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Major League: The Pye/Piccadilly Anthology
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2008
I fully agree with the review of P.D. Harris about the high vocal quality of the Ivy League. They should have scored many more hit records and I can't understand why they didn't.
I was 'sold' after I heard 'My World Fell Down', what a fantasatic song and brillant vocal harmonies.
In the Netherlands they scored in 1965 their only charting record with 'Tossing And Turning', it reached number 16 and charted for 10 weeks.
A Dutch group, The Buffoons, covered in 1967 'Tomorrow Is Another Day', with on the B-side 'My World Fell Down'; 2 other great songs by The Ivy League. The Buffoons went to number 8 and stayed in the charts for 12 weeks.
The quality of this Castle 2-CD is very good, so if you like The Righteous Brothers and The Walker Brothers, go and buy this CD; you'll love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2010
Only bought this really for the totally forgotten, That's Why I'm Crying. That's still brilliant - completely uncommercial and lord knows how it got chosen as a follow-up single.
For the rest....well............ some are OK - some MOR - some should have stayed in the can. Mind you, for the price, if you haven't got the singles on a 60's compilation, then this may be ideal. Don't go expecting too much though.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Please note that this is a re-issue of an earlier double CD with a similar title but different packaging.

This obscure sixties group burst onto the scene in 1965, when it seemed that they might become major stars, but it was not to be. Songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis had previously made records as Carter Lewis and the Southerners (outside the scope of this collection), but it was not until they became the Ivy League, replacing the Southerners with Perry Ford, that things began to happen for them.

Their first single, What more do you want, attracted a certain amount of attention but didn't make the charts. However, their second, Funny how love can be, was a UK hit, peaking at number 8. Its B-side, Lonely room, was also of a high quality and the group wishes they'd saved it to be the follow-up. The actual follow-up, That's why I'm crying, just made the UK top 20. This was followed by Tossing and turning, which reached number 3 in the UK and also charted in the USA. It was to be their only American hit and was also their biggest UK hit.

Next came the minor hit Our love is slipping away, followed by a 4-track EP of Christmas songs. Their first single of 1966, Running round in circles, failed to chart, while their next, Willow charts, only just avoided the same fate. After that, the group became subject to line-up changes but they continued to release singles. None of them charted.

Meanwhile, they recorded two albums, only one of which was ever released. Whereas their singles were all self-penned, they included cover versions on their albums. On this collection, all the A and B sides are on CD 1, while the album tracks and the Christmas EP are on CD 2.

With only two top 10 UK hits and only one minor American hits, The Ivy League cannot be regarded as essential, but they were a brilliant harmony trio. If you enjoy the Tremeloes or the Four seasons, you will enjoy the Ivy League.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2010
I saw these boys a couple of years ago and was inpressed with their live performance and entertainment value. They sound a lot better live than recorded on past knowledge so I thought I would buy this double CD. CD 1 is a bit disappointing apart from the hits. However CD 2 is a revelation. I thoroughly enjoyed the musical entertainment provided. The band shows a surprisingly wide range of styles from verging on jazz through to blues, boogy and rock and roll to add to their ability to provide harmonious vocals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Band are still together and still doing it. These songs never date. The Album includes their 3 main Hits and its a 2 CD ,so it was good value.
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on 30 May 2014
Fantastic group! Only for those who understands this disk and understands good music. All who adores the British invasion! I can recommend one more fantastic group They're In Town
Rockin Berries. Thanks Amazon for the given pleasure.
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on 27 August 2013
A very under rated group of singer songwriters.
One of the top harmony groups of the sixties but sadly now almost forgotten
I would recommend this fine collection to anyone who likes harmony groups
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on 30 July 2013
Liked the CD which brought back a lot of nostalgic memories from the 60s. Would recommend to those who were teenagers in the 60s, youngsters of today wouldn't have a clue who this group were!
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on 30 May 2015
I had forgotten some of these
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on 30 March 2015
Complete history. Excellent
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