A long-overdue collection of work by one of the grooviest guys of the 60s – producer Bob Crewe
, heard here with his own instrumental group The Bob Crewe Generation
! In the years before these tunes, Crewe
worked hard behind the glass in the studio for other artists – but thanks to a surprising hit rendition of "Music To Watch Girls By", Bob
flourished briefly as a recording act on his own – getting the chance to issue 3 albums of sublime 60s instrumentals on his own DynaVoice label, as well as the fab soundtrack to Barbarella! The style here is a great take on late 60s easy – one that's always rhythmic, always upbeat, and nicely grooving with plenty of mod touches that mix isolated instrumentation with sweeping strings – all to create a cool little sound that's hardly been matched again. Unlike sleepier instrumental albums of the 60s, Crewe
's were always pretty darn hip – filled with great original tunes as well as familiar covers, and always spun out with interesting instrumental twists. CD features 19 tracks from the albums Music To Watch Girls By, Music To Watch Birds By, and Let Me Touch You – with titles that include "Brother Dan", "Streetcar", "Music To Watch Girls By", "Winter Warm", "Theme For A Lazy Girl", "Anna", "Let's Hang On", "A Man & A Woman", "Miniskirts In Moscow", and "Wives & Lovers".