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A Whole Lotta Jerry Lewis (4 CD)
A Whole Lotta Jerry Lewis (4 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee Lewis: A Whole Lotta: 106 songs; most complete comprehensive coverage of his entire career in single set; great sound!, March 24 2015
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This 4 CD box set, released by Salvo label in UK under Universal Music, contains 106 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; C&W=Billboard Country Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 CRAZY ARMS (Sun 259)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*first single released.
02 WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’ GOIN’ ON (Sun 267)(a-side)(BB 3(2)/1957); C&W 1(2)/1957; R&B 1(2)/1957; CB 5/1957; RW 5/1957; UK 1/1957)*first No. 1 Country hit.
03 GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (Sun 281)(a-side)(BB 2(4)/1957; C&W 1(2)/1957; R&B 3(2)/1957; CB 2/1957; RW 2/1957; UK 1/1957)*second No. 1 Country hit.
04 YOU WIN AGAIN (Sun 281) (US b-side)(BB 95/1958; C&W 4/1957)*double sided hit.
05 BREATHLESS (Sun 288)(a-side)(BB 7/1958; C&W 4/1958; R&B 3/1958; CB 10/1958; RW 12/1958; UK 8/1958)
06 HIGH SCHOLL CONFIDENTIAL (Sun 296)(a-side)(BB 21/1958; C&W 9/1958; R&B 5/1958; CB 20/1958; RW 26/1958; UK 12/1958)
07 LEWIS BOOGIE (Sun 301)(US b-side, 1958)*a-side was Return of Jerry Lee.
08 BREAK UP (Sun 303)(a-side)(BB 52/1958; CB 74/1958; RW 78/1958)
09 I’LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE (Sun 312)(a-side)(BB 93/1959)
10 LOVIN’ UP A STORM (Sun 317)(a-side)(CB 81/1959; UK 28/1959)
11 WHAT’D I SAY (Sun 356)(a-side)(BB 30/1961; C&W 27/1961; R&B 26/1961; CB 33/1961; RW 33/1961; UK 10/1961)
12 COLD COLD HEART (Sun 364)(a-side)(C&W 22/1961)*this song was overdubbed with Orion vocals, and released in 1979 (Sun 1141)(C&W 84/1979)
13 HIT THE ROAD JACK (Smash 1857)(a-side)(BB 103/1963)*rare gem; this single starts his career on Smash label.
14 PEN AND PAPER (Smash 1857)(US b-side)(C&W 36/1964)*rare gem.
15 I’M ON FIRE (Smash 1886)(a-side)(BB 98/1964; CB 100/1964; RW 99/1964)
16 SHE WAS MY BABY (HE WAS MY FRIEND)(Smash 1906)(uncharted US a-side, 1964)*rare gem.
17 HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS (Smash 1930)(a-side)(BB 91/1964)*rare gem.
18 JUST IN TIME (recorded in 1965)*previous unreleased.
19 BABY, HOLD ME CLOSE (Smash 1969)(a-side)(BB 129/1965)*rare gem.
20 I BELIEVE IN YOU (Smash 1969)(US b-side, 1965)*rare gem.
21 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME (Smash 2006)(uncharted US a-side, 1965)*rare gem.
22 BABY (YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES)(with Linda Gail Lewis)(Smash 2006)(US b-side, 1965)*rare gem.
23 DETROIT CITY (Star Club 148 150)(uncharted US a-side, 1965)*rare gem.
24 ROCKIN’ JERRY LEE (recorded in 1966)*previously unreleased; later released as b-side to Honky Tonk Stuff (Elektra 46642)(US b-side, 1980)*rare gem.
25 MEMPHIS BEAT (Smash 2053)(uncharted US a-side, 1966)*rare gem.
26 BIG BOSS MAN*album track from LP Memphis Beat (Smash 67079, 1966).
27 IT’S A HANG UP BABY (Smash 2103)(uncharted US a-side, 1967)*rare gem.
28 TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT (Smash 2122)(uncharted US a-side, 1967)*rare gem.
29 SHOTGUN MAN (Smash 2122)(US b-side, 1967)*rare gem.

DISC 2:
01 ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME (Smash 2146)(a-side)(BB 97/1968; C&W 4/1968)
02 WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU (Smash 2146)(US b-side, 1968)*a charted hit for Pat Boone (BB 44/1960).
03 I’M A LONESOME FUGITIVE*album track: from LP Another Place, Another Time (Smash 67104, 1968)
04 WHAT’S MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS (Smash 2164)(a-side)(BB 94/1968; C&W 2(2)/1968)
05 SHE STILL COMES AROUND (TO LOVE WHAT’S LEFT OF ME)(Smash 2186)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1968)
06 TO MAKE LOVE SWEETER FOR YOU (Smash 2202)(a-side)(C&W 1(1)/1968)*his 3rd No. 1 Country hit.
07 THERE STANDS THE GLASS*album track: from LP She Still Comes Around (Smash 67112, 1968)
08 DON’T LET ME CROSS OVER (with Linda Gail Lewis)(Smash 2220)(a-side)(C&W 9/1969)
09 JACKSON (with Linda Gail Lewis)*album track: from LP Country Music Hall of Fame Hits Vol. 1 (Smash 67117, 1969)*rare gem.
10 ONE HAS MY NAME (THE OTHER HAS MY HEART)(Smash 2224)(a-side)(C&W 3(3)/1969)
11 INVITATION TO YOUR PARTY (Sun 1101)(a-side)(C&W 6/1969)
12 EARTH UP ABOVE (with Linda Gail Lewis)*album track: from LP Together (Smash 67126, 1969)*rare gem.
13 SHE EVEN WOKE ME UP TO SAY GOODBYE (Smash 2244)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1969)
14 ONE MINUTE PAST ETERNITY (Sun 1107)(a-side)(C&W 2/1969)
15 ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN (with Linda Gail Lewis)(Smash 2254)(a-side)(C&W 71/1970)*rare gem.
16 WORKING MAN’S BLUES*album track: from LP She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye (Smash 67128, 1970)*rare gem.
17 WINE ME UP*album track: from LP She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye (Smash 67128, 1970)*rare gem.
18 ONCE MORE WITH FEELING (Smash 2257)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1970)
19 I CAN’T SEEM TO SAY GOODBYE (Sun 1115)(a-side)(C&W 7/1970)
20 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LOVE THAN THIS (Mercury 73099)(a-side)(C&W 1(2)/1970)*his 4th Number 1 Country hit and first single with new label Mercury.
21 WAITING FOR A TRAIN (Sun 1119)(a-side)(C&W 11/1970)
22 IN LOVING MEMORIES (Mercury 73155)(a-side)(C&W 48/1971)
23 SWEET GEORGIA BROWN*album track: from LP There Must Be More To Love Than This (Mercury 61323, 1971)*rare gem.
24 TOUCHING HOME (Mercury 73192)(a-side)(BB 110/1971; C&W 3(1)/1971)
25 WHEN HE WALKS ON YOU (LIKE YOU HAVE WALKED ON ME)(Mercury 73227)(a-side)(C&W 11/1971)*rare gem.
26 WOULD YOU TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE ON ME (Mercury 73248)(a-side)(C&W 1(1)/1971)*his 5th Number 1 Country hit.
27 ME AND BOBBY MCGEE (Mercury 73248)(US b-side)(BB 40/1971; C&W 1/1971; CB 63/1971; RW 48/1971)*major double sided hit.
28 THIRTEEN AT THE TABLE*album track: from LP Would You Take Another Chance On Me (Mercury 61346, 1971)*rare gem.

