Smash Boom Bang! The Songs and Productions of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer

Various Artists

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Smash Boom Bang! The Songs and Productions of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer Review

by Steve Leggett

A 1960s songwriting, production, and sometimes performing team, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer haven't gotten the attention of similar hit-making songwriting teams of the era like Boyce & Hart, Mann & Weil, or Goffin & King, maybe because Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer sounds more like a law firm than anything else. But these guys made hits, including "Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys, "You're So Good to Me" by Debra Swisher, and "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels, among others, and even managed a hit performed by themselves, the immortal "I Want Candy," which was attributed to the Strangeloves. Built off a Bo Diddley rhythm, "I Want Candy" follows the team's typical production approach, featuring a huge drum sound (more often than not provided by New York session vet Herb Lavelle), plenty of room sound and reverb, and an offbeat, kinetic, and joyous energy that made the trio's productions sound big, full, and driving coming out of radio car speakers and juke boxes. The three only worked together for around four years, but as this delightful collection shows, they obviously had fun and didn't take all of this too seriously, and since they weren't trying to write a song that might earn them a place in the American Songbook, the records they made had a kind of goofy, bouncing energy that still seems fresh and immediate nearly 50 years later.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Strangeloves 03:26 Amazon
2 Bobby Comstock 02:01 Amazon
3 The Angels 02:38 Amazon
4 The McCoys 03:53 Amazon
5 The Sheep 02:12 Amazon
6 Patty Lace & the Petticoats 02:15 Amazon
7 Debra Swisher 02:26 Amazon
8 The McCoys 02:05 Amazon
9 Ronnie Dio & the Prophets 02:15 Amazon
10 Ron Winters 02:27 Amazon
11 The Chic-Lets 01:59 Amazon
12 The Pygmies 02:32 Amazon
13 Ray Pollard 03:03 Amazon
14 The Strangeloves 02:59 Amazon
15 Bobby Comstock 02:54 Amazon
16 The Beach Nuts 02:37 Amazon
17 Dean Parrish 02:29 Amazon
18 Giles Strange 03:05 Amazon
19 Dion 02:19 Amazon
20 The Pin-Ups 02:08 Amazon
21 Jerry Butler 02:34 Amazon
22 Diane Christian 02:56 Amazon
23 The Powder Puffs 02:27 Amazon
24 Ron Winters 01:52 Amazon
25 Chubby Checker 02:31 Amazon
26 The Jive Five 02:48 Amazon
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