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Ray Charles Singers Greatest Hits
Ray Charles Singers Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Charles Singers Greatest Hits: 28 songs; a few rare gems; singles + album tracks; top-rated sound!, April 25 2015
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CONTENT:

This set, released by Hit Parade Records in 2015, a reputable reissue label renowned for their superior sound, contains 28 songs by the Ray Charles Singers. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, name of source album with its label, number, chart position)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; US=Billboard 200 Album Chart):

01 Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El So)(a-side)(Command RS-45-4046)(BB 3(1)/1964; AC 1(4)/1964; CB 4/1964; RW 3(1)/1964)*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
02 Al-Di-La’ (Command RS-45-4049)(a-side)(BB 29/1964; AC 4/1964; CB 32/1964; RW 25/1964)*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
03 Hello Dolly! (Command RS-45-4045)(uncharted a-side, March 1964)*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
04 Sweet Little Mountain Bird (Command RS-45-4046)(b-side, 1964)*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
05 Charade*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
06 Smile*from album “Songs for Lonesome Lovers” (Command 874)(US 88/1964)
07 I Wish You Love* from album “Songs for Lonesome Lovers” (Command 874)(US 88/1964)
08 Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune)*from album “Songs for Latin Lovers” (Command 886)(US 125/1965)
09 I Left My Heart in San Francisco*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
10 My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)(Command RS-45-4073)(a-side)(BB 124/1965; AC 17/1965)*from album “Songs for Latin Lovers” (Command 886)(US 125/1965)
11 Over the Rainbow*from album “Songs for Lonesome Lovers” (Command 874)(US 88/1964)
12 The Girl from Ipanema*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
13 Bluesette (Command RS-45-4057)(b-side, 1964)*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
14 This Could Be The Start Of Something*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
15 One More Time (Command RS-45-4057)(a-side)(BB 32/1964; AC 7/1964; CB 33/1964; RW 29/1964)*from album “Songs for Lonesome Lovers” (Command 874)(US 88/1964)
16 More*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
17 Dominique*from album “Something Special For Young Lovers” (Command 866)(US 11/1964)
18 Call Me Irresponsible*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
19 This Is My Prayer (Command RS-45-4059)(a-side)(BB 72/1965; AC 15/1965; CB 82/1965; RW 69/1965)*from album “Songs for Lonesome Lovers” (Command 874)(US 88/1964)
20 Do You Want To Know A Secret*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
21 Till The End Of Time (Command RS-45-4049)(b-side)(BB 83/1964; AC 18/1964)*double sided hit; from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
22 You Are Never Far Away From Me*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
23 Real Live Girl*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
24 The Friendliest Thing*from album “Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers” (Command 870)(US 45/1964)
25 On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)*from album “Young Lovers On Broadway” (Command 890)(1966); rare gem; CD debut.
26 Try To Remember*from album “Young Lovers On Broadway” (Command 890)(1966); rare gem; CD debut
27 This Is My Song*from album “At The Movies” (Command 928)(1968)
28 One Of Those Songs (Command RS-45-4079)(a-side)(BB 134/1966; AC 13/1966)*from album “One Of Those Songs” (Command 898)(1966)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is a decent collection of singles and album tracks from 1964 to 1968. There are two songs that are making their CD debut. It should be noted that up to now, Ray Charles Singers CDs are fairly scarce: Love Me With All Your Heart (Varese, 15 songs, 1996), Something Special For Young Lovers (1964)(Collectors’ Choice, 2005, 12 songs), Al-Di-La And Other Extra Special Songs For Young Lovers (1963)(Collectors’ Choice, 2005, 12 songs) and twofer on Sepia Records (2014): Something Wonderful (1961) and Rome Revisited (1962). To buy them separately now is much more expensive.
2 Hit Parade Records is renowned for its superior remastered sound. And this collection is no exception. Even though the sound on the Collectors’ Choice CDs was excellent, the sound here is even better: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have become my new reference standard.
3 28 songs, 75 minutes: Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 When compared to previous Hit Parade releases, this set is definitely less superior. The song listing seems to be haphazardly arranged, undecided whether to list the singles or album tracks, scattered randomly from different album sources. When I looked through the song listing, I have this feeling that the producer just wants to take the tunes previously available, add a few previously unreleased ones, to make into a final compilation. This is very uncharacteristic of Hit Parade Records.
2 Many singles are not included (see below).

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

On Billboard Hot 100, Ray Charles Singers have 10 charted entries. I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have actually 31 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, but only 61 songs, because one song was a repeated release). The labels are (1) MGM (1955 – 1957), (2) Decca (1959), (3) Command (1963 – 1970) and RCA (1974). Over 80% of the singles are still not available on CDs. I wish someday, Bear Family Records or Real Gone Music will release a Complete Singles Collection containing both a and b-sides, arranged chronologically. Their album releases (with 27 albums, with a lot of them on my favourite label, Command) are another matter altogether…almost non-existent.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The group was named after Ray Charles (born Charles Raymond Offenberg), not the R&B Ray Charles, bestowed by Perry Como. They were backing singers for many singers, including Perry Como, Joni James and even Buddy Holly. Due to advances in recording technology, they were able to create a softer sound than had been heard before and this was the birth of what has been called "easy listening". Their recordings were produced by Enoch Light, whose Command label was responsible for many great sounding albums, still sought after by collectors like myself.

This is a decent set with great sound, and is recommended.

Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties
Rare Pop Instrumentals of the Fifties
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Pop Instrumentals Of The Fifties: 31 instrumental gems from 50s; 21 making CD debut; 7 DES stereo; top-rated perfect sound!, April 25 2015
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This single CD set, released in 2015 by reputable reissue label Complete 60s Records, contains 31 instrumental tunes from the 1950s. I have compiled a detailed listing (with label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; US=US Singles Chart (prior to 1955); R&B=Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 “The Third Man” Theme – Anton Karas (London 536)(a-side)(US 1(11)/1950; Austrian zither player; the most remarkable of all one-hit artists; movie theme of the same name.
02 Melody of Love – Leo Diamond (RCA Victor 5973)(a-side)(BB 30/1955)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; hit #14 in 1953 with “Off Shore”
03 Love Me Tender – Henri Rene & His Orchestra (RCA Victor 6728)(a-side)(BB 44/1956)*mono; rare gem; CD debut.
04 The Poor People of Paris – Les Baxter & His Orchestra (Capitol 3336)(a-side)(BB 1(6)/1956; CB 1(4)/1956; RW 1(4)/1956)*DES stereo debut; great sound!
05 When The White Lilacs Bloom Again – Florian Zabach (Mercury 70936)(a-side)(BB 50/1956; CB 16/1956)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; violinist/composer.
06 Canadian Sunset – Hugo Winterhalter/Eddie Heywood (RCA Victor 6537)(a-side)(BB 2(2)/1956; CB 2(1)/1956; RW 1(1)/1956)*DES stereo debut; great sound!!
07 Sail Along Silvery Moon – Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (Dot 15661)(a-side)(BB 5/1957; CB 4/1957; RW 4/1957)*DES stereo debut; sound is top-rated! Billy Vaughn had more pop hits than any other orchestra leader during the rock era.
08 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White – Perez Prado & His Orchestra (RCA Victor 5965)(a-side)(BB 1(10)/1955; CB 2(7)/1955; RW 1(8)/1955; UK 1(2)/1955)*DES stereo debut; listen to Billy Regis’s trumpet solo, it will blow your socks off; from the movie “Underwater!” starring Jane Russell.
09 Main Title from “The Man With The Golden Arm” – Elmer Bernstein & His Orchestra (Decca 29869)(a-side)(BB 16/1956; CB 12/1956)*DES stereo debut; title song from movie of the same name starring Frank Sinatra.
10 Tea for Two Cha Cha – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Decca 30704)(a-side)(BB 7/1958; CB 2(1)/1958; RW 2(1)/1958; UK 3/1958)*stereo; under Warren Covington, after Tommy’s death in 1956; #1 hit for Marion Harris in 1925; the first song I used to learn to do the Cha Cha Cha!
11 The Typewriter – Leroy Anderson & His “Pops” Orchestra (Decca 28881)(a-side)(US 21/1953)*1959 stereo LP version; his most famous tune: “Blue Tango” (US 1(5)/1951.
12 Chinatown, My Chinatown – Bobby Maxwell & His Swinging Harps (Mercury 5773)(a-side)(US 24/1952)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; from the Broadway musical “Up and Down Broadway”
13 Marimba Charleston – Marimba Chiapas (Capitol 3447)(a-side)(BB 82/1956)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; Marimbga band from Mexico.
14 Song of the Nairobi Trio – Fortune Tellers (Music Makers 105)(a-side)(BB 114/1961; CB 91/1961; RW 69/1961)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut; The Nairobi Trio was a recurring skit on TV’s “The Ernie Kovacs Show””; first released in 1953; artist behind Fortune Tellers: Robert Maxwell, later changing his name to Bobby Maxwell.
15 Got A Match – Frank Gallop (ABC-Paramount 9931)(a-side)(BB 57/1958; CB 31/1958)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; best known as the announcer on Perry Como’s TV shows during the 1950s.
16 Heart and Soul – Johnny Maddox (Dot 15488)(a-side)(BB 57/1956; RW 80/1956)*DES stereo CD debut; rare gem; under Johnny Maddox & the Rhythmasters; #1 hit for Larry Clinton in 1938.
17 Alabama Jubilee – Ferko String Band (Media 1010)(a-side)(BB 14/1955; CB 13/1955; RW 11/1955)*mono; claimed to be CD debut; but it can be found in “Rockfile Volume 45” on Line label in 1991; #2 hit for Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan in 1915.
18 Look Sharp – Be Sharp – Boston Pops Orchestra (RCA Victor 4219)(a-side)(CB 27/1954)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; Boston Pops singles are hard to find; tune written for use in ads for Gillette razors.
19 Plantation Boogie – Lenny Dee (Decca 29360)(a-side)(BB 19/1955; CB 19/1955; RW 23/1955)*organist discovered by Red Foley.
20 Tequila – the Champs (Challenge 1016)(a-side)(BB 1(5)/1958; R&B 1(4)/1958; CB 1(5)/1958; RW 1(4)/1958; UK 5/1958)*DES stereo debut; magnificent sound!!
21 Night Train – Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra (RCA Victor 4693)(a-side)(US 27/1952)*mono; famous instrumental based on the climactic riff of Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local”.
22 (But As They Say) That’s Life – Jack Pleis & His Orchestra (Decca 30303)(a-side)(BB 69/1957)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; solo pianist on Teresa Brewer’s 1950 #1 hit “Music! Music! Music!”
23 Bewitched – the Betty Smith Group (London 1787)(a-side)(BB 50/1958; 51/1958; RW 40/1958)*stereo LP version; British group.
24 Melancholy Serenade – Jackie Gleason & His Concert Orchestra
25 I’ll Always Be In Love With You – Jackie Pleis & His Orchestra (Decca 30086)(a-side)(BB 65/1956; CB 50/1956; RW 71/1956)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; #3 hit for Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in 1929.
26 Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo – the Dick Hyman Trio (MGM 12207)(a-side)(BB 78/1956; CB 41/1956)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; his other big hit “Moritat A Theme from “The Three Penny” (BB 8/1956)
27 The Woodchopper’s Ball – Hutch Davie (Atco 6110)(a-side)(BB 51/1958; CB 53/1958; RW 42/1958)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; #9 hit for Woody Herman in 1939.
28 The Faithful Hussar – Ted Heath and His Music (London 1675)(a-side)(BB 52/1956; RW 84/1956; UK 18/1956)*mono; trombonist/leader of his own band from 1945-1969.
29 Tequila – Eddie Platt & His Orchestra (ABC-Paramount 9899)(a-side)(BB 20/1958)*mono; rare gem; CD debut; should have included his other rare charted hit: “Cha-Hua-Hua” (BB 74/1958).
30 Fried Onions – Lord Rockingham’s XI (London 1810)(a-side)(BB 96/1958; CB 97/1958)*mono; Scottish instrumental group, fronted by Harry Robinson; has 2 other charted hits in UK.
31 Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu – Dicky Doo and the Don’ts (Swan 4006)(a-side)(BB 40/1958; CB 60/1958)*mono; group named after the nickname of Dick Clark’s son, Dicky Doo.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is another remarkable compilation from Complete 60s Records. There are many rare gems with 21 songs making their CD debut. The song selection outside Billboard Hot 100 (like Bubblin’ Under) or from other publication such as Cash Box, plus gems before 1955 is appreciated. This reflects the care taken by the producer to find true rare gems.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this set is that the sound quality is first class: 1) Source: from original master tapes, 2) original 45 rpm single versions (not album versions), 3) stereo, whenever available, and 4) first class remastering with the highest quality sound. There are seven songs remastered in DES stereo. The sound will knock your socks off.
3 There is a nice booklet with informative essay. Chart positions are included.
4 31 tracks, 78 minutes. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 It would be nice to give us some colour picture sleeves or 45 rpm singles labels in the booklet. Label & number of each single is appreciated.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is produced by Bill Buster. If you are a collector like myself, you are familiar with his name. His other outstanding productions include Hard To Find 45s on CD series, Teen Time series (all on Eric Records label), more recently the 4 separate volumes on Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962, plus the recently released 3CD Amazing Early 60s Box. The sound was produced by Mark Mathews, Walt Weiskopf and Rod Brown. This dedicated group reminded me of Ron Furmanek in the early 90s, who did great remastering job using original master tapes and with relatively primitive digital technology at that point in time. Mark Mathews, Rod Brown and Walt Weiskopf are true audiophiles, paying close attention to all the details that matter: the best possible sources and EQ, correct fades and speed. Every song was compared to the original vinyl single to give us ONLY the original 45-rpm hit single versions in every case. As the result, the sound for all songs is very vibrant with clean crisp vocals and detailed instrument separation, great drum beat and bass and finally true stereo.

I have collected every release by Amazing 60s Records, Hit Parade label and Eric Records label. After listening to it, I am totally satisfied with the fantastic sound, and all the songs have become my new reference standard, especially those with DES stereo. All the songs here are created with unequalled sound quality, which was created by Collectors for Collectors like ourselves. In short, no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked, to bring us the most AMAZING sound experience from the many precious instrumental gems from the 1950s. Simply a MUST OWN for your collection! Turn up the volume and enjoy!

Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen 24 Film Collection [DVD]
Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen 24 Film Collection [DVD]
DVD ~ Bing Crosby
Price: CDN$ 150.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bing Crosby: Silver Screen Collection: 24 classic films in one set; great bonus feature; decent video/audio; many classic songs!, April 24 2015
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POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time 24 classic Bing Crosby films are available on DVD in a single set. There were previous collections with 3-6 movies in one set, like Bing Crosby Collection (6 movies), Screen Legend Collection (5 movies) and Signature Collection (3 movies).
2 All the movies were full screen (1.33:1) with Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix. Most of the pictures, even those in black and white, were well remastered. The audio is also very clean. Bing’s soothing voice was clearly defined.
3 Bing Crosby was a fantastic singer and has 340 charted entries on the US Singles Chart, with 39 Number 1 singles. He was the Number 1 Artist in the pre-rock era. Since there were no music videos at that time, this wonderful collection, to me, represents an excellent video library of many of his hits, like “White Christmas” (incidentally NOT from his film “White Christmas”, but from “Holiday Inn”), “June in January”, and “Sweet Leilani” (which won Best Original Oscar in 1937). He also won a Best Actor Oscar in “Holiday Inn.”
4 There is a bonus feature called American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered, plus original trailers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 In Box 3, there are only 4 “Road to” films. How about “Road to Rio”, “Road to Lebanon”, “Road To Bali”, “Road to Hollywood” and “Road to Hong Kong”? Surely, since the first two boxes contain 20 films, one could have fit more into Box 3: Bing and Bob.
2 The 2-3 movies are cramped into one DVD.
3 There is no booklet. It would be nice to have a printout of all the original DVD front covers.
4 The price is a little expensive. Fortunate for me, I bought this set during a One-Day Only Special for Canadian $69.99. Watching for special deals is really helpful.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bing Crosby was one of the most popular entertainers of all time and was a superstar of movies, music, radio and television during a spectacular career that lasted over 50 years. I hope there is a Volume 2 in the future, with the many great movies left out, such as The Bells of St. Mary’s, White Christmas, High Society and the rest of the “Road To” movies. In the meantime, this current set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Bing’s movies in the 30s and 40s, with decent video and audio. To me the most enjoyable part is to watch Bing sing the various hits in the movies. This set is highly recommended.

If you need to know more about the movies in the set, then read on for the details.

CONTENT:

This Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection box set consists of three DVD boxes: Box 1 (the 1930s, 9 films), Box 2 (the 1940s, 11 films) and Box 3 (Bing & Bob, 4 films). I have compiled a detailed summary of the names of movies, plot summary, specifications, and songs in each movie (with label & number, chart position):

DVD BOX 1: THE 1930s (9 CLASSIC FILMS):

COLLEGE HUMOR (1933)
A college professor (Bing Crosby) and the school’s football star (Richard Arlen) fall for the same beautiful co-ed (Mary Carlisle). Also starring George Burns & Gracie Allen.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 81 minutes.
Songs: (1) Down The Old Ox Road – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6601)(US 8/1933), (2) Learn To Croon – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6594)(US 3/1933), (3) Moon Struck – Bing Crosby.

