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Big Hero 6 [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
Big Hero 6 [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hero 6 (blu-ray): animation perfection; great sound; heart-warming story; simply the BEST!!, Feb. 27 2015
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VIDEO:

Big Hero 6 arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.39:1 encode. This transfer is perfectly pristine. The details are astounding with a lot of life-like textural details. The creases on Baymax's gloved palm look utterly natural. Even the individual Micro Bots as they continuously move and undulate creating new shapes are sharply focused. Colour are vibrant, that pops with strong contrasts. The movie's colour palette is stunning. Standing out most of all is Baymax's bright red armor which practically jumps off the screen. This crisp, clean, and precise viewing experience is a demonstration of computer-animated perfection in high definition, completely filling my 12 foot wide screen (using anamorphic lens). (5+/5)

AUDIO:

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is revelatory. It's aggressive but never to excess. The action scenes are stupendous. Music is not overpowering with good ambient effects in the surround speakers. Bass is tight and deep. Dialogue is clear. It should be noted that the hit single Immortals by Fall Out Boy was featured in this soundtrack. This is a very balanced immersive soundtrack. (5/5)

MOVIE:

Big Hero 6 is an animated character-driven feature that tugs at your heart strings. Even beyond the core Hiro-Baymax relationship, the film comes to life with a deep, complex, nuanced, yet accessible story that delves into a number of themes such as coping with loss, overcoming tragedy, and the importance of friendship. The picture explores some dark territory but in doing so arrives at a bright end with a central message that builds on the idea of physical loss versus emotional loss and the realization that one does not equal the other, that even in spirit a life can matter and help engender a sense of purpose where the void otherwise says it cannot exist nor any longer be of any value. Rare accomplishment for an animated feature. (5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 Big Hero 6 has an estimated budget of $165 million, but has a worldwide gross of $546 million.
2 It deservedly won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature for 2014.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Big Hero 6 is animated perfection with heart and warmth. This is simply the best animated feature for 2014 and deservedly won the Oscar. For some unknown reason, there is no 3D version. But I am perfectly happy with the current set, and is very highly recommended

Special Part of Me
Special Part of Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: A Special Part of Me (1CD): only 11 songs (1 album + 2 bonus tracks); good sound; pricey for a single album., Feb. 24 2015
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A Special Part of Me, originally released as an album on Columbia in 1984, was released on CD by Funky Town Grooves under Columbia in 2012. I have a compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, plus chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; R&B=Billboard Rhythm and Blues Chart; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart):

LP A SPECIAL PART OF ME (Columbia FC 38718)(Billboard Album Chart 157/1984):
01 Simple (Columbia 04468)(a-side)(BB 81/1984; AC 6/1984; R&B 43/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 Love Won’t Let Me Wait (duet with Deniece Williams) (Columbia 04379)(a-side)(BB 106/1984; AC 14/1984; R&B 32/1984)
03 The Best Is Yet To Come
04 Lead Me To Your Love (Columbia 04379)(b-side, 1984)*rare gem; CD debut; also the b-side to Simple.
05 You’re A Special Part of Me (duet with Angela Bofill)
06 Love Never Felt So Good*written by Michael Jackson & Paul Anka.
07 Priceless
08 One Love (CBS A-3423)(uncharted UK a-side, 1983)*please note this was not the Bob Marley’s song
09 Right Here and Now
BONUS TRACKS:
10 Simple (Vocal Version)(5:55)
11 Simple (Instrumental Version)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful CD with great varieties, finally released on CD. There are a few charted hits that are making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Johnny’s distinctive warm singing voice is centralized with good differentiation of backing instruments.
3 There is a 6-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Alex Henderson about the album and its songs. The front cover is fully displayed.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Time: 47 minutes. Surely, one can include more bonus tracks to fill up the remaining space, thus adding more value to this set. This was in 2012. Fortunately, release Funky Town Grooves releases included two complete albums (75 minutes) were included (You Light Up My Life/Mathis Magic, and You Light Up My Life with more bonus tracks. (my reviews found elsewhere)
2 The back cover should be included and it should occupy the entire page.
3 Pricey for a single album CD.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Johnny Mathis has 53 charted singles from 1957 to 1984. I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography (both charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, including his UK singles), to my amazement, I have found 135 singles (with only 240 songs, not 270, because 29 were repeat releases and 1 b-side belonged to other artist: Dionne Warwick), from 1957 to 2003 (with the last charted hit Frosty The Snowman (AC 29/2003). I have 81 CDs and 51 vinyl albums. But that was far from complete. Out of 240 songs, I am still missing 10 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Johnny Mathis’s singles and album output are well covered by various labels until 1962. Probably due to the Public Domain law in UK, most UK reissue labels do not release materials beyond 1962. Thanks to the original labels, Mercury has released a Complete Global Album Collection with 13 CDs covering his entire Mercury output. (my review is found elsewhere). Now thanks to Columbia, we are finally seeing his 70s output slowly being released on CDs.

This current CD has many beautiful ballads, like One Love, Right Here and Now and Lead Me to Your Love, mixed with perky Love Never Felt So Good, the optimistic The Best Is Yet To Come and the smooth, medium-tempo Simple. The sound is very good. It is highly recommended to all the fans of Johnny Mathis.

Dance Band Years
Dance Band Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al Bowlly (with Ray Noble): The Dance Band Years (2CDs): 50 songs with Ray Noble; many hits, plus rare gems making CD debut., Feb. 22 2015
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CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Castle Communication in UK in 1997, contain 50 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number and chart position, with personal comments)(orchestra was Ray Noble & His Orchestra or Ray Noble’s New Mayfair Dance Orchestra only):

DISC 1:

