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Album Review

Collectors Gold Series is essentially a reissue of Tossin' & Turnin', Relic's out of print Bobby Lewis anthology from 1992, with a different track sequence. Lewis' number one hit, "Tossin' and Turnin'," is presented in its mono and stereo versions, making Collectors Gold Series longer than the previous collection by one track (all other tracks are in stereo). Lewis was a powerful shouter with great presence, but as "Lonely Teardrops" shows, his technique was not very nuanced — his performance is closer to Freddy Cannon than Jackie Wilson. The catchy "One Track Mind" was his only other Top Ten hit, but he registered on the charts a total of five times. All of his chart hits and their flip sides are included along with cuts from his 1961 album (also titled Tossin' & Turnin'), accounting for nearly all of his Beltone label recordings from 1961-1963. The production is dense and loud on the rockers, with the clatter of hi-hat cymbals creating a constant roar of white noise in the background. Aside from a few ballads and pop songs, most of Lewis' recordings rework the high-energy rock and soul sound of "Tossin' and Turnin'" with varying degrees of success.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A longtime fixture in Chicago, Bobby Lewis finally had some opportunities to lead his own recording dates in the 1990s (for the local Southport label). A top studio musician with a lyrical jazz style, since 1964 Lewis has appeared on over 6,500 recording sessions, including a countless number of jingles, film scores, and records, usually in fairly anonymous roles. He led the Ears, a jazz group that for 17 years (1975-1992) played every Tuesday night at Orphan's Pub, and featured his quintet...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 24 March 2003

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