Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gary Puckett & The Union Gap|
A Golden Classics Edition
Genres: Pop, Rock
Big-voiced and soulful (in a supper-club sort of way), Gary Puckett was strictly squaresville. Too sleazy to be Neil Diamond and too stiff to be Tom Jones, he always seemed like he'd be more comfortable in a leisure suit t... more »
Big-voiced and soulful (in a supper-club sort of way), Gary Puckett was strictly squaresville. Too sleazy to be Neil Diamond and too stiff to be Tom Jones, he always seemed like he'd be more comfortable in a leisure suit than his ever-present Civil War duds. He made some great singles, though: "Over You," "Woman, Woman," "Young Girl" and "Lady Willpower" are undeniable classics of late '60s "horn rock," and they're all here, along with occasionally successful stabs at such hits of the day as "The Mighty Quinn," "Kentucky Woman" and "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife." Simply put, this is all the Puckett you'll ever need. --Dan Epstein
NEVER HAVE I FALLEN IN LOVE WITH A VOICE, UNTIL GARY PUCKETT
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a 40 year old housewife and I grew up listening to "Young Girl", "Lady Willpower", "Woman, Woman", "Over You", and "This Girl Is A Woman Now." I still stop what I am doing when I hear one of Gary's songs on the radio. Gary's songs take me back to a simpler and more innocent time. I tried Amazon.com to see what I could find of his music and chose "A Golden Classics Edition" and couldn't be happier with my decision. All of the songs I grew up with are there along with some I had never heard, which have become instant favorites. I prefer Gary's versions of the Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Tom Jones and even The Beetles songs on this CD. I love all of the songs on this CD but my new favorites are "M'Lady", "Paindrops", "You Better Sit Down Kids", "My Son" (which breaks my heart), "Don't Give In To Him" and "Honey". I don't consider myself to be a music fanatic but I cannot stop listening to this CD. My husband asked me how long it will take me to wear out the CD. I don't know the answer to that but if it does wear out, I will definitely purchase another one to replace it. The only way to listen to these songs is to put on a pair of headphones, turn the music up as loud as you can take it and let Gary's voice carry you away. This allows you to hear each and every syllable he sings and you can put yourself into the story each song is telling. Gary's voice has the sweetness, sadness, power and vibrato like no other. The power in his voice is phenominal and can match the horns (which are also amazing) and the strings like nothing I've ever heard. Someone obviously knew what they were doing when they arranged the instruments to match Gary's beautiful voice. I will never tire of this music. Gary puts his entire heart and soul into every song he sings. A five star rating is not nearly enough for a singer who brings as much pleasure as Gary Puckett does. I hope that Gary will come out with a new CD with some new songs. I will definitely buy it. Thank you for some of the best music ever, Gary!!"
Thomas K. Arnold | Carlsbad, California USA | 04/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gary Puckett's songs are the ones you crank up the moment you hear the opening strains on the car radio. Sure, they may be considered schmaltzy by today's standards, but he sings as passionately and earnestly and breathes this honest sincerity into his songs that make you take a mental trip back in time to when you felt this way. Don't be surprised if you start singing along, or even get a chill. We were all young once, and we have all felt these passions at one point or another in our lives. Thanks to Gary, we can relive them."
Terry Copeland | Romeoville, Illinois | 02/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love the oldies. My collection attests to this. Trouble is, a lot of the music from the 60's and 70's sounds very dated. NOT THIS SELECTION! These songs could've been recdorded yesterday. Gary Puckett could've gone schmaltzy on some of these tunes but chose to sing it straight. That's not an easy thing to do, given some of his material. "Young Girl" could've been a joke- Gary made sure it wasn't. These songs are sang and played beautifully. This is a very romantic set. Very heartfelt. The best of what's out there! This set is A plus."