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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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This Pop/Rock group originated in Indiana, and is important since its the first appearance of Rock Zehringer (now Rick Derringer) who later performed with Edgar Winter and a mildly successful solo career, (Rock And Roll Hootchie Coo) in the seventies. He started the group with his brother Randy in the middle sixties time frame, and its amazing that they broke through in 1965 in a Garage Band style that was a year or two earlier then most.
Of course, their major hit "Hang On Sloopy" is here and thats where this collection gets interesting. This is the original version, in stereo, and has more content then the original, and is a bit longer as well. The mix is excellent and is a great addition. This song was also a hit for The Vibrations earlier, (My Girl Sloopy), but the McCoys make it their own.
Another single, "Fever" is also included, and is a mid-sixties "power" cut, and they do this classic song justice. Very tight. This set also includes other singles such as "Come on, Let's Go " and the underrated "(You Make Me Feel) So Good" which is a favorite. Provided in this set are many excellent B sides which I have been trying to get a hold of for a while, such as "Sorrow" and "I Can't Explain It"
A well crafted collection, well engineered, and at a great price. A worth addition to any collection. If a 60's DJ, this is required for the stereo mix of "Hang On Sloopy" and "Fever" (which is one of those songs never played on the radio stations anymore, but people remember). Its fun to watch peoples reaction when they here it saying "I haven't heard that in YEARS!"
Recommended! Good listening!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2001
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The McCoys were headed by none other than rock guitar legend Rick Derringer (his real name back then was Rick Zerringer), as well as his brother Randy Zerringer on drums, Randy Hobbs on bass and Ronnie Brandon on keyboards. The McCoys had several smash hits in the mid-sixties noteably "Hang On Sloopy" and later "Fever". This collection represents a combination of several of their albums on one cd. The McCoys played great rock n' roll with a touch of soul. Though critisized for being a bubblegum band the McCoys managed to release several decent albums before breaking up. Rick also released a number of excellent solo albums as well as being a producer. He produced a number of blues guitarist Johnny Winter's albums and was at one time a member of his band. If you enjoy sixties groups such as The Standells, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Lovin' Spoonful, etc. you'll enjoy this collection. Highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This CD offers an excellent sound, I have a similar CD from See For Miles Records that sounds like it was recorded off another CD or even a vinyl source. All the hits and top B sides are here. If you are only familiar with Hang On Sloopy then you have a big surprise in store and a very pleasant one at that. Check out Sorrow (a big hit in GB by The Merseys), Up and Down, Richie Valen's Come On Let's Go and So Good. Some great album cuts like Smokey Joe's Cafe, Gaitor Tails and Monkey Ribs and a great unreleased version of Bald Headed Lena also covered by The Lovin' Spoonful.

These guys are young but are fine musicians, especially Rick Zehringer (later Derringer) on guitar. Their voices are very good and they harmonize nicely. There are 22 cuts and only a couple are weak, the rest are fun 60's rock and roll.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2005
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The thing about the McCoys' songs is, though the overall sound is tame compared with the wilder garage sort of bands (the Leaves "Hey Joe"; the Thirteenth Floor Elevators "You're Gonna Miss Me"; Love "Seven and Seven Is"; Count Five "Psychotic Reaction"), they have a drive not unlike those bands, which keeps their never-tentative sound out of more shallow waters frequented by the Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, and the Turtles (in their post-folk-rock period). McCoys' songs elicit a more extended palate of colors, both bright and somber, than many of the bands on the mid-sixties scene.

Sexual expression pervades their `good-time' type songs: not-overly-subtle make-out metaphors are floated by their lyrics ["up and down, in and out, running all around, that's how it is - when it comes"] ["Sloopy let your hair down on me . . . .come on, come on, shake it shake it, Sloopy, hang on."]. One must mention the emphatic rhythmic drive, the tempos which are obviously perfect; it gets (subtly, or blatantly?) orgasmic, doesn't it?

This is "the joy of teenage sex" before the `book' was written . . . it's definitely not `forbidden' fruit. "You Make Me Feel So Good" is brimful of this energy. Unflagging repetitions of the chorus at the end just keep on building; we're totally ready to go with it, into it (for hours if necessary?) The Drifters' "Sixty Minute Man" from ten years back had nothing on this one! As not-yet accomplished teens in '65-'66, these songs presented to many of us hope for a future of budding possibilities; they got us really feeling good about things.

One of the main reasons the McCoys sounded so good was Rick Derringer - even at that young age he was one of the best-sounding lead singers, AND one of the most technically advanced, expressive lead guitarists around. Every lick he plays, and every melody he wraps his voice around can create a sense of astonishment in an alert listener - there's great inflection, tone, emotion etc. etc. etc. - and a warm, overall sense of ease in action. He's just plain listener-friendly

I think the only other similar band of the era both in terms of their ages and of overall sonic ambience was Dino, Desi and Billy. Before DD&B morphed into their late sunshine pop phase, both bands had just enough of a hard edge, and displayed ample imagination and grit to keep comparisons with afore-mentioned bands Gary Lewis, The Monkees [etc.] at bay. Amazingly well that D, D & B could play and sing, still they didn't have a Rick Derringer amongst them.

