Personnel: Little Anthony (vocals).
Audio Remasterers: Kevin Reeves; Ron Furmanek.
Liner Note Author: Steve Kolanjian.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (04/22/1964-08/03/1970); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (04/22/1964-08/03/1970); Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA (04/22/1964-08/03/1970).
Arrangers: Horace Ott; Teddy Randazzo; Thom Bell.
Unlike the collection of the same name on Rhino, EMI's Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials focuses solely on their mid- to late-'60s recordings for Veep and United Artists. That means you don't get any doo wop, but slickly arranged pop/soul that sometimes borders on easy listening, featuring string charts and Little Anthony's choked vocals (which could bring to mind an effeminate Johnny Mathis). The best and biggest of these cuts are also on the Rhino comp ("I'm on the Outside Looking In," "Goin' Out of My Head," "Hurt So Bad"), which gets the edge for its wider chronology. This is a satisfactory alternative, though, for those who prefer the Imperials' later phase, or want a more extensive sampler of their '60s stuff. ~ Richie Unterberger