Gary Puckett & the Union Gap were originally an actual band, but by the time the musicians entered the recording studio with producer and songwriter Jerry Fuller, the focus fell on Puckett's strong, smooth baritone voice, and the Union Gap part of the equation was buried under a MOR barrage of strings, horns, and choirs. The formula worked, however, and the group enjoyed five Top 40 hits between 1967 and 1969.
This is a 1998 album of all new material except for the re-recordings of a couple of his hits. Being a Gary Puckett & The Union Gap fan, I bought this out of curiosity several years ago. Most of the tracks are written or co-written by Gary or his brother.
This is an album of re-recordings of his hits. I bought this CD for the tracks "Little Green Apples" and "Take A Letter Maria" which I haven't seen on any other issue. The other track that I haven't seen anywhere else is "Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp". The casual fan may only want to get "The Best Of" CD that I posted earlier. The serious fans/collectors of Gary Puckett will want this one for the tracks I mentioned above.
During the late '60s – a period forever distinguished as rock's most radical, innovative, and far-reaching – Gary Puckett and the Union Gap forged a series of massive chart ballads almost otherworldly in their sheer earnestness and melodrama. Likely the only pop band of the era to play two nightly shows in the Catskills – the early gig for their younger fans, the later appearance for the fans' parents – the group pioneered the hip-to-be-square concept two decades before spiritual descendants Huey Lewis and the News; clad in Civil War-era get-ups (complete with fictitious military ranks) and bizarrely pedophilic lyrics, Puckett and the Union Gap were in their own way as far-out and singular as any other act of the period.
Blues Alive is a live album by Irish guitarist Gary Moore, released in 1993. It is a collection of recordings taken from his 1992 tour and draws most of its material from Moore's then-recent Still Got The Blues and After Hours albums. The Japanese Limited Edition includes a bonus CD single.
Gary Moore's tribute to Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, Blues for Greeny, is more of a showcase for Moore's skills than Green's songwriting. After all, Green was more famous for his technique than his writing. Consequently, Moore uses Green's songs as a starting point, taking them into new territory with his own style. And Moore positively burns throughout Blues for Greeny, tearing off licks with ferocious intensity. If anything, the album proves that Moore is at his best when interpreting other people's material – it easily ranks as one of his finest albums.
Not wanting to leave a good thing behind, Moore reprises Still Got the Blues on its follow-up, After Hours. While his playing is just as impressive, the album feels a little calculated. Nevertheless, Moore's gutsy, impassioned playing makes the similarity easy to ignore.
Crimson's Top 40: '60s Pop offers up 40 radio hits from the decade, including familiar favorites like "Eight Miles High" (the Byrds), "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (the 5th Dimension), "Green Tambourine" (the Lemon Pipers), "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)" (the Tokens), "Everybody's Talkin'" (Harry Nilsson), and many more.