Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge

Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge

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The precise recording dates of this double-CD set are elusive until one looks at the credits -- the notes give a nice general history of Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, but it's only on checking the production notes (inside of the package) that the modern origins of the recordings at hand become clear. The packaging might lead the unwary purchaser to think these were vintage sides. That said, the stuff sounds great -- these recordings do successfully mimic a classic late-'50s/early-'60s doo wop/R&B harmony vocal sound, a little on the slick side and a bit cleaner than what one ever heard on records at the time, but nothing to offend too badly, apart from some synthesized sounds here and there (which are inevitable with modern privately made recordings such as this). There's nothing revelatory, but it is a superb showcase for the post-2000 version of the group, and a lot of fun for those who take their vintage music in off of PBS broadcast concerts and the more slickly packaged oldies shows.

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