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Its Mashed Potato Time/Do The
Its Mashed Potato Time/Do The
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp It’s Mashed Potato Time/Do The Bird: 2 complete albums; Do The Bird making CD debut; many rare gems; great sound!, May 27 2015
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This twofer, released by the now defunct Collectors’ Choice label in 2010, renowned for its superior remastered sound, contains two complete albums by Dee Dee Sharp. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, year of recording, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP IT’S MASHED POTATO TIME (Cameo C-1018)(BB200 44/1962):
01 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)(Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
02 Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker)(LP version)*single version can be found in “Hurry On Down, It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Jasmine)(2015)
03 Gee
04 Two Loves
05 A Hundred Pounds of Clay*big hit by Gene McDaniels
06 Eddie, My Love*big hit by the Fontaine Sisters
07 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)
08 (Dee Dee) Be My Girl
09 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman*big hit by Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles.
10 Remember You’re Mine*big hit by Pat Boone
11 Hurry On Down
12 Splish Splash*big hit by Bobby Darin
LP DO THE BIRD (Cameo C-1050)(1963):
13 Let The Sunshine In (Artone CP-26.377)(b-side, April 1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 I Will Follow Him (Artone CP-26.377)(uncharted a-side, April 1963)
15 Rockin’ Robin*big hit by Bobby Day.
16 He’s So Fine (Artone CP-26.376)(b-side, April 1963)
17 You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Nothin’
18 Reet Petite*under Dion Larue; rare gem; CD debut.
19 Do The Bird (Cameo C-244)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 8/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 17/1963; UK 46/1963)(March 1963)
20 Be Ever Wonderful
21 Our Day Will Come (Artone CP-26.376)(uncharted a-side, April 1963)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut.
22 Just To Hold My Hand*big hit by Clyde McPhatter
23 Why Don’t You Ask Me
24 South Street*big hit by the Orlons

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The album “Do The Bird” is making its CD debut. Most of the reissue labels in UK are only releasing materials up to 1962, due to the Public Domain law. “Do The Bird” was released in 1963. There are many singles from that album making their CD debut too, as noted above.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Ed Osborne. But the most treasured aspect is that 4 pages were entirely devoted to the front and back covers of the above albums, each occupying the entire page. Jasmine Records, please take note. This is the way that booklet should be done.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No chart position was provided.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Dee Dee Sharp has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and discovered that she actually has 33 singles from 1962 to 1981 (only 62 songs, not 66 songs, because 3 songs were repeated releases and one b-side belonged to Chubby Checker). Her labels are: (1) Cameo (1962 – 1966), (2) Fairmount (1966), (3) Atco (1966 – 1968), (4) Gamble (1968 – 1970), (5) TSOP (1970 – 1976), and (6) Philadelphia International (1977 – 1981).

To get all the songs, you will need the current set, plus “Hurry On Down, It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Jasmine Records, 2015, 2CDs, 53 songs), “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Park 554, 31 songs), “All The Hits” (Campark Records, 1993, 33 songs), “Best of Dee Dee Sharp: Cameo-Parkway 62-66” (Abkco, 2005, 24 songs) and “Happy Bout The Whole Thing/What Color Is Love/Dee Dee” (Edsel Records, 2 CDs, 2010). Her output on Atco label is sorely missing on CDs, but fortunately all the songs are readily available on-line except one song (the b-side to Conquer The World Together by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and Bunny Sigler).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single “Break And Entering” (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks!

To complete my collection on Dee Dee Sharp, I bought the above set mainly to get “Do The Bird” album with many rare gems. The entire set is very enjoyable, with great sound, and is highly recommended, especially for collectors.

