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Volume 1 was First Class. Volume 2 is Second Class.
on 14 April 2014
When I reviewed “Bubbling Under, Volume 1” in 2010, I rightly had many positive things to say about the material in the compilation, and my closing comment was that I couldn’t wait for Volume 2 to appear. Now that it has – and after a long hiatus, it must be said – I have to say that in general the wait WASN’T worth it. The truth is that there are far too many ho-hum, heard-it-before, moderate tracks included here, which – once heard – you will probably never want to play again. Of course there are some standout tracks as well – the terrific “Not Me” by Gary US Bonds springs to mind immediately, as do recordings by Neil Sedaka, Bobby Rydell, the more obscure Eddie Rambeau, plus one or two more. However, a cynic might say that a lot of the material amply demonstrates just why they were not hits, and only “bubbled under” : Frankly, they just weren’t good enough. I am struggling to push up my rating of this CD and if there were a 2.5 star option available, that would be an accurate reflection of my thoughts about this collection. Informative track-by-track liner notes are perhaps the saving grace that helps me advance the rating to a rather generous three stars. But compared with Volume 1, this collection falls well short. I wait in anticipation for the release of Volume 3, but, if there is one, I hope there will be more quality on offer.