Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ain't That Somethib: Best of
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Marcelo | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 02/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fan of Something Smith and the Redheads since 1975 when I found a 78 rpm disc that had been purchased by my father in 1955; I am talkin about "It's a sin to tell a lie" that was a succes in my country, argentina, since that year. I thought that I had al the records that had been made by Somethin Smith but I found out that there are a lot that I have not.
I would like to know more about the group and if the integrants are still alive and of course that more CDs will be done."
Mark Radzin | 01/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would first like to say that my father, Saul Striks (he was the pianist and sang background vocals) loved music all of his life. He loved to talk about his time with "Something Smith and the Redheads".
We lost him in 1980 when he suffered a massive heart attack during a trip to Chicago in hopes of getting a publisher to publish his book on music theory. Saul was a child prodogy and played with the Detroit Symphony at the age of 7.
As far as the "Come to Broadway" CD not having the B-sides on the release is a huge mistake. Unfortunatly there will not be anymore music by this group which had great instrumental an vocal merit. Such tight harmony and enjoyable and fun music. This type of music will never die."
Mark Radzin | Greenwich, CT United States | 03/14/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this is a specialized record, but (other reviews notwithstanding) not everyone who buys it is a "completist collector"-- I had some of these boys' vinyl and was intrigued enough (granted, mostly for the kitsch factor) in hearing more of their white-bread, smooth-pop stylings of moldy perrenials of the twenties, thirties, and forties. Much like a Rusty Draper, these guys are so incredibly square that they somehow manage to be hip.As for the disc itself, leaving off key B-sides is a valid complaint, but that's not all that's missing... the majority of the A side of the "Somethin' Smith and the Redheads... Come to Broadway!" LP is represented, but not one song from the B-side (the side that actually contains songs about Broadway and New York City) made it on. Certainly some of those performances deserve inclusion ("Manhattan" springs to mind) , but alas.Also, I noticed that the short sung introductions before the songs were included sporadically-- present on "Heartaches" and "In a Shanty" but missing on "Give Me the Simple Life", and "Ma!"... What the the rationale for this?Anyway, with the whole collection timing out at only fifty minutes, you would think they could put on a few more tracks and make everyone happy-- after all, it's not as though another Somethin' Smith "best of" collection is likely to be put out in the next few decades. All in all interesting but lacking."