Len Barry the Lost LP
This rare, historical CD features 25 songs by the great, soulful artist, Len Barry. There were singles released fro the LP, but the LP featured on the cover was never released in its entirety. Now with this CD, all of the Len Barry Lost LP recordings are presented in their original form, along with 4 never-released and 9 additional masters available for the first time on CD. All songs have been digitally restored and mastered by Engineer, Joe Sidore, from the original masters.
Len Barry achieved worldwide success with his #1 hit record, "1-2-3," written by Len and the record producing/songwriting team, John Madara & David White. What followed were two other smash hits, "Like A Baby," again written by Len and Madara & White, and "Somewhere," written by Jim Bryant. Before going out on his own as a solo artist, Len Barry achieved success as the lead singer of the group The Dovells. They had several top 20 hits, including the #2 record, "Bristol Stomp," and "You Can't Sit Down," which reached #3 in 1963.
This rare CD is presented by John Madara through That Philly Sound, which is dedicated to the music that came out of Philadelphia during the 50s and 60s. Many of the songs on the CD were written and produced by Madara & White. Madara & White also wrote and produced such timeless classics as "At The Hop" (Danny and The Juniors), "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" (Danny and The Juniors ) where John was the producer, "1-2-3" (Len Barry), "The Fly" (Chubby Checker), "You Don't Own Me" (Leslie Gore) and countless others that helped make up "The Sound of Philadelphia."
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***** Hard to figure why Len Barry's success didn't sustain, but his tracks here are consistently fab : the material, the groove, and he's got real soul. This compilation isn't "for collectors only" and I feel cheated, not having heard the tracks back in the day. Philadelphia means melody, yet it was the only city in America, aside from a beach resort, where the barometer of what made a hit had to measure the pressure of the dance floor. The 25 steppers were cut at Bell Sound, but they're Phillysonic. - Reviewer: Acee White - Amazon
***** Great collection of Len Barry material. Why wasn't this LP released?!? Once again we have an artist that deserved more from a record label. I have always thought Len Barry was a great artist. His voice was truly unique and recorded above average material. I have a lot of this material elsewhere - some on 45's released by Decca toward the end of his career. I am very glad I ordered this CD to have so much good material all gathered on one great CD! - Reviewer: Donald Martin - Amazon
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