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Album Review

This 20-song collection focuses mostly on their late '60s peak, including all of the hit singles — "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie," "Keep the Ball Rollin', " and the much smaller chart items "Strawberry Shortcake, " "Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music, " "The Singles Game, " and "Change Your Mind." Philadelphia soul at its peppiest and poppiest, it's pleasant listening, but the somewhat formulaic and repetitious feel means that most listeners will be satisfied by the two big hits. And bigger fans probably won't be thrilled by the inclusion of three songs from the mid-'70s and a cut from 1993.

Biography

Formed: Allentown, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

A Philadelphia group whose sound and songs were more pop than soul, Jay & the Techniques earned some points for the playful, joyous "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie," which was their lone Top 10 R&B and pop hit in 1967 on Smash. They got points in some circles for being an integrated group; lead vocalist Jay Proctor, Karl Landis, Ronnie Goosly, John Walsh, George Lloyd, Chuck Crowl, and Dante Dancho were in the lineup. They kept plugging...
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