Songs by Steve Lawrence
Songs by Steve Lawrence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lawrence Songs by (Taragon Records): only 15 songs covering his Coral Records era with hit singles and great sound!, May 26 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, released by the now defunct Taragon Records in 1994, contains 15 songs by Steve Lawrence covering his Coral label era. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, date of recording, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 Party Doll (Coral 61792)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1957; CB Pop 1(1)/1957)(February 1957)*his highest charting single on Coral.
02 Long Before I Knew You (Coral 61761)(b-side, December 1956)
03 (The Bad Donkey) Pum-Pa-Lum (Coral 61792)(b-side, February 1957)(BB Pop 45/1957)
04 Ethel, Baby (Coral 61667)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
05 Adelaide (Coral 61537)(uncharted a-side, December 1955)
06 The Banana Boat Song (Coral 61761)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1957; CB Pop 5/1956)(December 1956)*there were other competing versions by Harry Belafonte and Shirley Bassey.
07 Can’t Wait For Summer (Coral 61834)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1957; CB Pop 38/1957; RW Pop 38/1957)(May 1957)
08 Willow (Coral 61279)(b-side, 1954)
09 Kiss Me Now (We’ll Get Acquainted Later)(Coral 61327)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
10 Open Up The Gates Of Mercy (Coral 61486)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
11 If You Would Say You’re Mine (Coral 61708)(b-side, 1956)
12 Fabulous (Coral 61834)(b-side, May 1957)(BB Pop 71/1957)
13 Fraulein (Coral 61876)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1957; CB Pop 41/1957; RW Pop 59/1957)(August 1957)
14 Uh-Huh, Oh Yeah (Coral 61950)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1958; CB Pop 52/1958; RW Pop 81/1958)(March 1958)
15 Many A Time (Coral 62025)(a-side)(BB Pop 97/1958; CB Pop 100/1958; RW Pop 66/1958)(September 1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Taragon Records, unfortunately now out of business, was renowned for their remastered sound, using original master tapes. In this case, this compilation was made from the best original full track mono tapes available at MCA Records. The magic of remastering was by Steve Kolanjian and Ron Furmanek. The sound is simply wonderful: clean with no hiss. Up to now, the above songs in this set are still my reference standards.
2 This is one of the best disc covering the Coral label era by Steve Lawrence. To have the complete coverage of all the songs on Coral label era, you will also need (1) “Long Before I Knew You” (Jasmine 449, 2007, 29 songs), (2) “To You, From Us” (Jasmine 493, 2009, 31 songs), (3) “Long Play Collection” (Goldies 25616, 2012, 76 songs), and (4) “We’ll Take Romance” (Music Club 168, 1994, 18 songs).
3 Label & number, plus chart position, were included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There were only 15 songs, certainly not acceptable by current standards. There are still 22 songs missing in the Coral label era.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
3 There are no picture sleeves and no label pictures.
4 The price is a little expensive; most of the CDs on Taragon and Collectors’ Choice have become collector’s items and expensive.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Lawrence has a lengthy illustrious singing career. He has 35 singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he (including the duet with Eydie Gorme) has actually 95 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, from 1952 to 1979): but only 184 songs, not 190 songs (1 b-side belonged to Eydie Gorme only, and 5 repeated releases). His labels are: (1) King (1952 – 1959), (2) Coral (1954 – 1958), (3) ABC-Paramount (1959 – 1960), (4) United Artists (1960 – 1962), (5) Columbia (1962 – 1968), (6) Calendar (1968), (7) RCA Victor (1968 – 1971), (8) MGM (1971 – 1973), (9) 20th Century (1973), (10) United Artists (1976), and (11) Warner/Curb (1979).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Lawrence was born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He married Eydie Gorme in 1957. They recorded as Parker & Penny in 1979. Besides a vast singles discography, Steve also has released numerous albums, some of which are released on CDs. I am trying to build a Complete Singles and Albums Collection.

This is a great collection of songs by Steve Lawrence on Coral Records, with many popular hit singles. The sound is superb. This set is recommended to all collectors and fans of Steve Lawrence.

Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lawrence Best Of (Taragon Records): 12 songs on ABC-Paramount era with many hit singles and great sound!, May 26 2015
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This single CD, released by the defunct Taragon Records in 1994, contains 12 songs from his ABC-Paramount era. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with single label & number, chart position, year of recording, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Pretty Blue Eyes (ABC-Paramount 45-10058)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1959; CB Pop 7/1959; RW Pop 5/1959)(November 1959)
02 I Hear A Rhapsody*from album "Steve & Eydie Sing the Golden Hits: (ABC-311)(1960)
03 There'll Be Some Changes Made (ABC-Paramount 45-10031)(a-side)(RW Pop 102/1959)(July 1959)
04 Loving Is A Way Of Living (ABC-Paramount 45-10005)(b-side, February 1959)(RW Pop 103/1959)*double sided hit
05 Somebody Else Is Taking My Place*from rare album "Swing Softly With Me" (ABC-290)(1959)
06 Why, Why, Why (ABC-Paramount 45-10113)(a-side)(CB Pop 110/1960; RW Pop 85/1960)(May 1960)
07 Footsteps (ABC-Paramount 45-10085)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1960; CB Pop 9/1960; RW Pop 10/1960; UK 4/1960)(February 1960)
08 You're Everything Wonderful (ABC-Paramount 45-10031)(b-side, July 1959)
09 (I Don't Care) Only Love Me (ABC-Paramount 45-10005)(a-side)(BB Pop 62/1959; CB Pop 72/1959; RW Pop 87/1959)(February 1959)*his first ABC-Paramount single.
10 You're Nearer (ABC-Paramount 45-10058)(b-side, November 1959)
11 You Don't Know (ABC-Paramount 45-10085)(b-side, February 1960)(RW Pop 107/1960)
12 Come Back Silly Girl (ABC-Paramount 45-10146)(a-side)(CB Pop 112/1960)(September 1960)*his last ABC-Paramount single; extremely popular in the Far East, especially in Hong Kong; his three songs: "Pretty Blue Eyes", "Footsteps" and "Come Back Silly Girl" all topped the Hong Kong chart in 1960.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Taragon Records, unfortunately now out of business, was renowned for their remastered sound, using original master tapes. In this case, documentation shows that the multi-track session tapes were destroyed in the 1970's, and this compilation was made from the best original stereo 2-track master tapes available at MCA Records. The sound is simply wonderful: clean with no hiss. Up to now, the above songs in this set are still my reference standards.
2 This is the best collection of Steve's output on ABC-Paramount Records in a single disc.
3 Label & number, and chart position, were included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 12 songs are included. This is not acceptable by current standards. The missing songs are:
(1) Sentimental Me (with Eydie Gorme)(ABC-Paramount 45-10008)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)*can be found in "To You From Us" (Jasmine 493)(2009)
(2) You Can't Be True Dear (with Eydie Gorme)(ABC-Paramount 45-10008)(b-side, March 1959)*can be found in "To You From Us" (Jasmine 493)(2009)
(3) This Could Be The Start Of Something (with Eydie Gorme)(a-side)(ABC-Paramount 45-10104)(CB Pop 113/1960; RW Pop 123/1960)(April 1960)*from album "We Got Us" (Jasmine 600)(1996)
(4) Darn It, Baby, That's Love (with Eydie Gorme)(ABC-Paramount 45-10104)(b-side, April 1960)* from album "We Got Us" (Jasmine 600)(1996)
(5) Going Steady (ABC-Paramount 45-10146)(b-side, September 1960)*can be found in "Definitive Collection" (SL001).
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
3 There are no picture sleeves and no picture of labels.
4 The price could be expensive; most of the CDs on Taragon and Collectors' Choice have become collector's items and expensive.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Lawrence has a lengthy illustrious singing career. He has 35 singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he (including the duet with Eydie Gorme) has actually 95 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, from 1952 to 1979): but only 184 songs, not 190 songs (1 b-side belonged to Eydie Gorme only, and 5 repeated releases). His labels are: (1) King (1952 - 1959), (2) Coral (1954 - 1958), (3) ABC-Paramount (1959 - 1960), (4) United Artists (1960 - 1962), (5) Columbia (1962 - 1968), (6) Calendar (1968), (7) RCA Victor (1968 - 1971), (8) MGM (1971 - 1973), (9) 20th Century (1973), (10) United Artists (1976), and (11) Warner/Curb (1979).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Lawrence was born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He married Eydie Gorme in 1957. They recorded as Parker & Penny in 1979. Besides a vast singles discography, Steve also has released numerous albums, some of which are released on CDs. I am trying to build a Complete Singles and Albums Collection.

