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25 All-Time Greatest Recording
25 All-Time Greatest Recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chordettes 25 All-Time Greatest Recordings (1CD): Great harmony, 22 songs + 3 unreleased gems & 1 alternate version; great sound, Sept. 3 2015
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This single disc “25 All-Time Greatest Recordings” by the Chordettes, released by the now defunct Varese Sarabande from US in 2000, actually contains 26 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart positions, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; RW C&W=Record World Country Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 MR. SANDMAN (Cadence 1247)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1954; CB Pop 1(7)/1954; RW Pop 1(3)/1954; UK 11/1954)(October 1954)*their biggest hit.
02 EDDIE MY LOVE (Cadence 1284 )(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1956; CB Pop 13/1956)(February 1956)
03 TEENAGE GOODNIGHT (Cadence 1299)(b-side, September 1956)(BB Pop 45/1956)*double sided hit.
04 JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME (Cadence 1330)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1957; CB Pop 12/1957; RW Pop 16/1957)(July 1957)
05 LOVE NEVER CHANGES (Cadence 1291)(b-side, May 1956)(RW Pop 66/1956)*double sided hit.
06 OH, BABY MINE (I GET SO LONELY)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; from album “Close Harmony” (Cadence 1002)(1955)
07 NO OTHER ARMS, NO OTHER LIPS (Cadence 1361)(a-side)(BB Pop 27/1959; CB Pop 28/1959; RW Pop 22/1959)(January 1959)
08 COME HOME TO MY ARMS (Cadence 1307)(b-side, February 1957)*rare gem; CD debut; the rare a-side “(Fifi’s) The Walking Poodle” not included here, but is available online.
09 HUMMING BIRD (Cadence 1267)(a-side)(CB Pop 6/1955)(June 1955)
10 LOVE IS A TWO-WAY STREET (Cadence 1349)(b-side, April 1958)
11 TRUE LOVE GOES ON AND ON (Cadence 1239)(b-side, 1954)
12 THAT’S OLD FASHIONED (THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE)*previously unreleased; a big hit for the Everly Brothers later.
13 BORN TO BE WITH YOU (Cadence 1291)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1956; CB Pop 8/1956; RW Pop 4/1956; UK 8/1956)(May 1956)
14 SOFT SANDS (Cadence 1299)(b-side, September 1956)(BB Pop 45/1956)*double sided hit.
15 LOLLIPOP (Cadence 1345)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1958; BB R&B 3(2)/1958; CB Pop 2(2)/1958; RW Pop 3(2)/1958; RW C&W 41/1958; UK 6/1958)(February 1958)*charted on pop, country, R&B & UK charts.
16 YOUR WILD HEART*previously unreleased.
17 ECHO OF LOVE (Cadence 1319)(uncharted a-side, April 1957)
18 LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS (Cadence 1299)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1956; CB Pop 18/1956; RW Pop 21/1956)(September 1956)
19 ZORRO (Cadence 1349)(a-side)(CB Pop 21/1958; RW Pop 26/1958)(April 1958)
20 WOODEN HEART (Cadence 2511)(b-side, June 1961)
21 A BROKEN VOW (Cadence 1382)(a-side)(BB Pop 102/1960; CB Pop 117/1960; RW Pop 86/1960)(August 1960)
22 IN THE SUMMERTIME (YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE)*previously unreleased.
23 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS (Cadence 1417)(uncharted a-side, March 1962)
24 FARAWAY STAR (Cadence 1402)(b-side, May 1961)(BB Pop 90/1961; CB Pop 123/1961; RW Pop 80/1961)*double sided hit.
25 NEVER ON SUNDAY (Cadence 1402)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1961; BB AC 4/1961; CB Pop 14/1961; RW Pop 10/1961)(May 1961)
26 BORN TO BE WITH YOU (alternate version)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this CD was released in 2000, it still has the BEST sound even in the current year of 2015, up against many newer releases. Besides good remastering techniques, the reason for good sound was the use of original master tapes, thus giving us the best sound source. All the songs in this CD are still my reference standards.
2 There is a good representation of their hits from 1954 to 1961. 3 previously unreleased tracks plus one alternative version were also included.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, containing an excellent essay by the very knowledgeable Mike Callahan, author of Both Sides Now.
4 Label & number, plus chart position, are included. Such thoroughness was rare in 2000.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Time: only 62 minutes. It may acceptable by 2000 standards, but by current standards in 2015, Cary Mansfield should have filled up the remaining 28 minutes with more songs.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Chordettes have 15 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they actually have 44 singles (a- and b-sides, charted and uncharted, from 1950 – 1961)(85 songs not 88 songs, because there were 2 repeated releases, and 1 b-side belonged to Arthur Godfrey). Their labels are (1) Columbia (1950 – 1952), (2) Cadence (1954 – 1961), and (3) Heliodor (1958 – 1959).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Chordettes is a female vocal group from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, consisting of Janet Ertel (bass), Jinny Cole (tenor), Carol Buschman (baritone), and Dorothy Schwartz (lead). In 1952, Lynn Evans replaced Dorothy Schwartz, and Margie Needham temporary replaced Jinny Cole. They were with Arthur Godfrey from 1949 – 1953. Ertel married Cadence record owner Archie Bleyer in 1954. Her daughter Jackie was married to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. They have 11 albums, and I am only missing one “CLOSE HARMONY” (Cadence CLP 1002)(1955).

There are a few other sets that I would recommend as Greatest Hits: (1) Greatest Hits (One Day Music, 2015, 2 CDs, 50 songs), and “This Is Gold” (Disky, 2004, 3CDs, 60 songs). If you value great sound, this CD has the reference sound quality, and is highly recommended.

Harmony Encores/Your Requests
Harmony Encores/Your Requests
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chordettes Harmony Encores/Sing Your Requests (1CD): 23 songs; 2 complete albums making CD debut; good sound & great harmony!, Sept. 3 2015
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“Harmony Encores/The Chordettes Sing Your Requests”, released by Collectables from US in 2002, contains two complete albums with 23 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments):