01 THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (HMV B-6482)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)*2 versions: the other belonged to Monia Liter, piano (Decca F-3963)(a-side)(US 1(5)/April 1934)
02 OVER MY SHOULDER (HMV B-6504)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)
03 BY THE FIRESIDE (HMV B-6131)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1932)(Victor 25141)(US b-side, January 1932)*3 versions: the others belonged to Durium Dance Band (Durium EN-0)(uncharted a-side, March 1932) and New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (HMV B-4208)(uncharted a-side, May 1932)
04 WHEN YOU’VE GOT A LITTLE SPRINGTIME IN YOUR HEART (HMV B-6504)(b-side, July 1934)
05 HOLD MY HAND (HMV B-6112)(a-side)(US 5/1932)*2 versions; the other belonged to Jock McDermott's Orchestra (EBW 5458)(uncharted a-side, January 1932)
06 CLOSE YOUR EYES (HMV B-6441)(uncharted a-side, December 1933)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-3783)(uncharted a-side, December 1933)
07 LAZY DAY (HMV B-6031)(uncharted a-side, June 1931)*2 versions; the other belonged to Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2396)(uncharted a-side, June 1931)
08 LYING IN THE HAY (HMV B-6306)(a-side)(US 13/1933)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-3372)(b-side, December 1932)
09 WE’VE GOT THE MOON AND SIXPENCE (HMV B-6203)(a-side)(US 7/1933)*two versions; the other belonged to Arthur Lally’s Orchestra (Decca F-3066)(uncharted a-side, July 1932)
10 TIME ON MY HANDS (HMV B-5983)(b-side, February 1931)*4 versions; the others belonged to Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2291)(b-side, March 1931), The Waldorfians (Piccadilly 787)(b-side, June 1931) and the Deauville Dance Band (EBW 5315)(b-side, June 1931)
11 YOU OUGHT TO SEE SALLY ON SUNDAY (HMV B-6440)(b-side, December 1933)
12 ONE MORNING IN MAY (HMV B-6478)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)*I am still trying what is on the b-side.
13 MAYBE I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH (HMV B-6347)(b-side, May 1933)
14 I’LL DO MY BEST TO MAKE YOU HAPPY (HMV B-6245)(uncharted a-side, September 1932)*2 versions; the other belonged to small orchestra (Decca F-3194)(b-side, October 1932)
15 I’LL STRING ALONG WITH YOU (HMV B-6503)(uncharted a-side, June 1934)
16 HOW COULD WE BE WRONG (HMV B-6396)(uncharted a-side, September 1933)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-3734)(uncharted a-side, November 1933)
17 SAILIN’ ON THE ROBERT E. LEE (HMV B-6176)(a-side)(US 5/1932)*2 versions; the other belonged to the Masqueraders (Columbia CB-443)(b-side, March 1932)
18 ROLL UP THE CARPET (HMV B-6380)(b-side, July 1933)
19 LOVE LOCKED OUT (HMV B-6407)(b-side, October 1933)(US 18/1934)*2 versions; the other belonged to Carroll Gibbons & His Orchestra (Decca F-3695)(b-side, October 1933)
20 DREAMING A DREAM (HMV B-6520)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)
21 AFTER ALL, YOU’RE ALL I’M AFTER (HMV B-6485)(b-side, April 1934)
22 THERE’S SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES (HMV B-6056)(uncharted a-side, August 1931)*2 versions; the other belonged to Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2760)(b-side, January 1932)
23 HANG OUT THE STARS IN INDIANA (HMV B-6058)(uncharted a-side, August 1931)*2 versions; the other belonged to the Blue Jays (EBR 1556)(uncharted a-side, September 1931)
24 GOT A DATE WITH AN ANGEL (HMV B-6098)(b-side, November 1931)*2 versions; the other belonged to the Waldorfians (Piccadilly 855)(uncharted a-side, November 1931)
25 GUILTY (HMV B-6097)(uncharted a-side, November 1931)*2 versions; the other belonged to Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2716)(b-side, December 1931)

DISC 2:
01 I WAS TRUE (HMV B-6118)(uncharted a-side, December 1931)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 ONE LITTLE QUARREL (HMV B-6118)(b-side, December 1931)*3 versions; the others belonged to Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2776)(b-side, January 1932) and the Masqueraders (duet with Anona Winn)(Columbia CB-413)(uncharted a-side, January 1932)
03 ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU (HMV B-6508)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)
04 REMEMBER ME (HMV B-6508)(b-side, July 1934)
05 I NEVER HAD A CHANCE (HMV B-6509)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-5131)(b-side, July 1934)
06 LITTLE VALLEY IN THE MOUNTAINS (HMV B-6512)(b-side, July 1934)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 FRECKLE FACE, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL (HMV B-6512)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)
08 ISLE OF CAPRI (HMV B-6519)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)*3 versions; the others belonged to Monia Liter, piano (Decca F-5188)(US 1(7)/1934) and Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-5132)(b-side, August 1934)
09 WEEP NO MORE MY BABY (HMV B-6409)(b-side, October 1933)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-3783)(b-side, December 1933)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART (HMV B-5984)(uncharted a-side, February 1931)*4 versions; the others belonged to Novelty Orchestra (HMV B-5984)(uncharted a-side, May 1931), New Mayfair Orchestra (HMV B-3907)(uncharted a-side, June 1931) and Jack Leon & His Band (Piccadilly 787)(uncharted a-side, June 1931)
11 THANKS (HMV B-6413)(b-side, October 1933)*2 versions; the other belonged to Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-3722)(b-side, October 1933)
12 MY HAT’S ON THE SIDE OF MY HEAD (Decca F-3805)(a-side)(US 12/1934)
13 THIS IS ROMANCE (HMV B-6422)(b-side, November 1933)
14 SONG WITHOUT WORDS (HMV B-6438)(uncharted a-side, November 1933)
15 LOVE IS THE SWEETEST THING (HMV B-6245)(uncharted a-side, September 1932)*2 versions; the other with orchestra (Decca F-3194)(a-side)(US 1(5)/1933)
16 ON A STEAMER COMING OVER (Decca F-3805)(b-side, December 1933)
17 OCEANS OF TIME (HMV B-6450)(uncharted a-side, December 1933)*I am still looking for the name of song for this b-side.
18 YOURS TRULY IS TRULY YOURS (Victor 25277)(b-side, March 1936)
19 DINNER FOR ONE PLEASE, JAMES (Victor 25187)(b-side)(US 7/1936)*double sided hit
20 WHERE AM I (Victor 25187)(a-side)(US 16/1935)
21 DOWN BY THE RIVER (Victor 24879)(b-side, February 1935)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS (Victor 25277)(a-side)(US 12/1936)
23 WHY DREAM? (Victor 25104)(b-side, July 1935)
24 WHERE THE LAZY RIVER GOES BY (Victor 25459)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, October 1936)*rare gem; CD debut.
25 WITH ALL MY HEART (Victor 25209)(b-side, December 1936)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of 50 Al Bowlly’s songs, with many rare gems, all under Ray Noble’s Orchestra or Ray Noble’s New Mayfair Dance Orchestra.
2 The sound is acceptable. In a few songs, there is a thin layer of hiss, which should have been removed using modern technology.
3 Disc 1: 77 minutes; Disc 2: 79 minutes. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 No label & number are included.
2 Songs are not arranged chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

