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Really Good Brill Building Pop!,
This review is from: Where the Boys Are: The Songs of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield (Audio CD)
When I originally bought this cd, I expected Neil Sedaka's music to be a lot more bubblegum than many of the Brill Building songwiters. I didn't think that I'd find much of the same fine songwriting craftsmanship that I found in other Ace songwriter editions. Instead, I found this latest songwriters instalment, to be up there in quality with Goffin and King, Greenwich and Barry, Mann and Weill, Pomus and Shuman, and all the other great Brill Building songwriting teams that Ace Records has featured in the past.
All these writers wrote very commercial, assembly line material, but many of their songs are quality, early 1960's pop at it's best. Much of it is very original, and sounds like it could only have been written in the Brill Building and recorded in The Big Apple, because it has that distinctive edgy New York City sound that sets it apart from other recordings. And of course, the songs of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield are no different.
In conclustion, there are brilliant songs on this album done by Connie Francis, Carole KIng, Wanda Jackson, Jimmy Clanton, The Everly Bothers, The Cookies, Peggy Lee, Lesley Gore, Tom Jones, and Nancy Wilson, just to name a few. Even some of the more obscure songs, done by artists such as Dionne Warwick and Ben E King are good.
This is a very good album with hardly any dud tracks on it, and for that reason I give it a solid 4 out of 5.