WE’RE NOT DRESSING (1934)
A lowly deckhand (Bing Crosby) is shipwrecked on an island with several passengers including the heiress (Carole Lombard) he is smitten with plus two wacky locals (George Burns and Gracie Allen)
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 75 minutes.
Songs: (1) Sailor Chanty – Bing Crosby, (2) I Positively Refuse To Sing – Bing Crosby, (3) May I? – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6853)(a-side)(US 4/1934), (4) Good Night, Lovely Little Lady – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6854)(a-side)(US 2(3)/1934), (5) She Reminds Me Of You – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6853)(b-side)(US 10/1934), (6) Love Thy Neighbor – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6852)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1934, (7) Once In A Blue Moon – Bing Crosby (Brunswick 6854)(b-side)(US 11/1934).

HERE IS MY HEART (1934)
When a wealthy radio crooner (Bing Crosby) falls for an icy Russian princess (Kitty Carlisle), he goes undercover as a hotel waiter in order to gain access to her suite – and her heart.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 77 minutes.
Songs: June In January – Bing Crosby (Decca 310)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1934), (2) With Every Breath I Take – Bing Crosby (Decca 309)(a-side)(US 4/1934), (3) Love Is Just Around The Corner – Bing Crosby (Decca 310)(b-side)(US 8/1934)

MISSISSIPPI (1935)
Set in the Old South, a disgraced gentleman (Bing Crosby) takes a singing job on a riverboat where the captain (W.C. Fields) tries to teach him the meaning of honor.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 74 minutes.
Songs: (1) It’s Easy To Remember – Bing Crosby (Decca 391)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1935), (2) Soon – Bing Crosby (Decca 392)(a-side)(US 1(1)/1935), (3) Down by the River – Bing Crosby (Decca 392)(b-side)(US 17/1935.

RHYTHM ON THE RANGE (1936)
After performing in New York, a champion rodeo star (Bing Crosby) discovers a runaway heiress (Frances Farmer) hiding in his boxcar on his train ride back west.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 88 minutes.
Songs: (1) I’m An Old Cowhand – Bing Crosby (Decca 871)(a-side)(US 2(4)/1936), (2) I Can’t Escape From You – Bing Crosby (Decca 871)(b-side)(US 7/1936), (3) Empty Saddles – Bing Crosby (Decca 870)(US 7/1936), (4) Roundup Lullaby – Bing Crosby.

WAIKIKI WEDDING (1937)
It is up to press agent Tony Martin (Bing Crosby) to maintain the “aloha” spirit when a beauty pageant winner (Shirley Ross) decides her grand prize trip to the islands is less than paradise.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 89 minutes
Songs: (1) Sweet Is The Word For You – Bing Crosby (Decca 1184)(a-side)(US 8/1937), (2) Sweet Leilani (Decca 1175)(a-side)(US 1(10)/1937), (3) Blue Hawaii – Bing Crosby (Decca 1175)(b-side)(US 5/1937), (4) Nani Ona Pua – Bing Crosby.

DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1937)
An eccentric millionaire’s will leaves four random strangers scrambling to double their received sum in 30 days in order to gain the entire estate.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 91 minutes.
Songs: (1) (You Know It All) Smarty – Bing Crosby, (2) The Moon Got In My Eyes – Bing Crosby (Decca 1375)(a-side)(US 1(4)/1937), (3) It’s The Natural Thing To Do – Bing Crosby (Decca 1376)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1937), (4) All You Want To Do Is Dance – Bing Crosby.

SING YOU SINNERS (1938)
Bing Crosby, Fred MacMuray and Donald O’Connor star as a trio of talented brothers who travel to Los Angeles seeking fortune only to get mixed up at the racetrack.
1:33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 91 minutes.
Songs: (1) Don’t Let That Moon Get Away – Bing Crosby (Decca 1934)(a-side)(US 19/1938), (2) I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams – Bing Crosby (Decca 1933)(a-side)(US 1(4)/1938), (3) Laugh And Call It Love – Bing Crosby, (4) Small Fry – Bing Crosby (Decca 1960)(a-side)(US 3/1938).

EAST SIDE OF HEAVEN (1939)
Cab driver Denny Martin (Bing Crosby) reluctantly receives an abandoned infant and embarks on a hilariously twisted path to find the baby’s parents.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 88 minutes.
Songs: (1) East Side of Heaven – Bing Crosby (Decca 2359)(a-side)(US 6/1939), (2) Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb – Bing Crosby, (3) Sing A Song of Sunbeams – Bing Crosby (Decca 2359)(b-side)(US 8/1939), (4) Happy Birthday To You – Bing Crosby.

DVD BOX 2: THE 1940s (11 CLASSIC FILMS):

IF I HAD MY WAY (1940)
A little money, a lot of music, and a whole lot of manpower help a hopeful construction worker (Bing Crosby) and an orphaned girl (Gloria Jean) find her uncle and build a bustling business.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 94 minutes.
Songs: (1) April Played The Fiddle – Bing Crosby (Decca 3161)(a-side)(US 10/1940), (2) I Haven’t Time To Be A Millionaire – Bing Crosby (Decca 3161)(b-side)(US 13/1940), (3) Meet The Sun Half Way – Bing Crosby (Decca 3162)(a-side)(US 15/1940), (4) The Pessimistic Character – Bing Crosby, (5) If I Had My Way – Bing Crosby.

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER (1940)
Two songwriters (Bing Crosby and Mary Martin) who have been creating hit music secretly for a well-known “composer” accidently meet and discover they have more in common than they ever imagined.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 94 minutes.
Songs: (1) Only Forever – Bing Crosby (Decca 3300)(a-side)(US 1(9)/1940), (2) Rhythm on the River – Bing Crosby, (3) When The Moon Comes Over Madison Square – Bing Crosby (Decca 3300)(b-side)(US 27/1940), (4) What Would Shakespeare Have Said – Bing Crosby, (5) That’s For Me – Bing Crosby (Decca 3309)(a-side)(US 9/1940)*in the movie, sung by Mary Martin.

BIRTH OF THE BLUES (1941)
Set in New Orleans at the turn of the century, a clarinet player (Bing Crosby) with a passion for improvisation organizes a band of musicians and a new style of music is born.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 86 minutes.
Songs: (1) The Birth of the Blues – Bing Crosby, (2) Memphis Blues – Bing Crosby, (3) By The Light of the Silvery Moon – Bing Crosby, (4) Tiger Rag – Bing Crosby, (5) Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie – Bing Crosby & Mary Martin, (6) My Melancholy Baby – Bing Crosby, (7) the Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid – Bing Crosby & Mary Martin (Decca 3970)(a-side)(US 23/1941), (8) St. James Infirmary – Bing Crosby.

HOLIDAY INN (1942)
A song and dance man (Bing Crosby) who leaves showbiz to run an inn competes with his former partner (Fred Astaire) for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds)
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 101 minutes.
Songs: (1) I’ll Capture Your Heart Singing – Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale, (2) Lazy – Bing Crosby, (3) White Christmas – Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds)(Decca 18429)(a-side)(US 1(11)/1942), (4) Happy Holiday – Bing Crosby, (5) (Come To The) Holiday Inn – Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing Marjorie Reynolds), (6) Let’s Start The New Year Right – Bing Crosby, (7) Abraham – Bing Crosby & Martha Mears, (8) Easter Parade – Bing Crosby, (9) Song of Freedom – Bing Crosby, (10) (I’ve Got) Plenty To Be Thankful For – Bing Crosby, (11) Holiday Medley – Bing Crosby & Martha Mears.

GOING MY WAY (1944)
A young priest (Bing Crosby in his Academy Award winning role) joins an established congregation and immediately conflicts with curmudgeonly Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald)
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 126 minutes.
Songs: (1) Swinging On A Star – Bing Crosby (Decca 18597)(a-side)(US 1(9)/1944), (2) Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral – Bing Crosby (Decca 18621)(a-side)(US 4/1944), (3) The Day After Forever – Bing Crosby (Decca 18580)(a-side)(US 15/1944), (4) Going My Way – Bing Crosby (Decca 18597)(b-side)(US 15/1944), (5) Silent Night, Holy Night – Bing Crosby, (6) Ave Maria – Bing Crosby , (7) Hail Alma Mater – Bing Crosby & Frank McHugh.

HERE COME THE WAVES (1944)
A popular entertainer (Bing Crosby) gets mixed up with identical twins (both played by Betty Hutton) after getting drafted to serve in the Navy.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 100 minutes.
Songs: (1) That Old Black Magic – Bing Crosby, (2) Let’s Take The Long Way Home – Bing Crosby, (3) Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate The Positive – Bing Crosby & Sonny Tufts, (4) I Promise You – Bing Crosby & Betty Hutton.

