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The Complete Columbia Singles Collection by Vic Damone (2001-02-20)
The Complete Columbia Singles Collection by Vic Damone (2001-02-20)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone Complete Columbia Singles Collection (2CDs): 48 songs; complete singles As & Bs; heavenly sound; definitive edition!, April 8 2016
CONTENT:

'The Complete Columbia Singles Collection' by Vic Damone, released by the now defunct Taragon label from US in 2001, is a 2-CD set with 48 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 SURE (Columbia 4-40630)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
02 HELP ME (Columbia 4-40630)(b-side, 1955)
03 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Columbia 4-40654)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1956; UK 1(2)/1956)*from Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" starring Julie Andrews
04 WE ALL NEED LOVE (Columbia 4-40654)(b-side, 1956)
05 TO LOVE AGAIN (Columbia 4-40682)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*based on Chopin E-Flat Nocturne
06 I CRIED FOR YOU (NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO CRY OVER ME)(Columbia 4-40682)(b-side, 1956)
07 WAR AND PEACE (Columbia 4-40733)(a-side, BB Pop 59/1956)*title song from film starring Audrey Hepburn
08 SPEAK, MY LOVE (Columbia 4-40733)(b-side, 1956)
09 ONE LITTLE BOY (Columbia 4-40783)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
10 WHEN MY LOVE SMILES (RIEN NE POURRA CHANGER)(Columbia 4-40783)(b-side, 1956)
11 LONG BEFORE I KNEW YOU (Columbia 4-40807)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
12 YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM (with Camarata)(Columbia 4-40807)(b-side, 1956)
13 DO I LOVE YOU (BECAUSE YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL)(Columbia 4-40858)(a-side, BB Pop 62/1957)
14 THE LEGEND OF THE BELLS (Columbia 4-40858)(b-side, 1957)
15 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (OUR LOVE AFFAIR)(Columbia 4-40945)(a-side, BB Pop 16/1957; UK 29/1957)*from film "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
16 IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD (Columbia 4-40945)(b-side, 1957)
17 GOOD NITE (duet with Jo Stafford)(Columbia 4-40968)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
18 SILENCE IS GOLDEN (duet with Jo Stafford)(Columbia 4-40968)(b-side, 1957)
19 JUNIOR MISS (Columbia 4-41057)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
20 I CAN'T CLOSE THE BOOK (Columbia 4-41057)(b-side, 1957)
21 THE GIFT OF LOVE (Columbia 4-41085)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
22 UNAFRAID (Columbia 4-41085)(b-side, 1957)
23 GIGI (Columbia 4-41122)(a-side, BB Pop 88/1958)*Oscar: Best Song; title song from film starring Leslie Caron
24 LIFE DOES A MAN A FAVOR (Columbia 4-41122)(b-side, 1958)

DISC 2:
01 THE ONLY MAN ON THE ISLAND (Columbia 4-41185)(UK 24/1958)
02 A' TOUJOUR (TILL ALWAYS)(Columbia 4-41185)(b-side, 1958)
03 FOREVER NEW (with the Easy Riders)(Columbia 4-41245)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
04 OOOOH, MY LOVE (Columbia 4-41245)(b-side, 1958)
05 SEPARATE TABLES (Columbia 4-41287)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
06 WE KISS IN A SHADOW (Columbia 4-41287)(b-side, 1958)
07 PENNY SERENADE (Columbia 4-41333)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
08 SAVE A KISS (Columbia 4-41333)(b-side, 1959)
09 A NEW ROMANCE IN OLD ROMA (Columbia 4-41407)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
10 MY HEART HAS MANY DREAMS (Columbia 4-41407)(b-side, 1959)
11 ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (Columbia 4-41510)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
12 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Columbia 4-41510)(b-side, 1959)
13 VERY WARM (Columbia 4-41577)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
14 YOUR SMILE (Columbia 4-41577)(b-side, 1960)
15 CHRISTINE (Columbia 4-41649)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
16 NEVER WILL I MARRY (Columbia 4-41649)(b-side, 1960)
17 NEVER LIKE THIS (Columbia 4-41783)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
18 WHAT FOOLS WE MORTALS BE (Columbia 4-41783)(b-side, 1960)
19 IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU (Columbia 4-41915)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
20 I'LL BE YOUR LOVER (Columbia 4-41915)(b-side, 1960)
21 ADRIFT ON A STAR (Columbia 4-42006)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 THE PLEASURE OF HER COMPANY (Columbia 4-42006)(b-side, 1961)
23 THEME FROM "BY LOVED POSSESSED" (Columbia 4-42041)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
24 IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO (Columbia 4-42041)(b-side, 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set was released in 2001, it remains the BEST compilation covering the singles on Columbia from 1955 to 1961. It represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all his singles, As & Bs, charted & uncharted, sequenced chronologically. This is the correct way to present us with the Complete Singles Collection.
2 Besides complete coverage, the sound is simply heavenly, wonderfully remastered at Taragon Records. All the songs in this set remain my reference standards.
3 There is a fold out 6-page booklet, with an informative essay by Colin Escott. Labels and numbers (both 78s and 45s), chart positions, names of orchestra are all included. Great job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Expensive!

