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One Step Closer
One Step Closer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dells One Step Closer (Expanded Edition): rare original album making CD debut, with bonus tracks; great sound; wonderful booklet, Dec 20 2014
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CONTENT:

This set contains the original album, One Step Closer, released in 1984, finally available on CD, now with bonus tracks.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; Pop=Billboard Hot 100; R&B Rhythm & Blues chart):

LP ONE STEP CLOSER (Private I. 39309)(Billboard Top R&B Album Chart, 49/1984):
01 ONE STEP CLOSER (Private I 04448)(R&B 46/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 LOVE ON (Private I 04540)(R&B 60/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 YOU JUST CAN'T WALK AWAY (Private I 04343)(Pop 107/1984; R&B 23/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Come On Back To Me (Private I 04448)(b-side, 1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Holdin’ On
06 Don't Want Nobody (Private I 04343)(b-side, 1984)*rare gem; CD debut; written and produced by acclaimed guitarist David Williams; it was Williams signature funky strumming that famously anchors the end of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean; he was also inducted into Guiness Book Of World Records, as the guitarist appearing on the most number one hit records ever!.
07 I Am Your Man
08 Jody*David Williams also responsible this synth-laden dancer and a modern tale of infidelity.
BONUS TRACKS:
09 You Just Can’t Walk Away (US single edit)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 One Step Closer (US single edit)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 One Step Closer (US remix club version)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great up-tempo album, finally released on CD. It contains many singles (a and b-sides), all making their CD debut. The bonus tracks are precious, including the US single versions of You Just Can’t Walk Away and One Step Closer. Thank you.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. The vocals are crisp, with backing instruments well differentiated and vibrant.
3 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet, with an informative essay by Lewis Dene. Label and number, and chart positions are all included. The front and back covers occupy the entire page each. 45 rpm single labels are also included. This illustrates how the booklet should be constructed. Thank you for the great effort.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

On the Billboard R&B chart, the Dells have 47 charted singles. I have just painstakingly finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that the Dells have 71 singles from 1954 to 1992 (but only 135 songs, not 142 songs, because 6 were repeat releases and one b-side belonged to another artist, Count Morris). Their labels are: (1) Checker (1954), (2) Vee Jay (1955 – 1961), (3) Argo (1962 – 1963), (4) Vee Jay (1964 – 1965), (5) Cadet (1966 – 1975), (6) Mercury (1975 – 1978), (7) ABC (1978 – 1979), (8) 20th Century (1980), (9) Private I. (1984), (10) Veteran (1989), (11) Virgin (1991), (12) Urgent! (1991), and (13) Philadelphia I. (1992).

To get all the songs, you will need: (1) Dells Early Years (Acrobat, 2014), (2) Time Makes You Change 1954 – 1961 (2CDs by Jasmine Records, 2012), (3) Anthology (2 CDs by Hip-O, 1999), (4) Standing Ovation: Very Best of 1966 – 1981 (2 CDs by Universal, 2007). Fortunately, most of the rest can be found online. Right now, I am only missing 4 songs out of 135 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dells is a vocal group from Harvey, Illinois, consisting of Johnny Funches (lead), Marvin Junior (baritone lead), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They have a long and illustrious career, making them one of the only two groups to have R&B hit singles in five different decades. The other group…no: not the Temptations, not Gladys Knight & the Pips….it was the Isley Brothers.

This set represents the dynamic aspect of the Dells. Their harmonies are simply heavenly. The entire set is enjoyable, with great synth sound. You will tap your feet with the music.This set is highly recommended to all Dells fans.

Time Makes You Change: 1954 - 1961 (2CD)
Time Makes You Change: 1954 - 1961 (2CD)
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Price: CDN$ 22.35
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dells: Time Makes You Change (2CDs): 44 songs from 1954-62 only; many rare unreleased gems; great sound; more for collectors!, Dec 20 2014
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CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 44 songs, covering their career from 1954 - 1961.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; Pop=Billboard Hot 100; R&B=Rhythm & Blues chart):

Disc 1:
01 DARLING I KNOW (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
02 Christine (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(b-side, 1954)
03 Darling I Know (as El Rays)(faster version)*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut.
04 So Long (Willie Dixon with the El Rays as background vocals)*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut; thank you for the thoroughness.
05 TELL THE WORLD (Vee-Jay 134)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*b-side, Blues at Three belonged to another artist, Count Morris.
06 I Can't Help Myself*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut.
07 Zing, Zing, Zing (Vee-Jay 166)(b-side, 1955)
08 DREAMS OF CONTENTMENT (Vee-Jay 166)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
09 She's Just An Angel*not previously released; CD debut.
10 OH WHAT A NITE (Vee-Jay 204)(R&B 4/1956) )*first of 2 charted single during the early years.
11 Jo-Jo (Vee-Jay 204)(b-side, 1956)
12 Kneel And Pray (Now I Pray)*previously not released; CD debut.
13 Baby Do*previously not released; CD debut.
14 I Wanna Go Home (Vee Jay 230)(b-side, 1956)
15 MOVIN' ON (Vee-Jay 230)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
16 WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO (Vee-Jay 236)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
17 Dance, Dance, Dance (Vee-Jay 236)(b-side, 1957)
18 O-BOP, SHE-BOP (Vee-Jay 251)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
19 A Distant Love (Vee-Jay 251)(b-side, 1957)
20 Time Makes You Change (Vee-Jay 258)(b-side, 1957)
21 PAINS IN MY HEART (Vee-Jay 258)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
22 Someone To Call Me Darling*not previously released; CD debut.

Disc 2:
01 Time Makes You Change (alternate take)*not previously released; CD debut.
02 WHAT YOU SAY BABY (Vee-Jay 274)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
03 The Springer (Vee-Jay 274)(b-side, 1958)
04 My Dreams*not previously released; CD debut.
05 Come On Baby*not previously released; CD debut.
06 I'M CALLING (Vee-Jay 292)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
07 Jeepers Creepers (Vee-Jay 292)(b-side, 1958)
08 Cherry Bee*not previously released; CD debut.
09 Restless Days Sleepless Nights*not previously released; CD debut
10 Rain*not previously released; CD debut.
11 My Best Girl (Vee-Jay 300)(b-side, 1958)
12 WEDDING DAY (Vee-Jay 300)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
13 Baby, Open Up Your Heart (Vee-Jay 324)(b-side, 1959)
14 DRY YOUR EYES (Vee-Jay 324)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
15 You're Still In My Heart*not previously released; CD debut.
16 SWINGIN' TEENS (Vee-Jay 376)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*in stereo.
17 Don't Tell Nobody (album track: Vee Jay LP 7305)*stereo.
18 Hold On To What You've Got (Vee-Jay 376)(b-side, 1961)
BONUS TRACKS:
19 Am I Blue - Dinah Washington & The Dells, featuring Marvin Junior*stereo
20 Mood Indigo - Dinah Washington & The Dells*stereo.
21 Wake The Town And Tell The People - Dinah Washington & The Dells*stereo
22 Jeepers Creepers - The Dells with the Quincy Jones Orchestra*stereo

