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Where the Boys Are: The Songs of Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield formed one of the most successful Brill Building songwriting teams, and as a solo artist, Sedaka was by far the most successful of the Brill Building songwriters who released records under their own name in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet they haven't quite achieved the critical respect accorded to Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, and Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. This 25-song compilation of 1958-1971 recordings written by the pair some of them by Sedaka or Greenfield with other partners won't change that, but it's ample demonstration of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield formed one of the most successful Brill Building songwriting teams, and as a solo artist, Sedaka was by far the most successful of the Brill Building songwriters who released records under their own name in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet they haven't quite achieved the critical respect accorded to Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, and Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. This 25-song compilation of 1958-1971 recordings written by the pair some of them by Sedaka or Greenfield with other partners won't change that, but it's ample demonstration of their talents as commercial and usually worthwhile pop
ock composers, even though it doesn't have any of Sedaka's numerous big hits. Instead, like Ace's other anthologies devoted to outstanding '60s songwriters, it mixes hits with flops and rarities by a wide variety of artists. While that means it doesn't collect all of their most significant work, it does give a representative sampling of the wide scope of their tunes when the writers were in their prime. A few of these songs were big hits, particularly Connie Francis' "Stupid Cupid" and "Where the Boys Are"; the Everly Brothers' "Crying in the Rain" written by Greenfield with Carole King, and Gene Pitney's "It Hurts to Be in Love" written by Greenfield with Helen Miller. A few were less impressive modest hits, like Jimmy Clanton's "Another Sleepless Night," LaVern Baker's ballad "I Waited Too Long," and Clyde McPhatter's "Since You've Been Gone." Some of the other selections are fairly forgettable period pop, but Ace makes things interesting by including some little-known versions of songs that were hits by others. "Fallin'" a hit for Connie Francis in particular improves in the hands of the more talented and rockin' Wanda Jackson, and while the Cookies' "Foolish Little Girl" a hit for the Shirelles, Carole King's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" a chart-topper for Sedaka himself, and Dee Dee Sharp's "Calendar Boy" a hit for Sedaka as "Calendar Girl" aren't in the same class as the more familiar versions, they make a welcome change from hearing the same old smashes again. Also of interest is Little Anthony & the Imperials' take on "The Diary," which was originally written for them before it became a hit for Sedaka. Mixed in with songs that usually stick to the lighter side of early-'60s pop
ock are the odd, worthwhile, overlooked quality efforts Dionne Warwick's "Get Rid of Him" and a few cuts that show them adapting to the changing '60s times with reasonable success, like Lesley Gore's 1967 single "Magic Colors." Of special note is Patti Drew's 1968 Top 40 R&B hit version of "Workin' on a Groovy Thing" written by Sedaka with Roger Atkins, which predates the Fifth Dimension's more famous hit version, and proves that Sedaka could write in a credibly soulful vein. While a Sedaka best-of is necessary to get a full sense of his and Greenfield's contributions, this has its share of memorable tunes too. Ace's customarily excellent liner notes feature numerous comments from a first-hand 2011 interview with Sedaka himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667046725
  • Catalog Number: 6704672
  • Sales rank: 15,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis (2:16)
  2. 2 Keep A-Walkin' - Bobby Darin (1:57)
  3. 3 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Carole King (2:14)
  4. 4 Another Sleepless Night - Jimmy Clanton (2:11)
  5. 5 Fallin' - Wanda Jackson (2:51)
  6. 6 Calendar Boy - Dee Dee Sharp (2:42)
  7. 7 Ooh-Sha-Lala - Mickey & Kitty (2:02)
  8. 8 Crying in the Rain - The Everly Brothers (2:02)
  9. 9 The Diary - Little Anthony & the Imperials (2:33)
  10. 10 I Waited Too Long - LaVern Baker (2:33)
  11. 11 Get Rid of Him - Dionne Warwick (2:18)
  12. 12 Since You've Been Gone - Clyde McPhatter (2:27)
  13. 13 Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis (2:40)
  14. 14 Foolish Little Girl - The Cookies (2:23)
  15. 15 Bewitched (2:06)
  16. 16 Magic Colors - Lesley Gore (2:40)
  17. 17 Walking in the Footsteps of a Fool - Ben E. King (2:35)
  18. 18 It Hurts to Be in Love - Gene Pitney (2:34)
  19. 19 Puppet Man (3:25)
  20. 20 Workin' on a Groovy Thing - Patti Drew (3:11)
  21. 21 Don't Look Over Your Shoulder (2:46)
  22. 22 The Girl I Left Behind Me - The Monkees (2:43)
  23. 23 Rainy Day Bells - The Globetrotters (3:02)
  24. 24 While I Dream - The Tokens (2:20)
  25. 25 You're Knockin' Me Out - Neil Sedaka (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Levy Musical Direction
Chuck Sagle Conductor
Stan Applebaum Conductor
Ray Ellis Conductor
Johnnie Spence Musical Direction
Klaus Ogermann Conductor
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Arranger, Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
The Everly Brothers Producer
Carole King Arranger
Chuck Sagle Arranger
Dave Appell Producer
Gerry Goffin Producer
Billy Mure Producer
Lou Adler Producer
Stan Applebaum Arranger
Jeff Barry Producer
Bob Bollard Producer
Al Capps Arranger
David Cavanaugh Producer
Ray Ellis Arranger, Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Howard Greenfield Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kal Mann Producer
Arnold Maxin Producer
Gordon Mills Producer
Joe Sherman Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Phil Wright Arranger
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Morty Craft Producer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Helen Miller Arranger, Producer
Stan Greenberg Producer
Klaus Ogermann Arranger
Larry Holmes Director
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