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Vic Damone has 45 charted singles on the pop chart, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 122 singles from 1947 - 1969. His labels are (1) Mercury (1947 – 1955, 71 singles), (2) Columbia (1955 – 1961, 24 singles), (3) Capitol (1961 – 1964, 14 singles), (4) Warner Bros. (1965 – 1966, 5 singles), (6) RCA Victor (1966 – 1969, 7 singles), (7) United Talent (1969, 1 single) and (8) Ember (1969, 1 single).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the 'Best set of pipes in the business.' His fans called themselves 'Vic's Chicks,' later 'D.D.D.S' (Damone's Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

If you are looking for his output on Columbia, look no further. This current set, with complete coverage and heavenly sound, is the definitive edition, and is very highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone Complete Columbia Singles Collection (2CDs): 48 songs; complete singles As & Bs; heavenly sound; definitive edition!, April 8 2016
CONTENT:

“The Complete Columbia Singles Collection” by Vic Damone, released by the now defunct Taragon label from US in 2001, is a 2-CD set with 48 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
01 SURE (Columbia 4-40630)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
02 HELP ME (Columbia 4-40630)(b-side, 1955)
03 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE (Columbia 4-40654)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1956)*from Broadway musical "My Fair Lady" starring Julie Andrews
04 WE ALL NEED LOVE (Columbia 4-40654)(b-side, 1956)
05 TO LOVE AGAIN (Columbia 4-40682)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*based on Chopin E-Flat Nocturne
06 I CRIED FOR YOU (NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO CRY OVER ME)(Columbia 4-40682)(b-side, 1956)
07 WAR AND PEACE (Columbia 4-40733)(a-side, BB Pop 59/1956)*title song from film starring Audrey Hepburn
08 SPEAK, MY LOVE (Columbia 4-40733)(b-side, 1956)
09 ONE LITTLE BOY (Columbia 4-40783)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
10 WHEN MY LOVE SMILES (RIEN NE POURRA CHANGER)(Columbia 4-40783)(b-side, 1956)
11 LONG BEFORE I KNEW YOU (Columbia 4-40807)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
12 YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM (with Camarata)(Columbia 4-40807)(b-side, 1956)
13 DO I LOVE YOU (BECAUSE YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL)(Columbia 4-40858)(a-side, BB Pop 62/1957)
14 THE LEGEND OF THE BELLS (Columbia 4-40858)(b-side, 1957)
15 AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (OUR LOVE AFFAIR)(Columbia 4-40945)(a-side, BB Pop 16/1957)*from film "An Affair to Remember" starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
16 IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD (Columbia 4-40945)(b-side, 1957)
17 GOOD NITE (duet with Jo Stafford)(Columbia 4-40968)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
18 SILENCE IS GOLDEN (duet with Jo Stafford)(Columbia 4-40968)(b-side, 1957)
19 JUNIOR MISS (Columbia 4-41057)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
20 I CAN’T CLOSE THE BOOK (Columbia 4-41057)(b-side, 1957)
21 THE GIFT OF LOVE (Columbia 4-41085)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
22 UNAFRAID (Columbia 4-41085)(b-side, 1957)
23 GIGI (Columbia 4-41122)(a-side, BB Pop 88/1958)*Oscar: Best Song; title song from film starring Leslie Caron
24 LIFE DOES A MAN A FAVOR (Columbia 4-41122)(b-side, 1958)

