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Where the Boys Are: The Songs of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 September 2011
Another fantastic cd from 'Ace' (4.5 stars would be a more accurate rating). It has a 28 page colour booklet with great liner notes including an interview with Neil Sedaka. The sound quality is great, crisp and punchy from start to finish. Knowing and owning alot of the tracks already I was looking forward to hearing the different versions of such songs as 'Breaking up is hard to do' by Carole King, 'Calendar boy' by Dee Dee Sharp and 'Get rid of him' by Dionne Warwick all three are fantastic versions. Overall the track listing shows off the whole breadth of the teams song writing talents. There are so many great songs on here by fantastic artists you'd be a fool not to buy it.
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on 7 December 2011
The UK's leading reissue label Ace Records has added a final (?) volume to its highly successful series featuring hits, small and big, from the pens of renowned Brill Building tunesmiths such as Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich, Burt Bacharach/Hal David, Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller et al. This CD comprises songs written by Neil Sedaka and long-standing lyricist partner, the late Howard Greenfield. The selection is more than good, but big hits such as The Captain & Tennille's world smashes "Love Will Keep Us Together", an American chart topper in 1975 and "Lonely Night (Angel Face)", which cracked the US Top 3 a year later, have sadly, been omitted. A few tracks showcase just lyricist Greenfield, and are, alas, rather obscure and uninteresting, the only exception being The Everly Brothers' beautiful ballad "Crying In The Rain". Some of the team's songs appear strangely enough in mono although these should be available in stereo: Nancy Wilson's "Don't Look Over Your Shoulder" (1967) and Ben E. King's "Walking In The Footsteps of A Fool" (1962), but neither song has the hallmarks of a Sedaka/Greenfield hit: catchy and easily memorable melody. And this goes for quite a few songs on this CD. There are, however, many highlights: Peggy Lee's "Bewitched" and the delightful 1958 Connie Francis rocker "Stupid Cupid". Also included (and rightfully so) is The Tokens' (of whom Sedaka was once a member!) "While I Dream". As always, Ace has painstakingly dug up detailed information on each and every track which is bound to please any serious record collector, but far too many of the songs selected for this CD are in my opinion not the pair's best work. Hence, this set does not fully celebrate the great songwriting of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.
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on 5 November 2013
Great Sedaka tracks from the vaults for your listening pleasure. Great stuff, excellent compilation. Hope that they issue more. Really neat.
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on 23 November 2011
The other people who bought this CD are very lucky. The copy sent to me by Amazon had all the track information in Japanese and I was told that there was not an English language version available.
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on 15 October 2011
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.
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