During his brief 15 year of recordings, Al Bowlly has made over 1000 recordings, under different labels & orchestra. Surprisingly, he only charted three times on his own: (1) If I Had You (12/1929), (2) Blue Moon (5/1935) and My Melancholy Baby (20/1935). He was featured vocalist for many bands, mainly consisting of (1) Geraldo & His Orchestra (1931), (2) Ray Fox & His Band (1931 – 1932), (3) Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1932 – 1937) and (4) Lew Stone & His Band (1933 – 1938). To construct a Complete Singles Discography is a difficult and challenging task, a true labour of love, because of the large number of recordings made. I patiently used the label & number, plus year of release as reference, and constructed a 612 singles discography (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, but only 1204 songs, not 1224 songs, because 3 were repeated releases and 17 sides belonged to other artists). His main labels are: (1) DG (Deutsche Grammophon), Hom (Homochord), EBW (Edison Bell Winner)(1927-1928), (2) Columbia (1929), (3) Piccadilly, Sterno, Dominion, Metropole & Regal (1929), (4) HMV (1930), (5) Victory (1930), (6) EBR (Edison Bell Radio)(1930), (7) Broadcast (1930 – 1931), (8) Decca (1931 – 1932), (9) Durium (1932), (10) Victor (1932), (11) HMV (1932), (12) Decca (1932 – 1935), (13) Victor (1935 – 1937), (14) HMV (1938), (15) Decca (1938), and (16) HMV (1938 – 1941). I still cannot find the names of a few b-sides. Therefore, this Complete Singles Discography is still a work in progress.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bowlly’s voice possessed that individuality which enables one to identify the singer almost immediately and therein lies the secret of his popularity and enduring appeal. This was coupled with his unquestionable sincerity, intimate approach, and a timeless quality in his singing that sounds as contemporary today as it did all those year ago. In my own personal quest to collect as many songs by Al Bowlly as possible, I find that this set is invaluable with many rare gems, plus reasonable acceptable sound. This 2 CD set is recommended to all Al Bowlly fans.

Best Days of My Life
Best Days of My Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: The Best Days Of My Life: 1 complete albums (10 songs) with 5 rare bonus tracks, all making CD debut; good sound!, Feb. 21 2015
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CONTENT:

This CD, released by Funkytowngrooves under Columbia with Jon Mat Records in 2014, contains one entire albums (10 songs) with 5 bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including both album and singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE (Columbia 35649)(Billboard Album Chart: US 122/1979; British Album Chart: UK 38/1979):
01 Would You Like To Spend The Night With Me
02 As Time Goes By (Columbia 3-10902)(b-side, 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 The Best Days of My Life (CBS 7730)(UK b-side, 1979)
04 Gone, Gone, Gone (Columbia 3-11001)(b-side, 1979)*rare gem; CD debut
05 The Bottom Line
06 The Last Time I Felt Like This (with Jane Oliver)(Columbia 3-10902)(a-side)(AC 15/1979)
07 Begin the Beguine (Columbia 3-11001)(a-side)(AC 37/1979)*rare gem; CD debut
08 How Can I Make It On My Own
09 There You Are
10 We're In Love

BONUS TRACKS:
11 Begin the Beguine (Single Remix)(Columbia 3-11001)(a-side)(AC 37/1979)*rare gem; CD debut
12 Begin the Beguine (Disco Mix)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 Gone, Gone, Gone (Disco Mix)(CBS 7730)(a-side)(UK 15/1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Begin the Beguine (instrumental)*rare gem; CD debut
15 I Never Said I Love You (previously unreleased; CD debut)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This popular album from 70s is finally making its CD debut with many rare gems. The inclusion of 5 bonus track is truly outstanding, containing rare gems making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Johnny's distinctive warm singing voice is centralized with good differentiation of backing instruments.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Alex Henderson about the album and its songs. The front cover is fully displayed. The two sides of the album labels are displayed. Limited chart positions were included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Time: 65 minutes. Surely, one can include more bonus tracks to fill up the remaining space, thus adding more value to this set. In the other similar release, two complete albums (75 minutes) were included.
2 The back cover should be included and it should occupy the entire page.
3 The two album labels are displayed, but overlapping each other.
4 The word Beguine was misspelled as Beguin on the back cover. Sloppy mistake.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Johnny Mathis has 53 charted singles from 1957 to 1984. I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography (both charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, including his UK singles), to my amazement, I have found 136 singles (with only 245 songs, not 272, because 25 were repeat releases and 2 b-sides belonged to other artists: Dionne Warwick and Deniece Williams), from 1957 to 2003 (with the last charted hit Frosty The Snowman (AC 29/2003). I have 77 CDs and 51 vinyl albums. But that was far from complete. Out of 245 songs, I am still missing 17 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Johnny Mathis's singles and album output are well covered by various labels until 1962. Probably due to the Public Domain law in UK, most UK reissue labels do not release materials beyond 1962. Thanks to the original labels, Mercury has released a Complete Global Album Collection with 13 CDs covering his entire Mercury output. (my review is found elsewhere). Now thanks to Columbia, we are finally seeing his 70s output slowly being released on CDs. By the way, Columbia has also just released another CD containing two popular 70s albums: You Light Up My Life and Mathis Magic. (my review is found elsewhere)

The above album is making its CD debut with great sound. It is highly recommended to all Johnny Mathis fans.