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for the singles for the Dells from 1954 to 1962, I would recommend The Early Years (Acrobat Music, 2014)(my review is found elsewhere). But if you are a collector, this set has many rare unreleased gems, that are making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The 3 tracks with Dinah Washington are priceless.
3 There is a 6-page booklet, with an informative essay by David Yeats. The label & number are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 59 minutes; Disc 2: 54 minutes. Come on, Jasmine Records, you could have made this set much more valuable by including all the 8 songs on Argo label, four of which are found in the Early Years (Acrobat Music).
2 Record labels in UK (like Jasmine, One Day Music, Acrobat, Sepia and Real Gone Music) will reissue songs up to year 1962, probably due to UK Public Domain law. This is really unfortunate, because 4 of the songs on Argo label are found in 1963.
3 There are no chart positions, no picture sleeves, no 45 rpm singles labels. Mind you, this set was released in 2012. Jasmine Records has improved a lot now, including all of the above in current releases in 2014.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

On the Billboard R&B chart, the Dells have 47 charted singles. I have just painstakingly finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that the Dells have 71 singles from 1954 to 1992 (but only 135 songs, not 142 songs, because 6 were repeat releases and one b-side belonged to another artist, Count Morris). Their labels are: (1) Checker (1954), (2) Vee Jay (1955 - 1961), (3) Argo (1962 - 1963), (4) Vee Jay (1964 - 1965), (5) Cadet (1966 - 1975), (6) Mercury (1975 - 1978), (7) ABC (1978 - 1979), (8) 20th Century (1980), (9) Private I. (1984), (10) Veteran (1989), (11) Virgin (1991), (12) Urgent! (1991), and (13) Philadelphia I. (1992).

To get all the songs, you will need: (1) Dells Early Years (Acrobat, 2014), (2) current set, Time Makes You Change 1954 - 1961 (2CDs by Jasmine Records, 2012), (3) Anthology (2 CDs by Hip-O, 1999), (4) Standing Ovation: Very Best of 1966 - 1981 (2 CDs by Universal, 2007). Fortunately, most of the rest can be found online. Right now, I am only missing 4 songs out of 135 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dells is a vocal group from Harvey, Illinois, consisting of Johnny Funches (lead), Marvin Junior (baritone lead), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They have a long and illustrious career, making them one of the only two groups to have R&B hit singles in five different decades. The other group...no: not the Temptations, not Gladys Knight & the Pips....it was the Isley Brothers.

This set is an excellent way to introduce you to the Dells. Their harmonies are simply heavenly. The entire set is enjoyable, with great sound and many rare gems. The songs with Dinah Washington are dynamite. This set is recommended to all Dells fans, but because of lack of hit singles, it is more for collectors.

Early Years: Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62
Early Years: Complete Singles As & Bs 1954-62
Price: CDN$ 18.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dells Early Years: most complete, comprehensive coverage of hit singles (a & b-sides) 1954-62; great sound; more for collectors., Dec 20 2014
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CONTENT:

This set, released by Acrobat Music, a reputable reissue label renown for their thoroughness and completeness, contains 29 songs, the singles from 1954 – 1962.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; Pop=Billboard Hot 100; R&B=Rhythm & Blues chart):

01 DARLING I KNOW (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
02 Christine (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(b-side, 1954)
03 TELL THE WORLD (Vee-Jay 134)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*b-side not included here because it belongs to another artist, Count Morris.
04 Zing, Zing, Zing (Vee-Jay 166)(b-side, 1955)
05 DREAMS OF CONTENTMENT (Vee-Jay 166)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
06 OH WHAT A NITE (Vee-Jay 204)(R&B 4/1956)*first of 2 charted single during the early years.
07 Jo-Jo (Vee-Jay 204)(b-side, 1956)
08 MOVIN' ON (Vee-Jay 230)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
09 I Wanna Go Home (Vee Jay 230)(b-side, 1956)
10 WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO (Vee-Jay 236)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
11 Dance, Dance, Dance (Vee-Jay 236)(b-side, 1957)
12 O-BOP, SHE-BOP (Vee-Jay 251)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
13 A Distant Love (Vee-Jay 251)(b-side, 1957)
14 PAINS IN MY HEART (Vee-Jay 258)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
15 Time Makes You Change (Vee-Jay 258)(b-side, 1957)
16 WHAT YOU SAY BABY (Vee-Jay 274)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
17 The Springer (Vee-Jay 274)(b-side, 1958)
18 I'M CALLING (Vee-Jay 292)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
19 Jeepers Creepers (Vee-Jay 292)(b-side, 1958)
20 WEDDING DAY (Vee-Jay 300)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
21 My Best Girl (Vee-Jay 300)(b-side, 1958)
22 DRY YOUR EYES (Vee-Jay 324)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
23 Baby, Open Up Your Heart (Vee-Jay 324)(b-side, 1959)
24 SWINGIN' TEENS (Vee-Jay 376)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
25 Hold On To What You've Got (Vee-Jay 376)(b-side, 1961)
26 GOD BLESS THE CHILD (Argo 5415)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
27 I'm Going Home (Argo 5415)(b-side, 1962)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; not available online or anywhere else.
28 THE (BOSSA NOVA) BIRD (Argo 5428)(Pop 97/1962)
29 Eternally (Argo 5428)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for the early years of the Dells, this set has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of their singles from 1954 to 1962. It contains a few rare gems on Argo label not found in another compilation, Time Makes You Change, by Jasmine Records.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is an excellent 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Paul Watts. Label & number and year of release are included.
4 The songs are arranged chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The price is a little expensive, considering this is a single CD.
2 The chart positions are not included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

On the Billboard R&B chart, the Dells have 47 charted singles. I have just painstakingly finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that the Dells have 71 singles from 1954 to 1992 (but only 135 songs, not 142 songs, because 6 were repeat releases and one b-side belonged to another artist, Count Morris). Their labels are: (1) Checker (1954), (2) Vee Jay (1955 – 1961), (3) Argo (1962 – 1963), (4) Vee Jay (1964 – 1965), (5) Cadet (1966 – 1975), (6) Mercury (1975 – 1978), (7) ABC (1978 – 1979), (8) 20th Century (1980), (9) Private I. (1984), (10) Veteran (1989), (11) Virgin (1991), (12) Urgent! (1991), and (13) Philadelphia I. (1992).

To get all the songs, you will need: (1) current set, Dells Early Years (Acrobat, 2014), (2) Time Makes You Change 1954 – 1961 (2CDs by Jasmine Records, 2012), (3) Anthology (2 CDs by Hip-O, 1999), (4) Standing Ovation: Very Best of 1966 – 1981 (2 CDs by Universal, 2007). Fortunately, most of the rest can be found online. Right now, I am only missing 4 songs out of 135 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dells is a vocal group from Harvey, Illinois, consisting of Johnny Funches (lead), Marvin Junior (baritone lead), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They have a long and illustrious career, making them one of the only two groups to have R&B hit singles in five different decades. The other group…no: not the Temptations, not Gladys Knight & the Pips….it was the Isley Brothers.

This set is an excellent way to introduce you to the Dells. Their harmonies are simply heavenly. The entire set is enjoyable, with great sound. This set is recommended to all Dells fans, but because of lack of hit singles, it is more for collectors.

