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  1. Anonymous
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t Laugh Or Listen To Anyone! BUY THIS AND FEEL HAPPY!, September 30, 2016
    By 
    Xfiler (Baltimore, MD)

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    This review is from: Sound Magazine (Audio CD)
    “Seriously Dad? WTH, The Partridge Family?” asked my 18 year old son when he saw the CD on my desk. I said yes, The Partridge Family. Then I popped it in the CD player, turned it way up, told him to just shut up and listen…then I played it. He was shocked. He couldn’t believe the quality of these songs and he told me he didn’t know that this music was so good. The friggin’ CD is now in his car. This is a kid who is hip, cool, smart and loves rap, hard rock and some country. Now he tells me some of these songs are stuck in his head and can’t let go . This is a 100% true story.

    He learned a secret that I have known for 40 years.

    FACT: The songwriters on EVERY song were notoriously great writers and the best of the best back in the day.
    FACT: The studio musicians and the background studio singers were world class and well known throughout the industry.
    FACT: David Cassidy can not only sing, but was one of the best singers in that era and honestly may have one of the best pop male voices ever.
    FACT: Think auto tune is a new thing? No one really knows this, but they actually recorded Cassidy, then manipulated the voice “up” a bit to make him sound younger.

    OPINION: The words to these songs are a bit pop-ish and eh, BUT the arrangements, composing and music itself is some of the best ever in the pop rock era. I believe sincerely, that if The Guess Who, BTO, Grand Funk, Three Dog Night, America or any other 70’s classic rock bands/artists wrote these songs, they would be considered classics. I also think that if these songs were written and used by any contemporary pop artist(s) such as Bieber, they would go through the roof.

    OPINION: Most people laugh, like my son did, at the whole Partridge Family situation and songs. Actually, I think that most people who didn’t grow up with them scoffs at the notion of listening to these hits.

    However, I DARE anyone to listen, with speakers cranked to One Night Stand, I’m On My Way Back Home or Love Is All I Ever Needed to name a few, and really, honestly from the bottom of their heart tell me they aren’t 3 of some of the greatest songs they ever heard. And, if they were written and sung by any 70’s rock HOF inductee, that they wouldn’t have loved it. And that’s just 3 of them There are many many more on this CD and others by TPF.

    The CD quality is just fine. Take chance and get this. The music is WAY WAY better than most of the garbage out today.

    A silly family band sitcom does NOT mean silly music. This stuff is amazing.

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  2. Anonymous
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Album Worth Remembering!, December 2, 2015
    By 
    mpage

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    This review is from: Sound Magazine (Audio CD)
    This album brings back childhood memories for me as a kid living in Gillette, NJ with my family in the summer of ’72. Not only was this the first album I purchased with my own allowance money, it was first album EVER. Before getting this album back then I purchased the singles of the day at a Walworth’s in Bernardsville, NJ which I listened to on the radio, namely WABC 77 AM[Whenever the Partridge Family was played on that station, “Cousin Brucie” Morrow used to also say “Partridge Cartridge”]. I even had 3 Partridge 45s-“I Think I Love You”; “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted”; and “I’ll Meet You Halfway” before getting this album. I first discovered this in a magazine[No pun on the title here] where they selling records and tapes of the day through a record club offer. The album cover itself was eye-catching group shot-wise and it was probably the first time anyone ever noticed the “new” Chris Partridge(Brian Forster) shortly before the series’ second season premiere of ABC’s 1971 Fall line-up. I was a little late in purchasing this album and when I finally did I was delighted.
    MAGAZINE was filled with songs that were featured throughout the Partridge Family’s second season with the exception of the album’s lead-off track “One Night Stand”[Which was featured one of the third season’s episodes]; “Brown Eyes” and “You Don’t Have To Tell Me”, which were basically album track fillers. The most common tracks on this third Partridge album are “Echo Valley 2-6809″(Co-written by “Pina Colada” singer Rupert Holmes); “I’m On My Way Back Home”; “Summer Days”; “I Would Have Loved You Anyway”; “Twenty-Four Hours A Day” and “I Woke Up In Love This Morning”[My main favorite here]. “Rainmaker” was by the writing team of Wes Farrell[Producer of this album], Jim Cretecos and Mike Appel[Bruce Springsteen’s first manager]. The album’s closing track “Love Is All I Ever Needed” was written by Wes Farrell and David Cassidy(!).
    But of course the musicians used on SOUND MAGAZINE were studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew” such as Hal Blaine(Drums), Max Bennett(Bass), Louie Shelton and Dennis Budimir(Guitar), Mike Melvoin and Larry Knechtel(Piano) plus background voices by John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Jackie Ward and Ron Hicklin. The main Partridge voices were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Not only that, but on the back of the album they also listed “favorite things” of Shirley and David such as food, drink, dessert, color, song and miscellaneous. What I also found fascinating was that they had the album fashioned as a magazine cover and article-wise on the back.
    This is a replacement copy of what I used to have on vinyl which I regrettably gave away along with the 3 Partridge singles among other 45s in my collection a decade later before graduating from high school as I moved from Millington to Plainfield[Within New Jersey]. I’m glad I have this CD reissue. Plus it’s good to note the Bell Records logo remains on this disc even though it’s on Buddah Records. Same recording, anyway. Two things to point out here prior to getting this CD. The first thing was in the Spike Lee movie Crooklyn was the scene where the kids were in their bedroom watching the Partridge Family on their TV singing out aloud along to “I Woke Up In Love This Morning” and the second was back in the mid-to-late 90s when Rosie O’Donnell and Penny Marshall did a K-Mart commercial and this was the Partridge Family CD that Rosie O’Donnell was holding. Those two things prove I haven’t forgotten this album even though I gave away my original vinyl Bell Records copy.
    A treasure to remember and I’m glad to have it again.
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