You Light Up My Life / Mathis Magic
You Light Up My Life / Mathis Magic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis You Light Up My Life/Mathis Magic: two wonderful popular 70s albums making CD debut; great sound!, Feb. 21 2015
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This CD, released by Funkytowngrooves under Columbia with Jon Mat Records in 2014, contains two complete albums with 20 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including both album and singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE (Columbia 35259)(Billboard Album Chart: US 9/1978; British Album Chart: UK 3/1978):
01 You Light Up My Life (CBS 6352)(uncharted UK a-side, 1978)
02 Emotion (duet with Deniece Williams)(Columbia 3-10693)(b-side, 1978)
03 All I Ever Need
04 Where Or When
05 If You Believe (from the Musical "The Wiz")
06 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (duet with Deniece Williams)(Columbia 3-10693)(BB 1(1)/1978; AC 1/1978; R&B 1/1978; CB 2(3)/1978; RW 1/1978; UK 3/1978)*this song was so immensely popular that Mathis & Williams ended up recording an entire album of duets: That's What Friends Are For, released later in 1978.
07 How Deep Is Your Love
08 Till Love Touches Your Life
09 I Wrote A Symphony On My Guitar (CBS 6352)(UK b-side, 1978)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 It Was Almost Like A Song

LP MATHIS MAGIC (CBS 86103)(British Album Chart: UK 59/1979):
11 No One But The One You Love (Columbia 3-11091/CBS 7935)(uncharted US & UK a-side, 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Night and Day
13 Love (CBS 8151)(UK b-side, 1980)
14 My Body Keeps Changing My Mind
15 New York State of Mind (CBS 7935)(UK b-side, 1979)
16 She Believes In Me*a smash hit for Kenny Rogers in 1979.
17 That Old Black Magic
18 You Saved My Life (with the late Stephanie Lawrence)(CBS 8151)(uncharted UK a-side, 1980)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 To The Ends of the Earth (Columbia 3-11091)(US b-side, 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 Heart, Soul, Body and Mind

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 These two popular Johnny Mathis are finally making their CD debut, thanks to Funkytowngrooves label, under the original Columbia label. Johnny Mathis must be an astute business man, like Paul Anka and Dave Clark, owning the rights to his songs because these songs are also under his own label, Jon Mat Records. The smash hit Too Much, Too Little, Too Late was included. This was the song that revived Johnny Mathis's charting career. As noted above, there are also many uncharted singles which are all rare gems.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Johnny's distinctive warm singing voice is centralized with good differentiation of backing instruments.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Alex Henderson about the two albums and their songs. The two front and back covers of both albums were displayed. Limited chart positions were included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 The front and back cover for each album should occupy the entire page (like Sepia Records and Real Gone Music).

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Johnny Mathis has 53 charted singles from 1957 to 1984. I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography (both charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, including his UK singles), to my amazement, I have found 136 singles (with only 245 songs, not 272, because 25 were repeat releases and 2 b-sides belonged to other artists: Dionne Warwick and Deniece Williams), from 1957 to 2003 (with the last charted hit Frosty The Snowman (AC 29/2003). I have 77 CDs and 51 vinyl albums. But that was far from complete. Out of 245 songs, I am still missing 17 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Johnny Mathis's singles and album output are well covered by various labels until 1962. Probably due to the Public Domain law in UK, most UK reissue labels do not release materials beyond 1962. Thanks to the original labels, Mercury has released a Complete Global Album Collection with 13 CDs covering his entire Mercury output. (my review is found elsewhere). Now thanks to Columbia, we are finally seeing his 70s output slowly being released on CDs. By the way, Columbia has also just released another popular 70s album The Best Days of My Life, with 5 bonus tracks. (my review is found elsewhere)

The above two albums are making their CD debut with great sound. It is highly recommended to all Johnny Mathis fans.

Complete US & UK Singles And EPs As & Bs 1956-62 (2CD)
Complete US & UK Singles And EPs As & Bs 1956-62 (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Burnette Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs (2CDs): complete coverage of his singles (1955-62); great sound; good booklet., Feb. 18 2015
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Acrobat Music, a reputable reissue label from UK renowned for their thoroughness and completeness of their compilations, contain 62 songs.

To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for singles, plus personal comments) which is as follows (US=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart)(a-side in capital letters):

DISC 1:
01 YOU'RE UNDECIDED (Von 1006)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
02 Go Mule Go (Von 1006)(b-side, 1955)
03 TEAR IT UP (Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio)(Coral 61651)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
04 You're Undecided (Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio)(Coral 61651)(b-side, 1956)
05 OH BABY BABE (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61675)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
06 Midnight Train (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61675)(b-side, 1956)
07 THE TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN' (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
08 Honey Hush (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(b-side, 1956)
09 LONESOME TRAIN (ON A LONESOME TRACK)(Johnny Burnette Trio) (Coral 61758)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
10 I Just Found Out (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61758)(b-side, 1957)
11 EAGER BEAVER BABY (Coral 61829)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
12 Touch Me (Coral 61829)(b-side, 1957)
13 BUTTERFINGERS (Coral 61869)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
14 Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine (Coral 61869)(b-side, 1957)
15 ROCK BILLY BOOGIE (Coral 61918)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
16 If You Want It Enough (Coral 61918)(b-side, 1957)
17 BLUES STAY AWAY FROM ME (Dorsey & Johnny Burnette)(Coral 62190)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*not stated in the booklet: the b-side is Midnight Train (track #6 above)
18 WARM LOVE (Burnette Brothers)(Imperial 5509)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
19 My Honey (Burnette Brothers)(Imperial 5509)(b-side, 1958)
20 KISS ME (Freedom F-44001)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
21 I'm Restless (Freedom F-44001)(b-side, 1958)
22 ME AND THE BEAR (Freedom F-44011)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
23 Gumbo (Freedom F-44011)(b-side, 1959)
24 I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN (Freedom F-44017)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
25 Sweet Baby Doll (Freedom F-44017)(b-side, 1959)
26 SETTIN' THE WOODS ON FIRE (Liberty 55222)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
27 Kentucky Waltz (Liberty 55222)(b-side, 1959)
28 PATRICK HENRY (Liberty 55243)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
29 Don't Do It (Liberty 55243)(b-side, 1960)
30 DREAMIN' (Liberty 55258)(BB 11/1960; CB 8/1960; RW 5/1960; UK 5/1960)
31 Cincinnati Fireball (Liberty 55258)(b-side, 1960)