DISC 2:
01 THE ONLY MAN ON THE ISLAND (Columbia 4-41185)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
02 A’ TOUJOUR (TILL ALWAYS)(Columbia 4-41185)(b-side, 1958)
03 FOREVER NEW (with the Easy Riders)(Columbia 4-41245)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
04 OOOOH, MY LOVE (Columbia 4-41245)(b-side, 1958)
05 SEPARATE TABLES (Columbia 4-41287)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
06 WE KISS IN A SHADOW (Columbia 4-41287)(b-side, 1958)
07 PENNY SERENADE (Columbia 4-41333)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
08 SAVE A KISS (Columbia 4-41333)(b-side, 1959)
09 A NEW ROMANCE IN OLD ROMA (Columbia 4-41407)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
10 MY HEART HAS MANY DREAMS (Columbia 4-41407)(b-side, 1959)
11 ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (Columbia 4-41510)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
12 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (Columbia 4-41510)(b-side, 1959)
13 VERY WARM (Columbia 4-41577)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
14 YOUR SMILE (Columbia 4-41577)(b-side, 1960)
15 CHRISTINE (Columbia 4-41649)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
16 NEVER WILL I MARRY (Columbia 4-41649)(b-side, 1960)
17 NEVER LIKE THIS (Columbia 4-41783)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
18 WHAT FOOLS WE MORTALS BE (Columbia 4-41783)(b-side, 1960)
19 IF EVER I WOULD LEAVE YOU (Columbia 4-41915)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
20 I’LL BE YOUR LOVER (Columbia 4-41915)(b-side, 1960)
21 ADRIFT ON A STAR (Columbia 4-42006)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 THE PLEASURE OF HER COMPANY (Columbia 4-42006)(b-side, 1961)
23 THEME FROM "BY LOVED POSSESSED" (Columbia 4-42041)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
24 IF IT’S THE LAST THING I DO (Columbia 4-42041)(b-side, 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set was released in 2001, it remains the BEST compilation covering the singles on Columbia from 1955 to 1961. It represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all his singles, As & Bs, charted & uncharted, sequenced chronologically. This is the correct way to present us with the Complete Singles Collection.
2 Besides complete coverage, the sound is simply heavenly, wonderfully remastered at Taragon Records. All the songs in this set remain my reference standards.
3 There is a fold out 6-page booklet, with an informative essay by Colin Escott. Labels and numbers (both 78s and 45s), chart positions, names of orchestra are all included. Great job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Expensive now!

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Vic Damone has 37 charted singles while he was on Mercury, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 69 singles from 1947 – 1955! He has only 5 charted singles on Columbia, but his Complete Singles Discography suggests 24 singles, all included in this set. His output on Capitol and Warner is quite neglected.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

If you are looking for his output on Columbia, look no further. This current set, with complete coverage and heavenly sound, is the definitive edition, and is very highly recommended.

Best of the Mercury Years
Best of the Mercury Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone : Best of Vic Damone (1CD): 25 songs on Mercury; definitive greatest hits on Mercury; great sound!, April 8 2016
CONTENT:

“The Best of Vic Damone: The Mercury Years”, released by Mercury label from US in 1996, contains 25 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):

01 I HAVE BUT ONE HEART (“O MARINARIELLO”)(Mercury 5053)(a-side, US 7/1947)
02 YOU DO (Mercury 5056)(a-side, US 7/1947)*from film “Mother Wore Tights”
03 AGAIN (Mercury 5261)(a-side, US 6/1949)*from film “Road House”
04 YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART (Mercury 5271)(a-side, US 1(4)/1949)*based on Italian art song “Mattinata” (‘Tis the Day)
05 THE FOUR WINDS AND THE SEVEN SEAS (Mercury 5271)(b-side, US 16/1949)*double sided hit
06 MY BOLERO (Mercury 5313)(a-side, US 10/1949)
07 WHY WAS I BORN? (Mercury 5326)(a-side, US 20/1949)
08 VAGABOND SHOES (Mercury 5429)(a-side, US 17/1950)
09 TZENA, TZENA, TZENA (Mercury 5454)(a-side, US 6/1950)*adaptation of Israeli popular song
10 JUST SAY I LOVE HER (Mercury 5474)(a-side, US 13/1950)
11 CINCINNATI DANCING PIG (Mercury 5477)(a-side, US 11/1950)
12 MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU (Mercury 5563)(a-side, US 4/1950)*adapted from French folk song “Chanson de Marie Antoinette”
13 MUSIC BY THE ANGELS (Mercury 5563)(b-side, US 18/1950)
14 THE NIGHT IS YOUNG AND YOU’RE SO BEAUTIFUL (Mercury 5566)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
15 MY TRULY, TRULY FAIR (Mercury 5646)(a-side, US 4/1951)
16 LONGING FOR YOU (Mercury 5655)(a-side, US 12/1951)
17 CALLA CALLA (Mercury 5698)(a-side, US 13/1951)
18 HERE IN MY HEART (Mercury 5858)(a-side, US 8/1952)
19 ROSANNE (Mercury 5858)(b-side, US 23/1952)
20 SUGAR (Mercury 70054)(a-side, US 13/1953)
21 APRIL IN PORTGUAL (Mercury 70128)(a-side, US 10/1953)*Portugese song originally published as “Coimbra”
22 ETERNALLY (Mercury 70186)(a-side, US 12/1953)*theme from film “Limelight” composed and starring Charlie Chaplin
23 EBB TIDE (Mercury 70216)(a-side, US 10/1953)
24 THE BREEZE AND I (Mercury 70287)(a-side, US 21/1954)
25 IN MY OWN QUIET WAY (Mercury 70436)(uncharted a-side, 1954)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Even this set was first released in 1996, it remains as the BEST collection of Vic Damone’s greatest hits on Mercury even now in 2016. This is the set with the most charted singles when he was on Mercury. Many of these rare gems are still making their CD debut even in 2016!
2 This compilation was produced by Ron Furmanek and remastered from original mono master tapes. The sound is excellent, and all the songs in this set have become my reference standards.
3 The songs are sequenced chronologically.
4 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Joseph F. Laredo. Label and number, chart position and name of orchestra are all included. Very thorough.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 25 songs. Could have filled up the remaining space with more songs.
2 No pictures of single labels or picture sleeves.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY (MERCURY):