This is a great collection of songs by Steve Lawrence on ABC-Paramount Records, with many popular hit singles. The sound is superb. This set is recommended to all collectors and fans of Steve Lawrence.

All My Love Belongs To You
All My Love Belongs To You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lawrence All My Love Belongs To You: 18 songs; complete earliest King recordings; good sound!, May 26 2015
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This single CD, released by the defunct Varese Sarabande Records in 2005, contains 18 song. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position and recording date)(US=UK Singles Chart):

01 Poinciana (King 45-15185)(a-side)(US 21/1952)(June 1952)*his first charted single.
02 Never Leave Me (King 45-15185)(b-side, June 1952)
03 King For A Day (King 45-1252)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)
04 Mine And Mine Alone (King 45-15190)(uncharted a-side April 1952)
05 With Every Breath I Take (King 45-1223)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)
06 I Need (King 45-1325)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)*his last single for King label.
07 How Many Stars Have To Shine (King 45-15208)(a-side)(US 26/1953)(January 1953)*his second charted single.
08 Tango Of Roses (Love Me)(King 45-15208)(b-side, January 1953)
09 You Can't Hold A Memory In Your Arms (King 45-1252) (b-side, April 1953)
10 Too Little Time (King 45-1315)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)*Love Theme from "The Glenn Miller Story"
11 Liebchen (King 45-1325)(b-side, December 1953)
12 Remember Me (You Taught Me To Love)(King 45-1315)(b-side, December 1953)
13 All My Love Belongs To You (King 45-15190)(b-side, April 1952)
14 Sudden Fear (King 45-15199)(uncharted a-side, July 1952)
15 Always Love Me (King 45-15199)(b-side, July 1952)
16 If Not For You (King 45-15218)(uncharted a-side, December 1952)
17 Tomorrow (King 45-15218)(b-side, December 1952)
18 To The Birds (King 45-1223)(b-side, April 1953)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the earliest singing career of Steve Lawrence, covering every single (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted), on the King label. This is a collector's dream. Cary E. Mansfield was "the man" in releasing oldies in the early 2000s, while nowadays, we have Bill Buster and Mark Mathews from Eric Records for our oldies collection with magnificent sound.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 The label & number and chart position are included.
4 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
2 The 4-page booklet is inadequate. Pictures of singles labels should have been included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Lawrence has a lengthy illustrious singing career. He has 35 singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he (including the duet with Eydie Gorme) has actually 95 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, from 1952 to 1979): but only 184 songs, not 190 songs (1 b-side belonged to Eydie Gorme only, and 5 repeated releases). His labels are: (1) King (1952 - 1959), (2) Coral (1954 - 1958), (3) ABC-Paramount (1959 - 1960), (4) United Artists (1960 - 1962), (5) Columbia (1962 - 1968), (6) Calendar (1968), (7) RCA Victor (1968 - 1971), (8) MGM (1971 - 1973), (9) 20th Century (1973), (10) United Artists (1976), and (11) Warner/Curb (1979).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Lawrence was born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He married Eydie Gorme in 1957. They recorded as Parker & Penny in 1979. Besides a vast singles discography, Steve also has released numerous albums, some of which are released on CDs. I am trying to build a Complete Singles and Albums Collection.

The recordings in this set represent a callow Steve Lawrence, cleansed of any showbiz pretenses or finger-snapping swagger. These King sessions reveal a rich yet unassuming voice that is not afraid to enter the tender and sometimes eerie regions of sweetness and sentiment. This set is a MUST-OWN for collectors and fans of Steve Lawrence.

