Friday, July 12, 2013

Brenton Wood's 18 Best

In 1967 a former Compton, California high school track star recorded the unlikely-titled "The Oogum Boogum Song" and created a nationwide hit! He followed up with two more soul/pop classics, "Gimme Little Sign" and "Baby You Got It" and made himself a star!

These are/were superb summer songs, that made you turn up the radio when they came on the air. Highly melodic sing-alongs with a soulful groove that captivated damn near everyone who heard them. Coming from SoCal, Wood gives the numbers a kind of beach/boardwalk feel in a way that's hard to put into words.

The hits are, naturally, the highlights of the CD, but the other tunes have the same feel and it's a shame more didn't get on the radio, though "Catch You on the Rebound" and "Me and You" did get some play, as I recall.

The CD liner notes says that some of these songs were unreleased, but it doesn't say which ones and since I have never owned any of Brenton's albums, I can't say either, but regardless, this is a cool, soulful package. Executive Producer is Art Laboe, the man who came up with "Oldies But Goodies"!