Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
You've Got to Be Loved
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Glad to FINALLY see a compilation out there!
Raymond C. Ruether | Oklahoma City, OK United States | 01/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I never imagined the Montanas hits would ever be brought together on a CD compilation, but here they are in all their glory! Not a whole lot of national chart success here, but actually TWO of their singles were big hits on both Chicago hit music stations in 1968. "You've Got To Be Loved" was their lone Billboard charting hit (reaching #58), however it got lots of airplay in Chicago and reached #11 and #19 (respectively) on legendary rock powerhouses WLS and WCFL in March of '68. They did even better in Chi-town with "Run To Me" (#8 on WLS and #9 on WCFL in November of '68), and this one barely "bubbled under" on Billboard (but squeaked onto Cash Box's chart for two weeks, peaking at #96). About the only thing missing is the US-only single "I'm Gonna Change" (with "A Step In The Right Direction" on the b-side; this particular song sounds like it would have been a perfect fit on the Barbarella soundtrack), but the well-written notes explained that the master for this particular track was nowhere to be found in the Pye Records vaults. The notes also mention their 1970 Decca single, "Let's Get a Little Sentimental" (backed with "Hey Diddle Diddle") and it would have been nice to have those here as well. One further Independence side, "Heaven Help You" ("Round About" appeared as the b-side) is also missing here. So what if the rest of the country wasn't clued in on the Montanas' winning pop songs, they are catchy and irresistible as all-get-out, and the b-sides were pretty darn good as well! So stop what you're doing right now and seek this one out!!!"
A great song that hasn't been played or heard in 30 years.
Raymond C. Ruether | 01/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The title song, "You've Got to be Loved", is back after an absence of nearly 30 years. I loved the English horn motif that opens and closes the song. It was one of the few songs from the sixties that featured the English horn and didn't have a fade-out (the Four Seasons' "Big Man in Town" was another). I last heard "You've Got to be Loved" in October 1970 and had been looking (until now,unsuccessfully) for a copy of it ever since. The song deserved more of a place in the charts than it achieved. It was at least as good as "It's a Beautiful Morning" or "Green Tambourine", which were released at the same time but which continue to receive airplay today."
You've got to get this compilation....
Michael G. Fox | Upstate NY | 01/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Especially if you are a fan of either 60's psychadelic rock/pop OR Garage rock.
I am 28 (almost 29) i was not born when ANY of this was recorded. However was introduced with a 45 my parents had of the group (You've got to be loved/difference of opinion)
Hoping to find some more good songs i bought this compilation.
I didnt find a ton like i had hoped but there are some great things on this cd.
Ciao Baby, Top Hat, Goodbye Little Girl & Thats when happiness began are great songs in addition to the 2 i knew and loved for years. Goodbye Little Girl sounds like Everly Brothers, while its flip side (from when it was on 45) Thats When Happiness Began is a complete departure as it is a great garage tune.
Alot of their 45 releases were like night and day. Like You've got to be loved with its british sounding horn section and its flip side Difference Of Opinion with a heavy rock snarling vocal sound.
Top Hat is good because it is a goofy song. (Goofy lyrics anyway) and Ciao baby is the other main "hit" that got some airplay. (Basically You've Got To Be Loved is their only hit, it barely hit the top 100 in 1968)
The second half of the cd is stuff recorded but not released in any fashion (The first 12-14 cuts are the original 45 pairings) It was for a possible album, but it wasnt deemed releasable for an album so they didnt release it until now. Some of it is decent. Most of it isn't.
The "bonus" cuts are instrumental versions of songs on the cd in vocal versions. They are good if you want to do some obscure karaoke at a local bar but otherwise useless.
If you liked one song from back then, you will find more to love about this collection. Now if only other artists would get the anthology release treatment (such as Climax)