LP “HARMONY ENCORES” (Columbia CL 6218)(1952):
01 Carolina Moon (Columbia 4-39793)(b-side, 1952)
02 Basin Street Blues (Columbia 4-39794)(b-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 Floatin’ Down To Cotton Town
04 Drifting and Dreaming (Columbia 4-39795)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Garden in the Rain
06 S’posin’ (Columbia 4-39796)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
07 The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
08 Kentucky Babe (Columbia 4-39796)(b-side, 1952)
09 In The Sweet Long Ago
10 I’m Drifting Back to Dreamland (Columbia 4-39795)(b-side, 1952)
11 Angry
12 A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet (Columbia 4-39794)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
13 The Anniversary Waltz (Columbia 4-39793)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
14 Sentimental Journey
LP “THE CHORDETTES SING YOUR REQUESTS” (Columbia CL 6285)(1954):
15 Wait ‘Till The Sun Shines, Nellie*original version by Byron G. Harlan (US 1(9)/1906)
16 They Say It’s Wonderful*original version by Frank Sinatra (US 2/1946)
17 I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now*original version by Henry Burr (US 1(8)/1908)
18 For Me And My Gal*original version by Van & Schenck (US 1(3)/1917)
19 I Believe*original version by Frankie Laine (US 2/1953)
20 Down Among The Sheltering Palms*original version by Lyric Quartet (US 3/1915); later also by Sammy Kaye (US 14/1949)
21 Hello! Ma Baby*original version by Arthur Collins (US 1(4)/1899)
22 Wonderful One*original version by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (US 3/1923)
23 (When It’s) Darkness On The Delta*original version by Ted Fio Rito (US 12/1933)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Follow-up to their first twofer “Harmony Time Vol. 1 & 2”, this is the second twofer by Collectables, with two complete albums, both making their CD debut. In the first album, there are many hit singles, while the songs from the second album are great songs from yesteryears.
2 The sound is surprisingly good (by Collectables usual low standards). Their close harmonies are very distinctive and in full display (Jinny Cole (tenor), Dorothy Schwartz (lead), Carol Buschman (baritone) and Janet Ertel (bass).
3 There is a 6-page booklet containing the original liner notes from the two albums, giving us an insight into the development of barbershop quartets in America. The two album front covers are displayed in the front cover. The labels & numbers of albums are included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Chordettes is a female vocal group from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, consisting of Janet Ertel (bass), Jinny Cole (tenor), Carol Buschman (baritone), and Dorothy Schwartz (lead). In 1952, Lynn Evans replaced Dorothy Schwartz, and Margie Needham temporary replaced Jinny Cole. They were with Arthur Godfrey from 1949 – 1953. Ertel married Cadence record owner Archie Bleyer in 1954. Her daughter Jackie was married to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. They have 11 albums, and I am only missing one “CLOSE HARMONY” (Cadence CLP 1002)(1955).

If you are collecting the Chordettes, this set is a wonderful introduction to their wonderful harmonies, long before “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop”, and is highly recommended.

Harmony Time, Vol. 1/Harmony Time, Vol. 2
Harmony Time, Vol. 1/Harmony Time, Vol. 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chordettes Harmony Time Volume 1 & 2 (1CD): 25 songs; 2 complete albums + 9 bonus tracks; good sound., Sept. 2 2015
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“Harmony Time Volume 1 & 2”, released by Collectables from US in 2002, contains two complete albums plus 9 rare bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, debut date):

LP “HARMONY TIME, VOLUME 1” (Columbia CL 6111)(1950):
01 When You Were Sweet Sixteen (Columbia 4-38756)(uncharted a-side, December 1950)
02 Moonlight Bay (Columbia 4-38756)(b-side, August 1950)
03 Carry Me Back To Old Virginny (Columbia 4-38757)(uncharted a-side, December 1950)
04 Ballin’ The Jack (Columbia 4-38757)(b-side, August 1950)
05 Shine On Harvest Moon (Columbia 4-38758)(uncharted a-side, December 1950)
06 Tell Me Why (Columbia 4-38758)(b-side, August 1950)
07 I’d Love To Live in Loveland (With A Girl Like You)(Columbia 4-38759)(uncharted a-side, December 1950)
08 When Day Is Done (Columbia 4-38759)(b-side, December 1950)
LP “HARMONY TIME, VOLUME 2” (Columbia CL 6170)(1951):
09 Runnin’ Wild (Columbia 4-39251)(uncharted a-side, April 1951)
10 Love Me And The World Is Mine (Columbia 4-39252)(b-side, April 1951)
11 Moonlight On The Ganges (Columbia 4-39253)(b-side, April 1951)
12 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (Columbia 4-39254)(uncharted a-side, April 1951)
13 Love’s Old Sweet Song (Columbia 4-39254)(b-side, April 1951)
14 Let The Rest of the World Go By (Columbia 4-39253)(uncharted a-side, April 1951)
15 Lonesome – That’s All (Columbia 4-39252)(uncharted a-side, April 1951)
16 Alice Blue Gown (Columbia 4-39251)(b-side, April 1951)
BONUS TRACKS:
17 Candy and Cake*Arthur Godfrey with the Chordettes.
18 If It Wasn’t For Your Father*Arthur Godfrey with the Chordettes
19 Hawaii*Arthur Godfrey with the Chordettes
20 O Joe - Chordettes with piano accompaniment by Arthur Godfrey (Columbia 1-777)(b-side, August 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 Down By The Old Mill Stream - Arthur Godfrey with the Chordettes (Columbia 1-777)(uncharted a-side, August 1950)*rare gem; CD debut; their first single.
22 Time Out For Tears*Bill Lawrence with the Chordettes
23 Can’t Seem To Laugh Anymore*Bill Lawrence with the Chordettes
24 Love Is The Reason*Arthur Godfrey with The Mariners & The Chordettes
25 Dance Me Loose - Arthur Godfrey with the Chordettes (Columbia 4-39632)(b-side, 1951)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for the earliest releases by the Chordettes, this set has their first 2 albums. Most of their output on Columbia Records is included here. There are also 9 rare bonus tracks, with 2 singles making their CD debut.
2 The sound is surprisingly good (by Collectables usual low standards). Their close harmonies are very distinctive and in full display (Jinny Cole (tenor), Dorothy Schwartz (lead), Carol Buschman (baritone) and Janet Ertel (bass).
3 There is a 6-page booklet containing the original liner notes from the two albums, giving us an insight into the development of barbershop quartets in America. The two album front covers are displayed in the front cover.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Chordettes is a female vocal group from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, consisting of Janet Ertel, Jinny Cole, Carol Buschman, and Dorothy Schwartz. In 1952, Lynn Evans replaced Dorothy Schwartz, and Margie Needham temporary replaced Jinny Cole. They were with Arthur Godfrey from 1949 – 1953. Ertel married Cadence record owner Archie Bleyer in 1954. Her daughter Jackie was married to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. They have 11 albums, and I am only missing one “CLOSE HARMONY” (Cadence CLP 1002)(1955).

If you are collecting the Chordettes, this set is a wonderful introduction to their wonderful harmonies, long before “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop”, and is highly recommended.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chordettes Greatest Hits (2CDs): 50 songs; singles from 1950 ' 1961; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound., Sept. 1 2015
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CONTENT:

