Capitol Collectors Series: The Four Preps CD
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Tracks 10, 12 and 14 then pick up their 11th, 12th and 13th hit singles. The rest are either failed singles or LP cuts. But where is the one missing hit, Calcutta? Admittedly a minor offering [it only made it to # 96 Hot 100 in 1961] at least it WAS a hit unlike, say, Charmaine.
For a completist collector this is agonizingly irritating as I doubt very much there's room for a second volume of Four Preps tunes. Unless they'd like to give us the B-sides, none of which [except for the above-mentioned two-sided hit] are included.
A product of the Hollywood High School Choir, the quartet consisted of lead tenors Bruce Belland and Marvin Ingraham, baritone Glen Larson, and bass Ed Cobb. They made their stage début with Ricky Nelson at Hamilton High School in L.A., and are often cited as one of the main influences on The Beach Boys.
Incidentally, the majority of their hits were backed by The Lincoln Mayorga Orchestra [except their first which included The Van Alexander Orchestra, I Ain't Never, backed by Morty Cobb & His Orchestra, and A Letter To The Beatles - Ray Pohlman's Orchestra]. In fact, on Big Man, that's Mayorga on piano.Read more ›
Tracks one through six, "Dreamy Eyes" - "Cinderella" are mono; tracks #7-20 are true stereo.
A few of the songs by the group suggest the Four Preps marketing niche: Fabian (Forte), Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Rydell, Elvis Presley, the Fleetwoods, Hollywood Argyles, Platters, Four Freshmen, Kingston Trio, Dion & the Belmonts, Dick and Dee Dee, Marcels, Highwaymen -- listen to "Got a Girl" (track #9), "More Money For You and Me" (track #10), and "The Big Draft" (track #12).
My favorite track is an oldie, "Charmaine;" "Charmaine" has a guitar break by, I think, Billy Strange, which sounds like the guitar work on Nat King Cole's "Ramblin' Rose" singles' session. The 'Preps do a great job with the song, stylistically suggesting the Cascades ("Rhythm of the Rain"). "I Ain't Never" is a pop cover, quite well done, of Webb Pierce's '59 honky tonk rocker, and has a great rocking guitar break. "A Letter to the Beatles" has a great drum and bass punchy groove; "I've Known You All of My Life" suggests the Righteous Brothers, and both tracks show credit to Stu Phillips running the A&C credit (recall all the Hollyridge Strings Beatles' albums from 1964-66). "I'll Never Be the Same" shows producer credit to Capitol A-list jazz-pop David Axelrod, with a big beat sound.Read more ›
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Went to Catalina and enjoyed myself had to get the album with 24 miles on it....enjoyed the cd.....Published 8 days ago by Robert E. Allen
This is a great cd to have in a collection, full of great songs ( 20 ) I would recommend this cd to others. Don Sr....Published 1 month ago by don adamson sr
It was very enjoyable. The notes on all the songs was quite informative.Published 3 months ago by DawnMarie Rossean
Enjoyed the CD and the quality was good. Just don't remember over half the songs on the CD. Must be getting old.. You did a "Good Job".Published 6 months ago by Dennis M. James
These guys are very entertaining! Great group of guys. Excellent listening and fun! If you like the 50's you'll love adding these guys to your collection.Published 7 months ago by G. Pounds
Fabulous CD and great for any 4 Preps fan. Love the medley where they imitate various vocal groups--very talented group.Published 16 months ago by Alan N. Davidson
One of my favorite groups from the 50s. Brought back a lot of memories. Very well digitally mastered.Published 17 months ago by Giovanna DiLauro