Bobby Sherman

With Love, Bobby

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With Love, Bobby Review

by Joe Viglione

Containing two of his best-known songs, With Love, Bobby has "Julie Do Ya Love Me" opening side one and "Hey Mister Sun" doing the honors on side two. This album features eight of the 11 tracks found on 1969's Bobby Sherman disc also released on Metromedia with three different titles -- "Sweet Gingerbread Man," "I'll Never Let You Go," and "Hey, Mister Sun" in place of John Sebastian's "She's a Lady," "Easy Come, Easy Go," and the Atkins/Miller title "Spend Some Time Lovin' Me" found on the earlier disc. Ten of the 11 tracks come in under three minutes with one, "Message to My Brother," at 3:20. For his fans in the day, this was quite a nice package with a huge, eight-page "Scrapbook Album" of photos from age 1 to the singer's mid-twenties, including momentos like his certificate of membership in the Los Angeles Junior Fire Department. The music might have been manufactured soley for the teen idol's audience, and it was quite annoying to rockers and critics during Sherman's heyday, but some things change with time and the final track here, "Good for Each Other" co-written by producer Jackie Mills and arranger/conductor extraordinaire Al Capps, is as good as any of Sherman's hits. Leafing through the gatefold LP and its insert, one realizes how much fun full-length albums were compared to the condensed imagery found on compact discs. And there's no denying "Julie Do Ya Love Me" and "Hey, Mister Sun" are pop classics.

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