'Greatest Hits' by the Chordettes, released by One Day Music, a reputable reissue label from UK in 2015, contains 50 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; RW C&W=Record World Country Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 MR. SANDMAN (Cadence 1247)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1954; CB Pop 1(7)/1954; RW Pop 1(3)/1954; UK 11/1954)(October 1954)*their biggest hit.
02 NEVER ON SUNDAY (Cadence 1402)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1961; BB AC 4/1961; CB Pop 14/1961; RW Pop 10/1961)(May 1961)*in the CD song listing, the title was listed as 'Never On A Sunday'; I have checked the original 45 for the exact title; sloppy editing!
03 BORN TO BE WITH YOU (Cadence 1291)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1956; CB Pop 8/1956; RW Pop 4/1956; UK 8/1956)(May 1956)
04 ECHO OF LOVE (Cadence 1319)(uncharted a-side, April 1957)
05 AROUND THE WORLD (Cadence 2608)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
06 TALL PAUL (Heliodor 453031)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
07 I CRIED A TEAR (Heliodor 453030)(b-side, March 1959)
08 FASCINATION (Cadence 2608)(b-side, 1961)
09 THE WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS (Cadence 1417)(uncharted a-side, March 1962)
10 THEME FROM 'A SUMMER PLACE' (Cadence 2609)(b-side, 1961)
11 BABY COME A-BACK-A (Cadence 1345)(b-side, February 1958)
12 HUMMING BIRD (Cadence 1267)(a-side)(CB Pop 6/1955)(June 1955)
13 JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME (Cadence 1330)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1957; CB Pop 12/1957; RW Pop 16/1957)(July 1957)
14 PINK SHOE LACES (Heliodor 453031)(b-side, March 1959)
15 LONELY LIPS (Cadence 1259)(a-side)(CB Pop 46/1955; RW Pop 73/1955)(March 1955)
16 TRUE LOVE GOES ON AND ON (Cadence 1239)(b-side, 1954)*should have included a-side 'It's You, It's You I Love' still not available on CD, but available online.
17 ALL MY SORROWS (Cadence 1382)(b-side, August 1960) and also as (Cadence 1429)(b-side, September 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 LOVE NEVER CHANGES (Cadence 1291)(b-side, May 1956)(RW Pop 66/1956)*double sided hit.
19 THE EXODUS SONG (Cadence 1412)(a-side)(RW Pop 117/1961)(December 1961)
20 ADIOS (GOODBYE MY LOVE)(Cadence 1417)(b-side, March 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 LOVE IS A TWO WAY STREET (Cadence 1349)(b-side, April 1958)
22 FLOATIN' DOWN TO COTTON TOWN*from album 'LISTEN' (Columbia CL 956)(1957):
23 NO WHEELS (with Jeff Kron & Jackie Ertel)(Cadence 1366)(b-side, August 1959)(CB Pop 92/1959)*double sided hit; a-side 'A Girl's Work Is Never Done'
24 I TOLD A LIE (Cadence 1267)(b-side, June 1955)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side 'Humming Bird'
25 NO OTHER ARMS, NO OTHER LIPS (Cadence 1361)(a-side)(BB Pop 27/1959; CB Pop 28/1959; RW Pop 22/1959)(January 1959)

DISC 2:
01 LOLLIPOP (Cadence 1345)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1958; BB R&B 3(2)/1958; CB Pop 2(2)/1958; RW Pop 3(2)/1958; RW C&W 41/1958; UK 6/1958)(February 1958)*charted on pop, country, R&B & UK charts.
02 EDDIE MY LOVE (Cadence 1284 )(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1956; CB Pop 13/1956)(February 1956)
03 LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS (Cadence 1299)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1956; CB Pop 18/1956; RW Pop 21/1956)(September 1956)
04 A GIRL'S WORK IS NEVER DONE (Cadence 1366)(a-side)(BB Pop 89/1959; RW Pop 92/1959)(August 1959)
05 WE SHOULD BE TOGETHER (Cadence 1361)(b-side, January 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side 'No Other Arms, No Other Lips'
06 TAMMY (Cadence 2607)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
07 A BROKEN VOW (Cadence 1382)(a-side)(BB Pop 102/1960; CB Pop 117/1960; RW Pop 86/1960)(August 1960)
08 WOODEN HEART (Cadence 2511)(b-side, June 1961)
09 THE DUDELSACK SONG (PLAY TO ME, MY DARLING)(Cadence 1259)(b-side, March 1955)(RW Pop 73/1955)*double sided hit; rare gem; CD debut.
10 QUE SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE)(Cadence 2609)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
11 I DON'T KNOW ' I DON'T CARE (Cadence 1273)(b-side, September 1956)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side 'The Wedding' not included here.
12 THEME FROM GOODBYE AGAIN (SAY NO MORE ' IT'S GOODBYE)(Cadence 1412)(b-side, December 1961)
13 BABY OF MINE (Cadence 1341)(uncharted a-side, December 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ (Columbia 4-39793)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
15 HI-LILI, HI-LO (Cadence 2610)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
16 FOR ME AND MY GAL*from album 'THE CHORDETTES' (Columbia CL 2519)(1955)
17 ZORRO (Cadence 1349)(a-side)(CB Pop 21/1958; RW Pop 26/1958)(April 1958)
18 FARAWAY STAR (Cadence 1402)(b-side, May 1961)(BB Pop 90/1961; CB Pop 123/1961; RW Pop 80/1961)*double sided hit.
19 IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Cadence 1429)(a-side)(RW Pop 128/1962)(September 1962)
20 LIKE A BABY (Cadence 1319)(b-side, April 1957)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side 'Echo of Love'
21 TEENAGE GOODNIGHT (Cadence 1299)(b-side, September 1956)(BB Pop 45/1956)*double sided hit.
22 SOFT SANDS (Cadence 1299)(b-side, September 1956)(BB Pop 45/1956)*double sided hit.
23 CHARLIE BROWN (Heliodor 453030)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
24 PHOTGRAPHS (Cadence 1341)(b-side, December 1957)
25 WHEN YOU WERE SWEET SIXTEEN (Columbia 4-38756)(uncharted a-side, December 1950)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is really a decent Greatest Hits collection with 50 songs. All the major singles are included. Many of the songs on 'Never On Sunday' CD, not found elsewhere, are included here. If you don't have that budget CD, this is an added bonus. Plus, there are 8 rare b-sides, all making their CD debut!
2 The sound is very well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 59 minutes; disc 2: 60 minutes. Surely, One Day Music could easily fill up the remaining spaces (total 41 minutes) with more songs to make this set even more valuable.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
3 As with the usual packaging with One Day Music, the CDs are housed inside a sturdy gatefold cardboard case. There are many beautiful picture sleeves, but they are on the inner sleeves underneath the transparent CD case. With the transparent middle spindle, this arrangement really spoils the presentation. How about a decent booklet in the future.
4 There are no label & number and no chart positions.
5 Sloppy editing: calling "Never On Sunday" as "Never On A Sunday": dear editor, lyrics is quite different from the actual title!

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Chordettes have 15 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they actually have 44 singles (a- and b-sides, charted and uncharted, from 1950 ' 1961)(85 songs not 88 songs, because there were 2 repeated releases, and 1 b-side belonged to Arthur Godfrey). Their labels are (1) Columbia (1950 ' 1952), (2) Cadence (1954 ' 1961), and (3) Heliodor (1958 ' 1959).

HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR DISCOGRAPHY ON CHORDETTES:

1 For The Columbia Records era, the best sources are: (1) Harmony Time Volume 1 & 2 (Collectables, 2002), (2) Harmony Encores/The Chordettes Sing Your Requests (Collectables, 2002)
2 For Cadence Records era, the best sources are: (1) current CD, (2) 25 All Time Greatest Recordings (Varese, 2000, from original master tapes), (3) This Is Gold (3CDs on Disky, 2004), and (4) The Chordettes Sing Never On Sunday (Hallmark, 2014).