Although Vic Damone has 37 charted singles while he was on Mercury, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 69 singles from 1947 – 1955!!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). His soothing but powerful voice is oh so mesmerizing!

Vic Damone has a large output on Mercury. This set simply represents the best highlights during that era. There is really no complete singles collection on him. Hopefully someday, Bear Family or Acrobat Music will release a complete singles collection. To have more songs from Mercury, I would also recommend “Eternally” (Jasmine, 2CDs, 2006, 55 songs) and “Vic Damone Sings Romantic Favourties” (Sepia, 1CD, 2003, 25 songs).

If you are looking for his Columbia output, I would very highly recommend “The Complete Columbia Singles Collection” (Taragon, 2CDs, 2001, 48 songs with heavenly sound). His singles output on Capitol and Warner is still neglected.

This set is highly recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

Sensational
Sensational
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Shapiro Sensational (1CD): 24 rare gems, many making CD debut; not found in her box set; great sound; more for collectors!, April 7 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Uncollected Helen Shapiro: Sensational”, released by RPM from UK in 1995, contains 24 wonderful rare gems. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(UK EP=UK EP Chart)

01 A TEENAGER SINGS THE BLUES*from EP “A Teenager Sings The Blues” (Columbia SEG 8170)(UK EP 15(2)/1962)
02 BLUES IN THE NIGHT*from EP “A Teenager Sings The Blues” (Columbia SEG 8170)(UK EP 15(2)/1962)
03 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT*from EP “Tops With Me No. 2” (Columbia SEG 8243)(1963)
04 TEARAWAY JOHNNY*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
05 WITHOUT YOU LOVE*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
06 AREN’T YOU THE LUCKY ONE*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
07 EVERY ONE BUT THE RIGHT ONE*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
08 IT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
09 LOOKIN’ FOR MY HEART*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
10 BASIN STREET BLUES*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
11 YOU MUST BE READIN’ MY MIND*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
12 TIL I HEAR THE TRUTH FROM YOU*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
13 SENSATIONAL*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
14 EASY COME EASY GO*from album “Helen’s Sixteen” (Columbia 33SX 1484)(1963)
15 REMEMBER ME*from album “Helen Hits Out” (Columbia 33SX 1661)(1964)
16 THE END OF THE WORLD*from album “Helen Hits Out” (Columbia 33SX 1661)(1964)
17 IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER*from album “Helen Hits Out” (Columbia 33SX 1661)(1964)
18 HERE IN YOUR ARMS (Columbia DB 7587)(uncharted UK a-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
19 ONLY ONCE (Columbia DB 7587)(UK b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
20 JUST A LINE (Columbia DB 7690)(UK b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut
21 FORGET ABOUT THE BAD THINGS (Columbia DB 7810)(uncharted UK a-side, 1966)
22 WAIT A LITTLE LONGER (Columbia DB 7810)(b-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
23 IN MY CALENDER (Columbia DB 8073)(uncharted UK a-side, 1966)
24 EMPTY HOUSE (Columbia DB 8073)(UK b-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is truly the uncollected rare gems, with many making their CD debut. Many of the songs are not found in the “Ultimate Helen Shapiro” (Columbia, 3CDs, 2011, 90 songs).
2 Besides rare b-sides, the missing tracks from “Helen’s Sixteen” album in “Ultimate Helen Shapiro” are found in this set, thus completing the entire album.
3 The songs are sequence chronologically.
4 The sound is very well remastered.
5 There is a nice fold-out booklet with lots of essays and pictures.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No label and number, and names of source EPs or LPs are found in the song listing.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When I was a teenager, I was simply captured by the raw sound of Helen Shapiro, with her mega-hits “You Don’t Know” and Walkin’ Back To Happiness.” It is unfortunate that materials after Helen left EMI, from 1978 to 2010, on various labels such as Decca, Oval, Calligraph, Katalyst, etc, are currently not readily available on CDs. Helen Shapiro is still the youngest female artist to top the charts, and at the end of 2002, she officially retired from show business after 42 years of touring. That she has had such longevity as an artists is a testament to her prodigious talent.

