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Hum, Sing...Repeat

by Gary Ritchie

Timeless Melodies!! 18 Big Beat, Fun, Uptempo, Melodic songs. British Invasion with a Modern edge. 12 string guitars, Harmonies, Slamming Drums....Just a great Hip-Shakin', Knee Knockin', Shake your head....Good Time!!! A.M. Radio Lives!......Great Deal!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury. Lend me your ears...

Wow, Wow, Wow!!!! The follow up to GARY RITCHIE’s highly acclaimed “Pop! Radio” is finally here. “Hum, Sing…Repeat” is a collection of 18 brand spankin’ new Powerpop tunes. Infectious as all get out. Talk about a Hip Shaking, Knee Knocking, Head Boppin’ goodtime…..This is it!! 60's A.M radio lives!!

Not to mention, that this is a totally GREAT PRICE for 18 Powerpop/Rockin' tunes.

This record fought him tooth and nail. It tested his willingness to finish it. But, finish it he did. Recorded in Wimberley, Texas at his Ruckus Recording Studio. The most “Ruckus” Wimberley has heard in years! This is Big Beat fun at it’s finest. 12 string guitars, Harmonies everywhere, Rockin’ drums, Melodies that will stick with you well into your sleep. You’ll wake up…Humming, Singing….and Repeating!!! The youthful exuberance is enough to make you young again….or at least FEEL young again.

This is a highly personal record for Gary. When you hear this in glorious stereo and cranked up, you’ll understand his love for this record. Also, it comes with a 6 page color booklet full of pictures and tons of “Thank You’s” and notes on all of the songs. It’s as fun to look at as it is to listen to. Sort of like the old days when we would stare at the big album cover while listening to our new favorite record (You remember those big 33 r.p.m. black things?).

Talk about a 'Summer' record. This music wants you to have the wind in your hair. Put the top down and stomp on the pedal. And, oh yeah...turn it up to 11. Tell a friend about it. Don't have any friends? Give someone a copy of HUM, SING...REPEAT! You'll have a friend for life!! Enjoy, Enjoy....Enjoy! At a running time of 57:40, there is plenty to LOVE. So, leave room in your "Top 10" favorite cd's of the year. This will be way up there. So, hop on the POP Train!! 18 fun stops along the way.

EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT EAR!

Here is what some reviewers and friends compare the sounds of GARY RITCHIE to; Nick Lowe, Raspberries, Beatles, Graham Parker, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Traveling Wilburys, Matthew Sweet, Badfinger, The Wonders, Roy Orbison, Rembrandts, The Beach Boys, Gin Blossoms, Romantics, Peter Noone, The Knack, Smithereens, Big Star, Weezer, Velvet Crush, Flamin' Groovies, Teenage Fanclub, Records, Monkees, Brendan Benson, Partridge Family (ouch), Cheap Trick, Byrds, The Thorns, Rockpile, T-Rex meets Help!, Del Amitri, Fountains Of Wayne, Marshall Crenshaw...to be continued.

Like I said, "Everyone's got a different ear". So, Where are YOUR ears?

Power pop fans have been waiting for the new GARY RITCHIE cd to come out for years! People flipped over his first one "POP RADIO" (Still available in this catalog) ....well guess what?? This one is even better! What an amazing cd. It sounds like a 60's blend of THE BEATLES, DAVE CLARK 5, THE HOLLIES, FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS, HERMAN'S HERMITS, THE SEARCHERS, and more!!! The songs are super killer diller and catchy as can be!!! (Kind of like the SPONGETONES classic BEAT and TORN!) So if you dig that 60's sound...jump all over this one now!!!Songs like "PRETTY LITTLE GINA" are sure fire hits...blending Bobby Fuller and Elvis Costello into one amazing sound. ..and it's amazing how good these songs are! For double full value, this disc contains 18 short, snappy, catchy blasts of pure power pop British invasion! GRADE A ...all the way baby! Come and get it.
JEREMY MORRIS, Jam Recordings

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)


PRODUCED BY; Gary Ritchie
PLAYERS; Gary Ritchie: Ludwig Drums, Tokai '56 Strat, Guild Jumbo Acoustic, Danelectro 12 String, Casio Keys, Vocals
Jeff King: Fender P- Bass, Fender Strat, Gibson Les Paul
Harry Meatles: Good Mood Inducer, Tea Maker, Danelectro "Longhorn" Bass, Clappity Claps, Foot Stomps
RECORDED @ Peckerwood Studios, Chicago Il. & Ruckus Recording, Wimberley, Texas
MIXED @ Peckerwood 2 Studios, Austin, Texas
MIXED BY: Gary Ritchie & Jeff King
MASTERED BY: Trevor Sadler @ Mastermind Prod., Charlotte, North Carolina

Here's a little background on Gary....

