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.
This is a 1998 album of all new material except for the re-recordings of a couple of his hits. Being a Gary Puckett & The Union Gap fan, I bought this out of curiosity several years ago. Most of the tracks are written or co-written by Gary or his brother.
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 other act of the period.
This is an album of re-recordings of his hits. I bought this CD for the tracks "Little Green Apples" and "Take A Letter Maria" which I haven't seen on any other issue. The other track that I haven't seen anywhere else is "Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp". The casual fan may only want to get "The Best Of" CD that I posted earlier. The serious fans/collectors of Gary Puckett will want this one for the tracks I mentioned above.
No one expected the success of Dream Weaver when it was released, but it sailed to the top of the charts, and with good reason. Backed with only drums and a wide assortment of keyboards, Gary Wright crafted instantly recognizable tunes such as the title cut and "Love Is Alive," which caught on and remain staples of classic rock stations around the U.S. All very revolutionary and new at the time, Dream Weaver hasn't lost any of its magic over time.
The Best of Gary Numan 1978–1983 is a double disc compilation album of Gary Numan's singles and selected album tracks released on the Beggars Banquet Records label. It was promoted by the remixed re-release of "Cars". The contents of the enclosed twelve page booklet are identical to the one included with the previously released Exhibition compilation album. It contains various pictures from the years in question and an extensive chronological essay by Francis Drake.