BLUE SKIES (1946)
A love triangle develops between a dancing star (Fred Astaire), a beautiful showgirl (Joan Caulfield) and a singer/nightclub owner who cannot stay committed to anything for very long.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 104 minutes.
Songs: (1) I’ve Got My Captain Working For Me Now – Bing Crosby, (2) All By Myself – Bing Crosby and Betty Russell (dubbing Joan Caulfield), (3) Puttin’ On The Ritz – Fred Astaire, (4) I’ll See You in C-U-B-A – Bing Crosby & Olga San Guan, (5) A Couple Of Song And Dance Men – Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire, (6) You Keep Coming Back Like A Song – Bing Crosby (Decca 23647)(a-side)(US 12/1946), (7) Blue Skies – Bing Crosby, (8) The Little Things in Life – Bing Crosby, (9) Not For All The Rice in China – Bing Crosby, (10) Russian Lullaby – Bing Crosby, (11) Everybody Step – Bing Crosby, (12) How Deep Is The Ocean – Bing Crosby, (13) Getting Nowhere – Bing Crosby, (14) Any Bonds Today – Bing Crosby, (15) This Is The Army, Mister Jones – Bing Crosby, (16) White Christmas – Bing Crosby.

WELCOME STRANGER (1947)
A crotchety old physician (Barry Fitzgerald) finds himself sharing his medical practice with an impetuous younger doctor (Bing Crosby)
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 108 minutes.
Songs: (1) Smile Right Back At The Sun – Bing Crosby, (2) Country Style – Bing Crosby, (3) My Heart Is A Hobo – Bing Crosby.

VARIETY GIRL (1947)
Featuring appearances by three dozen stars including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Gary Cooper, this musical romance on how a movie star is born is set amid the “reality” of a Hollywood studio1
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 94 minutes.
Songs: (1) Your Heart Calling Mine – Mary Hatcher, (2) He Can Waltz – Mary Hatcher and Olga San Guan, (3) Tallahassee – Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour.

THE EMPEROR WALTZ (1948)
Set in Vienna at the turn of the century, an American salesman (Bing Crosby) falls for a Countess (Joan Fontaine) while trying to convince the Emperor to buy one of his gramophones.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 107 minutes.
Songs: (1) The Kiss in Your Eyes, (2) The Emperor Waltz.

A CONNETICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT (1949)
After being knocked unconscious, a turn-of-the-century blacksmith (Bing Crosby) awakens in sixth-century Camelot, is quickly hailed as a wizard, and falls in love with the King’s niece (Rhonda Fleming).
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 107 minutes.
Songs: (1) If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon – Bing Crosby (Decca 25424)(a-side)(US 27/1949), (2) Once And For Always – Bing Crosby & Rhonda Fleming, (3) Busy Doing Nothing – Bing Crosby.

DVD BOX 3: BING & BOB (4 CLASSIC FILMS)

ROAD TO SINGAPORE (1940)
Two friends (Bing Crosby & Bob Hope) rescue a lovely young dancer (Dorothy Lamour) and then find themselves competing for her affection on the exotic island of Kaigoon.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 86 minutes.
Songs: (1) I’m Too Romantic – Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour (Decca 2998)(a-side)(US 3/1940), (2) Sweet Potato Piper – Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour & Bob Hope (Decca 2999)(a-side)(US 11/1940).

ROAD TO ZANZIBAR (1941)
After being tricked into buying a phony diamond mine, two American side-show performers (Bing Crosby & Bob Hope) get involved with a beautiful con artist (Dorothy Lamour) on an African safari.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 92 minutes.
Songs: (1) Road to Zanzibar – Bing Crosby, (2) You Lucky People, You – Bing Crosby, (3) African Etude – Bing Crosby, (4) It’s Always You – Bing Crosby.

ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942)
Survivors of a shipwreck, two stowaways (Bing Crosby & Bob Hope) paddle to a North African shore and hitch a camel ride across the desert to Morocco where they meet an exotic princess (Dorothy Lamour).
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 83 minutes.
Songs: (1) (We’re Off On The) Road to Morocco – Bing Crosby & Bob Hope (Decca 40000)(a-side)(US 21/1945), (2) Ain’t Got A Dime To My Name (Ho Hum) – Bing Crosby, (3) Moonlight Becomes You – Bing Crosby (Decca 18513)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1942), (4) Constantly – Bing Crosby (Decca 18513)(b-side)(US 13/1943).

ROAD TO UTOPIA (1946)
A pair of turn-of-the-century vaudevillians (Bing Crosby & Bob Hope) find themselves mixed up with a beautiful singer (Dorothy Lamour) and Alaskan killers as they search for a gold mine in the Klondike.
1.33:1; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; 90 minutes.
Songs: (1) Put It There, Pal – Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, (2) It’s Anybody’s Spring – Bing Crosby, (3) Sunday, Monday, Or Always – Bing Crosby (Decca 18561)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1943), (4) Good Time Charlie – Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, (5) Welcome To My Dream – Bing Crosby.

Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1964
Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1964
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1964: 29 wonderful tunes, many in stereo; few rare gems making CD debut; top-rated perfect sound!, April 22 2015
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This single CD set, released in 2015 by reputable reissue label Hit Parade Records, contains 29 songs from 1964. I have compiled a detailed listing (with label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 The House of the Rising Sun – the Animals (MGM 13264)(a-side)(BB 1(3)/1964; CB 1(3)/1964; RW 1(3)/1964; UK 1(1)/1964)*DES stereo debut.
02 All Day And All Of The Night – the Kinks (Reprise 0334)(a-side)(BB 7/1964; CB 6/1965; RW 8/1965; UK 2/1964)*mono.
03 I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield (Philips 40162)(a-side)(BB 12/1964; CB 14/1964; RW 14/1964; UK 4/1963)*new stereo mix; her first charted single.
04 Navy Blue – Diane Renay (20th Century 456)(a-side)(BB 6/1964; AC 1(1)/1964; CB 6/1964; RW 5/1964)*DES stereo debut.
05 Kiss Me Sailor – Diane Renay (20th Century 477)(a-side)(BB 29/1964; CB 28/1964; RW 28/1964)*CD stereo debut.
06 Walking In The Rain – the Ronettes (Philles 123)(a-side)(BB 23/1964; CB 20/1964; RW 21/1964)*US stereo debut.
07 Dream Lover – the Paris Sisters (MGM 13236)(a-side)(BB 91/1964; CB 94/1964; RW 99/1964)*mono.
08 Walk-Don’t Run ’64 – the Ventures (Dolton 96)(a-side)(BB 8/1964; CB 9/1964; RW 10/1964)*stereo.
09 Penetration – the Pyramids (Best 13002)(a-side)(BB 18/1964; CB 17/1964; RW 23/1964)*DES stereo debut.
10 Suspicion – Terry Stafford (Crusader 101)(a-side)(BB 3(2)/1964; CB 3(1)/1964; RW 2(1)/1964; UK 31/1964)*DES stereo debut; one of the two rare songs by Elvis Presley that charted higher than the King’s version; the other being Wooden Heart by Joe Dowell.
11 Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin (Reprise 0281)(a-side)(BB 1(1)/1964; AC 1(8)/1964; CB 1(1)/1964; RW 2(3)/1964; UK 11/1964)*stereo; the song that displaced “A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles from the No. 1 spot.
12 I’m Into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits (MGM 13280)(a-side)(BB 13/1964; CB 7/1964; RW 16/1964; UK 1(2)/1964)*stereo; their first charted single.
13 Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy (World Artists 1021)(a-side)(BB 21/1964; CB 28/1964; RW 27/1964)*stereo debut; Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde, from London, England; surprisingly no charted single in UK?
14 She’s The One – the Chartbusters (Mutual 502)(a-side)(BB 33/1964; CB 39/1964; RW 39/1964)*mono; stated as CD debut, but not quite true; it was found in Ron Hall’s Hey! Look What I Found Volume 6 (Mavis label, 1997)
15 G.T.O. – Ronny & the Daytonas (Mala 481)(a-side)(BB 4/1964; CB 5/1964; RW 6/1964)*mono
16 The Name Game – Shirley Ellis (Congress 230)(a-side)(BB 3(2)/1964; CB 3(1)/1964; RW 3(1)/1964)*stereo
17 Haunted House – Gene Simmons (Hi 2076)(a-side)(BB 11/1964; CB 11/1964; RW 13/1964)*DES stereo debut.
18 Twine Time – Alvin Cash & the Crawlers (Mar-V-Lus 6002)(a-side)(BB 14/1965; CB 9/1965; RW 10/1965)*DES stereo debut; released in December 1964.
19 Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl (Marc 104)(a-side)(BB 44/1964; R&B 3/1964; CB 36/1964; RW 42/1964)*stereo
20 Rock Me Baby – B.B. King (Kent 393)(a-side)(BB 34/1964; R&B 12/1964; CB 28/1964; RW 47/1964)*stereo
21 Steal Away – Jimmy Hughes (Fame 6401)(a-side)(BB 17/1964; R&B 2(1)/1964; CB 12/1964; RW 11/1964)*mono; cousin of Percy Sledge, who just passed away.
22 Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um – Major Lance (Okeh 7187)(a-side)(BB 5/1964; R&B 1(2)/1964; CB 4/1964; RW 5/1964; UK 40/1964)*stereo.
23 Mountain of Love – Johnny Rivers (Imperial 66075)(a-side)(BB 9/1964; CB 10/1964; RW 7/1964)*stereo.
24 The French Song – Lucille Starr (Almo Int’l 204)(a-side)(BB 54/1964; AC 15/1964; CB 53/1964; RW 35/1964)*US CD debut; stereo; rare gem; arranged by Herb Alpert; born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada.
25 Today – the New Christy Minstrels (Columbia 43000)(a-side)(BB 17/1964; AC 4/1964; CB 20/1964; RW 31/1964)*stereo.
26 Walk Away – Matt Monro (Liberty 55745)(a-side)(BB 23/1964; AC 5/1964; CB 24/1964; RW 24/1964; UK 4/1964)*stereo; Matt Monro, one of my all-time favourite artists; Walk Away, one of my all-time favourite songs.
27 Across The Street (Is A Million Miles Away) – Ray Peterson (MGM 13299)(a-side)(BB 106/1964; CB 99/1965)*US CD debut; stereo; rare gem.
28 High On A Hill – Scott English (Spokane 4003)(a-side)(BB 77/1964; CB 85/1964; RW 78/1964)*CD debut; mono; rare gem; his other charted hit “Brandy” (BB 91/1972) was later recorded by Barry Manilow.
29 You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore (Mercury 72206)(a-side)(BB 2(3)/1964; CB 2(2)/1964; RW 2(2)/1964)*stereo; ends this compilation appropriately with a song that commemorates Lesley’s recent passing.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although most of the songs in this “Hard To Find” series are not really hard to find, nevertheless, all the songs are very nice pop songs with a few making their CD debut.
2 The most outstanding aspect of this set is that the sound quality is first class: 1) Source: from original master tapes, 2) original 45 rpm single versions (not album versions), 3) stereo, whenever available, and 4) first class remastering with the highest quality sound. There are six songs remastered in DES stereo. The sound will knock your socks off.
3 There is a 12-page booklet with an informative essay by Greg Adams. Chart positions were included.
4 Time: 78 minutes. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:
1 It would be nice to give us some colour picture sleeves or 45 rpm singles labels in the booklet. Label & number of each single is appreciated.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is produced by Bill Buster. If you are a collector like myself, you are familiar with his name. His other outstanding productions include Hard To Find 45s on CD series, Teen Time series (all on Eric Records label), more recently the 4 separate volumes on Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962, plus the recently released 3CD Amazing Early 60s Box. The sound was produced by Mark Mathews, Walt Weiskopf and Rod Brown. This dedicated group reminded me of Ron Furmanek in the early 90s, who did great remastering job using original master tapes and with relatively primitive digital technology at that point in time. Mark Mathews, Rod Brown and Walt Weiskopf are true audiophiles, paying close attention to all the details that matter: the best possible sources and EQ, correct fades and speed. Every song was compared to the original vinyl single to give us ONLY the original 45-rpm hit single versions in every case. As the result, the sound for all songs is very vibrant with clean crisp vocals and detailed instrument separation, great drum beat and bass and finally true stereo.

