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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Collection Of Songs By Underrated Rock Band, 24 Dec 2002
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
Tommy James and the Shondells were a vastly underrated band when they hit the charts in 1966 and 1967, and Tommy was one of the best song writers of the that era. Many music critics dismissed their music as insignificant and inconsequential, but they were actually innovative recording artists with a sophisticated sound, who were years ahead of their time. Like most greatest hits compilations, this CD leaves out some important songs, but it is a more representative collection than most. Hanky Panky is a classic rock song, but much of the early Tommy James sound is a blend of rock and beautiful melody such as my favorite track, the beautiful up-tempo Mirage, I Like The Way, Gettin' Together, and Out Of The Blue which are outstanding, underrated songs. The classic I Think We're Alone Now, It's Only Love, Run, Run Baby Run, and Love's Closin' In On Me are also excellent up-tempo songs that make you feel good.
The Tommy James Sound was a perfect match for psychedelic arrangements, and Crimson And Clover was a brilliant early psychedelic song which had a profound effect on the evolution of rock music for many years. Sugar On Sunday and Sweet Cherry Wine are two other beautiful tracks. His maturation and versatility was exhibited in Crystal Blue Persuasion and Draggin' The Line, a more sophisticated hard rock song than the earlier infectious, up beat Mony Mony.
This CD contains few weak tracks and is an outstanding collection of songs by one of the great rock bands of the 1960's and 1970's. The photos included with the CD are also excellent.
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Anthology by Tommy James and the Shondells (Audio CD - 1989)
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