The Sandpipers

Digitally Remastered Best

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For anyone ever interested in the '60s pop vocal trio the Sandpipers, this remastered collection of their greatest hits is a must. Jim Brady, Mike Piano, and Richard Shoff (backed by female vocalist Pamela Ramcier on records and in concert) were suburban Los Angelinos who were signed by Herb Alpert to his A&M imprint, and proceeded to score a number of Top 20 hits. "Guantanamera"and "Come Saturday Morning," the theme song from the film The Sterile Cuckoo were among their biggest. Their breezy, effortless soft harmonies and gentle arrangements -- provided by either Héctor Acosta or Harry Belafonte -- became staples of the mid-'60s to early-'70s easy listening audience's record collections. What's really wild are the spaced-out, druggy-sounding readings of rock & roll cuts like "Louie Louie," or the slippery, folk-jazz version of Carole King's "It's Too Late," or even the nearly coffeehouse take on the Bee Gees "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" That said, the whispering pianos and Hammond B-3s , the nearly spoken relaxation in the voices, and the subtle strings that texture nearly everything here are like something from outer space. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:12 Amazon
2 02:45 Amazon
3 02:52 Amazon
4
03:17 Amazon
5
02:36 Amazon
6 03:08 Amazon
7 03:19 Amazon
8 02:38 Amazon
9
02:44 Amazon
10 03:00 Amazon
11 02:45 Amazon
12 03:32 Amazon
13
03:20 Amazon
14 02:52 Amazon
15
03:11 Amazon
16 03:39 Amazon
17 03:30 Amazon
18 02:41 Amazon
19 02:48 Amazon
20 01:47 Amazon
21 02:39 Amazon
22 03:21 Amazon
23 03:29 Amazon
24 02:43 Amazon
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