Influenced by the "modern sounds of R&B," The Bonne Villes present their versions of "96 Tears", "My Girl", "Stand By Me", and many more from the halls of Justice Records.
1.Stand By Me
3.Under The Boardwalk
4.For Your Love
7.Bring It On Home To Me
9.Thank You John
10.In The Midnight Hour
11.Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
The Bonne Villes: James Alan Lovette, Gary Howe (vocals); Nelson M. Bradshaw (guitar); Curtis "Buzzy" Cobb (saxophone, organ); Carl F. Steele, Jr. (bass); Donald W. Cartner (drums).
Includes original release liner notes.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Recording information: 1965-1969.
Not a bad representation of the band's strengths, a collection of 11 tracks, mostly covers of R&B and rock & roll standards. The singing isn't up to the task of the most sophisticated material, including "Bring It on Home to Me," but the group does have a cohesive sound. Their originals simply don't hold up, however, and lackluster numbers like "Helping Hand" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" pale next to "My Girl," "Under the Boardwalk," or "96 Tears." ~ Bruce Eder