I have collected every release by Hit Parade label (plus Eric Records label & Amazing 60s label). After listening to it, I am totally satisfied with the fantastic sound, and all the songs have become my new reference standard. All the songs here are created with unequalled sound quality, which was created by Collectors for Collectors like ourselves. In short, no expense has been spared, no detail overlooked, to bring us the most AMAZING sound experience possible as we revisit this seminal period in pop music in 1964. Simply a MUST for your collection! Turn up the volume and enjoy!

Michael;George Live in London [Blu-ray]
Michael;George Live in London [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ George Michael
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Michael Live in London (blu-ray review): 23 songs; George Michael in top form; all the hits; good video & audio!, April 19 2015
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George Michael’s Live in London contains 23 songs with 3 bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, source of albums)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Waiting (reprise)
02 Fastlove (Dreamworks 59001)(a-side)(BB 8/1996; AC 8/1996; UK 1(3)/1996)*from album “Older”
03 I’m Your Man (Columbia 05721)(a-side)(BB 3(2)/1985; AC 13/1985; UK 1/1985)*as Wham!; from album “Music From The Edge of Heave/The Final”
04 Flawless (Go To The City)(Aegean 6750682)(UK a-side)(UK 8/20014)*from album “Patience”
05 Father Figure (Columbia 07682)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1988; AC 3(2)/1988; UK 11/1988)*from album “Faith”
06 You Have Been Loved (Virgin 1663)(UK a-side)(UK 2/1997)*from album “Older”
07 An Easier Affair (Epic 82876869462)(UK a-side)(UK 13/2006)*from album “Twenty Five”
08 Everything She Wants (Columbia 04840)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1985; AC 4/1985; UK 2/1984)*as Wham!; from album “Make It Big”
09 One More Try (Columbia 07773)(a-side)(BB 1(3)/1988; AC 1(3)/1988; UK 8/1988)*from album “Faith”
10 A Different Corner (Columbia 05888)(a-side)(BB 7/1986; AC 6/1986; UK 1(3)/1986)*as Wham!; from album “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”
11 Too Funky (Columbia 74353)(a-side)(BB 10/1992; UK 4/1992)*from album “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael”
12 Shoot The Dog (Polydor 5709242)(UK a-side)(UK 12/2002)*from album “Patience”
13 John and Elvis Are Dead (uncharted UK a-side, 2005)*from album “Patience”*Marvin Gaye was also mentioned in the lyrics;
14 Faith (Columbia 07623)(a-side)(BB 1(4)/1987; AC 5/1987; UK 2/1987)*from album “Faith”
15 Spinning The Wheel (Virgin 1595)(UK a-side)(UK 2/1996)*from album “Older”
16 Feeling Good*album track: from “TwentyFive”
17 Roxanne (Virgin 35033)(uncharted UK a-side, 1999)*from album “Songs from the Last Century”
18 My Mother Had A Brother*album track “Patience” (2004)
19 Amazing (Aegean 6747265)(UK a-side)(UK 4/2004)*from album “Patience”
20 Fantasy*album track; from “Faith” (1987)
21 Outside (Epic 6665625)(UK a-side)(UK 2/1998)*from album “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael”
22 Careless Whisper (Columbia 04691)(a-side)(BB 1(3)/1984; AC 1(5)/1984; UK 1(3)/1984)*as Wham!; from album “Make It Big”
23 Freedom ’90 (Columbia 73559)(a-side)(BB 8/1990; AC 27/1990; UK 28/1990)*from album “Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1”
BONUS TRACKS:
24 Precious Box*album track; from “Patience” (2004)
25 Jesus To A Child (Dreamworks 59000)(a-side)(BB 7/1996; AC 6/1996; UK 1(1)/1996)*from album “Older”
26 First Time Ever*album track; from “Songs From The Last Century” (1999)

VIDEO:

George Michael’s Live in London arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. It was filmed in London’s Earls Court in 2008. The picture was very sharp and detailed. Colours were somewhat subdued, but filled with deep blacks. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio soundtrack is somewhat front heavy with very little music in the surround area. George Michael’s voice is sharp and focused, with clear definition of different instruments of the backing band, including percussion, guitars, bass, keyboards and saxophone. This audio track was apparently mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. (4.0/5)

PACKAGING:

There is a 8-page booklet with names of personnel, song listing and some concert pictures.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is really the first George Michael concert on blu-ray. The contents are quite good. I personally would have preferred the inclusion of “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, “Last Christmas”, “Where Did Your Heart Go”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” and “I Want Your Sex”. He has such an extensive charting career, from 1982 (as Wham!) to 2014. Because this concert was in 2009, materials from his latest fantastic album “Symphonica” were not included. This entire concert was totally enjoyable. George Michael was in top form. All his big hits are included. Both video and audio were good. This blu-ray concert is recommended to all George Michael fans.

