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How'd We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride

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As a Montreal teenager, Andy Kim (then Andre Youakim) came to New York and played a song for his Brill Building hero Jeff Barry, and thus began one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the late '60s and early '70s. Not only Kim co-write with Barry the most successful bubblegum hit of all time (the Archies' `Sugar Sugar'), but he recorded a series of pop-rock gems for Barry's Steed label that produced several hits and marked the last vestige of the Brill Building sound. We at Collectors' Choice Music are thrilled to answer the pleas of pop-rock fans the world over by releasing Kim's three Steed albums (plus his later album for the Uni label) two by two with new liner notes, a pair of CCM exclusives! (END INTRO) Andy's 1968 and 1969 releases on Steed, full of hits and hooks! Includes `How'd We Ever Get This Way'; `Shoot 'Em Up Baby'; `Sunday Thunder'; `Ordinary Kind of Girl'; `Just Like Your Shadow'; `Pretty Thing'; `Love That Little Woman'; `Do You Feel It Too'; `You Got Style'; `You Girl'; `Circus'; `Resurrection'; `Rainbow Ride'; `Please Be True'; `Nobody's Ever Going Anywhere'; `Baby While We're Young'; `I Found Her'; `I Want You'; `Mr. Music Man'; `Foundation of My Soul'; `I Wonder If I Care as Much'; `Wonderful You'; `Gee Girl', and `To Be Continued'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. How'd We Ever Get This Way
  2. Shoot 'Em Up, Baby
  3. Sunday Thunder
  4. Ordinary Kind Of Girl
  5. Just Like Your Shadow
  6. Pretty Thing
  7. Love That Little Woman
  8. Do You Feel It, Too?
  9. You Got Style
  10. You Girl
  11. Circus
  12. Resurrection
  13. Rainbow Ride
  14. Please Be True
  15. Nobody's Ever Going Anywhere
  16. Baby While You're Young
  17. I Found Her
  18. I Want You
  19. Mr. Music Man
  20. Foundation Of My Soul
  21. I Wonder If I Care As Much
  22. Wonderful You
  23. Gee Girl
  24. To Be Continued


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000F2C8E4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kim is most famously remembered as a performer for his his 1969 remake of the Phil Spector classic "Baby, I Love You," and his own 1974 chart-topper "Rock Me Gently." But before finding success as a singer, he was a key player in the bubblegum pop world of the late '60s. His co-writes with Brill Building legend Jeff Barry include the genre's national anthem, "Sugar, Sugar" and additional Archies classics "Everything's Alright," "Feelin' So Good" and "Jingle Jangle." He and Barry also penned songs for the Monkees 1970 swansong, "Changes," including the favorite, "Oh My My."

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.
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I remember hearing Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently" his #1 hit in 1974 on the radio all the time that year. There was a followup single that was also quite catchy and after that, he seemed to have disappeared from the musical radar. It wasn't until recently that I discovered he was a talented "bubblegum" era songwriter and had recorded several albums previous to "Rock Me Gently."

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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It is very important that recordings like these get the remastering they deserve and are made available. This music is a wonderful slice of glorious, inspired Sixties pop, which catches the freshness and youthful joyfulness that the very best of the so-called 'bubblegum' genre could offer. Andy Kim's 1968 album 'How'd We Ever Get This Way' featured 'Shoot 'Em Up Baby' and other gems like the title track. Truly a testament to when the word 'pop' wasn't a derogatory term. Andy Kim went on to write the immortal 'Sugar, Sugar' and later took the name Baron Longfellow. Reissue companies have seen fit to release his earliest albums, much to our benefit.
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A beautiful compilation including very nice songs. It made me remember good old times when I was a teenager. Really touching!
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