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    Main » 2014 » September » 9 » Tommy James and the Shondells ~ 1989 ~ Anthology
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    Tommy James and the Shondells ~ 1989 ~ Anthology
    Tommy James and the Shondells ~ 1989 ~ Anthologygenre: beat, pop
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    Tommy James (real name Thomas Jackson) was born on 29 April 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He formed his first group in Niles, Michigan when he was just nine and they cut a 45, Long Pony Tail, for a local label. Later in 1963, after hearing Hanky Panky performed in a night club in South Bend, Indiana, he recorded the song for DJ Jack Douglas' Snap label with an outfit called The Shondells. It sold quite well around Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. Two years later when he'd just left college and was out of work Tommy received a call from a DJ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who had popularised the record. Tommy relocated there and, when the original Shondells refused to leave Indiana, he hired a local band, The Raconteurs, to become the new Shondells. The New York-based Roulette label picked up the disc from Red Fox for national release. It became a million-selling No 1 in the U.S. and also made No 38 in the UK. The debut album made No 46 in the U.S. Album Charts. The Roulette label arranged for songwriter/producers Bo Gentry and Richie Cordell to team up with the band in a partnership which produced a string of melodic and exhilarating hits. Their third LP I Think We're Alone Now reached No 74 in the U.S. Charts and their fourth - a compilation Something Special! The Best of Tommy James And The Shondells peaked at No 174. Get Out Now, their 10th single for Roulette, which made No 48, marked the end of their lightweight pop period.

    Mony, Mony, still written by Gentry and Cordell but with assistance from Bobby Bloom and James himself, heralded a new hardened dance beat sound. Not only did it make No 3 in the U.S. but more surprisingly, in view of their lack of previous success there, it was an U.K. No 1 for four weeks and the most popular dance record of the Summer of 1968. The album of the same name reached No 153 in the US. However, after their two Mony, Mony - style follow-ups, Somebody Cares and Do Something To Me were relatively unsuccessful, the group persuaded Roulette to let them produce their next LP themselves.
    This marked another change of direction and paid off in the short-term. Their next LP Crimson And Clover made No 8 in the U.S. and an abridged version of the title track topped the U.S. Charts, becoming their biggest selling record and winning a gold disc. With its hints of psychedelia, and complete web of instrumental and vocal sounds, Crimson And Clover and their next two 45s:- Sweet Cherry Wine and Crystal Blue Persuasion are their most relevant recordings to this book, but the LP Cellophane Symphony, which made No 141, and the compilation The Best Of Tommy James And The Shondells, which peaked at No 21, are also worth a listen. Their later recordings reverted back to a R&B style and are less relevant. The act ended when James collapsed on stage in Alabama and The Shondells quit to become Hog Heaven while James recuperated on his farm in upstate New York. When he recovered he embarked on a reasonably successful solo career in the early seventies, producing Neon's sole album with Bob King. He also had a minor resurgence when he signed to Millenium Records in the early eighties.
    Crimson And Clover was covered by Joan Jett in 1982 and her version climbed to No 7 in the U.S. Charts prompting other acts to cover some of the band's old hits. Later in 1987 Billy Idol topped the U.S. Charts with a cover of Mony, Mony which also made No 7 in the UK.

    01. Hanky Panky 2:52
    02. Say I Am (What I Am) 2:32
    03.  It's Only Love 2:18
    04. I Think We're Alone Now 2:09
    05. (Baby, Baby) I Can't Take It No More 2:27
    06. Mirage 2:40
    07. I Like The Way 2:44
    08. Run, Run, Baby, Run 2:22
    09. Gettin' Together 2:16
    10. Real Girl 2:19
    11. Love's Closin' In On Me 2:16
    12. Out Of The Blue 2:27
    13. Get Out Now 2:14
    14. (I'm) Taken 2:27
    15. One Two Three And I Fell 2:22
    16. Mony Mony 2:54
    17. Somebody Cares 2:43
    18. Do Something To Me 2:30
    19. Crimson And Clover 3:30
    20. Sugar On Sunday 3:27
    21. Crystal Blue Persuasion 4:04
    22. Sweet Cherry Wine 4:33
    23. Loved One 3:41
    24. Ball Of Fire 3:08
    25. She 2:03
    26. Gotta Get Back To You 3:06
    27. Draggin' The Line 2:47








    EDDIE GRAY    gtr
    TOMMY JAMES    vcls
    MICK JONES    gtr
    PETER LUCIA    drms
    PAUL REANEY    vcls
    RONNIE ROSMAN    piano
    MIKE VALE    bs

     
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