DISC 2:
01 YOU'RE SIXTEEN (Liberty 55285)(BB 8/1960; CB 7/1960; RW 7/1960; UK 3/1961)
02 I Beg Your Pardon (Liberty 55285)(b-side, 1960)
03 LITTLE BOY SAD (Liberty 55298)(BB 17/1961; CB 19/1961; RW 16/1961; UK 12/1961)
04 (I Go) Down To The River (Liberty 55298)(b-side, 1961)
05 PLEDGE OF LOVE (London HLG9315)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)*not stated is the b-side: Little Boy Sad (track #3 disc 2)
06 BIG BIG WORLD (Liberty 55318)(BB 58/1961; CB 49/1961; RW 43/1961)
07 Ballad of the One Eyed Jacks (Liberty 55318)(b-side, 1961)
08 Girls (Liberty 55345)(b-side, 1961)(RW 80/1961; UK 37/1961)
09 I'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS TO DO (Liberty 55345)(BB 109/1961)
10 Honestly I Do (Liberty 55377)(b-side, 1961)*a-side Fools Like Me is missing.
11 GOD, COUNTRY AND MY BABY (Liberty 55379)(BB 18/1961; CB 31/1961; RW 27/1961)*not stated is the b-side: Honestly I Do (track #10, disc 2)
12 I'M STILL DREAMING (London HLG9458)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)*not stated is the b-side: Settin’ The Woods On Fire (track #26, disc 1)
13 THE FOOL (London HLG 9473)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)*not stated is the b-side: Big Big World (track #6, disc 2)
14 CLOWN SHOES (Liberty 55416)(BB 113/1962; CB 92/1962; RW 86/1962; UK 35/1962)
15 The Way I Am (Liberty 55416)(b-side, 1962)
16 THE FOOL OF THE YEAR (Liberty 55448)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
17 The Poorest Boy In Town (Liberty 55448)(b-side, 1962)
18 I WANNA THANK YOUR FOLKS (Chancellor 1116)(BB 117/1962)
19 The Giant (Chancellor 1116)(b-side, 1962)
20 DAMN THE DEFIANT (Liberty 55489)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
21 Lonesome Waters (Liberty 55489)(b-side, 1962)
22 TAG ALONG (Chancellor 1123)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
23 Party Girl (Chancellor 1123)(b-side, 1962)
24 (REMEMBER ME) I'M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU (Chancellor 1129)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
25 Time Is Not Enough (Chancellor 1129)(b-side, 1962)
26 Please Help Me I’m Falling (from EP Dreamin’, Liberty LSX-1004, 1960)
27 Dream Lover (from EP Little Boy Sad, London REG1291, 1961)
28 You’re So Fine (from EP Little Boy Sad, London REG1291, 1961)
29 Memories Are Made Of This (from EP Big Big World, London REG1309, 1961)
30 Red Sails In The Sunset (from EP Johnny Burnette, London REG1327, 1962)
31 Blue Blue Morning (from EP Johnny Burnette, London REG1327, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Other than the ultimate 9 CD Johnny Burnette box set from Bear Family, this current set has the most complete, comprehensive coverage of Johnny Burnette’s singles from 1956 – 1962. It simply bested my old reference The Best of Johnny Burnette, Liberty, 1992.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a fantastic 20-page booklet, with detailed discography, informative essay, labels & numbers plus chart positions.
4 The songs are arranged chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As per the tradition of labels from UK, like Acrobat, One Day Music, Real Gone Music, Jasmine and Sepia Records, the compilation would end in 1962, probably due to UK law on Public Domain. This is really unfortunate. There are 6 more singles (12 songs) from 1963 to 1964, that Acrobat could have included instead of the EP tracks. Too bad!
2 For some unknown reason, the a-side, Fools Like Me (Liberty 55377, uncharted a-side, 1961) was left out. Fortunately, it is readily available on other compilations.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Johnny Burnette only has 8 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography and found that he has 40 singles from 1955 to 1964 (only 75 songs, not 80 songs, because 5 were repeated releases). The labels are (1) Von (1955), (2) Coral (1956 – 1960), (3) Imperial (1958), (4) Freedom (1958 – 1959), (5) Liberty (1959 – 1962), (6) Infinity (1961), (7) Gothic (1961), (8) Chancellor (1962), (9) Reprise (1963), (10) Capitol (1963 – 1964), (11) Sahara (1964), his own label, but because of copyright, it was changed to Magic Lamp, and (12) Magic Lamp (1964). Fortunately, all the songs from 1963 – 1964 are readily available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The career of Johnny Burnette can be divided into three eras: (1) The Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, consisting of Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison (1955-1957), (2) The Burnette Brothers (1957-1958), the time when Johnny wrote quite a few hit songs for Ricky Nelson, such as Waitin’ In School, Believe In What You Say and It’s Late, (3) solo career (1958-1964). The Dorsey Brothers also appeared as the Texans and the Shamrocks. In August 1964, his fishing boat was hit by a motor cruiser, and he drowned. And he was only 30 years old. His legacy was reinforced when You’re Sixteen, featured in the soundtrack of the movie American Graffiti, and Ringo Starr recorded it and the song reached #1 in US and #4 in UK.

This 2 CD set represents the most complete, comprehensive coverage of Johnny Burnette’s singles career. His raw talents during the rockabilly years in the Trio were fully displayed. The sound is very good. This set is highly recommended for all Johnny Burnette and rockabilly fans, plus collectors. The 9CD Bear Family box set is simply too expensive.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Gore: It’s My Party box set (5CDs)(Bear Family): her entire output on Mercury; 5 CDs; 148 songs; great sound; good book!, Feb. 17 2015
This review is from: It's My Party (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This fabulous box set, released by Bear Family, a renowned reissue label for its thoroughness and high prices, contains 5 CDs: CD1: 33 songs, CD2: 30 songs, CD3: 31 songs, CD4: 29 songs, and CD5 25 songs (with 8 songs from Germany, 8 songs from France, and 2 songs from Italy).

SINGLES:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore, there are 66 songs on Mercury label (33 singles), and they are all included here.

ALBUMS:

Lesley Gore also released 8 albums on Mercury:
1 I’ll Cry If I Want To (Mercury SR 60805)(24/1963) 12 songs
2 Lesley Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts (Mercury SR 60849)(125/1964) 12 songs
3 Boys, Boys, Boys (Mercury SR 60901)(127/1964) 12 songs
4 Girl Talk (Mercury SR 60943)(146/1964) 12 songs
5 The Golden Hits of Lesley Gore (Mercury SR 61024)(95/1965) 12 songs
6 My Town, My Guy And Me (Mercury SR 61042)(120/1965) 12 songs
7 All About Love (Mercury SR 61066)(1966) 12 songs
8 California Nights (Mercury SR 61120)(169/1967) 10 songs

Trust me, all the songs in the above albums are included in this box set.

HUGE SOFT-COVERED BOOK:

There is a 32 page table-size soft-cover book with the most detailed discography with informative essay and many rare gorgeous pictures. In the more expensive box sets, this book is hard covered and all the pictures of albums, EPs and 45 picture sleeves are shown. Unfortunately, this is not the case with this set. However, 5 front album covers were featured on the back of the cover of the 5 CDs.

