Friday, April 23, 2010

Tommy James & The Shondells - Original Hits


Although packaged like something one might buy for $4.99 alongside a package of Slim Jims, an issue of Juggs, and a bottle of Mini-Thins at a truckstop on the outskirts of Flemington, NJ, the 18-track Tommy James & the Shondells compilation Original Hits is actually a pretty good introduction.

The liner notes are basic but informative, the sound quality is decent, and all the major hits are here, including the 1971 Tommy James solo smash "Draggin' the Line." James' records are an acquired taste at best -- his voice is often grating, his lyrics are insipid, and the early songs blur together indistinguishably; to his credit, he later attempted to expand his basic approach, and the psych-pop epics "Crimson and Clover" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" are kind of cool in their way, but you really don't need more than this.~by Jason Ankeny


1. Tommy James & The Shondells - Hanky Panky (2:53)

2. Tommy James & The Shondells - Say I Am (What I Am) (2:30)

3. Tommy James & The Shondells - It's Only Love (2:15)

4. Tommy James & The Shondells - I Think We're Alone Now (2:08)

5. Tommy James & The Shondells - Mirage (2:37)

6. Tommy James & The Shondells - I Like The Way (2:40)

7. Tommy James & The Shondells - Gettin' Together (2:14)

8. Tommy James & The Shondells - Out Of The Blue (2:24)

9. Tommy James & The Shondells - Get Out Now (2:11)

10. Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony (2:52)

11. Tommy James & The Shondells - Somebody Cares (2:41)

12. Tommy James & The Shondells - Do Something To Me (2:29)

13. Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson And Clover (3:27)

14. Tommy James & The Shondells - Sweet Cherry Wine (4:28)

15. Tommy James & The Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion (4:02)

16. Tommy James & The Shondells - Ball Of Fire (3:05)

17. Tommy James & The Shondells - She (1:58)

18. Tommy James & The Shondells - Draggin' The Line (2:45)
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