The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967

The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967

by ? & the Mysterians


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The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967

Abkco's 2005 compilation The Best of ? & the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 is the first official CD release of the Michigan garage rocker's classic Cameo Parkway recordings, but for hardcore garage rock collectors, it might look a little bit similar to a 1995 unofficial release called Original Recordings. The discs not only share 25 tracks but they're presented in the same sequencing. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise since both discs contain the entirety of the quintet's two full-length LPs -- the 1966 96 Tears and its 1967 follow-up Action -- plus the "Do Something to Me"/"Love Me Baby (Cherry July)" single. The '95 release contains five tracks that didn't make it to this release, but this has two previously unreleased versions of "Midnight Hour" and "96 Tears," neither of which were as a good as the released versions (the alternate "96 Tears" is surprisingly limp, actually). As should be expected from an official release, Abkco's Best Of has much better sound -- clean, but retaining the grit and murk that distinguished the Mysterians' LPs -- and a good set of liner notes from Jeff Tamarkin that detail the history of this shadowy band. Their music remains a little hit and miss -- only "96 Tears" is a stone-cold classic, and it's surely one of the great rock & roll singles ever, but they have several other strong garage rockers, particularly on the second album -- but despite the handful of generic moments, it's still a blessing that the original ? & the Mysterians records have not only finally made it to CD, but in such an appealing fashion as this.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923220
catalogNumber: 92322
Rank: 28031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

? & the Mysterians   Primary Artist
Tony Orlando   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Frank Rodriguez   Organ,Group Member
Robert Balderrama   Guitar,Group Member
Frank Lugo   Bass,Group Member
Fernando Aguilar   Bass
Eddie Serrato   Drums,Group Member
Question Mark   Vocals
Frank Lugo   Bass Guitar
Fernando Aguilar   Bass Guitar
Bobby Balderrama   Guitar
Frank Rodriguez   Organ

Technical Credits

Earl Hines   Composer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Bob Crowder   Composer
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Bob Reno   Producer
Neil Bogart   Producer
Robert Balderrama   Composer
Frank Lugo   Composer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes,Essay
Lenne Allik   Concept
Bo Gentry   Producer
Rudy Gonzales   Producer
Maria Papazahariou   Production Director
Seth Adkins   Sample Clearance
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Session Research
Janessa Gursky   Assistant Art Director
Alsia Coleman   Art Direction
Eddie Serrato   Composer
Jody H. Klein   Reissue Producer

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