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  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00005AQ0I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
The sound you hear is Classic Bubblegum music, who produce music from the likes of The Lemon Pipers, The 1910 Fruitgum Co. and of course The Ohio Express. Clocking in at a mere 33 minutes and 25 seconds, this album is even shorter than the Fruitgum CD. It also leaves out Ohio Express classics such as Peanuts, Cowboy Convention, Down In Tennessee, Roll It Up, Mary-Ann, and Shake. However it sounds crisp all the way throughout and is far superior to any other Ohio Express collection. Although their first album is ignored (Try It would have been a nice addition), the "real" Ohio Express are represented by the classic She's Not Comin' Home. Again, the emphasis is on the group's up-beat chugga chugga songs and that just can't be beaten. The tempo is good and the songs are perfect to get up out of your chair and sing along to. One of their songs on this album - Chewy Chewy - features on a recent Lynx advertisement and will be recognised instantly by even the younger generation. This collection really is a hark back to the good old days when children were respectful, politicians were noble and music was good. It leaves your mouth savouring for lots more of the Ohio Express... and remember, there's lots more where this came from.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Impressed, yet disappointed 22 Aug. 2001
By AnotherMusicExpert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After labels like Sundazed, Bear Family & others do such great packaging these days I was disappointed to see the small 3 page booklet. Sound quality is best I've heard (and this stuff has been so shabbily released in the past), so thumbs up there.

At the same time I was disappointed with a few points: first 14 songs...come on, we all know you can get 74+ minutes of music on a CD. Next, the version of "1,2,3 Redlight" is NOT the popular hit version, but a second rate out-take. Would have loved to hear the hit version remastered like the others.

And finally, poor research as far as the song compilation - they have excluded two songs "Try It" and "Cowboy Convention" which charted for the group. Isn't that the idea of a "Best Of" package? Overall, great sound but some disappointments from Buddha.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another Gem From Buddah 11 Sept. 2007
By George O'Leary - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't agree more with reviewer RRiis. This is happy-time music from an era that had more than its share of trouble, reflected in morose, crêpe-hanging tunes like Eve Of Destruction and In The Year 2525. Consequently, the supercilious types at Rolling Stone go overboard in their condemnation of "bubble-gum music" - even in the face of their huge - if short-term - popularity.

Along with the informative liner notes by Kim Cooper, Co-editor of Bubblegum Music, you get all seven of the group's hits with the Buddah label, these being: Yummy Yummy Yummy (# 4 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in June 1968 b/w Zig Zag); Down At Lulu's (# 33 H100 in August/September 1968 b/w She's Not Coming Home(; Chewy Chewy (# 15 H100 in November 1968 b/w Firebird); Sweeter Than Sugar (# 96 H100 in March 1969 b/w Bitter Lemon); Mercy (# 30 H100 April/May 1969 b/w Roll It Up); Pinch Me [Baby, Convince Me] (# 99 H100 June 1969 b/w Peanuts); and Sausalito [Is The Place To Go] (# 86 H100 September 1969 b/w Make Love Not War.

Joey Levine, who also sang lead with The Third Rail on Epic and later with Reunion, takes the lead on the first five hits above, while Bobby Bengert does the honors on Pinch Me, and on Sausalito it's Graham Gouldman, who also sang with 10cc.

My only disappointment is that the producers did not [could not?] include their only other two charters: Beg, Borrow And Steal, # 29 H100 in 1967 [actually recorded earlier for the Attack label as by The Rare Breed), and 1968's # 83 H100 Try It - both for the Cameo label - and that just two of the Buddah B-sides are included.

However, what's here is enjoyable and if you get this and the companion CD The Best Of The 1910 Fruitgum Co. you'll have some of the most danceable and enjoyable tunes from the late 1960s. Despite what Rolling Stone thinks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very good but yet not quite complete 15 April 2009
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
People can say whatever they want about bubblegum music; but it provided many, many people with good tunes and a real alternative to hard rock back in the day. These tunes got their fair share of airplay and lots of people bought their records, too. The Best of the Ohio Express: Yummy Yummy Yummy features Ohio Express in a most positive light; and that's terrific. The quality of the sound on this album is excellent; and I really like that artwork, too.

The CD starts off with Ohio Express singing "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy." While this tune has the silliest of titles, the sound is actually very cool and these guys harmonize to play this one up right! "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" has a rockin' flavor to it and they rightfully got good airplay from this number. The guitar work is very good, too. "Nothing Sweeter Than My Baby" has that signature Ohio Express sound; these guys never let go of a superfluous note and the music that accompanies the vocals couldn't be better!

"Sweeter Than Sugar" gets the royal treatment from Ohio Express; this has some great music and Ohio Express bats this straight out of the ballpark! They harmonize the chorus very well and again they use the guitars to great advantage on "Sweeter Than Sugar." "Nighttime" has a fine arrangement that is easy on the ear; and listen for Ohio Express to outdo even themselves on "Chewy, Chewy." "Chewy, Chewy" features Ohio Express squarely front and center--and they deserved this spotlight. The music complements the vocals without ever drowning the singers out; and Ohio Express was very well coordinated to come up with this tune.

"She's Not Comin' Home" has a pretty melody even with its minor keys; and I really like "Gimme Gimme." "Gimme Gimme" has a great `60s beat to it and Ohio Express does this with all the skill of the experienced musicians they truly were. "1, 2, 3, Red Light" is also very well done; and there's a true gem in "Down at Lulu's." "Down at Lulu's" has a very `60s sound to it that is just a touch like the Beach Boys sound with those backup vocalists; and it all holds its own very well.

"Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)" showcases yet again the fine talents of Ohio Express; this tune has a rockin' flavor to it that still gets me tapping my feet to the beat today! "Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)" is a good number and a highlight of this album. "Pinch Me (Baby, Convince Me)" makes good use of the drums and percussion; and the album ends strong with Ohio Express performing "Mercy." "Mercy" is a well done tune and that melody leaves you wanting more--it's infectiously catchy and that's awesome.

Ohio Express really turned out some great numbers in their time. This album doesn't have every one of their "best" and so I can only give this CD a four star review. However, don't let that deter you from trying this one out; it does indeed have some terrific bubblegum songs from one of the most successful `60s groups, Ohio Express. It makes a strong starter CD for people just discovering Ohio Express, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1,2,3, Yummy 28 Jan. 2014
By Adm. Arthur N. LeDock Ret. GSN. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A terrific collection of one of the better bubblegum groups. One other reviewer mentioned 1,2,3...Red light - the original or best known offering was the 1910 Fruitgum Company and their version, I think, is much better. Still, the Express gives a whole platter of goodies,including: 1,2,3...Red light, Yummy, Yummy...Sansalito...Chewy, Chewy amongst others. This is fun music and will never be confused as any great classic, still, for those of us that are baby boomers entering the dying years a fun reminder of younger days.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good band,but consistency is lacking in parts 9 Aug. 2001
By Bob Ashley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hm.First of all,this a well done CD with some good songs on it.BUT!I just didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the new 1910 fruitgum company compilation on this same label.Both "bands" existed at the same time and mined the bubblegum scene.However,the 1910 just had a better sense of humor or something. I'll give this 3 stars because the good stuff on here is REALLY good.
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