Back to the songs: there are those with which the McCoys were paying righteous tribute to the sound of other mid-sixties bands, notably the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

Consider "Sorrow", the b-side of "Fever": if it had been available to them, the Stones should have covered this, as it would have been a perfect fit for them circa 1964-early 1965; if the McCoys would have made it one of their singles it could have moved their fan base in a different direction than did the trio of thoroughly happy-sounding singles that immediately followed "Fever" [those being "Up and Down", "(You Make Me Feel) So Good", and "Come On Let's Go"]. Then again, legions of budding teens might not have learned as innocently about compellingly happy sex. As for the other song with a very strong Stones connection: the chorus of "Don't Worry Mother (Your Son's Heart Is Pure)" leads the listener into melodic/tonal/rhythmic worlds parallel to "Paint It, Black", "Mother's Little Helper" and so on - especially listen for Derringer's recurring 7-note guitar lick., and the obvious modal melodic influence of middle eastern music (which the Standells also mined in "Why Pick On Me?").

There's a vocal lick from "Help Me Rhonda" ("bom, bom, bom, bom") that's dropped into a new Beach Boys' style song ["Runaway"]. The song is at least as appealing as anything up-tempo that the Beach Boys had produced up to that point in time (judging from this CD, the McCoys didn't seem to have recorded any ballads). As a lead singer, Derringer can sound more soulful than Mike Love (though Mike's voice is a perfect blend with the rest of his group). The McCoys' other very sweet BB-style song is "Mr. Summer", with its electric piano ostinado dropping in and out being very reminiscent of "California Girls", performed at a slightly more relaxed tempo.

Another surprise is an original song touting James Brown and his Famous Flames ["The Dynamite"]; it's a first rate send-up/amalgam of a couple of JB's contemporary songs from the period, and is intentionally hilarious. Rick D here paraphrases all kinds of Fabulous Flames guitar licks, yet backs off from trying to sound exactly like JB or his guitarist in terms of tone (settings). But yes, his and the band's rhythm and overall delivery are right in the pocket. The licks by the sax section hone a pure, furious funk perfection; and the overall joy is infectious.

Other great trax include their follow-up to "Hang On Sloopy" ["Fever"] which I considered my favorite at the time; there's a moving version of "Every Day I Have to Cry" (unbelievable that Derringer could sing with such heartfelt emotion at that age); and the relatively late "Say Those Magic Words", which re-captures the rhythmic drive of the `make-out songs', and may surpass them by flirting melodically with ever-shifting boundaries between major and minor modes.

"I Got To Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance)" and "Beat the Clock" are slightly second-rate, but will gather in lots of votes. The former follows the harmonic progression and even the general melodic contour of "Hang On Sloopy", but there's a syncopated calypsonian lilt to the lead vocal line with/by which Derringer awesomely busts us upside our haids. "Beat the Clock" seems over-produced: there's not enough air in the mix, i.e. it gets muddied by a slavish similarity between the lead singer's line and what the filler instruments are playing (both in terms of register and rhythm). The arranger might have had a brain fart, forgetting what he knew about counterpoint; but the mixing engineer didn't help matters by choosing too dark and thick-sounding of a reverb setting. The song has immense potential - I'd love to hear them re-record it.

The liner notes are generally informative, but the writer seems to go off the deep end, acting as if he thinks he's writing his masters thesis or something. He serially returns to a certain point he announces at the beginning, thereafter trying to `brilliantly' show how everything (in this case about the McCoys' history) derives from that `idea'.

His enlightened discovery is that they were still 'as if' little kids. He keeps coming back to that, over and over; after a while it starts feeling like a derogatory slant aimed towards the band members.

Some rock journalists can be such beasts of burden - trouble begins when they try to foist their personal intellectual baggage onto their readers. It would be better if this guy just told his story, made a few incisive observations at various junctures, and left it at that; instead he gets overbearing with his conjectures - they don't really hold water, as they're only meant to make history conform to his so-termed `big premise'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2005
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One aspect of this CD that hasn't been emphasized is how incredibly well it was recorded. The sound is astonishingly life-like; on a few songs, it sounds as if the band is playing right in your living room (aided by the stereo mix from master tapes). It's ridiculous that a band like this was better recorded at this time (1965-66) than the Who, Kinks, the Stones, et al. Also, the version of "Beat the Clock" included here is the full-length version, not the abridged radio version. The highlight of this album for me is the snakey fuzz guitar/electric piano riff on "Got to Go Back"--way cool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hang On Sloopy: The Best Of The McCoys gives us twenty-two awesome tracks by The McCoys. The McCoys don't get the recognition that they deserve these days; but maybe that will change with CDs like this one. It's got excellent sound quality and that artwork is very nicely done. The liner notes include an informative essay as well.