IN THE BEGINNING...

GARY RITCHIE a lifelong CHICAGOAN (nw side) uh..er.. until recently (more on that later) thought he was going to be the next shortstop for the CHICAGO CUBS, until one night some kids on T.V. were singing YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! Then came the DAVE CLARK 5, The ANIMALS, KINKS, Gerry & the PACEMAKERS, HERMAN's HERMITS, and many more. He was in!

The next thing he knew was that his younger brother got a guitar, formed a band and was playing at the movie theater BETWEEN movies. People applauded and there were um...GIRLS acting friendly! He thought, in the words of JOHN LENNON, "THAT seems like a good job". The next thing he know's is that his brother is asking him to audition for his band THE PARAMODS. Well, he didn't even own a set of drums, but, he could try-out on the other drummers drums! The first thing they ask him to play is WIPEOUT! He couldn't play WIPEOUT. So needless to say, he failed the audition. But, that really got him interested in playing. So during the great SNOWSTORM of '67 his dad drove down to the southside of CHICAGO to get his first set of drums. Oh, by the way, Gary's brother Greg has still never said a word about the failed audition!

Gary went on to play in many bands, toured, recorded and just had a good 'ol time. And he has his younger brother to thank for getting him started. Oh, and of course those four MOPTOP guys too!!

That leads us up to the NOW!

Gary was sitting around one day preparing to record one song from every "BEATLE" album, just for the fun of it. His friend from a former band (LOOSE LIPS) called and asked what he was up to? His buddy JEFF KING, wanted to be part of it. So they went on and recorded "Beat The Meatles". They ended up recording 22 songs for the album. It was so much fun they decided to do it again, this time doing ORIGINAL material. So "POP! RADIO" was born, as was "HUM, SING...REPEAT! These records were made in the UPBEAT spirit of FUN! FUN! FUN!
Oh, by the way. If you ever see a copy of "Beat The Meatles"...GRAB IT!! It's Goooooooood.

Gary & Jeff hope you enjoy "HUM, SING...REPEAT!"&"POP! RADIO" as much as they do

Gary is now living in AUSTIN, TEXAS as of 11-5-06. He went "kicking & screaming", but is starting to get used to the change.


Gary would like to thank everyone for purchasing "HUM, SING...REPEAT!" & 'POP! RADIO".
Also:
JEREMY MORRIS at jamrecordings.com
BRUCE BODEEN at notlame.com
RAY GIANCHETTI at koolkatmusik.com
For their support.

"HUM, SING...REPEAT!" &" POP! RADIO" make for great gifts too!

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Music Marsha

Potpourri of MELODY!!
Wow! This new record by Gary is totally great!! After listening to his last cd, "Pop! Radio" for the last few years, I couldn't wait for this release. It sure lives up to it's title too. I was humming the tunes BEFORE the tunes were finished. Catchy as anything you'll hear. Yes, it's a POP album. Yes, it's a VOCAL album. Unlike many recent POP records, this is NOT wimpy!! There is a thick, meaty sound and feel to it. A lot of power to this stuff. I think that Gary being an actual drummer, really helps. At 18 songs, it's easy to have some filler, but this one just doesn't!! You'd almost swear that it's a best-of or an anthology album. That's how good and consistent it is.

There are British Invasion type of songs, i.e. "Hear From You", "Because Because", "Queen Of The Party" and more. Pop/Rock songs; "This Time Around", "At The Party", "Pretty Little Gina" and more. PowerPop tunes; "Cold Lies", "Could Have Been Love", "Never Again, Until Tomorrow", "Alright". Heck, there is even something of a ballad called "Love On Love". And in the spirit of The Beatles ("Honey Don't", "Act Naturally") there is a country-ish tune; "Fancy Two-Tone Car". Also a touch of Americana in "When I Grow Up". Some nice slashing guitar rock in the mold of The WHO and BADFINGER with tunes like "Blame On Me", "Do Or Die"...etc.

