As part of Collectables' Golden Classics series, Shades of Blue are spotlighted on previously released material originally recorded for Impact in the '60s. The 14 tracks include "Funny Kind of Love," "All I Want Is Love," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and their biggest hit, "Oh How Happy." Considering the obscurity of CDs available by the vocal group, this affordable disc should please both casual fans and collectors.
Discussions of the "quiet is the new loud" aesthetic of bands like Belle & Sebastian and Kings of Convenience typically cite primal influences like Nick Drake, Donovan, and the Velvet Underground, but rarely if ever mentioned is a duo that predated them all – listening to Chad & Jeremy many decades on, it now seems almost as if they pioneered an entire genre, their string-sweetened, pastoral, and hopelessly twee acoustic pop anticipating so much of the sound in vogue at the turn of the century to follow.
Terry Stafford became one of only a few artists who managed to "steal" a hit from Elvis Presley by covering one of his album tracks – in this case "Suspicion" from Presley's album Potluck. Suspicion is a reissue of Stafford's 1964 album, and it includes the title track and "I'll Touch a Star" along with a number of other compositions by songwriters from Presley's stable.
Joe Bonamassa has moved far past his initial incarnation as a kid guitar wiz with a Stevie Ray Vaughan fascination, and has developed into an elegantly reverent guitarist and a fine singer as well, bringing a little R&B blue-eyed soul to the blues. For Different Shades of Blue, Bonamassa co-wrote songs with veteran Nashville songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Gary Nicholson, James House, Jerry Flowers, and Jonathan Cain, then took 11 of the songs and tracked them in Las Vegas at Studio at the Palms with producer Kevin Shirley… A Best Buy Exclusive added three bonus tracks…