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Pop / Soul Sides 1963-1967
Pop / Soul Sides 1963-1967
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Williams Pop/Soul Sides 1963-67 (1CD): 33 songs; many rare gems from 63-67 making CD debut; good sound; a Must-Own!, May 5 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Pop/Soul Sides of Danny Williams 1963 – 1967”, released by reputable reissue label Teensville Records from Australia in 2016, contains 33 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 THE WILD WIND (HMV POP 1172)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1963)
02 WHITE ON WHITE (HMV POP 1263/United Artists UA 685)(US a-side, BB Pop 9/February 1964)*his biggest US hit; did not chart in UK
03 AFTER YOU (HMV POP 1263)(UK b-side, February 1964)*UK b-side to “White On White”; in US b-side “The Comedy Is Ended”
04 THE WORLD AROUND ME (HMV POP 1325)(UK b-side, July 1964)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “The Seventh Dawn” not included here
05 A LITTLE TOY BALLOON (United Artists UA 729)(US a-side, BB Pop 84/June 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
06 THE TRUTH HURTS (United Artists UA 729)(US b-side, June 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
07 FORGET HER, FORGER HER (United Artists UA 762)(uncharted US a-side, September 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
08 I WATCHED THE FLOWER GROW (United Artists UA 762)(US b-side, September 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
09 GO AWAY (HMV POP 1410)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
10 MASQUERADE (HMV POP 1410)(UK b-side, April 1965) and (United Artists UA 860)(uncharted US a-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
11 ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR (United Artists UA 860)(US b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
12 LOVELY IS SHE (HMV POP 1455)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
13 GONE AND FORGOTTEN (HMV POP 1455)(UK b-side, August 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
14 THE STRANGER (United Artists UA 959)(uncharted US a-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
15 I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M LOSING YOU (United Artists UA 959)(US b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
16 I'VE GOT TO FIND THAT GIRL AGAIN (HMV POP 1506)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1966)*rare gem; CD debu
17 THROW A LITTLE LOVIN’ MY WAY (HMV POP 1506)(UK b-side, January 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
18 BLUE ON WHITE (United Artists UA 50020)(uncharted US a-side, April 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; b-side “It’s Not For Me To Say” not included here
19 ONLY LOVE*from album “Only Love” (HMV CLP 3523)(1966)*rare gem; CD debut
20 DON'T JUST STAND THERE (HMV POP 1522)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; b-side “Now And Then” not included here
21 MAGIC TOWN*from album “Only Love” (HMV CLP 3523)(1966)*rare gem; CD debut
22 THE WORLD IS WATCHING US*from album “Only Love” (HMV CLP 3523)(1966)*rare gem; CD debut
23 ALWAYS NEAR YOU*from album “Only Love” (HMV CLP 3523)(1966)*rare gem; CD debut
24 TOWN WITHOUT PITY*from album “Only Love” (HMV CLP 3523)(1966)*rare gem; CD debut
25 SINCE YOU SET ME FREE, BABY (HMV POP 1532)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
26 I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HIT ME (HMV POP 1532)(UK b-side, June 1966)
27 RAIN (FALLIN' FROM THE SKIES)(HMV POP 1560)(uncharted UK a-side, November 1966)
28 I’M SO LOST (HMV POP 1560)(UK b-side, November 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
29 WHOSE LITTLE GIRL ARE YOU? (Deram DM 149)(UK b-side, September 1967)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Never My Love” not included here
30 MOON RIVER (HMV POP 932)(UK a-side, UK 1(2)/October 1961)*his biggest UK hit
31 JEANNIE (HMV POP 968)(UK a-side, UK 14/January 1962)
32 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE YOUNG (HMV POP 1002)(UK a-side, UK 8/March 1962)*cover version of Andy Williams’ US hit
33 TEARS (HMV POP 1035)(UK a-side, UK 22/June 1962)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Danny Williams CDs are scarce. A true Singles Collection is non-existent. This current set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of his output after 1963, with most of the songs making their CD debut. Just for completeness, 4 major singles from 1962 were also included.
2 10/12 songs from rare album “Only You” are included. The missing songs are (1) Nina Never Knew, and (2) It’s Not For Me To Say.
3 The songs are sequenced more or less chronologically.
4 The sound is very well remastered.
5 33 songs; good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 2 charted singles from 1963 are missing:
(1) My Own True Love (UK a-side, UK 22/January 1963)
(2) More (US a-side, BB Pop 110/April 1963)
2 Singles (songs) missing from each year:
(1) 1963 (9 songs)
(2) 1964 (5 songs)
(3) 1965 (4 songs)
(4) 1966 (2 songs)
(5) 1967 (3 songs)
I wish Teensville would have released a 2-CD set, covering 1959-1962 and 1968-1985. I can dream, can’t I?

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Danny Williams has 8 charted singles in UK and 3 in US, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that he actually has 49 singles from 1959 – 1985 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, US & UK). His labels are (1) HMV (UK)/United Artists (US)(1959 – 1966), (2) Deram (1967 – 1968), (3) Ocean (1970), (4) Philips (1973 – 1975), (5) Ensign (1977), (6) Piccadilly (1980) and (7) Columbia (1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Danny Williams was born on January 7, 1942 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His version of “Moon River” hit No. 1 in UK while “White On White” was his most popular US hit. In 1968, he had a nervous breakdown and was declared bankrupt two years later. However, he resumed his singing career in the early 1970s, achieving a Top 30 success with "Dancin' Easy" in 1977. He died on December 6, 2005 of lung cancer (age 63).

This current set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of his output, including rare singles and album tracks all making their CD debut, with great sound and has become my new reference. To all Danny Williams fans, this set is A Must-Own!

