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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Two performers who were prominent in the 1960s have joined together to bring back a style of popular music that got its start with young singers on the street corners of Philadelphia and the Queens: doo wop. Randy & the Rainbows were formed in 1962 and had a big hit with "Denise," which is reprised on this album, connected with Jimmy Wisner, aka "Jimmy the Wiz," for a new release. Wisner was a highly sought after session musician having worked with Judy Collins, Tony Bennett, and other pop luminaries of the time. On this album, Randy & the Rainbows supply the singing, helped exceedingly by top-flight musicians. Wisner supplies the label WizWorks, some of the ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Two performers who were prominent in the 1960s have joined together to bring back a style of popular music that got its start with young singers on the street corners of Philadelphia and the Queens: doo wop. Randy & the Rainbows were formed in 1962 and had a big hit with "Denise," which is reprised on this album, connected with Jimmy Wisner, aka "Jimmy the Wiz," for a new release. Wisner was a highly sought after session musician having worked with Judy Collins, Tony Bennett, and other pop luminaries of the time. On this album, Randy & the Rainbows supply the singing, helped exceedingly by top-flight musicians. Wisner supplies the label WizWorks, some of the arrangements, produces, and takes a turn on the Hammond B3 organ on "Deep Down" and "Joseph." The outcome is a Randy & the Rainbows updated to the 21st Century, but still retaining more than a vestige of that wonderful pre-rock harmonic style from the 1950s and 1960s. Although never enjoying the success of their Top Ten hit "Denise," the group has not been hiding out. It has shared the stage with top groups the Four Seasons, Dionne Warwick, Pat Cooper, and others. Good talent rarely ever disappears. Mike Zero, an original member of the group, Vinny Corella, and Jimmy Bense deliver nicely on a play list of 12 tunes, some love songs, others upbeat toe tappers, especially the swinging renditions of "Ain't She Pretty" and "Joseph." The happy music on this CD creates an urge to roll up the rug and do some meaningful dancing, not the senseless, nondirectional, self-indulgent gyrations that pass for that lost art these days. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: WIZ WORKS RECORDS
  • UPC: 820989111128
  • Catalog Number: 1111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angela, My Angela (3:34)
  2. 2 Still in Love With You (3:33)
  3. 3 Deep Down (3:59)
  4. 4 Ain't She Pretty (3:48)
  5. 5 Good Life (4:26)
  6. 6 Denise (3:03)
  7. 7 Don't Throw Your Love Away (3:54)
  8. 8 Laura (3:45)
  9. 9 Julie (3:15)
  10. 10 Silver and Gold (3:48)
  11. 11 Joseph (3:29)
  12. 12 My Love Concerto (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy & the Rainbows Primary Artist
David Grant Guitar
Jimmy Wisner Conductor, Hammond Organ
Jack Cavari Guitar
Richard Gordon Trumpet
Craig Stewart Drums
Mike Zero Vocals
Randy Gilmore Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Paul Wisner Organ, Guitar
Technical Credits
Jimmy Wisner Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Al Alberts Jr. Engineer
Bobby "Dub" Allecca Engineer
Jim Czak Engineer
Joe Marianie Programming
Billy Moss Engineer
Tom Spahn Engineer
Joe Venneri Producer
Ed Kay Arranger
Mike Zero Arranger, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Paul Gold Engineer, Mastering
James Paul Wisner Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Janet Joachim Graphic Design
Eric Zay Arranger
Dan Hewins Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A grand slam homerun for this group!

    No foul balls or strike outs here! A very high energy CD with super fantastic songs. Very professionally done with lots of attention to detail and perfection in melodies and vocal harmonies. Most highly recommend as an absolute must-buy!

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