(Castle Spectrum 551 219-2, 1995)

Andy Rating:

("Group" on cover, Import, poor liner notes)

1. Simon Says
1,2,3 Red Light
3. Pop Goes The Weasel
4. Magic Windmill
5. The Story Of Flipper
6. The Train
Bubble Gum World
Soul Struttin'
9. May I Take A Giant Step (Into Your Heart)
10. Keep Your Thoughts On The Bright Side
11. (Poor Old) Mr. Jenson
12. Don't Have To Run And Hide
13. Reflections From The Looking Glass
14. The Year 2001

Meant as a companion CD to the Collectables Golden Classics set, this German issue is heavy on the serious side of the Co. Witness the inclusion of Magic Windmill, Reflections From The Looking Glass and The Year 2001 and you'll wonder where all the bubblegum went. Unfortunately for me, this was my first introduction to the group past all the obvious gummy hits and I was not looking forward to buying their albums based on this gunk. Luckily, I bought them anyway and I like the Fruitgums more than I did initially. (I want to say I'm glad I stuck it out but there are laws against that sort of behavior!) The highlight for me is Soul Struttin', mainly because I'm still amazed at the audacity of these Midwestern white Bubblegummers to sing about soul. But if they're not having fun, why should we? Although it contains their lightweight hits Simon Says, 1, 2, 3 Red Light, and Pop Goes The Weasel it omits the superior Indian Giver, Goody Goody Gumdrops, and Special Delivery. Ultimately, this CD is for 1910 Fruitgum Co. collectors only. If you want the best of 1910 Fruitgum Company, seek out GOLDEN CLASSICS.


* Andy Ratings:

1 Sun = Barely qualifies as Bubblegum; for collectors only.

2 Suns = Not a party starter, that's for sure!

3 Suns = On the edge of Bubblegum worthiness.

4 Suns = Bubble Blowin' Fun!

5 Suns = The Bubblegum Bomb! Get this now!