Hits & Songs
Hits & Songs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley Hits & Songs (3CDs): 48 songs; decent collection; very few hit singles; cheap packaging, May 26 2015
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CONTENT:

This 3 CD set, released by ZYX Music in 2015, contain 48 songs. I have compiled a detailed discography (with source album, single and album label & number, charted position, release date)

DISC 1:
01 Soul Shakedown*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
02 Lively Up Yourself*from album “Natty Dread” (Island ILPS 9281)(1974)
03 Trench Town Rock (Green Door GD-4005)(a-side)(1971)
04 Stand Alone*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
05 Fussing & Fighting*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
06 Memphis*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
07 Brain Washing*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
08 Duppy Conqueror*(Upsetter)(a-side)(1970); from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971) and from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
09 Riding High*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
10 Reaction*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
11 Soul Almighty*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
12 Sun Is Shining (re-recording) *from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
13 Small Axe*(Upsetter US-357)(a-side)(1971); from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
14 All In One (Upsetter US-357)(b-side, 1971)
15 400 Years*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
16 Mr. Brown (Upsetter 354)(a-side)(1971)

DISC 2:
01 Natural Mystic (Island 6010 497)(a-side)(1982); from album “Exodus” (Island 9123 021)(1977)
02 Keep On Moving*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
03 Soul Captives*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
04 How Many Times (Studio 1)(a-side)(1965)
05 Stop That Train*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
06 Go Tell It On The Mountain*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
07 Caution*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
08 Back Out*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
09 Mellow Mood*from album “Chances Are” (WEA K-99183)(1981)
10 Rebel’s Hop*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
11 Do It Twice*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
12 Put It On*from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
13 Don’t Rock My Boat*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
14 Cheer Up*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
15 Soon Come*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
16 Can’t You See*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)

DISC 3:
01 Kaya (Island 100.150)(a-side)(1978); from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971) and album “Kaya” (Island 9123 026)(1977)
02 Rainbow Country
03 Soul Rebel*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
04 African Herbsman*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
05 Try Me*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
06 It’s Alright*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
07 There She Goes
08 You Can’t Do That To Me
09 No Sympathy*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
10 Touch Me (55 Records/JAD)(a-side)(1972)
11 Hammer
12 My Cup*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
13 Chances Are*from album “Chances Are” (WEA K-99183)(1981)
14 Treat You Right
15 No Water*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
16 Corner Stone*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent, but not outstanding collection of hit songs by Bob Marley. To have 48 songs in one set at a price for one CD is reasonable.
2 The sound is surprisingly good: clean with no hiss.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I was hoping for a Singles Collection, when the title of the set was called “Hits & Song”, but I was quite disappointed in finding very few hit singles. The most popular ones, like One Love/People Get Ready, No Woman, No Cry, Stir It Up and Exodus, are not included. Most of the tracks are noted above are album tracks. One track was also re-recorded.
2 The packaging is very cheap. There is a thick CD case with a spindle in the middle, where the three discs are stacked one on top of the other.
3 There is no booklet.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The title of this set, “Hits & Songs” is quite misleading: very little “hits” and more “songs”. To have a complete singles collection for Bob Marley is difficult to find. However, the whole set is enjoyable: listening to Bob Marley is always a happy experience. Considering the low price, this set is acceptable.

Very Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert The Very Best (Taragon Records): 16 songs; absolutely heavenly sound; his best known hit singles., May 24 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, released by the now defunct Taragon Records in 1995, renowned for their top-rated remasterd sound using original master tapes, contains 16 songs. I have compiled a more detailed song listing (with album & single label & number, chart position, date of recording, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Pop Chart; RW Pop=Record World Pop Chart; BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

