Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth, Vol. 1
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||Simon Says||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Yummy Yummy Yummy||Ohio Express||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)||Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Green Tambourine||The Lemon Pipers||2:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||1,2,3 Red Light||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Down At Lulu's||Ohio Express||1:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shake||Shadows of Knight||2:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Chewy Chewy||Ohio Express||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||May I Take a Giant Step (Into Your Heart)||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)||The Lemon Pipers||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Goody Goody Gumdrops||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rice Is Nice||The Lemon Pipers||2:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Indian Giver||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sausalito (Is the Place to Go)||Ohio Express||2:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rainbow Tree||The Lemon Pipers||2:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Run Run Billy Porter||Shadows of Knight||2:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sweeter Than Sugar||Ohio Express||2:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Finders Keepers||Salt Water Taffy||2:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Special Delivery||1910 Fruitgum Company||2:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Expanded reissue of legendary bubblegum compilation
Originally issued by Buddah in 1969, and reissued in expanded form by the UK Cherry Red label in 2010, this historic collection of bubblegum music is now available for domestic digital download through Sony’s Legacy imprint. The fourteen tracks of the original LP were pulled together from the biggest hits of Buddah’s Kasenetz-Katz production team, including the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s “Simon Says,” the Ohio Express’ “Yummy Yummy Yummy” and the Lemon Pipers’ “Green Tambourine.” Brilliant melodic hooks, crisp studio productions and child-like lyrics combined to produce songs that were instantly likeable (except, of course, to self-righteous rock fans who’d long-ago lost track of music’s simplest pleasures) and more importantly, memorable. Though aimed at the pre-teen crowd, the songs’ surface-level innocence often harbored erotic and psychedelic allusions that were sufficiently camouflaged to escape AM radio’s gatekeepers.
Though Buddah didn’t corner the bubblegum market (the song of the year for 1969, “Sugar Sugar,” was on Don Kirshner’s Calendar label, for example), their output is easily the largest concentration of the genre’s exemplars. Cherry Red’s (and now Legacy’s) enhanced reissue drops two tunes by the Kasenetz Katz Super Circus (“We Can Work it Out” and “I’m in Love With You”), and adds seven titles, including the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s “Indian Giver” (which post-dated the compilation’s release), Salt Water Taffy’s “Finders Keepers” and the Shadows of Knight’s swampy “Run Run Billy Porter.” This is both a good place to start a bubblegum collection and a terrific spin for those who are already fans. To reach beyond the Buddah stable, try a single disc set like 25 All-Time Greatest Bubblegum Hits, or search out copies of Varese Sarabande’s five-volume Bubblegum Classics series [1 2 3 4 5]. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
OMG, I never thought I'd see this on iTunes!
I was perusing some tracks, and was lead to the Bubblegum Essentials lists, and decided to see what else the Lemon Pipers did. Lo and behold, I see this album listed as one that contains their songs. I have an orginal Buddah album that I listened to so much as a very little kid that it probably is too scratched up to play now. The first 12 tracks on this compilation was what was on the original album. I swear I have the whole album memorized, and I got my copy of it 40 years ago as a preschooler. Happy to see it here, and it really is a who's who of Bubblegum artists. Groovy!
Just one note...
I listened back and forth to (old) version of "Green Tambourine". Both this one and the other one are real (which means they are the original track from 1967... but there's one difference (and please, hear it for yourself) - this version is re-mixed and (dare I say it) it sounds better! The vocals are more 'forward', there seems to be less hiss, it's a bit louder... all around an updated remaster that has (to my ears) better audio quality. Think FM vs. AM and I think you'll know what I mean... In either case, you'll be getting the real song, unlike so much re-recorded malarkey iTunes has out here... without any fair warning. Too bad they are tainting those younger ones that are just discovering this stuff, maybe never to realize they're getting a 'Mona Lisa with a mustache'.