Moon River/Swinging For You
Moon River/Swinging For You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Williams Moon River/Swinging For You (1CD): 2 great albums on 1 CD; a few rare gems; great sound; good collection!, May 5 2016
CONTENT:

“Moon River/Swinging For You” by Danny Williams, released by EMI (UK) in 2005, is the only twofer available at this time in 2016. It contains two complete popular albums with 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart):

LP “MOON RIVER” (HMV CLP 1521)(1962):
01 Moon River (HMV POP 932)(UK a-side, UK 1(2)/October 1961)
02 My Heart Tells Me
03 We Will Never Be As Young As This Again (HMV POP 839)(UK a-side, UK 44/March 1961)
04 Lonely (HMV POP 885)(UK b-side, May 1961)
05 My Foolish Heart
06 The Story of A Starry Night
07 All or Nothing at All
08 The Miracle of You (HMV POP 885)(UK a-side, UK 41/May 1961)
09 Passing Breeze (HMV POP 839)(UK b-side, March 1961)
10 Rain
11 In Other Words (Fly Me to the Moon)
12 I Talk to the Trees
LP “SWINGING FOR YOU” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)*with Nelson Riddle:
13 In Love For the Very First Time
14 Love is a Many Splendored Thing
15 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
16 With These Hands
17 No Love, No Nothin’
18 I’m Beginning to See The Light
19 Just in Time
20 What Kind of Fool Am I?
21 I’ve Got You Under My Skin
22 Portrait of my Love
23 Steppin’ Out With My Baby
24 Every Time We Say Goodbye

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of two of Danny’s most popular albums in one CD. There are many singles especially in “Moon River”.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 The most outstanding aspect is the 8-page booklet, where the front and back album covers are featured, each occupying the entire page. The details are simply remarkable. I wish other labels would do this in the future. Thank you, EMI.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks.
2 Quite expensive now.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Danny Williams was born on January 7, 1942 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His version of “Moon River” hit No. 1 in UK while “White On White” was his most popular US hit. In 1968, he had a nervous breakdown and was declared bankrupt two years later. However, he resumed his singing career in the early 1970s, achieving a Top 30 success with "Dancin' Easy" in 1977. He died on December 6, 2005 of lung cancer (age 63).

Even in 2016, his CDs are still scarce. If you are looking for his greatest hits, I would recommend my current reference “The Pop/Soul Sides” (Teensville, 2016, 33 songs). I wish more twofers are released in the future because Danny Williams has released many other albums. In the meantime, this current set is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Danny Williams fans.

Essential Collection
Essential Collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Williams Essential Collection (1CD): 24 songs; singles & album tracks; good sound., May 4 2016
This review is from: Essential Collection (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

“The Essential Collection” by Danny Williams, released by EMI (UK) in 1997, contains 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position and release date)(UK=UK Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 MOON RIVER (HMV POP 932)(UK a-side, UK 1(2)/October 1961)*his biggest UK hit
02 LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
03 PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
04 WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
05 I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
06 IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (HMV POP 968)(UK b-side, January 1962)
07 STEPPIN’ OUT WITH MY BABY*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
08 WITH THESE HANDS*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
09 STAY AS SWEET AS YOU ARE*from EP “The Hits of Danny Williams” (HMV 7EG 8748)(1962)
10 IN OTHER WORDS (FLY ME TO THE MOON)*from album “Moon River” (HMV CLP 1521)(1962)
11 WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE YOUNG (HMV POP 1002)(UK a-side, UK 8/March 1962)*cover version of Andy Williams’ US hit
12 JEANNIE (HMV POP 968)(UK a-side, UK 14/January 1962)
13 O’DANNY BOY*from album “Danny Williams” (HMV CLP 1458)(1961)
14 THE STORY OF A STARRY NIGHT*from album “Moon River” (HMV CLP 1521)(1962)
15 NO LOVE, NO NOTHIN’*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
16 ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL*from album “Moon River” (HMV CLP 1521)(1962)
17 AUTUMN LEAVES*from album “Romance with Danny Williams” (EMI MFP 1155)(1966)
18 AFTER YOU (HMV POP 1263)(UK b-side, February 1964)*UK b-side to “White On White”; in US b-side “The Comedy Is Ended”
19 I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)
20 WHITE ON WHITE (HMV POP 1263/United Artists UA 685)(US a-side, BB Pop 9/February 1964)*his biggest US hit; did not chart in UK
21 I TALK TO THE TREES*from album “Moon River” (HMV CLP 1521)(1962)
22 STREET OF GOODBYES*from album “Romance with Danny Williams” (EMI MFP 1155)(1966)
23 I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT HIT ME (HMV POP 1532)(UK b-side, June 1966)
24 EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE*from album “Swinging For You” (HMV CLP 1605)(1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In 1997, Danny Williams CDs were rare, to say the least. Therefore, the release of this “Essential Collection” was a welcoming sight. It consisted of a few charted singles from UK and US, the rest being album tracks.
2 The sound is well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The word “Essential” is up to individual interpretation. My idea is to include all his charted singles, followed by uncharted singles and album tracks. In this case, many singles are still missing! Personally, I feel the word “Essential” in this case is a little misleading. The missing charted a-sides are:
(1) My Own True Love (UK a-side, UK 22/January 1963)
(2) More (US a-side, BB Pop 110/April 1963)
(3) Dancin’ Easy (UK a-side, UK 30/July 1977)
2 In the 4-page booklet, while I welcomed Danny Williams’ own short essay, there were no label & number, no chart position, no identification of source albums.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Danny Williams has 8 charted singles in UK and 3 in US, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that he actually has 47 singles from 1959 – 1985 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, US & UK). His labels are (1) HMV (UK)/United Artists (US)(1959 – 1966), (2) Deram (1967 – 1968), (3) Ocean (1970), (4) Philips (1973 – 1975), (5) Ensign (1977), (6) Piccadilly (1980) and (7) Columbia (1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Danny Williams was born on January 7, 1942 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His version of “Moon River” hit No. 1 in UK while “White On White” was his most popular US hit. In 1968, he had a nervous breakdown and was declared bankrupt two years later. However, he resumed his singing career in the early 1970s, achieving a Top 30 success with "Dancin' Easy" in 1977. He died on December 6, 2005 of lung cancer (age 63).

Even in 2016, his CDs are scarce. If you are looking for his greatest hits, I would recommend my current reference “The Pop/Soul Sides” (Teensville, 2016, 33 songs). I would also recommend the twofer “Moon River/Swinging For You” (EMI, 2005, 24 songs). This current set, with many rare album tracks and his greatest singles, is totally enjoyable and still recommended.