This current set is full of rare gems and is truly “Sensational” but it is more for collectors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Freshmen Capitol Collectors Series (1CD): 21 songs; top-rated sound from original master tapes; definitive Greatest Hits!, April 6 2016
CONTENT:

“Capitol Collectors Series” by the Four Freshmen, released by Capitol from US in 1991, contains 21 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

01 IT’S A BLUE WORLD (Capitol F2152)(a-side, US 30/1952/1952)*mono
02 THE DAY ISN’T LONG ENOUGH (Capitol F2286)(b-side, 1952)*mono
03 POINCIANA (SONG OF THE TREE)(Capitol F2398)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*mono
04 IT HAPPENED ONCE BEFORE (Capitol F2564)(a-side, US 29/1953)*mono
05 PLEASE REMEMBER (Capitol F2832)(b-side, 1954)*mono
06 WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN (Capitol F2898)(uncharted a-side, 1954)*mono
07 MOOD INDIGO (Capitol F2961)(a-side, US 24/1954)*mono
08 IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME (Capitol F3070)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*mono
09 DAY BY DAY (Capitol F3154)(a-side, BB Pop 72/1955)*mono
10 HOW CAN I TELL HER (Capitol F3154)(b-side, 1955)*mono
11 CHARMAINE (Capitol F3292)(a-side, BB Pop 69/1955)*mono
12 IN THIS WHOLE WIDE WORLD (Capitol F3292)(b-side, 1955)*mono
13 ANGEL EYES (Capitol F3359)(b-side, 1956)*mono
14 LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (Capitol F3359)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*mono
15 GRADUATION DAY (Capitol F3410)(a-side, BB Pop 17/1956)*mono
16 WHISTLE ME SOME BLUES (Capitol F3930)(b-side, 1958)*mono
17 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU*from album “Voices in Love” (Capitol ST-1074)(BB200 11/1958); stereo
18 CANDY (Capitol F4341)(b-side, 1960)*stereo
19 (GET YOUR KICKS ON) ROUTE 66 (Capitol F4341)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*stereo
20 THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF SPRING*from album “The Freshmen Year” (Capitol St-1485)(1961)*stereo
21 AND SO IT’S OVER*previously unreleased; stereo

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set was released in 1991, even now in 2016, it still remains my current reference. I wish someday, a Complete Singles Collection is released on the Four Freshmen, As & Bs, charted & uncharted.
2 This collection was produced by Ron Furmanek and the sound was wonderfully remastered by Bob Norberg using original master tapes.
3 The songs are sequenced chronologically.
4 There is a 16-page booklet, with liner notes by Bob Shea. Label & number, plus chart position, were provided.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 21 songs. It was probably acceptable standards in 1991.
2 In the booklet, there are 2 pages of beautiful album covers, posters and singles labels, but they are overlapping each other.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Four Freshmen consisted by brothers Ross and Don Barbour, their cousin Bob Flanigan and Ken Albers. All these original members have passed away. During its long history, The Four Freshmen had twenty-four distinct line-ups among twenty-five different members!

If you are collecting their albums, I would highly recommend “7 Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music, 4CDs, 2016). Personally, I find the Four Freshmen excel in their albums. There are many twofers on Collectors’ Choice, but they are usually very expensive. The ultimate is of course the 9CD box set “Complete Capitol Fifties Sessions.”