SOUND:

The sound is of course immaculate, very well remastered, clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have become my reference standards.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore. Although she has 23 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100, in reality, she has 40 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK, France & Germany)(with only 78 songs, not 80 songs, because 2 songs were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Mercury (1963 – 1969), (2) Crewe (1970 – 1971), (3) MoWest (1972 – 1973) and (4) A&M (1975 – 1976). If you want her entire output on Mercury, the current 5 CD box set by Bear Family Records is a real treasure. Otherwise, I would recommend the Ultimate Collection (with 32 songs on 1 CD by Raven Records), and the Mercury Anthology (2 CDs with 52 songs on Mercury). Her singles from 1970 to 1976 are not available on CD yet. There are two outstanding albums during this period: Someplace Else Now and Love Me By Name. Fortunately some of the songs are available online. I also just bought her last release Ever Since. I shall review it when I have received it.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lesley Gore was born a Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946. She was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress/activist, and was discovered by Quincy Jones. She appeared in movies like Girls on the Beach and Ski Party. Of course, one will remember her performance on the T.A.M.I. Show. She was sister to Michael Gore. She received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Sadly, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 (age 68) from lung cancer (she did not even smoke!). Lesley, you will be sorely missed.

If you like Lesley Gore and do not mind the higher price, this gorgeous box set is heavenly, containing her entire output on Mercury, with great sound and fantastic soft-cover book.

Its My Party: Mercury Antholog
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Gore: Mercury Anthology (2CDs): 52 songs; wider coverage 63-69; album & unreleased tracks; good sound., Feb. 17 2015
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by the original label Mercury Records in 1996, contain 52 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, with personal comments))(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 HELLO YOUNG LOVER (album track: from LP Lesley Gore sings Of Mixed Up Hearts, Mercury SR 60849, Billboard album chart 125/1964)
02 IT’S MY PARTY (Mercury 72119)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1963; CB 1(2)/1963; RW 1(3)/1963; UK 9/1963)*her first & biggest hit.
03 JUDY’S TURN TO CRY (Mercury 72143)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 4/1963; RW 4/1963)
04 JUST LET ME CRY (Mercury 72143)(b-side)(RW 94/1963)
05 SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS (Mercury 72433)(a-side)(BB 13/1965; CB 19/1965; RW 23/1965)
06 IF THAT’S THE WAY YOU WANT IT (album track: from LP Lesley Gore sings Of Mixed Up Hearts, Mercury SR 60849, Billboard album chart 125/1964)
07 SHE’S A FOOL (Mercury 72180)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 6/1963; RW 3(1)/1963)
08 THE OLD CROWD (Mercury 72180)(b-side, 1963)
09 CONSOLATION PRIZE (previously unreleased, 1963)*also found in the Bear Family box set, discovered in 1994.
10 RUN BOBBY RUN (Mercury 72206)(b-side, 1963)
11 THAT’S THE WAY THE BALL BOUNCES (Mercury 72259) (b-side, 1964)
12 AFTER HE TAKES ME HOME (previously unreleased, 1963)*also found in the Bear Family box set with 2 separate versions, discovered in 1994.
13 YOU DON’T OWN ME (Mercury 72206)(a-side)(BB 2(3)/1963; CB 2(2)/1963; RW 2(2)/1963)
14 THAT’S THE WAY BOYS ARE (Mercury 72259)(a-side)(BB 12/1964; CB 14/1964; RW 13/1964)
15 I’M COOLIN’, NO FOOLIN’ (album track: from LP Boys, Boys, Boys, Mercury SR 60901, Billboard album chart 127/1964)
16 I DON’T WANNA BE A LOSER (Mercury 72270)(a-side)(BB 37/1964; AC 12/1964; CB 42/1964; RW 43/1964)
17 DON’T CALL ME, I’LL CALL YOU (album track: from LP Boys, Boys, Boys, Mercury SR 60901, Billboard album chart 127/1964)
18 LOOK OF LOVE (Mercury 72372)(a-side)(BB 27/1964; CB 20/1964; RW 20/1964)
19 WONDER BOY (Mercury 72309)(b-side, 1964)
20 MAYBE I KNOW (Mercury 72309)(a-side)(BB 14/1964; CB 10/1964; RW 16/1964; UK 20/1964)
21 SOMETIMES I WISH I WERE A BOY (Mercury 72352)(b-side)(BB 86/1964)*double sided hit.
22 HEY NOW (Mercury 72352)(a-side)(BB 76/1964; CB 54/1964; RW 40/1964)
23 MOVIN’ AWAY (album track: from LP Girl Talk, Mercury SR 60943, Billboard Album Chart 146/1964)
24 LITTLE GIRL GO HOME (album track: from LP Girl Talk, Mercury SR 60943, Billboard Album Chart 146/1964)
25 I JUST DON’T KNOW IF I CAN (Mercury 72553)(b-side, 1966)
26 ALL OF MY LIFE (Mercury 72412)(a-side)(BB 71/1965; CB 95/1965; RW 73/1965)