Live In Dublin (Blu-ray)
Live In Dublin (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Daryl Hall & John Oates
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hall & Oates Live In Dublin (blu-ray review): 2014 concert; Hall & Oates in top form; great video & audio; all top hits included, April 19 2015
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I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, source of albums)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; US DANCE=Billboard Dance Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Maneater (RCA 13354)(a-side)(BB 1(4)/1982; AC 14/1982; R&B 78/1982; US DANCE 18/1982; CB 1(5)/1982; UK 6/1982)*from album “H2O”
02 Out of Touch (RCA 13916)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1984; AC 8/1984; R&B 24/1984; US DANCE 1/1984; CB 3(2)/1984; UK 48/1984)*from album “Big Bam Boom”
03 Say It Isn’t So (RCA 13654)(a-side)(BB 2(4)/1983; AC 8/1983; R&B 45/1983; US DANCE 1/1983; CB 3(3)/1983; UK 69/1983)*from album “Rock ‘N’ Soul: Part 1”
04 Family Man (RCA 13507)(a-side)(BB 6/1983; AC 36/1983; R&B 81/1983; CB 10/1983; UK 15/1983)*from album “H2O”
05 It’s Uncanny (Atlantic 3397)(a-side)(BB 80/1977; CB 84/1977)*from album “No Goodbyes”
06 Back Together Again (RCA 10970)(a-side)(BB 28/1977; R&B 70/1977; CB 25/1977)*from album “Bigger Than Both Of Us”
07 Las Vegas Turnaround (Atlantic 10422)(uncharted UK a-side, 1973)*from album “Abandoned Luncheonette”
08 She’s Gone (Atlantic 3332)(a-side)(BB 7/1976; AC 6/1976; R&B 93/1976; CB 6/1976; RW 10/1976; UK 42/1976)*from album “Abandoned Luncheonette”
09 Sara Smile (RCA Victor 10530)(a-side)(BB 4/1976; AC 18/1976; R&B 23/1976; CB 6/1976; RW 10/1976)*from album “Daryl Hall and John Oates”
10 Do What You Want, Be What You Are (RCA 10808)(a-side)(BB 39/1976; R&B 29/1976)*from album “Bigger Than Both of Us”
11 I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)(RCA 12357)(a-side)(BB 1(1)/1981; AC 12/1981; R&B 1/1981; US DANCE 1/1981; CB 1(2)/1981; RW 1(1)/1981; UK 8/1982)*from album “Private Eyes”
12 Rich Girl (RCA 10860)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1977; R&B 64/1977)*from album “Bigger Than Both Of Us”
13 You Make My Dreams (RCA 12217)(a-side)(BB 5/1981; CB 7/1981; RW 7/1981)*from album “Voices”
14 Kiss On My List (RCA 12142)(a-side)(BB 1(3)/1981; AC 16/1981; CB 1(1)/1981; RW 1(1)/1981; UK 33/1980)*from album “Voices”
15 Private Eyes (RCA 12296)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1981; AC 33/1981; CB 1(1)/1981; RW 1(2)/1981; UK 32/1982)*from album “Private Eyes”

VIDEO:

Hall and Oates Live in Dublin was filmed in high definition at the Olympia Theatre on July 15, 2014. It arrived with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The transfer was very pleasant, with vibrant colours, such as the red and purple colours on the stage. Skin tone was natural. Details are good, especially on close-up, and you can clearly read the words on Hall’s synthesizer and his T-shirt. This is a really commendable effort. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track sounds nicely full, with really well modulated mid- and low ranges, giving the great sounding band appropriate punch, especially with regard to the rhythm section. Daryl Hall and John Oates were in top form, hitting all the high notes and with great harmony. Both were great with their guitar riffs. Hall moved to synthesizer on “Do What You Want, Be What You Are”. The band was very tight and different instruments, like saxophones, are clearly defined. (4.5/5)

CONCERT:

I normally have reservation about aged superstars coming back for concerts beyond their peak. When Hall and Oates started to sing, all my fear was completely appeased. Hall was the main vocalist on most songs, with Oates fronting on two songs: “Back Together Again” and “Las Vegas Turnaround”. Besides great singing, hitting all the high notes and with great harmony, Oates dueling on guitar with long-haired Charlie DeChant on sax in “Maneater” ended with delighted exchange of fist bumps. Another highlights were DeChant’s soprano sax solo on “She’s Gone”, Shane Theriot’s sensuous, whisper-to-a-scream guitar solo on “Sara’s Smile”. The best song was “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do”, with an outstanding, prolonged sax solo by DeChant, with the entire band jamming together. This is where “live” is better than “studio recordings”. All their No. 1 hits are included. There are 4 encores. (Concert: 5/5)

PACKAGING:

There is a nice 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Roy Trakin, written in January 2015. All the details of personnel are included with gorgeous pictures of Hal and Oates, and the band.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Hall and Oates have passed the Everly Brothers as the #1 charting duo of the rock era. This concert contains all their Greatest Hits and the group was in top form. Both the video and audio are excellent. The entire concert was totally enjoyable. Like my recent reviews on Electric Light Orchestra’s Out of the Blue concert, where the video was from the 70s at their peak, here, Hall and Oates are still in top form, but with much better video and audio. This blu-ray concert is highly recommended

Watching the Detectives: Themes & Music
Watching the Detectives: Themes & Music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watching The Detective (1CD): 25 songs of detective movie and TV themes; many rare gems; great sound., April 18 2015
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This single CD, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2015, contains 25 songs, which are themes or music from classic TV crime shows and movies. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including source of TV show or movies, singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 DRAGNET (Theme) – Ray Anthony & His Orchestra (Capitol 2562)(a-side)(BB 2(1)/1953; CB 4/1953; UK 7/1953)
02 JOHNNY STACCATO (Theme) – Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
03 WALK A LONELY STREET (from Johnny Staccato) – Elmer Bernstein
04 THE NAKED CITY (Theme) – Mundell Lowe & His All Stars*should have included the pop version by Nelson Riddle (BB 130/1962)
05 PERRY MASON (Theme) – Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
06 HAMMER BLOW (Mike Hammer) – Skip Martin
07 RIFF BLUES (Theme from Mike Hammer) – Skip Martin
08 THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (Theme from 1950 movie) – Miklos Rozsa*rare gem; one of my favourite movie soundtrack composers.
09 THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (Theme from 1961 TV series) – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
10 EXPERIMENT IN TERROR (Theme) – Kai Winding*should have included the original version by Henry Mancini; speaking of Kai Winding, how about the rare Mondo Cane #2 (BB 120/1964)
11 MR. LUCKY (Theme) – Henry Mancini (RCA Victor 7705)(a-side)(BB 21/1960; CB 20/1960; RW 21/1960)
12 ROUTE 66 (Theme) – Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (Capitol 4241)(a-side)(BB 30/1962; CB 40/1962; RW 34/1962)
13 M SQUAD (Theme) – Count Basie & His Orchestra
14 THE JUKE BOX (M Squad) – Stanley Wilson
15 THE UNTOUCHABLES (Theme) – Nelson Riddle
16 77 SUNSET STRIP (Theme) – Warren Barker And Warner Bros Star Instrumentalists*should have included the pop version by Don Ralke (BB 69/1959); the latter is found in Complete Instrumentals of 1959 (Complete 60s label, 2 CDs)
17 THE STU BAILEY BLUES (77 Sunset Strip) – Warren Barker And Warner Bros Star Instrumentalists
18 DANGER (Theme) – Tony Mottola*rare gem; I collect every Enoch Light and Tony Mottola
19 RICHARD DIAMOND (Theme) – Pete Rugolo
20 RICHARD DIAMOND’S BLUES – Pete Rugolo
21 PETER GUNN (Theme) – Duane Eddy (Jamie 1168)(a-side)(BB 27/1960; CB 26/1960; RW 23/1960)*should have included the versions by Ray Anthony (BB 8/1959) and Henry Mancini.
22 MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (Theme) – Elmer Bernstein (Decca 29869)(a-side)(BB 16/1956; CB 12/1956)*rare gem; should have included the version by Roger Maltby (BB 14/1956); the latter can be found in Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals (Eric label, 1999); should also include the version by Buddy Morrow (BB 82/1956)
23 TOUCH OF EVIL (Theme) – Joseph Gershenson and the Universal International Orchestra
24 THE BOSS (Touch of Evil) – Joseph Gershenson and the Universal International Orchestra
25 HIGHWAY PATROL (Theme)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 According to Jasmine Records, a collection of original soundtrack albums in American crime movies and TV shows will be released. This is just a sampler of some of the more famous themes and incidental music. In this set, there is great variety of music with many rare gems.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standards at Jasmine Records.
3 There is a 4-page booklet with an informative essay by Bob Fisher. The source of the song was stated together with artists.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As noted above, there are many pop versions that are not included. I feel that in this type of compilation, both the versions from the original TV show or movie soundtrack and the pop versions should be included together. Fortunately, for TV Themes, there are quite a few volumes called Television’s Greatest Hits by TeeVeeToons (TVT) Records in the 1990s.
2 No label & number, no chart positions are found. Songs were not identified as whether stereo or mono.
3 Only 66 minutes. Come on, Jasmine Records, you could have filled up the remaining 14 minutes with more songs to make this compilation more valuable.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It is exciting to learn that Jasmine Records will be releasing more movie or TV detective soundtracks, including 77 Sunset Strip soundtrack (By the way, that show is now 55 years old, and all the leading cast members, Efrem Zimbalist Jr (95), Edd ‘Kookie” Byrnes (80) and Roger Smith (80)(married to Ann-Margret, who sacrificed her career to care for him) are still living. If you like TV and movie soundtracks, this set has great variety and excellent sound, and is recommended

