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Sophisticated Boom Boom: The Shadow Morton Story [Original recording remastered]

George Shadow Morton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Rod - The Markeys Featuring Georgie Morton
2. I Want My Girl - The Lonely Ones
3. Only Seventeen - The Beattle-Ettes
4. Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - The Shangri-Las
5. Give Him A Great Big Kiss - The Shangri-Las
6. Sophisticated Boom Boom - The Goodies
7. Baby - Ellie Greenwich
8. You Don't Know - Ellie Greenwich
9. Past, Present And Future - The Shangri-Las
10. Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking) - Janis Ian
11. So Soft, So Warm - The Nu-Luvs
12. Take My Advice - The Nu-Luvs
13. Lost In The Shuffle - The Blues Project
14. Stop The Clock - The Shaggy Boys
15. I'll Never Learn - The Shangri-Las
16. Too Old To Go Way Little Girl - Janis Ian
17. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge
18. And When It's Over - The Vagrants
19. Season Of The Witch, Pt 2 - Vanilla Fudge
20. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
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Producers are quirky, conceptual people, David Johansen of the New York Dolls once said. Few fit that description better than George Shadow Morton, whose work is celebrated in this new addition to Ace Records long-running Producers series. Sophisticated Boom Boom! The Shadow Morton Story covers the enigmatic producer/songwriter s career from his debut as lead vocalist with the Markeys and the Lonely Ones through to the New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon album. Also included are tracks by the Beattle-ettes, Shangri-Las, Goodies, Ellie Greenwich, Shaggy Boys, Nu-Luvs, Janis Ian, Blues Project, Vanilla Fudge, Vagrants, Iron Butterfly and Mott The Hoople everything from 1950s doo wop to 1970s glam-punk via girl group melodramas and Long Island psychedelia. In other words, a very varied listening experience. The collection was compiled with input from Shadow Morton himself, who sadly died while the project was being prepared for release. His story is told in great detail in the accompanying sumptuously illustrated 36-page booklet, which features an exhaustive 12,000-word essay by Mick Patrick and many rare photographs, including some supplied by the Morton family.

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Ace's Producer Series. The master, George Shadow Morton, w/Shangri-Las, Goodies, New York Dolls, Vanilla Fudge, Nu-Luvs, Blues Project, Janis Ian, Ellie Greenwich, Beattle-ettes & more. 24 tracks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff - 'Moments When...' 28 Jun 2013
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A very good compilation from 'Ace' records (70mins of music). Firstly, it comes with an excellent 40 page informative booklet that's packed with pics and label scans. The difficulty is trying to get the beast out of the digi-pak itself (my advice is be gentle, a few shakes - and pull it out by the spine). Secondly, the sound quality is excellent as usual with any 'Ace' release (most tracks are in Mono - 8 stereo). The music genres on the compilation range from Girl Group delights which are packed with drama and desolation, Doo wop, Psychedelia (which isn't my bag at all) and finished off with a couple of tracks of glam/punk from the New York Dolls. Apart from the much loved classics by Ellie Greenwich and the Shangri-Las - 'Past, Present and Future' is such an incredible track - WOW, there are two great tracks by Janis Ian which are new to my ears - great stuff indeed. There's lots to enjoy, and a bit of everything for everyone. Overall, the first 16 tracks are awesome the rest aren't my bag but they show off different sides to 'Shadows' genius. The packaging could have been better. 8.5/10. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good ol' George 16 Sep 2013
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Loved his stuff from Shangri-Las time, but quite impressed by the rest of his oeuvre(!). There are 1 or 2 fillers but well worth the price of asking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fitting Ace tribute to the late producing great 10 Aug 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another beautifully compiled and annotated entry in Ace's "producers series," following ones for the likes of fellow sixties greats Bert Berns, Jack Nitzche, Jerry Ragovoy and Phil Spector. George "Shadow" Morton, who passed away this past Valentine's Day at age 71, not only knew and approved of this project, he granted exclusive interviews to its producer, Mick Patrick -- that is, whenever the elusive Morton could be reached. (His nickname was based on his notorious elusiveness going back to his early twenties.) His greatest success was with the defining New York City girl group of the mid-1960s, the Shangri-Las, before moving on to produce, among many others, Janis Ian, Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly and (in 1974) the New York Dolls. The booklet included in this package is exceptionally comprehensive and an aesthetic treat: 40 pages, with 30 pages of text by Mick Patrick, gorgeous photographs, with a slew of reproductions of colorful record labels and jackets, promotional posters snd the like. Besides the interviews with Morton, there are a host of others with people who worked with him, including Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jerry Leiber, Janis Ian, Billy Joel and David Johansen.

