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Night Is Still Young
     

The Night Is Still Young

by Sha Na Na
 
Hard as it is to believe, there was a brief time when professional nostalgia peddlers Sha Na Na took a genuine stab at having a contemporary pop hit. That time arrived in 1972, a few years after their shtick turned into a sensation via their appearance at Woodstock but before Grease brought them back into the spotlight and, along with

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Hard as it is to believe, there was a brief time when professional nostalgia peddlers Sha Na Na took a genuine stab at having a contemporary pop hit. That time arrived in 1972, a few years after their shtick turned into a sensation via their appearance at Woodstock but before Grease brought them back into the spotlight and, along with it, a syndicated variety show that cast their fate. In 1972, the group released The Night Is Still Young, a record that messily intercuts silly, rose-tinted covers of '50s standards ("Sea Cruise," "So Fine-You're So Fine," "In the Still of the Night") with snappy bubblegum and soft rock aimed at AM pop radio. Such a hit never arrived, and the band's subsequent goofy doo wop obscured this experiment which is a shame, as the best parts of The Night Is Still Young are surprisingly fun, as good as the hundreds of anonymous bubblegum pushers of the era. In particular, the giddy "Bounce in Your Buggy" delights with its propulsive acoustic guitars and compressed horns, but the low-key, bluesy shuffle "You Can Bet They Do," the mellow blissed-out "Sleepin' on a Song," the candied CSN salute "Oh! Lonesome Boy," and, especially, the sleazy Dr. Hook rip-off "It's What You Do with What You Got" all deliver silly, hooky goods and are worthwhile for any connoisseur of prime bubblegum. These songs are so good, they overshadow the pedestrian nostalgia of the remainder of the record, songs that pointed the way to what Sha Na Na became, while the good stuff here shows what might have been.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
Label:
Wounded Bird
UPC:
0664140205024
catalogNumber:
2050

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Performance Credits

Sha Na Na   Primary Artist
Lennie B.   Saxophone
Johnny Contardo   Vocals
Screamin' Scott Simon   Piano
Bowzer   Vocals
Frederick Greene   Vocals
Zoroaster Clarke   Bass
Vinnie Taylor   Guitar
Captain Outrageous   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Bloom   Composer
Andy Kim   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Lance Finnie   Composer
Jocko Marcellino   Composer
Fred Parris   Composer
Willie Schofield   Composer
Johnny Vincent   Composer
Scott Simon   Composer
Huey Smith   Composer
Richard Joffee   Composer
Jon Bauman   Composer

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