Houston-born singer Jewel Akens is still active in Las Vegas as part of the "Thirty Years Of Rock Revue". He received his first break when his vocal group, the Four Dots, were introduced to Eddie Cochran's manager. This compact disc captures all of Akens' hits including the 1964 mega-hit "The Birds And The Bees" as well as "Georgie Porgie" and "Tic Tac Toe."
Living Blues - 3-4/02, p.82
"...Reconstitutes K-Tel's 15-track '94 overview of Akens' Era Records catalog, featuring the rocking 'Around The Corner', the brassy soul pumper 'A Slice Of Pie' and a weird array of covers..."
Includes liner notes by Cub Koda.
Liner Note Author: Cub Koda.
Recording information: Gold Star, Hollywood, CA.
Arranger: Don Ralke.
Much like Sam Cooke's material for RCA, The Very Best of Jewel Akens presents a singer reining in the flourishes of soul for the more measured approach of early-'60s pop -- a combination that paid off successfully for Jewel Akens with his one major hit in 1964, "The Birds and the Bees," which made it to number three on the Billboard pop charts. Unlike Cooke, however, Akens relied upon others to write his material and many of the songs and productions here are fairly innocuous, which is a shame because "Tic Tac Toe," co-written by Akens, has the same haunting quality of Cooke's best work. And while the other material here doesn't stand out with the same clarity, Akens is still a commanding vocalist who brings a polished grace to his work, infusing it with song-stylist subtlety rather than church-house flash. ~ Wade Kergan