The first two tracks, featuring the vocal stylings of the teenage "Georgie" Morton backed by his Long Island high school pals, are a bit hard to take and make it obvious why he would be much better off directing recording sessions than continuing behind a mic. The third is one of the many primitively recorded and rushed-onto-the-market ad hoc unknown girl group tributes to the Liverpool moptops at the onset of Beatlemania. This one by the Beattle-ettes [sic] is delightfully amateurish and garage-y. Oddly, its sporadic whoops make it sound like its paying simultaneous homage to Freddy Cannon -- adding to the fun.

Then we get to his commercial and artistic breakthrough with the Shangri-Las on Leiber and Stoller's Red Bird label with the immortal "Remember (Walkin' in the Rain)," heard here in an unissued early take that opened with a Mary Weiss monologue. This is not intended to be a Shangri-Las greatest hits CD, concentrating instead on noteworthy obscurities, with a few mostly minor hits here and there; thus, Morton's and the Shangri-Las' biggest hit, "Leader of the Pack" [#1 the week of November 28, 1964], is not here, although the story behind the song is. It's probably assumed that buyers of this collection would already own it, yet it seems odd for something titled "The Shadow Morton Story" not to include it.

This collection's catchy and danceable (after the opening monologue) title song, "Sophisticated Boom Boom" (1965) by the Goodies, on Red Bird's sister label, Blue Cat, went nowhere, leaving this contemporaneous Morton-produced girl group forever in the shadow [no pun intended] of the Shangri-Las. The Nu-Luvs met the same fate with their ultra-Shangri-Lasian ballad "So Soft, So Warm" (1966). Singer-songwriter Ellie Greenwich, in collaboration with Jeff Barry and Morton, thought they had a sure hit with her slow-building, dramatic "You Don't Know." The mistake was not going with the irresistible, upbeat flip side, "Baby," which was revived exquisitely this year by She & Him on their "Volume 3" album. Jeff Barry characterized Morton's productions as "little [teenage] soap operas with sound effects" -- with "Leader of the Pack" being the exemplar par excellence.

Morton's post-Shangri-Las most lasting masterpiece is clearly Janis Ian's Society's Child" (1966-67). He even came up with the superior title to the original "Baby, I've Been Thinking." Beyond the bold and brilliant lyrics, melody and vocal phrasing by the 15-year-old newcomer (who had to light a corner of Morton's newspaper on fire to originally get his attention), once session keyboardist Artie Butler added the organ and harpsichord parts, this stunner of a song could not be stopped, despite being banned from air play in most of the country. Yahoos could not accept a song about a teenage interracial relationship and a condemnation of adult racial bigotry. In Chicago, the reactionary crackpot management at 50,000-watt powerhouse WLS, who had banned the nation's #1 song, "Eve of Destruction," two years earlier, did the same with "Society's Child." Yet, right up the dial, rival Top 40 station WCFL (Chicago's "Voice of Labor") had no such problem with the song, which got to #12 on their record survey in the summer of 1967, two notches higher than nationally on Billboard.

Following the credible one-off blues-rock single by the Blues Project, whose title "Lost in the Shuffle" describes its fate, the psychedelic soul of Vanilla Fudge was next, with their heavy remake of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," which got to #6 in the summer of '68 (the album track is the version included here). This was the perfect segue to Morton's next logical step, Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Then finally (and refreshingly), came 1974 and a rollicking remake by the New York Dolls of the Cadets' novelty, "Stranded in the Jungle," from 18 years earlier.

This is a highly worthwhile acquisition, especially if coupled with a good-quality Shangri-Las best-of collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of Morton 30 Oct 2013
By Stuart Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This record collects some key productions covering a wide collection of years, acts and genres. Tastes vary, but I find the early to mid sixties output far more compelling than the following years. The liner notes are excellent and thorough, providing an interesting introduction to an easily overlooked figure.
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