If you are looking for a single Greatest Hits, this set with fantastic sound is the definitive edition, and is very highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Freshmen 7 Classic Albums (4CDs): 7 complete popular charted albums in one single set with reasonable price & good sound!, April 6 2016
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CONTENT:

“7 Classic Albums” by the Four Freshmen, released by reputable reissue label Real Gone Music from UK in 2016, contains 4 CDs with 7 complete albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
LP “VOICES IN MODERN” (Capitol T 522)(1955):
01 After You
02 Over the Rainbow
03 My Heart Stool Still (Capitol F2898)(b-side, 1954)
04 The Nearness of You
05 Holiday (Capitol F2564)(b-side, 1953)
06 Stormy Weather (Capitol F2286)(uncharted a-side, 1952)
07 Street of London
08 We’ll Be Together Again (Capitol F2898)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
09 Circus
10 Mood Indigo (Capitol F2961)(a-side, US 24/1954)
11 It Happened Once Before (Capitol F2564)(a-side, US 29/1953)
12 It’s A Blue World (Capitol F2152)(a-side, US 30/1952/1952)
LP “FOUR FRESHMEN & FIVE TROMBONES” (Capitol T 683)(BB200 6/1956):
13 Angel Eyes (Capitol F3359)(b-side, 1956)
14 Love Is Just Around the Corner (Capitol F3359)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
15 Mam’selle
16 Speak Low
17 The Last Time I Saw Paris
18 Somebody Loves Me
19 You Stepped Out of a Dream
20 I Remember You
21 Love
22 Our Love Is Here to Stay
23 You Made Me Love You
24 Guilty

DISC 2:
LP “FRESHMEN FAVORITES” (Capitol T 743)(BB200 11/1956):
01 Day by Day (Capitol F3154)(a-side, BB Pop 72/1955)
02 It Never Occurred to Me (Capitol F3070)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
03 Graduation Day (Capitol F3410)(a-side, BB Pop 17/1956)
04 Poinciana (Song of the Tree)(Capitol F2398)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
05 Love Turns Winter to Spring (Capitol F2961)(b-side, 1954)
06 The Day Isn’t Long Enough (Capitol F2286)(b-side, 1952)
07 In This Whole Wide World (Capitol F3292)(b-side, 1955)
08 Charmaine (Capitol F3292)(a-side, BB Pop 69/1955)
09 Lonely Night in Paris (Capitol F3410)(b-side, 1956)
10 Seems Like Old Times (Capitol F2745)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
11 Now You Know (Capitol F1377)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
12 How Can I Tell Her? (Capitol F3154)(b-side, 1955)
LP “4 FRESHMEN & 5 TRUMPETS” (Capitol T 763)(BB200 9/1957):
13 Easy Street
14 Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Capitol CL 14731)(UK b-side, 1957)
15 Laughing On the Outside (Crying On the Inside)
16 After You’ve Gone
17 Good-Bye
18 There Will Never Be Another You
19 Got A Date with an Angel
20 Something In The Wind
21 Someone Like You
22 The Night We Called It A Day
23 Give Me the Simple Life
24 Good Night Sweetheart

DISC 3:
LP “FOUR FRESHMEN AND FIVE SAXES” (Capitol T 844)(BB200 25/1957):
01 Liza
02 You’ve Got Me Crying Again
03 This Can’t Be Love
04 The Very Thought of You
05 East of the Sun
06 I May Be Wrong
07 There’s No One But You
08 Sometimes I’m Happy (Capitol F3779)(b-side, 1957)
09 For All We Know
10 Lullaby in Rhythm
11 This Love of Mine
12 I Get Along Without You Very Well
LP “VOICES IN LATIN” (Capitol T 922)(1958):
13 Frenesi
14 If I Should Lose You
15 Granada (Capitol F3832)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
16 Yesterdays
17 Tangerine
18 What’s New

DISC 4:
LP “VOICES IN LATIN” (Capitol T 922)(1958)(contd):
01 Brazil
02 Chelsea Bridge
03 Mine
04 Star Eyes
05 The Breeze and I
06 Again
LP “THE FOUR FRESHMEN IN PERSON” (Capitol ST 1008)(BB200 17/1958):
07 Somebody Loves Me
08 In This Whole Wide World
09 Holiday
10 Sweet Lorraine
11 You’ve Got Me Cryin’
12 My Heart Stood Still
13 Old Folks
14 Day by Day
15 Malaya
16 Indian Summer
17 Them There Eyes
18 Circus
19 It’s A Blue World
20 Mr. B’s Blues

