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Genres: Pop, Rock
Rydell was one of the quintessential pure teen-idol Bobbys who rose to fame and conquered the airwaves during the period between Elvis Presley's Army induction and the arrival of the Beatles. (Ironically, Rydell starred in... more »
Rydell was one of the quintessential pure teen-idol Bobbys who rose to fame and conquered the airwaves during the period between Elvis Presley's Army induction and the arrival of the Beatles. (Ironically, Rydell starred in the film version of Bye Bye, Birdie, which poked fun at Elvis's induction.) He started his career as a drummer in a band that also featured Frankie Avalon, but Rydell was by no means a rocker--even though he recorded an entire album with Chubby Checker in 1961. Still, such pop froth as "Wild One" (his biggest hit) and the lesser-known hit singles "Forget Him" and "Good Time Baby" are pleasant and lively. Unfortunately, because of the unavailability of the Parkway-Cameo catalog, this greatest-hits package is made up of remakes. It's not horrible, but it's also not the originals. --Bill Holdship
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Thomas D. (RockerBoomer) from SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Reviewed on 8/29/2010...
This CD contains re-recordings and not origional versions. AVOID.
Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing!
Jerry | Nevada USA | 12/29/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was extremely excited to finally get Bobby's Greatest, but my excitement quickly turned to disappointment after about five notes on the first track, when it became abundantly clear that these were not the original recordings. Please forgive me, but I'm a Baby Boomer, and my musical awarenes was born with the music of the late 50's early 60's, and Rydell's hits are imprinted note-for-note in my mind. I guess these tracks were re-recorded and/or re-mixed, but the result is a reasonable facsimile, definitely not the real thing. In fact, on several of the tracks it doesn't even sound like the young Bobby, but an older Bobby! Something was lost in the remix, mainly Bobby's voice. And check out the scratchy harmonica cacaphony on FORGET HIM.....OUCH! The closest to the original is VOLARE. WILD ONE & SWINGIN' SCHOOL sound like rejected early takes. Deceived....Yes. Disappointed....for sure. But, as another reviewer mentioned, even though it's not the original, it still sounds okay on a car stereo!"
StereoJack | Brodheadsville, PA-USA | 01/08/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"While searching for a while for Bobbys Hits on a CD, I bought this. Unfortunately (for me anyway) they are all re-recordings. While his voice is still good, it's just not the same. Luckily I can pull out my old Cameo LP of his original Greatest Hits. Scratchy, yes, but there is no substitute for the real thing! I should have checked out Amazon's review page first!"