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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their last album for Columbia Records, The Ark, Chad & Jeremy now release Ark-eology, a newly recorded tribute to their legendary classic albums The Ark and Of Cabbages And Kings, favorites long sought after by collectors and fans worldwide. Produced by Chad Stuart, the album is the 25th release of the duo, as they revisit eighteen of the most popular recordings from over a dozen worldwide LP releases in their impressive catalog. These brand new recordings, including Summer Song, Yesterday's Gone, and Homeward Bound, are a sonic marvel compared to the decades old material. They reveal the crystal clear vocals and harmonies like never before. With a mixture of original arrangements and new adaptations, Chad & Jeremy show what it s like to be masters of their craft, recording this new album themselves, and playing all the instruments. All of their Columbia albums, and several others, are represented in this brilliant new digital recording. After more than 30 years of performing together, Chad & Jeremy deliver their best ever. From 1964 to 1967, Chad & Jeremy had eleven U.S. hit singles and over seventeen worldwide releases. In the ensuing years, the music of Chad & Jeremy has been re-released on over thirty three albums around the world. The Chad & Jeremy bio at the All Music Guide states: Of the many British Invasion acts that stormed the charts in the wake of the Beatles, Chad & Jeremy possessed a subtlety and sophistication unmatched among their contemporaries, essentially creating the template for the kind of lush, sensitive folk-pop embraced by followers from Nick Drake to Belle & Sebastian . Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde met at drama school in 1960 and soon began playing folk clubs in London where they were discovered by famed movie composer, John Barry. They became a sensation in America riding the wave of the British Invasion with eleven Top 40 hits including Summer Song, Yesterday s Gone, Willow Weep for Me, and Distant Shores. The duo appeared as themselves in legendary TV shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Patti Duke Show, Batman and Laredo. They hosted Hullabaloo, appeared on The Tonight Show and all the classic variety shows like The Hollywood Palace, Andy Williams, Danny Kaye and Red Skelton. Some of their most critically acclaimed work was the progressive 1967 release Cabbages and Kings, followed a year later by The Ark, which prompted Rolling Stone Magazine to proclaim: Chad and Jeremy - out of schlock rock into progressive rock. The Ark proved to be their last album for Columbia, as Jeremy returned to acting and the duo disbanded. They reunited for an album and tour in the 1980 s as well as a musical, Pump Boys & Dinettes. The latest phase in their career began in 2003 with a PBS TV music special. Since then they have performed their two-man show all over the United States, Canada, Hawaii and the Philippines.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Ark
  2. Pipedream
  3. Rest In Peace
  4. Progress
  5. When And If I Can
  6. Distant Shores
  7. Homeward Bound
  8. The Way You Look Tonight
  9. I Have Dreamed
  10. Don't Think Twice
  11. Before And After
  12. In Love Again
  13. No Other Baby
  14. What Do You Want From Me?
  15. September In The Rain
  16. Summer Song
  17. Yesterday's Gone
  18. The Raven


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: TBO Records Ltd.
  • ASIN: B001GKW3M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paris Stachtiaris on October 25, 2008
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What's not to like about "ARK-EOLOGY"? First, the CD cover is one of the best I've seen in years. The painting was chosen as the cover by Chad Stuart who found out that the artist Robert McCauley was ironically a Chad and Jermey fan. Forty years ago Chad and Jeremy put out their last album for Columbia Records, the very underrated "The Ark". Hence the title "ARK-EOLOGY". Instead of releasing alternative versions of their hit songs, like "The Beatles" did for their "Anthology" CD's or creating another "Greatest Hits" CD package like most groups do, both Chad and Jeremy decided to re-record various classic songs from their 60's catalogue giving the listener a true perspective of their career. As much as I love their dated 60's record productions, Chad Stuart's new arrangements on the whole improve most of the songs I've heard like "In Love Again" and "Rest In Peace". Chad and Jeremy WERE and STILL are true folk artists and it was great to hear them return to their roots which makes them one of the best duos ever. Their voices are actually better now then they were in the 60's which makes this CD a pleasant listening experience.
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I have been in love with these guys forever....I also think Distant Shores is one of the greatest love songs ever written or sung.....but having said that I longed for the old arrangements after I listened to this new cd. I may have to listen to it a bit more to get the same feelings I get when I listen to the old versions....but I'm so happy that they are still together and recording.
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Absolutely the best. A combination of the best song works with the best recording / mastering. The quality of sound in this new recording is like going from a 1960's made in Japan transistor radio to current day 7:1 surround mega watt system on superior speakers ( like; Altec Lansing Voice of the Theater of yesteryear ). Heavenly Harmonies, to say the least. This CD is in my top 6 rotation. This is like back to the future. Classic past combined with the modern day marvels of music making. Enjoy!
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Many years ago, I was quite smitten by these two and their harmonies. Their sound was more appealing to me and my choir-trained ears than most popular music at the time. It was a mix of sophisticated discipline and worldliness and yet, sweetness and a sort of innocence even. I was disappointed when they went their separate ways.

About five years ago, I learned they were touring together again - though I doubt they'll ever visit my part of the country - and purchased this and two other CDs.

This particular album is pristine, truly a work of love and art. It jarred me at first to hear the new arrangements of old favorites, but I have grown used to them and now like them as much as the originals. Yes, I sing along in my car.

And in listening, I remember what it was like to be 16 and yearning to conquer the world, fall in love, visit Paris and live! Yet, the music reflects my life today, too. It is truly a gift to have these two musicians re-record some of their best material for the grownups we've all become.
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Downloads are fantastic, but nothing beats a proper album with art and liner notes (from Chad!) and music credits that you can hold and play and love. Arkeology is perfectly produced and so, so wonderful to listen to.

If you are already a Chad and Jeremy fan, rest assured you are not wasting your money. And yes, the money play -- A Summer Song -- is there along with Yesterday's Gone and Distant Shores, but you're also getting some of their best covers and original songs, some newly arranged, from past albums. I love it to bits.

ARK-eology delivers -- in spades. You will not be disappointed.

To anyone reading this who may be unfamiliar with Chad and Jeremy. These two guys are a class act whose hit, A Summer Song, is one of the prettiest ballads written and much beloved by those of us lucky enough to have heard it when it was first released. To find out more about them and their music, go to their page on MySpace.
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Chad Stuart, over the past ten years has overseen the music catalog of Chad & Jeremy with great care. For a number of years now, Chad has released Fan Club records of the duo, that feature reworked arrangements of old tunes and brand new songs. I have purchased a few of these discs, and have really enjoyed them.

This latest CD follows the normal pattern of reworked material, that has been produced and performed with perfection. With: "Summer Song", "September in the Rain", and "Yesterday's Gone" all the big hits are here, sounding better than ever. Instead of new songs, this time out C & J, are using album tracks from their sixties albums, and spotlighting them along side the hits.

Sparkling versions of: "When And If I Can", "Rest In Peace", "The Ark", and "Distant Shores" are wonderful examples of good pop music can be when performed by the masters. With acoustic guitars, piano, orchestrations and perfect harmony, these artists have barely lost an ounce of steam in the past four decades.

If I had a wish, it would be to hear some of Chad & Jeremy's new songs and that amazing version of "Purple Haze" that they perform at shows in 2009. Chad & Jeremy are no: Nostalga Package of the 1960's. But, they are a vibrant and experienced duo of musicans who know how to entertain young & old folks alike, in the old fashion tradition.....With talent and class.
4.5 Stars!!!
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