Hum, Sing​.​.​.​Repeat!

by Gary Ritchie

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18 Big-Beat, PowerPoppin tunes. A little bit of everything and a whole lot of great!!
Recorded @ Ruckus Recording in Wimberley, Texas and Peckerwood Studios in Austin, Texas.
Mastered @ Terra Nova Mastering in Austin, Texas by Nick Landis

A COUPLE -O- REVIEWS.....REVIEWS.....REVIEWS!!

1965 LIVES IN 2011
Almost ten years We have waited for the publication of a new album by Gary Ritchie. Finally, in our hands is the ultimate "Hum, Sing ... Repeat!" (Fancy Two Tone Records, 2011), a generous eighteen songs album that finally sees the light after the timid hint of Gary in 2008, the year a few of the songs were available only for digital download, a self-titled EP.

A few years ago, Gary Ritchie published his tribute album to the Beatles: "Beat The Meatles" which served as introduction to his masterpiece: "Pop Radio". Finally, after a long wait, we have to arrival of "Hum, Sing ... Repeat!" Which shows a perfect continuation of the wonderful "Pop Radio!" A formidable array of songs in the style "Beatles Pop" riddled with nods to groups called "British Invasion". The wait has been long but it was well worth it.

A fervent admirer of the Beatles and other groups of 60 as Dave Clark Five, Everly Brothers and The Who, and also of the heirs of these, emerging years later as Pezband, Badfinger and Nick Lowe, it was expected that the disk we would find a very large collection of pop songs brighter, full of melodies, verses and choruses perfectly assembled.

A disc smoothly despite its generous length of nearly an hour (18 songs), filled with melodic edges that stick with you as they happen. Engaging choruses, riffs that invite the "air guitar", basic rhythms that help keep your feet in constant rhythm and guitars in particular sound that highlights the jangle of his 12-string Danelectro, which always prints the retro atmosphere to the songs .

In the first part of the disc are the five great songs on the EP 2008. It starts with "At The Party", the pure classical style. Impossible not tapping your foot from the pricipio, also "This Time Around" with a chorus superpegadizo adorned with magnificent choirs and vocals, and "Pretty Little Gina" with the "1-2-3-4" from the start, and remember McCartney at first, but then is become in a style closer to the Everly Brothers with a keyboard wrapped very Costello. Then follows "Alright" with an intro very "The Who" and a cadence much like Nick Lowe. Then "Hear From You", a Merseybeat, jangle sound that immediately grabs and a melody bitélmana very evident. "Cold Lies", a song many years ago that he was playing with his old band from Chicago, Loose Lips. TOTALLY EXCELLENT!!

LUIS DE ORY (Power Pop Action)


A.M. Radio LIVES!!
Gary Ritchie “Hum, Sing And Repeat!” (Fancy Two-Tone Records)
If you ask me, there’s nothing more pleasurable than a platter full of pure pop songs, and that’s exactly what Gary Ritchie’s most recent effort offers. On the inside jacket of “Hum, Sing And Repeat!,” Gary notes the inspiration behind each tune, listing performers such as the Everly Brothers, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Byrds, Nick Lowe, Tom Petty and Pezband cropping up as regular muses. Now there’s some mighty cool influences! But rather than simply imitate his heroes and rehash riffs, Gary implements enough of his own crafty ideas into the scenario, resulting in a set of totally fresh sounds. Brimming to the rooftops with chiming guitars, shiny vocals, spinning chord changes and incisive hooks, “Hum, Sing And Repeat!” spools out one gripping song after another. Short, snappy and to the point is the manner in which Gary operates. A happy mood guides the record, with every cut screaming fun, fun, fun. There’s no mellow moments here, as the songs bob and weave with activity. From the aptly christened festive figures of “At The Party” to the country dusted romp of “Fancy Two-Tone Car” to the stabbing pop power of “Blame It On Me” to the stirring sixties British Invasion motions of “Because Because,” the disc plays like a hit parade of the heyday of AM radio. As the title of record announces, you certainly will hum, sing and repeat these spunky songs! Cheers!!

Beverly Paterson (Twist & Shake Record Reviews)

credits

released July 30, 2011

Gary Ritchie; Drums, electric & acoustic gtrs., keys, all vocals.
Jeff King; Bass gtr., electric gtr., keys.

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Gary Ritchie Texas

Gary's "real" instrument would be drums. But, he is a full, fledged Pop guy. Plays most of the instruments & vocals on his albums. A former Chicagoan now living in Austin, Texas. Loves a melody with a Big-Beat behind it. With 4 full length solo cd's behind him, he's loving the freedom of recording what and when he wants. So enjoy! ... more

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Track Name: This Time Around
This Time Around
I think I’ll make it alone, this time around
My world’s been over and under turned upside down
But you know, that I know that I’m going to make
Cause you’ll see, that I’ve seen I’m not going to take it anymore
You’ve got to keep your head held high you’ll see
Cause any less than that you won’t be free
You know that know that I’m going to make it
And you’ll see that I’ve seen I’m not going to take it anymore
Because this time around I’m not going to let the sun catch me
This time around beware
I’ve sat around and watched it all too long
There’s got to be more to life than singing songs
You know that I know that I’m going to make it
And you’ll see that I’ve seen I’m not going to take it but no more
That’s right this time around I’m not going to let the sun catch me
This time around beware
This time around I’m going to step on anyone who lets me
This time around I don’t care
This time around I’m going to do anything I want to
This time around beware
This time around I’m going to check out anyone who wants to
This time around I don’t care
Track Name: Alright
ALRIGHT
I didn’t mean to make you angry, I didn’t mean to make you cry
I didn’t want to hurt your feelings, it’s just that I’m that kind of guy
But, alright alright I’ll give into you one more time
But maybe you should know that this thing is on the line
I don’t want to hear excuses just because it’s cold out side
All my friends think it’s amusing but I think it’s a crime
But alright alright I’ll give into you one more time
But maybe you should know this thing is on the line
I must be in love oh no that’s why I’m feeling so dumb
Love oh no and I’ve been waiting for you waiting for you
Now it appears that this thing’s over you call me up to say good night
I wonder what it is you’re up to I guess I shouldn’t even try
But alright alright I’ll give into you one more time
But maybe you should know that this thing is on the line
This thing’s on the line
This thing’s on the line
This thing’s on the line
This thing’s not alright