DISC 3:
01 CHANTILLY LACE (Mercury 73273)(a-side)(BB 43/1972; C&W 1(3)/1972; CB 56/1972; RW 42/1972; UK 33/1972)*his 6th and final Number 1 Country hit.
02 THINK ABOUT IT DARLIN’ (Mercury 73273)(US b-side)(C&W 1(3)/1972)*double sided hit.
03 WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES*album track: from LP The Killer Rocks On (Mercury 637, 1972)*rare gem.
04 LONELY WEEKENDS (Mercury 73296)(a-side)(C&W 11/1972)*rare gem.
05 ME AND JESUS (with Linda Gail Lewis)(Mercury 73303)(uncharted US a-side, 1972)*rare gem.
06 WHO’S GONNA PLAY THIS OLD PIANO (Mercury 73328)(a-side)(C&W 14/1972)
07 NO HONKY TONKS IN HEAVEN (Mercury 73328)(US b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
08 NO TRAFFIC OUT OF ABILENE*album track: from LP Who’s Gonna Play This Old Piano (Mercury 61366, 1972)
09 NO MORE HANGING ON (Mercury 73361)(a-side)(C&W 19/1973)*rare gem.
10 DRINKIN’ WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE (Mercury 73374)(a-side)(BB 41/1973; C&W 20/1973; CB 25/1973; RW 33/1973)
11 BAD MOON RISING*album track: from LP The Session (Mercury 803, 1973)*rare gem.
12 JUKE BOX*album track: from LP The Session (Mercury 803, 1973)*rare gem.
13 NO HEADSTONE ON MY GRAVE (Mercury 73402)(a-side)(BB 104/1973; C&W 60/1973)
14 SOMETIMES A MEMORY AIN’T ENOUGH (Mercury 73423)(a-side)(C&W 6/1973)
15 RIDE ME DOWN EASY*album track: from LP Sometimes A Memory Ain’t Enough (Mercury 677, 1973)
16 I’M LEFT, YOU’RE RIGHT, SHE’S GONE (Mercury 73452)(a-side)(C&W 21/1974)*rare gem.
17 JUST A LITTLE BIT (Mercury 73462)(uncharted US a-side, 1974)*rare gem.
18 BIG BLUE DIAMONDS*album track: from LP Southern Roots (Mercury 690, 1973)*rare gem.
19 TELL TALE SIGNS (Mercury 73491)(a-side)(C&W 18/1974)*rare gem.
20 HE CAN’T FILL MY SHOES (Mercury 73618)(a-side)(C&W 8/1974)
21 HONEY HUSH*recorded in 1974; previously unreleased; rare gem.
22 I CAN STILL HEAR THE MUSIC IN THE RESTROOM (Mercury 73661)(a-side)(C&W 13/1975)*rare gem.
23 HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHTS*recorded in 1975; previously unreleased; rare gem.
24 BOOGIE WOOGIE COUNTRY MAN (Mercury 73685)(a-side)(C&W 24/1975)
25 A DAMN GOOD COUNTRY SONG (Mercury 73729)(a-side)(C&W 68/1975)