01 Wonderland by Night (Wunderland Bei Nacht)(Polydor 24 086, Germany, 1959; Decca 31141, US, August 1960)(a-side) (BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 5/1960; CB Pop 1(1)/1960; RW Pop 1(3)/1960)*his biggest hit; the trumpet sound will knock your socks off!
02 Tenderly (Decca 31236, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 31/1961; CB Pop 45/1961; RW Pop 28/1961)(March 1961)
03 Now And Forever (Decca 31279, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1961; BB AC 14/1961; CB Pop 59/1961; RW Pop 37/1961)(July 1961)
04 Afrikaan Beat (Polydor 24 710, Germany; Decca 31350, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1962; BB AC 10/1962; CB Pop 37/1962; RW Pop 27/1962)(January 1962)
05 That Happy Feeling (Decca 31388, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1962; CB Pop 76/1962; RW Pop 69/1962)(May 1962)
06 A Swingin’ Safari (Polydor NH 66983, UK)(uncharted UK a-side, 1962)
07 Magic Trumpet (Happy Trumpeter)(Decca 31439, US)(a-side)(CB Pop 128/1962; RW Pop 104/1962)(October 1962)
08 Danke Schoen (Decca 31498, US)(a-side)(RW Pop 141/1963)
09 L.O.V.E. (Love)(Polydor 52 921, German)(b-side, 1964)*a-side “Blue Midnight”
10 Red Roses For A Blue Lady (Polydor 59 009, Germany; Decca 31722, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1965; BB AC 2(2)/1965; CB Pop 9/1965; RW Pop 8/1965)(December 1964)
11 Three O’Clock In The Morning (Polydor 59 028, Germany; Decca 31778, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1965; BB AC 10/1965; CB Pop 29/1965; RW Pop 28/1965)(1964)
12 Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)(Polydor 59 033, Germany; Decca 31812, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 59/1965; BB AC 6/1965; CB Pop 51/1965; RW Pop 93/1965)(June, 1965)
13 Bye Bye Blues (Polydor 59 038, Germany; Decca 31882; US)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1966; BB AC 5/1966; CB Pop 41/1966; RW Pop 41/1966; UK 24/1965)(December 1965)*surprising only charted hit in UK!
14 Strangers In The Night (Polydor 59 043, Germany; Decca 31945, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 124/1966; BB AC 8/1966)(April 1966)*Theme from the Universal Picture “A Man Could Get Killed”
15 Lady*album track: from “Hold Me” (Decca DL 4860)(BB200 122/1967)
16 The World We Knew (Over And Over)*album track: from “the World We Knew & Other Fabulous Instrumentals” (Decca DL 4925)(BB200 136/1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In 1990s, I consider Taragon Records as one of the top labels with the BEST sound, with great care in chosing the original master tapes and expert remastering. In this case, we also have Steve Kolanjian involved, using the Sonic System from the original 2 track mixdown masters. Up to this day, all the above songs have not been replaced and are still my reference standards. Taragon Records reminds me of the current staff at Eric Records/Hit Parade Records/Complete 60s: Bill Buster and Mark Mathews, who have similar dedication to produce songs in the highest standards.
2 In the 4-page booklet, the label & number, plus chart position, are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The price is rather expensive, since Taragon Records have gone out of business and their catalogue became collector’s items.
2 There are only 16 songs, not acceptable by current standards.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Bert Kaempfert has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection (a and b-sides, from 1958 to 1978, charted and uncharted, from Germany, US and UK) and discovered that he has actually 58 singles (but only 113 songs not 116 because 3 songs were repeated releases). He was loyal staying only with one label: Polydor (Germany & UK) and Decca (US). If you find this current set too expensive, I would recommend “The Polydor Singles Collection 1958/1972” (2 CDs, 2000, 57 songs). It is not available on Amazon.ca, but available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. I am also in the process of getting all his albums on CDs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed “Stranger In The Night” and “Spanish Eyes”. He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. His sound is oh so smooth and everlasting. He unfortunately died on June 21, 1980 (age 56). This set is highly recommended.

Rock on
Rock on
Price: CDN$ 28.53
17 used & new from CDN$ 12.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Trini Lopez Rock On: 30 songs 58–63; great comprehensive collection before “If I Had A Hammer”; good sound! More for collectors, May 24 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, released by Jasmine Records in 2015, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 30 songs by Trini Lopez, before he became famous. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number and date of recording):

01 The Right To Rock (Volk V-101)(uncharted a-side, August 1958)
02 Just Once More (Volk V-101)(b-side, August 1958)
03 Yes You Do (King 45-5173)(uncharted a-side, January 1959)
04 My Runaway Heart (King 45-5173)(b-side, January 1959)
05 Rock On (King 45-5187)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
06 Since I Don’t Have You (King 45-5187)(b-side, March 1959)
07 Here Comes Sally (King 45-5198) (b-side, April 1959)*mislabeled as King 45-5196 in the booklet.
08 Love Me Tonight (King 45-5198)(uncharted a-side, April 1959)*mislabeled as King 45-5196 in the booklet.
09 I’m Grateful (King 45-5234)(uncharted a-side, August 1959)
10 Don’t Let Your Sweet Love Die (King 45-5234)(b-side, August 1959)
11 Nobody Listens To Our Teenage Problems (King 45-5284)(b-side, October 1959)
12 Nobody Loves Me (King 45-5284)(uncharted a-side, October 1959)
13 Chain Of Love (King 45-5304)(b-side, January 1960)
14 Sweet Thing (King 45-5304)(uncharted a-side, January 1960)
15 Jeanie Marie (King 45-5324)(uncharted a-side, February 1960)
16 Poor Little Schemer (King 45-5324)(b-side, February 1960)
17 The Search Goes On (King 45-5344)(b-side, 1960)
18 It Hurts To Be In Love (King 45-5344)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
19 Then You Know (King 45-5418)(uncharted a-side, November 1960)
20 Don’t Treat Me That Way (King 45-5418)(b-side, November 1960)
21 You Broke The Only Heart (King 45-5487)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 One Heart, One Life, One Love (King 45-5487)(b-side, 1961)
23 Rosita (D.R.A. 7008)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
24 Only In My Dreams (D.R.A. 7008)(UK b-side, 1961)
25 Sinner Not A Saint (D.R.A. 315)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
26 Where Can My Baby Be (D.R.A. 315)(b-side, 1962)
27 Don’t Go (King 45-5820)(uncharted a-side, 1963)
28 It Seems (King 45-5820)(b-side, 1963)
29 The Club For Broken Hearts (King 45-5824)(b-side, December 1963)*recorded in 1961; later released by old label after Trini Lopez became famous on Reprise.
30 Won’t You Be My Queen For A Day (King 45-5849)(uncharted a-side, December 1963) *recorded in 1961; later released by old label after Trini Lopez became famous on Reprise.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 When Trini Lopez exploded onto the world’s stage in the summer of 1963 with “If I Had A Hammer”, he was, in time-honoured fashion, hailed as an “Overnight Success”. The reality, of course, was something else entirely. This current set introduces his entire output before his success, arranged chronologically (1958 – 1961).
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per high standards at Jasmine Records: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a 6-page booklet, now with 45 rpm single, EP picture sleeves and album front cover. All the labels and numbers are included. There is an excellent informative essay by Roger Dopson.
4 30 songs: good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 One label number was mislabeled, as noted above.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Trini Lopez has 18 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he actually has 76 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1958 to 1981: but only 139 songs, not 152 songs because 15 were repeated releases and there were 2 different b-sides). His labels are: (1) Volk (1958), (2) King (1959 – 1961), (3) D.R.A. (1961 – 1962), (3) Reprise (1963 – 1970), (4) Capitol (1972), (5) Griffin (1973), (6) EMI International (1974), (7) Private Stock (1975), (8) Marianne (1977), (9) Roulette (1978), and (10) RCA (1981).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Trini Lopez was born Trinidad Lopez on May 15, 1937 in Dallas, Texas. He later became a popular night-club act at P.J.’s in Hollywood. One night, Bobby Darin climbed up onstage and played drums behind him. But it was Nino Tempo who told Don Costa, “You gotta come and see this guy,” and then Don Costa brought him to the attention of Frank Sinatra and Reprise Records. I guess the rest was history. I hope someday, a Complete Singles Collection for Trini Lopez is released, from 1963 to 1981.

