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.
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.
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.
"The greatest songs never grow old, they just get better as a select wine." In this collection are collected 3 generations of romantic music of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Relive the flower power era with Ultimate… 60s a 4CD collection containing 80 classic hits from the 60s, includes tracks by Elvis, The Ronnettes, Simon & Garfunkel and many more!
The original releaser wrote: This is a complete review from Ed Sullivan Show of the most famous artist of '50-'70.
Every dvd contains a booklet , with italian words, but the photo are extremely important for all the groups who partecipate at the show. I am sorry i made a self description because no review found. This is for me a masterpiece how rock and other style begin evolving till today musi, in any kind of genere.
The surprising thing about K-Tel's staggering ten-disc box set burdened with the title Ultimate History of Rock & Roll is that it actually approaches delivering on its huge promise. Of course, a collection of this sort of any size is immediately sunk by lacking the presence of Elvis Presley or virtually any British act (only the Troggs and Tornadoes leap to mind). The focus here is on early rock & roll and rockabilly (Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy), the girl groups (the Angels, the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, the Dixie Cups, the Chiffons) and an almost overwhelming concentration on the R&B side of rock (the Coasters, the Drifters, the Platters, the Del-Vikings, Ben E. King, the Clovers, the Duprees, the Olympics, the Penguins). Also well-represented is the increasingly white-bread '60s pop/rock artists: the Beach Boys, the Turtles, the Ventures, and the Association. For fans of the above types of music, Ultimate History of Rock & Roll is an immensely rewarding set which delivers with all the best tracks from the biggest artists. Just don't expect to find "Heartbreak Hotel" or "Can't Buy Me Love."