In the early days of record buying, besides the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, and the Four Seasons, I always looked for a new Tommy James single. He is one prolific writer, who continually put out singles almost every 2-3 months. Between "Hanky Panky" and "Do Something To Me", he changed - dramatically. This is a two album set, and is worth every dime. The first album , "Crimson and Clover", is and excellent album defying critics abilities to "pigeonhole" it. It wasn't bubblegum, it wasn't acid rock, it wasn't metal, it was a bit of everything.
The title cut is pretty much known by all. It is actually a splice of two master tapes at different speeds, (if you listen you can tell!) This was and is one of the greatest singles of this generation, and is timeless. Who doesn't know it? "Crystal Blue Persuasion" was another big one, known by all, and today would be MOR. Top 5 all the way, another major classic.
"Do Something To Me" was recorder earlier, and was released before "Crimson and Clover" and shows its "Mony Mony" roots. "Sugar on Sunday" could have been another single, but a group called "CLIQUE" jumped on it. "Breakaway" and the others are filler, but unlike most of his albums, this was his first 33 1/3rd lp to be listened to in its entirety. All the songs are rather good.
The best part is getting "Cellophane Symphony" on the same CD. "Sweet Cherry Wine" is his anti-war ode, and another hit. "Changes" attempts the mold of "Crimson" a great song. "Loved One" has been and has always been on of my favorites. The remainder are also easy to listen to, and are not Bubblegum, but the beginnings of FM rock. He tried and at last found the formula.
IF YOU ARE A FAN, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS ALBUM. If a collector or a lover of the 60's, this is a true artifact I think you will enjoy. For the value, your risk is low.