Gene Hughes and the Casinos are best known for their lone hit, the enduring "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," tbut this 14-track compilation shows that the Cincinnati band had more to offer than just one well sung and arranged tune. Doo wop fans will be thrilled with the first two tracks: their first record from 1962, the impossibly rare "Do You Recall" (sung by original lead singer J.T. Sears and sounding like it was cut at least five years earlier) and "Too Good to Be True," which features the guitar work of Lonnie Mack. By the fourth entry, the first appearance of the original long mono version of "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," the set veers into mid-'60s lounge-soul, the sound that suited the band the best and which remained pretty well intact through two tracks cut in 1980, "Wisdom of a Fool" and "You Belong to Me." If you're looking to add the tune to your collection and you want a whole lot more in the same vein, this is the one to get.
The Best of the Casinos: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Review
by Cub Koda