I am glad that Jasmine Records did a fantastic job in bringing us his output before his success. If you are looking for his Greatest Hits, you have to look elsewhere. The sound is great. This set is recommended, but more for collectors and Trini Lopez fans.

Looking for You: Complete United
Looking for You: Complete United
Price: CDN$ 33.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garnet Mimms Looking for You: 28 songs (63-66); all the singles, many making CD debut; great sound & booklet; definitive edition, May 23 2015
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This single CD, released by Ace Records, a highly reputable reissue label from UK, a label that will release materials beyond 1962, has 28 songs, containing almost all the output of Garnet Mimms on United Artists and Veep labels. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with single label & number, chart position, date of debut, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Pop Chart; RW Pop=Record World Pop Chart):

01 Cry Baby (United Artists UA 629)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1963; BB R&B 1(3)/1963CB Pop 4/1963; RW Pop 4/1963)(July 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; his biggest hit!
02 Don’t Change Your Heart (United Artists UA 629)(b-side, July 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo.
03 Baby Don’t You Weep (United Artists UA 658)(b-side, November 1963)(BB Pop 30/1963; BB R&B 11/1963; CB Pop 40/1963; RW Pop 36/1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; double sided hit.
04 For Your Precious Love (United Artists UA 658)(a-side)(BB Pop 26/1963; BB R&B 9/1963; CB Pop 34/1963; RW Pop 36/1963)(November 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo.
05 Tell Me Baby (United Artists UA 694)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1964; BB R&B 16/1964; CB Pop 81/1964; RW Pop 74/1964)(February 1964)*stereo; solo.
06 Anytime You Want Me (United Artists UA 694)(b-side, February 1964)*stereo; solo.
07 A Quiet Place (United Artists UA 715)(b-side, April 1964)(BB R&B 25/1964; CB Pop 89/1964; RW Pop 73/1964)*as Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; double sided hit.
08 One Girl (United Artists UA 715)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1964; BB R&B 31/1964; CB Pop 96/1964; RW Pop 60/1964)(April 1964)*stereo; solo.
09 Look Away (United Artists UA 773)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1964; BB R&B 14/1964; CB Pop 73/1964; RW Pop 77/1964)(September 1964)*stereo; solo.
10 One Woman Man (United Artists UA 773)(b-side, September 1964)*stereo: solo.
11 A Little Bit Of Soap (United Artists UA 796)(a-side)(BB Pop 95/1965; RW Pop 96/1965)(December 1964)*stereo; solo.
12 I’ll Make It Up To You (United Artists UA 796)(b-side, December 1964)*stereo; solo.
13 It Was Easier To Hurt Her (United Artists UA 848)(a-side)(BB Pop 124/1965)(April 1965)*stereo; solo.
14 So Close (United Artists UA 848)(b-side, April 1965)*stereo; solo.
15 Welcome Home (United Artists UA 868)(uncharted a-side, May 1965)*stereo; solo.
16 Everytime (United Artists UA 868)(b-side, May 1965) and (United Artists UA 887)(b-side, June 1965)*stereo; solo.
17 That Goes To Show You (United Artists UA 887)(a-side)(BB Pop 115/1965)(June 1965)*stereo; solo.
18 Looking For You (United Artists UA 951)(uncharted a-side, November 1965)*stereo; solo.
19 More Than A Miracle (United Artists UA 951)(b-side, November 1965)*stereo; solo.
20 I’ll Take Good Care Of You (United Artists UA 995)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1966; BB R&B 15/1966; CB Pop 34/1966; RW Pop 28/1966)(February 1966)*stereo; solo.
21 Prove It To Me (United Artists UA 995)(b-side, February 1966)*stereo; solo.
22 It’s Been Such A Long Way Home (Veep V 1232)(a-side)(BB Pop 125/1966)(June 1966)*mono; solo.
23 Thinkin’ (Veep V 1232)(b-side, June 1966)*stereo; solo.
24 My Baby (Veep V 1234)(a-side)(BB Pop 132/1966)(October 1966)*stereo; solo.
25 Keep On Smilin’ (Veep V 1234)(b-side, October 1966)*stereo; solo.
26 All About Love (Veep V 1252)(uncharted a-side, December 1966)*mono; solo.
27 The Truth Hurts (Veep V 1252)(b-side, December 1966)*stereo; solo.
28 As Long As I Have You*album track: from “As Long As I Have You” (United Artists UAS 6396)(1964)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Finally, a very decent and definitive singles collection on Garnet Mimms is produced, containing all his major hit singles, plus one album track, with many of them making their CD debut. This easily replaces my old reference, a poor 12 track CD on Collectables, 1991.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have also become my new reference standards.
3 All the songs are arranged chronologically, a followed by b-sides.
4 There is a first class 16-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Tony Rounce. There are 29 45 rpm single labels, all in beautiful colour, clearly displayed not overlapping each other. There are also single and EP picture sleeves. This is truly the way booklet should be produced. All the other labels should take note. Thank you, Ace Records.
5 Label & number, and debut year are clearly stated.
6 Ace Records is the rare UK label that will release materials beyond 1962, the other being BGO and sometimes Real Gone Music.
7 77 minutes: Good value!!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are a few songs (singles) on United Artists and Veep labels that are not included:
(1) It Won't Hurt (Half As Much)(b-side to My Baby)(Veep V 1234)
(2) Roll With The Punches (United Artists UP 1181)(uncharted a-side, May 1967)
(3) Only Your Love (United Artists UP 1181)(b-side, May 1967)
2 No chart position was included.
3 There are still 9 singles (18 songs) not included: on Verve, GSF and Arista, but it is beyond the scope of this compilation. Totally understandable. Fortunately most of the songs are available on-line.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Garnet Mimms has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that he actually has 26 singles from 1963 to 1978 (only 48 songs, not 52 songs, because 4 songs are repeat releases). His labels are: (1) United Artists (1963 – 1966), (2) Veep (1966), (3) Verve (1968 – 1970), (4) GSF (1972), and (5) Arista (1977 – 1978)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Garnet Mimms was born Garrett Mimms on November 26, 1933 in Ashland, West Virginia. It is of interest to note that although the label credits Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters on 4 of the above songs, the actual backing vocalists are the Sweet Inspirations. The Enchanters appeared only on “A Quiet Place”. His last charted hit “What It Is (Part 1)” with Truckin’ Company was his only UK charted single. He later became a born-again Christian, founding a ministry for prisoners.

