Glitter and Gold

Glitter and Gold

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667035422
catalogNumber:
1212
Rank:
59695

Tracks

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
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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