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Action! The Songs of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
     

Action! The Songs of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

 
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart's brand of West Coast sunshine pop made them one of the most successful songwriting teams in the 1960s, and although the duo only managed one big hit as performers, 1967's "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," they almost single-handedly provided the Monkees with most of their hits

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Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart's brand of West Coast sunshine pop made them one of the most successful songwriting teams in the 1960s, and although the duo only managed one big hit as performers, 1967's "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," they almost single-handedly provided the Monkees with most of their hits (including the theme song to their TV show), and wrote hit singles for several other artists and groups, plus wrote the theme songs for the TV soap opera Days of Our Lives and the period-successful teen variety series Where the Action Is, all of which kept the royalty checks rolling in. Boyce & Hart parted ways, both as performers and as a writing team, at the end of the decade (they teamed with ex-Monkees Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones to perform and record for a bit in the mid-'70s as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart) and there really hasn't been a good anthology of their compositions to date. This set comes closer than most to presenting the songwriting craft of the pair, leading off with Boyce & Hart's lone hit as performers, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," then following with versions of "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" (a hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders and also done by the Monkees, the extra-snotty version here is an earlier one by the Flies); "Last Train to Clarksville" (the Monkees' first big hit -- here it's done by the Standells in a similar arrangement with slightly dirtier-sounding lead guitar); a pair of television themes (Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Action" from the show Where the Action Is and the Monkees' "[Theme From] The Monkees"); and earlier successes like Jay & the Americans' "Come a Little Bit Closer," Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad," Fats Domino's "Be My Guest," and Chubby Checker's "Lazy Elsie Molly," among others. Again, it's not really the perfect anthology this songwriting duo probably deserves, but the inclusion of rarer versions of some of the big hits is a plus, and at 26 tracks, it's the most complete to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667049528
catalogNumber:
6704952
Rank:
16206

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garry Sherman   Conductor
Mick Patrick   Compield

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Arranger
Dave Appell   Producer
Dave Bartholomew   Producer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Dewey Martin   Arranger
Terry Melcher   Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Teddy Randazzo   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Phil Spector   Producer
Jerry Ross   Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Tommy Boyce   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Artie Butler   Arranger
Ed Cobb   Producer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Ike Turner   Producer
Larry Marks   Producer
Don McGinnis   Arranger
Ivor Raymonde   Producer
Artie Ripp   Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Toni Wine   Composer
Jerry Dennon   Producer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Alec Palao   Illustrations
Stephen J. McParland   Illustrations
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Additional Production
John Marascalco   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer,Producer
Harvey Williams   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Additional Production
Rob Hughes   Illustrations
Brian Nevill   Illustrations
Larry Martire   Composer
Norm Ratner   Producer
John Broven   Illustrations
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
Graham Welch   Illustrations
Shadow Morton   Producer
Giuseppe Calabrese   Composer
Simon White   Illustrations
Phil Chapman   Illustrations

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