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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sweet Sounds of Bubblegum, January 26, 2001
This review is from: 25 All Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits (Audio CD)
During the late-Sixties and early-Seventies, there was an explosion of popular music dubbed bubblegum music. Sweet, frothy music with little substance, but catchy as heck. This collection gathers some of the best known along with a number of obscurities. Nine of these singles sold over a million copies each, including "Easy Come, Easy go" by Bobby Sherman, "Smile a Little Smile for Me" by The Flying Machine, "Jam Up and Jelly Tight" by Tommy Roe and "Indian Giver" by The 1910 Fruitgum Co. At least sixteen of these songs cracked the Top 40, many of them going Top Ten.
Another truism for many of these acts was that they existed only on paper. Groups like The Archies, The Banana Splits, and Josie & The Pussycats were cartoon characters. Some groups were merely studio creations that released singles (and sometimes albums), but did not tour because they didn't really exist outside the studio. So you had situations where Ron Dante was the lead vocalist for the Archies' No. 1 hit "Sugar, Sugar" and was also the lead singer for The Cuff Links' "Tracy." Joey Levine sang lead for the Ohio Express on the million-seller "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" and also sang lead on the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestra's "Quick Joey Small." [Levine also did backing vocals as part of Crazy Elephant on "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'."] "My Baby Loves Lovin'" by White Plains and "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse both featured the lead singing of Tony Burrows. Even The Monkees didn't exist as a real group for much of their career in that on many of their hits--including the No. 1 gold record "I'm a Believer"--the only Monkee involved in the recording was the lead singer; in this case it was Mickey Dolenz.
But quite frankly, no one cared who sang or played on what record. These were uptempo songs with great hooks, and they were fun to listen to--even thirty years later. The only really glaring omission is there is nothing by The Partridge Family or The Osmonds. But this is a minor complaint for an otherwise wonderful and generous collection. RECOMMENDED
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