DISC 4:
01 DON’T BOOGIE WOOGIE (Mercury 73763)(a-side)(C&W 58/1976)*rare gem.
02 I CAN’T KEEP MY HANDS OFF YOU*recorded in 1975; previously unreleased; rare gem.
03 I DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY TONIGHT*album track: from LP Odd Man In (Mercury 1064, 1976)*rare gem.
04 LET’S PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN (Mercury 73822)(a-side)(C&W 6/1976)
05 JERRY LEE’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REVIVAL SHOW (Mercury 73822)(US b-side, 1976)*rare gem.
06 THE CLOSEST THING TO YOU (Mercury 73872)(a-side)(C&W 27/1976)*rare gem.
07 MIDDLE AGE CRAZY (Mercury 55011)(a-side)(C&W 4/1977)
08 TENNESSEE SATURDAY NIGHT (Mercury 6173 006)(uncharted US a-side, 1976)*rare gem.
09 COME ON IN (Mercury 55021)(a-side)(C&W 10/1978)
10 I’LL FIND IT WHERE I CAN (Mercury 55028)(a-side)(C&W 10/1978)
11 I HATE YOU*album track: from LP Keeps Rockin’ (Mercury 5010, 1978)*rare gem.
12 ROCKIN’ MY LIFE AWAY (Elektra 46030)(a-side)(BB 101/1979; C&W 18/1979)*his first single on Elektra label.
13 I WISH I WAS EIGHTEEN AGAIN (Elektra 46030)(US b-side, 1979)*rare gem.
14 WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE (Elektra 46067)(a-side)(C&W 20/1979)*rare gem.
15 WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE (Elektra 46591)(a-side)(C&W 11/1980)*rare gem.
16 OVER THE RAINBOW (Elektra 47026)(a-side)(C&W 10/1980)
17 THIRTY-NINE AND HOLDING (Elektra 47095)(a-side)(C&W 4/1981)
18 I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (Mercury 76148)(a-side)(C&W 43/1982)*rare gem; his last single released on Mercury label.
19 MY FINGERS DO THE TALKIN’ (MCA 52151)(a-side)(C&W 44/1982)*rare gem; his first single on MCA label.
20 COME AS YOU WERE (MCA 52188)(a-side)(C&W 66/1983)*rare gem.
21 HONKY TONK ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PIANO MAN*album track: from LP My Fingers Do The Talkin’ (MCA, 1983)*rare gem.
22 WHY YOU BEEN GONE SO LONG (MCA 52233)(a-side)(C&W 69/1983)*rare gem.
23 SIXTEEN CANDLES (with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison & Carl Perkins)(America Smash 884934)(a-side)(C&W 61/1986)*rare gem.
24 WILD ONE (with David Kemper & Gerald McGee)*album track: from LP Great Balls of Fire Soundtrack (Polydor 839516, 1989)*rare gem.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first single box set to cover the ENTIRE charting career of Jerry Lee Lewis, covering various labels, including Sun, Smash, Mercury, Elektra and MCA. If you discount the output from the three expensive Bear Family box sets, most of the songs here are rare gems, many making their CD debut, especially his latter years on Elektra and MCA. All his Number 1 Country hits are included, plus many rare duets with Linda Gail Lewis.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. The piano sound is outstanding. You can hear every note from the piano ivory. What a good pianist Jerry Lee is. Whenever possible, the source was from the Original Master Tapes.
3 There is a wonderful 72-page booklet, with an informative detailed essay by Roger W. Dobson. All the label, number and chart position were included.
4 The songs are arranged more or less chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 I wish that instead of album tracks, the songs are replaced by other rare singles and their b-sides.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Jerry Lee ‘The Killer’ Lewis has a long illustrious singles career, from 1956 to 2009. I have painstakingly constructed a Complete Singles Discography (charted & uncharted, a- and b-sides, US & UK). There are an amazing 98 singles (only 194 songs, not 196 songs, because 2 were repeated releases). His singing career can be divided into 2 main phases: (1) Pop (1956 – 1968): until 1961, he was known as Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano; (2) Country (1957 – 1989). He has an amazing 65 charted entries on the C&W chart. His labels are: (1) Sun (1956 – 1963), (2) Smash (1963 – 1970), (3) Mercury (1971 – 1978), (4) Elektra (1979 – 1982), (5) MCA (1982 – 1983), (6) American Smash (1986), (7) Curb (1989), (8) Sire (1990 – 1995) and (9) Verve (2009). His last release in 2009 was Mean Old Man. To complete his discography, you will need the three gorgeous, but highly expensive Bear Family box sets: (1) Classic: The Definitive Edition of his Sun Recordings (1956 – 1963)(10 CDs) (2) The Locust Years and Return to the Promised Land (9 CDs, covering his Smash years), and (3) Mercury Smashes (10 CDs).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

His nickname from the start of his career was The Killer, which captured the power and presence of his performances, and encapsulated his role as rock and roll’s first great wild man. His first class piano playing paved the way for Billy Joel and Elton John later. This current set has the most complete coverage of his entire career, especially his Country sides. The sound is excellent. The three Bear Family box sets are simply too expensive. Perhaps and hopefully, someday, a Complete Country Singles Collection will be released. In the meantime, this current set is very highly recommended.

The Magic Is You/Thoughts Of Love (2CD)
The Magic Is You/Thoughts Of Love (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Bassey: Thoughts of Love/The Magic Is You (2CDs): 2 complete popular albums in 2 CDs with bonus tracks: top sound., March 10 2015
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These two popular albums, now released by BGO Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, in 2011 are found in two separate CDs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number chart position with personal comments)(UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP THOUGHTS OF LOVE (United Artists 30011)(UK album chart 15/1976):
01 Send in the Clowns*from A Little Night Music
02 Killing Me Softly With His Song
03 Feelings
04 What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life*from The Happy Ending
05 What I Did For Love*from A Chorus Line
06 All That Love Went To Waste*from A Touch Of Class
07 The Way We Were*from The Way We Were
08 If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)(United Artists UP 1176)(uncharted UK a-side, 1967)
09 Alone Again (Naturally)
10 Jesse
11 I Won't Last A Day Without You
12 You Are The Sunshine of My Life
BONUS TRACK:
13 This Is My Life (12" European Disco Mix)

DISC 2:
LP THE MAGIC IS YOU (United Artists 30230)(UK Album Chart 40/1979):
01 This Is My Life (La Vita)(United Artists UP 1207)(uncharted UK a-side, 1968); (United Artists UP 36502)(uncharted a-side, 1979)
02 Better Off Alone
03 You Never Done It Like That
04 Don't Cry For Me Argentina*from Evita
05 As We Fall In Love Once More
06 Night Movies
07 Anyone Who Had A Heart
08 The Magic Is You (United Artists UP 36502)(UK b-side, 1979)
09 How Insensitive
10 The Greatest Love Of All
BONUS TRACK:
11 This Is My Life (12" US Disco Mix)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Thanks to BGO, many Shirley Bassey Albums are released, usually as a twofer. In this case, 2 separate CDs are used, one for each album. These 2 albums both charted and were very popular. All the songs are popular tracks, done Shirley Bassey style.
2 BGO is renowned for their superior remastering efforts. In this case, there is no exception. The sound is exceptional: clean and vibrant. Shirley Bassey's voice is very well focused and centralized, while all the backing instruments are clearly defined. All the songs in this set have become my new reference standards.
3 There are two rare bonus tracks: the UK and US Disco Version of This Is My Life. Both are rare gems.
4 There is a wonderful 12 page booklet, with an informative essay by Michael Heatley, plus pictures of 4 picture sleeves (too bad they are not in colour).

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 In the booklet, there are two beautiful pictures of Shirley Bassey, which should have been in colour. The same applies to the 4 picture sleeves.
2 The pictures of the two albums are featured in the front cover. They should each occupy a single page with the back covers each occupying single page too, like Real Gone Music and Sepia.
3 No label & number and chart position are included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dame Shirley Bassey is an amazing singer with a powerful and captivating voice. The entire set is very enjoyable with great sound: Shirley Bassey at her prime and best. Besides a few singles, there are many fantastic album tracks. Her interpretation of other artists' materials result in she making them her own. There are many songs that you can only find in this set. It is a welcome addition to my Shirley Bassey library, and is highly recommended to all Shirley Bassey fans.

