Featuring 1961's biggest hit, "Barbara Ann" (the original version of the song that years later would become a staple of The Beach Boys), this collection strongly reflects the Bronx roots of The Regents. Also contains their powerful follow-up, "Runaround".
Personnel: Tony Gravagna, Charles Fassert, Guy Villari, Sal Cuomo, Don Jacobucci (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Morris I. Diamond.
Unknown Contributor Role: The Regents.
Barbara-Ann is a straight reissue of the Regents' 1961 album and contains the group's only two hits. "Barbara-Ann" was a Top 15 hit for the group in 1961, but the Beach Boys had even greater success with the song five years later. The Regents' minor follow-up hit, "Runaround," is not the same song with which the Three Chuckles and the Fleetwoods had hits. The album tracks are a mixture of ballads ("Sunday Kind of Love" is covered) and up-tempo songs, some of which are original. The Regents were a competent white doo wop group who mostly sang in tune (which is more than you can expect from many of the marginal vocal groups), with five-piece vocal arrangements that made their rockers dense and powerful. Collectables could have added a few bonus tracks to make this a complete anthology of the Regents' Gee recordings, but as it is, Barbara-Ann is a good summation of the group's brief career for Beach Boys fanatics and collectors of white doo wop records. ~ Greg Adams