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on 28 February 2016

If one is asked about husband and wife songwriting team, the two teams that immediately come to mind are: Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The latter was considered to be the hipsters of the Brill Building set. The two New Yorkers got married in 1961, remained in the Big Apple long after their Brill Building contemporaries had fled, then moved to Hollywood in the late sixties. They have not only been responsible for the sale of over 200 million records, but also inspired generations of songwriters to follow their example. Bruce Springsteen was one example. Their most famous songs included You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Righteous Brothers), We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Animals), Don’t Know Much (Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt), Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton), Running With The Night (Lionel Richie), Sometimes When We Touch (Dan Hill) and Somewhere Out There from the movie An American Tail.


This 3 CD set contains 60 songs from their early years. In disc 3, there are 12 songs performed by Barry Mann, including the hit Who Put The Bomp. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including chart position and year with personal comments), which is as follows (US=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

Disc 1:
01 Uptown – The Crystals (US 13/1962)*Barbara Alston, lead vocal
02 Warpaint – The Brook Brothers (1961)
03 Where Have You Been (All My Life) – Arthur Alexander (58/1962)
04 Who Put The Bomp – Jan & Dean (1962)*this is Jan & Dean’s affectionate cover
05 Find Another Fool – The Marcels (1961)
06 Happy Times Are Here To Stay – Tony Orlando (US 82/1961)*arranged by another songwriter, Carole King
07 I Wanna Thank Your Folks – Johnny Burnette (1962)
08 Three Eyed Man – Buddy Knox (1961)
09 Before I Loved Her – Johnny Maestro (1962)
10 Counting Teardrops – Emile Ford & The Checkmates (UK 4/1960)
11 A Girl Has To Know – The G-Clefs (81/1962)*rare gem
12 Conscience – James Darren (US 11/1962)
13 Forty Winks Away – Neil Sedaka (b-side to Stairway To Heaven, 1960)
14 If A Woman Answers – Leroy Van Dyke (US 35/1962)*rare gem
15 My Dad – Paul Petersen (6/1962)*spelled incorrectly on the back cover as Peterson
16 I’ll Never Dance Again – Bobby Rydell (US 14/1962)
17 Echoes – Teddy Randazzo (1962)
18 Don’t Cry Donna – Tommy Roe (1962)
19 I Play The Part Of A Fool – Robin Lee (1961)
20 I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters (US 5/1961)

Disc 2:
01 Bless You – Tony Orlando (US 15/1961)*arranged by Carole King
02 Sweet Sorrow – Conway Twitty (1961)
03 She Say (Oom Dooby Doom) – The Diamonds (1958)
04 Patches – Dickey Lee (US 6/1962)*my other favourite by him is I Saw Linda Yesterday
05 Don’t Destroy Me – Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock (US 94/1959)*rare gem
06 Proud – Johnny Crawford (US 29/1963)
07 How Long Must You Keep Me A Secret – Leroy Van Dyke (1962)
08 Come Back Silly Girl – The Letterman (US 17/1962)*first recorded by Steve Lawrence; see below
09 Promise Me – Carl Dobkins Jr. (1962)*co-written by Mann & Johnny Tillotson
10 Let Me Be The One – The Paris Sisters (US 87/1962)*produced by Phil Spector
11 Oh, How I Miss My Baby – The Innocents (1962)*rare gem
12 Little Bitty Heart – The Brook Brothers (1961)
13 I Love How You Love Me – Jimmy Crawford (1961)*thanks for including this version
14 I Could Have Loved You So Well – Ray Petersen (1961)
15 Errand Boy – Johnny Halo (1961)
16 Don’t Play No. 9 – Kitty Ford (1961)
17 Johnny Loves Me – Shelley Fabares (US 21/1962)
18 My Favourite Dream – Jan & Dean (1962)
19 Come Back Silly Girl – Steve Lawrence (1960)*original version, but uncharted; rare gem
20 Alice – The Four Preps (1962)

Disc 3:
01 I Love How You Love Me – Billy Fury (1962)
02 He’s Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals (US 11/1962)*Darlene Love, lead vocal; recorded by the Blossoms; same for He’s A Rebel
03 My Heart Said (The Bossa Nova) – Tippie & The Clovers (1962)
04 Telephone (Won’t You Ring) – Shelley Fabares (1962)
05 I Play The Part Of A Fool – Rocky Hart & The Passions (1961)
06 The Way Of A Clown – Teddy Randazzo (US 44/1960)
07 Mary’s Little Lamb – James Darren (US 31/1962)
08 Beauty Of The Love – Billy Eckstine (1962)
09 Warpaint – Barry Mann (1960)
10 Counting Teardrops – Barry Mann (1961)
11 Happy Birthday, Broken Heart – Barry Mann (1961)
12 The Millionaire – Barry Mann (1961)
13 Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) – Barry Mann (7/1961)
14 Love True Love – Barry Mann (b-side to Who Put The Bomp, 1961)
15 Little Miss U.S.A. – Barry Mann (1962)
16 Find Another Fool – Barry Mann (1961)
17 Hey Baby I’m Dancin’ – Barry Mann (1962)
18 Like I Don’t Love You – Barry Mann (1962)
19 Bless You – Barry Mann (1961)
20 Teenage Has-Been – Barry Mann (1962)

The sound is good with no hiss. All the songs are original versions, not re-recorded.


Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are indeed giants of American popular songs. It is indeed impossible to have a Complete Mann & Weil Anthology, which would require many box sets. From this box set about their early works, you will have an insight into their talents, a fact that this collection celebrates 60 times over. Press play and enjoy! This set is recommended.
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The Songs of Mann & Weil, 60 Original Classics, NOT3CD142

Barry Mann (songwriting, vocals, piano; born February 9, 1939), Cynthia Weil (songwriting; born October 18, 1940).

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are among the top songwriters of the 20th Century and beyond. They are one of the longest collaborating teams in the business, having been working together since 1960. Their compositions cover a range of musical styles from big ballads such as (“On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”) to movers such as (“Kicks,” “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place”). They are also among popular music's most prolific songwriters with Barry Mann having nearly 800 and Cynthia Weil nearly 600 works registered with BMI. So set in that context this new compilation is a most welcome "public domain" addition to our shelves.

The 3 CD set has running times of CD1 48.57; CD2 46.29 & CD3 48.30. The liner notes are once more by regular Michael Heatley. Nicely packaged with 9 small black & white photographs inside the liner and a casual portrait on the cover.CD1 covers 1960-1962; CD2 covers 1958-1962 & D3 covers 1960-1962. The emphasis appears to be on 1962 and there are plenty of well known performers including Tony Orlando; Neil Sedaka; James Darren; Bobby Rydell; Steve Lawrence; Billy Fury and Barry Mann himself.

The sound transfers are very very clear throughout. This is a nostalgic and most entertaining collection and one which has already had the thumbs up from collectors. If you have enjoyed this set then you will most likely want to listen to The Songs of Pomus & Shuman NOT3CD139.
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on 21 January 2014
Another one of the fine songwriting duos to come out the Brill Building. The songs here are excellent and many still stand up to this day, including some of the rare tracks that are not easy to find on CD. Overall sound quality is excellent and it is a really nice package.
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on 5 October 2015
This 3 disc set is focusing on Mann and Weil's early years (early sixties), when they were writing pop teenage classics for some of the very popular artists of the era.
Married in their early twenties, they were part of Brill Building songwriting team in New York, together with Gerry Goffon & Carole King.
The pair wrote a few true all time classics such as Righreous Brothers 'You've Lost That Loving Feelin'', Animals 'We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place' and 'Saturday Night At The Movies' performed by The Drifters.
This compilation contain 60 beautiful teen pop favorites from the beginning of the Mann and Weil's four decades long career, performed by Johnny Burnette, Neil Sedaka, The Diamonds, Steve Lawrence, Gene Pitney, just to name a few.
The last 11 songs on cd 3 are some kind of best of Barry Mann who also had a short episode as a singer.
Literally, there is not one weak song on all 3 cd's, the sound is very good, and the price is even better.
So if you are into the early sixties teen pop sound, this compilation is not let you down. It is one of these hidden gems that doesn't leave your cd player for weeks. Highly recommended!
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on 9 June 2014
I really purchased this set for "who put the bomp ....". There are so many other memorable songs in
this CD set. The price is more than reasonable, and you'll be reflecting your "teenage Years" for months
to come. A superb collection of hits from the 50s and 60s
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on 16 January 2014
This CD box set delivers exactly what it promises: 60 excellent tracks written by legendary Mann & Weill and a cool voyage to the American Sixties. And as a bonus you get nice pictures and informative sleeve notes!
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on 28 July 2014
What wonderful songs this partnership wrote. Singly,jointly and with other Brill building writers. Barry Mann was a pretty good singer and should have had more records released under his own name.
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on 3 September 2014
One of the column of the American Pop Music, this collection is real fine and for few money it can't be left on the shelf
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on 16 January 2014
What a great collection of tunes. I had no idea these guys were responsible for some of these great songs. I had no trouble with the track names on my iTunes and it's a great looking set.
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on 22 January 2014
Set looks great, good set of informative sleeve notes. Overall really pleased with the product, there were some songs on here I had completely forgotten about, what a treat!
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