Tony Burrows, David Martin and Sue & Sunny formed The Original Cast in the mid-70s, all were well-known in their own right…There are 19 tracks from the ’70s on this album plus a bonus track, recorded this year, featuring Ron Dante, who was lead singer on The Archies’ number one hit ‘Sugar Sugar’.
Bev Bevan, Sunday Mercury (November 2016)
…the hour-long collection, featuring some lesser known recordings that heavily enlist a ‘revolving’ team of stalwart recording studio denizens (also including backing-singer sisters Sue & Sunny), is largely made up of catchy sunshine pop – not least the late-70′s original ‘Summertime’ by ‘the West End Boys’, which is very reminiscent of the aforementioned ‘Beach Baby’.
The Beat (August 2016)
For those of you whose collections proudly boast entries by Edison Lighthouse, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man and Butterscotch, there are just enough fresh thrills here to encourage you to get out and grab the original 45s of Burrows’ solo outings like the funky, driving ‘Have You Had A Little Happiness Lately’…
Shindig Magazine (August 2016)
…this album was created to shed light on the music created by Tony, David, Sue, and Sunny. If you love the light and sunny 1970′s pop sound that can be found on the Rhino Records Have A Nice Day various artists collection, The Ones That Got Away will be right up your alley. These nineteen tracks are sure to take you back to another time and place when music was simpler and folks weren’t quite so sarcastic and jaded about everything. To bring things full circle, the album closes with a new track recorded in 2016 that includes vocals by Ron Dante (of The Archies). A fascinating journey into the music of four exceedingly talented artists.
babysue (August 2016)
…Just as sincere, Sue’s delicate “Solo” and soulful “All So Different Now” from Sunny are prime examples of understated balladry, while “Ain’t That Tellin’ You People” finds the sisters in boisterous mood. Burrows managed to combine the two aspects in “Better Fly Butterfly” and rock it with a certain defiance, and THE NAIMZ’ “Golden Yearz” from 2016 may serve as a bottom line to this dewy-eyed compilation. Sometimes it’s so sweetly ’70s that there’s a risk of toothache; sometimes it’s conventionally adventurous; altogether, it’s a good reminded of the musical-minded landscape that’s long gone. ***
DMME.net (August 2016)
I can tell you that a lot of the tracks on this new 20 track CD are rare and hard to find and if you enjoy pure pop put together impeccably there is a lot to enjoy, its perfect summer time sunny day listening. And the final track ‘Golden Yearz’ is a little stroke of genius, recorded this year and featuring Tony B, David M and the USA’s ‘equivalent’ of Tony Burrows in the shape of Ron Dante the ‘voice’ behind The Archies ‘Sugar Sugar’, The Cufflinks ‘Tracy’, ‘When Julie Comes Around’ and a host of others. An inspired idea, a hell of a catchy song, and proof (if it was needed) that these guys have lost none of their vocal prowess 4 decades on, love it!
ninebattles.com (August 2016)
Think seventies, think of the timeless memorable sounds of White Plains, Guys And Dolls, Edison Lighthouse, and you know what musical direction this goes in. Tony Burrows has long been noted for decades as the best pop singer, and there are great songs here. “Love Matters” from the Original Cast is a nice love song while Tony Burrows’ “Better Fly Butterfly” is a more solid pop track. Sue & Sunny provide strong vocals which can be heard clearly on “Ain’t That Telling You People” which appeared in 1976. “Oh My Jo” by Tony Burrows takes me back to nice memories of the golden early seventies.
Keys and Chords (Translated – June 2016)