The Rock Never Stopped

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Showaddywaddy have done well for themselves in the world of oldies acts -- not only is virtually their entire original catalog back in print on CD (with bonus tracks), but there were at least three best-of and greatest-hits CDs out on them before this double-disc set showed up in April of 2004. They're often compared with Sha Na Na in America, but there's barely anything in print by the latter group, which speaks volumes for Showaddywaddy's virtues -- they played (and played with) the oldies without sounding (or looking) stupid, exhibiting instead a lot of panache and showing off their musical skills prominently. Their hits are well represented, starting with their U.K. chart-topping remake of "Under the Moon of Love," along with their very best non-single revivals and a handful of originals. There's not a lot of rhyme or reason to the order for any of this, apart from what makes a good listening experience, moving between the influences of Buddy Holly, Dion & the Belmonts, the Earls, the Hollywood Argyles, and the Marcels, among many others, and never falling into the trap of burlesquing themselves or their music. It's all great fun, and the sound is glorious. What's more, as one gives a close listen to their work, it becomes clear that Showaddywaddy were good enough musicians to be worth hearing in high resolution (that is to say, this is not like getting an audiophile version of the Beatlemania cast album). The annotation is also very thorough and the price is right.

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