Tommy James & The Shondells: Anthology
The Shondells & Tommy James
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Tommy James was a top selling singles artist throughout the mid- to late ‘60s, with a string of Top 40 hits that were as fresh and exciting as the album oriented rock that received most of the critical applause and that gave rise to the FM radio format. James’ music with the Shondells kept AM radio firmly in its sights and their heads. They were an unashamed celebration of what became known as “bubblegum” pop. Fact is the songs themselves are very, very good. “Hanky Panky” has a powerful hook and slashing guitars, while “I Think We’re Alone Now” is an affecting piece of adolescent sexual tension. “Mirage,” “I Like The Way,” “Getting Together” and “Real Girl” are riveting pieces of pop-rock, with vocal interplay that enlivens even the most routine composition. “Mony Mony” proved to be a great rock ‘n’ roll shouter (and later a hit for Billy Idol), but “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and “Sweet Cherry Wine” showed James and crew could keep up with the psychedelic innovations without losing their bite. This is a great detailed anthology of that era.
My one star review isn't for the music on this album, the music is fine. I'm sure most people who have gotten to this page are already familiar with Tommy James and the Shondells songs. The one star review is for the atrocious sound. I don't know how the CD sounds, as I've never purchased it, but what I downloaded here is just plain awful. Flat, scratchy sounding and the volume is at the lowest level I've ever come across before. I had to turn my speakers up almost to the maximum in order to hear anything. Great music, exceptionally bad sound.
I purchased the single..Mony Mony & was very disappointed with the quality of the sound. It was flat, hollow & lacked 'depth'. I don't believe it was remastered.
I Love this album
some of the song are ok but all of them are great to listen to on a rainy day