Action! The Songs of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667049528
  • Catalog Number: 6704952
  • Sales rank: 49,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight - Bobby Hart (2:43)
  2. 2 Valleri - The Monkees (2:14)
  3. 3 Action, Action, Action - Keith Allison (2:13)
  4. 4 I'm Not Your Stepping Stone - The Flies (2:38)
  5. 5 Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day - Sir Raleigh & the Coupons (2:27)
  6. 6 Words - The Regents (2:13)
  7. 7 Last Train to Clarksville - The Standells (2:45)
  8. 8 (He's Gonna Be) Fine, Fine, Fine - The Ikettes (2:36)
  9. 9 P.O. Box 9847 - The Monkees (3:14)
  10. 10 She - Del Shannon (2:40)
  11. 11 Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans (2:47)
  12. 12 The Dum Dum Ditty - The Shangri-Las (2:23)
  13. 13 I Can't Get Him Out of My Mind - Sandra Gee (2:26)
  14. 14 Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & the Imperials (2:18)
  15. 15 Thank You for Loving Me - The Sapphires (2:30)
  16. 16 If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin' - Dino, Desi & Billy (3:02)
  17. 17 Seven Days in September - Ginger & The Snaps (2:11)
  18. 18 Never Again - The Royalettes (2:04)
  19. 19 I Gotta Find Cupid - Gary Lewis & the Playboys (2:46)
  20. 20 Beverly Jean - Curtis Lee (2:34)
  21. 21 Too Many Teardrops - Bobby Hart (2:50)
  22. 22 Be My Guest - Fats Domino (1:58)
  23. 23 Lazy Elsie Molly - Chubby Checker (2:20)
  24. 24 Action - Paul Revere & the Raiders (1:29)
  25. 25 (Theme From) The Monkees - The Monkees (2:19)
  26. 26 Dicci Come Fini - The Honeybeats (1:54)
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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
Nick Robbins Mastering
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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