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THE BEACH BOYS • Greatest Hits (5099997374220)


Continuing the celebration of The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary, which saw the newly


recorded That’s Why God Made The Radio album reach No.15 earlier this year, EMI’s new Greatest Hits set – released to coincide with their sell-out UK dates – features 19 of the band’s most popular songs, including God Only Knows, Good Vibrations and Sloop John B in remastered versions, plus the title track of That’s Why God Made The Radio. A more comprehensive 50 Big Ones - Greatest Hits set (5099997374428) adds a further 30 songs, and is packaged in a flip-top box, with a booklet and postcards. With media attention likely to be considerable, chart success is a certainty. Even more exciting from a fan’s point of view, 12 classic Beach Boys albums are being released simultaneously in


digitally remastered editions, with all but Sunflower and Surf’s Up (which are stereo only) in CD editions that include the entire album in both mono and stereo mixes. It will be the first ever stereo release for some tracks, including I Get Around and Good Vibrations.


VARIOUS • Action!: The Songs Of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (Ace CDTOP 1335)


Friends from 1959 to Boyce’s death in 1994, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart


started working together in 1963 and quickly became successful. The latest album in Ace’s superb Songwriter series includes songs that Boyce & Hart wrote with others but most of its 25 songs were created by the two of them in tandem. These included three of the many they wrote and produced for their most successful clients The Monkees - PO Box 9847, the


rather more well known Monkees Theme and Valleri, a more serious and substantial song than much of The Monkees canon. Earlier in their career, Boyce & Hart also proved adept at writing for girl groups - their Dum Dum Ditty for The Shangri-Las has a Then I Kissed Him vibe, The Sapphires’ Thank You For Loving Me is redolent of Chapel Of Love, and Ginger & The Snaps’ Seven Days In September recalls Walking In The Rain. More original, and equally excellent, Come A Little Bit Closer has a Latin feel and was a huge US hit for Jay & The Americans, while Hurt So Bad is a suitably dramatic tour-de- force by Little Anthony & The Imperials. Their own hit, I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight, Fats Domino song Be My Guest, Del Shannon’s earlier version of She and British group The Flies slowed down version of I’m Not Your Stepping Stone - both better known by The Monkees - are also worthy of inclusion in a set that can only further their reputations.


LIPPS INC • Mouth To Mouth (Big Break CDBBR 0130)


A vehicle for singer, songwriter, producer and multi-


instrumentalist


Steven Greenberg, Lipps Inc were signed to the legendary disco label Casablanca but disco was largely over by the time they emerged in 1980, and they became one-hit wonders, reaching No.1 in the US and No.2 in the UK with Funky Town. An iconic song that is still a radio staple today, it incorporated European influences and a killer tune with excellent vocals from Cynthia Johnson. The album itself – a brief, four-song 30-minute affair - was surprisingly big in the US, reaching No.5, and is quite palatable, with the other tracks - All Night Dancing, Rock It and Power - all cheesily enjoyable. The album has been remastered, with the more concise singles versions of all four tracks appended as a bonus.


WILLIE MITCHELL • Memphis Rhythm King (Backbeats BACKBART 004)


With 30 multi-artist compilations under its belt, the budget Backbeats


label, part of the Harmless/ Demon stable, now releases its first five individual artist compilations – and they are all corkers. Released alongside Holland-Dozier’s The Creative Corporation (BACKBART 001), Laura Lee’s Supreme Soul Diva (002), Tommie Young’s Shreeveport Soulstress (003) and Honey Cone’s Scorching Soul Trio (005), Mitchell’s Memphis Soul King is a barnstorming 24-song set from Mitchell, who was a multi- talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger bandleader and trumpeter who displays all facets of his talent art in a set that includes soulful vocal and funky instrumental tracks, some covers, some original, all good.


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