The Songs of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Boyce & Hart, best known as frequent songwriters for the Monkees, were among the more successful West Coast pop
ock composers of the late '60s, also landing some material with other artists and making some records of their own, including the hit "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight." Only six of these 18 tracks were recorded by the Boyce & Hart duo another was recorded by Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. But since Boyce & Hart's principal importance came from their songwriting rather than their performing, this compilation -- which matches the most notable Boyce & Hart recordings with the best and most famous cuts by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Boyce & Hart, best known as frequent songwriters for the Monkees, were among the more successful West Coast pop
ock composers of the late '60s, also landing some material with other artists and making some records of their own, including the hit "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight." Only six of these 18 tracks were recorded by the Boyce & Hart duo another was recorded by Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. But since Boyce & Hart's principal importance came from their songwriting rather than their performing, this compilation -- which matches the most notable Boyce & Hart recordings with the best and most famous cuts by other artists covering Boyce-Hart compositions -- is the best representative sampling of their most important music. Other than "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite," Boyce & Hart's own tracks pale next to the cover versions on this disc, which include the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Valleri"; "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" in its pre-Monkees version by Paul Revere & the Raiders; and relatively rare, gritty versions of "Words" from 1966, by the Boston Tea Party and "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" from 1965, by the Astronauts, both of which would later be done by the Monkees as well. There are also a bunch of hits that Boyce & Hart did not write on their own, or to which only Boyce or only Hart contributed, like Freddie Cannon's "Action," Curtis Lee's "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," Jay & the Americans' "Come a Little Bit Closer," and Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad." Overall, it's a decent compilation of the best work of a composing team with a knack for the peppy and catchy melodies typical of the form of LA '60s rock known as sunshine pop, although their songs were usually on the lightweight side.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/1995
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206567021
  • Catalog Number: 065670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (2:45)
  2. 2 Last Train to Clarksville (2:46)
  3. 3 I'll Blow You a Kiss in the Wind (2:06)
  4. 4 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (2:32)
  5. 5 Valleri (2:33)
  6. 6 We're All Going to the Same Place (3:25)
  7. 7 Words (2:15)
  8. 8 Out and About (2:29)
  9. 9 Action (2:08)
  10. 10 Pretty Little Angel Eyes (2:44)
  11. 11 Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans (2:48)
  12. 12 Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & the Imperials (2:20)
  13. 13 Goodbye, Baby (I Don't Want to See You Cry) (3:05)
  14. 14 Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) (2:51)
  15. 15 Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day - The Astronauts (2:43)
  16. 16 I Wanna Be Free (2:26)
  17. 17 Something's Wrong with Me - Austin Roberts (3:09)
  18. 18 I Remember the Feeling - Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyce & Hart Primary Artist
Freddy Cannon Track Performer
Jay & the Americans Track Performer
The Monkees Track Performer
Little Anthony & the Imperials Track Performer
The Astronauts Track Performer
Boston Tea Party Track Performer
Austin Roberts Track Performer
Curtis Lee Track Performer
Tommy Boyce Track Performer
Bobby Hart Track Performer
Paul Revere & the Raiders Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Terry Melcher Producer
Teddy Randazzo Producer
Foy Willing Producer
Phil Spector Producer
Tommy Boyce Producer
Dick Glasser Producer
Bobby Hart Producer
David Hassinger Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Artie Ripp Producer
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes
Al Schmitt Producer
Danny Janssen Producer
Lisa Sutton Art Direction
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