Bobby Vee

Look at Me Girl/Come Back When You Grow Up

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In 1966, Bobby Vee was at a crossroads -- his brand of teen pop and Brill Building-generated pop music was no longer selling, left behind by the changes wrought by the British Invasion and the folk-rock boom that followed, and he had to decide what to do, ignore the changes and cater to an ever-smaller audience, or adapt. He adapted -- and how! -- on Look at Me Girl, presenting himself on record for the first time since the end of the 1950s in a band context, and with a new, updated band as well, and the result was one of his finest albums, Look at Me Girl, which had him doing folk-rock and other modern sounds and making it work. He followed this up with the biggest-selling single of his career, "Come Back When You Grow Up," which, in turn, yielded the album of a same name, a piece of thoroughly contemporary pop/rock that could hold its own against any pop-oriented album of 1967. Both of them are on this CD, in glittering sound and thoroughly annotated and well worth hearing -- they're perhaps not quite as compelling vocally, but in every other way these two albums and the two that followed (Just Today and Do What You Gotta Do, also paired on another BGO reissue) are as rewarding as those comeback albums that Elvis Presley later cut at American Studios in Memphis, and are also comparable to Neil Diamond's best work out of Memphis from the same period.

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