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Len BarryAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taragon
  • ASIN: B000003H6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introductions by Len Barry
2. Lip Sync (To The Tongue Twisters)
3. 1-2-3
4. Like A Baby
5. Somewhere
6. It's A Cryin' Shame
7. It's That Time Of The Year
8. Happily Ever After
9. I Struck It Rich
10. Love Is
11. You Baby

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Len's Fabulous...This C.D Isn't. March 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
By now there should be a much more extensive collection of this groovy singer's work on C.D.
The poor sound quality here is typical of early C.D's.
I've got a copy of Len's original 1965 album, 1-2-3, and there are so many great songs on it that aren't here and the sound of the original recordings is SO fabulous...so sharp and LOUD, baby.
Len Barry represented all that was right about mid-'sixties American pop/dance music, when the coolest thing a white singer could do was sound like a black guy, which Lenny does, in trumps. I'm amazed there isn't anything better out yet.
If I were you I'd wait until that happens. These recordings sound muddy and bassy.
P.S. One thing I did like about this collection is the very groovy intro, which I've never heard before, when Lenny thanks all the D.J's for making his song (1-2-3) a hit...he talks in his hip/cool voice, over a swingin', switched-on, finger clickin' soundtrack...check out the soundbite for a cool taster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Another reviewer takes issue with this CD for its lack of content, but when you consider that this was first released in 1994 by Taragon, it was pretty much par for the course back then to produce 10- to 12-selection CDs [this is a 10-track issue since track 1 is just a promo by Barry].

Then again, when you figure that "the very best of" an artist should offer all or most of his/her charted hits where possible, this certainly fills the bill since he only had six as a solo artist. And if they'd only re-release it you'd get all of them at a pretty decent price.

Whether or not, as legend has it, he actually sang with The Bosstones in 1958 on their rocking Mope-Itty Mope for the Boss label (uncharted) is open to conjecture, but as the lead singer with the racially-mixed Dovells, and recording for Parkway, the man born Leonard Borisoff in Philadelphia on June 12, 1942, had three Top 40 pop hits in 1965/66 - right at the peak of the British Invasion - one of which crossed over to the R&B charts.

After failing briefly as a solo artist at Mercury he moved to Decca where he hit the charts in June 1965 with the # 84 Billboard Pop Hot 100 Lip Sync [To The Tongue Twisters], a nonsense tune along the lines of The Clapping Song, b/w At The Hop "65". He then followed in November with the smash 1-2-3 which rose to # 2 Hot 100 and # 11 R&B b/w Bullseye. Four more charters followed in 1966: Like A Baby - # 27 Hot 100 in February b/w Happiness (Is A Girl Like You); Somewhere - # 26 Hot 100 in April b/w It's a Cryin' Shame; It's That Time Of The Year - # 91 Hot 100 in June b/w Happily Ever After; and I Struck It Rich - # 98 Hot 100 in September b/w Love Is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEN BARRY IS FABULOUS ! March 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Len Barry is a great singer. This CD has his Decca hits;1-2-3, Like A Baby, ansd Somewhere. I Struck It Rich is a wonderful song. It could have been a big hit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars VERY FEW TRACKS December 20, 2002
By Rucho
Format:Audio CD
LEN BARRY WAS ALWAYS RELATED TO 1-2-3, THIS CD SHOWS HE HAD SOME OTHER VERY GOOD RECORDINGS, AND ALSO THERE ARE MANY MORE. IT'S A PITY THAT THE LABEL HAS INCLUDED VERY FEW TRACKS
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLD'S MOST OVERLOOKED ROCK AND ROLL LEGEND December 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
LENNY, YOU'RE THE GREATEST!
YOUR WORK WITH THE DOVELLS IS LEGENDARY.
AND THE HEART AND SOUL YOU BRING TO THIS ALBUM SPEAKS VOLUMES.
WE ALL STRUCK IT RICH WHEN YOU STEPPED UP TO THE MICROPHONE.
IT'S A CLASSIC ... AND MUST NOT BE OVERLOOKED.
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