Here Comes Summer 1959-1962
Here Comes Summer 1959-1962
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Keller Here Comes Summer (1959-62)(1CD): only 23 songs; singles & album tracks; rare gems; good sound., May 4 2016
CONTENT:

“Here Comes Summer 1959 – 1962” by Jerry Keller, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2016, contains 23 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

SINGLES:
01 HERE COMES SUMMER (Kapp K-277X)(a-side, BB Pop 14/May 1959; UK 1(1)/August 1959)
02 TIME HAS A WAY (Kapp K-277X)(b-side, May 1959)
03 LOVEABLE (Kapp K-295X)(b-side, August 1959)
04 IF I HAD A GIRL (Kapp K-295X)(uncharted a-side, August 1959)
05 NOW, NOW, NOW (Kapp K-310X)(b-side, November 1959)
06 THERE ARE SUCH THINGS (Kapp K-310X)(uncharted a-side, November 1959)
07 AMERICAN BEAUTY ROSE (Kapp K-322X)(uncharted a-side, February 1960)
08 LONESOME LULLABY (Kapp K-322X)(b-side, February 1960)
09 MY NAME AIN’T JOE (Kapp K-337X)(b-side, June 1960)
10 WHITE FOR YOU AND BLUES FOR ME (Kapp K-337X)(uncharted a-side, June 1960)
11 WHAT MORE CAN I SAY (Kapp K-353X)(b-side, September 1960)
12 WHOLE HEARTEDLY (Kapp K-353X)(uncharted a-side, September 1960)
LP “HERE COMES JERRY KELLER” (Kapp KI-1178)(1959)
13 UNCHAINED MELODY
14 YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART
15 SIXTEEN GOING ON SEVENTEEN
16 THE GIRL THAT I MARRY
17 TRUE LOVE
18 YOUNG LOVE
19 (LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER) I’M WALKING BEHIND YOU
SINGLES:
20 NEVER WAKE UP (Capitol 4630)(b-side, September 1961)
21 BE CAREFUL HOW YOU DRIVE YOUNG JOEY (Capitol 4630)(a-side, BB Pop 112/September 1961)*his second & last charted single
22 MY YEAR OF LOVE (Capitol 4668)(uncharted a-side, November 1961)
23 I’LL GET BY (Capitol 4668)(b-side, November 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of singles and album tracks by Jerry Keller. His two charted singles, As & Bs, are included. His entire first album “Here Comes Jerry Keller” was also included. Two different labels, Kapp and Capitol, are covered.
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 23 songs! There are 2 singles prior to 1957 that could have been included:
(1) Please Sing To Me (Web 1118)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
(2) The Faster The Better (Web 1118)(b-side, 1958)
(3) A Wandering Stranger (Jubilee 45-5350) (uncharted a-side, November 1958)
(4) Bee-Bee Baby (Jubilee 45-5350)(b-side, November 1958)
2 As per usual practice with most reissue labels from UK, the compilation stops in 1962, due to local Public Domain laws. This is unfortunate in that there are 7 more singles from 1963 – 1967 that could have been included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Jerry Keller has only two charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling his Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 17 singles from 1958 – 1967 (charted & uncharted, As & Bs). His labels are (1) Web (1958), (2) Jubilee (1958), (3) Kapp (1959 – 1960), (4) Capitol (1961), (5) Coral (1963 – 1964), (6) Reprise (1965) and (7) RCA Victor (1967).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Jerry Keller was born on June 20, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His big hit “Here Comes Summer” was his only charted single in UK that reached No. 1, thus he was branded by many as One-Hit Wonder. He wrote the English lyrics to the song “A Man and A Woman” and also co-wrote “Almost There” by Andy Williams. He went on to be a number-one-call vocalist for television jingles throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

If you like Jerry Keller and a completist like myself, I would highly recommend “Here Comes Summer – Complete, Volume 1” (Brill Tone Records, 1995, 30 songs) and “Complete, Volume 2 – Rare & Unreleased” (Brill Tone Records, 1995, 30 songs). Every single (As & Bs) in my Complete Singles Discography is present plus 18 unreleased tracks, including his version of “A Man and A Woman”. These two CDs are worth the price of admission and are my own personal reference. But if you are just a casual fan, this current set, with much cheaper price, is still recommended.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Russ Conway His Greatest Hits (1CD): 24 songs; many rare gems; good sound!, May 4 2016
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CONTENT:

“His Greatest Hits” by Russ Conway, released by EMI (UK) in 1988, contains 24 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 SIDE SADDLE (Columbia DB 4256)(UK a-side, UK 1(4)/February 1959)*his first No. 1 hit
02 MACK THE KNIFE (Columbia DB 7221)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1964)
03 THE WESTMINSTER WALTZ (Columbia DB 3920)(UK b-side, March 1957)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Roll The Carpet Up” not included here
04 PIXELATED PENGUIN (Columbia DB 4256)(UK b-side, February 1959)*a-side “Side Saddle” track #1
05 SNOW COACH (Columbia DB 4368)(UK a-side, UK 7/October 1959)
06 SAM’S SONG (THE HAPPY TUNE)*from album “Time To Play” (EMI MFP-1096)(1966); rare gem
07 ALWAYS*from album “A Musical Journey with Russ Conway” (Columbia FPX-311)(1963); rare gem
08 THE WEDDING OF THE PAINTED DOLL*from album “Time To Play” (EMI MFP-1096)(1966); rare gem
09 THE WORLD OUTSIDE (THEME FROM “THE WARSAW CONCERTO”)(Columbia DB 4234)(UK a-side, UK 24/December 1958)
10 CHINA TEA (Columbia DB 4337)(UK a-side, UK 5/August 1959)
11 LESSON ONE (Columbia DB 4784)(UK a-side, UK 21/February 1962)
12 "PARTY POPS" - PARTS 1 & 2 (Columbia DB 4031)(UK a-side, UK 24/November 1957 and b-side)*songs included “When You’re Smiling; I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover; When You Wear A Tulip And I Wore A Big Red Rose; Row, Row, Row; For Me And My Gal; Shine on Harvest Moon; By the Light of the Silvery Moon; Side by Side”
13 ROULETTE (Columbia DB 4298)(UK a-side, UK 1(2)/May 1959)*his second & last No. 1 hit
14 TOY BALLOONS (Columbia DB 4778)(UK a-side, UK 7/November 1961)
15 PEPE (Columbia DB 4564)(UK a-side, UK 19/January 1961)
16 ROYAL EVENT (Columbia DB 4418)(UK a-side, UK 15/February 1960)
17 LUCKY FIVE (Columbia DB 4457)(UK a-side, UK 14/May 1960)
18 PASSING BREEZE (Columbia DB 4508)(UK a-side, UK 16/September 1960)
19 GOT A MATCH (Columbia DB 4166)(UK a-side, UK 30/August 1958)
20 ALWAYS YOU AND ME (Columbia DB 4934)(UK a-side, UK 33/November 1962)
21 PABLO (Columbia DB 4624)(UK a-side, UK 45/May 1961)
22 MEDLEY OF TUNES FROM "FINGS AIN'T WOT THEY USED T'BE" – PART 1 (Columbia DB 4422)(UK a-side, UK 47/April 1960)*songs include “Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be; Polka Dots; Whee Do Little Birds Go?”
23 FORGOTTEN DREAMS (Columbia DB 4778)(UK b-side, November 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
24 MORE PARTY POPS - PARTS 1 & 2 (Columbia DB 4204)(UK a-side, UK 10/November 1958 + b-side)*songs include “Music, Music, Music; If You Were The Only Girl In The World; I’m Nobody’s Sweetheart Now; Yes Sir That’s My Baby; Some of These Days; the Honeysuckle And The Bee; Hello! Hello! Who’s Your Lady Friend?; In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a really decent Greatest Hits covering almost all his charted singles. As noted above, there are quite a few rare gems, like single “Forgotten Dreams” and album tracks.
2 For the Party Pops tunes, both a and b-sides are included.
3 The sound is well remastered from Original Master Tapes. EMI owns the master tapes.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 24 songs and 65 minutes. Surely EMI could have filled up the entire CD with more songs.
2 The missing charted a-sides are:
(1) More and More Party Pops (UK a-side, UK 5/November 1959)
(2) Even More Party Pops (UK a-side, UK 27/November 1960)
(3) Say It With Flowers (with Dorothy Squires)(UK a-side, UK 23/August 1961)
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically
4 There is no essay, no label & number and no chart position.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Russ Conway has 21 charted singles in UK, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has an amazing 69 singles (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, from 1957 to 1984). His singles labels are (1) Columbia (1957 – 1968), (2) Chapter One (1970 – 1971), (3) Pye (1971 – 1974), (4) EMI (1976), (5) BBC (1977) and (6) Music Media (1984).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Russ Conway was born on September 2, 1925 in Trevor Herbert Stanford in Bristol, England. Between 1957 and 1963, he had 20 UK chart hits, achieving a cumulative total of 83 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1959 alone. This included two self-penned number one instrumentals, "Side Saddle" and "Roulette", the latter deposing Elvis Presley's "A Fool Such As I". He also had numerous albums. He was a fixture on light entertainment TV shows and radio for many years afterwards, appearing at the London Palladium on a number of occasions and becoming a regular on the Billy Cotton Band Show for several seasons. His career was blighted by ill health, including a nervous breakdown and subsequently a stroke. He died on November 16, 2000 (age 75).

