Although the Silhouettes
only had one national hit, the enduring "Get a Job," written by group member Rick Lewis
while he was stationed in West Germany during a hitch in the U.S. Army, the group had a good deal more to offer than most one-shot wonders, as this generous 30-track set makes clear. It includes "Get a Job," of course, with its iconic sha-nah-nah refrain and a solid sax break from Ronnie McGill, as well as the solid original rendition of "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" (later a 1960 hit for the Bluebelles
in an up-tempo version), the Drifters
-like "Move on Over (To Another Land)," the "La Bamba"-ized "The Push," the should-have-been-a-big-hit "Headin' for the Poor House," and the goofy, infectious "Bull Frog." Also included are three previously unissued sides and some rare solo singles by Silhouettes
lead singer Bill Horton
. The end result is a solid, fun history of this very special singing group, making it, as the title says, the complete package.