The Best of the Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By

The Best of the Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By

by Bob Crewe Generation Bob Crewe Generation


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Singer/songwriter and producer Bob Crewe kept quite busy through the 1950s and into the mod and swinging 1960s, scoring numerous hits with his solid production on several successful Four Seasons and Mitch Ryder projects. He got to step out into the public eye on his own a bit in 1967, though, when he heard a jingle demo for a Diet Pepsi spot called "Music to Watch Girls By" and quickly rushed into the studio to record a big-band, horn-driven instrumental version of it. Released under the group name the Bob Crewe Generation, the track went Top 20 on the Billboard charts, and Crewe went on to record three albums of similar fare (under the titles Music to Watch Girls By, Music to Watch Birds By, and Let Me Touch You) on his own DynaVoice imprint before the decade ended. This compilation collects the best cuts from those three albums, plus scattered soundtrack pieces and the 45 single-only "Miniskirts in Moscow" to make what amounts to an hourlong cocktail party for time traveling swingers. Crewe's head arrangements (he couldn't play an instrument or read or write music, opting to sing out the various parts for his musicians) are full of expansive horn charts and big, bold percussion shifts that at their best make a perfect 1960s statement, all grin-and-wink bombast that still somehow manages to knowingly parody itself on selections like "Theme from A Man and a Woman," "Music to Watch Girls By" (included here in both the stereo album and mono single versions), the Barbarella theme, and the bubbling and chiming "Brother Dan," which even works a theremin into the mix. Deliberately campy, these tracks have a bigger than life, infectious gait to them, and once you give up and surrender to what sounds like the loudest, boldest cocktail party in history, they're a whole lot of fun.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
Label: Varese Fontana
UPC: 0030206670325
catalogNumber: 066703
Rank: 99559


  1. Theme from a Man and a Woman (Un Homme et une Femme)
  2. A Lover's Concerto
  3. Anna
  4. A Felicidade
  5. Let's Hang On
  6. Music to Watch Girls By
  7. Concrete and Clay
  8. Theme for a Lazy Girl
  9. Barbarella
  10. Winter Warm
  11. Melancholy Serenade
  12. Where Is Your Heart? (The Song from Moulin Rouge)
  13. I Will Wait for You
  14. Brother Dan
  15. Wives and Lovers
  16. Streetcar
  17. Miniskirts in Moscow
  18. Winchester Cathedral
  19. Music to Watch Girls By

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Crewe Generation   Primary Artist
Phil Bodner   Saxophone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Dick Hyman   Keyboards
Bernie Leighton   Keyboards
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Gary Chester   Drums
Bob Crewe   Tambourine,Foot Stomping
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Robert Maxwell   Harp
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Seymour Barab   Cello
Stewart Clarke   Viola
Harold Coletta   Viola
Burt Collins   Trumpet
George Devens   Percussion
Lewis Eley   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Gorgoni   Guitar
Mickey Gravine   Trombone
Louis Haber   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Bhen Lanzaroni   Keyboards
Bill Lavorgna   Drums
Joe Mack   Bass
Charlie Macy   Guitar
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Saxophone
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Charles McCracken   Cello
Romeo Penque   Saxophone
Raoul Poliakin   Violin
Alan Raph   Trombone
George Ricci   Cello
Rogers   Drums
Margaret Ross   Harp
Buddy Salzman   Drums
Alan Shulman   Cello
Irving Spice   Violin
Louis Stone   Violin
Mel Tax   Saxophone
Joe Grim   Saxophone
Lou Mauro   Bass
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
Marky Markowitz   Trumpet
Vinnie Bell   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jackie Gleason   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
David Nadien   String Contractor
Francis Lai   Composer
Georges Auric   Composer
Sandy Block   String Contractor
Roy Cicala   Engineer
Gordon Clark   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Hutch Davie   Arranger,Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Charles Fox   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Gene Orloff   String Contractor
Sid Ramin   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Andre Michel Salvet   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Engineer
Mel Tax   String Contractor
Jerry Keller   Composer
Pierre Barouh   Composer
Bob Lifton   Engineer
Tommy Moeller   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
William Engvick   Composer
Geoff Stevens   Composer
Raymond Bloodworth   Composer
George Schowerer   Engineer,Tray Photo
Charles Philip Fox   Arranger
L. Russell Brown   Composer
Brian Parker   Composer
Ron Harris   Cover Photo

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