The Best of 1963-1964

The Best of 1963-1964

by The TymesThe Tymes


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Philadelphia's Tymes were one of the sweetest vocal groups to ever step into a recording studio. Led by the warm, expressive tenor of George Williams, whose voice and phrasing were heavily influenced by Johnny Mathis, and blessed with a producer at Cameo Parkway Records, Billy Jackson, who knew exactly how to record them, the Tymes hit right out of the box with their debut single, the sparse and elegant ballad "So Much in Love" in 1963. Written by Williams, the song was given a simple, floating arrangement by Jackson that was driven by what would become the group's trademark finger snaps and featuring smooth-as-honey vocals by Williams and fellow group members Al "Ceasar" Barry, George Hilliard, Norman Burnett, and Donald Banks. The Tymes followed this classic with a version of "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (the song that launched Mathis' own career in 1957) that was every bit as strong as "So Much in Love," and completed the hat trick with a third impressive single, "Somewhere." Everything the Tymes recorded with Jackson at Cameo Parkway had this same high quality, and the future looked more than bright, but the group's run on the pop charts pretty much ended with the advent of Beatlemania in 1964, which signaled a sea change in the recording industry. For some reason Cameo Parkway never released the Tymes catalog on CD until 2005, and this collection marks the debut of the Tymes in the digital age, some 40 years after these classic ballads were recorded. Gorgeously arranged and sung, the tracks compiled here have an elegant, timeless quality that works in part because of their simple sparseness, which allows the Tymes plenty of breathing room to do what they do best, which is sing like the angels sing. "So Much in Love," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," and "Somewhere" are all here, along with other gems like "Here She Comes" (one of the few instances where the Tymes go upbeat) and the sublime "The Lamp Is Low." Better late than never, this CD is essential listening for fans of the vocal group genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923428
catalogNumber: 92342
Rank: 26341

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tymes   Primary Artist
Rick Kellis   Vibes
George Williams   Vocals
Dave Appell   Guitar
Jimmy Wisner   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Donald Banks   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Norman Burnett   Baritone (Vocal),Group Member
Nick d'Amico   Percussion
Billy Jackson   Percussion,Falsetto,Spoken Word
Joe Macho   Bass
Vince Montana   Vibes
Joe Renzetti   Guitar
Marlena Davis   Soprano (Vocal)
George Hilliard   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Roy Stragis   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Berry   Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
George Williams   Lead,Group Member
Vivian Dix   Soprano (Vocal)
Joe Sher   Drums
Norman Burnett   Vocals
George Hilliard   Vocals
"Caesar" Berry   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Williams   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Dave Appell   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Billy Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Kal Mann   Producer
Steve Rosenthal   Archives Coordinator
Stillman   Composer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Emil Korsen   Engineer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes,Essay
Roy Stragis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lenne Allik   Concept
George Forrest   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Bert Shefter   Composer
Camillo Bargoni   Composer
Maria Papazahariou   Production Director,Session Research
Seth Adkins   Sample Clearance
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Session Research
Janessa Gursky   Assistant Art Director
Billy Jackson   Audio Production
Jody H. Klein   Reissue Producer
George Motola   Composer

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