Finally, please do not get confused with another Shirley Bassey album of the same name: The Magic Is You, with the same picture, but it was The Very Best of, released by BR Music from Holland in 1992.

Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: Winter Wonderland: 10 Christmas songs; containing Frosty the Snowman, his last released single; good sound., March 8 2015
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This CD, released by Sony BMG in 2005, contains 10 Christmas classics. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with single label & number, chart position and personal comments)(AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP WINTER WONDERLAND (Sony/BMG A 94349)(2005):
01 Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (2002)
02 It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (1986)
03 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1971)
04 A Marshmallow World (1971)
05 It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (1986)
06 We Need A Little Christmas (1986)
07 Frosty the Snowman (Columbia 86814)(AC 29/2003)*the last released single.
08 Merry Christmas (2002)
09 Sleigh Ride (Fontana H-165)(UK b-side, 1958)*with Percy Faith & His Orchestra.
10 Winter Wonderland (Fontana H-165)(a-side)(UK 17/1958)*with Percy Faith & His Orchestra.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 It is wonderful Christmas album by Johnny Mathis, containing the last single released by Johnny Mathis: Frosty the Snowman. The UK-released single: Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride is also included.
2 The sound is well remastered: clean with no hiss.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is a miserable 4-page booklet, with blank space in the inner sleeves.
2 There is no essay.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Besides Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and Perry Como, the name of Johnny Mathis is also associated with Christmas, with numerous Christmas albums. The entire set is enjoyable and well recorded, a welcome addition to my Johnny Mathis library. This set is recommended to all Johnny Mathis fans.

In The Still Of The Night
In The Still Of The Night
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: In The Still Of The Night: 10 well known songs, Johnny Mathis style; special duet with Take 6; good sound., March 8 2015
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This CD, released by Columbia Records in 1989, contains 10 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with single label & number with chart position and personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100):

LP IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT (Columbia CK 44336)(1989):
01 In The Still Of The Night (featuring Take 6)(uncharted a-side, 1989)
02 It's All In The Game (featuring Take 6)*new interpretation of big hit by Tommy Edwards and Cliff Richard.
03 Since I Fell For You*original version by the Harptones (1954) and Lenny Welch (BB 4/1963)
04 You Belong To Me*original version by Sue Thompson, later recorded by Patti Page (BB 4/1952), Jo Stafford (BB 1/1952) and the Duprees (BB 7/1962)
05 True Love Ways (b-side, 1989)*rare gem; CD debut; original version by Buddy Holly (1963) and Peter and Gordon (BB 14/1965)
06 Since I Don't Have You*original version by the Skyliners (BB 12/1959).
07 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye*original version by the Casinos (BB 6/1967)
08 The End of The World*original version by Skeeter Davis (BB 2/1963)
09 All Alone Am I*original version by Brenda Lee (BB 3/1962)
10 For Your Love*original version by Ed Townsend (BB 13/1958)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a good collection of various pop standards, in which Johnny Mathis gave his own interpretation. The main attraction then was the duet with Take 6, with the title song released as a single. True Love Ways was the b-side.
2 The sound is well remastered: clean with no hiss.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is a miserable 4-page booklet, with no essay, no composer information and no chart position. The inner left page was left blank.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Johnny Mathis has 53 charted singles from 1957 to 1984. I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography (both charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, including his US & UK singles), and to my amazement, I have found 135 singles (with only 240 songs, not 270, because 29 were repeat releases and 1 b-side belonged to other artist: Dionne Warwick), from 1957 to 2003 (with the last charted hit Frosty The Snowman (AC 29/2003). I have 84 CDs and 51 vinyl albums. But that was far from complete. Out of 240 songs, I am still missing 10 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Johnny Mathis's singles and album output are well covered by various labels until 1962. Probably due to the Public Domain law in UK, most UK reissue labels do not release materials beyond 1962. Thanks to the original labels, Mercury has released a Complete Global Album Collection with 13 CDs covering his entire Mercury output. (my review is found elsewhere). Along the way, Columbia has released some albums from the 80s and 90s on CDs, including this one. Thanks to Funky Town Grooves, more Johnny Mathis CDs are now being released, such as the recent You Light Up My Life/Mathis Magic and The Best Days of My Life. (my reviews found elsewhere). Another 2 CD set, Life Is A Song Worth Singing: the Thom Bell Sessions, will be released March 10, 2015.

This set is very enjoyable, a welcome addition to my Johnny Mathis library, and is recommended.

Better Together: The Duet Album
Better Together: The Duet Album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: Better Together: The Duet Album: 11 duets with famous artists; great sound!, March 8 2015
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This CD, released by Columbia Records in 1991, contains 11 songs, all duets with other artists. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, with 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):

