BGO's 2013 two-fer pairs Sha Na Na's fizzy bubblegum 1972 LP The Night Is Still Young with its uber-nostalgic 1973 sequel, The Golden Age of Rock & Roll. The Night Is Still Young is by far the more interesting of the two records, an attempt by the oldies act to record new songs -- a deliberately tricky ploy that was successful artistically thanks to producer Jeff Barry and songwriter Andy Kim, but which did nothing commercially. The opposite is true of The Golden Age of Rock & Roll, which was their only record to crack the Billboard Top 40. It is nostalgic through and through, nothing but oldies but goodies. The first side or so -- "Lover's Question" through "Wild Weekend" -- appears to have been cut in the studio, while the rest captures the group's crowd-pleasing live act. It's an energetic revue but it's also exhausting, in no small part because it's nothing but shtick. Perhaps it was fun in concert, but on record it's a chore.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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