Anthology

Anthology

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by Tommy James & the Shondells
     
 

Another great example of what Rhino does so well, Anthology brings together no less than 27 of Tommy James and the Shondells' nuggets on one disc. Along with good liner notes from Parke Puterbaugh, who interviewed James extensively (James himself contributes a slew of fun and informative anecdotes about many of the songs) and the usual skilled remastering job,See more details below

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Another great example of what Rhino does so well, Anthology brings together no less than 27 of Tommy James and the Shondells' nuggets on one disc. Along with good liner notes from Parke Puterbaugh, who interviewed James extensively (James himself contributes a slew of fun and informative anecdotes about many of the songs) and the usual skilled remastering job, it makes for one heck of a collection. James himself sums up his own appeal best of all: "We were really having fun, and you can hear it in the grooves." "Hanky Panky" understandably kicks things off, but the collection really doesn't take off until the just-plain-irresistible "I Think We're Alone Now," notably (and some would argue memorably) covered by Tiffany in the late '80s. The original is barely two minutes long, but packs in everything from a killer opening bassline and dramatic pauses to a totally killer chorus, James and company transforming Ritchie Cordell's song into a glistening gem. The fact that so many of his hits were beneficiaries of later remakes -- "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol, "Crimson and Clover" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Draggin' the Line" by R.E.M. -- is even better testimony to their appeal, and hearing the originals all in place confirms why they were smashes. If a number of selections are paler shadows of some of these greats, the arrangements are rarely less than anything but pure pop fun -- the almost delirious addition of swirling strings, flutes, and even harp to many songs gives them even more cheery flair. The fact that they were able to make woozy, psych-influenced delights like "Crimson and Clover" and still maintain their status as major hit artists on the charts is testament enough to their appeal.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1989
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227092023
catalogNumber:
70920

Tracks

  1. Hanky Panky  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  2. Say I Am (What I Am)  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  3. It's Only Love  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  4. I Think We're Alone Now  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  5. Baby, Baby I Can't Take It No More  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  6. Mirage  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  7. I Like the Way  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  8. Run, Run, Baby, Run  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  9. Gettin' Together  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  10. Real Girl  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  11. Love's Closin' in on Me  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  12. Out of the Blue  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  13. Get out Now  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  14. (I'm) Taken  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  15. One Two Three and I Fell  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  16. Mony Mony  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  17. Somebody Cares  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  18. Do Something to Me  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  19. Crimson and Clover  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  20. Sugar on Sunday
  21. Crystal Blue Persuasion  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  22. Sweet Cherry Wine  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  23. Loved One  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  24. Ball of Fire  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  25. She  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  26. Gotta Get Back to You  -  Tommy James & the Shondells
  27. Draggin' the Line  -  Tommy James & the Shondells

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