DISC 2:
01 WHAT’S A GIRL SUPPOSED TO DO (album track: from LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, Billboard Album Chart 120/1965)
02 YOU DIDN’T LOOK AROUND (album track: from LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, Billboard Album Chart 120/1965)
03 WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU (album track: fom LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, Billboard Album Chart 120/1965)
04 MY TOWN, MY GUY AND ME (Mercury 72475)(a-side)(BB 32/1965; CB 39/1965; RW 38/1965)
05 I WON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE (SORRY)(Mercury 72513)(a-side)(BB 80/1965; CB 61/1965; RW 69/1965)
06 YOUNG LOVE (Mercury 72553)(a-side)(BB 50/1966; CB 57/1966; RW 40/1966)
07 WE KNOW WE'RE IN LOVE (Mercury 72530)(a-side)(BB 76/1966; CB 69/1966; RW 58/1966)
08 OFF AND RUNNING (Mercury 72580)(a-side)(BB 108/1966; CB 98/1966; RW 94/1966)
09 HAPPINESS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (previously unreleased, 1966, discovered in 1994)
10 TREAT ME LIKE A LADY (Mercury 72611)(a-side)(BB 115/1966)
11 THE BUBBLE BROKE (album track: from LP California Nights, Mercury SR 61120, Billboard Album Chart 169/1967)
12 CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (Mercury 72649)(a-side)(BB 16/1967; CB 11/1967; RW 15/1967)
13 LOVE GOES ON FOREVER (album track: from LP California Nights, Mercury SR 61120, Billboard Album Chart 169/1967)
14 SUMMER AND SANDY (Mercury 72683)(a-side)(BB 65/1967; CB 54/1967; RW 49/1967)
15 BRINK OF DISASTER (Mercury 72726)(a-side)(BB 82/1967; CB 87/1967; RW 86/1967)
16 ON A DAY LIKE TODAY (Mercury 72726)(b-side, 1967)
17 WHERE CAN I GO (Mercury 72842)(b-side, 1968)
18 MAGIC COLORS (Mercury 72759)(uncharted a-side, 1967)
19 SMALL TALK (Mercury 72787)(a-side)(BB 124/1968)
20 HE GIVE ME LOVE (LA LA LA)(Mercury 72819)(a-side)(BB 119/1968; CB 91/1968; RW 96/1968)
21 I CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU (Mercury 72842)(uncharted a-side, 1968)
22 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY HEART (Mercury 72892)(uncharted a-side, 1968)
23 I'LL BE STANDING BY (Mercury 72867)(uncharted a-side, 1968)
24 RIDE A TALL WHITE HORSE (previously unreleased, 1969, discovered in 1994)
25 98.6/LAZY DAY (Mercury 72931)(a-side)(AC 36/1969)*her last charted hit.
26 WEDDING BELL BLUES (Mercury 72969)(uncharted a-side, 1969)*her last single with Mercury Records

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 2 CD set represents the more complete and comprehensive coverage of songs until 1969 (like Wedding Blue Blues and 98.6/Lazy Day), with a few previously unreleased rare gems and a few album tracks.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 24-page booklet, with an informative essay by Fred Bronson. Label & number plus chart position were included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 62 minutes; Disc 2: 66 minutes. Surely, Mercury Records could have filled up the remaining space with more songs.
2 My idea of an anthology should include all the singles first, a- and b-sides, arranged chronologically. If you still have empty spaces, then you can fill up the remaining space with album tracks. In this case, many a-sides are not included, not to say b-sides.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore. Although she has 23 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100, in reality, she has 40 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK, France & Germany)(with only 78 songs, not 80 songs, because 2 songs were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Mercury (1963 – 1969), (2) Crewe (1970 – 1971), (3) MoWest (1972 – 1973) and (4) A&M (1975 – 1976). If you want her entire output on Mercury, the 5 CD box set by Bear Family Records is a real treasure. Otherwise, I would recommend the Ultimate Collection (with 32 songs on 1 CD by Raven Records), and the current set. Her singles from 1970 to 1976 are not available on CD yet. There are two outstanding albums during this period: Someplace Else Now and Love Me By Name. Fortunately some of the songs are available online. I also just bought her last release Ever Since. I shall review it when I have received it.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lesley Gore was born a Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946. She was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress/activist, and was discovered by Quincy Jones. She appeared in movies like Girls on the Beach and Ski Party. Of course, one will remember her performance on the T.A.M.I. Show. She was sister to Michael Gore. She received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Sadly, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 (age 68) from lung cancer (she did not even smoke!). Lesley, you will be sorely missed.

If you want a more comprehensive coverage of Lesley Gore, this set is the definitive edition, with wide coverage and good sound, and is highly recommended.

Ultimate Collection 1963-1968,
Ultimate Collection 1963-1968,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Gore: Ultimate Collection: definitive greatest hits; 32 songs on 1 CD; great sound; good value!, Feb. 17 2015
CONTENT:

This set, released by Raven Records, a reputable reissue label from Australia, contain 32 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart positions, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 IT’S MY PARTY (Mercury 72119)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1963; CB 1(2)/1963; RW 1(3)/1963; UK 9/1963)*her first & biggest hit.
02 JUDY’S TURN TO CRY (Mercury 72143)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 4/1963; RW 4/1963)
03 JUST LET ME CRY (Mercury 72143)(b-side)(RW 94/1963)
04 SHE’S A FOOL (Mercury 72180)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 6/1963; RW 3(1)/1963)
05 THE OLD CROWD (Mercury 72180)(b-side, 1963)
06 YOU DON’T OWN ME (Mercury 72206)(a-side)(BB 2(3)/1963; CB 2(2)/1963; RW 2(2)/1963)
07 RUN BOBBY RUN (Mercury 72206)(b-side, 1963)
08 THAT’S THE WAY BOYS ARE (Mercury 72259)(a-side)(BB 12/1964; CB 14/1964; RW 13/1964)
09 I DON’T WANNA BE A LOSER (Mercury 72270)(a-side)(BB 37/1964; AC 12/1964; CB 42/1964; RW 43/1964)
10 MAYBE I KNOW (Mercury 72309)(a-side)(BB 14/1964; CB 10/1964; RW 16/1964; UK 20/1964)
11 WONDER BOY (Mercury 72309)(b-side, 1964)
12 HEY NOW (Mercury 72352)(a-side)(BB 76/1964; CB 54/1964; RW 40/1964)
13 SOMETIMES I WISH I WERE A BOY (Mercury 72352)(b-side)(BB 86/1964)*double sided hit.
14 LOOK OF LOVE (Mercury 72372)(a-side)(BB 27/1964; CB 20/1964; RW 20/1964)
15 SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS (Mercury 72433)(a-side)(BB 13/1965; CB 19/1965; RW 23/1965)
16 MY TOWN, MY GUY AND ME (Mercury 72475)(a-side)(BB 32/1965; CB 39/1965; RW 38/1965)
17 NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO (Mercury 72513)(b-side, 1965)
18 YOU DIDN’T LOOK AROUND (album track: LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, 120/1965)
19 I DON’T CARE (Mercury 72580)(b-side, 1966)
20 WHAT’S A GIRL SUPPOSED TO DO (album track: LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, 120/1965)
21 WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU (album track: LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, 120/1965)
22 WE KNOW WE’RE IN LOVE (Mercury 72530)(a-side)(BB 76/1966; CB 69/1966; RW 58/1966)
23 YOUNG LOVE (Mercury 72553)(a-side)(BB 50/1966; CB 57/1966; RW 40/1966)
24 OFF AND RUNNING (Mercury 72580)(a-side)(BB 108/1966; CB 98/1966; RW 94/1966)
25 CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (Mercury 72649)(a-side)(BB 16/1967; CB 11/1967; RW 15/1967)
26 SUMMER AND SANDY (Mercury 72683)(a-side)(BB 65/1967; CB 54/1967; RW 49/1967)
27 BRINK OF DISASTER (Mercury 72726)(a-side)(BB 82/1967; CB 87/1967; RW 86/1967)
28 SMALL TALK (Mercury 72787)(a-side)(BB 124/1968)
29 SIEBEN GIRLS (Mercury MCF 127 199)(uncharted German a-side, 1963)*rare gem
30 GOODBYE TONY (YOU DON’T OWN ME)(Mercury MCF 127 131)(uncharted German a-side, 1964)*rare gem
31 NUR DU GANZ ALLEIN (Mercury MCF 127 161)(German b-side, 1963)*rare gem
32 START THE PARTY AGAIN (album track: LP All About Love, Mercury SR 61066, 1966)*rare gem