Venus in Blue Jeans
Venus in Blue Jeans
Price: CDN$ 22.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Clanton: Venus in Blue Jeans (2CDs): 64 songs, singles & album tracks; Best "Greatest Hits" Collection; great sound!, Dec 19 2014
This review is from: Venus in Blue Jeans (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This is a 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 64 songs. Disc 1 is devoted to singles (32 songs). Disc 2 is devoted to album tracks and rarities (32 songs).

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for albums and singles, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; BB=Billboard Hot 100; R&B Rhythm & Blue chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record Word; UK):

DISC 1 (SINGLES):
01 I TRUSTED YOU (Ace 537)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
02 That's You Baby (Ace 537)(b-side, 1957)
03 JUST A DREAM (Ace 546)(BB 4/1958; R&B 1/1958; CB 5/1958; RW 4/1958)*Jimmy's first big hit; his first million selling gold record.
04 You Aim To Please (Ace 546)(b-side, 1958)
05 A LETTER TO AN ANGEL (Ace 551)(BB 25/1958; CB 33/1958; RW 42/1958)*his second gold record.
06 A Part Of Me (b-side)(Ace 551)(BB 38/1958; R&B 28/1958; CB 56/1958; RW 56/1958)*double-sided hit.
07 SHIP ON A STORMY SEA (Ace 560)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*thank you for including uncharted single.
08 My Love Is Strong (Ace 560)(b-side, 1958)
09 MY OWN TRUE LOVE (Ace 567)(BB 25/1959; CB 25/1959; RW 28/1959)*revival of Margaret Whiting's hit, also called Tara's Theme.
10 Little Boy In Love (Ace 567)(b-side, 1959)
11 GO JIMMY GO (Ace 575)(BB 5/1959; R&B 19/1960; CB 7/1959; RW 7/1959)*released with his first movie Go Johnny Go; his third gold record.
12 I Trusted You (Ace 575)(b-side, 1959)*this is a new version of his 1957 song; thank you for including this.
13 ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT (Ace 585) (BB 22/1960; CB 17/1960; RW 22/1960; UK 50/1960)*his only UK charted hit; his US big hit Venus in Blue Jeans was covered in UK by Mark Wynter.
14 I'm Gonna Try (Ace 585)(b-side, 1960)
15 COME BACK (Ace 600)(BB 63/1960; CB 75/1960; RW 60/1960)
16 Wait (b-side)(Ace 600)(BB 91/1960)*another double-sided hit.
17 WHAT AM I GONNA DO (Ace 607)(BB 50/1961; CB 58/1961; RW 66/1961)
18 If I (Ace 607)(b-side, 1961)
19 DOWN THE AISLE (with Mary Ann Mobley)(Ace 616)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*b-side, No Longer Blue, is missing here!?
20 WHAT AM I LIVING FOR (Vin 1028)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*b-side, Wedding Bells, is fortunately found as album track in disc 2, track 23.
21 I JUST WANNA MAKE LOVE (Ace 622)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 Don't Look At Me (Ace 622)(b-side, 1961)
23 LUCKY IN LOVE WITH YOU (Ace 634)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
24 Not Like A Brother (Ace 634)(b-side, 1961)
25 TWIST ON LITTLE GIRL (Ace 641)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
26 Wayward Love (Ace 641)(b-side, 1962)
27 JUST A MOMENT (Ace 655)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
28 Because I Do (Ace 655)(b-side, 1962)
29 VENUS IN BLUE JEANS (Ace 664)(BB 7/1962; CB 10/1962; RW 9/1962)*his 4th and final gold record.
30 Highway Bound (Ace 664)(b-side, 1962)
31 DARKEST STREET IN TOWN (Ace 8005)(BB 77/1963; CB 33/1963; RW 91/1962)
32 Dreams Of A Fool (Ace 8005)(b-side, 1963)

DISC 2 (ALBUM TRACKS & RARITIES):
LP JUST A DREAM (Ace LP 1001)(1959):
01 Take Her Back
02 No Greater Love
03 It's All Over Now
04 Land of Tomorrow
05 It Takes A Long, Long Time
06 Losing The One I Love
07 Angel Face
FROM MOVIE GO JOHNNY GO (1959):
08 Don't You Know (aka It's All Over Now - movie version)
LP JIMMY'S HAPPY (Ace LP 1007)(1960):
09 Jimmy's Tune (I'm In Love)
10 That Old Feeling
11 Linda
12 I'm Beginning To See The Light
13 Beg Your Pardon
14 You're An Old Smoothie (I'm An Old Softie)
15 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
LP JIMMY'S BLUE (Ace LP 1008)(1960):
16 I Feel Those Tears Coming On
17 Somebody Please Help Me
18 Nothing Left For Me
19 You Better Settle Down
20 You Kissed A Fool Goodbye (Starfire 012)(uncharted a-side, 1978)
21 Love Me Tonight
22 I Wanna Go Home (Starfire 012)(b-side, 1978)
23 Wedding Bells (Vin 1028)(b-side, 1961)
RARITIES:
24 A Fool For You (unreleased, 1961)
25 See See Rider (unreleased, 1961)
26 I Feel So Bad (unreleased, 1961)
27 Any More (unreleased, 1961)
28 You Win Again (unreleased, 1961)
29 Teenage Millionaire (from movie Teenage Millionaire, 1962)
30 The Way I Am (from movie Teenage Millionaire, 1962)
31 Molly Darling (from LP Venus in Blue Jeans, Ace LP 1026, 1962)
32 Walk With Me (from LP Venus in Blue Jeans, Ace LP 1026, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are a few Greatest Hits of Jimmy Clanton out there (notably from Music Club and my old reference from Westside 1997). But this is the best and has the most complete comprehensive coverage of singles and albums by Jimmy Clanton from 1957 to 1962. All his hit singles are here plus many great album tracks, plus rare unreleased songs.
2 The sound is excellent as per high standards at Jasmine Records: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a 6-page booklet, with an informative essay by Roger Dopson. Label & number, together with chart position are all included together with 2 colour picture sleeves and 2 45 rpm singles labels. The songs are arranged chronologically. Thank you, Jasmine Records. You are slowly improving.
4 The price is reasonable for a 2 CD set.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 For the period up to 1962, there are 3 songs (singles) still missing:
(1) The Slave ((Ace 51860)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*still unavailable anywhere.
(2) Rambling Girl (Ace 51860)(b-side, 1960)*still unavailable anywhere.
(3) No Longer Blue (With Mary Ann Mobley)(Ace 616)(b-side, 1961)*fortunately available online.

2 There are quite a few album tracks missing. But you can be excused for putting many rare previously unreleased tracks in.
3 Record labels in UK (like Jasmine, One Day Music, Acrobat, Sepia and Real Gone Music) will reissue songs up to year 1962, probably due to UK Public Domain law. This is really unfortunate, because in this case, I have done a Complete Singles Discography on Jimmy Clanton. There are 33 singles with 64 songs (not 66 because one was a repeat release and the other being instrumental b-side). From 1963 to 1978, there are still 28 songs missing. Fortunately quite a few songs are now available online. His output from 1963 onward is still sorely missing on CDs.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

There are 33 singles released from 1957 to 1978. The labels are as follows: (1) Ace Records (1957 - 1963), (2) Philips (1963 - 1964), (3) Mala (1965), (4) Imperial (1967), (5) Laurie (1969), (6) Spiral (1971), (7) Starcrest (1976) and (8) Starfire (1978).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Jimmy Clanton has both good looks and great voice. After his charting career, he headlined a number of Richard Nader R&R Revival tours and spent several years as a deejay, before "finding God" in the 80s and recording a series of Gospel albums. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Music Hall of Fame.

