7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2002
1974 was such an important year for music. It was when the 'Glam' toned down and groups started to really record great music. "Hey Rock And Roll" and "Rock'n'Roll Lady" probably show this group at its very best - raw, great writing, and having fun. Whilst commercially, Showaddywaddy gained more from the Arista years (from 1977) that followed the 'Bell' era, let's not forget that Showaddywaddy were at the top of the tree for many reasons - teddy boys, jiving, big groups, musicians, and above all entertainment. Whilst being 70s, they could stand shoulder to shoulder with Mud, Rubettes, Slade, Glitter Band, and all those great 70s acts by virtue of actually producing a different kind of music to the others. Remember that Mud recorded "Oh Boy" in 1975, which surely must have been influenced by the teddy boy-old song revival/looks so right by Showaddywaddy. Got for it.
on 21 September 2014
WOW, THIS IS A BRILLIANT ALBUM. ALL THE BELL SINGLES A'S & B'S FROM 1974-1976 IS FEATURED HERE. THE HITS ON THIS CD ARE BRILLIANT BUT SOME OF THEIR B SIDES IN MY OPINION WERE JUST AS GOOD. "YOU WILL LOSE YOUR LOVE TOMORROW" IS A BEAUTIFUL BALLAD AND WAS THE B SIDE OF THEIR DEBUT SINGLE "HEY ROCK N ROLL" IN 1974 AND IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. ANOTHER FAVOURITE OF MINE HERE IS "THE PARTY", A SONG THAT FEATURED ON THEIR FIRST ALBUM BUT LATER APPEARED AS THE B SIDE OF "THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN". IN MY OPINION, THEY COULD HAVE RELEASED IT AS A DOUBLE A SIDE AND MIGHT HAVE HAD A NO.1 SINGLE. "LUCY JANE", B SIDE OF "HEARTBEAT", IS ANOTHER GREAT TRACK AND COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER HIT HAD IT BEEN RELEASED AS A SINGLE A SIDE. THERE IS A TRACK ON THIS CD WHICH WAS A SINGLE IN 1976 BUT FAILED TO CHART CALLED "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS". HOW A SINGLE ISSUED DURING THE PEAK OF THEIR CAREER COULD FLOP IS BEYOND ME. MAYBE "GO JOHNNY GO" MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE BETTER A SIDE AND BEEN ANOTHER HIT SINGLE, BUT THAT'S NOT TO SAY "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS" IS A BAD SONG. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG. THE ALBUM CLOSES WITH ANOTHER GREAT TRACK, "LOOKIN' BACK", THE B SIDE OF THE CLASSIC NO.1 SINGLE "UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE". ALL IN ALL, A GREAT COMPILATION. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CD TO ANY SWW FANS. ALSO THE ARISTA SINGLES VOLUMES 1 & 2 IS WELL WORTH A LISTEN TOO.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2002
This was a bit of nostalgia for me and I did love hearing the old hits again, particularly Under the Moon of Love and Three Steps to Heaven. However, there were a few tracks I didn't recognise at all and some (Dancin' Party, When, for example) that I missed. This is a great CD, but I think the greatest hits album is better for the pure nostalgia seeker. There's not much nostalgia in hearing a track for the first time.