Walk on By
Walk on By
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leroy Van Dyke: Walk On By (2CDs): 54 songs; all his singles up to 1962; 2 complete albums; many unreleased gems; great sound!, April 17 2015
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CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by reputable reissue label, Jasmine Records, from UK in 2015, contain 54 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(C&W=Billboard Country Chart; BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Auctioneer (Dot 15503)(a-side)(C&W 9/1957; BB 19/1957; CB 22/1956; RW 34/1956)*a tribute to his cousin, Ray Sims: “the best livestock auctioneer who ever sold a cow”
02 I Fell In Love With A Ponytail (Dot 15503)(b-side, 1957)
03 The Pocket Book Song (Dot 15561)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
04 Honky Tonk Song (Dot 15561)(b-side, 1957)
05 Heartbreak Cannonball*previous unreleased on Dot, 1957.
06 I’m Movin’ On*previous unreleased on Dot, 1957.
07 Chicken Shack Boogie*previous unreleased on Dot, 1957.
08 One Heart (Dot 15652)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
09 Every Time I Ask My Heart (Dot 15652)(b-side, 1957)
10 Leather Jacket (Dot 15698)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
11 My Good Mind Went Bad On Me (Dot 15698)(b-side, 1958)
12 Poor Boy*previous unreleased on Dot, 1958; a big hit by Elvis Presley.
13 What This Old World Needs*previous unreleased on Dot, 1958.
14 Down at the South End Of Town*previous unreleased on Dot, 1958.
15 Conscience I’m Guilty*previous unreleased demo, 1960.
16 The Day The Preacher Comes*previous unreleased demo, 1960.
17 Fireball Mail*previous unreleased demo, 1960.
18 If You Don’t Somebody Else Will*previous unreleased demo, 1960.
19 Put Your Little Hand In Mine*previous unreleased demo, 1960.
20 Big Man In A Big House (Mercury 71779)(a-side)(CB C&W 34/1962; UK 34/1962)*recorded in 1961
21 Faded Love (Mercury 71779)(UK b-side, 1962)
22 Walk On By (Mercury 71834)(a-side)(C&W 1(19)/1961; BB 5/1961; CB 3(3)/1961; RW 2(1)/1961; UK 5/1962)*also found in LP Walk On By; his biggest hit with an amazing 19 weeks at No. 1 on C&W chart; current champion with longest No. 1 on C&W chart: Cruise by Florida Georgia Line (24 weeks at No. 1)!!!
23 My World is Caving In (Mercury 71834)(b-side, 1961)*also from LP Walk On By.
24 Save Me The Moonlight*previously unreleased, 1961.
25 If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)(Mercury 71926)(a-side)(C&W 3(2)/1962; BB 35/1962; CB 33/1962; RW 26/1962)*parody to “If A Man Answers” by Bobby Darin
26 A Broken Promise (Mercury 71926)(b-side, 1962)
27 Geh’ Nicht Vorbei (Walk On By German version)

DISC 2:
LP WALK ON BY (Mercury 20682)(1962):
01 The Image Of Me*cover version of big hit by Bob Willis
02 Take Good Care Of Her*cover version of big hit by Sonny James
03 Three Hearts In A Tangle*cover version of big hit by Roy Drusky
04 Handful of Friends
05 Sea of Heartbreak*cover version of big hit by Don Gibson
06 I Miss You Already*cover version of big hit by Faron Young
07 Heartaches by the Number*cover version of big hit by Ray Price & Guy Mitchell
08 Big Shoes*cover version of big hit by Ray Price
09 Funny How Time Slips Away*cover version of big hit by Billy Walker
10 I Got A Conscience*previously unreleased, 1962
LP MOVIN’ VAN DYKE (Mercury 12322)(1959):
11 Love Letters in the Sand*cover version of big hit by Pat Boone
12 Sugartime*cover version of big hit by the McGuire Sisters
13 Don’t Forbid Me*cover version of big hit by Pat Boone
14 Honeycomb*cover version of big hit by Jimmie Rodgers
15 Party Doll*cover version of big hit by Buddy Knox
16 Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes*cover version of big hit by Perry Como
17 I Almost Lost My Mind*cover version of big hit by Pat Boone
18 I Need You Now*cover version of big hit by Eddie Fisher
19 Slippin’ Around*cover version; original by Betty Johnson
20 The Auctioneer (re-recording)
21 Lonely Street*cover version of big hit by Andy Williams
SINGLES:
22 Dim Dark Corner (Mercury 71988)(a-side)(CB 129/1962; RW 112/1962)
23 The Life You Offered Me (Mercury 71988)(b-side, 1962)
24 How Long Must You Keep Me A Secret (Mercury 72018)(b-side, 1962)*booklet mistakenly stated as a-side.
25 I Sat Back And Let It Happen (Mercury 72018)(a-side)(CB 112/1962; RW 119/1962)*booklet mistakenly stated as b-side and mistakenly stated as charted on Billboard C&W chart at 34/1962.
26 Black Cloud (Mercury 72057)(a-side)(C&W 16/1962; CB 125/1962; RW 107/1962)
27 Five Steps (Mercury 72057)(b-side, 1962)*title in booklet stated as “Five Steps Away”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 2 CD set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of output by Leroy Van Dyke up to 1962. All his singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides) are included, arranged chronologically. Two complete albums are also included, with many great covered versions, mostly country hits on “Walk On By” and pop hits on “Movin’ Van Dyke”.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standards at Jasmine Records: clean with no hiss. Leroy’s voice is well centralized. The backing instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a six page booklet, containing an informative essay by Roger Dopson. The chart position, label & number are included. Three 45 rpm singles labels are included together with one coloured EP picture sleeve. On the inner sleeve of the back cover, the two album covers are featured in colour. Jasmine Records is slowly improving.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As stated above, mistakes were made in the booklet. This should not happen to a reputable label like Jasmine Records.
2 The front album covers should each cover an entire page, like Real Gone Music and Sepia Records.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Leroy Van Dyke was born Leroy Frank Van Dyke on October 4 1929 in Spring Fork, Sedalia, Missouri. His charted career was from 1957 to 1977. His labels are (1) Dot (1957 – 1958), (2) Mercury (1961 – 1965), (3) Warner (1966 – 1968), (4) Kapp (1968 – 1969), (5) Decca (1970 – 1972) and (6) ABC/Dot (1975 – 1977). He also founded and launched the widely-syndicated Country Crossroads radio show with Bill Mack in the early 60s, following which he presented his own Canadian syndicated TV series, “The Leroy Van Dyke Show” and even starred in an unlikely auctioneer movie, “What Am I Bid?” (1967).

Up to now, his audio output on CDs is sorely missing. This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of his output up to 1962. His output after 1962 is still not available. This entire set is totally enjoyable with all his early hit singles, plus many memorable album tracks. The sound is excellent. This set is recommended to all Leroy Van Dyke fans and country music fans.

Blueberry Hill/End Of The Worl
Blueberry Hill/End Of The Worl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skeeter Davis: Blueberry Hill/The End of the World (1CD): 2 complete albums in one set; good sound!, April 17 2015
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This twofer release, by Collectables in 2004, contains two complete albums with 29 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number and chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; C&W=Billboard Country & Western Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP BLUEBERRY HILL AND OTHER FAVORITES (RCA Camden 899)(1965)*making CD debut:
01 Blueberry Hill (RCA Victor 47-7928)(b-side, 1961)
02 Where I Ought To Be (RCA Victor 47-7979)(a-side)(C&W 9/1962)
03 The Little Music Box (RCA Victor 47-8055)(a-side)(C&W 22/1962)
04 Lost To A Geisha Girl (RCA Victor 47-7084)(a-side)(C&W 15/1958)*her first charted single.
05 Walk Softly Darling (RCA Victor 47-7189)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
06 The Face of a Clown
07 Somebody Else On Your Mind
08 Homebreaker (RCA Victor 47-7570)(a-side)(C&W 15/1959)
09 Optimistic (RCA Victor 47-7928)(a-side)(C&W 10/1961)
10 Give Me Death (RCA Victor 47-7570)(b-side, 1959)
LP THE END OF THE WORLD (RCA Victor 2699)(Billboard Album Chart 61/1963):
11 The End of the World ((RCA Victor 47-8098)(a-side)(C&W 2(3)/1963; BB 2(1)/1963; R&B 4/1963; CB 2(3)/1963; RW 1(1)/1963; UK 18/1963)
12 Daddy Sang Bass*cover version of big hit by Johnny Cash
13 My Coloring Book*cover version of big hit by Kitty Kallen
14 Son-of-a Preacher Man*cover version of big hit by Dusty Springfield
15 Am I That Easy To Forget? (RCA Victor 47-7671)(a-side)(C&W 11/1960)
16 Little Arrows*cover version of big hit by Leapy Lee
17 Hold Me Tight*cover version of big hit by Johnny Nash
18 Angel of the Morning*cover version of big hit by Merilee Rush and Juice Newton
19 I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (RCA Victor 47-7293)(uncharted a-side, July 1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great way to collect two popular albums by Skeeter Davis in one set. As noted above, there are many hit singles included. The bonus is the many great album tracks, including many cover versions of pop hits, sung Skeeter Davis style.
2 The sound is surprisingly great: clean with no hiss. Skeeter Davis’ voice was well focused and centralized, with clear differentiation of backing instruments.
3 The two front album covers are featured on the front cover.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 In the 4-page booklet, there is no essay, no label & number, no chart position. Other than the front cover, the rest of the three pages are occupied by advertisements from Collectables.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for her output prior to 1962, I would recommend recent Jasmine Records’ release called The End of the World (2CDs with 60 songs; the above albums were not featured in Jasmine’s set). If you are looking for the later materials by Skeeter Davis, I would recommend (1) The Pop Hits Collection, Volume 1 (24 songs on the defunct Taragon Records, 2003, with top-rated sound), (2) The Pop Hits Collection, Volume 2 (16 songs on Taragon Records, 2006, with top-rated sound), (3) if you find the above two too expensive, the alternative is “The End of the World: Country Hits 1958 – 1972 (23 songs on 1 CD), (4) The Essential Skeeter Davis (20 songs on RCA, 1995) and (5) Country Kicks (10 songs on RCA, 1994).

