There's something very dishonest in hiding the fact that the recordings are in fact re-recordings-you don't find out until the cd packaging comes off and you own it. Worse yet , the re-recordings sound just off enough that they are irritating to listen to.Look for the original versions, I know I will.
Tony Burrows, it seems, was content to be a session singer, yet he was a member of several different pop groups during the sixties and seventies. The original recordings were made for several different record labels and I doubt if it would be commercially viable to bring them all together in one compilation. Nevertheless, this set of re-recorded hits shows what an interesting career Tony had.
He was at various times a member of the Ivy League (Funny how love can be, Tossing and turning), the Flowerpot Men (Let's go to San Francisco), Edison Lighthouse (Love grows where my Rosemary goes), White Plains (My baby loves loving, I've got you on my mind, Julie do ya love me, When you are a king), Brotherhood of man (United we stand) and First class (Beach baby), all of which were big UK hits, most of them making the top ten, with the Edison Lighthouse record going all the way to number one. When Tony finally released a solo single (Melanie makes me smile), it failed to chart.
These re-recordings are not as good as the originals, but while some of the originals are easy to find on various artists compilations and/or individual group compilations, some of the less famous songs may prove tricky to obtain elsewhere.
As America knows little of Tony Burrows or the many groups he fronted-which go all the way back to the Kestrels of 1962-I should point out that this group which looks like fugitives from The Blues Brothers was Edison Lighthouse in their 2nd incernation,a group which never existed at the time of Love Grows as it was Tony Burrows with session musicians.After the hit came a 5 piece group fronted by one Johnny Walker who had been in the Exceptions and the Chicago Blues Band.In 1974 he went solo without any notable success and had the problem of being not the only Johnny Walker in the music business. He cut a privately issued CD in 2007 in his kitchen of 20 of his favorite 60s songs and which is probably impossible to get hold of but I was lucky and found one in Cash Convertors.It comes with a sheet of color typed paper where he explains who he is The CD is titled Listen-Do You Want To Know A Secret-it's Inside On the photo Johnny Walker is in the center
I myself purchased this knowing that is was not the original recordings. I was more interested to see if Tony Burrows still had the pipes he did thirty years ago. While most songs are off a bit, Beach Baby sounds pretty much like the original, and Love Grows sounds close. It was worth the three dollars I put out for it.