The Demensions

My Foolish Heart: Hits & Rarities 1960-1968

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This delightful 75-minute CD is the last word on the Demensions, a compendium of their sides from across five years of recording, encompassing their renowned hit "Over the Rainbow" but a lot else besides. The quartet's range was astonishing, along with their rich and varied approach, which generally applied a rock beat to slow ballads, ornamented with startling harmony vocal hooks and high spirits that are downright infectious, even on these nearly half-century-old sides -- and there are surprises here for the casual listener, such as their bracing rendition of the Hank Williams song "Your Cheatin' Heart." The tape sources for this CD are impeccable, every track sounding crisp, clean, and close, and in stereo. The production is matched by an exceptionally good account of the group's history in the notes. The first 25 tracks here are by the Demensions, though the later, post-1963 sides present them as a trio, female member Marisa Martelli having left that year, while the last four are late-'60s releases from group member Lenny Dell as a solo act.