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Archies [CASSETTE] Import

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (1 Dec. 1995)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • ASIN: B000002YAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Archie's Theme (Everything's Archie)
  2. Bang Shang-A-Lang
  3. Boys & Girls
  4. Time for Love
  5. You Make Me Wanna Dance
  6. Dee Doo Down Down
  7. Truck Diver
  8. Catchin' Up on Fun
  9. I'm in Love
  10. Seventeen Ain't Young
  11. Ride, Ride, Ride
  12. Hide & Seek
  13. Bang Shang-Alang [Mono Single Version]
  14. Truck Driver [Mono Single Version]

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Format: Audio CD
The year 1969 was a year in which unbelievable things happened: human beings walked on the moon and the New York Mets won the World Series. But such things usually come in threes and one nomination for that final spot would be that in 1969 the biggest selling pop song of the year was "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies. The group was created by producer Don Kirschner after he was fired by the Monkees. Behind the animated figures of Archie and the gang were a group of seasoned session vocalists including Andy Kim, Ron Dante, Ellie Greenwich, Jeanie Thomas and Toni Wine. Most of the songs recorded by the group were written by Jeff Barry, who usually wrote with his wife, Greenwich. But the two big Archies hits, "Sugar,Sugar" (#1) and "Jingle Jangle" (#10), were both co-written by Barry and Kim. You would have thought that would have been a giant clue for the pair to do more, but Barry wrote the majority of these songs by himself, and once he left the picture the Archies faded from music history.
The other minor hits by the Archies would be "Bang-Shang-A-Lang" (#22), "Feelin' So Good (S.k.o.o.b.y-D.o.o)" (#53), "Sunshine" (#57), and "Who's Your Baby?" (#40). Notice that the six singles that charted are the first six cuts on the album, so do not be surprised when this collection starts off strong and then by the time you get to the end of the album the flavor has gone out of it (what other metaphor would you suggest?). All of these songs fit the same mold, which means a catchy melody and meaningless lyrics about love. It would be easy to dismiss all bubblegum music as ear candy, but "Sugar, Sugar" sold six million copies.
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Ok.....firstly, due to Amazons policy of lumping together reviews of different issues of cds on the same page lets get this clear, this review is for the Forever Gold FG357 cd issued in 2007. I have always been a fan of harmony, 'sunshine pop' call it what you will. The Archies were of course a made up 'cartoon band'. The lead vocals were all down to the prolific Ron Dante, America's equivalent of our own Tony Burrows (Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, Brotherhood of Man, Pipkins et al). Ron was the voice of many releases including The Cuff Links (Tracy, When Julie comes around etc). Back to this cd, I was idly looking for a Archies compilation which are quite expensive to find, anyway, I came across this for 90p, new and sealed so duly ordered. The cd arrived and on reading the back cover in the small print was that dreaded bit..........some tracks are re-recorded by one or other......you know the one. I do NOT buy or own any re-recorded tat, like any true music fan I only want the originals. So with trepidation and before I threw it in the bin I played it.
Naturally it started track one of 12 with Sugar Sugar, ok so far so good clearly the ORIGINAL recording and on it went by track 12 im still waiting for a re-recording, didn't happen! I read the inside inlay which says only Track One i.e. Sugar Sugar is a re-recording!
Confused? so was I! I should add at this point I have spent 40 years in the music business and have made 28 records and been a radio presenter, so modestly I think I know a re-recording from an original! So to sum up as far as im concerned this is 12 original tracks (tpt 31.05 mins) for 90p. IF track one IS a re-recording then its time I was taken off to the home for old musicians gone deaf!
I wouldn't normally be bothered to write this much, but i'd hate you to miss a bargain and be misinformed! If anyone else buys this and disagrees with me i'd be delighted to hear your thoughts. In the meantime enjoy.................................
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Format: Audio CD
A great compilation of tracks by a “phantom combo” created in the ‘60s by Don Kirshner as animated comic characters. The singers were Andy Kim, Ron Dante and Toni Wine. Most of the songs were written / co-written by Jeff Barry including the best selling classic ‘Sugar Sugar’. Some of the lyrics are a bit goofy and banal in places but it’s good vibes all the way with songs about love, sunshine, sugar, rollerskates, candy etc. It’s a fantastic collection of feelgood bubblegum pop, complete with brief sleevenotes in English and German!
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Format: Audio CD
This 24 track CD is definitely THE best of the CD released compilations by the Archies. Not only does it feature the majority of the singles, but also contains some key album tracks from various Archies albums.
The best thing overall about this CD is in the sound quality. It sounds as if the folks down at Repertoire really took interest in the release and cleaned up the tracks to give them a more pristine sound. Most of the Archies' comps so far have been very low in quality with some sounding like they were lifted straight from the vinyl, complete with pops and crackles. This also features an attractive cover, which actually features the Archie gang; some of the other comps have not.
Another good thing is the selection of the 24 tracks. This CD features the songs "Justine", "Truck Driver", "Who's Gonna Love Me", and "Archie's Party" which up to this point had never been released on CD. This may be the closest thing we will get to an Archies box set, but I am still hoping!
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