LP BETTER TOGETHER: THE DUET ALBUM (Columbia 47982)(Billboard Album Chart 189/1992):
01 Better Together (duet with Regina Belle) (Columbia 74190)(a-side)(R&B 68/1992)
02 You Brought Me Love (duet with Patti Labelle) (Columbia 74190)(US b-side, 1992)
03 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (duet with Deniece Williams) (Columbia 3-10693)(a-side)(BB 1(1)/1978; AC 1/1978; R&B 1/1978; CB 2(3)/1978; RW 1/1978; UK 3/1978)
04 It’s All In The Game (duet with Take 6)*from album In The Still of the Night, Columbia 44336, 1989.
05 Love Won’t Let Me Wait (duet with Deniece Williams)(Columbia 04379)(a-side)(BB 106/1984; AC 14/1984; R&B 32/1984)
06 You’re A Special Part of Me (duet with Angela Bofill)
07 The Last Time I Felt Like This (duet with Jane Oliver)(a-side)(Columbia 3-10902)(AC 15/1979)
08 Friends in Love (duet with Dionne Warwick) (Arista 0673)(a-side)(BB 38/1982; AC 5/1982; R&B 22/1982; CB 48/1982)
09 In The Still of the Night (duet with Take 6)(uncharted a-side, 1989)*from album In The Still of the Night, Columbia 44336, 1989.
10 You’re All I Need To Get By (duet with Deniece Williams) (Columbia 3-10772)(a-side)(BB 47/1978; AC 16/1978; R&B 10/1978; CB 67/1978; RW 60/1978; UK 10/1978)
11 Who’s Counting Heartaches (duet with Dionne Warwick)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This album was necessitated by the immense popularity of the duet between Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late. In retrospect, one can safely say that Johnny Mathis was ahead of his time. See all the duet albums that followed: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Barry Manilow, Anne Murray, Frank Sinatra and Elton John.
2 Many of the duets are charted hits.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 This disc has only 39 minutes. Surely, one can easily fill up the remaining spaces with more duets, such as:
(01) Until You Come Back To Me (with Deniece Williams)(a-side) (CBS 6700)(uncharted UK a-side, 1978)
(02) You Saved My Life (with Stephanie Lawrence)(a-side)(CBS 8151)(uncharted UK a-side, 1980)
(03) Midnight Blue (with Deniece Williams)(a-side)(CBS 8253)(uncharted UK a-side, 1980)
(04) Different Kinda Different (with Paulette McWilliams)(a-side) (Columbia 11313)(R&B 81/1980)
(05) I’ll Do It All For You (with Paulette McWilliams)(a-side)(CBS 8696)(uncharted UK a-side, 1980)
(06) When A Child Is Born (with Gladys Knight & the Pips)(a-side)(CBS A-1758) (uncharted UK a-side, 1981)
(07) Got You Where I Want You (with Dionne Warwick)(a-side)(CBS A-3005)(uncharted UK a-side, 1983)
(08) We Were Really Never Out of Love (with Barbara Dickson)(a-side)(CBS A-7195)(UK b-side, 1986)
Of course, Johnny can follow Tony Bennett’s successful footsteps in duets, with Lady Gaga (great singing voice for ballad standards), etc.
2 The booklet is only 4-page with no label & number and no chart position. There is no essay.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Johnny Mathis has 53 charted singles from 1957 to 1984. I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography (both charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, including his US & UK singles), and to my amazement, I have found 135 singles (with only 240 songs, not 270, because 29 were repeat releases and 1 b-side belonged to other artist: Dionne Warwick), from 1957 to 2003 (with the last charted hit Frosty The Snowman (AC 29/2003). I have 84 CDs and 51 vinyl albums. But that was far from complete. Out of 240 songs, I am still missing 10 songs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Johnny Mathis’s singles and album output are well covered by various labels until 1962. Probably due to the Public Domain law in UK, most UK reissue labels do not release materials beyond 1962. Thanks to the original labels, Mercury has released a Complete Global Album Collection with 13 CDs covering his entire Mercury output. (my review is found elsewhere). Along the way, Columbia has released some albums from the 80s and 90s on CDs, including this one. Thanks to Funky Town Grooves, more Johnny Mathis CDs are now being released, such as the recent You Light Up My Life/Mathis Magic and The Best Days of My Life. (my reviews found elsewhere). Another 2 CD set, Life Is A Song Worth Singing: the Thom Bell Sessions, will be released March 10, 2015.

This set represents Johnny at his peak best, together with well known artists for duets. The entire set is too short but very enjoyable, and is highly recommended.

Killer Country
Killer Country
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer Country: 20 country songs by the Killer; good sound., March 8 2015
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CONTENT:

This CD, released by the original Mercury Nashville label in 1995, contains 20 songs, representing the Country side of Jerry Lee Lewis. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; C&W=Billboard Country Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World):

01 Another Place, Another Time (Smash 2146)(a-side)(BB 97/1968; C&W 4/1968)
02 What's made Milwaukee Famous (Smash 2164)(a-side)(BB 94/1968; C&W 2(2)/1968)
03 Walking The Floor Over You (Smash 2146)(US b-side, 1968)
04 The Hole He Said He'd Dig For Me (Smash 1906)(US b-side, 1964)
05 She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)(Smash 2186)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1968)
06 Waitin' For A Train (All Around The Watertank)(Sun 1119)(a-side)(C&W 11/1970)
07 She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye (Smash 2244)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1969)
08 Workin' Man Blues (album track: from LP She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye, Smash 67128, Country Album Chart 9/1970)
09 There Must Be More To Love Than This (Mercury 73099)(a-side)(C&W 1(2)/1970)*his 4th No. 1 Country hit.
10 Me And Bobby McGee (Mercury 73248)(US b-side)(BB 40/1971; C&W 1/1971; CB 63/1971; RW 48/1971)*the a-side was his 5th No. 1 Country hit: Would You Take Another Chance On Me.
11 Once More With Feeling (Smash 2257)(a-side)(C&W 2(2)/1970)
12 Touching Home (Mercury 73192)(a-side)(BB 110/1971; C&W 3(1)/1971)
13 Jack Daniels Old No. 7 (Mercury 73402)(US b-side, 1973)
14 Think About It, Darling (Mercury 73273)(US b-side)*the a-side was his 6th & final Country No. 1 hit: Chantilly Lace.
15 Pee Wee's Place*from album Keep On Rockin', Mercury, 1978; the last song Jerry Lee Lewis cut for Mercury label.
16 He Can't Fill My Shoes (Mercury 73618)(a-side)(C&W 8/1974)
17 Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano? (Mercury 73328)(a-side)(C&W 14/1972)
18 Middle Age Crazy (Mercury 55011)(a-side)(C&W 4/1977)
19 You're All Too Ugly Tonight
20 A Damn Good Country Song (Mercury 73729)(a-side)(C&W 68/1975)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent set of 20 songs, representing the Country side of Jerry Lee Lewis.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Jerry Lee's distinctive singing voice is centralized, while the backing instruments are clearly defined. For a 1995 release, this is a very good remastering job.
3 There is a 4-page booklet, with an informative essay by Colin Scott.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 This disc has only 55 minutes. Surely, one can fill up the remaining 25 minutes for more songs.
2 The selection is not the best. I would have chosen all the No. 1 songs first, followed by Top 10 hits, then other charted hits, then the b-sides.
3 There are no label & number, and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Jerry Lee `The Killer' Lewis has a long illustrious singles career, from 1956 to 2009. I have painstakingly constructed a Complete Singles Discography (charted & uncharted, a- and b-sides, US & UK). There are an amazing 98 singles (only 194 songs, not 196 songs, because 2 were repeated releases). His singing career can be divided into 2 main phases: (1) Pop (1956 - 1968): until 1961, he was known as Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano; (2) Country (1957 - 1989). He has an amazing 65 charted entries on the C&W chart. His labels are: (1) Sun (1956 - 1963), (2) Smash (1963 - 1970), (3) Mercury (1971 - 1978), (4) Elektra (1979 - 1982), (5) MCA (1982 - 1983), (6) American Smash (1986), (7) Curb (1989), (8) Sire (1990 - 1995) and (9) Verve (2009). His last release in 2009 was Mean Old Man. To complete his disocography, you will need the three gorgeous, but highly expensive Bear Family box sets: (1) Classic: The Definitive Edition of his Sun Recordings (1956 - 1963)(10 CDs) (2) The Locust Years and Return to the Promised Land (9 CDs, covering his Smash years), and (3) Mercury Smashes (10 CDs). For less expensive sets, I would recommend (1) Complete US & UK Singles (2CDs, 56 songs) on Acrobat Music, 2014, (2) Anthology (2CDs, 42 songs) on Rhino, 1993 and (3) A Whole Lotta Jerry Lewis (4CDs, 106 songs) released in 2012. Fortunately, most of his songs are available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

