REVIEW: "Loren had an impressive voice and the intelligence to know what to do with it; there's a strength and maturity in her performances on tunes like "A Woman in Love (With You)," "Hold Your Head High," and "Leave Him to Me" that outstrips a significant majority of her peers — all the more impressive considering she was just 18 when most of this was recorded." Read More…
REVIEW: "…right out of the gate the record sweeps you off your feet, from opener “Just a Little Girl” sweeping in its Spector-isms , the record is full of sparkling, soaring pop music with grandiose strings, majestic all the way around. A few other faves include “It’s Gotta Be,” “Call Me” (you know that one), “They’re Jealous of Me” (and if you’ve ever seen a picture of Donna this is probably true) and too many more. I mean, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this record but I got so much more than I’d ever hoped. Sure, Loren didn’t write any of these songs, but her booming vocals bring the songs to life, like any great vocalist can. Wow!" Read more…
REVIEW: "A huge amount of material from the lovely Donna Loren – star of both the big and the small screen in the 60s – and a surprisingly great singer, too! The package features singles, unreleased tracks, and Loren's classic Capitol album Beach Blanket Bingo – which has great work from the team of HB Barnum and David Axelrod!" Read more…
REVIEW: "These Are The Good Times -The Complete Capitol Recordings’ compiles everything Donna made for the label in 1964-66, 29 tracks in all, which can be split into three sections; A and B sides of all of her singles, many classic Girl Group songs by Brill Building writers, the ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ LP – one of the ‘Beach Movie’ series in which she appeared alongside Annette and Frankie Avalon, – plus eight previously unissued tracks, including ‘They’re Jealous Of Me’ a Goffin/King classic, and an amazing version of ‘Hold Your Head High’. Check this out and discover what you may have been missing." Read more…
REVIEW: "The material was carefully vetted, and they employed the best: The Wrecking Crew plus producers and arrangers including Jack Nitzsche, Billy Strange, Al DeLory and Steve Douglas. This 29-tracker, compiled with Now’s as-standard loving care, exhaustive sleeve notes by Sheryl farber and stunning photographs, spans a mere 21 months…and includes the complete Beach Blanket Bingo album. The bonus cuts include a fantastic unreleased gem backed by The Beau Brummels, It’s Gotta Be”. – Vic Templar, Shindig! Magazine
REVIEW: "These Are the Good Times (Now Sounds) features 29 songs by Loren, including singles released by Capitol in the 1960s, her soundtrack recording of Beach Blanket Bingo and unreleased tracks. The set reveals Loren as a versatile and engaging singer — and she’s surrounded by the crème de la crème of 1960s musicians and songwriters on these recordings." – Jade Blackmore, SomethingElseReviews.com.
A regular vocalist on ABC-TV’s Shindig!, and cast member of American International Pictures’ Beach Party series, DONNA LOREN was a recording artist for Capitol Records in the mid-’60s, cutting one classic soundtrack LP: Beach Blanket Bingo. But there’s so much more to the story.
These Are The Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings reveals Donna to be an extraordinary vocalist creating Spectorian-like wonder with some of the finest talent in Hollywood during the golden era of pop. Participants include Wrecking Crew members as well as legendary producers DAVID AXELROD, STEVE DOUGLAS, and arrangers JACK NITZSCHE, BILLY STRANGE, and H.B. BARNUM. Even the BEAU BRUMMELS appear on a track (‘It’s Gotta Be’), along with GLEN CAMPBELL.
In addition to her album – presented from the original MONO masters for the first time on CD – all 5 of her original Capitol singles circa 1964–1965, are also here. Rounding out the collection are 8 previously unreleased tracks that will leave you baffled as to why they were left in the can!
The deluxe, full-color booklet also includes rare, unpublished photos and extensive liner notes penned by three-time Grammy nominee Sheryl Farber that feature the participation of Donna herself. Mastered by Alan Brownstein FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!
1. JUST A LITTLE GIRL (Mono 45)
2. WOMAN IN LOVE
3. IT’S GOTTA BE (Previously Unreleased)
4. CALL ME (Mono 45)
5. SO, DO THE ZONK (Mono 45)
6. YOU CAN’T LOSE SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD (Prev. Unreleased)
7. THEY’RE JEALOUS OF ME (Previously Unreleased)
8. THAT’S THE BOY
9. MY WAY (Previously Unreleased)
10. HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH (Previously Unreleased)
11. GOOD THINGS (Previously Unreleased)
12. SMOKEY JOE’S (Mono 45)
13. PLAY LITTLE MUSIC BOX, PLAY (Mono 45)
14. LEAVE HIM TO ME (Previously Unreleased)
15. TEN GOOD REASONS (Mono 45)
16. NINETY DAY GUARANTEE (Mono 45)
17. I BELIEVE (Mono 45)
18. BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES (Mono 45)
19. DROP THE DRIP (Previously Unreleased)
20. CYCLE SET
21. I THINK, YOU THINK
22. IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I CRY
23. THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES
24. I'LL NEVER CHANGE HIM
25. FLY BOY
26. NEW LOVE
27. I AM MY IDEAL
28. BEACH BLANKET BINGO
IMPORTED BY: NOW SOUNDS/CHERRY RED RECORDS