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The Ivy League - This Is the Ivy League.

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Artist
The Ivy League
Released
2021
Origin
Format
2xCD
Total time
140 min

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The Ivy League
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Written
August 12, 2021
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The Ivy League –This Is the Ivy League.
Three albums on two CDs Including EP and Bonus Tracks
The Beat Goes On Reissue 2021 various 1960s Recordings Pye Studios
https://www.bgo-records.com/?fbclid=IwAR0qiLVvDlYl_2DQ4GuAy9lbQpIUBp6rZxYHJePwm8M1R_teMQJHyOtlU6s
http://www.theivyleague.co.uk/
Rating 75/100

Probably the blueprint for the concept of British band ‘The Ivy League’ was set in place several years before their actual formation in the wake of the multitudes of American Italian ‘Doo- Wop’ street corner bands. More particularly the commercial success of ‘The Four Seasons’ on both sides of the Atlantic opened up the opportunity for an all-male British band to explore recording opportunities in a similar harmonic fashion. The difference of course was that whilst these similar styled American bands were springing up on every street corner, no such groups comprising harmony based songsters developed naturally in the United Kingdom. In the USA however, Bands that did so would have assembled purposely as a street located group, some attracting recording opportunities others, being the majority, fading into obscurity.
For example in the first instance ‘The Ivy League’ was the product of three very capable session singers being assembled together and initially being utilised to boost the quality of background vocals at various recording sessions. This was especially true in respect to the flood of new UK bands in the studio for the first time and before their true potential as a standalone group was fully realised. Especially in direct opposition to the American ‘Doo-Wop’’ movement of which no real British bands existed. So in a sense, the formation of ‘The Ivy League’ as an American styled recording group followed later. They had some moderate recording studio success followed by various changes in personnel. But the material utilised at the time was never clearly defined and the opportunity to cash in big was somehow missed despite the full on Americanised ‘Ivy League ‘moniker.
But, more importantly, what we do have here sixty years on here with this lavish ‘Beat Goes On (BGOtwo album CD package. It is a superb slice of pop music memorabilia from the early sixties, with nice melodic tunes, wonderful harmonies and catchy hook lines. On the whole a nice collection of songs, full of wonderful sing-along memories and fun arrangements.
As always, BGO have put together a labour of love, a complete collectors package with well-considered informative notes.

TRACKLIST
Disc One:
THIS IS THE IVY LEAGUE
1. Almost Grown
2. That’s Why I’m Crying
3. The Floral Dance
4. What More Do You Want
5. Lulu’s Back In Town
6. We’re Having A Party
7. Don’t Worry Baby
8. Make Love
9. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
10. Funny How Love Can Be
11. My Old Dutch
12. Dance To The Locomotion
SOUNDS OF THE IVY LEAGUE
13. Tossing And Turning
14. A Girl Like You
15. Four And Twenty Hours
16. That’s Why I’m Crying
17. Running Round In Circles
18. Funny How Love Can Be
19. My Old Dutch
20. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
21. Don’t Worry Baby
22. Make Love
Disc Two:
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
1. Tomorrow Is Another Day
2. I Could Make You Fall In Love
3. Suddenly Things
4. Lulu’s Back In Town
5. My World Fell Down
6. Our Love Is Slipping Away
7. The Floral Dance
8. Lonely Room
9. Willow Tree
10. Graduation Day
EP AND BONUS TRACKS
11. Wait A Minute
12. The Holly And The Ivy League
13. Once In Royal David’s City
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. Silent Night
16. Rain Rain Go Away
17. One Day
18. When You’re Young
19. Arrivederci Baby
20. Thank You For Loving Me
21. In The Not Too Distant Future
22. My Baby
23. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
24. Lonely City
25. Mr Ford’s Boogie
26. Friday
27. Busy Doing Nothing
28. Rock & Roll Medley: Giddy Up A Ding Dong / Lipstick, Powder And Paint / Shake, Rattle And Roll / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
29. Humpty Dumpty

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