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The Greatest Hits Of Tommy James & The Shondells


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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Compendia
  • ASIN: B0007KTB9O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Crimson & Clover
2. Mony Mony
3. Hanky Panky
4. Crystal Blue Persuasion
5. Draggin' The Line
6. I Think We're Alone Now
7. Three Times In Love
8. Getting Together
9. Say I Am
10. Sweet Cherry Wine
11. Mirage

Editorial Reviews

Dance the night away with The Best Of Tommy James & The Shondells, an unforgettable anthology of tunes from of rock music's most acclaimed groups. Throughout the late 1960's & early 1970's, Tommy James & The Shondells scored 14 Top 40 hits, most of which remain among the most eminently listen-able examples of pop/rock music, and sold more singles than any other pop act in the world, many of them written or co-written by Tommy James. The Best Of Tommy James & The Shondells is an unbelievable collection of new studio recordings, live tracks, and re-recordings of some of their greatest hits, destined to be a fan-pleaser for years to come.

Customer Reviews

All tracks are all remakes and not originals.
Vinny
I have been looking for the right present for my husband and I found this one.
K. Macy
I prefer the former, but the latter collection has most of their hits.
Lonnie E. Holder

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a big fan of Tommy James and the Shondells. Several of their songs were hits when I was listening to AM radio in the 1960's. Among their most memorable songs are "Crystal Blue Persuasion," "Crimson and Clover," "Hanky Panky," "Mony Mony" and "Sweet Cherry Wine." What could be better than having the eleven songs in this compilation for your collection? Well, how about having the originals?

It turns out that this compilation is exactly what it advertises in the small print. This compilation is a "...collection of new studio recordings, live tracks, and re-recordings of some of their greatest hits..." In plain English, these recordings are not the originals.

I strongly recommend either "Anthology," which contains 27 tracks, or "The Very Best of Tommy James and the Shondells," which contains 16 tracks, and which are the original single releases. I prefer the former, but the latter collection has most of their hits. I do not recommend this collection except to someone who is a completist and wants every release by Tommy James and the Shondells.

The title of this CD or the cover of this CD should have indicated more readily that the songs on the CD were not the original versions. Those people seeking the originals are going to be disappointed, and may feel a little like they were subjected to a "bait and switch" scam. I think this collection is weak enough that there is no way that it will be "...destined to be a fan-pleaser for years to come."

Good luck!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dirty Dutch on February 23, 2006
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I'm normally good about reading customer reviews, but I somehow missed this one. I knew something was up the first time I listened to this, and questioned that these were the same versions I heard on the radio...now I know this is not true, and I have to pursue a different, legit compiliation. Too bad, because these songs are fantastic and the backing tracks really rocked and took them to another level...just not on here. Admirable knockoffs but not the real thing. The vocals were the clear givaway: none of the power and desperation of the originals. STEER CLEAR!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Punim Publishing on November 8, 2005
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Warning to radio listeners and fans of TJ & S from the

60s: This collection is not the original or familiar "hits" that you heard on the radio. If you desire to hear these, you

will be more satisfied with another collection. On a positive

note, if you are a collector, this is another version of the group's greatest hits.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vinny on February 15, 2006
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Tommy James And The Shondells is a good group but not this album. I've got this album and Best of Tommy James And the Shondells. All tracks are all remakes and not originals. Purchasing one from Rhino Records will all have originals, if you're looking for original masters, purchase a Tommy James And The Shondells album by Rhino Records.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Ogerly on May 26, 2009
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The songs were good, but the re-recording was not done very well. Should have spent more bucks for the remastered original recordings.
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