The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Rhino's Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials remains one of the best collections of the group's work, spanning their tear-stained doo wop as well as their later forays into pop and soul. Along with gathering the highlights of these styles, such as "Tears on My Pillow," "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Hurts So Bad," the album also includes 14 other notable tracks. Songs like "Two People in the World," "Diary," "So Much," and "Wishful Thinking" aren't as distinctive as the group's doo wop hits, although "A Prayer and a Jukebox" distinguishes itself with a cool, gospel-inspired organ. The wittily-named "Taking a Vacation From Love" and "I'm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Rhino's Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials remains one of the best collections of the group's work, spanning their tear-stained doo wop as well as their later forays into pop and soul. Along with gathering the highlights of these styles, such as "Tears on My Pillow," "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Hurts So Bad," the album also includes 14 other notable tracks. Songs like "Two People in the World," "Diary," "So Much," and "Wishful Thinking" aren't as distinctive as the group's doo wop hits, although "A Prayer and a Jukebox" distinguishes itself with a cool, gospel-inspired organ. The wittily-named "Taking a Vacation From Love" and "I'm Alright," along with some of the other upbeat tracks, explore the more soulful direction Little Anthony & the Imperials took on their later, more successful singles. "I'm on the Outside Lookin' In" is a beautiful balance of their lovelorn roots and the soulful leanings of their later work, and sounds almost like a test run for the success they would have with "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurts So Bad." 1965's intimate "Take Me Back" and theatrical "I Miss You So" close out the collection, reflecting the directions their later work would take. 25 Greatest Hits may be the most complete single-disc look at the group's music at this point, but Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials is still a solid collection of most of their greatest moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1989
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227091927
  • Catalog Number: 70919
  • Sales rank: 39,247

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Anthony & the Imperials Primary Artist
Little Anthony Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Martin Liner Notes
Neil Sedaka Composer
Jimmy Henderson Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Ken Perry Remastering
Richard Barrett Composer, Liner Notes
Howard Greenfield Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Donald Hayes Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Al Lewis Composer
Steve Kolanjian Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Anthony Gourdine Composer
Ernest Wright Jr. Composer
Bob Weinstein Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Sylvester Bradford Composer
Patrick Welch Composer
Bobby Wilding Composer
Gary Shelton Composer
Bertha Scott Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This is a great compilation of Little Anthony and the Imerials greatest hits. The songs are very soulful and have a very dramatic sound which adds to it's appeal. Listening to these songs one can't sometimes help thinking back to Phil Spector's groups that helped define his "wall of sound". The music arrangements on many of these songs are melodically rich and full of emotion and soul. The hits are all here the most memorable being, "Goin' out of My Head", "Hurt So Bad" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop". This collection just proves how soulful Little Anthony and Imperials were. I imagine these songs spoke to and for a generation of teenagers and young adults falling in and out of love and the joy and pain that comes with all of that. Overall this is a great purchase from a group that is wrongfully overlooked when it comes to giving credit for music that helped shaped an era.

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