The CD starts with an energetic musical introduction entitled "Meet The McCoys." Cool! This is rarely found on albums; and I like the idea. Of course, "Hang On, Sloopy" was one of the biggest hits ever for this excellent group; they perform this with a lot of feeling. The McCoys swing and rock gently to make "Hang On Sloopy" a fine number. I also really like "I Can't Explain It." "I Can't Explain It" has a peppy melody that is infectiously catchy and I think you'll like this tune. The McCoys also do a marvelous cover of a number I first heard sung by Peggy Lee, "Fever." The McCoys give "Fever" an excellent early rock flavor and this all works very well for this ballad. "Sorrow" also has an excellent melody; The McCoys sing and play this to perfection--and beyond! I love it.

"If You Tell A Lie" is very pretty to hear; they do this one up right! "Come On, Let's Go" is also very well done; this rocks harder and the electric guitar work makes this tune a very strong number. "Smokey Joe's Café" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller has a good early rock and roll flavor to it; this cover works well and The McCoys sure prove they had the chops to sing and play this one faultlessly. "Every Day I Have To Cry" again uses the electric guitars very well; they sing this very well. "(You Make Me Feel) So Good" gets that classic McCoys treatment; terrific!

"Runaway" almost has a Beach Boys-type of sound to it; but without a doubt this is a McCoys treatment and they make this tune hold its weight very well. The sing and play this as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing--but of course we know it really wasn't all that easy. Their talents always carried them through! "Ko Ko" has a great musical arrangement; and listen for The McCoys to outdo even themselves on "Bald Headed Lena." "Bald Headed Lena" has an excellent rock feel to it and they never skip a beat.

"Don't Worry Mother (Your Son's Heart Is Pure)" starts off with a few interesting musical effects and when they begin the main portion of this tune it all takes off like a jet! "Dynamite" has a fine arrangement; and the CD ends well with The McCoys performing "Beat The Clock." "Beat The Clock" uses some creative percussion and it leaves you wanting more!

The McCoys had so much talent they could never truly be forgotten. This is an excellent album of their work and I highly recommend it for fans of this genre of music.
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on August 7, 2014
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And until I heard some of these songs on this CD for the first time in roughly fifty years: I had completely forgotten how good The McCoys were!

Other than the Stereo effect on "Hang On Sloopy": I wasn't expecting anything extra from this CD because I already owned "Hang On Sloopy" on my Dick Bartley's One Hit Wonders Of The 60s, Volume 2 Various Artist's CD and I also own my Collectables 45 of The McCoys that has "Hang On Sloopy" on the "A" side and "Fever" on the "B" side. Well: I'm happy to say I am pleasantly surprised!

Between 1965 and 1967 The McCoys had eight Top 100 songs on The Bang Label! Three of those were Top 40 and a fourth song just missed the Top 40. Why I was so pleasantly surprised is I remember five of these eight Top 100 McCoy tunes from AM Radio Airplay and in those days I liked all five and I still do PLUS there are songs on this Disc that didn't even Chart and are very good. I even hear a Beach Boys influence in a few of these tunes.

Their five Top 100 songs I remember are "(You Make Me Feel) So Good" {it reached #53 in July 1966}, "Up And Down" {it reached #46 in February 1966}, "Come On Let's Go" {it reached #22 in April 1966}, and of course the two Top 10's "Fever" {it reached #7 in November 1965} and the Chart Topper "Hang On Sloopy" {from August 1965}. The other three are "Don't Worry Mother" { it reached #67 in October 1966}, "I Got To Go Back" {it reached #67 in January 1967} and "Beat The Clock" {it reached #92 in May 1967}. There was a ninth Top 100 song from 1968 on The Mercury Label called "Jesse Brady" which reached #98 that's not here but I don't believe it's as good as the eight we have here.

Photos and Liner Notes are in the Leaflet that comes with this Standard Jewel Plastic Case Package. The sound quality is great and I love the Stereo Version's of "Hang On Sloopy" AND "Fever"! This 1995 Sony Compilation is nice and for me: it is a definate sleeper because I now remember three more of The McCoys long forgotten Charting songs.
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on January 1, 2013
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If you grew up in the 60s like me,then you couldn't escape "Hang On Sloopy" on the radio,and you probably didn't want to,as it is still one of the catchiest and most fun pop singles of all time.The McCoys are most famous for that hit and for spawning the long career of guitar player Rick Derringer,whom I have always loved.Their only other real hit of note was their version of "Fever",which is included here.While their music was never intended to be earth shaking it was fun garage rock and they did show some growth during their brief career.I can't rate this 5 stars because some of the material,while very listenable,,doesn't approach the standard of the 2 mentioned singles.But if you liked the McCoys and "Sloopy" you'll find plenty of small treasures to like here.Recommended to anybody who loves 60s beat groups!!
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on December 11, 2014
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This is an excellent mastering! The sound quality on every track made my setup sing. While some of the 22 songs can sound a little similar (You can definitely hear them trying to cash in on the Hang On Sloopy opening a couple of times), they all still make for great early rock. There's a lot more here than just "That one hit plus some other stuff". It's a wonderful collection captured well enough to truly be timeless.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed the various songs compiled on this CD and each one is beautiful to listen to, including "Fever," "Everyday You Have to Cry" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." Oh, and "Hang On Sloopy. Buy it! You'll love it.
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