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The Very Best of The Cascades


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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taragon/City Hall Records
  • ASIN: B00000DC4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. There's A Reason
2. Second Chance
3. Rhythm Of The Rain
4. Let Me Be
5. Shy Girl
6. The Last Leaf
7. Cinderella
8. A Little Like Lovin'
9. Awake
10. Jeannie
11. Vicki (My Love)
12. Just Now Much Do I Love You
13. Is There A Chance
14. Those Were The Good Old Days
15. Smewhere A Bird Is Singing
16. Little Betty Falling Star
17. First Love Never Dies
18. For Your Sweet Love
19. I Dare You To Try

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Long Distance Voyager on February 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I rated this CD with 3 stars because it missed out some great songs, like 'My first day alone', another great song besides 'Rhythm of the rain', which is composed by Chandler-McKendry (same composing team as 'Last leaf') and 'Dreaming', same one as recorded by Johnny Burnette, but better. I wish record companies should do more research in the reissue of back catalogue of the 50's & 60's as they always missed out some great stuff. Now the only way to have "My first day alone" and "Dreaming" is from the "Collectable" 2004 release of "Rhythm of the Rain" CD. Together with this "Taragon" CD , you almost have all the songs that the Cascades had recorded. (Updated Jan, 2008)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CatGuy on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had always loved "Rhythm of the Rain", and later I got to know "The Last Leaf", but I didn't know whether the Cascades had ever done anything else. On principle, though, I spent years looking for a Cascades album because I felt that I owed it to any group that had produced such a classic song to listen to anything else they had done. Lo and behold, one day I was systematically going through the entire store at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and there it was. I would have been pleased even if the "new" songs had been mediocre, but at least half a dozen of them are right up there with "Rhythm of the Rain" itself. There are a few songs which I don't consider quite as good, but if you like this kind of music you're sure to find some new favourites on this disc. The only thing that would have made this collection better would have been liner notes written by an outsider, rather than by John Gummoe himself, since he comes across as a little full of himself. Then again, anyone who wrote and performed such classic songs is entitled to some self-esteem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
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If you liked Rhythm of the Rain, you will like this entire CD. I was fully prepared to find that the rest of the songs were nowhere near as good, but I liked that one so much I was willing to chance it. I'm very happy I did. The quality of many of the other cuts was a revelation. This group truly deserved more recognition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Penwarn on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved"rhythm of the rain", the song most closely associated with this southern California vocal group. For most people I suspect, that's where it ends, and that's a shame, because the Cascades body of work, as evidenced in this excellent anthology deserves more credit. Lead singer John Gummoe's high sad voice is well served by the haunting melodies, most notably the aforementioned "Rain", as well as "The last leaf", "shy girl" and the very pretty "little betty falling star".Well worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Nelson on June 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd not knowing many of he songs on it,but I have there rhythm of the rain original album which contributed some of the albums songs.I absolutely love the cd and the cascades style,I just wish I could get my hands on more of there music.I would recommend this cd highly.I play it so much it has begun to annoy my wife and kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Allen on December 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection, though it only includes a few of the WB hits (the entire "Rhythm of the Rain" cd is like a greatest hits cd); is a fine cd-for it contains all the Cascades' fine, though relatively unknown RCA recordings released after they left WB. With this cd, it's possible to own all of the Cascades significant releases.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on November 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Cascades did manage to put a few other tunes into the lower reaches of the charts in the early 60's but they are essentially relegated to one-hit wonder status, known exclusively for their 1963 international best-selling "Rhythm Of The Rain". The plaintive yet somehow comforting melody and its message still ring true today as evidenced by the six million broadcasts of this staple of classic American early rock and roll.

This CD gathers up, along with "Rhythm...", 18 additional of their other minor chart hits and misses done for Valiant and RCA in the early 60's. Most of the tracks have smooth, soothing, sometimes Lettermenesque - at times tipping over to saccharine - harmonies and melodies. While there are no musical breakthoughs here, and though some tunes may seem borderline sophomoric, the harmonies make the CD listenable overall.

Put together by the independent Taragon Records on Long Island, the production quality is first-rate. All tracks except three and four are in stereo and taken from the original 3-track mixdown masters. Since "Rhythm..." is the highlight here and is fairly widely available on other compilation CD's, this piece is likely more of interest to the completist or collector. Notwithstanding, this collection is still relevant for the casual collector interested in this music genre.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Rogers on January 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you were a fan of the music of the early 60's and if you remember a song called "Rhythm Of The Rain" you will probably enjoy this collection. The Cascades were a little more than "One Hit Wonders" eventhough they had only the one big hit. If you listen to the entire package you'll soon discover that they were a very talented group of young men that met in the Navy. John Gummoe, the lead singer has a very distinctive voice and he leads on almost every cut. This group should have been more popular than they were but for some reason, it wasn't in the cards. By the way, several cuts are in stereo and "Rhythm Of The Rain" is in mono with the thunder effects in stereo.
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