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British '60s octet the Foundations, whose claim to fame was their ability to re-create the sound of Motown, were really two-hit wonders in the U.S., those two hits being "Baby Now That I've Found You" and "Build Me up Buttercup." The casual listener may be forgiven for thinking these songs, perpetually familiar due to oldies radio and the occasional soundtrack placement, were performed by a Motown act such as the Four Tops. Because the group recorded for the Pye Records label, which licensed their recordings to the Decca subsidiary Uni in the U.S., and all of those imprints have long-since been retired (at least, in their '60s identities), there is no major label to keep a hits collection continually in print. But Britain's Sanctuary Group had access to their catalog in 2002, and this compilation is issued by Sanctuary with U.S. distribution through BMG. It is not as good a selection as, for example, 1995's The Very Best of the Foundations on Taragon, which features a stereo alternate of the otherwise monophonic "Baby Now That I've Found You." But as of 2002, it was probably the most readily available Foundations album in the U.S. All seven of the group's U.S. and/or U.K. singles chart entries are included, along with another seven album tracks, giving a good sense of the band's sound, and Colin Escott's liner notes concisely tell their story.

Customer Reviews

This is the one you want

This is definitely the album you want if you are looking for the original recordings here on iTunes. The version of "Build Me Up Buttercup" on this album is the one that everybody remembers. No re-recordings here.

Best Version on iTunes of 'Build Me Up Buttercup'

This is the best sounding version of 'Build Me Up Buttercup'. I spent 10 minutes listening to all of the demos on iTunes and this is the best. Do yourself a favor, stop looking and buy this version - featured in the movie 'There's Something About Mary'.

Build Me Up Buttercup

I love Build Me Up Buttercup, it is (in my opinion) the best song the Foundations wrote. It's so catchy and whenever I hear it playing I get so happy (that's why I'm the one and only Happyface!) Buy it! It's a great song! :)


Formed: 1967 in England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Foundations were a surprisingly obscure late-'60s outfit, considering that they managed to reach the tops of the both the British and American charts more than once in the space of a year and had a solid three years of recordings. At the time of their debut in mid-1967, they were hailed as being among the most authentic makers of soul music ever to emerge from England — the best practitioners of the Motown sound to be found on the far side of the Atlantic — and were also accepted...
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