Besides the current set, for his “Party Pops” tunes, I would also recommend “The Hits and More” (Jasmine, 2CDs, 2011, 70 songs, with lots of rare b-sides). For me, I cannot complete my Russ Conway collection without all his “Piano Pops” tunes. Here, I would strongly recommend “Russ Conway Plays Piano Pops” (EMI Gold, 1CD, 2003, 28 tracks, precious!!). As for his Pye era, I would recommend “The Russ Conway Collection” (Castle Pulse, 2CDs, 2003, 56 songs). For his album output, I would recommend “Six Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music, 2016, 4CDs, 98 songs). This current set, comparable to another set “The Very Best of Russ Conway” (EMI Gold, 2004, 24 songs) but much cheaper, is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Russ Conway fans. I bet the music will definitely bring back many happy memories of the good old days.

Steve Alaimo 50s-70s
Steve Alaimo 50s-70s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Alaimo 50s-70s (2CDs): 33 songs; rare singles, especially from 1963+ & 70s; good sound; A Must-Own!, May 4 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Legendary Henry Stone Presents Steve Alaimo 50s – 70s”, released by Henry Stone Music in 2005, is a 2-CD set with 33 songs, concentrating on tracks from late 60s and early 70s. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
01 LOVE'S GONNA LIVE HERE (ABC-Paramount 45-10540)(uncharted a-side, March 1964)*his first single on ABC-Paramount
02 I DON'T KNOW (ABC-Paramount 45-10580)(a-side, BB Pop 103/August 1964)
03 HAPPY (ABC-Paramount 45-10605)(b-side, November 1964)
04 EVERYBODY KNOWS BUT HER (ABC-Paramount 45-10605)(uncharted a-side, November 1964)
05 REAL LIVE GIRL (ABC-Paramount 45-10620)(a-side, BB Pop 77/January 1965)
06 CAST YOUR FATE TO THE WIND (ABC-Paramount 45-10680)(a-side, BB Pop 89/May 1965)
07 MAIS OUI (ABC-Paramount 45-10680)(b-side, May 1965)
08 LADY OF THE HOUSE (ABC-Paramount 45-10712)(b-side, August 1965)
09 BLOWIN' IN THE WIND (ABC-Paramount 45-10712)(uncharted a-side, August 1965)
10 SO MUCH LOVE (ABC-Paramount 45-10805)(a-side, BB Pop 92/April 1966)
11 PARDON ME (IT'S MY FIRST DAY ALONE)(ABC 45-10873)(uncharted a-side, November 1966)
12 YOU DON'T KNOW LIKE I KNOW (ABC 45-10917)(uncharted a-side, March 1967)
13 OOH POO PAH DOO (Atco 45-6512)(b-side, August 1967)*not the original version on album “Mashed Potatoes” (Checker LP-2983) in 1962
14 NEW ORLEANS (Atco 45-6512)(a-side, BB Pop 126/August 1967)
15 DENVER (Atco 45-6561)(a-side, BB Pop 118/February 1968)
16 WATCHING THE TRAINS GO BY (Atco 45-6620)(uncharted a-side, October 1968)

