Rolling Stone’s David Fricke names The Complete Recordings as one of 2013’s best reissues from under the radar


The Paley Brothers – The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music)
Boy bands used to be a lot more hip and fun. Jonathan and Andy Paley were Everlys-style harmonizing brothers with experience (time in the Modern Lovers; Andy’s 1972 RCA LP with power-pop contenders the Sidewinders) and the right fans (Phil Spector, the Ramones) when they made 1978’s The Paley Brothers, a sleek hot rod of New Wave-Ronettes production, Cheap Trick-guitar sizzle and what’s-not-to-love songwriting. Here, “complete” means that LP, associated tracks, sharp-dressed outtakes and two songs recorded live in ’78 – the Paleys opening for star-crossed teen bait Shaun Cassidy, drenched in screams and eternal-Meet the Beatles appeal. Beat that in 30 years, One Direction.


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