The Very Best of the Newbeats

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Newbeats were eventually remembered almost solely for their 1964 number two hit, "Bread and Butter," and it comes as a bit of a shock that they had quite a few other chart singles, though only two of those the Top 20 entries "Everything's Alright" and "Run, Baby Run Back into My Arms" were that popular. Nine chart singles are on this 18-track compilation, in fact, one of them from as late as late 1969. Commercial success aside, it's not much of a joyride, as Larry Henley's ear-scraping falsetto -- such a novelty when first heard on "Bread and Butter" -- grates when heard in such a concentrated dose. Too, none of the other tracks had as naggingly memorable hook ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Newbeats were eventually remembered almost solely for their 1964 number two hit, "Bread and Butter," and it comes as a bit of a shock that they had quite a few other chart singles, though only two of those the Top 20 entries "Everything's Alright" and "Run, Baby Run Back into My Arms" were that popular. Nine chart singles are on this 18-track compilation, in fact, one of them from as late as late 1969. Commercial success aside, it's not much of a joyride, as Larry Henley's ear-scraping falsetto -- such a novelty when first heard on "Bread and Butter" -- grates when heard in such a concentrated dose. Too, none of the other tracks had as naggingly memorable hook lines as "Bread and Butter," though the original version of "Thou Shalt Not Steal" quickly covered for a big hit by Dick & Dee Dee comes close. At other points, the Four Seasons-meets-Motown influence is similarly dominant, though cornier pre-Beatles girl group-teen idol influences come into play sometimes as well. Give them some points for versatility, however, with "Hey-O Daddy-O" a blatantly Bo Diddley-derived shaker and some quite prominent songwriters contributing material, like Doug Kershaw, Nancie Mantz though not in partnership with Annette Tucker, John D. Loudermilk, Joe Melson who wrote with Roy Orbison, and early Buddy Holly associate Bob Montgomery. And Bobby Charles of "See You Later, Alligator" fame, under his real name, Robert Charles Guidry, penned the laid-back blue-eyed soul tune "Groovin' Out on Life," later covered by UB40. The CD also tacks on the 1963 Everly Brothers imitation "With Tears in My Eyes" by the Mathis Brothers, comprised of future Newbeats Dean Mathis and Marc Mathis, and the Henley solo 1965 single "His Girl," on which he discards his falsetto for a lower Buddy Holly-esque range.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206649529
  • Catalog Number: 066495

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Newbeats Primary Artist
Larry Henley Falsetto, Group Member
Marcus Mathis Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Mathis Brothers Vocals
Technical Credits
Doug Kershaw Composer
Carole King Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Larry Henley Composer
Don Gant Composer, Producer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Wesley Rose Producer
D. Bergen White Arranger
Norris Wilson Composer
Harry Young Liner Notes
Keith Colley Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Bobby Montgomery Composer
Steve Massie Mastering
Robert Guidry Composer
Joe Melson Composer
Nancie Mantz Composer
Marcus Mathis Composer
Jay Turnbow Composer
Paul Howard Composer
Larry Parks Composer
Dan Folger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyond the one-hit wonder: a real surprise

    If one were to be pedantic, you’d have to admit that the Newbeats actually had a handful of charting singles, rather than just one; but only an ardent pop fan could name any of their hits after “Bread and Butter.” Larry Henley’s distinctive falsetto was set apart from the likes of The Beach Boys, Four Seasons or Lou Christie by the slight twang of the group’s Nashville origins, and as artists signed to Wesley Rose’s Hickory label, the Newbeats had access to some of Nashville’s best songwriters. They cracked the top-40 with songs from John D. Loudermilk (“Everything’s Alright”) and Joe Melson & Don Gant (“Run, Baby Run (Back into My Arms),” and scraped the lower rungs with songs that included Doug Kershaw’s Searchers-styled “Shake Hands (And Come Out Crying),” and a stellar pre-Dick & Deedee take of Loudermilk’s “Thou Shalt Not Steal.” ¶ Varese’s eighteen track collection is the sort of treasure trove that pop fans dream of, essaying a seeming one-hit wonder that actually has a catalog of non-hit and album tracks backing up the radio glory. Many of the band’s productions predict the sunshine pop that would become popular in the UK in the late’60s and early-70s, drawing on sounds from The Everly Brothers, The Tokens, and Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and inspiring acts like The Tremeloes. ¶ Though Henley’s falsetto is the band’s most distinctive element, the balance between pop and soul is what really sustains the their catalog. The blue-eyed soul of “Pink Dally Rue” and the Bo Diddley inspired “Hey-O Daddy-O” fit perfectly with the Motown-styled “Run, Baby Run (Back Into My Arms),” the Goffin & King hand-clapper “I Can’t Hear You No More,” and the discotheque twist “Little Child.” The collection’s last two tracks pull together the Mathis Brothers’ Everlyesque pre-Newbeats single “With Tears in My Eyes,” and Larry Henley’s solo “His Girl.” ¶ What’s particularly gratifying about these selections is that almost all of them were written expressly for the band, and surprisingly few have been covered (or at least covered in well-known fashion), creating new ground for pop fans. The only nit-pick with this collection is the absence of a few tracks mentioned in the liners, including the original A-side of “Bread and Butter,” the Corvair-themed “Tough Little Buggy,” and the group’s last single for Hickory, “Love Gets Sweeter.” Completists will also have to look elsewhere for the group’s two post-Hickory singles on Buddah and Playboy. ¶ Tech note: All tracks true stereo except for 13-16 and 18, which are mono. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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