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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 21, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B000009QED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
2. Yes I Do
3. I'm Telling You Now
4. What Have I Done To You
5. You Were Made For Me
6. Send A Letter To Me
7. Over You
8. Come Back When You're Ready
9. I Love You Baby
10. Don't Make Me Cry
11. Just For You
12. Tell Me When
13. I Think Of You
14. I Don't Love You Anymore
15. I Understand (Just How You Feel)
16. Do The Freddie
17. A Little You
18. Things I'd Like To Say
19. A Love Like You
20. How's About Trying Your Luck With Me
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Editorial Reviews

Who was nerdier: Peter & Gordon, Herman's Hermits or Freddie & the Dreamers? Our vote goes to this Manchester band! Includes I'm Telling You Now; Do the Freddie; You Were Made for Me; A Little You; Yes I Do; Things I'd Like to Say; I Understand , and more. 25 tracks!

Customer Reviews

This CD is full of "Mersey Beat" hit music!!
querice13
He was a musical Genius and a wonderful performer that took America by storm in an orgy of light hearted and semi-geeky songs.
Procopio Palacios
Yes, it's so OUTRAGEOUSLY stupid that it's good.
Andre M.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I could make a comment about how "The Very Best of Freddie & The Dreamers" has less tracks than "The Best of Freddie & The Dreamers," but who wants to take a shot at Freddie? Yes, it was hard to take Freddie & The Dreamers seriously simply because they were pretty much the self-appointed clowns of the British Invasion, just along for the ride with no desire or pretensions of making anything other than pop music. No messages here, just fun and laughs, probably best represented by the song "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" and, of course, the group's infamous appearances on American television with "Do the Freddie." Freddie, as you might remember, was Freddie Garrity, who moved from skiffle groups to rock 'n' roll in the early Sixties, adopting the Merseybeat sound when the Beatles led the British Invasion of America. Freddie & The Dreamers, like many of the Merseybeat groups, were more successful in England than there were in the United States, although the group did have their only #1 hit, "I'm Telling You" on this side of the pond. "You Were Meant For Me" and "How About Trying Your Luck With Me" are probably the best other pair of tracks on the album. More pop than rock to be sure, but then somebody needed to balance Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones in the eyes of American parents, and Freddie and The Dreamers certainly fit the bill in that respect. However, the best reason to pick up a Freddie and The Dreamers collection is because they are still quite representative of the Merseybeat sound that the early Beatles epitomized and which still resonates with those of us who remember the British Invasion, which came in the wake of JFK's assassination, with special fondness.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on May 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
COME ON NOW! All you blue-nosed critics who are putting down Freddie Garrity and co. need to LIGHTEN UP! This music is about having FUN! When Freddie "Did the Freddie" on Shindig, Hullaballo, Ed Sullivan, etc. it was all about LAUGHS and having a GOOD TIME. Yes, it's so OUTRAGEOUSLY stupid that it's good. I would recommend that you rent a video of Freddie and co. on Shindig doing their outrageous dances before you listen to this, so that you'll REALLY be in on the joke. "I'm Telling You Now," it's time to "Do The Freddie."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By querice13 on August 27, 2009
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This CD is full of "Mersey Beat" hit music!! I bought this CD as a Christmas gift for my husband who has been a life-long fan of Freddie and the Dreamers (I think he relates to him!!). If you were around for the 1960's "British Invasion" you have heard a "Freddie" song or two and have done the "Freddie" once or twice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Freddie and the dreamers liked to have fun, yet they were competent musicians ant their music stands the test of time. In their British homeland, they had four top five hits, two other top twenty hits and three minor hits. They never made the top spot in the UK but they did in America. Their UK hits were a mix of original songs and covers of American songs.

The group's career began with If you gotta make a fool of somebody (originally recorded by James Ray) and I'm telling you now (an original song), both of which made number two in the UK during the summer of 1963 Their next single, You were made for me, peaked at number three in December 1963. The first two singles of 1964, Over you (an original song) and I love you baby (a cover of a Paul Anka song) both made the top twenty but failed to reach the top ten. It seemed that Freddie and the dreamers were fading fast, especially when Just for you (another original song) was only a very minor hit. However, they finished 1964 on a high when I understand (a cover of a G-clefs hit of 1961) made the UK top five.

1965 proved to be disappointing for them in the UK, yielding only two minor hits, A little you and Thou shalt not steal - the latter being a cover of a Dick and Deedee song that was banned by the BBC. However, Freddie and the dreamers toured the world that year and had several American hits including I understand (a number one hit) and Do the Freddie (which never charted in the UK).

Realizing that their pop hit days were over, Freddie and the dreamers switched to club and cabaret work, eventually joining the sixties revival circuit.

This compilation contains all the essentials by a group that was far more talented than their image might suggest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Procopio Palacios on April 27, 2002
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Freddie is the God of the British Invasion. He was a musical Genius and a wonderful performer that took America by storm in an orgy of light hearted and semi-geeky songs. He truly was a great man and deserves more recognition. I strongly urge all good citizens to listen to his music and sport this man. His songs will lead the into a new golden age of music if he makes a comeback...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paula Clifford on January 31, 2006
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Pay no attention to the reviewer who puts this CD down - it's great. No pretentiousness, just 25 songs that are fun to listen to, three of which were never released in the U.S., and a few others only available if you can find the 45's. Freddie and the Dreamers are one of the groups that put the fun in rock & roll and deserve to be better known today. This may be the only way to hear them, most so-called oldies stations don't play much of anything that came before Woodstock.
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