Jasmine Records has done an excellent job in releasing his singles paired with great album tracks. All the hit singles are here. The sound is terrific. This is the best Greatest Hits available so far and is highly recommended for all music lovers of the innocent early 60s.

Lastly, this set was released on November 7, 2014. I think Amazon put the wrong reviews under this set because their dates of reviews were from 2013 or before. One reviewer mentioned bad sound. I don't think he referred to this set. The sound here is great. I hope this review is helpful to you.

Gracias Por La Musica, Spanish Deluxe Version (CD + DVD)
Gracias Por La Musica, Spanish Deluxe Version (CD + DVD)
Price: CDN$ 18.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA Gracias Por La Musica (deluxe edition): wonderful collection of 15 Spanish songs; great sound; excellent booklet: great DVD, Dec 16 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

ABBA, consisting of Anni-Frid “Frida’ Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Agnetha Faltskog. All members were born in Sweden, except Frida who was born in Norway. Bjorn and Agnetha were married from 1971 – 1980. Benny and Frida were married from 1979 – 81. They disbanded in 1982. ABBA was famous for minutely worked compositions, complex arrangements and brilliant studio productions. That same drive for perfection was in their live performances. ABBA played live only a very few times. In 1975, they did a lengthy tour of Sweden, and toured Europe in 1975, 1977 and 1979, toured Australia in 1977, the USA in 1979 and the last live show at the Budokan in Japan in March 1980.

CONTENT:

This Deluxe Edition consists of: (1) CD with 15 songs, and (2) DVD, with 8 tracks.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a track listing (with personal comments), which is as follows:

Disc 1 (CD):
LP GRACIAS POR LA MUSICA (RCA Victor 6613)(1980):
01 Gracias Por La Musica (Thank You For The Music)
02 Reina Danzante (Dancing Queen)
03 Al Andar (Move On)
04 Dame! Dame! Dame! (Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!)
05 Fernando
06 Estoy Sonando (I Have A Dream)
07 Mama Mia
08 Hasta Manna
09 Conociendome, Conociendote (Knowing Me, Knowing You)
10 Chiquitita
BONUS TRACKS:
11 Ring Ring*the first Spanish song recorded by ABBA, known at the time as Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida; first found in ABBA Mas oro in 1994.
12 Andante, Andante*found in Super Trouper album, 1980.
13 Felicidad (Happy New Year)*found in Super Trouper album, 1980.
14 No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done)*found in The Visitors album, 1982.
15 Se Me Esta Escapando (Slipping Through My Finger)*found in The Visitors album, 1982.

Disc 2 (DVD):
01 Chiquitita (300 Millones, TVE)*broadcast on June 18, 1979; recorded in the show 300 millones in Madrid; aired via satellites to many Latin American countries.
02 Chiquitita (Aplauso, TVE)*broadcast on June 2, 1979 at Aplauso, when the host Jose Luis Urbarri presented ABBA with a gold disc for Chiquitita.
03 Estoy Sonando (Promo Clip)
04 ABBA on Spanish TV (Especial Aplauso 100, TVE)*broadcast June 14, 1980, filmed earlier in Stockholm:
Songs performed:
Conociendome, Conociendote*filmed on May 20, 1980.
Gracias Por La Musica (Promo Clip)
Dame! Dame! Dame
05 Felicidad (Promo Clip
06 No Hay A Quien Culpar (Promo Clip)
07 International Sleeve Gallery

THE ORIGINAL GRACIAS POR LA MUSICA ALBUM:

The original album Gracias Por La Musica was released in May 1980, and was certified 4X Platinum in Argentina, also reaching Platinum and reaching number two on the charts in Spain – and even entering the charts in Japan!

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 What a wonderful and thoughtful collection, combining the original album with all the Spanish bonus tracks. The DVD is very well done, truly icing on the cake. Excellent job and thank you!
2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss. The angelic vocals of Agnetha and Frida are truly heavenly, clear and crisp. The backing instrumental tracks are well defined with good differentiation among different instruments.
3 There is an excellent 20-page booklet, with first part in Spanish and second part in English. There are many beautiful album covers, EP and 45 rpm single picture sleeves. Simply marvelous. The essay is very informative. There is a page of personal message from Frida, with her original signature. On the back cover, we find the rare signatures of all 4 members. What a wonderful booklet.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Following the recent triumphant release of Live in Wembley (my review is found elsewhere), this is truly another wonderful and magical collection. What a wonderful Christmas gift for myself. Agnetha and Frida are truly talented. From the essay, I learned that they were not even provided with a professional Spanish language teacher. The result is truly amazing. After listening to this entire album, I have a deeper appreciation of ABBA’s talents. The entire set is totally and thoroughly enjoyable (even though I don’t understand Spanish). Now I miss them even more. This set is very highly recommended. ABBA, gracias por la musica! (and pardon my Spanish).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page Vol. 3: 8 Classic Albums (4CDs): 8 complete albums with 98 songs; great sound; 3 LPs making CD debut., Dec 16 2014
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This 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Music, a reputable reissue label from UK, is Volume 3 of Classic Album series, contain 8 complete Patti Page albums, with a total of 98 songs. (my reviews Vol.1 & 2 found elsewhere)

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide the names of the albums and no song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for albums and singles) which is as follows:

Disc 1:
LP THE WEST SIDE (AmArcy 36136)(1958):
01 No Moon at All
02 I’m Glad There Is You
03 Nice Work If You Get It
04 I Never Knew
05 (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
06 What Am I Here For
07 Let There Be Love
08 Gone With The Wind
09 They All Laughed
10 I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
11 Here I’ll Stay
12 Lullaby In Rhythm
LP IN THE LAND OF HI FI (AmArcy 36074)(1956):
13 Nevertheless
14 Out of Nowhere
15 The Lady Is A Tramp
16 The Thrill Is Gone
17 A Foggy Day
18 Mountain Greenery
19 I’ve Got My Eyes On You
20 My Kind of Love
21 I Didn’t Know About You
22 My Sin
23 Taking A Chance On Love
24 Love For Sale

Disc 2:
LP INDISCRETION (Mercury 20405)(1959):
01 Autumn Leaves
02 Indiscretion
03 If All Depends On You
04 Everything Happens To You
05 I’ll Walk Alone
06 You Call Everybody Darling
07 We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
08 In Love In Vain
09 Smiles
10 Lover Come Back To Me
11 For You
12 ‘Tis Autumn
LP SINGS AND STARS IN :ELMER GANTRY” (Mercury 20599)(1960):
13 Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
14 Throw Out The Life Line
15 Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
16 Sweet Hour of Prayer
17 All Hail The Power of Jesus Name
18 I’m On My Way
19 When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
20 Onward Christian Soldier
21 Abide With Me
22 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
23 Shall We Gather At the River
24 We’re Marching To Zion
25 Hallelujah Chorus
26 Battle Hymn of the Republic

