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The Best of 1963-1964

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Philadelphia's Tymes were one of the sweetest vocal groups to ever step into a recording studio. Led by the warm, expressive tenor of George Williams, whose voice and phrasing were heavily influenced by Johnny Mathis, and blessed with a producer at Cameo Parkway Records, Billy Jackson, who knew exactly how to record them, the Tymes hit right out of the box with their debut single, the sparse and elegant ballad "So Much in Love" in 1963. Written by Williams, the song was given a simple, floating arrangement by Jackson that was driven by what would become the group's trademark finger snaps and featuring smooth-as-honey vocals by Williams and fellow group members Al "Ceasar"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Philadelphia's Tymes were one of the sweetest vocal groups to ever step into a recording studio. Led by the warm, expressive tenor of George Williams, whose voice and phrasing were heavily influenced by Johnny Mathis, and blessed with a producer at Cameo Parkway Records, Billy Jackson, who knew exactly how to record them, the Tymes hit right out of the box with their debut single, the sparse and elegant ballad "So Much in Love" in 1963. Written by Williams, the song was given a simple, floating arrangement by Jackson that was driven by what would become the group's trademark finger snaps and featuring smooth-as-honey vocals by Williams and fellow group members Al "Ceasar" Barry, George Hilliard, Norman Burnett, and Donald Banks. The Tymes followed this classic with a version of "Wonderful! Wonderful!" the song that launched Mathis' own career in 1957 that was every bit as strong as "So Much in Love," and completed the hat trick with a third impressive single, "Somewhere." Everything the Tymes recorded with Jackson at Cameo Parkway had this same high quality, and the future looked more than bright, but the group's run on the pop charts pretty much ended with the advent of Beatlemania in 1964, which signaled a sea change in the recording industry. For some reason Cameo Parkway never released the Tymes catalog on CD until 2005, and this collection marks the debut of the Tymes in the digital age, some 40 years after these classic ballads were recorded. Gorgeously arranged and sung, the tracks compiled here have an elegant, timeless quality that works in part because of their simple sparseness, which allows the Tymes plenty of breathing room to do what they do best, which is sing like the angels sing. "So Much in Love," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," and "Somewhere" are all here, along with other gems like "Here She Comes" one of the few instances where the Tymes go upbeat and the sublime "The Lamp Is Low." Better late than never, this CD is essential listening for fans of the vocal group genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771923428
  • Catalog Number: 92342
  • Sales rank: 34,419

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tymes Primary Artist
Rick Kellis Vibes
George Williams Vocals
Dave Appell Guitar
Jimmy Wisner Organ, Piano, Celeste
Donald Banks Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Norman Burnett Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Nick d'Amico Percussion
Billy Jackson Percussion, Falsetto, Spoken Word
Joe Macho Bass
Vince Montana Vibes
Joe Renzetti Guitar
Marlena Davis Soprano (Vocal)
George Hilliard Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Roy Stragis Organ, Piano, Celeste
Al Berry Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
George Williams Lead, Group Member
Vivian Dix Soprano (Vocal)
Joe Sher Drums
Norman Burnett Vocals
George Hilliard Vocals
Al "Caesar" Berry Vocals
Technical Credits
George Williams Composer
Robert Allen Composer
Dave Appell Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Billy Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kal Mann Producer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Al Stillman Composer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Emil Korsen Engineer
Jody Klein Reissue Producer
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes, Essay
George Matola Composer
Roy Stragis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lenne Allik Concept
George Forrest Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Bert Shefter Composer
Camillo Bargoni Composer
Maria Papazahariou Production Director, Session Research
Seth Adkins Sample Clearance
Teri Landi Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Session Research
Janessa Gursky Assistant Art Director
Billy Jackson Audio Production
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