The Hi-Lo's

Nice Work If You Can Get It...

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This doesn't have anything from their most popular albums (made for Columbia in the late 1950s), drawing from LPs they cut for Starlite between 1954 and 1956 (as well as their 1953 debut EP for Trend). The Hi-Lo's had already hit their artistic stride in the mid-1950s, however, and this album is jammed with their energetic adaptations of standards like "Birth of the Blues," "Jeepers Creepers," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Although an influence on the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, it's fair to say that solid rock fans will not enjoy the work of the Hi-Lo's, whose arrangements and approach are very much of the pre-rock era, nearly as much as the music of the groups they influenced.

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