Disc 3:
LP JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE (Mercury 20573)(1960):
01 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
02 Steal Away
03 Little David
04 Nobody Knows
05 I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
06 Motherless Child
07 Just A Closer Walk With Thee
08 My Lord What A Mornin’
09 Great Getting Up Mornin’
10 Were You There
11 Break Bread
12 Me! Oh Lord
LP PATTI PAGE SINGS COUNTRY AND WESTERN GOLDEN HITS (Mercury 20615)(1961):
13 Mom And Dad’s Waltz (b-side, Mercury 71823)(US 58/1961)
14 I Walk The Line
15 Crazy Arms
16 Faded Love
17 Walking The Floor Over You
18 Jealous Heart
19 Just Because
20 Please Help Me I’m Falling
21 You all Come
22 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
23 Dark Moon (Mercury 71870)(b-side, 1971)
24 Release Me

Disc 4:
LP GO ON HOME (SINGS COUNTRY AND WESTERN GOLDEN HITS, VOL. 2)(Mercury 20689)(1962):
01 Go On Home (a-side, Mercury 71908)(US 42/1961)
02 Walk On By
03 Your Old Love Letters
04 That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome
05 Invitation To The Blues (Mercury 72123)(b-side, 1963)
06 Guess Things Happen That Way
07 I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know
08 I Fall To Pieces
09 You Don’t Know Me (Mercury 71950)(b-side, 1962)
10 Am I That Easy To Forget
11 Four Walls
12 Slowly
LP PATTI SINGS GOLDEN HITS OF THE BOYS (Mercury 20712)(112/1962):
13 The Twist
14 Georgia On My Mind
15 Put Your Head On My Shoulder
16 Don’t Be Cruel
17 (You’ve Got) Personality
18 It’s Just A Matter Of Time
19 I’m Walkin’ (a-side, Mercury 72123)(US 127/1963)*last single on Mercury label before Patti moved over to Columbia label.
20 Don’t Worry
21 Big Bad John
22 Poor Little Fool
23 I Almost Lost My Mind
24 Mack The Knife

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is wonderful collection of 8 complete albums by Patti Page, covering from 1956 to 1962. There is a great mix. In contrast to her pop hits, the songs in this set are very jazzy, with Patti swinging with the orchestra. There are also many religious songs represented. As noted above, there are a few pop singles included in this set.
2 A few albums are making their CD debut, like Sings And Stars In Elmer Gantry, The West Side and Just A Closer Walk With Thee. Sepia Records has released Golden Hits Of The Boys and Sings Country and Western Golden Hits in the past. In The Land of Hi Fi and Indiscretion are available separately, but over $25 each. The price is reasonable here for 8 albums. You will spend much more money to buy them separately.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Patti Page’s old recordings were plagued by hiss and clicks during her early releases on CDs. No such problem here. Patti’s voice is smooth and sultry, with clear differentiation of instruments in the orchestra.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet in this series, thus no album front covers, no label & number, and no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Real Gone Music has released 3 volumes of Classic Albums on Patti Page. To help you with your purchasing decision, here is the summary of the names of albums in each volume:

EIGHT CLASSIC ALBUMS, VOL. 1:
(1) Romance on the Range, (2) Christmas With Patti Page, (3) Page 1, (4) Page 2, (5) Page 3, (6) You Go To My Head, (7) Music for Two In Love, and (8) The Voices of Patti Page.

EIGHT CLASSIC ALBUMS, VOL. 2:
(1) Page 4, (2) This Is My Song, (3) Manhattan Tower, (4) The Waltz Queen (Mercury), (5) The Waltz Queen (Wing) (6) Let’s Get Away From It All, (7) I’ve Heard That Song Before, and (8) On Camera – Favorites From TV.

EIGHT CLASSIC ALBUMS, VOL. 3:
(1) The West Side, (2) In the Land of Hi Fi, (3) Indiscretion, (4) Sings and Stars in Elmer Gantry, (5) Just A Closer Walk With Thee, (6) Patti Page Sings Country And Western Golden Hits, (7) Go On Home, and (8) Patti Sings Golden Hits Of The Boys

I hope there will be Volume 4 in the future. There are still 8 albums before 1963 that are not released yet on CDs:
(1) Folk Songs Favorites (1951), (2) Tennessee Waltz (1952), (3) Sings For Romance (1953), (4) Just Patti (1955), (5) The East Side (1957), (6) Three Little Words (1959), (7) I Remember April (1959), and (8) Y’all Come (1961).

I love Patti Page. Thanks to Real Gone Music, her complete Columbia Singles were released. Also thanks to Jasmine Records, her Mercury output was neatly covered. I have done a Complete Singles Discography and found that she has 280 songs (140 singles)!! Unfortunately, her country output is still sorely missing. Patti sadly passed away on January 1, 2013, just a few weeks before she was scheduled to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks to label like Jasmine and Real Gone Music, her wonderful and vast library of music remains for admirers to enjoy. This 4 CD set provided me with a wealth of new joys from The Singing Rage. This set is recommended to all Patti Page fans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kay Starr 2: 7 Classic Albums (4CDs): only 7 albums with 78 songs; good sound; could have added more tracks., Dec 14 2014
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This is Volume 2 of Kay Starr's Classic Album series. (my review of Vol. 1 is found elsewhere). In most cases, volume 2 would cover the star's output further down the road. To my pleasant surprise, volume 2 here goes backward, covering the earlier Kay Starr from 1953 to 1958.

This set, in contrast to EIGHT classic albums in Volume 1, has only SEVEN classic albums, with only 78 songs, covering the period from 1953 to 1958.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for albums and singles) which is as follows:

Disc 1:
LP THE KAY STARR STYLE (Capitol 363)(1953):
01 Too Busy (Capitol 1096)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
02 Please Be Kind
03 Side By Side (Capitol 1688)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
04 Someday Sweetheart
05 Tonight You Belong To Me
06 Waiting At The End Of The Road (Capitol 13900)(b-side, 1953)
07 It's The Talk Of The Town (Capitol 1096)(b-side, 1952)
08 What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry (Capitol 13969)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*With Les Paul
09 I Just Couldn't Take It Baby
10 The Breeze (Capitol 1688)(b-side, 1951)
11 I've The World On A String
12 When My Dreamboat Comes Home (Capitol 2595)(US 18/1953)
LP THE ONE - THE ONLY KAY STARR (Capitol 1149)(1955):
13 A Hundred Years From Today
14 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
15 Glad Rag Doll
16 Fit As A Fiddle
17 My Buddy
18 You Can Depend On Me
19 I Want A Little Boy
20 I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again
21 The Prisoner's Song
22 Once More
23 Georgia On My Mind
24 Jump For Joy