I am glad to report that out of 85 songs, I am only missing 3 songs: (1) Tears On My Pillow (b-side, 1958), (2) Forever (a-side, 1959), and (3) Ho Hum (b-side, 1959).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Chordettes is a female vocal group from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, consisting of Janet Ertel (bass), Jinny Cole (tenor), Carol Buschman (baritone), and Dorothy Schwartz (lead). In 1952, Lynn Evans replaced Dorothy Schwartz, and Margie Needham temporary replaced Jinny Cole. They were with Arthur Godfrey from 1949 – 1953. Ertel married Cadence record owner Archie Bleyer in 1954. Her daughter Jackie was married to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. They have 11 albums, and I am only missing one “CLOSE HARMONY” (Cadence CLP 1002)(1955).

If you are looking for their Greatest Hits, this set, together with 'This Is Gold', is highly recommended.

Singles A'S & B'S Vol. 3: 1969-1972
Singles A'S & B'S Vol. 3: 1969-1972
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Tex Singles As & Bs Vol.3 (69-72)(1CD): 23 songs; every single a & b-sides; arranged chronologically; good sound., Aug. 29 2015
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This single CD “Singles A’s & B’s Volume 3: 1969 – 1972” by Joe Tex, released by Shout! Records from UK in 2011, contains 23 songs, consisting of every single released during the above period. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 BUYING A BOOK (Dial 45-4090)(a-side)(BB Pop 47/1969; BB R&B 10/1969; RW Pop 33/1969)(March 1969)
02 CHICKEN CRAZY (Dial 45-4090)(b-side, March 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 THAT’S THE WAY (Dial 45-4093)(a-side)(BB Pop 94/1969; BB R&B 46/1969; RW Pop 56/1969)(June 1969)
04 ANYTHING YOU WANNA KNOW (Dial 45-4093)(b-side, June 1969)
05 WE CAN’T SIT DOWN NOW (Dial 45-4094)(b-side, August 1969)(RW Pop 110/1969)*double sided hit.
06 IT AIN’T SANITARY (Dial 45-4094)(a-side)(BB Pop 117/1969; CB Pop 101/1969)(August 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 I CAN’T SEE YOU NO MORE (WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME)(Dial 45-4095)(a-side)(BB Pop 105/1969; CB Pop 95/1969)(November 1969)
08 SURE IS GOOD (Dial 45-4095)(b-side, November 1969)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON TIME (Dial 45-4096)(b-side, February 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 YOU’RE RIGHT, RAY CHARLES (Dial 45-4096)(a-side)(CB Pop 95/1970; RW Pop 92/1970)(February 1970)
11 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (PART 1)(Dial 45-4098)(uncharted a-side, September 1970)
12 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (PART 2)(Dial 45-4098)(uncharted a-side, September 1970)
13 THE ONLY WAY I KNOW TO LOVE YOU (Dial 45-4098)(b-side, September 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 BAD FEET (Dial D-1001)(a-side)(CB Pop 124/1971)(March 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 I KNEW HIM (Dial D-1001)(b-side, March 1971)(RW Pop 83/1971)*double sided hit; rare gem; CD debut.
16 PAPA’S DREAM (Dial D-1003)(uncharted a-side, 1971)
17 I’M COMIN’ HOME (Dial D-1003)(b-side, 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 GIVE THE BABY ANYTHING THE BABY WANTS (Dial D-1008)(a-side)(BB Pop 102/1971; BB R&B 20/1971; CB Pop 98/1971; RW Pop 97/1971)(August 1971)
19 TAKIN’ A CHANCE (Dial D-1008)(b-side, August 1971)
20 I GOTCHA (Dial D-1010)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1972; BB R&B 1(1)/1972; CB Pop 3(2)/1972; RW Pop 2(2)/1972)(December 1971)
21 A MOTHER’S PRAYER (Dial D-1010)(b-side, December 1971)(BB R&B 41/1972; CB Pop 113/1972; RW Pop 2(2)/1972)*double sided hit; rare gem.
22 YOU SAID A BAD WORD (Dial D-1012)(a-side)(BB Pop 41/1972; BB R&B 12/1972; CB Pop 35/1972; RW Pop 36/1972)(May 1972)
23 IT AIN’T GONNA WORK BABY (Dial D-1012)(b-side, May 1972)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The current set reflects how a proper singles collection is done: all the singles, a and b-sides, sequenced chronologically. In this set, there are 10 rare gems, all making their CD debut. This is a collector’s dream come true.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is an excellent 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Clive Richardson. There is a first class discography with label & number and chart positions. There are also many colourful pictures of 45 rpm singles labels. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Expensive! There are 4 volumes: (1) Vol. 1 (1964-66), (2) Vol. 2 (1967-68), (3) Vol. 3 (1969-72), and (4) Vol. 4 (1972-76). I manage to get Volumes 1 and 3 through Marketplace at a reasonable price, but Volumes 1 and 4 are still very expensive. But the most rare and expensive of all is “First on the Dial” (his earliest singles from 1961 – 1964). Fortunately most of the songs are now available online.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Joe Tex has 24 charted entries on Billboard R&B Chart, I have just finished compiling A Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 81 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1955 to 1981: only 159 songs instead of 162 songs because 3 were repeated releases). His labels are (1) King (1955 – 1957), (2) Ace (1958 – 1960), (3) Anna (1960 – 1961), (4) Jalynne (1961), (5) Dial (1961 – 1979), (6) Atlantic (1968, as member of Soul Clan), (7) Epic (1977 – 1978), (8) Polydor (1980), and (9) Handshake (1981).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington Jr. on August 8, 1933 in Rogers, Texas. He has a lengthy illustrious recording career, with 4 No. 1 million sellers. His feud with James Brown was well documented. In 1966, he converted to the Muslim faith and changed name to “Joseph Hazziez” in July 1972. He died of a heart attack on August 12, 1982 (only age 49).

If you are looking for his Greatest Hits single disc, I would recommend “25 All Time Greatest Hits” (Varese, 2000). If you are looking for his earliest releases on King and Ace, I would recommend “Yum Yum Yum: The Early Years 1955 – 1962” (Jasmine, 2015, 40 songs). For a wider general coverage of his entire career, I would recommend “This Is Gold” (Goldies, 3CDs). The current set, with complete coverage of singles from 1969 – 1972 and great sound, is unfortunately more for completest or collectors.