DISC 2:
01 THANK YOU FOR THE SUNSHINE DAYS (Atco 45-6620)(b-side, October 1968)
02 I'M THANKFUL (with Betty Wright)(Atco 45-6659)(b-side, March 1969)
03 AFTER THE SMOKE IS GONE (with Betty Wright)(Atco 45-6659)(uncharted a-side, March 1969)
04 CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP (Checker 1024)(b-side, September 1962)
05 EVERY DAY I HAVE TO CRY (Checker 1032)(a-side, BB Pop 46/December 1962)
06 A LIFETIME OF LONELINESS (Checker 1042)(b-side, April 1963)*rare a-side “It’s A Long, Long Way to Happiness” not included here
07 DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING (Checker 1047)(a-side, BB Pop 125/August 1963)
08 CAN’T YOU SEE (Atco 45-6797)(b-side, December 1970)
09 WILD SIDE OF LIFE (Atco 45-6797)(uncharted a-side, December 1970)
10 NOBODY'S FOOL (Entrance ZS7 7503)(uncharted a-side, October 1971)
11 WHEN MY LITTLE GIRL IS SMILING (Entrance ZS7 7501)(a-side, BB Pop 72/June 1971)*his first single on Entrance label
12 AMERIKAN MUSIC (Entrance ZS7 7507)(a-side, BB Pop 79/March 1972)
13 SAND IN MY POCKET (Entrance ZS7 7513)(uncharted a-side, October 1972)*his last single; b-side same song but in stereo
14 THE WEEKEND'S OVER (Steve Alaimo & the Red Coats)(Martin 6065)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut
15 BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY (ABC-Paramount 45-10764)(b-side, January 1966)
16 HOME BY ELEVEN (Steve Alaimo & the Red Coats)(Dade 1800)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
17 MELISSA (Atco 45-6732)(b-side, February 1970)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a first class collection on Steve Alaimo’s output from 1964 onwards, covering various labels like ABC-Paramount, Atco and Entrance. As noted above, there are many rare gems making their CD debut even in 2016! If you are looking for his earlier output, please look elsewhere.
2 There are essentially two separate collections for this era currently available, the other being “Anthology” (1 CD, 1997, 31 songs). Although the listing is similar, I prefer the current set because (1) all the songs are not crammed into one single CD, (2) this set is much cheaper, and (3) as noted above, there are a few rare gems found only in this set.
3 The sound is very good.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 16 and 17 songs are found in the CDs. Surely, the remaining empty space could have been filled with more songs (from ABC-Paramount, Atco and Entrance labels) like:
(1) One Woman (Atco 45-6710)(a-side, BB Pop 101/August 1969)
(2) Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (ABC-Paramount 45-10553)(uncharted a-side, May 1964)
(3) Tomorrow Is Another Day (ABC-Paramount 45-10643)(uncharted a-side, March 1965)
(4) Once A Day (ABC-Paramount 45-10764)(uncharted a-side, January 1966)
(5) Cuando Yo Vuelva A Mi Tierra (Atco 45-6560)(uncharted a-side, February 1968)
(6) My Friend (Atco 45-6589)(uncharted a-side, June 1968)
(7) Smilin’ In My Sleep (Atco 45-6732)(uncharted a-side, February 1970)
And don’t let me get started on the missing b-sides!
2 There is no booklet.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Alaimo has 14 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 47 singles from 1957 – 1972 (charted and uncharted, As & Bs). His labels are (1) Lifetime (1957), (2) Dade (1958), (3) Martin (1959), (4) Dade (1960), (5) Dickson (1960), (6) Imperial (1960 – 1961), (7) Checker (1961 – 1963), (8) Imperial (1963), (9) ABC-Paramount/ABC (1964 – 1967), (10) Atco (1967 – 1970), and (11) Entrance (1971 – 1972).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Alaimo was born on December 6, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska. He starred and co-produced Dick Clark’s “Where The Action Is” in the late sixties. He has a long singles career from 1957 to 1972, and also has the distinction of being the only artist with the most pop hits without reaching Top 40!

If you are looking for the early output of Steve Alaimo, I would also recommend “I’ve Got It: Greatest Recordings 1958 - 1962” (Jasmine Records, 2016, 27 songs, containing his earliest output). I would also recommend “Hits and Rarities” (Marginal Records, 1995, 33 songs). This current set, concentrating on his 1963+ output with many rare gems, is very highly recommended to all Steve Alaimo fans, and is a Must-Own.

Hits & Rarities 33 Cuts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Alaimo Hits and Rarities (1CD): 33 songs; singles & album tracks; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound., May 3 2016
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“Hits and Rarities” by Steve Alaimo, released by Marginal Records from Belgium in 1995, contains 33 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 EVERY DAY I HAVE TO CRY (Checker 1032)(a-side, BB Pop 46/December 1962)
02 I WON’T LET YOU GO*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
03 FADE OUT – FADE IN (ABC-Paramount 45-10553)(b-side, May 1964)*rare gem; CD debut
04 STAND BY ME*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
05 NOBODY CRIES FOR ME (live)
06 ONE GOOD REASON (Checker 1024)(uncharted a-side, September 1962)
07 LITTLE GIRL (PLEASE TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME)(Checker 1032)(b-side, December 1962)
08 I DON’T WANNA CRY*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
09 DON’T CRY*from album “Every Day I Have To Cry” (Checker LP 2986)(1963); rare gem; CD debut
10 I TOLD YOU SO (Checker 1047)(b-side, August 1963)*a-side “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” not included here
11 BIG BAD BEULAH (Checker 981)(uncharted a-side, June 1961)
12 HAPPY PAPPY (Imperial 66003)(b-side, November 1963)
13 BLUE FIRE (Dickson M 6444)(uncharted a-side, August 1960)*b-side “My Heart Never Said Goodbye” not included here
14 SOON YOU’LL BE GONE*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
15 YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
16 I DON’T WANNA CRY (SKA VERSION)*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
17 THE TWIST*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
18 GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
19 LET’S TWIST AGAIN*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
20 TWIST ALL NIGHT*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
21 THIS LITTLE GIRL’S GONE ROCKIN’*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
22 I’VE GOT IT!*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
23 BOPPIN’ THE BLUES*from album “Twist with Steve Alaimo” (Checker LP-2981)(1961)
24 GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! (Steve Alaimo & the Red Coats)(Martin 6065)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
25 SHE’S MY BABY (Steve Alaimo & the Red Coats)(Martin 6067)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
26 HOME BY ELEVEN (Steve Alaimo & the Red Coats)(Dade 1800)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
27 BEHOLD*from album “Starring Steve Alaimo” (ABC-Paramount ABC-501)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
28 GOTTA LOTTA LOVE (Imperial 66003)(a-side, BB Pop 74/November 1963)*rare gem; CD debut
29 MASHED POTATOES (PART 1)(Checker 1006)(a-side, BB Pop 81/February 1962)*first charted single; b-side “Mashed Potatoes (Part 2) not included here
30 CAST YOUR FATE TO THE WIND (ABC-Paramount 45-10680)(a-side, BB Pop 89/May 1965)
31 OOH POO PAH DOO*from album “Mashed Potatoes” (Checker LP-2983)(1962)
32 THAT’S WHAT LOVE WILL DO (ABC-Paramount 45-10580)(b-side, August 1964)*a-side “I Don’t Know” not included here; rare gem; CD debut
33 UNCHAINED MELODY (Imperial X 5717)(b-side, January 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This was the first decent collection release on Steve Alaimo, when it was first released in 1995. As noted above, there are many rare singles some making CD debut even in 2016! There are also many rare album tracks too.
2 For a bootleg CD, the sound is very good.
3 33 songs; good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There was no booklet, no label & number, no chart position and no identication of album source.
2 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Alaimo has 14 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 47 singles from 1957 – 1972 (charted and uncharted, As & Bs). His labels are (1) Lifetime (1957), (2) Dade (1958), (3) Martin (1959), (4) Dade (1960), (5) Dickson (1960), (6) Imperial (1960 – 1961), (7) Checker (1961 – 1963), (8) Imperial (1963), (9) ABC-Paramount/ABC (1964 – 1967), (10) Atco (1967 – 1970), and (11) Entrance (1971 – 1972).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Alaimo was born on December 6, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska. He starred and co-produced Dick Clark’s “Where The Action Is” in the late sixties. He has a long singles career from 1957 to 1972, and also has the distinction of being the only artist with the most pop hits without reaching Top 40!

