The Buddah Box

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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
This remarkable three-CD box set recaps the biggest hits spawned by the Buddah record label and its distributed labels Kama Sutra, Team, Pavilion, Hot Wax, Sussex, and Curtom. While the Buddah label was best known for its role in the 1967-1970 bubblegum genre and for giving rise to one surprise hit after another, it also was responsible for more substantive work from such acts as Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & the Pips, early Captain Beefheart, and Charlie Daniels. The latter two are unfortunately not represented in this collection; even so, the sheer breadth of material covered here is astonishing. Unlike better-known labels of the period like Motown, Stax, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
This remarkable three-CD box set recaps the biggest hits spawned by the Buddah record label and its distributed labels Kama Sutra, Team, Pavilion, Hot Wax, Sussex, and Curtom. While the Buddah label was best known for its role in the 1967-1970 bubblegum genre and for giving rise to one surprise hit after another, it also was responsible for more substantive work from such acts as Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & the Pips, early Captain Beefheart, and Charlie Daniels. The latter two are unfortunately not represented in this collection; even so, the sheer breadth of material covered here is astonishing. Unlike better-known labels of the period like Motown, Stax, and Philles, there is no unifying sonic trait in the artists under the Buddah umbrella. Consequently, listening to the entire collection in one sitting is a schizophrenic endeavor in its bouncing from bubblegum 1910 Fruitgum Company, Ohio Express, et al. to Jesus-freakdom Ocean's "Put Your Hand in the Hand," the Edwin Hawkins Singers' "Oh Happy Day" to '70s soul balladry the elegant "Dream Merchant" from New Birth and "You Are My Starship" by Norman Connors to disco oddities Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More," the bizarre "Wide Receiver" by Michael Henderson. Despite the stylistic inconsistency, The Buddah Box is a worthwhile investment for music collectors, as its liner notes tell a fascinating story of the label's evolution, and there are a number of hard to find gems represented. It might have benefited from a few more obscurities -- the collection sticks to Top 40 hits wherever it can -- but it makes a good argument that the story of a trash-singles label can be just as interesting, and the tunes nearly as compelling, as that of the more respected labels of the '60s and '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/1994
  • Label: ESSEX
  • UPC: 084646706021
  • Catalog Number: 7060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do You Believe in Magic? - The Lovin' Spoonful (2:03)
  2. 2 Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful (2:19)
  3. 3 Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful (2:40)
  4. 4 There's Got to Be a Word! - The Innocence (2:24)
  5. 5 Hello, Hello - The Sopwith Camel (2:24)
  6. 6 Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers (2:25)
  7. 7 Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company (2:15)
  8. 8 Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express (2:19)
  9. 9 1, 2, 3, Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Company (2:09)
  10. 10 Shake - Shadows of Knight (2:26)
  11. 11 Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run) - Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus (2:33)
  12. 12 Chewy, Chewy - Ohio Express (2:37)
  13. 13 The Worst That Could Happen - Brooklyn Bridge (3:05)
  14. 14 Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers (5:08)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Make You Mine @@Lou Chirstie (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moonflight - Vik Venus (2:57)
  2. 2 When I Die - Motherlode (3:20)
  3. 3 The Rapper - The Jaggerz (2:40)
  4. 4 O-o-h Child - The Stairsteps (2:54)
  5. 5 Candles in the Rain - Melanie (3:47)
  6. 6 Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed - 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) (4:10)
  7. 7 One Toke over the Line - Brewer & Shipley (3:19)
  8. 8 Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean (2:53)
  9. 9 Want Ads - Honey Cone (2:45)
  10. 10 Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (2:03)
  11. 11 City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman (3:51)
  12. 12 Lean on Me - Bill Withers (4:16)
  13. 13 Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield (5:26)
  14. 14 Superfly - Curtis Mayfield (5:26)
  15. 15 Back When My Hair Was Short - Gunhill Road (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Brother Louie - Stories (3:55)
  2. 2 Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:36)
  3. 3 The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:43)
  4. 4 The Need to Be - Jim Weatherly (3:53)
  5. 5 From His Woman to You - Barbara Mason (4:57)
  6. 6 (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet - Sha Na Na (3:07)
  7. 7 Dream Merchant - New Birth (4:37)
  8. 8 Everybody Stand up and Clap Your Hands - Fred Parris (3:45)
  9. 9 Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers (3:27)
  10. 10 Hold Back the Night - The Trammps (4:08)
  11. 11 More, More, More, Pt. 1 - Andrea True (3:01)
  12. 12 You Are My Starship - Norman Connors (3:22)
  13. 13 Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On - Addrisi Brothers (3:11)
  14. 14 Wide Receiver - Michael Henderson (5:17)
  15. 15 Disco 3 - The Fat Boys (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Goodman Track Performer
100 Proof (Aged in Soul) Track Performer
Brewer & Shipley Track Performer
The Lovin' Spoonful Track Performer
Curtis Mayfield Track Performer
Melanie Track Performer
New Birth Track Performer
Sha Na Na Track Performer
The Staple Singers Track Performer
Stories Track Performer
The Trammps Track Performer
Bill Withers Track Performer
Ohio Express Track Performer
Addrisi Brothers Track Performer
Black Satin Track Performer
Gunhill Road Track Performer
The Lemon Pipers Track Performer
Barbara Mason Track Performer
Motherlode Track Performer
Shadows of Knight Track Performer
The Sopwith Camel Track Performer
The Stairsteps Track Performer
Andrea True Track Performer
Honey Cone Track Performer
The Jaggerz Track Performer
Ocean Track Performer
1910 Fruitgum Company Track Performer
Brooklyn Bridge Track Performer
Norman Connors Track Performer
Michael Henderson Track Performer
Fred Parris Track Performer
Jim Weatherly Track Performer
Vik Venus Track Performer
The Edwin Hawkins Singers Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips Track Performer
Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus Track Performer
Technical Credits
Peter Anders Producer
Joey Levine Composer
Vini Poncia Producer
Artie Ripp Producer
Steve Kasenetz Producer
Jerry Katz Producer
Neil Bogart Producer
Norman Conors Producer
Art Kass Producer
Kris Resnick Composer
Errol Brown Composer
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