The Night Is Still Young

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140205024
  • Catalog Number: 2050
  • Sales rank: 37,578

Album Credits

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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