V1 1964-1966 Singles As And
V1 1964-1966 Singles As And
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Tex Singles As & Bs Vol.1 (64-66)(1CD): 22 songs; every single a & b-sides; arranged chronologically; good sound., Aug. 29 2015
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This single CD “Singles A’s & B’s Volume 1: 1964 – 1966” by Joe Tex, released by Shout! Records from UK in 2010, contains 22 songs, consisting of every single released during the above period. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 HOLD WHAT YOU’VE GOT (Dial 45-4001)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1964; BB R&B 1(2)/1964; CB Pop 6/1964; RW Pop 5/1964)(November 1964)
02 FRESH OUT OF TEARS (Dial 45-4001)(b-side, November 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES (Dial 45-4003)(b-side, February 1965)(BB Pop 51/1965; BB R&B 10/1965; CB Pop 76/1965; RW Pop 77/1965)*double sided hit.
04 YOU BETTER GET IT (Dial 45-4003)(a-side)(BB Pop 46/1965; BB R&B 15/1965; CB 53/1965; RW Pop 46/1965)(February 1965)
05 A WOMAN CAN CHANGE A MAN (Dial 45-4006)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1965; BB R&B 12/1965; CB Pop 59/1965; RW Pop 61/1965)(April 1965)
06 DON’T LET YOUR LEFT HAND KNOW (Dial 45-4006)(b-side, April 1965)(BB Pop 95/1965)*double sided it.
07 ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW (Dial 45-4011)(a-side)(BB Pop 65/1965; BB R&B 20/1965; CB Pop 90/1965; RW Pop 92/1965)(June 1965)
08 BUILD YOUR LOVE (ON A SOLID FOUNDATION)(Dial 45-4011)(b-side, June 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 I WANT TO (DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU)(Dial 45-4016)(a-side)(BB Pop 23/1965; BB R&B 1(3)/1965; CB Pop 18/1965; RW Pop 17/1965)(July 1965)
10 FUNNY BONE (Dial 45-4016)(b-side, July 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 A SWEET WOMAN LIKE YOU (Dial 45-4022)(a-side)(BB Pop 29/1965; BB R&B 1(1)/1965; CB Pop 20/1965; RW Pop 22/1965)(November 1965)
12 CLOSE THE DOOR (Dial 45-4022)(b-side, November 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 THE LOVE YOU SAVE (MAY BE YOUR OWN)(Dial 45-4026)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1966; BB R&B 2(1)/1966; CB Pop 41/1966; RW Pop 41/1966)(February 1966)
14 IF SUGAR WAS AS SWEET AS YOU (Dial 45-4026)(b-side, February 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 S.V.S.L.J.F.M. (THE LETTER SONG)(Dial 45-4028)(a-side)(BB Pop 39/1966; BB R&B 9/1966; CB Pop 53/1966; RW Pop 47/1966)(April 1966)
16 I’M A MAN (Dial 45-4028)(b-side, April 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 I BELIEVE I’M GONNA MAKE IT (Dial 45-4033)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1966; BB R&B 8/1966; CB Pop 55/1966; RW Pop 50/1966)(July 1966)
18 YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT, BABY (Dial 45-4033)(b-side, July 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 I’VE GOT TO DO A LITTLE BIT BETTER (Dial 45-4045)(a-side)(BB Pop 64/1966; BB R&B 20/1966; CB Pop 57/1966; RW Pop 61/1966)(September 1966)
20 WHAT IN THE WORLD (Dial 45-4045)(b-side, September 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 PAPA WAS TOO (Dial 45-4051)(a-side)(BB Pop 44/1966; BB R&B 15/1966; CB Pop 29/1966; RW Pop 32/1966)(November 1966)
22 THE TRUEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD (Dial 45-4051)(b-side, November 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The current set reflects how a proper singles collection is done: all the singles, a and b-sides, sequenced chronologically. In this set, there are 8 rare b-sides, all making their CD debut. This is a collector’s dream come true.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is an excellent 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Clive Richardson. There is a first class discography with label & number and chart positions. There are also many colourful pictures of 45 rpm singles labels. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Expensive! There are 4 volumes: (1) Vol. 1 (1964-66), (2) Vol. 2 (1967-68), (3) Vol. 3 (1969-72), and (4) Vol. 4 (1972-76). I manage to get Volumes 1 and 3 through Marketplace at a reasonable price, but Volumes 1 and 4 are still very expensive. But the most rare and expensive of all is “First on the Dial” (his earliest singles from 1961 – 1964). Fortunately most of the songs are available online.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Joe Tex has 24 charted entries on Billboard R&B Chart, I have just finished compiling A Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 81 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1955 to 1981: only 159 songs instead of 162 songs because 3 were repeated releases). His labels are (1) King (1955 – 1957), (2) Ace (1958 – 1960), (3) Anna (1960 – 1961), (4) Jalynne (1961), (5) Dial (1961 – 1979), (6) Atlantic (1968, as member of Soul Clan), (7) Epic (1977 – 1978), (8) Polydor (1980), and (9) Handshake (1981).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Joe Tex was born Joseph Arrington Jr. on August 8, 1933 in Rogers, Texas. He has a lengthy illustrious recording career, with 4 No. 1 million sellers. His feud with James Brown was well documented. In 1966, he converted to the Muslim faith and changed name to “Joseph Hazziez” in July 1972. He died of a heart attack on August 12, 1982 (only age 49).

If you are looking for his Greatest Hits single disc, I would recommend “25 All Time Greatest Hits” (Varese, 2000). If you are looking for his earliest releases on King and Ace, I would recommend “Yum Yum Yum: The Early Years 1955 – 1962” (Jasmine, 2015, 40 songs). For a wider general coverage of his entire career, I would recommend “This Is Gold” (Goldies, 3CDs). The current set, with complete coverage of singles from 1964 – 1966 and great sound, is unfortunately more for completest or collectors.

Sweet Old Fashioned Girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teresa Brewer A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl: 62 songs; 1 complete album + many rare singles; 23 songs making CD debut; good sound!, Aug. 29 2015
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This 2 CD set “A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl” by Teresa Brewer, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2008, contain 62 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 LET’S HAVE A PARTY (with Claire Hogan, Snooky Lanson & Bobby Wayne)(London 45-30124) (uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 HE CAN COME BACK ANYTIME HE WANTS TO (London 45-45795)(b-side, August 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 COUNTERFEIT KISSES (London 45-45970)(b-side, March 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 LONESOME GAL (London 45-45970)(uncharted a-side, March 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 I DON’T CARE (Coral 9-60591)(b-side, November 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 LOVIN’ MACHINE (Coral 9-60646)(uncharted a-side, February 1952)
07 I HEAR THE BLUEBELLS RING (Coral 9-60755)(uncharted a-side, June 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 KISSES ON PAPER (Coral 9-60755)(b-side, June 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 YOU’LL NEVER GET AWAY (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-60829)(a-side)(US 17/1952; CB Pop 17/1952)(September 1952)
10 THE HOOKEY SONG (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-60829)(b-side, September 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 THE GLAD SONG (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-61027)(uncharted a-side, May 1953)
12 WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MUSIC (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-61027)(b-side, May 1953)
13 MAGAZINES (ARE MAGIC FOR LONELY PEOPLE)*from album “Time for Teresa” (Coral CRL 57232)(1958, but recorded in 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 TOO FAT FOR THE CHIMNEY (Coral 9-61079)(uncharted a-side, November 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS (Coral 9-61078)(uncharted a-side, October 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 EBENEZER SCROOGE (Coral 9-61078)(b-side, October 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 I JUST CAN’T WAIT TILL CHRISTMAS (Coral 9-61079)(b-side, November 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 WHAT MORE IS THERE TO SAY (Coral 9-61339)(b-side, February 1955)
19 I GOTTA GO GET MY BABY (Coral 9-61339)(a-side)(CB Pop 21/1955; RW Pop 27/1955)(February 1955)
20 I DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY TONIGHT (Coral 9-61394)(b-side, April 1955)*a-side “Silver Dollar” not included here.
21 BABY, BE MY TOY (Coral 9-61500)(uncharted a-side, September 1955)
22 YOU’RE TLLING OUR SECRETS (Coral 9-61528)(b-side, November 1955)
23 IT’S SIESTA TIME (Coral 9-61548)(b-side, December 1955)*rare gem; CD debut; the rare a-side “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” not included here.
24 HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR (Coral 9-61448)(b-side, June 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
25 SO DOGGONE LONELY (Coral 9-61500)(b-side, September 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
26 SHOOT IT AGAIN (Coral 9-61528)(a-side)(CB Pop 39/1955; RW Pop 75/1955)(November 1955)
27 BO WEEVIL (Coral 9-61590)(b-side, February 1956)(BB Pop 17/1956; RW Pop 15/1956)*double sided hit.
28 A TEAR FELL (Coral 9-61590)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1956; CB Pop 7/1956; RW Pop 7/1956; UK 2/1956)(February 1956)
29 A SWEET OLD FASHIONED GIRL (Coral 9-61636)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1956; CB Pop 11/1956; RW Pop 9/1956; UK 3/1956)(April 1956)
30 GOODBYE, JOHN (Coral 9-61636)(b-side, April 1956)*rare gem; CD debut.