Disc 2:
LP SONGS BY KAY STARR (Capitol 211)(1956):
01 Steady Daddy (Capitol 15314)(b-side, 1949)
02 You've Got To See Mam Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All) (Capitol 854)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
03 Ya Gotta Buy, Buy, Buy For Baby (Capitol 717)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
04 Poor Papa (He's Gotta Nothin' At All)
05 You're The One I Care For (Capitol 811)(b-side, 1947)
06 It's The First Time (I've Given My Heart) (Capitol 639)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
07 Second Hand Love (Capitol 15380)(b-side, 1949)
08 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Capitol 497)(b-side, 1948)
09 A Faded Summer Love (Capitol 15226)(b-side, 1948)
10 Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me (Capitol 1710)(b-side, 1951)
11 I'm The Lonesomest Gal In Town (Capitol 854)(b-side, 1950)
LP IN A BLUE MOOD (Capitol 580)(1956):
12 After You've Gone*remake of her 1945 hit with the Lamplighter Five.
13 A Woman Likes To Be Told (Capitol 980)(b-side, 1950)
14 Maybe You'll Be There
15 I'm Waiting For The Ships That Never Come In
16 What Will I Tell My Heart
17 Evenin' (Capitol 1357)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
18 He's Funny That Way
19 I Got The Spring Fever Blues
20 Don't Tell Him What Happened To Me
21 I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good
22 Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Capitol 1278)(b-side, 1950)*a big hit for Connie Francis later on.
23 It Will Have To Do (Until The Real Thing Comes Along)

Disc 3:
LP SINGIN' KAY STARR, SWINGIN' ERROLL GARNER)(Crown 5003)(1956):
01 Ain't Misbehavin'
02 Good For Nothing Joe
03 Lover
04 Just You, Just Me
05 Them There Eyes*remake of her 1947 hit
06 Blue Lou
07 Tenderly
08 Little Girl
LP BLUE STARR (RCA Victor 1549)(1957):
09 It's A Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)
10 You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do)
11 The House Is Haunted (By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye)
12 We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
13 I Really Don't Want To Know
14 Blue Starr

Disc 4:
LP BLUE STARR (RCA Victor 1549)(1957)(contd):
01 Wedding Blues
02 It's Funny To Everyone But Me
03 Little White Lies
04 Just Like A Butterfly (That's Caught In The Rain)
05 Blue And Sentimental
LP ROCKIN' WITH KAY (RCA Victor 1720)(1958):
06 Dry Bones
07 Rockin' Chair (RCA Victor 7218)(b-side, 1958)
08 I Gotta Get Away From You
09 Till We Meet Again
10 True Blue Lou
11 Lazy Bones
12 Lonesome Road
13 The Glory of Love
14 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
15 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be)*remake on Capitol released as single in 1962.
16 How Deep Is The Ocean (RCA Victor 7521)(b-side, 1959)*the last single on RCA Victor, before rejoining Capitol Records.
17 Do I Worry

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you like to collect albums by Kay Starr, this is a good way to have 7 albums in one set. Most of the above albums are available separately on Collectables as 2 LPs on 1 CD series. To get them all, the final cost is much higher.
2 There are many singles (charted and uncharted) that are found in this set, as noted above.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per high standards at Real Gone Music. The result is much better than that from Collectables.
4 The price is reasonable for a 4 CD set.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 3: 45 minutes; Disc 4: 48 minutes. In Volume 1, 8 albums were included. Here, Blue Star was broken up among discs 3 and 4. And there are lots of empty spaces around. Why not put one more album like Volume 1, or fill up the spaces with singles. Here, Collectables is better. In The One And Only Kay Starr/Blue Starr, three bonus tracks were added. One of the tracks, I Couldn't Care Less, was a very rare b-side, not available anywhere else, that could have been included.
2 There is no booklet, no label & number, no chart positions and no front album covers.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

For Volume 2, somehow, I feel cheated out of an album or bonus tracks, when compared to 8 Classic Albums in Volume 1. Nevertheless, the entire set is enjoyable and very "collectable". This is a welcome addition to my 27 CD Kay Starr library. If you like to collect Kay Starr, this set is for you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kay Starr 8 Classic Albums (4CDs): 8 complete albums with 95 songs; great sound; good value!, Dec 13 2014
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This 4 CD set, Volume 1 of 2 sets, released by Real Gone Music, a reputable reissue label from UK, contain 8 complete Kay Starr albums, with a total of 95 songs.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for albums and singles) which is as follows:

Disc 1:
LP I HEAR THE WORD (RCA Victor 2055)(1959):
01 Oh, What A Wonderful Feeling
02 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
03 Jezebel
04 Down By The Riverside
05 I Shall Not Be Moved
06 Rock-A-My Soul
07 Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone*remake of Capitol hit
08 Go Down, Moses
09 Shadrack
10 Get On Board
11 Grace
12 Joshua
LP MOVIN’ (Capitol 1254)(1959):
13 On A Slow Boat To China
14 I Cover The Waterfront
15 Around the World
16 Sentimental Journey
17 Night Train (Capitol 4295)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*first charted hit after leaving RCA-Victor.
18 Riders In The Sky (Capitol 4295)(b-side, 1959)
19 Goin’ To Chicago Blues
20 Indiana
21 Song Of The Wanderer
22 Swingin’ Down The Line
23 Lazy River
24 Movin’

Disc 2:
LP LOSERS, WEEPERS (Capitol 1303)(1960):
01 You Always Hurt The One You Love (Capitol 4339)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
02 I Should Care (Capitol X-1 1303)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
03 I’m A Fool To Care (Capitol X-2 1303)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
04 Don’t Take Your Love From Me
05 When I Lost You
06 Only Forever
07 Gonna Get A Guy (Capitol 4339)(b-side, 1959)
08 Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone (Capitol X-1 1303)(b-side, 1960)
09 I Miss You So (Capitol X-2 1303)(b-side, 1960)
10 A Faded Summer Love (Capitol 15226)(1948)
11 When A Woman Loves A Man
12 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall*remake of Decca hit from 1944.
LP MOVIN’ ON BROADWAY (Capitol 1374)(1960):
13 It’s Alright With Me
14 Heart
15 On The Street Where You Love
16 Get Me To The Church On Time
17 I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face
18 C’est Magnifique
19 Baubles, Bangles and Beads
20 I Love Paris
21 You’re Just In Love
22 All Of You
23 The Party’s Over
24 Just In Time

Disc 3:
LP ONE MORE TIME (Capitol 1358)(1960):
01 Side By Side (Capitol 1688)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
02 So Tired (Capitol 15314)(US 7/1949)
03 I’m The Lonesomest Gal In Town (Capitol Americana 40051)(uncharted a-side, 1947)
04 Changing Partners (Capitol 2657)(US 7/1953)
05 Fortune in Dreams (Capitol 2887)(US 17/1954)
06 Swamp Fire (Capitol 2595)(b-side, US 30/1953)
07 I’ll Always Be In Love With You (Capitol 2657)(b-side, 1953)
08 Two Brothers (Capitol 1856)(b-side, 1951)
09 The Breeze (Capitol 13900)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
10 Noah (Capitol 2334)(b-side, 1953)
11 Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me (Capitol 1710)(b-side, 1951)
12 Kay’s Lament (Capitol 2151)(US 18/1952)
LP JAZZ SINGERS (Capitol 1438)(1960):
13 I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I’m Loving You)
14 My Man
15 Breezin’ Along With The Breeze
16 All By Myself
17 Hard Hearted Hannah
18 Me Too (Capitol 2062)(b-side, 1952)
19 Happy Days And Lonely Nights
20 I Only Want A Buddy – Not A Sweetheart
21 Hummin’ to Myself
22 My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
23 Sunday
24 I Would Do Anything For You

