on May 4, 2000
This was originally issued as a compilation of session singer Tony Burrow's hits called "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", and then reissued as one of the Bubblegum Classics volumes.
Burrows, amazingly, had five top-10 hits under the guise of five different studio groups in the 70s, ranging from the novelty of The Pipkins "Gimme Dat Ding" to the proto-beach tune "Beach Baby" by First Class.
The hits (also including Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", White Plains' "My Baby Loves Lovin'" and The Brotherhood of Man's "United We Stand"), are all hugely memorable radio fare. The remaining tracks, including followups from the hitmaking aggregations, solo tracks, and a few that just never made it, don't really measure up. There's nothing wrong with them, but they don't have the magic that would propel them to the top-40.
Overall, a very enjoyable disc, and a nice tribute to a previously faceless singer whose voice made quite a dent in the charts.
on April 14, 2006
This CD compiles 18 tracks sung by session singer Tony Burrows. Burrows had no success as a solo singer, but managed to have five hit songs as the lead singer of various "groups". Remember "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", "Beach Baby", "My Baby Loves Lovin'", "United We Stand" and "Gimme Dat Ding"? Yup, those were all sung by our man Tony. All five of those hits are here, plus 13 other songs which are very obscure, but mostly good. Fans of pop music of the '70s should enjoy this CD.
on May 1, 2009
Bubblegum Classics, Volume 5: The Voice of Tony Burrows is 56 minutes and 42 seconds and was released on February, 10, 1998. This is the last CD in the Bubblegum Classics series. The songs featured in this CD are songs the Tony Burrows was a member of a group or as a solo artist. Not to say he has a bad voice or anything, he had better success as a member with one of the band he was with then as a solo artist. Tony was a member of at least ten groups where he sang lead vocals or sang backing vocals. The music is in the style of bubblegum pop. His highest charting song was when he was with the band First Class; Beach Baby hit #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Bubblegum Classics, Volume 5: The Voice of Tony Burrows gets an AAAAA+++++.
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)-Edison Lighthouse
#5 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
Every Little Move She Makes-Tony Burrows
Have You Had A Little Happiness Lately-Domino
Beach Baby-First Class
#4 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
In The Bad Old Days- Tony Burrows
Take Me In Your Arms- Edison Lighthouse
My Baby Loves Lovin'-White Plains
#13 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
The Disco Kid-First Class
Melanie Makes Me Smile-Tony Burrows
#87 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
Better Fly, Butterfly-Touch
Summertime-West End Boys
Dreams Are Ten A Penny-First Class
#83 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
In A Moment of Madness-Flowerpot Men
United We Stand-The Brotherhood of Man
#13 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
Girl You've Got Me Going- Tony Burrows
Never Gonna Fall In Love Again-Magic
Gimmie Dat Ding-Pipkins
#9 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
Too Many Golden Oldies-First Class
on April 23, 2014
I've collected music since the days of vinyl, with a collection of several thousand vinyl pieces and even more discs. I used to cringe at paying $25 for imports on disc from Germany or Japan, and often just passed at those prices. Being patient usually paid off in that I found most of what I wanted later domestically and much cheaper. Our local "Bargain Hunters" is selling truck loads of often-brand-new or at least excellent-condition used discs at five for $1--or 60 cents each. It seems the young punks are all downloading crappy compressed MP3 to play in their pitifully poor-quality I-pods or even-worse home systems. The "audiophile" level of music appreciation and dedication seems dead, and with it go many of these once-common $5 discs like the "Bubble Gum Classics" series. There's just too much music in the world to pay $80 for a few songs, even real classics like these, and greedy vendors selling yard-sale discs for such outrageous prices will surely burn in music hell.