Tommy James & the Shondells

Legends Collection

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This double-CD best-of includes all the significant hits of the 1960s bubblegum group, plus Tommy James's solo hit "Draggin' the Line." The production is deceptively sophisticated for a so-called naïve musical form (listen for the two drum kits and carefully constructed atmosphere of party mayhem on "Mony Mony," and the impeccably placed instrumentation and odd-yet-perfect key change of "Crimson and Clover"), while the languid feel and layered harmonies of "Crystal Blue Persuasion" conjure both the Fifth Dimension at its sunniest and Curtis Mayfield at his most hopeful.