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Barry Scott Presents: Lost 45's
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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45's without the scratches
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 01/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While there are uncountable compilation CD's of 70's and 80's tunes available, this piece showcasing top-40 hits from those decades stays truer to the actual hit versions by presenting the single edit versions not usually, if ever, found on other CD's. Though tunes such as Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance" and Rupert Holmes' "Him" are not rarities on CD themselves, here you get the 45 version as remembered from the top-40 radio playlists. And while these single versions qualify as "lost 45's", there are several tunes included here that are seldom, if ever, found on CD such as Kenny Nolan's "Love's Grown Deep", his follow-up to "I Like Dreamin'", Tycoon's "Such A Woman" and "Breaking Away" by Balance among others. While the track count here for a reissue disc is on the meager side, this piece does provide a refreshing dose of 70's and 80's pop. Production-wise, this is a high-quality effort with excellent sound quality and an informative eight-page liner notes booklet providing interesting backround on the included tracks. For fans of the genre, the casual listener and avid collector alike should find this CD a worthwhile addition to their collection."
Great Forgotten Hits
Kenneth M. Gallagher | Philadelphia, PA USA | 06/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great collection of hard to find hits from the 70's and 80's. Includes two of my favorites songs from 1984 (A Fine Fine Day and Modern Day Delilah). You rarely hear these songs anymore. Hopefully this series will continue with a Volume 3 soon"
Not quite as essential as Vol. 2, but has its moments
David Hugaert | Honolulu, HI United States | 03/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Searching through the rock 'n roll/pop/Top 40 vaults high and low, Boston-based disc jockey Barry Scott comes up with some hard-to-find mostly 1980's singles gems, although some selections on this introductory volume of "The Lost 45's" series are average compositions at best. The cream of these fourteen songs are "Moonlight Feels Right" (Starbuck), "Love's Grown Deep" (Kenny Nolan), "Modern Day Delilah" (Van Stephenson), "Him" (Rupert Holmes) and "More Than Just The Two Of Us" (Sneaker). But, the most stellar track of all, would have to belong to Tony Carey, with the upstanding mild rocker "A Fine Fine Day", which saw frequent video airplay on MTV during its popularity in "The Big '80's". The former two selections mentioned above are the only seventies tracks featured in this fairly above-average compilation of Top 40 treats, including Tycoon's "Such A Woman" (another '70's "classic"). As stated previously, the other half of this disc contains mostly average songs, with the exception of both the gawdy, oversynthesized "The Safety Dance" (Men Without Hats) and "Find Another Fool" (Quarterflash). Steel Breeze frontman Ric Jacobs vocalizes a Rick Springfield-styled performance in the fast-paced "You Don't Want Me Anymore". The other average songs on "The Lost 45's", are flavored with some nice, seasoned meaty, bouncy beats, courtesy of Eric Carmen's "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" and Balance's "Breaking Away", among others. But, like its sister companion (Vol. 2), this first one contains at least one or two poor efforts - those being the overrepetitive, tiresome "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" (Chilliwack) and the somewhat...annoying "The Safety Dance". Even though Barry tried really hard to come up with some worthwhile selections here, he should be given utmost credit in locating the few non-synthesized '80's hits which were produced during that decade - one that was perhaps one of the worst, along with the '90's, as far as music quality and influences from other earlier more noteworthy artists (ex: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, etc.) are concerned. Barry Scott did manage to redeem himself on Vol. 2 of "The Lost 45's" - a collection which features one third more songs, and more premium selections at that. If there is to be a Vol. 3 in this series, hopefully Mr. Scott will come off the success of Vol. 2 on a positive note, and include some potential hits that narrowly missed the Top 40, such as Mac McAnally's "Minimum Love" (#41, 1983), as well as another forgotten lost gem that made the Top 20, the Greg Guidry hit "Goin' Down" (#17, 1982). Until Vol. 3 is released, plenty of mileage will have to be had out of Vols. 1 and 2, although it is highly recommended to make "Vol. 2" of this essential series your first purchase before shelling out more money for mostly mediocre songs, although it is worth it for the price of the handful of delights featured in this introductory disc. Keep these lost treasures coming Barry, and whatever you do, please don't stop!"