Monday, November 25, 2019

Gary Lewis And The Playboys (Legendary Masters Series) 1965-67







Gary Lewis: the son of a comedian Jerry Lewis and named after Cary Grant (with slight spelling mistake). Surely that kind of starting point will give a certain expectations (and shortcuts) to the stardom. And Gary Lewis definitely used them as much as a man with his talent can. He wasn't much of a singer; his voice is not bad but very limited and unexpressive. I guess he wasn't any devil with the drums either. But what he and his bandmates had were a skilled producers and songwriters that quaranteed them a string of good singles during a three year period.

This compilation must be one if not the best one around to get to know what this band had to offer; it contains all their singles from 1965-67 plus some of the b-sides and other stuff. All the singles are, if not great, at least nice. After "My Heart's Symphony" the quality is not consistent anymore, but two Bonner/Gordon songs, "Girls in Love" and especially "Jill" are among their finest singles. It's not difficult to hear that these are the same men who made The Turtles' hits "She'd Rather Be with Me" and "She's My Girl" at the same time; there are quite a few similarities here. Oddly enough, the success wasn't at the same level at all. Two Barri/Sloan songs, "I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight" and "Autumn" are almost as good as the single material.

If one doesn't expect to find something deeply meaningful or revolutionary here, but 25 catchy, feelgood sing-a-longs, there is great chance to enjoy this succesful slice of 60's American pop.

Tracklist


This Diamond Ring
Count Me In
Little Miss Go Go
Doin' The Flake
Save Your Heart For Me
Without A Word Of Warning
Everybody Loves A Clown
Time Stands Still
She's Just My Style
I Won't Make That Mistake Again
Sure Gonna Miss Her
I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight
Face In A Crowd
Green Grass
I Can Read Between The Lines
Autumn
My Heart's Symphony
Tina (I Held You In My Arms)
(You Don't Have To) Paint Me A Picture
Where Will The Words Come From
Way Way Out
Loser (With A Broken Heart)
Girls In Love
Jill
Sealed With A Kiss

Enjoy.

Ty to Original Sharer

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

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5 comments:

  1. Gary Lewis and The Playboys and "MASTER SERIES", in the same sentence is eye-catching for all the wrong reasons. But thanks anyway

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  2. Wow, that was a long time ago. Awesome group. Thanks

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