Disc 4:
LP I CRY BY NIGHT (Capitol 1681)(1962):
01 I’m Alone Because I Love You (Capitol XE1-1681)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
02 I Cry By Night (Capitol XE1-1681)(b-side, 1962)
03 Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (Capitol XE2-1681)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
04 More Than You Know (Capitol XE2-1681)(b-side, 1962)
05 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) (Capitol XE3-1681)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
06 My Kinda Love (Capitol XE3-1681)(b-side, 1962)
07 It Had To Be You (Capitol XE4-1681)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
08 Whispering Grass
09 Nevertheless (Capitol XE4-1681)(b-side, 1962)
10 What Do You See In Her (Capitol XE5-1681)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
11 P.S. I Love you
12 I’m Still In Love With You (Capitol XE5-1681)(b-side, 1962)
LP JUST PLAIN COUNTRY (Capitol 1795)(1962):
13 Pins And Needles (In My Heart)
14 Crazy
15 Four Walls (Capitol 4835)(US 92/1962)
16 My Last Date (With You)
17 Blues Stay Away From Me
18 Walk On By
19 Oh, Lonesome Me (Capitol 4835)(b-side, 1962)
20 I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
21 I Really Don’t Want To Know
22 Singing The Blues
23 Don’t Worry

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you like Kay Starr, this set is a good way to collect 8 complete albums at a reasonable price. If you have to buy them separately (if available), it will definitely cost much more. This set contains Kay’s last RCA Victor album, plus the next 5 Capitol albums. As noted above, there are many, many singles found in the above albums.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss, as per high standards at Real Gone Music.
3 The price is reasonable for a 4 CD set.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet in this series, thus no album front covers, no label & number, and no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set concentrates on her album output from 1959 to 1962. Kay Starr has a lengthy and successful recording career. With 127 singles, I am surprised that she only has two gold records: Wheel of Fortune and Rock and Roll Waltz. Kay Starr never thought of singing as just singing – to her, it has always been “storytelling”. If singing is storytelling, then few singers in popular music have ever told a story with such conviction or success. The conviction is in Kay’s ability to sing a song to its fullest extent, to the length and breadth of its feeling and meaning.

The entire set is enjoyable with good sound. If you like to collect albums by Kay Starr, this set is definitely for you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perry Como 8 Classic Albums (4CDs): 8 complete albums with 92 songs; great sound; good value!, Dec 13 2014
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This 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Music, a reputable reissue label from UK, contain 8 complete Perry Como albums, with a total of 92 songs.

To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for albums and singles) which is as follows:

Disc 1:
LP WE GET LETTERS (RCA Victor 1463)(8/1957):
01 Swingin’ Down The Line
02 It’s Easy To Remember
03 South of the Border
04 That’s What I Like
05 Honey, Honey (Bless Your Heart)
06 Angry
07 They Can’t Take That Away From Me
08 Sposin’
09 I Had The Craziest Dream
10 Deed I Do
11 Somebody Loves Me
12 Sleepy Time Gal
LP WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF THE DAY (RCA Victor 1885)(1958):
13 He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
14 Whither Thou Goest
15 No Well On Earth
16 Only One
17 Scarlet Ribbons
18 I May Never Pass This Way Again (RCA 1062)(UK 15/1958)
19 A Still Small Voice
20 In The Garden
21 May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You
22 Prayer For Peace (RCA 1062)(UK b-side, 1958)
23 All Through The Night
24 When You Come to The End of The Day

Disc 2:
LP COMO SWINGS (RCA Victor 2010)(17/1959):
01 St. Louis Blues (RCA SP45-72)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
02 I’ve Got You Under My Skin (RCA Victor 1246)(UK b-side, 1961)
03 Route 66 (RCA SP45-72)(b-side, 1959)
04 Dear Hearts and Gentle People
05 Mood Indigo
06 Donkey Serenade
07 To Know You Is To Love You
08 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
09 Honey, Honey (Bless Your Heart)
10 Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella
11 Linda
12 Begin the Beguine
LP SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM PERRY COMO (RCA Victor 2066)(22/1960):
13 (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays (RCA Victor 47-5950)(US 8/1954)
14 Winter Wonderland (RCA Victor 20-1968)(US 27/1952)
15 Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (RCA Victor WBY 42) (b-side, 1953)
16 The Christmas Song
17 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (RCA Victor 47-2970)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
18 White Christmas (RCA Victor 47-2971)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
19 Here We Come A-Caroling/We Wish You A Merry Christmas
20 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (RCA Victor 47-6321)(b-side, 1955)
21 O Holy Night
22 The Story of the First Christmas

Disc 3:
LP FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART (RCA Victor 2343)(1960):
01 When You And I Were Young, Maggie
02 Young At Heart
03 I Was Young and Foolish
04 Too Young
05 You Make Me Feel Young
06 Like Young
07 Hello, Young Lovers
08 Especially For The Young (RCA Victor 47-7962)(b-side, 1961)
09 Too Young To Go Steady
10 While We’re Young
11 Young Love
12 When Hearts Are Young
LP SING TO ME MR. C (RCA Victor 2390)(50/1961):
13 Sing To Me Mr. C.
14 All By Myself/I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face/So In Love
15 Say It Isn’t So/Blue Skies/Here’s That Rainy Day
16 All I Do Is Dream Of You/Gigi/The Way You Look Tonight
17 Sing To Me Mr. C
18 Thank Heaven For Little Girl/You Were Meant For Me/A Fellow Needs A Girl
19 You Alone/I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter/A Portrait of My Love
20 Smile/How Deep Is The Ocean/This Nearly Was Mine
21 You Are Never Far Away From Me

Disc 4:
LP BY REQUESTS (RCA Victor 2567)(32/1962):
01 Maria
02 Lollipops and Roses
03 The Sweetest Sounds
04 More Than Likely
05 Moonglow & The Theme From Picnic
06 My Favorite Things
07 Once Upon A time
08 I Can’t Help Falling In Love
09 What’s New
10 Somebody Cares
11 I’ll Remember April
12 Moon River
LP THE BEST OF IRVING BERLIN’S SONGS FROM MR. PRESIDENT (RCA Victor 2630)(90/1962):
13 Opening/It Gets Lonely In The White House
14 The First Lady
15 In Our Hide-Away
16 The Secret Service
17 Pigtails And Freckles
18 Is He The Only Man In The World
19 Is She The Only Girl In The World
20 They Love Me
21 I’m Gonna Get Him
22 Glad To Be Home
23 Song For Belly Dancer
24 Empty Pockets Filled With Love
25 Finale/This Is A Great Country

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a good collection of 8 Perry Como albums in one set. Collectables has released the above albums as 2 LPs per CD series. If you have not purchased the Collectables CDs, this set is actually a better set. There are also many singles within the above albums.
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per high standards at Real Gone Music. The sound is definitely much better than that in the Collectables series. (Unfortunately, I have purchased a few of the Collectables sets already)
3 The price is reasonable. If you buy them separately from the Collectables series, you will pay much, much more.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet in this series, thus no album front covers, no label & number, and no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Real Gone Music has released a whole series of 7 or 8 Classic Albums, like Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Pat Boone. I personally prefer the sets that contain albums that I still don’t have, like those for Kay Starr, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Vale, etc. I hope that the inclusion of song listing will help in your purchasing decision. Amazon should really at least list the names of the albums within each set. If You like Perry Como, this set is for you.