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 32-song set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of her songs from 1963 to 1968 on a single CD, with many rare tracks as noted above. Good value!
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful booklet with informative essay.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 A double CD set will be more complete. There are still many songs missing, including her later years after Mercury, on Crewe, MoWest and A&M. A complete singles collection will be ideal.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore. Although she has 23 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100, in reality, she has 40 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK, France & Germany)(with only 78 songs, not 80 songs, because 2 songs were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Mercury (1963 – 1969), (2) Crewe (1970 – 1971), (3) MoWest (1972 – 1973) and (4) A&M (1975 – 1976). If you want her entire output on Mercury, the 5 CD box set by Bear Family Records is a real treasure. Otherwise, I would recommend the Mercury Anthology (2 CDs with 52 songs) released in 1996, and the current set. Her singles from 1970 to 1976 are not available on CD yet. There are two outstanding albums during this period: Someplace Else Now and Love Me By Name. Fortunately some of the songs are available online. I also just bought her last release Ever Since. I shall review it when I have received it.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lesley Gore was born a Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946. She was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress/activist, and was discovered by Quincy Jones. She appeared in movies like Girls on the Beach and Ski Party. Of course, one will remember her performance on the T.A.M.I. Show. She was sister to Michael Gore. She received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Sadly, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 (age 68) from lung cancer (she did not even smoke!). Lesley, you will be sorely missed.

If you want a single Greatest Hits CD on Lesley Gore, this set is the definitive edition, with wide coverage and good sound, and is highly recommended.

Golden Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Gore: Golden Hits Plus 8 bonus tracks: her first Greatest Hits with bonus tracks; from original master tapes; expensive!, Feb. 17 2015
This review is from: Golden Hits (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This CD, released by the original label Mercury Records in 1987, contains 18 tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart positions, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 IT'S MY PARTY (Mercury 72119)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1963; CB 1(2)/1963; RW 1(3)/1963; UK 9/1963)*her first & biggest hit.
02 JUDY'S TURN TO CRY (Mercury 72143)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 4/1963; RW 4/1963)
03 JUST LET ME CRY (Mercury 72143)(b-side)(RW 94/1963)
04 SHE'S A FOOL (Mercury 72180)(a-side)(BB 5/1963; CB 6/1963; RW 3(1)/1963)
05 THE OLD CROWD (Mercury 72180)(b-side, 1963)
06 YOU DON'T OWN ME (Mercury 72206)(a-side)(BB 2(3)/1963; CB 2(2)/1963; RW 2(2)/1963)
07 THAT'S THE WAY BOYS ARE (Mercury 72259)(a-side)(BB 12/1964; CB 14/1964; RW 13/1964)
08 I DON'T WANNA BE A LOSER (Mercury 72270)(a-side)(BB 37/1964; AC 12/1964; CB 42/1964; RW 43/1964)
09 MAYBE I KNOW (Mercury 72309)(a-side)(BB 14/1964; CB 10/1964; RW 16/1964; UK 20/1964)
10 WONDER BOY (Mercury 72309)(b-side, 1964)
11 HEY NOW (Mercury 72352)(a-side)(BB 76/1964; CB 54/1964; RW 40/1964)
12 LOOK OF LOVE (Mercury 72372)(a-side)(BB 27/1964; CB 20/1964; RW 20/1964)
13 SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS AND RAINBOWS (Mercury 72433)(a-side)(BB 13/1965; CB 19/1965; RW 23/1965)
14 MY TOWN, MY GUY AND ME (Mercury 72475)(a-side)(BB 32/1965; CB 39/1965; RW 38/1965)
15 YOU DIDN'T LOOK `ROUND (album track: LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, 120/1965)
16 WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU (album track: LP My Town, My Guy And Me, Mercury SR 61042, 120/1965)
17 OFF AND RUNNING (Mercury 72580)(a-side)(BB 108/1966; CB 98/1966; RW 94/1966)
18 CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (Mercury 72649)(a-side)(BB 16/1967; CB 11/1967; RW 15/1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This was my first CD for Lesley Gore. This collection contains the original album Greatest Hits, with 8 bonus tracks, with pop hits from 1963 to 1967, with a few b-sides and two album tracks.
2 The sound was mastered from the original 2, 3 & 4 track master tapes.
3 The original liner note was included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 With only 18 songs, this practice was perhaps acceptable in 1987. More songs should have been included.
2 No label & number and no chart position were provided.
3 The price is expensive.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore. Although she has 23 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100, in reality, she has 40 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK, France & Germany)(with only 78 songs, not 80 songs, because 2 songs were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Mercury (1963 - 1969), (2) Crewe (1970 - 1971), (3) MoWest (1972 - 1973) and (4) A&M (1975 - 1976). If you want her entire output on Mercury, the 5 CD box set by Bear Family Records is a real treasure. Otherwise, I would recommend the Mercury Anthology (2 CDs with 52 songs) released in 1996, and the current set. Her singles from 1970 to 1976 are not available on CD yet. There are two outstanding albums during this period: Someplace Else Now and Love Me By Name. Fortunately some of the songs are available online. I also just bought her last release Ever Since. I shall review it when I have received it.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lesley Gore was born a Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946. She was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress/activist, and was discovered by Quincy Jones. She appeared in movies like Girls on the Beach and Ski Party. Of course, one will remember her performance on the T.A.M.I. Show. She was sister to Michael Gore. She received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Sadly, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 (age 68) from lung cancer (she did not even smoke!). Lesley, you will be sorely missed.

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