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is an excellent way to collect 7 popular albums by the Four Freshmen in one single set. This set certainly bested the earlier Jasmine release “Graduation Day: Four Complete Albums.” To purchase them separately will definitely be more expensive.
2 As noted above, there are many charted and uncharted singles included within the 7 albums. All the charted singles a-sides are included. This is also a good way to collect their uncharted singles.
3 The sound is very well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I always get suspicious when Real Gone Music released SEVEN Classic Albums instead of eight. I am sure it is not from a lack of space. I feel kind of being cheated.
2 Even if you only give us 7 albums, at least you can fill up the remaining space with bonus singles, as you have done many times before. Why not now?
3 Of course with the tradition of Real Gone Music (UK), there are no pictures of album covers. This is something I really miss. Many of those album covers are beautiful and will surely bring back many happy memories.
4 As with most reissue labels in UK, the compilation stops in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Four Freshmen consisted by brothers Ross and Don Barbour, their cousin Bob Flanigan and Ken Albers. All these original members have passed away. During its long history, The Four Freshmen had twenty-four distinct line-ups among twenty-five different members!

If you are collecting their singles, the most popular set is “Capitol Collectors Series” (Capitol, 1991, 1CD, 21 songs). Personally, I find the Four Freshmen really excel in their albums. There are many twofers on Collectors’ Choice, but they are usually very expensive. The ultimate is of course the 9CD box set “Complete Capitol Fifties Sessions.” This current set, with great sound and reasonable price, is highly recommended.

Pye International Story 1958
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pye International Story 1958-1962 (4CDs): 100 songs; great variety & good balance between pop hits & rare gems; good sound!, April 5 2016
INTRODUCTION:

One Day Day from UK has released over 100 sets on various labels, either 2-CD or 3-CD sets. Now in 2016, Real Gone Music (UK) has now started its own label series, with 4 CDs. So far, four different sets are released: Swan, Cadence, Pye International and Imperial. Swan set is excellent. But, please be aware that in the case of Cadence, it was stuffed with songs by popular artists like Chordettes, Andy Williams etc. with very few rare gems. I did not find out until I have bought it, because there was no song listing on Amazon. After being burned once, I make it my mission to make a detailed song listing for all of you so that you can decide for yourself whether the set is worthy of your purchase. Because the song listing is rather long, I would leave that to the end, in order not to waste your time reading through.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic collection with many rare gems, making CD debut. This is a collector’s dreams come true. There is great variety, with a balance between popular artists (to sell the CD) and rare gems.
2 The songs are sequenced, more or less, chronologically according to label number (not provided in the set; I have to look them up)
3 The sound is well remastered
4 The 4 CDs are housed in a sturdy gatefold cardboard cases.
5 100 songs. Good value! In the case of One Day Music’s release “Let Me In: The Pye International Story”, it was a 3CD set with only 60 songs. There are 31 songs in that set not present in the current set. They are quite complementary to each other.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is a slight too much emphasis on James Darren and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.
2 Unlike the One Day Music set where the label number was listed, no label number is provided here.
3 There is no booklet, no essay and no chart position.
4 Like most reissue UK labels, compilation stops in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws. There is still a long story after 1962.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is definitely much more superior than the Cadence set. There are many rare gems, with great sound. This set is highly recommended, but more for collectors.

