"Cary Mansfield and Dick Bartley must have spent a lot of time getting this one together. This cd contains the original "radio only" edits. These are the songs that you heard on the radio when they were popular."No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who, "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon, "The Little Black Egg" by The Nightcrawlers, etc. are all in stereo and sound terriffic. If you are a person that wants first class, top quality sounds. This is the one. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE TRUE COLLECTORS ITEMS IN ABOUT TEN YEARS...YOU NEED TO GET IT WHILE YOU CAN."
Undoing the crimes of modern-day Oldies radio
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of the most flagrant crimes of Oldies radio is its musical illiteracy. The reduction of twenty years of weekly Top-40's to a single forty song rotation is compounded by the occasional play of the wrong version of a hit. Remakes, alternate takes and hasty stereo remixes substitute for the original radio gold.Enter syndicated DJ Dick Bartley and Varèse's archivists with a multi-CD set that corrects some of the mistakes, while introducing several alternates of their own. Original mono issues of "Everyone's Gone to the Moon," "I Saw Her Tonight" and "The Letter" are welcome reprieves from the poorly balanced stereo previously available on CD. The hit-single vocal of "Magic Carpet Ride" and the unedited tale of cannibalism, "Timothy, " haven't been widely heard since their initial release. Rare stereo mixes of "Hang On Sloopy" and "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" stray from the compilation's concept, but are collectible additions to the commonly available mono.A nice collection of singles, many of which will sound oddly unfamiliar to those weaned on oldies radio."
A.M. as it was but in digital clarity
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 11/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The tracks included in this collection provide an interesting sample of tunes not often found on compilation CDs. However what makes this CD unique is the version of the songs presented. Often, the versions originally heard on a.m. radio were not those available to be purchased by the public then or now. Edited versions for shorter play times, poorly mixed or totally different stereo versions, lyric edits - all kinds of discrepancies can come into play when tunes of that era make it to CD. Here, what you get are the versions as heard on the radio with the added bonus of many appearing in stereo. Of the 14 tracks, 3,5,7-12,14 are stereo with 1,4,6,13 being mono single versions. Track two, "Judy In Disguise" (With Glasses)" is part stereo, part mono. Backround notes on the song and the version included make for interesting reading in the eight-page liner notes booklet. A top-quality comp CD for the casual collector or purist looking for digital clarity of classic a.m. sounds."
Long Lost 45 Versions finally are found For Oldies Radio and
Bearman | Michigan | 08/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD CONTAINS SOME OF THE 45 vERSIONS I'VE BEEN looking for for A Long time inclunding I Saw Her Again Mono Single. Magic Carpet Ride the Mono single which blows away the stereo. For as Muddy as the mono single version is of Magic Carpet Ride is it sounds great with it's jet like beginning and a totally different vocal then the stereo version. Along with another reviewer I agree Cary Mansfield and Dick Bartley did spend a lot of time on this one with the single versions of Sky Pilot and No Sugar Tonight it's all good stuff that's obviously hard to find. Judy In Disguise half stereo half mono that's quite unique. It's one or the other. Hang On Sloopy And Hitchin A Ride Stereo versions are welcome replacing the old fashioned and sometimes muddy mono. If there's one thing I must say to the record compaines whom I think should make more of an effort to put these single versions on band Best Of's so that you don't have frustrated collectors. This whole series should be snapped up by collectors from Varese. "