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Best Of The Tams

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Album Review

The Best of the Tams features 14 songs from singles that they recorded for ABC-Paramount between 1963 and 1969, their most productive era. The collection includes "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am?)," "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy," and a few late-'60s songs by Joe South. This is decent, somewhat retro-flavored (even for the time) soul with heavy pop and doo wop influences, sounding at times like a very unschooled variation of the early Impressions. Unfortunately, this doesn't include their early-'60s hit "Untie Me," which was recorded before the group joined ABC-Paramount.

Customer Reviews

Here We Go Again.....No Original Recordings

Once again, the songs on this album are all re-recorded versions of The Tams hits; like all the previous offerings on iTunes ( the exceptions being the cuts found on Ripete Records' "Good Vibrations" cd's). It is amazing that there are so many re-recorded versions of this groups songs and virtually none of their original recordings available on iTunes. Any fan of The Tams will surely be disappointed in this offering. Even the re-records are faster and more up tempo than the originals. Too bad; I don't think I'd be buying any of these.


Formed: 1959 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A "beach" music favorite, Atlanta's Tams were among the more popular up-tempo soul groups of the '60s, although they were never able to break Motown's pop stranglehold. Joseph Pope's gravelly voiced leads were their selling point. He was joined by his brother Charles, Robert Smith, Floyd Ashton, and Horace Key. They began on Swan in 1960, then landed their first hit with "Untie Me" for Arlen in 1962. It peaked at number 12 on the R&B charts (number 11 pop). They moved to ABC-Paramount the next year,...
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