Little Anthony and the Imperials – 1967 – Reflections

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Little Anthony and the Imperials had a string of r’n’b style hits on the End label in the late 50s. After several years absence, they resurfaced, and with the writing/producing talents of Teddy Randazzo, Anthony Gourdine and his Imperials created some of the most memorable, superbly crafted pop tunes of the rock era, several of which have become standards. “Goin’ Out Of My Head”, “Hurt So Bad” and “I Miss You So”represent some of the most polished landmark tunes to come out of the mid-60s.

By the time the listener gets to ‘Reflections”, a soulful tour de force takes shape. The songs, the orchestrations, the singers take you to Shangri la. All of the music is in STEREO too. This is some of the most beautiful music ever to come out of the 60’s. Teddy Randazzo made this world a much better place.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Veep LP including covers

Tracks
A1. Don’t Tie Me Down 2.49
A2. My Love Is a Rainbow 2.40
A3. If I Remember to Forget 2.46
A4. Keep It Up 3.02
A5. Hold on to Someone 2.13
A6. Yesterday Has Gone 2.55
B1. Trick or Treat 2.32
B2. Lost in Love 3.03
B3. In the Mirrors of Your Mind 2.46
B4. I Love You 2.22
B5. Better off Without You 3.08
B6. Thousand Miles Away 2.32

Little Anthony & the Imperials were ten years into their history when they recorded this elegant, slightly trippy pop-soul classic under the guidance of writer/producer Teddy Randazzo, who co-authored all but one of the 12 songs here and did for this quartet more or less what Jimmy Webb did for The 5th Dimension during the same period. There’s nothing really psychedelic about the music here, despite its coming out in 1967 — rather, it’s a cheerful mixture of lyrical soul sounds and sunshine pop, with an understated elegance and gorgeous harmonies (and tastefully restrained horn and string parts, with the occasional flute) supporting the impassioned lead vocals by Little Anthony.

The resulting album is one of the most beguilingly upbeat soul records of its period, a match and then some for anything coming out of Motown for accessibility. What’s more, it hasn’t lost an iota of appeal across the ensuing four decades — even the most straightforward song here, “Hold on to Someone“, which could have come from any part of their history, still sounds fresh, and the rest exudes a warm, lingering glow reflective of its era. Among the rest, “Yesterday Has Gone” is almost a soul analog to Spanky & Our Gang’s “Sunday Will Never Be the Same“, while “Trick or Treat” and “Lost in Love” call to mind The 5th Dimension doing just about anything well.

It’s worth owning any way you can get it, on LP or CD.

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41 Comments
  • nikos
    Posted at 12:00h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Definitely one of my favourite 60’s groups. “Hurt so bad” is one of the best R’n’B hits ever. Enjoy!

  • Bloth
    Posted at 12:31h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks!

  • hooch
    Posted at 12:48h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Brilliant LP – thank you so much Nikos, greatly appreciated!

  • wallofsound
    Posted at 15:00h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    A real soul gem. Thanks for sharing.

  • tswift
    Posted at 16:41h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    much appreciated for the gem!

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 16:48h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks. But in fact, why are you talking about “Little Anthony” while the album sleeves mention just “Anthony” without “Little” ?
    Piet

  • nikos
    Posted at 17:00h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Good point my friend. Maybe cause we all know him as “Little Anthony”.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 20:01h, 05 December 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos!

  • kassin
    Posted at 00:13h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    thank you!!

  • Sly don
    Posted at 07:31h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    Fantastic, and thank you.

  • Robert
    Posted at 12:24h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    Damn! Thanks so much for this one. Been after this for serious time! your crates are the deepest!

  • Robert
    Posted at 14:29h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    The sweetest natural counter-tenor in all of doo-wop history!

  • GetOffMyMountain!
    Posted at 17:03h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    Thx for this! Much appreciated. By the way, the description of the file-names is wrong. always one behind.

  • alphabet
    Posted at 22:26h, 06 December 2009 Reply

    Very nice!!! Little Anthony, one of the greatest to ever do it. Thanks Nikos

  • dj85
    Posted at 01:39h, 07 December 2009 Reply

    Wow, Thanks for this one.
    -dj85

  • Derek
    Posted at 10:09h, 07 December 2009 Reply

    This is such an amazing blog, thanks for everything!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 22:22h, 07 December 2009 Reply

    thanks nikos hey can u maybe use sharebee cuz rapidshare never lets me get nothing anymore

  • nikos
    Posted at 22:56h, 07 December 2009 Reply

    Rapidshare is the only way to keep 300 and more albums safe. Try it again, it happens sometimes.

  • Helena
    Posted at 23:05h, 07 December 2009 Reply

    The best sweet uptown soul sound of the mid-’60s. Fantastic group.

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 00:24h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks, much appreciated.

  • Troods
    Posted at 05:08h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Thank you for your generosity – love the rip at 320 and Little Anthony & the Imperials do take me back a looooooong way! Terrific.

  • Leonardo
    Posted at 10:07h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Amazing voice! Going out of my head……

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 13:04h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Here Brian Wilson’s influence on Randazzo is clear: the falsetto harmonies and abrupt a capella section in leadoff single “Don’t Tie Me Down” are dead giveaways.

  • Dimitris
    Posted at 20:00h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Some soul pop diamonds in here. Great work once again.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:26h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    after a day of trying finally got it cant wait to hear it thanx nikos

  • Synaptix
    Posted at 00:37h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    Just a heads up, I think the track listing is incorrectly matched with the songs. For example “A Thousand Miles Away” is titled “Better off Without You”. Amazing album though and the quality is great.

  • MoisΓ©s
    Posted at 01:50h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    Little Anthony & The Imperials is one of my favourite groups! Anthony Gourdine sings so softly & beautiuful !
    Thanks for this rare and wonderful album !

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 02:51h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    This is a real pot pouri of sounds showcasing the versatlity and longevity of a group that embraced the doo-wop to the sweet soul of the late 60s with equal ease. Personally i far prefer their post doo-wop trips, and those first 3 tracks ‘Don’t tie me down’, ‘If I remember to forget’ and the cracking ‘My love is a rainbow’ are worth the weight of the record in gold. A wonderful wonderful treat Nikos. Thank you so much.

  • nikos
    Posted at 10:18h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    There’s a new link. The songs have the right name.

  • Jim
    Posted at 10:18h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    thanks soulfunky man πŸ˜‰

  • Andre B
    Posted at 19:12h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    whats good Nikos. Man u keep hittin us over the head so much great music. much much appreciation to you for keepin the gems coming!

  • jose
    Posted at 19:38h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    terry randazzo was a genius at the controls

  • Arthur
    Posted at 05:24h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    this is such a beautiful LP, was needing this type of soul in my life. Thanks brother

  • David
    Posted at 12:54h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    This was amazing one. Thanks!

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 17:42h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    I love Little Anthony and the Imperials. This is one I didn’t hear before. Thanks.

  • jean paris
    Posted at 03:24h, 21 December 2009 Reply

    some good food for my soul….thanks again nikos…jean paris

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 15:46h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos!!

  • Sean
    Posted at 02:12h, 02 January 2010 Reply

    Once again, I want to think you for another gem. I’ve been playing this all day! The 5th dimension/Jimmy Webb comparison is so fitting.
    this is a real treat.
    Thank You!

  • Rob
    Posted at 01:07h, 03 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks for letting me meet with these guys!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 20:56h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Much appreciated.Thank you

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 23:51h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    so many gems, thankyou

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