The Spring of 1965
PHILIP S WOLF | SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA. USA | 07/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Whew, things were different 42 years ago. Chad & Jeremy had been pop stars for two years, by the time of the release of this record. "Before & After" was their first on Columbia Records, in May 1965. The duo did have plenty of chart hits on their previous record label. But, they had little money to show for theis success, so: "Before & After" starts up the 'American' chapter of the Chad & Jeremy story.
Recorded in New York City in early 65 this CD contains some of Chad & Jeremy's best early numbers. The production & performance are on this are first rate for a recording from over four decades ago. This CD has the original record of 11 cuts AND 11 bonus tracks. This clocks in at 57 minutes. There are many outstanding cuts featured here such as the title track: "Before & After", "Why Should I Care"," I'm In Love Again" & "What Do You Want With Me" standout as excellant songs. Covers of Gordon Lightfoot: "For Lovin' Me" and Doc Pomus: "Can't Get Used To Losing You" fit in with the record's theme of winning & losing love. All the Chad & Jeremy elements are in place on: "Before & After." Sparkling acoustic guitars, light orchestration and those trademark 5-star harmonies. There are some rockers mixed in as well, with this great folk-rock.
Of the 11 bonus tracks, three are previously un-released: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" features a jazzy sound with fast piano runs. "Sometimes" is an Rod Argent rocker and "Fare Thee Well" is an really pretty folk ditty. There are both sides of an Italian Single on here as well as the "Other" duo of Chad & Jill Stuart doing "The Cruel War" & "I Can't Talk To You" and they are noteworthy.
This is a very nice package, with 4 pages of Notes from Chad & Jeremy, AND the bonus tracks that INCREASE it's value.
Four Stars !!!"