His United Artists and Veep recordings are regarded as a high water mark for 1960s soul. Their blend of superb material, impeccable arrangements, musicianship and productions, and formidable gospel-infused vocals are simply a sublime thrilling experience. The sound is superb. The set is the definitive edition for Garnet Mimms, and is highly recommended.

PS. If you are looking for this set, you have to type in “Looking For You” plus his name. If you just type in Garnet Mimms, you won’t find it because Amazon.ca misspelled his name as Garnett Mimms for this set.

It's Mashed Potato Time
It's Mashed Potato Time
Price: CDN$ 16.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp It’s Mashed Potato Time: 31 songs; not official release; good sound; many rare gems making CD debut., May 22 2015
This review is from: It's Mashed Potato Time (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

This CD, released by Park Records, probably similar to Marginal Records, and bootleg release, contains 31 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, debut date, album source, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Hot 100; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)
02 Eddie My Love*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
03 Set My Heart On Fire (Cameo C-212)(b-side, February 1962)
04 I’m Love Again*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker)(Parkway P-835)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1962; BB R&B 3/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)
06 Daddy’s Home*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Baby Cakes (Cameo C-219)(b-side, June 1962)
08 Gee*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
09 My Prayer*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Gravy (Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
11 Twist and Shout*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
12 For Your Precious Love*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 (Dee Dee) Be My Girl*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
14 Ride! (Cameo C-230)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 5/1962; RW Pop 9/1962)(October 1962)
15 Two Loves*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
16 A Hundred Pounds of Clay*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
17 Village Of Love*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
18 Hurry On Down*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
19 To Be Loved*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 Splish Splash*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
21 The Loco-Motion*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
22 Rockin’ Robin*from album “Do The Bird” (1963)
23 Stay*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 Be Ever Wonderful*from album “Do The Bird” (1963)
25 Party Lights*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
26 Do The Bird (Cameo C-244)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 8/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 17/1963; UK 46/1963)(March 1963)
27 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
28 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
29 You’ll Lose A Good Thing *from album “All The Hits” (1962)
30 Tossin’ and Turnin’*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
31 Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set is not an official release, rather probably a bootleg release, the sound is pretty good: clean with no hiss. All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions. But don’t be fooled by the title and front cover – this is not the “It’s Mashed Potato Time” album by Dee Dee Sharp.
2 I bought this CD mainly for the tracks from the rare album “Down Memory Lane” (1963), still not released on CD. Out of 12 tracks on that album, 8 tracks are available here.
3 31 songs! Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number and no chart position.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single “Break And Entering” (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks!

If you are just looking for a single CD Greatest Hits, I would recommend “The Best of Dee Dee Sharp: Cameo-Parkway 1962 – 1666” (Abkco, 2005, official release, 24 songs)(my review elsewhere). In this set, there are many rare gems from “Down Memory Lane” album making their CD debut, and the sound is good. But, it is more for collectors or completest.

