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Best Of David And Jonathan

  • 1. You've Got Your Troubles
    2. How Bitter The Taste Of Love
    3. Bye Bye Brown Eyes
    4. This Golden Ring
    5. I Know
    6. Michelle
    7. Speak Her Name
    8. Ten Storeys High
    9. I've Got That Girl On My Mind
    10. Take It While You Can
    11. Little Like You, A
    12. End Is Beginning, The
    13. Lovers Of The World Unite
    14. One Born Every Minute
    15. Green Grass
    16. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
    17. Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzennellenbogen By The Sea
    18. Softly Whispering I Love You
    19. She's Leaving Home
    20. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
    21. Turn Around And Start Again
    22. Magic Book
    23. Time
    24. Penthouse
    25. You Oughta Meet My Baby
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RPM 313

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge Martin; Mark Stafford (Compilation)

    Personnel: Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Kingsley Abbott.
    With typical show-biz logic, David & Jonathan was the stage name for a duo comprised of two guys named Roger -- Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. Boasting smooth harmonies and lush melodies that suggested a less adventurous variation on the Walker Brothers, David & Jonathan were solidly in the more polished and studio-bound camp of the 1960s British pop scene, and were protgs of George Martin, who lent his production expertise to their recordings. The jolly irony was that while David & Jonathan's biggest hit was a cover of the Beatles' "Michelle," Cook and Greenaway's greatest success would come as songwriters, and there are a number of tunes here that will be immediately familiar to fans of '60s pop, but not in these recordings, particularly "You've Got Your Troubles," "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," and "Green Grass." Still, Cook and Greenaway could sing every bit as well as they could write, and this 25-song overview of their career as recording artists is fine and pleasing stuff. The songs are consistently strong (most of them originals, though there are some well-chosen covers on hand), Martin's production and arrangements are smart and imaginative (if more melodramatic than his work with the Fab Four), and overall this is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who likes U.K. pop from the British Invasion era, proving not all contract songwriters should be discouraged from recording their own material. While the audio quality is variable (the flaws on a few tracks are noted in the liner notes), most of these tracks are to be prized, and Kingsley Abbott's liner notes are both fun and informative. ~ Mark Deming

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