The Complete Liberty Singles

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although they weren''t particularly innovative, and nothing they recorded ever changed the course of rock or pop music one iota, Gary Lewis & the Playboys don''t really deserve the marginalization they''ve gotten to the footnote side of rock & roll history. They were a 1960s singles band, pure and simple, and the perfect example of a "summer band," one that plays fun songs full of bright harmonies, specializing in melodic singalongs that made up for what they lacked in depth by being infectious and persistent. Yeah, drummer and singer Gary Lewis was the son of comedian and star Jerry Lewis, but that''s just the footnote to a footnote. Lewis could sing, and he was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although they weren''t particularly innovative, and nothing they recorded ever changed the course of rock or pop music one iota, Gary Lewis & the Playboys don''t really deserve the marginalization they''ve gotten to the footnote side of rock & roll history. They were a 1960s singles band, pure and simple, and the perfect example of a "summer band," one that plays fun songs full of bright harmonies, specializing in melodic singalongs that made up for what they lacked in depth by being infectious and persistent. Yeah, drummer and singer Gary Lewis was the son of comedian and star Jerry Lewis, but that''s just the footnote to a footnote. Lewis could sing, and he was skilled enough at it to do it while he was playing drums, so forget any notions that his recording career was due entirely to privilege. This two-disc set collects all of the group''s singles -- both the A- and B-sides -- and a couple of unreleased songs, and since the Playboys were never really an album act, it makes a pretty accurate portrait of the band at its best. Well, sort of. Although Lewis toured with an actual version of the Playboys, in the studio it was usually the Wrecking Crew, a loose confederation of L.A.''s finest studio musicians (called the Wrecking Crew because they were so good that they "wrecked" the business for other session players) that included drummer Hal Blaine, pianist Leon Russell, and later, the rhythm section of Carl Radle and Jim Keltner, who handled the instrumental backing tracks. That means the Playboys'' singles (and the sometimes fascinating B-sides) were impeccably played and arranged, and this set is very listenable because of that all the way through. Not surprisingly, the best tracks are the big hits "This Diamond Ring," "Count Me In," and "Everybody Loves a Clown," but there are other gems here as well, like "Girls in Love" and "New in Town," that sound like lost Beach Boys tunes. Again, none of these sides altered the history of rock music any, but with their bright, cheerful sound they reveal a group of musicians who sure knew how to make records, and Lewis, son of a celebrity or not, held up his end. Looking back like this set does, Lewis emerges as better than one remembers, and at his best, he was as at least as good as many of his more lauded contemporaries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742201321
  • Catalog Number: 2013

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Lewis & the Playboys Primary Artist
Gary Lewis Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
P.F. Sloan Composer
Gary Lewis Composer
Mac Gayden Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Garry Bonner Composer
L. Russell Arranger, Adaptation
Andy Sheppard Composer
Russ Titelman Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Hammer Composer
Curtis Composer
John Gummoe Composer
Ed Osborne Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Gary Geld Composer
Steve Hoffman Mastering Consultant
george Composer
Rick Perles Composer
Jason Blaine Tape Research
Fuller Composer
Winn Composer
Quinn Composer
Perles Composer
Lerman Composer
Daryll Composer
Dante Composer
Crofford Composer
Capps Composer
Brass Composer
Barn Composer
Allen Composer
Tillison Composer
P. D. Udell Composer
Brown Composer
Cook Composer
Hardin Composer
Gordon Composer
Alexander Composer
Boatman Composer
Nix Composer
L. Russell Composer
Price Composer
Rosenthal Composer
Levine Composer
Gummoe Composer
Leslie Composer
Johnson Composer
Garrett Composer
Cason Composer
Russell Composer
Feldman Composer
Griffin Composer
Greenaway Composer
Laurence Composer
L. Vinnegar Composer
Kooper Composer
Blackwell Composer
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