If you are collecting Steve Alaimo, besides the current set, I would also recommend “I’ve Got It: Greatest Recordings 1958 - 1962” (Jasmine Records, 2016, 27 songs, containing his earliest output). For his later recordings, the best compilation is “The Legendary Henry Stone Presents Steve Alaimo 50s – 70s” (2CDs, 2010, 33 songs, containing his output after 1962, a Must-Own). This current set, with many rare gems, is also recommended to all Steve Alaimo fans.

I've Got It! Greatest Recordings 1958-1962
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Alaimo I've Got It 1958-62 (1CD): 27 songs; singles & album tracks; many rare gems; good sound; his early output!, May 3 2016
CONTENT:

'I've Got It: Greatest Recordings 1958 ' 1962' by Steve Alaimo, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2016, contains 27 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and release date)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

SINGLES (STEVE ALAIMO & THE RED COATS):
01 HOME BY ELEVEN (Dade 1800)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
02 I WANNA KISS YOU (Dade 1800)(b-side, 1958)*rare gem; CD debut
03 I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME (Martin 6064)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
04 BLUE SKIES (Martin 6064)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
05 SHE'S MY BABY (Martin 6067)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
06 SHOULD I CARE (Martin 6067)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut
07 YOU CAN FALL IN LOVE (Dade 1805)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
08 LOVE LETTERS (Dade 1805)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
09 BLUE FIRE (Dickson M 6444)(uncharted a-side, August 1960)*b-side 'My Heart Never Said Goodbye' not included here
SINGLES (STEVE ALAIMO):
10 UNCHAINED MELODY (Imperial X 5717)(b-side, January 1961)
11 IT HAPPENS EV'RY TIME (Imperial X 5717)(uncharted a-side, January 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
12 I CRIED ALL THE WAY HOME (Checker 981)(b-side, June 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
13 BIG BAD BEULAH (Checker 981)(uncharted a-side, June 1961)
14 MASHED POTATOES (PART 1)(Checker 1006)(a-side, BB Pop 81/February 1962)*first charted single; b-side 'Mashed Potatoes (Part 2) not included here
15 ONE GOOD REASON (Checker 1024)(uncharted a-side, September 1962)
16 CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP (Checker 1024)(b-side, September 1962)
17 EVERY DAY I HAVE TO CRY (Checker 1032)(a-side, BB Pop 46/December 1962)
18 LITTLE GIRL (PLEASE TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME)(Checker 1032)(b-side, December 1962)
LP 'TWIST WITH STEVE ALAIMO' (Checker LP-2981)(1961):
19 THE TWIST
20 GOOD, GOOD LOVIN'
21 I'VE GOT IT!
22 BOPPIN' THE BLUES
23 LET'S TWIST AGAIN
24 THIS LITTLE GIRL'S GONE ROCKIN'
25 TWIST ALL NIGHT
LP 'MASHED POTATOES' (Checker LP-2983)(1962):
26 OOH POO PAH DOO
27 YA-YA

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of the earliest output of Steve Alaimo, especially when he was with the Red Coats. As noted above, there are many singles rare gems, making CD debut even now in 2016! Nine album tracks are included.
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically.
3 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Counting up to 1962, five singles (As & Bs) are missing. As noted above, 2 rare b-sides are also missing.
2 As per usual practice with most reissue labels from UK, the compilation would end in 1962, because of local Public Domain laws. This is really too bad because Steve's charting career was just starting in 1963.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Alaimo has 14 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 47 singles from 1957 ' 1972 (charted and uncharted, As & Bs). His labels are (1) Lifetime (1957), (2) Dade (1958), (3) Martin (1959), (4) Dade (1960), (5) Dickson (1960), (6) Imperial (1960 ' 1961), (7) Checker (1961 ' 1963), (8) Imperial (1963), (9) ABC-Paramount/ABC (1964 ' 1967), (10) Atco (1967 ' 1970), and (11) Entrance (1971 ' 1972).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Alaimo was born on December 6, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska. He starred and co-produced Dick Clark's 'Where The Action Is' in the late sixties. He has a long singles career from 1957 to 1972, and also has the distinction of being the only artist with the most pop hits without reaching Top 40!

If you are collecting Steve Alaimo, I would recommend 'Hits and Rarities' (Marginal Records, 1995, 33 songs). For his later recordings, the best compilation is 'The Legendary Henry Stone Presents Steve Alaimo 50s ' 70s' (2CDs, 2010, 33 songs, containing his output after 1962, a Must-Own). Of course, the current set, covering his earliest output with great sound, is also recommended to all Steve Alaimo fans.

