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Sugar and Spice - A must-have for any refugee from Chicago's 60s

This is definitely essential for anyone who came of age in Chicago during the sixties. There are so many great tunes on this CD that I recommend just downloading the whole thing. The ballads "It Could Be We're In Love" and "We Could Be Happy" are just beautiful, and their version of "Up On The Roof" is simply the best. The harder rock tunes (Mr. Unreliable, Dennis Dupree from Danville, & Greensburg, Glickstein, etc) show that these guys could also rock out. This is one of my favorite CDs.

Most under-rated Midwest group

I saw these guys several times and they were unbelieveable. No one else had the musical drive and harmonies these guys had - they were true musicians, they didn't just play to the crowd like so many teeny-bopper groups did. Recall that they were playing during the reign of Paul Revere & the Raiders and other pretty-boy groups like that. They were the forerunners of Styx and Cheap Trick, even the group Chicago. The 'Shames simply played their own identity, and now take their place in the lost continent of fabulous American music from the Sixties.

Cry'n Shames -- Up on the Roof

Songs bring back great memories of my high School dances at Holy Cross


Formed: 1964 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

The Cryan' Shames actually were a big deal in Chicago in the mid- and late '60s, when a bunch of their singles hit the local Top Ten; some of them were small national hits as well. The biggest of these was "Sugar and Spice," a cover of a Searchers song that made the Top 50 in 1966 and was later featured in Lenny Kaye's renowned Nuggets anthology of '60s garage bands. In their original incarnation, the Shames leaned toward the pop end of garage. Borrowing heavily from the Beatles, the Byrds, and the...
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