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Lethargic remakes of ‘60s pop and bubblegum classics

These may be 20 classic songs, but these are not 20 classic Tommy Roe performances. That is, if you take “classic” to mean “original hit recordings.” These are remakes that find Tommy Roe recreating his earlier works. Unfortunately the tempos are often lethargic and Roe’s voice hasn’t the young quality or high tone that made his original hits so effervescent. Like other albums in this label’s series of remakes, the artist covers both his own hits and hits for others, such as the Ohio Express’ “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and Tommy James’ “Hanky Panky” and “Crimson and Clover.” On the plus side, the producers hired a rock band and have made a fair stab at reproducing key elements of the original arrangements, including horns, strings and rolling drums. Unfortunately, with Roe’s original hit recordings available on MCA’s 1993 Greatest Hits CD, these remakes sound pale in comparison. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]


Born: May 9, 1942 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Pop

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

Widely perceived as one of the archetypal bubblegum artists of the late '60s, Tommy Roe cut some pretty decent rockers along the way, especially early in his career -- many displaying some pretty prominent Buddy Holly roots. In fact, Roe's initial pop smash, 1962's chart-topping "Sheila," was quite reminiscent of Holly's "Peggy Sue," utilizing a very similar throbbing drumbeat and Roe's hiccuping vocal. The singer had previously cut the song for the smaller Judd label before remaking it in superior...
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Jam Up And Jelly Tight - 20 Classics, Tommy Roe
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Dec 21, 2009

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