All in all, it's FUN-TAS-TIC!! It will take a chunk of time to listen to everything on here (57:40). So sit down in front of the stereo, relax and go for a fun POP ride. OR, hop in your car, turn the cd player up and drive to Chicago and back!!
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Powerpop Paul

Relentlessly Catchy!
I wish more artists made records like HUM, SING...REPEAT! This is certainly in my top 3 for the year. Good ol' fashioned songwriting (60's-70's). This is a totally infectious and upbeat cd if there ever was one. It's relentlessly CATCHY. 18 tunes to keep you humming for quite a while. There is a bunch of BRITISH INVASION influence all over this record. And, there is a great deal of cool GARAGE ROCK, AMERICANA, TWANG....etc. Harmonies abound! Very cool vocals throughout with an abundance of intertwining backgroud vocals to keep it interesting. Guitar parts are wonderful and well thought out. Weaving guitar lines keep you guessing. The Drums and Bass really anchor this cd. Very thick and driving rhythm section, for sure. Oh, and the cover artwork is very cool and inventive. Extensive liner notes and nice pictures inside. Well done all around.

Some artists that come to mind are: Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Beat, Badfinger, Fountains Of Wayne, Nick Lowe, Ric Springfield, Hollies, Early Elton, Tom Petty, The Wonders, The Knack...Just to name a few. No, this sort of music isn't really played on the radio these days, and it's a shame. So, if you like actual songs with MELODIES, and cool harmonies and rockin', upbeat stuff....this is it! This music comes roaring out of the gate from the opening bell, and I do mean bell (wink).
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Edward O'Connell

Labor Of Love!!! Fantastic!
Talk about a labor of love . . .

I've had "Hum, Sing . . . Repeat" in my car CD player (aka, my "listening room") for several weeks. So much fantastic music, and so little time . . . .

After catching all of the record in repeated four-to-five song increments during my daily commute, I finally had a solid 50-minute chunk of driving time yesterday -- fittingly, as I motored to "Abbey Road On the River," a big Beatles fest along the Maryland side of the Potomac. And I finally took the opportunity to listen to the record in one sitting from start to finish (played very loudly, you'll be happy to know).

I appreciate how much time and effort went into producing this record, but what shines through in every track is a wonderful spirit of fun. It's not just the music of course -- everything about this project, from the title to the packaging (yes, I listened to all three sides), to the liner notes -- is just so darn clever and enjoyable.

All of the tunes (18 great songs -- you're making the rest of us look bad) are excellent, although my favorites are "Pretty Little Gina," "When I Grow Up," "Lock On Love," "Fancy Two-Tone Car," Scene of the Crime," and "Do Or Die." It's really an embarrassment of riches.

So, I wanted to let you know how much I've been digging it. There is so much joy in this record -- it's palpable, infectious and inspiring, too. "Hum, Sing . . Repeat" is going to hold a reserved position in my car's six-disc changer for a long time.

You should be really, really proud of this, Gary. Fantastic!
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Eric Sorensen

Pop Geek Heaven!
It’s an excellent disc! Here is an excerpt from my July “Jangle On!” column for the soon-to-be-launched Pop Geek Heaven website.

Hum, Sing … Repeat – by Gary Ritchie. Speaking of discs that sparkle from beginning to end, this disc (with 18 tracks!) does just that. I became familiar with Gary Ritchie ten years ago, when he released his Pop! Radio album. Hum, Sing … Repeat should make many Top Ten lists in 2011. Ritchie is an excellent tunesmith. Beatles influences abound in his compositions, while easy comparisons can be made with the Retros, Gary Frenay and the Flashcubes and Bill Retoff. The jewel case artwork depicts a Danelectro 12-string guitar – which gets lots of play on tracks like “This Time Around,” “Alright,” “Hear From You,” “Lock On Love” and “Could Have Been Love.” This is pseudo-60s pop at its best! Well done, Sir Gary!
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Luis de Ory (Power Pop Action)

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!!
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Powerpopaholic

Highly Recommended!!!
Written on August 25, 2011 by powerpopaholic in Highly Recommended by Powerpopaholic, Power Pop review.
Some power pop has the same effect as your favorite comfort foods, it may not be too fancy but it really satisfies that craving. Gary Ritchie has done some great lo-fi pop previously, and this all-new album does an even better job. The songs are all short melodic gems that follow the Beatles meets Nick Lowe template. In fact Gary tells us in the liner notes who the influence is for each song, like “This Time Around” has a touch of Tom Petty and The Who. Some tunes fall very easily into the Merseybeat revival like “Pretty Little Gina” and “Hear From You.” The melody lines and composition is really strong here, “Alright” being a really good hook-filled example in the Pezband-Kinks mode.

