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This CD assembles the complete recordings from 1965 through 1969 by the Freshmen, their music freely mixing the sounds of (and often encompassing the songs of) the Beach Boys, Sam & Dave, Jay & the Americans, and the Beatles. The music is well played and sung, and a lot of fun, and some of it is given enough of a fresh twist to make it worth owning — their versions of "The Little Girl I Once Knew" and "Cara Mia" are rather endearing, even if they don't quite soar to the same heights as the originals. The group had a prodigious reputation in Ireland and not only got to record a string of singles but also an LP, all of which are represented here. The sound is excellent and the annotation is extremely thorough, delving not only into the group's history but also into a 1960s Irish music scene that isn't too well known among Americans or even contemporary Britons.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

The Freshmen were among the more successful examples of what was known in Ireland and England as a show band — ensembles of usually a little more than half-a-dozen players, pounding out dance-friendly renditions of contemporary rock & roll and, even more so, R&B and soul. In the United States, such groups as Bill Deal & the Rhondels made names for themselves in places like Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach, SC, and, in the case of Deal and company, even got to record some great sides...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Sep 03, 2002

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