Best Of
Best Of
Price: CDN$ 18.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp Best Of: 24 songs covering entire Cameo era 62-66; many rare singles making CD debut; good sound; great collection, May 22 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, finally released by Abkco Records in 2005, contains 24 songs. For some unknown reasons, songs from Cameo-Parkway label were withheld from release until then. A similar set was also released for other artists, like Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, the Dovells, the Orlons, the Tymes and ? and the Mysterians, plus a 4 CD box set of Cameo-Parkway 1957 – 1967. There were many bootleg releases before. The above sets were finally “official” releases after all these years, and are still treasured by fans.

I have compiled a detailed song listing (including single label & number, chart position, date of debut, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Hot 100; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)
02 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)(Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
03 Baby Cakes (Cameo C-219)(b-side, June 1962)
04 You Are My Sunshine*album track: from “All The Hits Volume II” (December 1962)
05 Ride! (Cameo C-230)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 5/1962; RW Pop 9/1962)(October 1962))*b-side: The Night is not included in this set.
06 Do The Bird (Cameo C-244)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 8/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 17/1963; UK 46/1963)(March 1963)*b-side “Lover Boy” is not included in this set.
07 Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker)(Parkway P-835)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1962; BB R&B 3/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)*its b-side “La Paloma Twist” by Chubby Checker only.
08 You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Nothin’*album track: from “Do the Bird” (1963)
09 Just To Hold My Hand*album track: from “Do the Bird” (1963)
10 Rock Me In The Cradle of Love (Cameo C-250)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1963; CB Pop 49/1963; RW Pop 38/1963)(June 1963)*its b-side “You’ll Never Be Mine” is not included.
11 Wild! (Cameo C-274)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1963;BB R&B 25/1963; CB Pop 29/1963; RW Pop 41/1963)(October 1963)
12 Why Doncha Ask Me (Cameo C-274)(b-side, October 1963)
13 Never Pick A Pretty Boy (Cameo C-329)(a-side)(BB Pop 131/1964)(August 1964)*misspelled on the back cover of booklet as “Never Pick A Pretty”: sloppy editing.
14 Willyam, Willyam (Cameo C-296)(b-side, February 1964)(BB Pop 97/1964)
15 Where Did I Go Wrong? (Cameo C-296)(a-side)(BB Pop 82/1964; BB R&B 38/1964; CB Pop 89/1964; RW Pop 91/1964)(February 1964)*misspelled on the back cover of booklet as “Where Did I Go”: again sloppy editing.
16 Deep Dark Secret (Cameo C-335)(uncharted a-side, October 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 There Ain’t Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do For You (Cameo C-347)(b-side, December 1964)
18 (That’s What) My Mama Said (Cameo C-357)(b-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 Let’s Twine (Cameo C-357)(uncharted a-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 Standing in the Need Of Love (Cameo C-375)(b-side, November 1965)
21 It’s A Funny Situation (Cameo C-382)(a-side)(BB Pop 126/1966; CB Pop 96/1966)(March 1966)
22 I Really Love You (Cameo C-375)(a-side)(BB Pop 78/1965; BB R&B 37/1965; CB Pop 68/1965; RW Pop 67/1965)(November 1965)
23 (It’s Wonderful) The Love I Feel For You (Fairmount F-1004)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, June 1966)
24 To Know Him Is to Love Him (Cameo C-347)(uncharted a-side, December 1964)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for a single Greatest Hits CD for Dee Dee Sharp, this set represents the definitive edition, covering the entire Cameo-Parkway era. Even a few album tracks were included.
2 The sound is very well remastered, using DSD and SBM, considered pretty advanced in 2005. It was done in the famed Bob Ludwig Gateway studio. Many songs are still my current reference standards.
3 There is a 12-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Jeff Tamarkin, plus label & number and chart position, pretty good effort in 2005. Nowadays, this type of information is still not provided in many current oldies releases.
4 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 58 minutes. All the missing b-sides listed above should have been included to make this a true Singles Collection.
2 There are no picture sleeves, no label pictures.
3 Misspelling of song titles, as noted above: sloppy editing.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Dee Dee Sharp has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and discovered that she actually has 33 singles from 1962 to 1981 (only 62 songs, not 66 songs, because 3 songs were repeated releases and one b-side belonged to Chubby Checker). Her labels are: (1) Cameo (1962 – 1966), (2) Fairmount (1966), (3) Atco (1966 – 1968), (4) Gamble (1968 – 1970), (5) TSOP (1970 – 1976), and (6) Philadelphia International (1977 – 1981).

To get all the songs, you will need the current set, plus “Hurry On Down, It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Jasmine Records, 2015, 2CDs, 53 songs), “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Park 554, 31 songs), “All The Hits” (Campark Records, 1993, 33 songs), “It’s Mashed Potato Time/Do The Bird” (Ace, 2010: Do the Bird is not available elsewhere), and “Happy Bout The Whole Thing/What Color Is Love/Dee Dee” (Edsel Records, 2 CDs, 2010). Her output on Atco label is sorely missing on CDs, but fortunately all the songs are readily available on-line except one song (the b-side to Conquer The World Together by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and Bunny Sigler).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single “Break And Entering” (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks!

This current set is still considered the “official release” of her Greatest Hits on CD, and all her major well-known Cameo hits are included. The entire set is very enjoyable, with great sound, and is highly recommended.

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