Classics IV - The Best Of Dennis Yost & The Classics IV (2002)
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Bio Excerpt from All Music:
Anyone who doesn't have a clear image of the Classics IV can be forgiven -- they went through so many shifts in personnel and sound (not to mention a name change after they'd started recording), they were little more than a name attached to some excellent (and very good-selling) records of the second half of the 1960s, without a personality or identity to grab onto easily.
Although they're considered a late-'60s phenomenon, owing to the chronology of their hits, the group can trace its roots back to R&B harmony (i.e., doo wop) music of the late '50s. Detroit-born, Florida-raised Dennis Yost, who joined on drums and moved into the singer's spot, came from a Jacksonville-area band called the Echoes; he was just old enough to remember '50s R&B when it was current and, among many other groups, loved the Five Satins; and in addition to playing the skins, he sometimes liked to sing when the calls came for a '50s number like "In the Still of the Night." After his own group broke up in the mid-'60s, Yost joined a band called Leroy & the Moments, which included Wally Eaton (bass, vocals), James Cobb (guitar), and Joe Wilson (keyboards). His arrival, along with the changing times, also signaled a change in the group's name -- as there was no "Leroy" anyway, that could go, and the Moments was already taken, so, taking their lead from Yost's Classic-model drum kit, they became the Classics.
Their sound was extremely diverse by all accounts -- they could cover most of the Top 40 note-perfect, which was ideal for audiences in Jacksonville but didn't necessarily give them much to work with as a recording act. Part of their act included a tribute to the Four Seasons, who were still burning up the charts in those days -- ...
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All Music Album Review:
The 27-song Best of Dennis Yost & the Classics IV compilation, originally released through Capitol-EMI's "Legendary Masters Series," pretty well covers the essentials of the Classics IV's history, from their early post-doo wop releases, emulating the Four Seasons and the Diamonds, to their smoother, subtler contemporary pop sound, established by "Spooky" and maintained through the hits "Stormy" and "Traces." The sound is good, though there's room for improvement from the early-'90s-vintage digital mastering, and the collection is comprehensive to the point of including a few unreleased tracks, on top of the hits and B-sides. And the annotation comes up to this series' usual standard of excellence.
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02. Cry Baby
03. Dancing By Myself
04. Laugh It Off
05. Little Darlin'
06. Nothing To Lose
08. Poor People
09. Just Between You And Me
10. Book A Trip
11. Mary, Mary Row Your Boat
12. Soul Train
13. Strange Changes
14. Mama's And Papa's
17. 24 Hours Of Loneliness
18. Pity The Fool
20. Everyday With You Girl
21. Something I'll Remember
22. Change Of Heart
24. The Funniest Thing
25. Where Did All The Good Times Go
26. Cherryhill Park
27. It's Time For Love
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