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Rock On: Album Reviews
By Ethlie Ann Vare
Medina Journal-Register - Thursday, February 11, 1982

Del Shannon -- "Drop Down and Get Me" (Network/Elektra) -- Ironically, while Bruce Springsteen was producing a landmark LP by Gary "U.S." Bonds, Tom Petty had taken another '60s rocker under his wing -- Del Shannon ("Hats off to Larry," "Runaway").  Those songs' incredible organ sound (provided by Max Crook on the musitron) presaged everything from Phil Spector's wall of sound to the Moody Blues.

So it's disappointing that this new LP has nary an organ lead, despite the presence of keyboardist Benmont Tench. We have here some catchy songs and excellent guitar work (more like Shannon's mid '60s work with the likes of Peter and Gordon) and, in general, a good album.