Come on Get Happy!: The Very Best of Partridge Family

Come on Get Happy!: The Very Best of Partridge Family

by The Partridge FamilyThe Partridge Family
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Overview

The Partridge Family don't get much respect from the standard history of rock from the early '70s. Much like their fellow made-for-TV brethren the Monkees, their contributions are written off as pre-fab concoctions that are too trifling to be bothered with. If you fall in line with that kind of thinking you are going to miss one of the best pop acts of the era. Utilizing the cream of behind-the-scenes songwriters from Neil Sedaka to Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown, and the lush vocal harmonies of the uncredited (at the time) background singers, the Partridge Family's songs are solid AM pop, with hooks galore and a light but not saccharine sound. Add to that the excellent (and under-rated) vocals of David Cassidy and you have some top-notch disposable pop that has stood the test of time. Come On Get Happy! The Very Best of the Partridge Family replaces the 1989's decent Greatest Hits and streamlines 2001's Definitive Collection by taking away all the David Cassidy solo tracks. The bulk of the songs here appear on both those collections, though, including their smash hit "I Think I Love You" plus other gems like "Echo Valley 2-6809" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Loved." The collection also includes four previously unreleased tracks, two of which ("Together (Havin' a Ball)" and "Let the Good Times In") appeared in the show's first episode and were sung not by Cassidy but by Ron Hicklin, a member of the backing vocal crew. The other two feature Cassidy and are as good as any of their hits, "Baby I Love, Love, I Love You" is particularly fun. Whether the unreleased four songs belong on a" Very Best Of" collection is up for debate: On one hand it might have been better to add more songs that people remembered. but on the other it is nice to have the rarities unearthed. Either way, this is the best Partridge Family collection available.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828766819922
catalogNumber: 68199

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Partridge Family   Primary Artist
Shirley Jones   Vocals
Lincoln Mayorga   Keyboards
David Cassidy   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Bill Perkins   Saxophone
Bob Hardaway   Saxophone
Shorty Rogers   Leader
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
John Bahler   Background Vocals
Tom Bahler   Horn,Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Drums
Ben Benay   Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass,Bass Guitar
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Stan Farber   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Horn
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Jim Hughart   Bass Guitar
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Larry Knechtel   Piano,Keyboards
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Mike Melvoin   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Muhoberac   Keyboards
Michael Omartian   Keyboards
Dean Parks   Guitar
Donald Peake   Guitar
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Brendan Cahill   Guitar
Mike Anthony   Guitar
Casey   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass,Bass Guitar
George Bohanon   Trombone,Horn
Lenny Malaisky   Leader

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Rupert Holmes   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Billy Strange   Arranger
Shorty Rogers   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Mike Appel   Composer
John Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Russell Brown   Composer
Wes Farrell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Hart   Composer
John Henning   Composer
Ron Hicklin   Vocal Arrangements
Richard Klein   Composer
Bob Kovach   Engineer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Mike Melvoin   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Donald Peake   Arranger
David Price   Composer
Tony Romeo   Composer
Schmitt   Producer
Jackie Ward   Vocal Arrangements
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Danny Janssen   Composer
Jim Cretecos   Composer
Ken Sharp   Liner Notes
Steve Douglas   Producer
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Kathy Cooper   Composer
Kenny Jacobson   Composer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Errol Brown   Composer

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