Young Love & All His Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tab Hunter Young Love & All His Hits (1CD): 32 songs; many singles & album tracks; good sound; great collection!, May 3 2016
CONTENT:

“Young Love And All His Hits” by Tab Hunter, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2016, contains 32 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 YOUNG LOVE (Dot 45-15533)(a-side, BB Pop 1(6)/December 1956)*his first and biggest hit!
02 RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET (Dot 45-15533)(b-side, BB Pop 57/December 1956)*double sided hit
03 NINETY-NINE WAYS (Dot 45-15548)(a-side, BB Pop 11/March 1957)
04 DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE (Dot 45-15548)(b-side, BB Pop 74/March 1957)*double sided hit
05 DON’T LET IT GET AROUND (Dot 45-15657)(uncharted a-side, October 1957)*rare gem; CD debut
06 I’M ALONE BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (Dot 45-15657)(b-side, October 1957)
07 JEALOUS HEART (Warner Bros. 5008)(a-side, BB Pop 62/September 1958)*b-side “Lonesome Road” not included here; first single on new label Warner Brothers
08 MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME (Warner Bros. 5021)(b-side, November 1958)*a-side “Candy” not included here
09 I LOVE YOU, YES I DO*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
10 (I’LL BE WITH YOU IN) APPLE BLOSSOM TIME (Warner Bros. 5032)(a-side, BB Pop 31/December 1958)*b-side “My Only Love” not included here
11 THERE'S NO FOOL LIKE A YOUNG FOOL (Warner Bros. 5051)(a-side, BB Pop 68/March 1959)*b-side “I’ll Never Smile Again” not included here
12 WAITIN’ FOR FALL (Warner Bros. 5093)(b-side, August 1959)*a-side “Our Love” not included here
13 MOONLIGHT BAY (Warner Bros. 5123)(uncharted a-side, November 1959)
14 YOU’RE GONNA CHANGE (OR I’M GONNA LEAVE)(Warner Bros. 5123)(b-side, November 1959)
15 BLACK COAT (Warner Bros. 5142)(uncharted a-side, February 1960)*b-side “I Gotta Have My Baby Back” not included here
16 HEY GOOD LOOKIN’*from album “R.F.D.” (Warner WS 1367)(1960)
17 WILD SIDE OF LIFE (Dot 45-16205)(uncharted a-side, March 1961)
18 MY DEVOTION (Dot 45-16187)(uncharted a-side, January 1961)
19 THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT (Dot 45-16264)(uncharted a-side, August 1961)
20 YOU CHEATED (Dot 45-16187)(b-side, January 1961)
21 OH HAPPY DAY*from album “Young Love” (Dot DLP 3370)(1961)
22 KISS HER ONE TIME FOR ME*from album “Young Love” (Dot DLP 3370)(1961)
23 BYE BYE LOVE*from album “Young Love” (Dot DLP 3370)(1961)
24 SHE’S NOT THAT KIND*from album “Young Love” (Dot DLP 3370)(1961)
25 BUT I DO*from album “Young Love” (Dot DLP 3370)(1961)
26 IT’S THE BOTTLE TALKING*from album “R.F.D.” (Warner WS 1367)(1960)
27 I WANT TO BE WITH YOU ALWAYS*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
28 I’LL NEVER BE FREE*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
29 I AIN’T GOT NOBODY*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
30 LET’S PRETEND THERE IS A MOON*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
31 AFTER YOU’VE GONE*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)
32 FUNNY*from album “Tab Hunter” (Warner W-1221)(1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Other than the bootleg CD “The Very Best of Tab Hunter” (TeenAger, 1CD, 35 songs), this set represents the most comprehensive coverage of both his singles and album tracks.
2 There are 9 additional songs not found in the Eric release “Young Love: Best of Tab Hunter”. There is also one song “Don’t Let It Get Around” that is not found in Eric or TeenAger set, making its CD debut.
3 Tab Hunter has 4 album releases. In this set, there are 8 songs from “Tab Hunter” album, 3 songs from “R.F.D.” album and 9 songs from “Young Love” album.
4 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records. The best sound, of course, belongs to the Eric Records set, with superb remastering.
5 32 songs; good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As noted above, there are many a and b-sides missing. But Jasmine Records cannot be faulted because there are 32 songs in this set already. A 2-CD set including the missing songs in singles and above albums, plus the entire “When I Fall In Love” album, will have been perfect. Fortunately, most of the missing songs are readily found online.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Tab Hunter has 7 charted singles, I have done a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 16 singles (from 1956 – 1962, As & Bs, uncharted & uncharted). His labels are (1) Dot (1956 – 1958), (2) Warner (1958 – 1960), and (3) Dot (1961 – 1962).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Tab Hunter was born Arthur Kelm on July 11, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York. His name was changed to Arthur Gelien, when her mother got divorce and assumed her own maiden name. The stage name “Tab Hunter” was given by his first agent. His singing career included a million seller in “Young Love”. It is of interest to note that another version of “Young Love” by Sonny James also reached #1 just before Tab’s version, but only stayed there for 1 week. Because of his good looks, Tab also starred in over 40 films, and TV (“The Tab Hunter Show”, in US unfortunately opposite the “Ed Sullivan Show”, but it was hugely popular in UK).

My current reference is still “The Very Best of Tab Hunter” (TeenAger, 35 songs). If you want the best sound, the Eric Record release “Young Love: The Best of Tab Hunter” is the recommended set, but with only 17 songs. One should not forget “Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates” soundtrack. Fortunately, most of his missing songs can be found online. At this time, I am just missing 4 songs: (1) Lonesome Road (b-side to Jealous Heart), (2) Our Love (a-side, Warner, 1959), (3) Love Is Just Around The Corner (b-side to Again), and (4) Headin’ Down the Wrong Highway (from album “RFD”).

This current set, with 32 songs and great sound, is highly recommended.

Russ Conway Party Pops
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5.0 out of 5 stars Russ Conway Plays Piano Pops (1CD): 28 piano & other party pops songs; all rare gems CD debut; good sound; a Must-Own!, April 29 2016
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“Russ Conway Plays Piano Pops”, released by EMI gold from UK in 2003, contains 28 wonderful piano pops tunes. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, names of tunes in each medley, release date):

