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Tommy James and the Shondells Anthology

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A double-length set featuring all their smash hits!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032R3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Any sixties collection requires this compilation, which next to one import is the best there is for Tommy James and the Shondells, and priced better than many single greatest hits discs ("essentials" for example).
This Michigan band started when he recorded "Hanky Panky" back in 1963 and released on the "Snap" label. At the time he was only 15-16 years old and was a local hit. It was finally picked up for national distribution in 1966 and his first release was also his first number one, ( a great summer for music).
All the big hits are here, (Crystal Blue Persuasion, Crimson and Clover, I Think We're Alone Now, and of course Mony Mony), but the nice thing is that it also includes great top 40(not top ten) hits like Doe Something To Me, Out Of The Blue, and Say I Am, and B sides . Even the great underrated album "Cellophane Symphony" is represented with "Loved One" and the classic "Sweet Cherry Wine".
"Crimson and Clover" is the single mix, as opposed to the longer version , (which was really spliced together and at two different tape speeds), but represents what we remember on the radio.
Their affect on todays music is shown by the artists who have covered their tunes, (Billy Idol-Mony Mony, Clique-Sugar On Sunday, Tiffany-I Thing We're Alone Now, Joan Jett-Crimson and Clover, Dragging the Line-R.E.M.). They still perform today and are well worth the ticket. (They play LOUD).
Also included are some solo hits, (Dragging the Line), which is also available on his Solo Greatest Hits Package which is a good addition to this if you like the music.
If you like the sixties, a collector, or an Oldies DJ, this Rhino Collection is a must have. The quality of the CD is good, and the price is right Definitely some party tunes here!
Good Listening!
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Frat Rock? Garage rock? Bubblegum rock? Call it what you will, but Tommy James and the Shondells put out a string of infectious hits during the second half of the Sixties that are mainstays of classic rock radio stations around the country. And for good reason--these are terrific pop songs! James put out a total of fourteen Top 40 hits between 1966 and 1969 and they're all here along with numerous b-sides and failed singles ("Out of the Blue" barely missed at No. 43, "Get Out Now" only made No. 48, "Somebody Cares" stalled at No. 53, and "Gotta Get You Back" peaked at No. 45). In addition you get James' biggest solo single, "Draggin' the Line." [Historical footnote: James was only 13 when he recorded "Hanky Panky." It was a regional hit in 1963, but through a series of fateful events it would be nearly four year before it became a nationwide No. 1, selling more than a million copies along the way!] Unlike many of his Sixties contemporaries, James succesfully transitioned to the psychedelic era and had his second No. 1 hit with the trippy "Crimson and Clover." If you're a fan of Sixties pop, the 27 songs on this generous single-disc anthology is a must-have for your collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Another great collection from the folks at the Rhino label. Total of 27 tracks, with a duration of 72:43. Tommy James & The Shondell's major hits are very well mastered here, like "Hanky Panky", "I Think We're Alone Now" (didn't you just hate Tiffany's cover of this tune?), "Mony Mony" (have always liked Billy Idol's remake), "Crimson And Clover", "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Sweet Cherry Wine" and "Draggin' The Line". I thought most of the lesser known cuts like "Somebody Cares", "Get Out Now" and "Ball Of Fire" were decent as well. Hardly a bad song here. A healthy dose of psych / bubble gum rock that truly stands the test of time. Recommended.
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If The Beach Boys represented the '60's teen spirit of west coast fun in the sun, Tommy James and The Shondells were the teens sniffing glue behind the garage in a grungier, urban America. From the definitive 'garage rock' of their first hit record, the all-ages appealing, "Hanky Panky", to their expanding forays into psychedelia in "Crinsom and Clover", and "Sweet Cherry Wine", Tommy James and The Shondells released a string of AM radio favorites that brought a sense of maturity to the power pop teen market of the era, say the massive middle ground between the The Archies and The Beatles. "I Think We're Alone Now", with it's instantly recognizable thumping bass opening, tamborine, and searing vocal, "Children behave ...", is urgent and earnest in it's desperation, with a cool electric crickets chirping effect at it's most seductive moment. "Mony Mony", and "Do Something To Me", may be the best fake audience participation party records ever produced, the former working itself into a perfect musical frenzy. "Crinsom and Clover" is still a beautiful mind gazing slice of psychedelia, (unfortunately, for a fairly thorough compilation, this anthology doesn't include the 'long version' of Crinsom and Clover; no groovy wah-wah pedal solo), and "Crystal Blue Persuassion", christens the peace movement meets drug culture era in a soft and dreamy bongo tapping blue-eyed soul classic. There is a lot of filler here, a hit and miss barrage of teen idol-like B sides, and psychedelic misfires, but the hits far outweigh them; "Ball of Fire", and "Sugar on Sunday", are welcome reminders of the versatile pop the group was capable of, and the 27 tracks conclude with Tommy James big solo hit, the infectious rock and white soul of, "Draqgin' the Line".Read more ›
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