The following reviews were published in Cashbox Magazine the week of 2/8/64. The original wording has been left intact.
Lesley Gore, currently riding the top five of the singles chart with her “You Don’t Own Me” blockbuster, comes up with a potent album of teen-angled ballad romancers. Already an LP chart item, the set is sure to climb rapidly as the teen set flocks to the counters for her smooth readings of “Run Bobby Run,” “I Struck A Match,” and “Fools Rush In” plus the big single.
Johnny Tillotson kicks off his MGM LP career with an extremely varied program of standards, country tunes, folk items and easy-going teen ballads. The chanters wide-range voice and feelingful delivery carries him in good stead on “Blue Velvet,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” and his recent chart item “Talk Back Trembling Lips.” Eye the set for quick reaction.
Barbara Lewis offers proof-positive of her vocal maturity on this new Atlantic set tabbed after her recent hit of “Snap Your Fingers” in which she renders a moving program of funky soul songs. The young lark evidences amazing control and poise as she dishes-up “I Don’t Want To Cry,” “What’d I Say,” and Shame Shame Shame.” All of the artist’s teen fans should come out in droves for this package.
The Chad Mitchell Trio
The Chad Mitchell Trio has had a sensational sales record with their past few albums and this new Mercury set of varied pop-folk items gives every indication of developing into a similar blockbuster. The boys are in top-notch form as they offer such varied items as “The Virgin Mary,” “What Did You Learn In School Today,” and “The Summer Of His years.” Superior listening enjoyment throughout.
Best BR Label
The Pyramids tag this session on Best (London Group) after their current chart-climber “Penetration” and include it with eleven other pulsating instrumental and vocal romps. Lashing out with the same kind of excitement the Tornadoes did about a year ago, the crew is sure to garner heavy sales with their teen-angled treatment of the tag tune, “Road Runnah,” “Out Of Limits,” and “Do The Slauson.” Loads of chart potential here.
The Trashmen tag this their initial Soma LP after their huge single hit of “Surfin’ Bird” and dish-up eleven high-powered, teen-angled danceable rockin’ items. The group’s distinctive rhythmic instrumental style carries them in fine stead on top flight renditions of “Misirlou,” “It’s So Easy,” and “The Sleeper.” Disc seems destined to meet with immediate sales response.
The Surfaris, who rode the waves to hitsville a few months ago with their best-selling “Wipe Out” deck, could capture similar honors with this lively and sparkling album on Decca. The boys come up with a well-rounded package of recent clicks and surfin’-oriented tunes delivered in their distinctive instrumental-vocal manner. Best bets here are “Be True To Your School,” “Mystic Island Drums,” and “Sugar Shack.” Could Happen Big.
Two of the biggest influences on pop music in the past few years have been country and folk trends. Young teen chanter Brian Hyland cashes in on these developments with this tasteful session blending both the country and folk approaches into common cohesive matrix. The songster shines on “Act Naturally,” “If I Had A Hammer,” and “Greenback Dollar.” One of the best albums that the artist has cut in quite a while.