His nickname from the start of his career was The Killer, which captured the power and presence of his performances, and encapsulated his role as rock and roll's first great wild man. His first class piano playing paved the way for Billy Joel and Elton John later. The three Bear Family box sets are simply too expensive. Perhaps and hopefully, some day, a Complete Country Singles Collection will be released. In the meantime, this current set will give you a sample of his Country talents, and is totally enjoyable. It is highly recommended.

Now 53: That's What I Call Music
Now 53: That's What I Call Music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now 53: 21 songs containing Uptown Funk and many other pop hits from 2014; not very updated; great sound., March 7 2015
CONTENT:

Now 53 is the North American equivalent of similar Now series (now up to Now 90) from UK. This set contains 21 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label, chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AP=Billboard Adult Pop Chart; ALT=Billboard Alternative Chart; UK=British Singles Chart; SWE=Swedish Singles Chart; NOR=Norway Singles Chart):

01 UPTOWN FUNK – Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars (Columbia)(UK 1(7)/2014; BB 1(9)/2015; Billboard AP 1/2015)*still occupying the Number 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100; simply the biggest hit of 2015!
02 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ – Meghan Trainor (Epic)(BB 4/2015; UK 2/2015)*follow up to her mega-hit All About That Bass.
03 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 (Universal)(BB 3/2014; UK 24/2014)*Adam Levine’s voice is simply magnetic.
04 DON’T – Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)(BB 9/2015; UK 8/2015)*from his album X, one of the top selling album for 2015 in UK; this song is sandwiched between 2 No. 1 hits: Sing and Thinking Out Loud.
05 HABITS (STAY HIGH) – Tove Lo, featuring Hippie Sabotage (Polydor)(BB 3/2014; UK 6/2014)
06 LOVE ME HARDER – Adriana Grande & The Weeknd (Republic)(BB 4/2014; UK 8/2014)*from her album My Everything; follow-up to Bang Bang with Jessie J.
07 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith (Capitol)(BB 5/2014; UK 3/2014)*from his album In The Lonely Hour; together with Ed Sheeran’s X – they are the biggest albums for 2014/15 in UK.
08 STEAL MY GIRL – One Direction (Syco)(BB 13/2014; UK 3/2014)*from their 4th album Four; No. 1 artist for 2014 according to Billboard.
09 THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS – Selena Gomez (Hollywood Records)(BB 6/2014; UK 30/2014)*from her album For You.
10 TRIUMPETS – Jason Derulo (Warner Bros)(BB 14/2013; UK 4/2013)
11 BEG FOR IT – Iggy Azalea, featuring MO (Def Jam)(BB 27/2014; UK 111/2014)*from album Reclassified; follow-up to Black Widow.
12 I DON’T MIND – Usher, featuring Juicy J (RCA)(BB 12/2014)
13 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX (Atlantic)(BB 8/2014; UK 6/2014)*from album Sucker; her biggest hit as lead artist.
14 WAVES (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – Mr. Probz (Left Lane)(BB 14/2014; UK 1/2014)*huge hit in Europe, No. I in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium and Austria.
15 BLAME – Calvin Harris, featuring John Newman (Deconstruction)(BB 19/2014; UK 1/2014)*from album Motion.
16 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay (Parlophone)(BB 10/2014; UK 9/2014)*from album Ghost Stories.
UP AND COMING ARTISTS:
17 SHUT UP AND DANCE – Walk The Moon (RCA)(BB 43/2014; US ALT 1/2014)
18 KNOCK ME OUT – Fancy Reagan (Republic Records)*boy band that won VH1 You Oughta Know Presents: Make A Band Famous competition.
19 UNCOVER – Zara Larsson (Epic)(SWE 1/2014; NOR 1/2014)
20 WHO ARE YOU HAVING NOW? – Danny Mercer (Columbia Records)
21 HOLD THE LINE – Jack + Eliza (Motel Home, LLC)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a collection of hits from late 2014. The main attraction must be Uptown Funk – the mega No. 1 hit around the world.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 12-page booklet, with pictures of the source albums. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 The contents are definitely not up to date and comparatively more inferior choice selection to the UK series.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a decent collection of pop hits mostly from 2014, not very updated. Fortunately, it contains the mega-hit Uptown Funk. If it also contains Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, it would be more perfect. Anyway, most of the songs are well known pop hits with great sound. This set is still recommended.

Ever Since
Ever Since
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Gore: Ever Since: her 11th and final studio album; 10 songs very well done with great jazzy sound; farewell, Lesley!, March 6 2015
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INTRODUCTION:

Ever Since is the eleventh and final studio album released by American singer Lesley Gore, released on June 28, 2005 on Engine Company Records. Produced by Blake Morgan, it was preceded by the 1982 album The Canvas Can Do Miracles, and was her first album of new material since 1975's Love Me by Name.

