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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Here is the most comprehensive collection to feature music from the late-'50s and 1960s novelty phenomenon, the Chipmunks. The name was not a derivative of the popularity of the Beatles, but rather a suggestion from the kids of multi-media mastermind Ross Bagdasarian, whose rodent-related moniker dated back to his 1958 hit solo platter "Witch Doctor." The names of the primary characters, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, were a nod to Liberty Records higher-ups Al Bennett Alvin Si Waronker Simon, and the label's recording engineer Ted Keep Theodore. Also mixed into the concept was a human in the form of Dave Seville, who was bachelor father to the trio of adolescent, talking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Here is the most comprehensive collection to feature music from the late-'50s and 1960s novelty phenomenon, the Chipmunks. The name was not a derivative of the popularity of the Beatles, but rather a suggestion from the kids of multi-media mastermind Ross Bagdasarian, whose rodent-related moniker dated back to his 1958 hit solo platter "Witch Doctor." The names of the primary characters, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, were a nod to Liberty Records higher-ups Al Bennett Alvin Si Waronker Simon, and the label's recording engineer Ted Keep Theodore. Also mixed into the concept was a human in the form of Dave Seville, who was bachelor father to the trio of adolescent, talking and singing Chipmunks. Between 1958 and 1965 there were no less than ten LPs cut for Liberty Records -- three of which landed in the Top 40. Generally the LPs centered on a theme, such as Around the World with the Chipmunks 1960, Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits 1964, or the pair of Christmas with the Chipmunks 1962/1963 volumes -- the latter of which have never gone out of print. After the untimely passing of Bagdasarian in 1972, his son Ross Jr. revived the trio and it was his effort that went into compiling this release. While there are numerous budget best-ofs available, Ross Jr. wisely chose tunes that were not on a majority of those. The Top 40 hits "Ragtime Cowboy Joe," "Alvin's Harmonica," "Alvin's Orchestra," and the aforementioned "Witch Doctor" -- which was re-recorded with the Chipmunks -- are included. Other key entries are "Alvin for President," issued to coincide with the 1960 elections. The only thing lacking would be sides from Chipmunks a Go-Go 1965 with covers of Bob Dylan "Mr. Tambourine Man", the Beach Boys "California Girls", and even George Jones "Race Is On".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099950237227
  • Catalog Number: 02372
  • Sales rank: 55,354

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alvin & the Chipmunks Primary Artist
The Chipmunks Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Arranger, Composer, Author
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Steve Silvas Reissue Design
Frank Collura Reissue Producer
David McEowen Mastering
Traditional Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Jr. Author
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