Tommy James & the Shondells

Crimson & Clover/Cellophane Symphony

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One of the most flexible units in late-'60s rock, Tommy James & the Shondells could go from teen-oriented power pop to way-out psychedelic experimentation without sounding derivative of anyone or allowing their own identity to become obscured. Generously combining two of their classic albums, Cellophane Symphony and Crimson & Clover, on a single CD, this reissue reminds us just how unpredictable the rockers could be. This was a band that managed to appeal to Beach Boys aficionados as well as the hippies who fancied Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, and Cream. Whether digging into psychedelic rock on "Crimson & Clover" (a major hit), "Cellophane Symphony" and the goofy "I Am a Tangerine," sugary power pop on "Do Something to Me," or smooth blue-eyed soul on "Crystal Blue Persuasion," the group consistently comes across as honest and true to itself.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:32
2 2:42
3 3:36
4 3:18
5 4:02
6
feat: Tommy James
3:23
7 2:45
8 2:51
9 3:15
10 1:03
11 9:39
12 2:39
13 2:08
14 4:23
15 1:51
16 5:36
17 3:44
18 3:54
19 4:30
20 3:55
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