DISC 2:
LP “MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!” (Coral CRL 57027)(1955)
01 MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!*this is NOT the single version that charted in 1953; album track with a faster tempo (2:48) than the single version (3:17).
02 AT SUNDOWN
03 MY BUDDY
04 THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE
05 REMEMB’RING
06 SUNDAY
07 JEALOUS
08 WHERE THE BLACK-EYED SUSANS GROW
09 WHEN I LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND (Vogue Coral Q.72224)(UK b-side, January 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 NORA MALONE (Vogue Coral Q.72224)(a-side)(UK 26/1957)(January 1957)
11 (WHEN IT’S) DARKNESS ON THE DELTA
12 A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND
LP “TIME FOR TERESA” (Coral CRL 57232)(1958)
13 THE LINGERING SONG*recorded in 1956; rare gem; CD debut.
14 TEXAS MILLIONAIRE*recorded in 1956; rare gem; CD debut.
SINGLES:
15 I LOVE MICKEY (with Micky Mantle)(Coral 9-61700)(a-side)(BB Pop 87/1956; CB Pop 50/1956)(August 1956)
16 KEEP YOUR COTTON PICKIN’ PADDIES OFFA MY HEART (Coral 9-61700)(b-side, August 1956)(RW Pop 77/1956)*double sided hit; rare gem; CD debut.
17 I’M DROWNING MY SORROWS (Coral 9-61776)(a-side)(CB Pop 40/1957; RW Pop 78/1957)(December 1956)
18 HOW LONELY CAN ONE BE (Coral 9-61776)(b-side, December 1956)(CB Pop 49/1957)(December 1956)*double sided hit; rare gem.
19 MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY (Coral 9-61737)(a-side)(BB Pop 21/1956; CB Pop 24/1956; RW Pop 72/1956)(October 1956)
20 CRAZY WITH LOVE (Coral 9-61737)(b-side, October 1956)(BB Pop 73/1956)*double sided hit.
21 EMPTY ARMS (Coral 9-61805)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1957; CB Pop 17/1957; RW Pop 15/1957)(February 1957)
22 THE RICKY-TICK SONG (Coral 9-61805)(b-side, February 1957)
23 DARK MOON (Coral CK-3603)(Australian b-side, 1956)*from album “For Teenagers In Love” (Coral CRL 57135)(1957)
24 BORN TO LOVE (Coral 9-61878)(a-side)(RW Pop 72/1957)(August 1957)
25 LULA ROCK-A-HULA (Coral 9-61850)(b-side, June 1957)
26 TEARDROPS IN MY HEART (Coral 9-61850)(a-side)(BB Pop 64/1957; CB Pop 40/1957; RW Pop 72/1957)(June 1957)
27 CARELESS CARESSES (Coral Q.72301)(UK b-side, 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
28 ON TREASURE ISLAND*from album “For Teenagers In Love” (Coral CRL 57135)(1957)
29 IT’S THE SAME OLD JAZZ (MOMMA!)(Coral 9-61878)(b-side, August 1957)
30 YOU SEND ME (Coral 9-61898)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1957; CB Pop 1(2)/1957)(September 1957)
31 WOULD I WERE (Coral 9-61898)(b-side, September 1957)*rare gem; CD debut.
32 KISS ME*from EP “Kiss Me” (Coral EC 81178)(1959); from album “Time for Teresa” (Coral CRL 57232)(1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of relatively rare tunes, with one complete album “Music! Music! Music!” and two rare gems from album “Time for Teresa”, plus many rare singles from 1950 to 1957, not readily found in other compilation with 23 songs making their CD debut, still not available elsewhere as of in 2015.
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records. Teresa’s soaring singing is in full displayed, and the backing instruments are clearly defined.
3 The songs are arranged (more or less) chronologically.
4 There is an 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Bill Monroe. Recording dates are included.
5 Time for disc 1: 79 minutes; disc 2: 79 minutes. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no label & number, chart position and names of source albums.
2 As per usual practice with UK reissue labels, no materials beyond 1962 are released due to local Public Domain law.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Teresa Brewer has 40 charted singles, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that she actually has 109 singles from 1949 to 1984 (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides)(only 217 songs because 1 b-side belonged to Eileen Barton and there are 2 different b-sides (US vs UK). Her labels are (1) London, 1949 – 1951), (2) Coral (1951 – 1962), (3) Philips (1962 – 1966), (4) ABC (1967), (5) SSS International (1968), (6) Flying Dutchman Amsterdam (1968 – 1974), (7) Image (1977), (8) Pye International (1978), (9) Project 3 (1981), and (10) Signature (1975 – 1984). Her duet with Brian & Michael “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs (Lowry’s Song)” hit No. 1 in UK for 3 weeks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Teresa Brewer was born Teresa Breuer on May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio. I basically divided her career into two main era: (1) Pop era: 1949 – 1968, (2) Jazz era (1981 onwards). Her releases before 1962 were well covered by various labels, including Jasmine, Sepia and Goldies. But her releases after 1962 are much neglected. Fortunately her tribute to Bessie Smith, Irving Berlin can be found on CDs. Here, we truly appreciate her vocal talents and pinpoint phraseology. She died of a neuromuscular disease, progressive supranuclear palsy on October 17, 2007 (age 76). She is sorely missed.

If you are looking for her Greatest Hits, I would recommend “All Her Hits And More” (Goldies, 3CDs, 2012)(my review elsewhere). This current set, with so many rare gems, is more for collectors, and is highly recommended to all Teresa Brewer fans.

