Hang on Sloopy: The Bert Berns Story, Vol. 3

Hang on Sloopy: The Bert Berns Story, Vol. 3

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Overview

Following Ace's first two volumes of The Bert Berns Story by nearly five years, Hang on Sloopy is by design quite light on well-known hits. Those popped up on the earlier volumes, which leaves this to round up interesting covers of signature songs -- the Shirelles do "Twist and Shout," the obscure Latin rock outfit Arsenio makes mincemeat out of "Hang on Sloopy" in 1966 -- and a bunch of very good selections from Berns' catalog. To an extent, this collection of recordings cut between 1960 and 1968 (the great majority date from the middle of the decade) winds up being a testament both for Berns' skills as a writer and how R&B and soul reverberated throughout pop in the '60s. Berns was one of the key writers at the Brill Building who helped clean up R&B for a crossover audience, but he never lost sight of what made R&B click -- or what made it adaptable, either. Here, there's straight uptown R&B from Ben E. King and the Drifters, but there's also the surprisingly thick funk of Freddie Scott, the testifying of Wilson Pickett and Garnet Mimms, and the Isley Brothers copping the Righteous Brothers' Latin lilt on "You Better Come Home," along with the McCoys turning that soul beat into a rock & roll stomp and Lulu pushing "You'll Never Leave Her" into the realm of folk-rock. This wide variety keeps Hang on Sloopy hopping and winds up as a testament to Berns' catalog as well as the kinetic diversity of '60s pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667062428
catalogNumber: 5000016
Rank: 58836

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Lorber   Conductor
Artie Butler   Conductor
Leroy Glover   Conductor
Phil Medley   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Lori Burton   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Larry Weiss   Composer
Herb Cohen   Producer
Mike Leander   Music Direction
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Bert Berns   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Tom Dowd   Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Wally Gold   Composer
Phil Medley   Arranger,Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Gerry Granahan   Composer
Richard Dunbar   Composer
Phil Stern   Composer
Morty Palitz   Producer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Lockie Edwards   Composer
Marion Smith   Composer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Roy Hammond   Composer
Jimmy Diggs   Composer
Barbara Paul   Composer
Gary Sherman   Arranger
Gregory Carroll   Composer
Helena Walquer   Composer
Andrew Williams   Composer

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