CONTENTS:

There are 10 songs. I have compiled a song listing (with personal comments):

01 Ever Since
02 Cool Web
03 It’s Gone*used in the Jeff Lipsky-directed film Flannel Pajamas.
04 Someday
05 Better Angels*used in CSI: Miami's fourth season premiere episode.
06 You Don’t Own Me*a new poignant interpretation of an old pop hit
07 Not The First*written by Lesley Gore
08 Words We Don’t Say*used in an episode of The L Word.
09 Out Here On My Own*written by Lesley and Michael Gore; from the movie Fame
10 We Went So High*written by Lesley Gore

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I bought this album the night that I heard of her passing, partially to complete my collection on Lesley Gore and partially to pay my last respect. This is a wonderful collection of jazzy tunes, with new, fresh, poignant interpretation of old standard like You Don’t Own Me.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Lesley’s voice is centralized, with clear differentiation of different instruments and good bass.
3 There is a 8-page booklet containing all the lyrics with pictures of Lesley Gore.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have constructed a Complete Singles Discography on Lesley Gore. Although she has 23 charted entries on Billboard Hot 100, in reality, she has 40 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK, France & Germany)(with only 78 songs, not 80 songs, because 2 songs were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Mercury (1963 – 1969), (2) Crewe (1970 – 1971), (3) MoWest (1972 – 1973) and (4) A&M (1975 – 1976). If you want her entire output on Mercury, the 5 CD box set by Bear Family Records is a real treasure. Otherwise, I would recommend the Ultimate Collection (with 32 songs on 1 CD by Raven Records), and the current set. Her singles from 1970 to 1976 are not available on CD yet. There are two outstanding albums during this period: Someplace Else Now and Love Me By Name. Fortunately some of the songs are available online. Ever Since is her last domestic album release.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lesley Gore was born a Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2, 1946. She was a multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress/activist, and was discovered by Quincy Jones. She appeared in movies like Girls on the Beach and Ski Party. Of course, one will remember her performance on the T.A.M.I. Show. She was sister to Michael Gore. She received an Academy Award nomination for "Out Here on My Own", written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Sadly, Lesley Gore passed away on February 16, 2015 (age 68) from lung cancer (she did not even smoke!). Lesley, you will be sorely missed.

Although this set does not have any hit singles, it does have tremendous sentimental value. The songs are very well done with great jazzy sound. Turn off the lights, turn up the volume, close your eyes and let Lesley shared her final journey with you. This set is definitely very highly recommended to all Lesley Gore fans.

Deram Records Singles Collection
Deram Records Singles Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars White Plains Deram Records Singles Collection: 25 songs, all the singles on Deram; a & b-sides, charted & uncharted; great sound, March 6 2015
CONTENT:

This set, released by 7T’s, a reputable reissue label from UK who owns Cherry Red Records, contain 25 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(UK=British Singles Chart; BB-=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World):

01 My Baby Loves Lovin’ (Deram DM 280)(a-side)(UK 9/1970; Ireland 9/1970; BB 13/1970; CB 10/1970; RW 18/1970; Canada 9/1970)*their biggest hit!
02 Show Me Your Hand (Deram DM 280)(b-side, 1970)
03 I’ve Got You On My Mind (Deram DM 291)(a-side)(UK 17/1970; Ireland 17/1970)
04 Today I Killed A Man I Didn’t Know (Deram DM 291)(UK b-side, 1970)
05 Lovin’ You Baby (Deram DM 312)(a-side)(BB 82/1970; CB 83/1970; RW 70/1970; Canada 35/1970)
06 Noises (In My Head)(Deram DM 312)(US b-side, 1970)
07 Julie Do You Love Me? (Deram DM 315)(a-side)(UK 8/1970; Ireland 8/1970)
08 I Need Your Everlasting Love (Deram DM 315)(UK b-side, 1970)
09 Every Little Move She Makes (Deram DM 325)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1971)
10 Carolina’s Comin’ Home (Deram DM 325)(UK b-side, 1971)
11 When You Are A King (Deram DM 333)(a-side)(UK 13/1971; Holland 4/1971)
12 The World Gets Better With Love (Deram DM 333)(UK b-side, 1971)
13 Gonna Miss Her Mississippi (Deram DM 340)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1971)
14 I’ll Go Blind (Deram DM 340)(UK b-side, 1971)
15 I Can’t Stop (Deram DM 348)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1972)
16 Julie Anne (Deram DM 348)(UK b-side, 1972) and later released: (Deram DM 405)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1973)
17 Dad You Saved The World (Deram DM 365)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1972)
18 Beachcomber (Deram DM 365)(UK b-side, 1972)
19 Step Into A Dream (Deram DM 371)(a-side)(UK 21/1973; Ireland 9/1973)
20 Look To See (Deram DM 371)(UK b-side, 1973)
21 Does Anybody Know Where My Baby Is? (Deram DM 388)(uncharted a-side, May 1973)
22 Just For A Change (Deram DM 388)(UK b-side, 1973)
23 Sunny, Honey Girl (version 2)(Deram DM 405)(UK b-side, 1973)
24 Ecstasy (Deram DM 415)(uncharted UK a-side, 1974)
25 A Simple Man (Deram DM 415)(UK b-side, 1974)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the singles by White Plains on Deram label. Yes, every a- and b-sides, charted and uncharted, are included, with many rare gems.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have become my new reference standards.
3 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Phil Hendriks, with many pictures of 45 labels and picture sleeves. The label and number, plus some chart positions, are listed.
4 All the songs are arranged chronologically. This is the correct way to release the singles collection.
5 Disc: 78 minutes. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are still 3 singles not included, but they are on different labels at a later time. Further, there is no more space on the disc. Not their fault. Fortunately, 4 songs are readily available online. I am still missing one song: Plains (b-side to 2 singles).

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although White Plains only had 5 charted singles in UK, I have just compiled a Complete Singles Discography and found that they have 16 singles from 1970 to 1978 (but only 30 songs because two songs were repeated releases). Their labels are (1) Deram (1970 – 1974), (2) Bradleys (1976), and PVK (1976 – 1978)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

White Plains was a studio group from England, featuring Tony Burrows (vocals), who was also with The Brotherhood of Man, Edison Lighthouse, First Class and the Pipkins. All the songs are well recorded and the final sound is excellent. Some of the songs certainly brought back many happy memories from the seventies, the bubblegum era. This set does not replace my original reference My Baby Loves Lovin’ on Deram because there were six tracks from album of the same name in the original CD. If you like pop music from the 70s, this set is recommended, especially for collectors.

