The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Abkco's 2005 compilation The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 is the first official CD release of the Michigan garage rocker's classic Cameo Parkway recordings, but for hardcore garage rock collectors, it might look a little bit similar to a 1995 unofficial release called Original Recordings. The discs not only share 25 tracks but they're presented in the same sequencing. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise since both discs contain the entirety of the quintet's two full-length LPs -- the 1966 96 Tears and its 1967 follow-up Action -- plus the "Do Something to Me"/"Love Me Baby Cherry July" single. The '95 release contains five tracks ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Abkco's 2005 compilation The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 is the first official CD release of the Michigan garage rocker's classic Cameo Parkway recordings, but for hardcore garage rock collectors, it might look a little bit similar to a 1995 unofficial release called Original Recordings. The discs not only share 25 tracks but they're presented in the same sequencing. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise since both discs contain the entirety of the quintet's two full-length LPs -- the 1966 96 Tears and its 1967 follow-up Action -- plus the "Do Something to Me"/"Love Me Baby Cherry July" single. The '95 release contains five tracks that didn't make it to this release, but this has two previously unreleased versions of "Midnight Hour" and "96 Tears," neither of which were as a good as the released versions the alternate "96 Tears" is surprisingly limp, actually. As should be expected from an official release, Abkco's Best Of has much better sound -- clean, but retaining the grit and murk that distinguished the Mysterians' LPs -- and a good set of liner notes from Jeff Tamarkin that detail the history of this shadowy band. Their music remains a little hit and miss -- only "96 Tears" is a stone-cold classic, and it's surely one of the great rock & roll singles ever, but they have several other strong garage rockers, particularly on the second album -- but despite the handful of generic moments, it's still a blessing that the original ? & the Mysterians records have not only finally made it to CD, but in such an appealing fashion as this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771923220
  • Catalog Number: 92322
  • Sales rank: 31,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Need Somebody - Question Mark (2:15)
  2. 2 Stormy Monday - Question Mark (2:27)
  3. 3 You're Telling Me Lies - Question Mark (2:31)
  4. 4 Ten O'Clock - Question Mark (2:13)
  5. 5 Set Aside - Question Mark (3:03)
  6. 6 Up Side - Question Mark (2:53)
  7. 7 "8" Teen - Question Mark (2:48)
  8. 8 Don't Tease Me - Question Mark (1:41)
  9. 9 Don't Break This Heart of Mine - Question Mark (1:55)
  10. 10 Why Me - Question Mark (1:38)
  11. 11 Midnight Hour - Question Mark (2:38)
  12. 12 96 Tears - Question Mark (2:58)
  13. 13 Girl (You Captivate Me) - Question Mark (2:17)
  14. 14 Can't Get Enough of You, Baby - Question Mark (1:57)
  15. 15 Got To - Question Mark (2:22)
  16. 16 I'll Be Back - Question Mark (2:02)
  17. 17 Shout (Pt. 1 & 2) - Question Mark (5:31)
  18. 18 Hangin' on a String - Question Mark (2:15)
  19. 19 Smokes - Question Mark (1:52)
  20. 20 It's Not Easy - Question Mark (2:43)
  21. 21 Don't Hold It Against Me - Question Mark (1:57)
  22. 22 Just Like a Rose - Question Mark (2:10)
  23. 23 Do You Feel It - Question Mark (2:25)
  24. 24 Do Something to Me - Question Mark (2:37)
  25. 25 Love Me Baby (Cherry July) - Question Mark (3:03)
  26. 26 Midnight Hour - Question Mark (2:30)
  27. 27 96 Tears - Question Mark (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
? & The Mysterians Primary Artist
Tony Orlando Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Frank Rodriguez Organ, Group Member
Robert Balderrama Guitar, Group Member
Frank Lugo Bass, Group Member
Fernando Aguilar Bass
Eddie Serrato Drums, Group Member
Question Mark Vocals
Frank Lugo Bass Guitar
Fernando Aguilar Bass Guitar
Bobby Balderrama Guitar
Frank Rodriguez Organ
Technical Credits
Earl Hines Composer
Jimmy Wisner Arranger
Bob Crowder Composer
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Sandy Linzer Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Denny Randell Composer
Bob Reno Producer
Neil Bogart Producer
Robert Balderrama Composer
Frank Lugo Composer
Jody Klein Reissue Producer
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes, Essay
Lenne Allik Concept
Bo Gentry Producer
Rudy Gonzales Producer
Maria Papazahariou Production Director
Seth Adkins Sample Clearance
Teri Landi Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Session Research
Janessa Gursky Assistant Art Director
Alsia Coleman Art Direction
Eddie Serrato Composer
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