The Best of Johnny Maestro: 1958-1985

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Covering the highlights of his three-decade career, Shout! Factory's The Best of Johnny Maestro 1958-1985 features his biggest hits with the Crests, his early-'60s solo career, and his work with Brooklyn Bridge. Obviously, this set doesn't go into as much depth as Collectables' four-disc The Very Best of Johnny Maestro collection, but tracks like "16 Candles," "Step by Step," and "Trouble in Paradise" are welcome reminders of how adept the Crests were at both doo wop ballads and cheery pop songs. "Model Girl" and Maestro's other solo tracks here carry on in the tradition of the Crests' sweet, bouncy numbers like "Step by Step," albeit with a fraction less personality. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Covering the highlights of his three-decade career, Shout! Factory's The Best of Johnny Maestro 1958-1985 features his biggest hits with the Crests, his early-'60s solo career, and his work with Brooklyn Bridge. Obviously, this set doesn't go into as much depth as Collectables' four-disc The Very Best of Johnny Maestro collection, but tracks like "16 Candles," "Step by Step," and "Trouble in Paradise" are welcome reminders of how adept the Crests were at both doo wop ballads and cheery pop songs. "Model Girl" and Maestro's other solo tracks here carry on in the tradition of the Crests' sweet, bouncy numbers like "Step by Step," albeit with a fraction less personality. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Bridge cuts are the most eclectic, which makes sense considering they're an 11-piece outfit with a career spanning several decades. The a cappella tracks from the group's aptly named 1985 album Acappella show that Maestro's voice had barely aged since his "16 Candles" days and, arguably, could be more appealing to fans of his early work than the funk and rock-inspired forays the band took in the '70s. The group's Jimmy Webb-penned hit, "The Worst That Could Happen," as well as "Blessed Is the Rain" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," show a heavy 5th Dimension influence -- which also makes sense, since they were one of the most prominent vocal pop acts in the late '60s and also had a big hit with Webb's "Up, Up and Away." Bill Dahl's informative and engaging liner notes shed light on how the Crests' racially integrated lineup -- one of the things that made them unique -- also led to their implosion when their record label felt it limited the band's exposure, and Dahl also celebrates Brooklyn Bridge's longevity. All in all, the collection manages to be thorough and concise, and puts Maestro's career in context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663976397
  • Catalog Number: 97639
  • Sales rank: 12,154

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Maestro Primary Artist, Vocals, Group Member
Artie Cantanzarita Drums
Les Cauchi Vocals, Background Vocals
Shelly Davis Trumpet
Fred Ferrara Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richie Macioce Guitar
Jimmy Rosica Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Joe Ruvio Saxophone
Carolyn Wood Organ
Talmadge Gough Group Member
Ed Liscandro Guitar, Vocals
Harold Torres Group Member
Patricia Van Dross Group Member
James Sarle Guitar
Tom Sullican Saxophone
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Bert Keyes Composer
Tony Romeo Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Sandy Baron Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Ollie Jones Composer
Lockie Edwards Jr. Composer
Alicia Evelyn Composer
Al Browne Composer
Allyson R. Khent Composer
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Randy Perry Remastering
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