Glitter and Gold

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In common with Ace's numerous other anthologies devoted to compositions by major 1960s pop
ock songwriters, Glitter and Gold: Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil is neither quite a best-of nor a rarities compilation. Instead, it mixes some big and small hits with collectors' items, with just one of the 26 tracks (Dion's "Make the Woman Love Me") postdating 1970, and a few songs in which they didn't collaborate, or other songwriters were also involved, though most of them are pure Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil creations. The average Brill Building pop fan will notice right away that a few of their signature hits are absent, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In common with Ace's numerous other anthologies devoted to compositions by major 1960s pop
ock songwriters, Glitter and Gold: Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil is neither quite a best-of nor a rarities compilation. Instead, it mixes some big and small hits with collectors' items, with just one of the 26 tracks (Dion's "Make the Woman Love Me") postdating 1970, and a few songs in which they didn't collaborate, or other songwriters were also involved, though most of them are pure Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil creations. The average Brill Building pop fan will notice right away that a few of their signature hits are absent, particularly the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," the Animals' "We Gotta Get out of This Place," the Ronettes' "Walking in the Rain," and the Crystals' "He's Sure the Boy I Love." Working on the assumption that the core audience for this reissue already has those songs elsewhere, however, this is an expectedly (given the standards Ace always brings to these collections) fine roundup of the best and rarest of the rest, even if the determination to include some collectors' items ensures a somewhat erratic listen. As for the big hits that are included, you do get Mama Cass' "It's Getting Better," Gene Pitney's "I'm Gonna Be Strong," Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Hungry," B.J. Thomas' "I Just Can't Help Believing," and the Vogues' "Magic Town," and if some might be disappointed that the version of "Kicks" is by Del Shannon and not the Paul Revere hit, at least it's more off the beaten track. As for the outstanding tunes that weren't smashes, Arthur Alexander's "Where Have You Been (All My Life)" is a soulful ballad covered by the Beatles in their early days; the Girls' sinister Shangri-Las-like "Chico's Girl" is one of the greatest girl group rarities; Nino Tempo & April Stevens' "The Coldest Night of the Year" is a nice whispery, sexy number; and the Righteous Brothers' "See That Girl" has the same Phil Spector-ish sweep of their big hits. Beyond that, things get spotty, if usually interesting, some of the more notable cuts including Joanie Sommers' "I'd Be So Good for You" (even if it sounds a lot like Skeeter Davis' "Let Me Get Close to You"); the uplifting "Girl, It's Alright Now" by Bruce & Terry, aka Beach Boy Bruce Johnston with producer Terry Melcher; and Bill Medley's small 1968 hit "Brown Eyed Woman," a veiled reference to an interracial romance. A bunch of the other selections are minor footnotes to Mann and Weil's greatest material, whether they're non-hits by stars like the Tokens, the Marcels, the Chiffons, and the Turtles, or just plain obscurities by the likes of Bergen White and the 2 of Clubs. At almost all times, however, Mann-Weil's attentiveness to melodic detail and thoughtful song construction are in evidence, making this an illuminating anthology for all fans of one of the great Brill Building songwriting teams.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667035422
  • Catalog Number: 1212
  • Sales rank: 82,550

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Getting Better (3:01)
  2. 2 Kicks (2:19)
  3. 3 The Bossa Nove (My Heart Said) (2:43)
  4. 4 I'd Be So Good for You (3:03)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Be Strong (2:14)
  6. 6 Where Have You Been (All My Life) - Arthur Alexander (2:41)
  7. 7 Hungry (2:56)
  8. 8 Please Don't Wake Me (2:41)
  9. 9 It's a Happening World (2:51)
  10. 10 Chico's Girl - The Girls (2:37)
  11. 11 I Just Can't Help Believing - B.J. Thomas (2:54)
  12. 12 Brown Eyed Woman (3:18)
  13. 13 Girl, It's Alright Now (2:09)
  14. 14 Glitter and Gold - The Turtles (2:08)
  15. 15 In the Park - The Drifters (2:52)
  16. 16 Find Another Fool - The Marcels (2:36)
  17. 17 Remember Me Baby - The Chiffons (2:11)
  18. 18 Magic Town (3:12)
  19. 19 That's the Boy (2:54)
  20. 20 The Coldest Night of the Year - Nino Tempo (3:02)
  21. 21 Where Do I Belong (2:53)
  22. 22 Let Me Walk with You - 2 of Clubs (2:25)
  23. 23 She Is Today (2:32)
  24. 24 It's Not Easy (3:05)
  25. 25 See That Girl - The Righteous Brothers (3:11)
  26. 26 Make the Woman Love Me - Dion (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Lorber Conductor
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Jimmie Haskell Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Producer
Frankie Brown Arranger
Bill Medley Producer
David Axelrod Producer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Barry Mann Composer, Producer, Author
Terry Melcher Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Nino Tempo Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Phil Spector Producer
Roger Armstrong Illustrations
Steve Barri Producer
John Clemente Illustrations
Tom Dowd Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Bones Howe Studio Direction
Mike Leech Arranger
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Chips Moman Producer
Wayne Moss Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Glen Spreen Arranger
Mike Stoller Composer
Russ Titelman Composer, Producer
Peter Udell Arranger, Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer, Author
Bergen White Arranger, Producer
Teacho Wiltshire Arranger
Ted Feigin Producer
Lee Lasseff Producer
Tony Rounce Illustrations
Malcolm Baumgart Illustrations
Gary Geld Arranger, Producer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Illustrations
Noel Ball Producer
Eric Charge Illustrations
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