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Album: Tracy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tracy
2)    All the Young Women
3)    Heather
4)    Early in the Morning
5)    Put a Little Love in Your Heart
6)    Lay a Little Love on Me
7)    When Julie Comes Around
8)    I Remember
9)    Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
10)    Where Do You Go?
11)    Sally Ann (You're Such a Pretty Baby)
12)    Run Sally Run
13)    Robin's World
14)    Thank You Pretty Baby
15)    Kiss, The
16)    All Because of You
17)    Wake Up Judy
 
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Performer Notes
  • The Cuff Links: Ron Dante (vocals).
  • Photographer: Hal Buksbaum.
  • Arranger: Lee Pockriss.
  • Primarily a studio vehicle for the songwriting and production team of Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, the Cuff Links' scored a major hit single in the summer of 1969 with "Tracy," an upbeat bit of neo-bubblegum pop buoyed by the vocals of Ron Dante, who at the time was also the voice of the Archies on such hits as "Sugar Sugar" and "Jingle Jangle." After "Tracy" hit the charts, the ad-hoc group quickly cut an album, but while the hit single was a catchy but toothless bit of AM radio fodder, the Cuff Links' album is a more thoughtful and ambitious piece of work. While "Early in the Morning" and "Sally Ann (You're Such a Pretty Baby)" are sweet and upbeat in the manner of the hit, "All the Young Women" is a surprisingly somber protest number, "Where Do You Go" and "I Remember" are pretty but downbeat numbers focusing on the sad side of love, and the minor key accents and silky harmonies of "Heather" recall the Baroque pop of the Left Banke. And though two covers of recent hits were included as padding, the versions of "Sweet Caroline" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" manage to reveal some personality of their own, and the album's production (including string arrangements by Rupert Holmes) is clean, clever, and well-executed throughout. Tracy is a new notches down from a lost masterpiece of sunshine pop, but it's a better and more imaginative album than the hit single (or the "One Hit Wonder" status of the Cuff Links) would lead you to expect. The 2008 CD reissue of Tracy from Poker/Cherry Red includes six bonus tracks which initially appeared on non-LP singles; they're up to the standards of the album, except for the overly saccharine "All Because of You," and "Robin's World" and "Kiss" would have been splendid additions to the original LP. "Wake Up Judy," however, does feature some lyrics -- "Wake up, Judy/Time to be a woman/Time to be the person/ That I want you to be" -- that belong in the Gary Puckett "Creepy If You Think About 'Em" Hall of Fame. ~ Mark Deming
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