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Big Top Records Story: Classic New York Pop 1858-1964 [Import][CD]
2008 release, a great addition to Ace's series of label anthologies. The Big Top label was a classy affair run by Hill & Range, a family-owned business that administered Elvis Presley's publishing. This was no street label: witness the well-appointed offices in the penthouse suite of New York's Brill Building. It was no place for amateurs - among the names involved were Pomus and Shuman, Burt Bacharach and, for a while, a young Phil Spector, who produced several singles for the label, all of which can be heard here. The CD contains high-quality New York pop from the Golden Age from 1958-1964, a great blend of hits (including a rare stereo 'Runaway') and never less than high quality misses. In addition to the three early Spector productions there is Lou Johnson's original version of 'Always Something There to Remind Me' and 'The Snake', a distinctly oddball instrumental by Maximillion, who co-wrote and played keyboards on 'Runaway', plus Johnny Gibson's minor hit 'Midnight' reissued here for the first time. Ace Records.
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