Pat Boone

Ain't That a Shame [Dot]

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Considering that 1964's Ain't That a Shame consists primarily of a bunch of pieced together leftovers from various recording sessions, the finished product turns out much better than you might expect. It is quickly apparent, in fact, that these are choice leftovers and not just discarded remnants. And if "choice leftovers" serves as an accurate description, it's much too blunt to use as an album title. So, instead, the honor goes to Pat Boone's # 1 hit of nine years earlier which was picked, presumably, for the purpose of grabbing our attention and piqueing our curiosity -- which it quickly does. All the other material on this potpourri LP comes from various 1960-1963 sessions.

If careful planning is not an important factor for an album of this type, what is important and signifigant about this album is its bottom line: 12 tracks - 12 good to very good Pat Boone presentations. The title song, which appears in its original version with added reverb, starts the album off on an energized footing. And from there we get a taste of most everything. "Where Are You," the album's "adult audience" song is sheer class and style. Boone puts his distinctive stamp on the lighthearted, catchy, "Little Red Book." "In the Room" and "Mr. Moon" are two fine songs released as singles in 1962 and 1963, respectively, and are well deserving of their more permanent home on this album. The other tracks, consisting of some well known classics made popular by other artists, and also a few less recognized, but solid inclusions, come well recommended.

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