How'd We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride
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Kim's solo debut LP, "How'd We Ever Get This Way" was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry, and released on Barry's Steed label in 1968. Though the melodic hooks and sunshine-pop productions are drawn from the same well as the earlier bubblegum work, the vocals are more soulful than the Archies' Ron Dante, the arrangements more muscular, and the lyrics not so decidedly pitched at pre-teens. The Monkees last few albums and Neil Diamond's early sides are obvious touchstones. "You Got Style" could easily have been lifted from Diamond's Bang-era sessions, replete with female backing chorus. Even the album's lightest song, "Circus," shows great craft in turning its kiddie theme into light-psych. The album is filled with sophisticated touches of heavy pop, neo-Caribbean flavorings, strumming acoustics, sing-a-long choruses, jangling tambourines and bouncy drumming. "Resurrection," closes the album with a surprisingly moody, dramatic and downcast first-person narrative from a depressed recluse.
The follow-up LP, 1969's "Rainbow Ride," was similarly co-written and produced by Barry, and also released on the Steed label. Building on the craft of his debut, this sophomore effort offers up a great deal more variety.Read more ›
This CD includes his first two albums from 1968 and 1969, most of the tunes co-written with Brill Building veteran Jeff Barry. To my ears this music sounds a lot like early Neil Diamond when he recorded for the Bang label. The songs have that same sort of well-crafted pop sensibility. Not bubblegum at all, but with more rock riffs and deeper instrumentation, while still retaining the pop hooks. I'm really excited to have discovered Andy Kim's music again. I'm so impressed with this collection that I plan on ordering the other 2-on-1 CD package that's been reissued. Fans of late 60s and early 70s pop should enjoy this one very much.
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Andy Kim - what can I say - anything he does is great. You will not be disappointed in this program - buy it.Published on December 12, 2012 by Visa
Received CD about a week and a half after ordering. Pretty good service. Looking forward to listening to it soon.Published on April 12, 2012 by Bruce A. Ingebo