Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Uh.... some kind of technical problem here.
Larry E. Mcphillips | Rockville, MD, United States | 06/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I really dig this group's big hits ("That's Why", "I Found Love", etc). But you'll never believe this one... the engineer who mastered this CD screwed up big time! It's amazing, but the record company has produced this Greatest Hits CD while accidentally *omitting the lead vocals*. Yes. I know. You're probably thinking this is some sort of joke. So did I. I can't imagine the band members' broken hearts when they first got their own copies of the CD. It's definitely one for the record books! I will have to search auctions for the album that actually *has* these songs on it, which I think is called "The Party" and is out of print."
Forgotten teen group
Joseph Valenzuela | Chicago, IL United States | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1990 the Disney Channel formed its own teen group to cash in on the success of teen acts like New Kids On The Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, etc. Rather than doing a nationwide search, they pulled 5 cast members from their already popular Mickey Mouse Club (which at the time was a brand new version of its 1950s predecessor). At the time I was 13 and watched MMC religiously and was already familiar w/ the 5 chosen, Chase Hampton, Tiffini Hale, Deedee Magno, Damon Pampolina and Albert Fields. They became an instant hit w/ the teen magazine crowd and "The Party" as they were christened by a "name the band" contest was born! They were on the cover of every teen rag, teens stormed malls at their in-store appearances, etc. Oddly enough they only had 1 top 40 hit during their brief career (though they did score several notches on the Billboard Hot 100). That hit, a dance cover of Dokken's
IN MY DREAMS, and other favorites are all here. Apart from the technical glitch of omitting vocals on the first few tracks (how on earth that happened is beyond me) this is a nice collection. My biggest complaint is it only spans their first three albums. From the early teen pop offerings such as "I Found Love" to the dancier/r&b "Free", you can see how the group evolved. However, by not including selections from their farewell album "The Party's Over...Thanks For Coming" (get this album now!!!) listeners will never hear just how far they actually came. Of note is the inclusion of "Let's Get Right Down To It" sung by Tiffini & Albert. This song was, believe it or not, produced by none other that Dr. Dre. While there were only 3 standout vocalists, Deedee, Albert & Chase, one can especially hear how much Tiffini grew. As for Damon, to this day I am convinced he was only in the group for eye candy. He was a hottie!
Where are they now you ask? Chase (or Chasen as he goes by now) has a small cult following w/ his band Buzzfly; Deedee went on to star in MISS SAIGON on broadway recieving glowing reviews and continues to perform mainly in theatre; Albert released a solo effert under the name "Jeune" that was very rock/funk/r&b and rumor has it he has a funk band of his own; Tiffini has fallen off the face of the earth, rumour has it she was trying to get into acting post-Party; Damon Pampolina has been acting here and there (MTV's "Undressed") and from what I hear is currently hosting a show on Playboy TV. So while ex-MMCers such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are now household names, don't forget about those who came before them. The Party was my favorite teenage group growing up and I still listen to them on a regular basis. It's great to know there are still fans of this forgotten group out there."
Great early 90s teen group
babyjohnson | south euclid, ohio USA | 01/26/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you dont know it this was some of the first members of the hit now defunct New Mickey Mouse Club. When Aguilera and Spears came out I didnt understand why people were saying they were from the Mickey Mouse Club Show. I watched Mickey Mouse until the Last season when I guess Spears and other famous teen stars came from. I just want to know they werent on there too long or the original cast members. These members of this dance/pop group are the original members and I have to say they are alot more talented that the neo teen pop of today. Although the music is outdated circa early 90s) they still have good songs. I guess their former label Hollywood Records must of had this album in a vault somewhere because they didnt take the time to remaster or put in the lead vocals for this greatest hits album. If you did not watch early New mickey mouse club from 89-91 you probaly would not of heard of this talented bunch. Another thing that is ironic is that none of the original cast made it big but yet the less talented, latter cast ( ala britney, aguilera, timberlake hit it big) Just goes to show you looks is everything talent is optional in America. Note: In Europe it is about talent not looks to get a record deal. Alot of less photogenic great singers have much success in Europe."