Longing for You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teresa Brewer Longing For You (1CD): 28 rare gems from 1951-54, with 19 songs making CD debut; great sound., Aug. 28 2015
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This single CD “Longing for You” by Teresa Brewer, released by reputable reissue label Sepia Records from UK in 2005, contains 28 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart):

01 PUNKY PUNKIN (London 45-30188)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 A PENNY A KISS A PENNY A HUG (with Snooky Lanson)(London 45-45878)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 HELLO (with Snooky Lanson)(London 45-45878)(b-side, 1951)
04 IF YOU WANT SOME LOVIN’ (London 45-45967)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 I’VE GOT THE CRAZIEST FEELING (London 45-45967)(b-side, 1951)
06 LONGING FOR YOU (London 45-451086)(a-side)(US 23/1951)(September 1951)
07 NOODLIN’ RAG (Coral 9-60646)(b-side, February 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 ROLL THEM ROLY BOLY EYES (Coral 9-60676)(b-side, May 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 RHODE ISLAND REDHEAD (Coral 9-60775)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 HELLO BLUEBIRD (Coral 9-60873)(b-side, December 1952)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Till I Waltz Again With You”
11 DANCIN’ WITH SOMEONE (Coral 9-60953)(a-side)(US 17/1953; CB Pop 20/1953)(April 1953)
12 BREAKIN’ IN THE BLUES (Coral 9-60953)(b-side, April 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 INTO EACH LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL (Coral 9-60994)(a-side)(US 23/1953)(June 1953)
14 TOO MUCH MUSTARD (Coral 9-60994)(b-side, June 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 THE GLAD SONG (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-61027)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
16 WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MUSIC (with Don Cornell)(Coral 9-61027)(b-side, 1953)
17 TOO YOUNG TO TANGO (Coral 9-61043)(b-side, October 1953)(CB Pop 39/1953)*double sided hit; a-side “Ricochet”.
18 OUR HEARTBREAKING WALTZ (Coral 9-61066)(b-side, January 1954)(US 23/1954; CB Pop 30/1954)*double sided hit; a-side “Bell Bottom Blues”.
19 I GUESS IT WAS YOU ALL THE TIME (Coral 9-61067)(b-side, October 1953)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Baby Baby Baby”.
20 LE GRAND TOUR DE L’AMOUR (Coral 9-61152)(b-side, April 1954)*a-side “Jilted”.
21 SKINNIE MINNIE (FISH TAIL)(Coral 9-61197)(a-side)(CB Pop 26/1954)(March 1954)
22 I HAD SOMEONE ELSE BEFORE I HAD YOU (AND I’LL HAVE SOMEONE AFER YOU’VE GONE)(Coral 9-61197)(b-side, March 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 DANGER SIGNS (Coral 9-61225)(b-side, August 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 AU REVOIR (Coral 9-61225)(a-side)(CB Pop 31/1954)(August 1954)
25 MY SWEETIE WENT AWAY (HE DIDN’T SAY WHERE, WHEN OR WHY)(Coral 9-61286)(b-side, November 1954)*rare gem; CD debut.
26 TIME (Coral 9-61286)(a-side)(CB Pop 43/1954)(November 1954)
27 CHICAGO STYLE*album track “Time For Teresa” (Coral CRL 57232)(1958)
28 THE MOON IS ON FIRE (Coral 9-61315)(b-side, December 1954)(RW Pop 63/1954)*double sided hit; rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Let Me Go Lover”.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Sepia Records have done their homework in their selection of songs, because there are 19 songs making their CD debut. This is ideal for collectors to complete Teresa Brewer’s singles discography.
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Sepia Records, using Cedar System by Ancient Sound Restore in Singapore. And that was in 2005. Now I notice many reissues from Singapore are using 24bit Cedar System at Sepia Records nowadays.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Ossie Dales. Dates of recordings and names of orchestras were included.
4 The songs are arranged chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 73 minutes. No bad. To fill up the remaining 7 minutes will be better.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Teresa Brewer was born Teresa Breuer on May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio. I basically divided her career into two main era: (1) Pop era: 1949 – 1968, (2) Jazz era (1981 onwards). Her releases before 1962 were well covered by various labels, including Jasmine, Sepia and Goldies. But her releases after 1962 are much neglected. Fortunately her tribute to Bessie Smith, Irving Berlin can be found on CDs. Here, we truly appreciate her vocal talents and pinpoint phraseology. She died of a neuromuscular disease, progressive supranuclear palsy on October 17, 2007 (age 76). The legacy of Teresa Brewer, the singer, is the immeasurable joy that, for six decades, she and her wonderful music have given to the millions of fans. It’s a legacy that’s continuing and everlasting. She is sorely missed.

If you are looking for her Greatest Hits, I would recommend “All Her Hits And More” (Goldies, 3CDs, 2012)(my review elsewhere). This current set, with so many rare gems, is more for collectors, and is highly recommended to all Teresa Brewer fans.

Original Sound of Miss Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teresa Brewer The Original Sound of Miss Music! Music! Music!: 22 songs; her earliest release on London (1949-51); good sound!, Aug. 28 2015
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“The Original Sound of Miss Music! Music! Music!” by Teresa Brewer, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2001, contains 22 tracks, her earliest singles releases on London label from 1959 to 1951. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):

01 MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! (with The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-30023)(a-side)(US 1(4)/1950)(February 1950)
02 WAY BACK HOME (with Bobby Wayne)(London 45-30007)(b-side, December 1949)
03 YOU’VE GOT ME CRYING AGAIN (with The All Stars)(London 45-45795)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
04 THE JAZZ ME BLUES (with The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-451086)(b-side, September 1951)
05 CINCINNATI DANCING PIG (with the Keys)(London 45-30188)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
06 THE OCEANA ROLL (London 45-451083)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 CHOO’N GUM (with Jimmy Lytell & The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-30100)(a-side)(US 17/1950)(April 1950)
08 THE PICNIC SONG (with Snooky Lanson, Claire Hogan & Bobby Wayne)(London 45-30124) (b-side, 1950)*a-side “Let’s Have A Party” is missing here; can be found in the next Jasmine release.
09 I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO DREAM THE REST (London 45-45873)(b-side, 1950)
10 IF YOU DON’T MARRY ME (London 45-451085)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 COPENHAGEN (with The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-30023)(b-side, February 1950)
12 I BEEPED WHEN I SHOULDA BOPPED (London 78-563)(b-side, 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 WHEN THE TRAIN CAME IN (London 78-511)(uncharted a-side, 1949)*her first single.
14 THE THING (London 45-45873)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
15 THE WANG WANG BLUES (London 45-451083)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 OL’ MAN MOSE (London 78-563)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
17 I WISH I WUZ (London 45-451085)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 A MAN WROTE A SONG (London 78-511)(b-side, 1949)
19 COPPER CANYON (with Bobby Wayne)(London 45-30007)(uncharted a-side, December 1949)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 MOLASSES, MOLASSES (with The All Stars)(London 45-30290)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 THE GRIZZLY BEAR (with The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-30290)(uncharted a-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 HONKY TONKIN’ (with Jimmy Lytell & The Dixieland All Stars)(London 45-30100)(b-side, April 1950)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for the earliest release by Teresa Brewer, this current set, released long time ago in 2001, still represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of her London years. There are many rare gems making their CD debut (even in 2015!)
2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standards at Jasmine Records. Teresa’s voice is vibrant and centralized, while the different backing instruments are clearly differentiated.
3 All the sounds are original versions. One previous reviewer noted that “Music Music Music” was at a slower pace. I checked my copy, and the song is perfectly original and normal.
4 There is a 4-page booklet with an informative essay by Ossie Dales. Names of orchestra were included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are 16 singles on London Records label, with 32 songs. 10 songs are still missing from this set. Fortunately, these 10 songs are found in a subsequent Jasmine release “A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl” (62 songs, 2008) and “Longing For You” (Sepia Records, 2005).
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
3 There is no decent booklet, with no label & number, no chart positions and no picture sleeves.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Teresa Brewer has 40 charted singles, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that she actually has 109 singles from 1949 to 1984 (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides)(only 217 songs because 1 b-side belonged to Eileen Barton and there are 2 different b-sides (US vs UK). Her labels are (1) London, 1949 – 1951), (2) Coral (1951 – 1962), (3) Philips (1962 – 1966), (4) ABC (1967), (5) SSS International (1968), (6) Flying Dutchman Amsterdam (1968 – 1974), (7) Image (1977), (8) Pye International (1978), (9) Project 3 (1981), and (10) Signature (1975 – 1984). Her duet with Brian & Michael “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs (Lowry’s Song)” hit No. 1 in UK for 3 weeks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Teresa Brewer was born Teresa Breuer on May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio. I basically divided her career into two main era: (1) Pop era: 1949 – 1968, (2) Jazz era (1981 onwards). Her releases before 1962 were well covered by various labels, including Jasmine, Sepia and Goldies. But her releases after 1962 are much neglected. Fortunately her tribute to Bessie Smith, Irving Berlin can be found on CDs. Here, we truly appreciate her vocal talents and pinpoint phraseology. She died of a neuromuscular disease, progressive supranuclear palsy on October 17, 2007 (age 76). The legacy of Teresa Brewer, the singer, is the immeasurable joy that, for six decades, she and her wonderful music have given to the millions of fans. It’s a legacy that’s continuing and everlasting. She is sorely missed.

