This Magic Moment: The Sound of the Brill Building

This Magic Moment: The Sound of the Brill Building

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In the '50s and '60s, the Brill Building, an office building located on Broadway in New York City, was the unofficial capitol of the American pop music industry; the building was home to a number of record companies and publishing firms, and many of the leading songwriters and producers of the day did business there, as pop hits were produced on a veritable assembly

Overview

In the '50s and '60s, the Brill Building, an office building located on Broadway in New York City, was the unofficial capitol of the American pop music industry; the building was home to a number of record companies and publishing firms, and many of the leading songwriters and producers of the day did business there, as pop hits were produced on a veritable assembly line: writers came up with new tunes, arrangers figured out how to make them sound best on record, and producers recruited the singers and session musicians who would put the magic into grooves that would spin in jukeboxes, radio stations, and portable phonographs around the country. This Magic Moment: The Sound of the Brill Building is a two-disc set that collects 64 songs from the days when the Brill Building was the center of the teen pop universe, featuring hits by Dion, Del Shannon, the Shirelles, Gene Pitney, Ben E. King, the Crystals, Little Eva, Jay & the Americans, Connie Francis, and many more. The set also includes a few stars-to-be, including early sides by Tony Orlando, Carole King, and Neil Sedaka, and a couple cuts from Barry Mann, who would fare better as a songwriter in collaboration with Cynthia Weil. The music on this set is polished radio-friendly pop, but from an age when songwriters sought to make records that spoke eye-to-eye with teenagers rather than down to them, and the craft of the songwriting, performances, and production is impeccable no matter how slick the surfaces may be. One could compile a hefty box set out of the glory days of the Brill Building, and licensing issues are presumably the reason Phil Spector and Shadow Morton's classic productions are not better represented on this collection, but This Magic Moment still manages to evoke the era with skill and demonstrates just how much great music poured out of one building in New York City; fans of '60s pop and rock will find lots to like on these two discs.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0604988074727
catalogNumber:
2442383
Rank:
57587

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  2. This Magic Moment
  3. Dream Lover
  4. Crying In the Rain
  5. Run To Him
  6. Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass
  7. War Paint
  8. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
  9. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  10. Bless You
  11. Yes
  12. The Loco-Motion
  13. Dawning
  14. Our Love It Grows
  15. I Love How You Love Me
  16. Don't Ever Change
  17. Turn Me Loose
  18. Wear My Ring
  19. Another Sleepless Night
  20. Pretty Little Angel Eyes
  21. Tell Laura I Love Her
  22. I Love You Eddie
  23. Chains
  24. Tell Me What She Said
  25. Painting the Town With Teardrops
  26. Teenage Sonata
  27. I Can't Hear a Word You Say
  28. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
  29. Early In the Morning
  30. First Taste of Love
  31. It Might As Well Rain Until September
  32. Only Love Can Break a Heart

Disc 2

  1. Where the Boys Are
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful
  3. Teenager In Love
  4. The Answer To Everything
  5. Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
  6. Charlie Brown
  7. One Way Ticket (To the Blues)
  8. Uptown
  9. Take It Like a Man
  10. So Close To Heaven
  11. This is It
  12. Sharing You
  13. Venus In Blue Jeans
  14. That's Old Fashioned
  15. Halfway To Paradise
  16. Two Fools
  17. This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'
  18. How Come
  19. You Bet I Would
  20. It's Love That Really Counts
  21. Telephone (Won't You Ring)
  22. What a Nice Way To Turn Seventeen
  23. It Started All Over Again
  24. Summertime Symphony
  25. Kissin' and Twistin'
  26. Dickie Went and Did It
  27. You Mean Everything To Me
  28. Be My Girl
  29. Just Between You and Me
  30. Breakin' In a Brand New Broken Heart
  31. Please Stay
  32. Stand By Me

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