I Think We're Alone Now

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"I Think We're Alone Now" was the first Top Five hit for Tommy James since his 1966 chart-topper "Hanky Panky," and a redemption of sorts for/from the album that came in between, the sugary It's Only Love. Ritchie Cordell is in total control here, writing the first eight songs on the disc, including all three that charted: "I Think We're Alone Now," the exquisite "Mirage," and "I Like the Way." The album cover is brilliant, total black with two pairs of feet taking two steps forward, then one pair turning around and facing the other; neither person is wearing shoes. The tension of the opening guitar and bass riff coupled with the great melody and theme make for an all-time...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
"I Think We're Alone Now" was the first Top Five hit for Tommy James since his 1966 chart-topper "Hanky Panky," and a redemption of sorts for/from the album that came in between, the sugary It's Only Love. Ritchie Cordell is in total control here, writing the first eight songs on the disc, including all three that charted: "I Think We're Alone Now," the exquisite "Mirage," and "I Like the Way." The album cover is brilliant, total black with two pairs of feet taking two steps forward, then one pair turning around and facing the other; neither person is wearing shoes. The tension of the opening guitar and bass riff coupled with the great melody and theme make for an all-time rock & roll classic. It's more "hanky panky" in theme, "Hanky Panky" all grown up. "Mirage" opens side two and it is a brilliant sequel to "I Think We're Alone Now," with similar structure but enough production tricks to make the songs sound different. The harpsichord from side one's "Trust Each Other in Love" is used again in "Mirage" to great effect, while the underlying riff in "Trust Each Other in Love" also borrows from the title track. Co-produced by Bo Gentry and Cordell, with the ever-present Jimmy Wisner arranging and conducting, the album features the band and production team working as a cohesive unit to solidify Tommy James' foundation on pop radio. There's a credible cover of the Rivieras' 1964 hit "California Sun," as well a short and nicely chaotic rendition of the Isley Brothers' perennial "Shout." James' voice and personality carry the record and Cordell continues rewriting the title track with "Run, Run, Baby, Run," inverting the inspired riff. He and the singer then compose "Baby, Baby I Can't Take It No More," which has the feel of the Rascals' "I Ain't Gonna Eat out My Heart Anymore," while "Gone, Gone, Gone" sounds like Ritchie Cordell was listening to Pennsylvania's Eddie Rambeau or U.K. group Unit 4 + 2's "Concrete and Clay." There are plenty of flavors from the day slipped into this wonderful mix, a true pop concoction that has stood the test of time. In concert both "Mirage" and "I Think We're Alone Now" are major moments; James' hit material over the years contained a rich variety of composition. This album is Ritchie Cordell's vision for Tommy James and is an important and highly entertaining piece of the Shondells' catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742209723
  • Catalog Number: 20972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Think We're Alone Now - The Shondells (2:09)
  2. 2 Trust Each Other in Love - The Shondells (2:15)
  3. 3 What I'd Give to See Your Face Again - The Shondells (3:31)
  4. 4 Baby Let Me Down - The Shondells (1:49)
  5. 5 Let's Be Lovers - The Shondells (2:21)
  6. 6 Run, Run, Baby, Run - The Shondells (2:22)
  7. 7 Mirage - The Shondells (2:40)
  8. 8 I Like the Way - The Shondells (2:43)
  9. 9 California Sun - The Shondells (3:02)
  10. 10 (Baby, Baby) I Can't Take it No More - The Shondells (2:26)
  11. 11 Gone, Gone, Gone - The Shondells (2:12)
  12. 12 Shout - The Shondells (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy James & the Shondells Primary Artist
Tommy James Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Bobby Gregg Drums
Seymour Barab Cello
Gene Bianco Harp
Artie Butler Keyboards
Burt Collins Trumpet
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Eddie Gray Guitar
Peter Lucia Percussion
Ron Rosman Keyboards
Buddy Saltzman Drums
Mike Vale Bass
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Artie Kaplan Baritone Saxophone
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Joe Macco Bass
Technical Credits
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Ritchie Cordell Producer
Bruce Staple Engineer
Ed Osborne Liner Notes
Bo Gentry Producer
Trimachi Composer
Cordell Composer
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