The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino]

The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino]

by Little Anthony & the Imperials


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The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino]

Rhino's Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials remains one of the best collections of the group's work, spanning their tear-stained doo wop as well as their later forays into pop and soul. Along with gathering the highlights of these styles, such as "Tears on My Pillow," "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Hurts So Bad," the album also includes 14 other notable tracks. Songs like "Two People in the World," "Diary," "So Much," and "Wishful Thinking" aren't as distinctive as the group's doo wop hits, although "A Prayer and a Jukebox" distinguishes itself with a cool, gospel-inspired organ. The wittily-named "Taking a Vacation From Love" and "I'm Alright," along with some of the other upbeat tracks, explore the more soulful direction Little Anthony & the Imperials took on their later, more successful singles. "I'm on the Outside (Lookin' In)" is a beautiful balance of their lovelorn roots and the soulful leanings of their later work, and sounds almost like a test run for the success they would have with "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurts So Bad." 1965's intimate "Take Me Back" and theatrical "I Miss You So" close out the collection, reflecting the directions their later work would take. 25 Greatest Hits may be the most complete single-disc look at the group's music at this point, but Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials is still a solid collection of most of their greatest moments.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1989
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227091927
catalogNumber: 70919
Rank: 6465

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Anthony & the Imperials   Primary Artist
Little Anthony   Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Jimmy Henderson   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer,Liner Notes
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Donald Hayes   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Steve Kolanjian   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Anthony Gourdine   Composer
Ernest Wright   Composer
Bob Weinstein   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Sylvester Bradford   Composer
Patrick Welch   Composer
Bobby Wilding   Composer
Gary Shelton   Composer
Bertha Scott   Composer
Bill Martin   Liner Notes

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The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great compilation of Little Anthony and the Imerials greatest hits. The songs are very soulful and have a very dramatic sound which adds to it's appeal. Listening to these songs one can't sometimes help thinking back to Phil Spector's groups that helped define his "wall of sound". The music arrangements on many of these songs are melodically rich and full of emotion and soul. The hits are all here the most memorable being, "Goin' out of My Head", "Hurt So Bad" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop". This collection just proves how soulful Little Anthony and Imperials were. I imagine these songs spoke to and for a generation of teenagers and young adults falling in and out of love and the joy and pain that comes with all of that. Overall this is a great purchase from a group that is wrongfully overlooked when it comes to giving credit for music that helped shaped an era.