01 "PIANO POPS" NO. 1 (Columbia DB 4015)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1957)*songs include “Around the World; Tammy; We Will Make Love”
02 "PIANO POPS" NO. 1 (PART 2)(Columbia DB 4015)(UK b-side, October 1957)*songs include “Love Letters in the Sand; In the Middle of an Island; Bye Bye Love”
03 “PARTY POPS” NO. 2 (PART 1)(Columbia DB 4061)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1958)*songs include “Ma (He’s Making Eyes At Me; Wake Up Little Susie; Alone”
04 “PARTY POPS” NO. 2 (PART 2)(Columbia DB 4061)(UK b-side, January 1958)*songs include “All The Way; I’ll Buy You A Star; My Special Angel”
05 "PIANO POPS" (NO. 3) - PART 1 (Columbia DB 4097)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1958)*songs include “Love Me Forever; April Love; Magic Moments”
06 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 3) – PART 2 (Columbia DB 4097)(UK b-side, April 1958)*songs include “The Story of My Life; Sugartime; Mandy”
07 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 4) – PART 1 (Columbia DB 4136)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1958)*songs include “Nairobi; Oh, Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again; Who’s Sorry Now”
08 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 4) – PART 2 (Columbia DB 4136)(UK b-side, June 1958)*songs include “Why Don’t They Understand; Catch A Falling Star; I May Never Pass This Way Again”
09 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 5) – PART 1 (Columbia DB 4152)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1958)*songs include “Lollipop; Wear My Ring Around Your Neck; Kewpie Doll”
10 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 5) – PART 2 (Columbia DB 4152)(UK b-side, June 1958)*songs include “Stairway of Love; Tulips from Amsterdam; All I Have to Do Is Dream”
11 "PIANO POPS" (NO. 6)(PART 1)(Columbia DB 4174)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1958)*songs include “The Only Man On The Island; Big Man; On The Street Where You Live”
12 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 6)(PART 2)(Columbia DB 4174)(UK b-side, August 1958)*songs include “A Very Precious Love; Twilight Time; Sugar Moon”
13 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 7) - PART 1 (Columbia DB 4247)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1959)*songs include “Tom Dooley; You Always Hurt the One You Love; Someday”
14 “PIANO POPS” (NO. 7) - PART 2 (Columbia DB 4247)(UK b-side, January 1959)*songs include “A Certain Smile; More Than Ever; My Happiness”
15 “PIANO POPS NO. 8” – PART 1 (Columbia DB 4289)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1959)*songs include “As I Love You; Gigi; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
16 “PIANO POPS NO. 8” – PART 2 (Columbia DB 4289)(UK b-side, May 1959)*songs include “Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me; Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour on the Bed Post Overnight; Tomboy”
17 "PIANO POPS NO. 9" PART 1 (Columbia DB 4322)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1959)*songs include “Come Softly To Me; If I Didn’t Care; Wait for Me”
18 “PIANO POPS NO. 9” PART 2 (Columbia DB 4322)(UK b-side, June 1959)*songs include “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore; Sing Little Birdie; Margie”
19 "PIANO POPS NO. 10" PART 1 (Columbia DB 4462)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1960)*songs include “Delaware; Clementine; Looking High, High, High”
20 “PIANO POPS NO. 10” PART 2 (Columbia DB 4462)(UK b-side, May 1960)*songs include “Do You Mind; Someone Else’ Baby; Standing on the Corner”
21 LIVERPOOL POPS - PART 1 (Columbia DB 7087)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1963)*songs include “From Me To You; How Do You Do It; I Like It”
22 LIVERPOOL POPS – PART 2 (Columbia DB 7087)(UK b-side, August 1963)*songs include “Please Please Me; Thank You Girl; Do You Want To Know A Secret”
23 CONWAY CAPERS NO. 1 – PART 1 (Columbia DB 7169)(uncharted UK a-side, November 1963)*songs include “It’s My Party; I’ll Never Get Over You; She Loves You”
24 CONWAY CAPERS NO. 1 – PART 2 (Columbia DB 7169)(UK b-side, November 1963)*songs include “If I Had A Hammer; Bad to Me; Sweets For My Sweet”
25 CONWAY CAPERS NO. 2 - PART 1 (Columbia DB 7312)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1964)*songs include “Tell Me When; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Can’t Buy Me Love”
26 CONWAY CAPERS NO. 2 – PART 2 (Columbia DB 7312)(UK b-side, June 1964)*songs include “Tell Me When; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Can’t Buy Me Love”
27 SWINGING POPS – PART 2 (Columbia DB 8070)(UK b-side, November 1966)*songs include “Yeh Yeh; Lovers Of the World Unite; You’ve Got Your Trouble”
28 SWINGING POPS - PART 1 (Columbia DB 8070)(uncharted UK a-side, November 1966)*songs include “Downtown; I Couldn’t Live Without You; I Know A Place”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is simply a first class collection of various piano pops tunes from Russ Conway. Also, others like Liverpool Pops, Swinging Pops, Conway Capers Vols. 1 & 2, are also included. All the above are rare gems making their CD debut.
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically, with both As & Bs.
3 The sound is also wonderfully remastered. His special sound is still oh so very fresh and lively.
4 There is an eight-page booklet, with an informative essay by Mark Lovell, a member of the Russ Conway Appreciation Society. Here, I finally learned that Piano Pops 2 was never issued. (And I was looking and looking for it during my compiling his singles discography).
5 28 songs. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I do not understand why EMI put Swinging Pops Part 2 ahead of Part 1? It does not make any sense.
2 Russ Conway has many other Party Pops tunes to make up a second disc, including Party Pops, More Party Pops, More and More Party Pops and Even More Party Pops and Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be (found in Jasmine’s The Hits & More CD), plus Scots Pops, Pal Joey Pops, South Pacific Pops, My Fair Lady Pops and Sing Song Medley (still not available in 2016). If EMI had released this set as a Complete Party Pops Collection a 2-CD set, it would have been perfect! We can dream, can't we?

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Russ Conway was born on September 2, 1925 in Trevor Herbert Stanford in Bristol, England. Between 1957 and 1963, he had 20 UK chart hits, achieving a cumulative total of 83 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1959 alone. This included two self-penned number one instrumentals, "Side Saddle" and "Roulette", the latter deposing Elvis Presley's "A Fool Such As I". He also had numerous albums. He was a fixture on light entertainment TV shows and radio for many years afterwards, appearing at the London Palladium on a number of occasions and becoming a regular on the Billy Cotton Band Show for several seasons. His career was blighted by ill health, including a nervous breakdown and subsequently a stroke. He died on November 16, 2000 (age 75).

If you are looking for his singles collection, I would recommend “The Very Best of Russ Conway” (EMI Gold, 2007, 1CD, 24 songs, covering his Columbia era). I have already mentioned “The Hits & More” (Jasmine, 2011, 2CDs, 70 songs, including his Party Pops tunes). As for his Pye era, I would recommend “The Russ Conway Collection” (Castle Pulse, 2CDs, 2003, 56 songs). For his album output, I would recommend “Six Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music, 2016, 4CDs, 98 songs). This current set, with his popular piano tunes both a and b-sides, and great sound, is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Russ Conway fans. I bet the music will definitely bring back many happy memories of the good old days.

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