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  • Audio CD (3 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Uni/Fuel 2000
  • ASIN: B00005B17E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Judy In Disguise
2. Leave Her Never
3. Little Dum Dum
4. Agnes English
5. Can't I Get (A Word In)
6. Down To The Boogaloo
7. Doin' The Best I Can
8. Sun City
9. No Letter Today
10. Love Come In Time
11. Outta My Head
12. She Shot A Hole In My Soul
13. Up And Down
14. Sad Story
15. Lonely Are The Lonely
16. Sometimes You Just Can't Win
17. Boogie Chillun/Walking With Frankie

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Bastow on 14 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Pretty much excellent from start to finish.I only bought this for Judy,but the rest of the album,although nothing like Judy,is great.Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely priceless 1960s white southern soul 2 Feb. 2004
By Robert Moore - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Primarily John Fred and the Playboy Band is remembered for a lone #1 hit, "Judy in Disguise with Glasses," but completely skews the memory of the kind of music they did. John Fred had an absolutely first rate soul voice, and he was completely capable of wailing with the best of them. He was superb at up tempo pop, slow and wailing laments, and gritty rock, and on top of all that was a very gifted songwriter. The band itself was highly competent and could produce a remarkably wide range of sounds. The arrangements, however, are often fascinating. Although employing the full panoply of 1960s musical gimmicks, the music has aged exceedingly well. Instrumentally, they use absolutely everything, from guitars to organ to horns to all the unusual and unexpected instruments they tried in the wake of the Beatles' experimentation.
This is just flat out great rock by a performer who was never as well as he ought to have been. The great songs just keep coming and coming, from the great "Judy in Disguise" that starts the disc to "Agnes English" (from the eponymously named album) to the upbeat "Can't I Get (A Word In)" to the Animals-like "Outta My Head" or the great "She Shot a Hole in My Soul," with its great horn arrangements. And although "Judy in Disguise" was their lone huge hit, I can honestly say that "Up and Down" is very nearly as good, with amazingly good vocals by Mr. Fred. The review below that stated that the album contains only one great song is utterly nutzoid.
I won't guarantee that anyone will enjoy every cut on this album, but I can absolutely assert that anyone who loves great pop soul will find plenty of good or great songs. If you want to hear some great but sadly neglected music, most of which will be completely fresh to you, give this sucker a shot.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I Remember Them Well 30 Jun. 2004
By William Sutton - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The years 1965-1968 were a great time to be in Shreveport, La - the band played at dances locally once a month, and their first records were coming out on Paula records. Their label-mates, Joe Stampley and the Uniques, sometimes played the same place on the same night. My senior year in high school I don't think I missed any of the dances they played. This cd is a great intro to John Fred and the boys and contains many, though not all, of the best things they recorded. Previous reviewers were right--these guys could play anything and John's voice could adapt to many types of songs. Andrew Bernard, a member of the band, did most of the arrangements, and he and John wrote most of their original songs. Everyone knows 'Judy in Disguise' but 'Agnes English' could have been as big. Actually 'Up and Down' was slated to be their 1st national release but Paul Revere & the Raiders released 'Ups and Downs' at about the same time and this great song went nowhere. The band had one of the earliest horn sections in rock and all of the guys were outstanding musicians. They really made the Memphis-style soul covers smoke. An auto accident in late '66 - early '67 caused a minor change in the line-up but they never missed a beat. There is a better cd, "The History of John Fred and the Playboys" on Paula Records with more cuts but it is probably not widely available. This then is really the best way right now to get familiar with this regional hit-maker.If only Paula would release their original albums from '65 to '67 (I have them on vinyl) you would really see how versatile and underated they were.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fine southern blue-eyed soul 30 Oct. 2001
By John W. Butler, Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
John Fred's collection of tunes is a terrific blend of rhythm and blues/soul music and pop. The band in its 1960s heyday was influenced by Stax-Volt artists and by British musicians, and the mix comes through in this versatile compilation. John Fred and his Playboys produced many excellent songs, far beyond simply their one smash hit ("Judy in Disguise"). Check out the driving "Up and Down" or "Outta My Head" for instance, or the soulful "Doin' the Best I Can". Or try out the excellent pop song "Agnes English". No slackers on this collection. Treat yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Your Oldies Music Collection Will Not Be Complete Without This! 20 Jun. 2007
By 1960's Child - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD has a song on it that knocked The Beatles, Hello Goodbye, out of the #1 spot in the U.S. in January 1968 and that song is, Judy In Disguise. Pretty good Ha! John Fred and his Playboy Band, were yet another (so called) One Hit Wonder group that were very underrated. Agnes English, is another very good pop song here I remembered from those days plus there are several other good songs here and one of them is, Boogie Chillin.

As for sound quality; it's good. This is a very short review about another very good 60s Band that should always be remembered. At the time of this review; this OOP CD was still selling at a reasonable price.Get this Disc while you can. I noticed that the OOP Import version of this CD is getting very expensive.

Final Note: I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever find this CD but I did.....Thank You Amazon
Soul and an instant classic 28 Mar. 2013
By E. Nickel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most Amazon reviews of this under appreciated southern pop and soul group make the valid point that the group's big hit, Judy in Disguise, did not in any way represent their gritty, regional R&B sound. So very true and I hope that people buying this compilation for Judy then discovered all the great music here. That said, I want to take the contrary view that Judy was one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded. By anyone. The first twenty seconds alone certifies this song as an instant classic. From the opening drum solo to that famous bass line that made the song instantly recognizable to anyone who had their radio on that year, the song adds A Day in the Life nod with the crescendo then kicks into the stomping piano melody. Lost in the novelty of the song is the great horn section, a signature of the Playboy Band, and of course Fred's R&B shouting. Only one quibble; they could really have done without the strings. That aside, this is a fantastic three minute slice of 1960s psychedelic soul.
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