider "essential" are there. And the remastered sound is great--truly an improvement over previous releases.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matchless inventiveness; a near-perfect blending of sound September 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one amazing band as far as their ability to reinvent themselves on every release of a single - kind of the way the Doors did on every song of their 'Strange Days' album, though of course in a very different way.
They started out with the lanky, strongly original proto-garage tune "Hanky Panky" - at about the same time the Young Rascals launched their smoky, similarly styled "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore". [Gritty, intensely moving and sonically astounding as it was, the (Young) Rascals' song crashed and burned on the charts, though not in the minds of forward-looking listeners. But they tamed their sound a bit on "Good Lovin'", went straight to the top, and stayed there for several years.]
The Shondells' (as they were announced by DJs at the beginning of their equally long run) had a second hit with "Say I Am" - which didn't grab me during its short tenure on the charts (I later realized my mistake). This one is amazingly inventive in terms of melody and vocal delivery; and with those jazzy riffs/rhythms that accompany the lyrics, the song moves through its paces relentlessly, confidently buoyant throughout.
"I Think We're Alone now" was the obvious follow-up to the Turtles' "Happy Together". [This is especially true since the Turtles' own next effort "She'd Rather Be With Me", was such inferior product - a very bad-sounding song possessing none of the gorgeous guitar playing of their short-lived folk-rock phase - early in their career the Turtles were among the best in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin but the hits February 15, 2014
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if you are a fan of Tommy James and the Shondells, this is for you! All the hits are here, Mony Mony, Crystal Blue Persusion, I think we're alone now, Draggin the Line and more!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and FUN Music June 19, 2013
By silky69
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is filled with wonderful oldies. They include: 1. Hanky Panky
2. Say I Am (What I Am)
3. I Think We're Alone Now
4. Mirage
5. Gettin' Together
6. Mony Mony
7. Crimson and Clover
8. Sweet Cherry Wine
9. Crystal Blue Persuasion
10. Ball of Fire
11. She
12. Draggin' The Line
Every song is great. My favorites are I THink We're Alone Now and Draggin the Line along with Mony Mony and Gettin' Together, but they are all great songs and ones you will be glad to play "over and over... crimson and clover" Ha Ha
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 4, 2014
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Love Tommy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3, 2014
By Magic
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Fast shipping and great product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Memories April 24, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm glad I purchased this CD. I grew up listening to them and when it comes on my jukebox at home, people visiting will comment on how they remember the music. Very fun to listen to this music again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still a phenomenal album - now even better without the hiss and pops of vinyl.
Published 6 hours ago by drtotten
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the old timers, then get the kids involved
Some tunes are from decades ago, had to get used to them. Will enjoy hearing oldies and goodies!
Published 1 day ago by Gilbert M. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This CD is Mony!
Published 2 days ago by R. Kearney
4.0 out of 5 stars More great classics
This is one of those albums/cds that has songs on it that bring me back to my youth, and that I thought where great then, and still do. Good stuff, for sure
Published 4 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Blue Persuasion!
...look over yonder...what do you see?
...the sun is arising--most def-i-nitely!
...a new day is coming!
...people are changing--aint it beautiful?
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Published 5 months ago by AJewishPrincess
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits for Your 60s Listening Pleasure
Tommy James and The Shondells owned a big piece of the rock and roll radio back in late 60s. Fun music that brings back many memories for some who grew up in the 60s and 70s.
Published 6 months ago by Ted J. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Back Memories !
Extremely satisfied with our purchase. You can't beat the quality and price for this CD. Fantastic music for our fellow baby boomers. Newcomers welcome.
Published 6 months ago by ED
4.0 out of 5 stars sounds good
It is as is described and what I expected and sounds fine when played on my cd player. Nothing really to say about it.
Published 7 months ago by polarwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
What can I say, it's a good collection of songs to bring back some good memories. Sit back relax and enjoy the tunes.
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