Friday, January 29, 2010

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap - Looking Glass

Looking Glass - Front

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During the late '60s -- a period forever distinguished as rock's most radical, innovative, and far-reaching -- Gary Puckett and the Union Gap forged a series of massive chart ballads almost otherworldly in their sheer earnestness and melodrama. Likely the only pop band of the era to play two nightly shows in the Catskills -- the early gig for their younger fans, the later appearance for the fans' parents -- the group pioneered the hip-to-be-square concept two decades before spiritual descendants Huey Lewis and the News; clad in Civil War-era get-ups (complete with fictitious military ranks) and bizarrely pedophilic lyrics, Puckett and the Union Gap were in their own way as far-out and singular as any ... Read More...

*****

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap were originally an actual band, but by the time the musicians entered the recording studio with producer and songwriter Jerry Fuller, the focus fell on Puckett's strong, smooth baritone voice, and the Union Gap part of the equation was buried under a MOR barrage of strings, horns, and choirs. The formula worked, however, and the group enjoyed five Top 40 hits between 1967 and 1969, including "Woman, Woman," "Lady Willpower," the dangerously pedophilic "Young Girl," and the majestic, soaring "Over You," all of which are featured in this collection.

*****

1. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Can You Tell (2:56)
2. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Daylight Stranger (2:25)
3. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Don't Give In To Him (2:29)
4. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Don't Make Promises (2:34)
5. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Every Hour (1:59)
6. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Gentle Woman (3:25)
7. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Give In (2:11)
8. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (2:49)
9. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Keep the Customer Satisfied (2:38)
10. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Lady Willpower (2:45)
11. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Let's Give Adam And Eve Another Chance (2:45)
12. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Looking Glass (2:34)
13. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - My Son (2:53)
14. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Over You (2:24)
15. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Paindrops (2:49)
16. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - The Common Cold (3:13)
17. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - This Girl Is A Woman Now (3:07)
18. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Wait Till the Sun Shines On You (3:05)
19. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Woman Woman (3:33)
20. Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl (3:12)

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