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Capitol Collectors Series: The Four Preps CD

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This 20-tracker includes 26 Miles (Santa Catalina); Big Man; Dreamy Eyes; Lazy Summer Night; Summertime Lies; Cinderella; I Ain't Never; Down by the Station; Got a Girl; More Money for You and Me and The Big Draft medleys; A Letter to the Beatles , and more all but one hit!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dreamy Eyes
  2. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)
  3. Big Man
  4. Lazy Summer Night
  5. Summertime Lies
  6. Cinderella
  7. I Ain't Never
  8. Down By The Station (Early In The Morning)
  9. Got A Girl
  10. More Money For You And Me (Medley)
  11. The Seine
  12. The Big Draft (Medley)
  13. Charmaine
  14. A Letter To The Beatles
  15. I've Known You All My Life
  16. I'll Never Be The Same
  17. The Girl In The Shade Of The Striped Umbrella
  18. Let's Call It A Day Girl
  19. Love Of The Common People
  20. Draftdodger Rag


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0000008ZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Probably because they took on an early repuation as a novelty group, the richly talented Four Preps made some terrific,but often overlooked music for their time. Their collective sense of humor and brilliant mimicry of the acts of the late 50's and early 60's enhanced what some might describe as a mediocre success record. I dare anyone of any generation to listen to "26 Miles", "Big Man", "Cinderella," or several others on this well-packaged collection and not wake up singing their tunes. One more thing: As a lover of the ORIGINAL Kingston Trio, I laugh every time I listen to "More Money..." Their impression of the Trio's Bob Shane coughing during the song would miss most folks....but I loved it! Unfortunately, The Preps' later material departed from the original sound so much in an attempt to salvage some radio air time,so the quality suffered.But,still well worth the money and "More Money..." for this Preps fan.
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It's interesting the way that Capitol made these incredible Collector's Series CDs on so many of their classic artists but then let them go out of print. It's nice that Collectables Music has been picking some of them up and reissuing them. I haven't seen others in the series that Collectables has put out, but one interesting thing about this is that the color photo spread in the Capitol book is replicated in the Collectables book in black and white. But then again, the music is the important thing and if you're a fan of the Preps, you will find this CD is very comprehensive with it's generous 20 track selection. The stand out track is their classic parody of popular vocal groups called More Money For You And Me. It's still funny after all these years, is a great showcase of the Preps' vocal talents and is full length on this CD (restoring the opening dialogue about President Kennedy and the chorus of Worried Man that were edited for single release.) All of the Preps other hits are here as well including classics like 26 Miles and Big Man and not so classics like A Letter To The Beatles. Overall, Collectables should be commended for not letting this stay out of print.
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From the point of view of their hit singles, the producers had a good thing going here for a while as they provided each of their hits in the same order (would that other CDs follow the same format) that they appeared on the charts. Tracks 1 to 9 are their hits from January 1957 [Dreamy Eyes - # 56 Billboard Pop Top 100] to 1960's Got A Girl [# 24 Hot 100], including the double-sided 1958 hit Lazy Summer Night (# 21 Top 100 from the film Andy Hardy Comes Home) b/w Summertime Lies (regarded as a "follow-along" hit).

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.
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Collectors Choice CD version: 20 tracks. The best introduction towards a middling successful singles act.

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.
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