2 Sides of the Four Pennies/Mixed Bag

2 Sides of the Four Pennies/Mixed Bag

by The Four Pennies


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2 Sides of the Four Pennies/Mixed Bag

Both of the Four Pennies' albums -- 1964's 2 Sides of the Four Pennies and 1966's Mixed Bag -- are combined onto one CD on this 26-track reissue. Note, however, that this by no means contains all of the Four Pennies' output. In fact, it's missing their most well-known recordings, and indeed has just one of the 18 tracks (the A-side of their debut 45 "Do You Want Me To") that appeared on their nine 1963-1966 singles -- and does not have their 1964 U.K. chart-topper "Juliet." For that reason alone, a Four Pennies best-of is preferable to this compilation. On purely musical grounds, however, these albums are disappointing, even if you have a taste for the wimpy side of early British Invasion/Merseybeat sounds. On both records, the group seem consciously trying to present themselves as a versatile act able to handle various styles of pop, rather than simply, as the best British Invasion bands did, play various styles of all-out rock. 2 Sides of the Four Pennies is the better of the pair, though not by much, alternating between very light variations of the kind of early Merseybeat favored by the Searchers and paler reflections of the kind of ballads for which Roy Orbison was known. Mixed Bag has some of this as well, but is more pop-oriented, with some orchestrated ballads, mild rock treatments of folk standards, and even a Latin-flavored number. But the songs -- some, though well under half, by the group -- just aren't too memorable, and the overall approach so effusive they make Gerry & the Pacemakers sound rather heavy in contrast.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2002
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261203465
catalogNumber: 346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Four Pennies   Primary Artist
Johnny Arthey   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Bill Medley   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Bobby Hatfield   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
John Berry   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Fritz Fryer   Arranger
Lionel Morton   Arranger
Danny Small   Composer
Jesse Thomas   Composer
Mike Wilsh   Arranger
John Tobler   Liner Notes
John Franz   Liner Notes
Barbara Anne Hawkins   Composer
Joan Marie Johnson   Composer
Sharon Jones   Composer
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Bill Harry   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Pat Deighan   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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