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"Baby, I Love You - Greatest Hits"
© Capitol/EMI Electrola Records
Year of Release: 2002
Baby I Love You
Rock Me Gently
Shoot'em Up Baby
Be My Baby
Oh Pretty Woman
Baby You're All I Got
Good Good Mornin'
Hang Up Those
Rock 'n Roll Shoes
Songs I Can Sing Ya
And I Will Sing You
Fire Baby I'm On Fire
You Are My Everything
Rock Me Gently (Part II)
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"Baby, I Love You - Greatest Hits"
Ahh... The 1970s... Bubblegum Rock... Andy Kim... His acclaim to fame
was his solo #1, "Rock Me Gently," but what many may or may not know,
is that he was the voice behind "Archie" of the cartoon series The Archies.
Their only #1 was the classic oldie, "Sugar Sugar." His greatest hits
compilation, "Baby, I Love You - Greatest Hits" captures his hits from
1969 to 1974.
As I was listening to Andy Kim's version of "Baby I Love You,"
I knew it wasn't the version I was familar with -- so I looked it up, and
The Ronettes version was the one that stood out. Kim's version is not that
bad, however there are some more remakes on this compilation where the
originals were much better. (Read on...)
"Shoot'em Up Baby" didn't ring any bells, but it does have the
typical 1970s Bubblegum sound. "Be My Baby" is the remake of The
Ronettes version, as it sounds different then the original, and of course,
The Ronettes version was much better. (After all, does it sound right for a
GUY to sing "be my baby" ??) "Mary Ann" sounds like an early rocker
by Neil Diamond. Another remake is Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman,"
and no one can be better than Roy -- Orbison's version is way better here.
"Baby You're All I Got" almost sounds like "Rock Me Gently," and
Neil Diamond. "Good Good Mornin'" has the Carribean sound. It has a
warm feeling sound, and once again, Andy Kim's voice is having a similar
resemblence to that of Neil Diamond.
"Hang Up Those Rock 'n Roll Shoes" has a blues feel, and a more rock
style than the bubblegum sound, yet it still has that '70s sound, and (ahem)
Neil Diamond. Not to bring Diamond's name up again, but "Songs I Can Sing
Ya" definitely has the style and sound of Neil Diamond. It's a very nice
song, and his vocal style also resembles Harry Chapin. "And I Will Sing
You To Sleep" is another pleasant song, having the Neil Diamond style.
"Fire Baby, I'm On Fire" has a Cat Stevens atmosphere, yet having
a more '70s adult contemporary touch to it. The Neil Diamond style returns
with "Here Comes The Mornin'" and "You Are My Everything."
"Sunshine" is more of a rocking '70s song, and the closing song, is
Part II of "Rock Me Gently," which is really an instrumental with a
chorus vocal. (Karaoke anyone?)
Even though "Rock Me Gently" is the standout for those who remember
the 1970s, it's interesting to hear other songs by "not-so-well-known" artists.
Some may think Andy Kim was a one-hit wonder with his #1 song, but it was
interesting to know about him being the voice behind The Archies. Neil Diamond
fans (!) will enjoy this compilation as well -- very strong resemblences to his
voice and musical style. The songs here are good, some better than others,
but overall, it's "Rock Me Gently" that is the standout, and just maybe
best heard on a compilation with other 1970s hits, as included on the Rhino
series Super Hits of the '70s, Have A Nice Day (Volume 13).
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