Bobby Vee

Do What You Gotta Do

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Who would have thought that on his 20th album and in his tenth year of stardom, Bobby Vee could have introduced an album as good as this? And a blue-eyed soul album, no less? Opening with a Jimmy Webb-authored title track (which has somehow fallen below the radar next to Webb's work with Richard Harris and Glen Campbell), Vee proceeds with a surprisingly Motown-heavy (and surprisingly good) album of white pop-soul -- is he going to reach the soon-to-be-designated "Woodstock generation" with any of this, or make anyone forget the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and so on? No, but Vee was able to do in a slightly poppier context exactly what the Grass Roots were doing from a rock standpoint, and the results not only held up in 1969, but they aren't bad listening decades later -- even his original, "Thank You," slots in perfectly amid the Motown covers, and heard a few decades on sounds like a good potential single.

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