I Live for the Sun: Complete Recordings 1968-74
I Live for the Sun: Complete Recordings 1968-74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vanity Fare: Complete Recordings 1966-78 (2 CDs): most complete & comprehensive coverage with many rare gems; great sound!, March 6 2015
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by reputable reissue label RPM, contain 47 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position and album source, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 In The Beginning (by the Sages)(RCA Victor 47-8760)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 I’m Not Going To Cry (by the Sages)(RCA Victor 47-8760)(UK b-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 I Live For The Sun (Page One POF 075)(a-side)(UK 20/1968)
04 On The Other Side Of Life (Page One POF 075)(UK b-side, 1968)
05 (I Remember) Summer Morning (Page One POF 100)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1968); in US (Page One 21,033)(BB 98/1970; AC 22/1970; CB 61/1970; RW 72/1970)*charted in different years in UK & US.
06 Betty Carter (Page One POF 100)(UK b-side, 1968)

From Album The Sun The Wind And Other Things (Page One POLS 010, 1968):
07 Music Music Music
08 In My Lonely Room
09 Lucky Lady Bug
10 Adios Amore
11 I Hear The Trumpets Blow
12 Four Strong Winds
13 Puppet On A String
14 Younger Girl
15 Hey Baby
16 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

17 Highway Of Dreams (Page One POF 117)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1969)
18 Waiting For The Nightfall (Page One POF 117)(UK b-side, 1969)
19 Early In The Morning (Page One POF 142)(a-side)(UK 8/1969; BB 12/1969; AC 4/1969; CB 10/1969; RW 9/1969)*their first big hit.
20 You Made Me Love You (Page One POF 142)(UK b-side, 1969)
21 Hitchin’ A Ride (Page One POF 158)(a-side)(UK 16/1969; BB 5/1970; AC 22/1970; CB 4/1970; RW 3/1970)*their 2nd big charted hit.
22 Man Child (Page One POF 158)(UK b-side, 1969)
23 Come Tomorrow (Page One POF 170)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1970)
24 Megowd (Something Tells Me)(Page One POF 170)(UK b-side, 1970); in US (Page One 21,033)(US b-side, 1970)

DISC 2:
01 Carolina’s Coming Home (Page One POF 180)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1970)
02 On Your Own (Page One POF 180)(UK b-side, 1970)*rare gem.
03 Where Did All The Good Times Go (DJM DJS 234)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1971)*changed label; rare gem.
04 Stand (DJM DJS 234)(UK b-side, 1971)
05 Better By Far (DJM DJS 250)(unhcarted UK a-side, July 1971)
06 Rock ‘n’ Roll Band (DJM DJS 250)(UK b-side, 1971)
07 Our Own Way of Living (DJM DJS 256)(uncharted UK a-side, October 1971)
08 Nowhere To Go (DJM DJS 256)(UK b-side, 1971)
09 The Big Parade (Jam JAM 2)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1972)*rare gem.
10 Angel (Jam JAM 2)(UK b-side, 1972)*rare gem
11 I’m In Love With The World (Philips 6006 237)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1972)
12 At The End of the Pier (Philips 6006 237)(UK b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
13 Rock And Roll Is Back (Philips 6006 261)(uncharted UK a-side, December 1972)
14 Making For The Sun (Philips 6006 261)(UK b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
15 Take It, Shake It, Break My Heart (Philips 6006 304)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1973)
16 Down Home (Philips 6006 304)(UK b-side, 1973)
17 Fast Running Out Of World (Philips 6006 370)(uncharted UK a-side, January 1974)*in other compilations, the title was Fast Running Out Of THE World; however in the original 45, there is no THE.
18 Throw Your Weight Around (Philips 6006 370)(UK b-side, 1974)*rare gem.
19 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore*ultra-rare gem; CD debut.
20 Better By Far (by Trevor Brice)(Route RT 27)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1976)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 At The End of the Pier (by Trevor Brice)(Route RT 27)(UK b-side, 1976)*rare gem; CD debut.
BONUS TRACKS:
22 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Scan YMS 002)(uncharted German a-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Southern Woman (Scan YMS 002)(German b-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all the singles of Vanity Fare, with many rare gems, some making their CD debut. It simply replaces my old reference CD The Best of Vanity Fare on Repertoire Records with 26 tracks in 2004.
2 The inclusion of solo works by lead singer Trevor Brice is appreciated.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have become my new reference standards.
4 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Andy Davis, with many pictures of 45 labels. The label and number are listed.
5 All the songs are arranged chronologically. This is the correct way to release the singles collection.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 67 minutes; Disc 2: 71 minutes. There are 4 songs still missing: (1) Dreamer (Polydor POSP 789)(uncharted UK a-side, April 1986), (2) Win Or Lose (Polydor POSP 789)(UK b-side, 1986), (3) Rain (Farout F 00193) (uncharted UK a-side, 1993), and (4) How Do You Sleep (Farout F 00193)(UK b-side, 1993). Surely, one can fill in the empty spaces with the above 4 missing songs, thus making this compilation even more special.
2 There are no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Vanity Fare only has 3 charted singles in both UK and US, I have done a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 21 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, US, UK & Germany, from 1966 to 1993, but only 40 songs not 42 songs because 2 songs were repeat releases). The labels are (1) RCA Victor (1966), (2) Page One (1968 – 1970), (3) DJM (1971), (4) Jam (1972), (5) Philips (1972 – 1974), (6) Route (1976), (7) Scan (1977), (8) Polydor (1986) and (9) Farout (1993).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

From this compilation, Vanity Fare proves to be more than a 2-Hit Wonder. There are many lovely tunes, with Trevor Brice on lead vocal. Vanity Fare even toured with PJ Proby in 2007. In his spare time, Brice sings second tenor with the City of Bath Male Choir, who reached the final of BBC One's Last Choir Standing. This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Vanity Fare’s career. The sound is excellent. It is highly recommended, espcially for all collectors.

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