Skeeter Davis was born Mary Penick in 1931 in Kentucky, but sadly died of cancer on September 19, 2004 (age 72). She has thirty-one studio albums, fifteen compilation albums, four tribute/cover albums, five collaborative albums, fifty-seven singles, two charting b-sides, and four singles with other artists. I wish someday Bear Family Records will release the Complete Skeeter Davis, like what they did for Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Doris Day, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin. Another idea is that since Skeeter Davis remained with the same label throughout her career, RCA Victor should release her entire album output, like what they did for John Denver: The Complete RCA Album Collection. This set is very enjoyable and recommended to all Skeeter Davis fans.

Andrew Gold+ 3 Albums (2CD)
Andrew Gold+ 3 Albums (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Gold (3CDs): 60 songs; 4 complete albums; 20 bonus tracks; all solo singles on Asylum; good sound; fantastic booklet!, April 14 2015
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This 3CD set, released by Edsel Records, under Demon Music from UK, contain 60 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album & singles label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP ANDREW GOLD (Asylum 1047)(Billboard Album Chart 190/1976):
01 That’s Why I Love You (Asylum 45286)(a-side)(BB 68/1976; CB 69/1976)
02 Heartaches In Heartaches (Asylum 45307)(uncharted a-side, March 1976)*Linda Ronstadt singing backing vocal.
03 Love Hurts
04 A Note From You (Asylum 45286)(b-side, 1976)
05 Resting In Your Arms
06 I’m A Gambler
07 Endless Flight (Asylum 45307)(b-side, 1976)*later used by Leo Sayer.
08 Hang My Picture Straight
09 Ten Years Behind Me
10 I’m Coming Home
LP WHA’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE (Asylum 116)(Billboard Album Chart 95/1977)*produced by Peter Asher:
11 Hope You Feel Good
12 Passing Thing (Asylum 45417)(b-side, 1977)
13 Do Wah Diddy (Asylum 45378)(uncharted a-side, January 1977)*cover version of big hit by Manfred Mann and the Exciters.
14 Learning The Game*cover version of hit by Buddy Holly.
15 Angel Woman (Asylum 45378)(b-side, 1977)
16 Must Be Crazy (Asylum 45384)(b-side, 1977)
17 Lonely Boy (Asylum 45384)(a-side)(BB 7/1977; AC 38/1977; CB 3(2)/1977; RW 6/1977; UK 11/1977)*Linda Ronstadt singing backing vocal.
18 Firefly (Asylum 45339)(b-side, 1976) and repeated again (Asylum 45439)(b-side, 1977)
19 Stay (Asylum 45339)(uncharted a-side, August 1976)*cover version of big hit by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
20 Go Back Home Again (Asylum 45439)(uncharted a-side, October 1977)
21 One Of Them Is Me (Asylum 45417)(uncharted a-side, July 1977)

LP ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO (Asylum 1047)(Billboard Album Chart 81/1978):
01 How Can This Be Love? (Asylum 45521)(a-side)(UK 19/1978)
02 Oh Urania (Take Me Away)
03 Still You Linger On (Asylum 45456)(b-side, 1978)
04 Never Let Her Slip Away (Asylum 45489)(a-side)(BB 67/1978; AC 16/1978; CB 70/1978; RW 61/1978; UK 5/1978)*an uncredited late Freddie Mercury from Queen on backing vocal.
05 Always For You (Asylum 45522)(b-side, 1978)
06 Thank You For Being A Friend (Asylum 45456)(a-side)(BB 25/1978; AC 15/1978; CB 11/1978; RW 21/1978; UK 42/1978)*later used as the signature tune, sung by Cindy Fee, to the TV soap “The Golden Girls”.
07 Looking For Love (Asylum 45521)(UK b-side, 1978)
08 Genevieve (Asylum 45489)(b-side, 1978)
09 I’m On My Way (Asylum 45522)(uncharted a-side, August 1978)
10 You’re Free
LP WHIRLWIND (Asylum 6E-264)(1979):
11 Kiss This One Goodbye (Asylum 46626)(uncharted a-side, April 1980)
12 Whirlwind
13 Sooner Or Later
14 Leave Her Alone
15 Little Company
16 Brand New Face (Asylum 12469) (b-side, 1980)
17 Nine To Five (Asylum 12469)(uncharted UK a-side, 1980)
18 Stranded On The Edge (Asylum 47024)(uncharted a-side, August 1980)*b-side the same song in stereo not available here.
19 Make Up Your Mind (Asylum 46626)(b-side, 1980)

DISC 3 (BONUS TRACKS):
From “Andrew Gold” period:
01 Within A Word
02 Sometime When A Man’s On His Own
03 Broken Pin Ball Machine
04 To Be Someone
05 Ten Years Behind Me
06 Hang My Picture Straight (live at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1975)
From “What’s Wrong With This Picture” period:
07 Lonely Boy (original version)
08 Firefly (early unfinished version)
09 Gorilla Jam
10 Feel It
11 Hope You Feel Good (live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, 1976)
From “All This And Heaven Too” period:
12 Gambler (version #1)
13 Thank You For Being A Friend (outtake)
14 Dr. Robert (live)
15 Genevieve (original version)
16 Still You Linger On (alternate version)
From “Whirlwind” period:
17 Gambler (version #2)
18 Endless Flight (live at the Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, 1978)
19 The “In” Crowd
20 Traffic Jam

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 3 CD set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the solo charting career of Andrew Gold. All the singles during the Asylum era are included. His first 4 albums (3 charted) are included here. They are very expensive if bought separately.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. I am not surprised because Rhino label was involved.
3 There is an excellent 28-page booklet, with an informative essay by Alan Robinson, together with three of the front album covers each occupying an entire page. Many 45 rpm singles labels and picture sleeves are also featured. Good job!
4 The package is sturdy and gate-fold with the booklet inside one of the sleeves.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are 20 bonus tracks on CD3. I was hoping that other rare singles (as Villiers and Gold, the Bryndle, later with the band the Wax, with ex-10 cc band member Graham Gouldman) are included. The song “The Final Frontier (Theme From “Mad About You”)” should have been included too. (It is found in the CD The Best of Andrew Gold, Rhino, 20 tracks, 1997).

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Andrew Gold has only 4 charted entries on the Billboard Hot 100, I have done a Complete Singles Discography, including his entire output (as Villiers and Gold, the Bryndle and the Wax), and found that he actually has 30 singles (only 58 songs, because one was repeat release and the other being the stereo version of the same song). His labels are: (1) Polydor (1967, as Villiers and Gold), (2) A&M (1970, as the Bryndle), (3) Asylum (1976 – 1980, solo), (4) Mercury (1984, as Common Knowledge), (5) RCA (1985 – 1989, as the Wax), (6) Music Little People (1966, solo, releasing the single “Spooky Scary Skeleton”), (7) Dome (2000, solo, including singles “Nowhere Now” and “Sorry To Let You Down”, found in his album “Spencer Manor Suite”. If you want his later singles, the Essential Collection (2 CDs with 35 songs contain 6 songs from the Wax too) is recommended.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Andrew Gold was not so much a singer-writer as a Pop Craftsman of the Old School. His father was the famous Ernest Gold with his famous Oscar-winning score for the movie “Exodus” while his mother Marni Nixon was the singing voice behind Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”, Natalie Wood in “West Side Story” and Deborah Kerr in “The King and I”.

This entire set is totally enjoyable, containing all the hits. The sound is wonderful. The essay was very detailed and gave me lots of details and insight about his career. On June 3, 2011, the sad news broke that Gold had died in his sleep at the age of 59 in Los Angeles. This great talent will be sorely missed. The set is very highly recommended.

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