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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Amazing as it may seem, until the release of this CD, there had never been a proper British or European anthology on Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, apart from one stripped-down budget release Story issued by way of Holland. This 28-song CD doesn't have everything that was on that disc, but it does have most of it, and features excellent sound. Much more important, it draws from well beyond Kramer's official British releases -- his chart successes, along with his recording history in America, extended longer than they did in England. The producers of this disc have reached out to encompass the better songs from among his U.S. releases and outtakes, including those ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Amazing as it may seem, until the release of this CD, there had never been a proper British or European anthology on Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, apart from one stripped-down budget release Story issued by way of Holland. This 28-song CD doesn't have everything that was on that disc, but it does have most of it, and features excellent sound. Much more important, it draws from well beyond Kramer's official British releases -- his chart successes, along with his recording history in America, extended longer than they did in England. The producers of this disc have reached out to encompass the better songs from among his U.S. releases and outtakes, including those unearthed on EMI-America's 1991-vintage Best of Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas; not even everything from that release deleted as of 2003 is present here, but most of the best rarities and outtakes from it are -- including some superb late-era songs featuring guitarist Mick Green in excellent form -- and the rest is made up of what are arguably the best songs from Kramer's official U.K./U.S. catalog, off of the Listen album and his various singles, B-sides, and EPs. The sheer diversity of sounds and songs may surprise those who only think of Kramer as a second- or third-tier Liverpool act -- he ultimately proved to be a better-than-decent singer despite producer George Martin's initial doubts, and when he and the Dakotas especially with Green in the lineup did click, they made very good, if not necessarily very important records. The only flaw is the absence of any of the handful of instrumental tracks recorded by the Dakotas separate from Kramer. The sound is state-of-the-art, early-21st century digital audio, and the annotation is very thorough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724349345126
  • Catalog Number: 493451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do You Want to Know a Secret? - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  2. 2 I'll Be on My Way - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  3. 3 Bad to Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  4. 4 I Call Your Name - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  5. 5 Dance With Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  6. 6 Sugar Babe - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  7. 7 I Know - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  8. 8 I'll Keep You Satisfied - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  9. 9 Little Children - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  10. 10 They Remind Me of You - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  11. 11 Second to None - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  12. 12 From a Window - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  13. 13 Every Time You Walk in the Room - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  14. 14 It's a Mad, Mad World - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  15. 15 To Take Her Place - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  16. 16 Under the Boardwalk - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  17. 17 It's Gotta Last Forever - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  18. 18 Sneakin' Around - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  19. 19 Trains and Boats and Planes - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  20. 20 I Live to Love You - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  21. 21 Neon City - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  22. 22 That Ain't Good for Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  23. 23 I'll Be Doggone - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  24. 24 Down in the Boondocks - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  25. 25 We're Doing Fine - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  26. 26 Forgive Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  27. 27 Listen - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
  28. 28 Take My Hand - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy J. Kramer Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Joe South Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Kenny Young Composer
George Martin Producer
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Peter Mew Digital Editing, Remastering
Norman Smith Engineer
Brian Hogg Liner Notes
Ronn Hill Digital Transfer Producer
Terry Burch Digital Transfer Producer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Cary Anning Tape Research
Arthur Resnick Composer
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