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Shame Shame Shame

Shame Shame Shame

September 20, 2005
2.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
This disc's title track was written by Sylvia Robinson, of the vocal duo Mickey and Sylvia ("Love Is Strange,") and sung by Shirley Goodman, of the vocal duo Shirley and Lee ("Let The Good Times Roll,") with the male vocal on this track provided by a session singer named Jesus Alvarez. Although it's been classified as a "disco" song, the sound is pure Bo Diddley, updated for the '70s. This song hit number one on the R&B charts in 1975, and it deserved to: It's funky, with a hook that grabs you and reels you right in. It's also a little flaky (thanks to Goodman's vocal), but it's just plain FUN.
Too bad, then, that nothing else on this disc is even one-tenth as good as this one standout track. The rest of the songs just sit there, without the hooks to make you want to listen to them again. Goodman's unique singing voice, used to such great effect on the title track, quickly becomes irritating when she doesn't have good songs to back her up.
The sound quality is nothing to rave about: The percussion on the title track is harsh and trebley, which will keep you from cranking up the volume. On the other hand, the rest of the instruments sound muddy. This song has ALWAYS sounded a little muddy and muffled, but the vinyl LP and the other CDs I've heard don't compound the problem with the harsh percussion sound the song suffers from on this disc.
By the way, the title track is presented here in a different mix than the one which appeared on the original vinyl LP. The song appears here with the guitar panned far-left and the piano panned far-right. On the LP (and every other CD I've heard), the stereo separation on this track is very poor, almost monaural.
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The sound quality of this CD is terrible! It is full of distortion.
I had hoped to find the track "More Shame", wich is the intrumental flip-side of "Shame, Shame, Shame", on this CD. Instead I got an instrumental version wich sounds like a little kid who is experimenting with his new Casio!!!
So it is back to my 45 RPM again!!!
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Usually, I don't review my own work, but I mastered this dreadful album anonymously for Collectables and without financial compensation. At the time, the album was controlled by Warner's Rhino division, and the dub of the master tape supplied was a nightmare. By all accounts, this album was recorded using a cassette porta-studio! Even the big hit was in "slushophonic stereo," forcing me to reject the master. I had heard that a British company had issued "Oh No! It's the 70s" with a normal stereo mix of "Shame Shame Shame" on it, so I sought it out. Its reputation preceded it, and the song WAS in normal stereo on the disc, so I lifted the track from there and substituted it for the one on the DAT sent by Rhino. Alas, the sonic balance was all over the place and 15 years ago, re-EQing the entire album wasn't an option because nobody was willing to foot the bill. I did this album as a favor for another mastering engineer who had no interest in it and would have given it less attention than I did. My primary concern was that the hit be one the CD is normal stereo, which it was, and to date this is the only American CD to offer the song that way. It's now April of 2015, and all other U.S. releases containing the song have it in "slushophonic stereo" or in mono, and those in mono had to have dubbed a 45, as the original 45 is the only place the song has appeared in mono. If you want the hit in normal stereo, buy this CD. Just ignore the other tracks, as either they're insignificant or sound just plain bad.
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