If you are looking for her Greatest Hits, I would recommend “All Her Hits And More” (Goldies, 3CDs, 2012)(my review elsewhere). This current set is highly recommended to all Teresa Brewer fans.

19 Original Albums and Bonus Tracks
19 Original Albums and Bonus Tracks
Price: CDN$ 33.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connie Francis 19 Original Albums (10CDs): 19 complete domestic albums + 12 bonus singles tracks; great collection; good sound., Aug. 28 2015
CONTENT:

“19 Original Albums” by Connie Francis is a 10 CD set, containing naturally 19 original domestic albums from 1957 to 1962, plus 12 bonus singles. One major criticism of Amazon is not giving us, the buyers, the contents of the set (like names of albums or song listing), so that we can wisely make our purchasing decision. I have compiled a detailed album listing, plus bonus singles tracks (BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 LP “WHO'S SORRY NOW” (MGM E-3686)(1958)
02 LP “THE EXCITING CONNIE FRANCIS” (MGM E-3761)(1959)
DISC 2:
03 “MY THANKS TO YOU” (MGM E-3776)(1959)
04 “ITALIAN FAVORITES” (MGM E-3791)(1959)
DISC 3:
05 “SINGS ROCK 'N' ROLL MILLION SELLERS” (MGM E-3794)(1959)
06 “COUNTRY & WESTERN GOLDEN HITS” (MGM E-3795)(1959)
DISC 4:
07 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FAVORITES” (MGM E-3853)(1960)
08 “MORE ITALIAN FAVORITES” (MGM E-3871)(1960)
DISC 5:
09 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS JEWISH FAVORITES” (MGM E-3869)(1960)
10 “SING ALONG WITH CONNIE FRANCIS” (MATI-MOR 8002)(1961)
DISC 6:
11 “SONGS TO A SWINGING BAND” (MGM E-3893)(1961)
12 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS "NEVER ON SUNDAY" (MGM E-3965)(BB 200 11/1961)
DISC 7:
13 “CONNIE FRANCIS AT THE COPA” (MGM E-3913)(BB200 65/1961)
14 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS FOLK SONG FAVORITES” (MGM E-3969)(1961)
DISC 8:
15 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS IRISH FAVORTES” (MGM E-4013)(1962)
16 “COUNTRY MUSIC CONNIE STYLE” (MGM E-4079)(BB 200 22/1962)
DISC 9:
17 “DO THE TWIST” (MGM E-4022)(BB 200 47/1962)
18 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS SECOND HAND LOVE AND OTHER HITS” (MGM E-4049)(1962)
DISC 10:
19 “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS MODERN ITALIAN HITS” (MGM E-4102)(1962)
BONUS TRACKS:
(01) Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool (MGM K 12899)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1960; BB C&W 24/1960; CB Pop 1(3)/1960; RW Pop 1(3)/1960; UK 5/1960)(May 1960)
(02) Robot Man (MGM 1076)(UK b-side, May 1960)(UK 2/1960)
(03) Stupid Cupid (MGM K 12683)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1958; CB Pop 16/1958; RW Pop 18/1958; UK 1(1)/1958)(August 1958)
(04) My Heart Has A Mind of Its Own (MGM K 12899)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1960; CB Pop 1(1)/1960; RW Pop 1(4)/1960; UK 3/1960)(August 1960)
(05) Fallin’ (MGM K 12713)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1958; CB Pop 39/1958; UK 20/1958)(October 1958)
(06) Plenty Good Lovin’ (MGM K 12824)(b-side, September 1959)(BB Pop 69/1959; CB Pop 63/1959; UK 18/1959)*double sided hit.
(07) Carolina Moon (MGM K 12683)(b-side, August 1958)(RW Pop 32/1958; UK 1(6)/1958)*double sided hit.
(08) My Happiness (MGM K 12738)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1958; CB Pop 2(2)/1958; RW Pop 2(3)/1958; UK 4/1958)(December 1958)
(09) Among My Souvenirs (MGM K 12841)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1959; CB Pop 5/1959; RW Pop 7/1959; UK 11/1959)(November 1959)
(10) Many Tears Ago (MGM K 12964)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1960; CB Pop 9/1960; RW Pop 6/1960; UK 12/1961)(November 1960)
(11) Baby Roo (MGM 1121)(UK b-side, January 1961)(UK 5/1961)*double sided hit; a-side “Where The Boys Are”.
(12) Where The Boys Are (MGM K 12971)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1961; CB Pop 4/1961; RW Pop 2/1961; UK 5/1961)(January 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time 19 Connie Francis albums are grouped into one single 10 CD box set. Although all the albums are available separately, purchasing them separately will be much more expensive.
2 The sound is acceptable with no hiss. Of course, one cannot compare this set to those by Bear Family Records or Sepia Records.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are a few glaring omissions that I wished these albums were included:
(1) “CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART” (MGM E-3792)(1959)
(2) “CONNIE FRANCIS SINGS FUN SONGS FOR CHILDREN” (MGM E-4023)(1962)*ultra-rare; never appeared on CD.
(3) “CONNIE'S GREATEST HITS” (MGM E-3793)(1959)*in the usual practice of albums from 50s and early 60s, not too many hit singles are included in the regular album releases; you will be missing out if you are looking for her hit singles.
(4) “MORE GREATEST HITS” (MGM E-3942)(1961)
2 As per usual practice with reissue labels from UK, releases stopped at 1962 due to Public Domain laws.
3 There is no booklet, no front album covers, no label & number, and no chart positions.
4 The albums are not arranged chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a great collection of 19 Connie Francis albums all in one set. This is a collectors’ dreams come true. My own dream and wish list will be the release of all her albums and singles from 1963 onwards. Bear Family, are you listening? This set is highly recommended.

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