And Gary simply doesn’t recreate the riffs, but builds his own songs along the classic guidelines. The song “When I Grow Up,” really hits home to aging pop fans with lyrics; “will I age like a vintage wine/ or be a drunkard in my prime when I grow up?” and the defiant “I won’t” over the chorus answer the question. There are a whopping 18 tracks here, and just about every song resonates fun and nostalgic warm feelings. And its not all one style, “Fancy Two Tone Car” is a countrified rocker that combines the Bryds and Eddie Rabbit and the Rick Springfield styled “Could Have Been Love” are both catchy nuggets. Great job, Gary!
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Music Michael

Record Of The Year? Could Be!
File Under: POP VOCAL. If you love PowerPop, Pop/Rock music, the way they USED to make it, you'll LOVE this cd. It's relentless with tune after tune of Timeless Melodies, Cool instrumentation, Rocking Beats, Harmonies everywhere. Reminds me of the British Invasion with a Modern bent...Beatles, DC5, Kinks, Badfinger, Raspberries, The Records, The Wonders, Tom Petty, The Who, Fountains Of Wayne, Nick Lowe and many more come to mind after a few listens. This was an easy purchase. I mean 18 songs and not a clunker among them!! If Paul McCartney released this, we would deem it a classic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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Baby Sue

Pure Pop In The Purest Sense!
Hum, Sing...Repeat! (CD, Fancy Two/Tone, Pop)
Pure pop in the purest sense of the word. Before we even started reading the liner notes on the cover we were thinking that this guy reminded us a great deal of Nick Lowe...who is mentioned as an influence along with a host of other classic pop artists including The Who, The Kinks, Badfinger, and even Gary Lewis (!). Ritchie writes instantly familiar sounding guitar-driven pop music that should please just about anyone who digs the classic stuff. Plenty of cool rhythms, groovy guitars, and harmony vocals create a nice smooth spin from start to finish. Gary has the good sense not to overproduce his tunes...allowing the listener to concentrate on the main ingredients (vocal melodies and lyrics). There's a lot to take in here...eighteen groovy tracks, all of which are a pure feelgood experience. Our favorite cuts include "At The Party," "Cold Lies," "Girl Like You," and "Queen of the Party."
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Dig It Fanzine (France)

Bisous Bisous!!
How do you say? It's hard not to take Gary Ritchie seriously. Yet, he turns everything into derision. Just look at his album covers. A little offbeat with a touch of humor. And yet, you know exactly what we are here for right? The boy carries a small unpretentious career in his corner. He is originally from Chicago, but who cares, it has no impact on his style. It's culture is openly Beatles and the Kinks, the British Invasion. But then, it is Yank. That changes everything, it puts wine in its water for every song. Gary says the source of influence are: the Who, Tom Petty, Ramones, Everly Brothers, Byrds, Dave Clark Five, Nick Lowe, Badfinger, B-52's, Cheap Trick or Rolling Stones. Those are just some of his mentors. On this new album, "Hum, Sing, Repeat" (Fancy Two Tone Records ), Gary Ritchie balance of power pop songs with milkshake flavor, like Peter Case and Paul Collins along with the Kinks and the Beatles to the directory containing the Beach Boys. It's fresh, unpretentious, it is drunk as a pina colada on the terrace Saint-Tropez with starlets on his lap. For those that find the end of the summer unbearable. Enjoy this ice-cream flavors to eighteen certified pop songs. It prolongs the pleasure for almost an hour.

Bisous Bisous (Kisses Kisses)
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Jeremy Morris (Jam Recordings)

Jump All Over This One NOW!!
Power pop fans have been waiting for the new GARY RITCHIE cd to come out for years! People flipped over his first one "POP RADIO" (Still available in this catalog) ....well guess what?? This one is even better! What an amazing cd. It sounds like a 60's blend of THE BEATLES, DAVE CLARK 5, THE HOLLIES, FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS, HERMAN'S HERMITS, THE SEARCHERS, and more!!! The songs are super killer diller and catchy as can be!!! (Kind of like the SPONGETONES classic BEAT and TORN!) So if you dig that 60's sound...jump all over this one now!!!Songs like "PRETTY LITTLE GINA" are sure fire hits...blending Bobby Fuller and Elvis Costello into one amazing sound. ..and it's amazing how good these songs are! For double full value, this disc contains 18 short, snappy, catchy blasts of pure power pop British invasion! GRADE A ...all the way baby! Come and get it.
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