Finders Keepers [Japan 2004]

Finders Keepers [Japan 2004]

by The Salt Water Taffy


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Finders Keepers [Japan 2004]

This New York-based bubblegum group -- led by songwriter/producer Rod McBrien -- recorded their lone album for Buddah Records in 1968. Titled after their local New York hit "Finders Keepers" (which bubbled under Billboard's Hot 100 nationally at number 105 in May 1968), the album featured a vocal harmony sound that was supposed to be similar to what a white version of the 5th Dimension would sound like, according to McBrien. Several of the tracks were penned by McBrien and his songwriting partner, former Valrays saxophonist Johnny Giametta, while others included covers from the Anders & Poncia catalog ("Whence I Make Thee Mine") and one tune by the Mann/Weil team ("You Baby"). Lead vocals on the title track were actually handled by Tommy West (whose real name is Tommy Piccardo), who sang the one-off minor hit as a favor (West later penned hits for the Partridge Family, produced Jim Croce, and partnered with Terry Cashman as the Buchanan Brothers). The song featured a chirpy chorus of taunting children and a vocal arrangement in the Jay & the Techniques vein. Additional songs featured Janie Brannan (whose husband penned the goofy liner notes) and Kathy Weinberg, transplants to New York who fell into the gig as Salt Water Taffy girls. A follow-up single with similar playground children chanting, "Sticks and Stones," failed to catch on, as did two additional singles pulled from the album. In 1970, the group transferred over to United for one single -- another Anders & Poncia cover, "Summertime Girl" -- which failed to chart, and shortly thereafter the Salt Water Taffy broke up. [This Japanese-only edition includes two bonus tracks: "Loop de Loop" and "Easy Does It."] Bryan Thomas

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Rev-Ola
UPC: 5013929458628
catalogNumber: 286
Rank: 145398

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salt Water Taffy   Primary Artist
Meco Monardo   Conductor

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Recreation
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Barry Mann   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Peter Anders   Composer
Thomas Brannon   Engineer
Rod McBrien   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Meco Monardo   Arranger
Yoshiro Nagato   Reissue Producer
Vini Poncia   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Teddy Vann   Composer
Duglas T. Stewart   Liner Notes
John Giametta   Composer,Producer
Andy Morten   Producer,Artwork
Marty Gino   Composer
Joe Foeter   Producer,Recreation

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