12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tommy James & The Shondells were a hit-making machine throughout the ‘60s. Their string of hits was unrelenting at a time when the industry was turning its emphasis towards the LP. Their hits were labeled as bubblegum for retaining the enthusiasm of ‘50s rock with great rock ‘n’ roll shouters like “Hanky Panky” and “Mony Mony.” However, the group had a number of hair-raising pop hits, including “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mirage” and “Crimson and Clover.” The group handled the psychedelic era with equal grace, pulling off more elaborate tracks such as “Sweet Cherry Wine” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” This “Essentials” collection is exactly that. Twelve quick doses of what the group did best. “Draggin’ the Line” was technically a solo hit in 1971 for James, but it fits beautifully with the rest of this well-produced and well-executed collection of pure pop. A concise introduction to an underrated group.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tommy James & The Shondells were a hit-making machine throughout the ‘60s. Their string of hits was unrelenting at a time when the industry was turning its emphasis towards the LP. Their hits were labeled as bubblegum for retaining the enthusiasm of ‘50s rock with great rock ‘n’ roll shouters like “Hanky Panky” and “Mony Mony.” However, the group had a number of hair-raising pop hits, including “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mirage” and “Crimson and Clover.” The group handled the psychedelic era with equal grace, pulling off more elaborate tracks such as “Sweet Cherry Wine” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” This “Essentials” collection is exactly that. Twelve quick doses of what the group did best. “Draggin’ the Line” was technically a solo hit in 1971 for James, but it fits beautifully with the rest of this well-produced and well-executed collection of pure pop. A concise introduction to an underrated group.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

livininparadise ,

sometimes you do not realize how good

Every once in a while I will stumble across an artist that I have not heard in a while. Tommy James had a number of excellent songs which transcended the years of his entire career. Great stuff. Crystal Blue Persuasions is still a timeless summer time classic. Give it another listen or a first...

Want2surf ,

So many Greats

Hanky Panky, Crimson & Clover, Mony Mony....gzzzz.....so many really fun songs.

#1 Gene Pitney Fan ,

Another great band.

This album has all the music that Tommy James is remembered for, but not all their music. But this album is as it says, "The Essentials."
I never knew he sung 'Hanky Panky."

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