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Album Review

Similar to 1992's 20-track Looking Glass: A Collection, the Repertoire label's The Best of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap adds six more songs to the pot, proving that the words quantity and quality rhyme only for ironic reasons. Like Columbia/Legacy's significantly more economical Young Girl: The Best of Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, the collection front-loads the group's three biggest hits ("Woman, Woman," "Young Girl," and "Lady Willpower"), causing Puckett's rich baritone, as impressive as it is, to grow stale about halfway through the 26 cuts. Fans looking to explore the extreme depths of the Union Gap will find much to love here, while those unwilling to lower themselves into the darkness would be better off with Sony's mercifully short (and budget-priced) Super Hits compilation.


Formed: 17 October 1942 in Hibbing, MN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

During the late '60s -- a period forever distinguished as rock's most radical, innovative, and far-reaching -- Gary Puckett and the Union Gap forged a series of massive chart ballads almost otherworldly in their sheer earnestness and melodrama. Likely the only pop band of the era to play two nightly shows in the Catskills -- the early gig for their younger fans, the later appearance for the fans' parents -- the group pioneered the hip-to-be-square concept two decades before spiritual descendants...
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