Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Japanese Budget Release.
An optimistic blast from the past!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I admit it-- I really LIKED a lot of the music created for Saturday Morning TV in the late 60's. With that in mind, putting this CD on for the first time was like falling thru a time warp. Originally released in 1970 (between the 3rd & 4th ARCHIES albums) RON DANTE BRINGS YOU UP is an album that really lives up to its name. With the same singer, producer & musicians as THE ARCHIES, these songs are a powerful statement about joy and how wonderful life can be. It also stands as a reminder just how bad the "kids" of today really have it-- because no matter how you look at it, in reality there is NOTHING "cool" about being cynical and negative. Ron Dante's music is in the same vein as Britney Spears'-- if only HE was getting as much attention! And really-- somebody NEEDS to re-issue those 5 ARCHIE albums in their entirety. They're overdue, I think!"
M. Reid | Cape Cod, United States | 03/26/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First let me say I know this album well, and it is essential for any fan of Ron Dante, or the Archies. The problem here is that the mastering is so godawful poor! It seems to be mastered from a record-and judging from the nauseating sound of all the side two tracks (6-10), the record used was pressed off-center!!! Artwork bears no resemblance to original, and mine came with a booklet but no tray card! Add to that the fact that 2 tracks are missing from the original release, and this makes the disc useless. Most Dante fans already have a copy of the vinyl, and that is a superior copy to own at this point. Wait for Ron to reissue this himself-he'll do better..."
Go Where the Music Takes You with "Brings You Up"
mark m chadbourne | Cleveland Ohio | 05/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ron Dante's "Brings You Up" is a gem of a find for an Archie's fan, but it is also a significant find for any fan of AOR/ 70's Top 40 lovers. Dante's association with Barry Manilow produced a string of classic pop. "Brings You Up" is an important body of work in that it helps bridge the gap between The Archies, Ron Dante's musical career and the AOR sound which he so helped to define. Though the album was recorded during the height of the Archie's popularity, "Brings You Up" has a different feel than any of the Archies albums, except for "This Is Love" which Dante co-produced in 1971. The two tracks not written by Dante, "Let Me Bring You Up" and "How Do You Know" are Barry/Kim songs on the heals of "Sugar Sugar" and "Jngle Jangle". The other tracks were written or co-written by Dante who had already had quite a track record writing for Jay and The Americans, singing in The Detergents and the Cufflinks and doing Demos for the Brill Building during the '60's. This album was released at a time when Dante had not one but 4 songs simultaneously in the Top 100, and could be heard singing on some of the most memorable commercial jingles of the time ("Tang" and "McDonalds" to name just two.) The significance of Dante's voice in Pop can't be overstated. "Brings You Up" demonstrates a musical development for Dante which you will not hear on the Archie material of the time and which points to the direction Dante will follow in the '70's. This CD is a must for any pop musicologist. Not only will you go away with a few good tunes to hum, but you'll also get a piece of Pop History."