The Bachelors

Bachelors '68

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Although the Bachelors were more of an easy listening vocal group with slight pop, country, and folk influences than anything else, they managed to get briefly passed off as part of the British Invasion. The approach sounded quaintly passé by the time this record came out in 1968, at which time their run of hits had just ended. The group charged on in the same style regardless on this LP, featuring smooth and unmemorable non-rock orchestrated pop ballads that made the Lettermen sound like blue-eyed soulsters. Much of it sounds as if it could have been recorded before the British Invasion happened, or in fact as if the British Invasion hadn't happened. If the edgily rhythmic "3 O'Clock Flamingo Street" slightly reflected the drive toward lyrical sophistication causing upheaval throughout the world of pop in the '60s, "Chapel in the Moonlight" was the kind of corny romantic ballad that sounded straight out of the early '50s. It did include one of their final hits, "Walk With Faith in Your Heart" (which actually dated back to late 1966), as well as an obscure if mediocre tune on which Al Kooper was a co-writer, "Love Isn't Love."