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Those Wonderful Years


Download links and information about Those Wonderful Years by Del Shannon. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop, Teen Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 39:52 minutes.

Artist: Del Shannon
Release date: 1991
Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop, Teen Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 14
Duration: 39:52
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No. Title Length
1. Juke Box Saturday Night (featuring Glenn Miller) 3:03
2. Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) (featuring Andrews Sisters, The) 2:56
3. Why Don't Ya Do Right? (featuring Benny Goodman) 3:09
4. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (featuring Judy Garland) 2:55
5. Pennysylvania Poker (featuring Andrews Sisters, The) 2:45
6. Java Jive (featuring The Ink Spots) 3:02
7. Seems Like Old Times (featuring Vaughn Munroe) 2:51
8. Chatlanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (featuring Red Foley) 2:45
9. Jingle Jangle Jingle (featuring Kay Kyser) 3:14
10. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The positive (featuring Bing Crosby, Andrews Sisters, The, Vic Schoen And His Orchestra, Vic Schoen) 2:40
11. Personality (featuring Johnny Mercer) 2:47
12. Paper Doll (featuring Mills Brothers, The) 2:35
13. Peg "O" My Heart (featuring Jerry Murad's Harmonicats) 2:12
14. The Trolley Song (featuring Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers) 2:58



Del Shannon was on Liberty Records from 1966 through 1973, a period in which he was in commercial eclipse, barely brushing the lower regions of the charts with "The Big Hurt" and his version of "She," the latter a tune most closely associated with the Monkees. The 26 songs here represent most of the better tracks from this period, including some wonderfully ambitious rock & roll early on, mostly built around big tunes, solid guitar hooks, and seriously impassioned vocals. Some of the early material here, such as the rockers "Show Me" and "For a Little While," are rivals to Shannon's classic early-'60s sides for their sheer animation and memorable hooks, and why they didn't attract more sales is a mystery. The ballads, including "I Got It Bad (Never Thought I Could)" and "Hey! Little Star," are a little more problematic — Shannon's vocal range was somewhat limited, and except on the occasions when he had an exquisite tune to work with, such as "I Go to Pieces" (an original that he didn't even think of recording himself at first), he was usually at his best working behind a dance beat, sharing the spotlight with an animated guitar part and Max Crooks' musitron. Once in a while, as on "Under My Thumb," he could challenge Mick Jagger in the realm of macho posturing, and he did get better as a singer as he went along. None of the slower stuff here is bad — some of it lacks excitement, or the dramatic tension to carry it off completely, and the dense musical textures on certain tracks may also have been off-putting to radio programmers; in that regard, it's possible that Shannon was produced too well for his own good by the likes of Leon Russell, Snuff Garrett and others. Even "She" buries the singing just a bit too much beneath the heavy organ and rhythm guitar accompaniment, to compete with the Monkees' rendition, which sounds warmer and more passionate. A lot of the transitional psychedelic era material, however — which was produced by Andrew Oldham — including "Cut and Come Again," "My Love Has Gone," and "Led Along," is great listening today, and his rendition of "Life Is But Nothing" is beautiful, even if it was unreleased until the mid-'70s. In all, this CD — which is out of print as of 2002 — is worth tracking down as the

best anthology of Shannon's longest recording relationship with a single label, and for showcasing his least-known and most ambitious body of music. The sound is excellent, and the annotation is well-written and thoroughly detailed.