Now That's What I Call Music 89
Now That's What I Call Music 89
Price: CDN$ 38.44
15 used & new from CDN$ 21.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I Call Music! 89 (UK)(2CDs): 45 charted pop songs with perfect sound!, Dec 12 2014
HISTORY:

Now That's What I Call Music! (1983-present) (often shortened to Now!) is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom and Ireland by EMI. Spinoff series were later introduced in South Africa (1984) and many other countries worldwide, including the United States in 1998, and Israel in 1999. Since its launch in the UK in 1983, the series has amassed over 100 million album sales worldwide, and each volume always debut at Number 1 on the UK album compilation chart.

CONTENT:

Now That's What I Call Music 89 was released in UK on December 5, 2014, and debut at Number 1 on the UK album compilation chart. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Although Amazon.ca did provide a song listing, to help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a more detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position) which is as follows (BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Adult Contemporary Chart; UK):

Disc 1:

01 All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (BB 1(8)/2014; UK 1/2014)
02 Wrapped Up - Olly Murs, featuring Travie McCoy (UK 3/2014)
03 Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (BB 3/2014; UK 1/2014)*fantastic performance in recent American Music Award.
04 Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (BB 4/2014; AC 1(4)/2014; UK 1(2)/2014)
05 Rude - MAGIC! (BB 1(6)/2014; AC 1(4)/2014; UK 1/2014)*members originally from Toronto, Canada.
06 I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (BB 7/2014; UK 3/2014)*follow-up to Stay With Me.
07 Real Love - Tom Odell (UK 7/2014)
08 Wake Me Up (Official BBC Children In Need Single 2014) - Gareth Malone's All Star Choir (UK 1/2014)*remake of Avicii's huge hit.
09 Don't - Ed Sheeran (BB 9/2014; UK 8/2014)*follow-up to his #1 UK hit Sing.
10 Blame It On Me - George Ezra (UK 6/2014)
11 Superheroes - The Script (BB 73/2014; UK 3/2014; IRELAND 1/2014)
12 Love Runs Out - OneRepublic (BB 15/2014; UK 3/2014)
13 Maps - Maroon 5 (BB 6/2014; UK 3/2014)
14 Take Me To Church - Hozier (BB 2/2014; UK 25/2014)*at the time of writing, this song shot up to #2 right behind Blank Space by Taylor Swift.
15 Boom Clap - Charlie XCX (BB 8/2014; UK 6/2014)*as featured artist, had #1 hit in I Love It by Iconic Pop and Fancy by Iggy Azalea.
16 Steal My Girl - One Direction (BB 13/2014; UK 3/2014)*Billboard Artist of The Year 2014!
17 Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) - The Vamps, featuring Shawn Mendes (UK 9/2014)
18 Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer (BB 16/2014; UK 7/2014)
19 Ugly Heart - G.R.L. (BB 107/2014; UK 11/2014)* American-British-Canadian girl group formed by Robin Antin.
20 This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (BB 24/2014; UK 33/2014)*Katy is Billboard #1 Female Artist of 2014!
21 Crazy Stupid Love - Cheryl, featuring Tinie Tempah (UK 1/2014; SCOTLAND 1/2014)*Cheryl Cole has another #1 UK hit I Don't Care on November 16; should have been included in this set.
22 Glow - Ella Henderson (UK 7/2014)*follow-up to her #1 hit Ghost.
23 You Ruin Me - The Veronicas (UK 8/2014; AUSTRALIA 1/2014)*pop duo from Australia.

Disc 2:

01 Blame - Calvin Harris, featuring John Newman (BB 19/2014; UK 1/2014)
02 Changing - Sigma, featuring Paloma Faith (UK 1/2014; UK DANCE 1/2014; SCOTLAND 1/2014)
03 Prayer in C - Lily Wood and Robin Schulz (UK 1(2)/2014)*jumped from 115 to 1!
04 Real Love - Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne (UK 2/2014)
05 Don't Tell `Em - Jeremih, featuring YG (BB 6/2014; UK 5/2014)
06 Lovers On The Sun - David Guetta, featuring Sam Martin (UK 1/2014)
07 Bump & Grind 2014 - Waze & Odyssey & R. Kelly (UK 3/2014; UK DANCE 1/2014)
08 Break Free - Ariana Grande, featuring Zedd (BB 4/2014; UK 16/2014)*follow-up to big hit Problems.
09 Your Love - Nicole Scherzinger (UK 6/2014)
10 Fireball - Pitbull, featuring John Ryan (BB 23/2014; UK 49/2014)
11 My Head Is A Jungle (MK Mix) - Wankelmut & Emma Louise (UK 5/2014)
12 Faded - ZHU (UK 3/2014)*some suggested ZHU is Steven "Esteban" Zhu.
13 Won't Look Back - Duke Dumont (US DANCE 1/2014; UK 2/2014)*British DJ
14 Wicked Games - Parra For Cuva, featuring Anna Naklab (UK 6/2014)
15 T.I.N.A. - Fuse ODG, featuring Angel (UK 9/2014)
16 Walking With Elephants - Ten Walls (UK 6/2014)
17 Giant In My Heart - Kiesza (UK 4/2014)*from Calgary, Canada; follow-up to #1 UK hit Hideaway (found in Now 88).
18 Sunlight - The Magician, featuring Years & Years (UK 3/2014)
19 Kisses For Breakfast - Melissa Steel, featuring Popcaan (UK 10/2014)
20 Lullaby - Professor Green, featuring Tori Kelly (UK 4/2014)
21 Black Widow - Iggy Azalea, featuring Rita Ora (BB 3/2014; UK 4/2014)
22 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj (BB 2/2014; UK 3/2014)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Now 89 starts where Now 88 left off, with the next 11 #1 UK hits. For some reason, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran was left out. All the songs are charted hits, sometimes both in UK and US. If you like UK artists, this is a good way to collect the hits.
2 The remastered audio from this set is simply PERFECT! I wish other producers will take note and take the same care in presenting their music.
3 There is a nice 12-page booklet, containing album covers of all the artists

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 This 2 CD set is rather expensive. I bought this from UK for £11. But with the low Canadian $ plus shipping, I have to reconsider my strategy to purchase future UK releases. It is cheaper to buy from sellers.
2 There is no detailed chart position.
3 As noted above, the #1 hit Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran was left out. This song has returned to #1 after 4 weeks to reclaim the #1 spot on December 14, 2014. Amazing feat! It will be in the next Now 90, together with I Don't Care by Cheryl, Do You Know It's Christmas by Band Aid 30 and These Days by Take That.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I personally keep an eye on the weekly US charts (Billboard Hot 100, AC and C&W) and UK charts. I am quite familiar with most of the songs in this set. Many songs are popular only in UK and are difficult or expensive to find over here in North America. Now series presents a good way to collect these UK gems. The sound of the entire set is perfect, vibrant and clean. If you like modern pop music, the UK Now series is the best of all: 2 CDs with 45 songs, while Now 52 (US) has only 21 song. This set is highly recommended.

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