Man, Like Wow! The Sands Collection 1957-1963

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While Bear Family's 30-track compilation The Worryin' Kind also covers Tommy Sands' late-'50s and early-'60s material, and offers some songs that don't make it onto this later anthology, Man, Like Wow! is a slightly superior buy. There are a few more songs a whopping 33 on a single CD, and it covers a slightly longer period of his early career, including ten of his chart hits and a few cuts that hadn't previously been issued on compact disc. It doesn't make a compelling case, it must be said, for Tommy Sands as a notable rock & roller; in fact, his stuff was among the most whitebread of any of the early white singers to score rock & roll hits. Sands was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While Bear Family's 30-track compilation The Worryin' Kind also covers Tommy Sands' late-'50s and early-'60s material, and offers some songs that don't make it onto this later anthology, Man, Like Wow! is a slightly superior buy. There are a few more songs a whopping 33 on a single CD, and it covers a slightly longer period of his early career, including ten of his chart hits and a few cuts that hadn't previously been issued on compact disc. It doesn't make a compelling case, it must be said, for Tommy Sands as a notable rock & roller; in fact, his stuff was among the most whitebread of any of the early white singers to score rock & roll hits. Sands was really more a mainstream pop singer, with some country flavor, who was put into some quasi-rock & roll arrangements and marketed to the rock & roll audience in order to fit into the trend of the day. Even when he tried to rock out and sound menacing, relatively speaking, on "Blue Ribbon Baby," "Man, Like Wow!," "I Ain't Gettin' Rid of You," the "Fever" sound-alike "Doctor Heartache," and "The Worryin' Kind," he wasn't going to give Gene Vincent who, like Sands, was on the Capitol label in this period any sleepless nights. However they judge his talent, early rock & roll collectors might be interested to find a few obscure songs by notable writers here, including Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller "Chicken and the Hawk", Atlantic executives Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Bobby Hart, Al Kooper, and Paul Anka, even if none of those tunes are first-rate. As conscientiously assembled as this is, it's fairly tepid rock & roll without much in the way of memorable material, though not quite as mediocre teen idol fodder as some have led listeners to expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657019320
  • Catalog Number: 193
  • Sales rank: 78,007

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Sands Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Faron Young Composer
Les Baxter Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Alan Freed Composer
Al Kooper Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Will Holt Composer
Spade Cooley Composer
Joe Allison Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Rudy Jackson Composer
Irwin Levine Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Tommy Sands Composer
Diane Lampert Composer
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Larry Coleman Composer
H.J. Simon Composer
Darla Daret Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Guy Singer Composer
Blondie Taylor Composer
Carmen Taylor Composer
Billy Towne Composer
Audrey Allison Composer
Bob Brass Composer
Willis Carroll Composer
Allison Dewar Composer
Russell Fratto Composer
A.J. Lewis Composer
Shirley Gunter Composer
Eddy Ray Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Brian DeCourcy Liner Notes
Gordon Charles Composer
Pearl Lendhurst Composer
George Lendhurst Composer
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