PS As noted above, I purposely leave the song listing to the end because of its length. If you want to know how fantastic this set is, please read on (BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 COME ON, LET’S GO – Ritchie Valens (Pye International 7N 25000)(a-side, BB Pop 42/1958)*rare gem
02 GHOST SATELLITE – Bob & Jerry (Pye International 7N 25003)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*rare gem
03 TELL HIM NO – Travis & Bob (Pye International 7N 25018)(a-side, BB Pop 8/1959)
04 SHAKIN’ AND STOMPIN’ – The Hot Toddy’s (Pye International 7N 25020)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem
05 JAMAICAN FAREWELL – Nina & Frederick (Pye International 7N 25021)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*rare gem; Baroness Nina & Baron Frederick von Pallandt; their biggest hit “Little Donkey” (UK 3/1960)
06 SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – The Tempos (Pye International 7N 25026)(a-side, BB Pop 23/1959)*pop group from Pittsburgh
07 CHILLY WINDS DON’T BLOW – Nina Simone (Pye International 7N 25029)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*rare gem
08 ANGEL FACE – Jimmy Darren (Pye International 7N 25034)(a-side, BB Pop 47/1959)*his second single after “Gidget”; changed name to James Darren after
09 SLEEPWALK – Santo & Johnny (Pye International 7N 25037)(a-side, BB Pop 1(2)/1959; UK 22/1959)
10 A LOVER’S PRAYER – Dion & the Belmonts (Pye International 7N 25038)(b-side, BB Pop 73/1959)
11 UH! OH! (PART 1) – The Nutty Squirrels (Pye International 7N 25044)(b-side, BB Pop 45/1959)*rare gem; CD debut; a-side “Part 2” more readily available; in UK, Part 1 was the a-side.
12 FOREVER – The Little Dippers (Pye International 7N 25052)(a-side, BB Pop 9/1960)
13 DOWN BY THE RIVER – The Georgettes (Pye International 7N 25058)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
14 BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUNG – James Darren (Pye International 7N 25059)(UK a-side, UK 29/1960)
15 I SHOT MR. LEE – The Bobbettes (Pye International 7N 25060)(a-side, BB Pop 52/1960)
16 PINEAPPLE PRINCESS – Annette, with the Afterbeats (Pye International 7N 25061)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1960)
17 PEPE – Shirley Jones (Pye International 7N 25067)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; in the past, I bought the “Pepe” soundtrack to get this song!
18 BLUE MOON – The Marcels (Pye International 7N 25073)(a-side, BB Pop 1(3)/1961; UK 1(2)/1961)*great feat: No. 1 in both US & UK
19 PONY TIME – Don Covay & the Goodtimers (Pye International 7N 25075)(a-side, BB Pop 60/1961)*rare gem
20 THE GHOUL FRIEND – The Ravens Rock Group (Pye International 7N 25077)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
21 CAREER GIRL – The Ravens Rock Group (Pye International 7N 25077)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
22 BUT I DO – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25078)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1961)
23 AT LAST – Etta James (Pye International 7N 25079)(a-side, BB Pop 47/1961)
24 TRUST IN ME – Etta James (Pye International 7N 20580)(a-side, BB Pop 30/1961)
25 YOU’RE A LIVING DOLL – Bobby Bond (Pye International 7N 25081)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut

DISC 2:
01 MAN IN SPACE – The Vigilantes (Pye International 7N 25082)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
02 ECLIPSE – The Vigilantes (Pye International 7N 25082)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
03 SUMMERTIME – The Marcels (Pye International 7N 25083)(a-side, BB Pop 78/1961; UK 46/1961)
04 RAMA LAMA DING DONG – The Edsels (Pye International 7N 25086)(a-side, BB Pop 21/1961
05 BELLS – The Edsels (Pye International 7N 25086)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
06 THE GUNS OF NAVARONE – Joe Reisman & His Orchestra (Pye International 7N 25087)(a-side, BB Pop 74/1961)*I was hoping the rare b-side “Yassu” is also released, but not to be
07 PEANUT BUTTER – The Marathons (Pye International 7N 25088)(a-side, BB Pop 20/1961)*actually recorded by the Vibrations under Chess label, but US Arvee label released it as by the Marathons. Lawsuit followed.
08 YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25089)(a-side, BB Pop 12/1961)
09 DADDY’S HOME – Shep & the Limelites (Pye International 7N 25090)(a-side, BB Pop 2(1)/1961)
10 I’LL CLOSE MY EYES – The Skyliners (Pye International 7N 25091)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
11 THE DOOR IS STILL OPEN TO MY HEART – The Skyliners (Pye International 7N 20591)(b-side, 1961)
12 QUITE A PARTY – The Fireballs (Pye International 7N 25092)(a-side, BB Pop 27/1961)
13 GUNSHOT – The Fireballs (Pye International 7N 25092)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem
14 TRIANGLE – Janie Grant (Pye International 7N 25093)(a-side, BB Pop 29/1961)
15 EL SCORPION – The Sherwoods (Pye International 7N 25097)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
16 TELL ME WHY – The Belmonts (Pye International 7N 25094)(a-side, BB Pop 18/1961)*song out of sequence for label number
17 BABY BABY – Davy Jones (Pye International 7N 25095)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem
18 BOBBY – Neil Scott (Pye International 7N 25096)(a-side, BB Pop 58/1961)
19 RAININ’ IN MY HEART – Slim Harpo (Pye International 7N 25098)(a-side, BB Pop 34/1961)*rare gem; CD debut
20 DON’T START CRYIN’ NOW – Slim Harpo (Pye International 7N 25098)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
21 I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU – Chuck Berry (Pye International 7N 25100)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 LITTLE STAR – Chuck Berry (Pye International 7N 25100)(b-side, 1961)
23 DOWN IN THE BOTTOM – Howlin’ Wolf (Pye International 7N 25101)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem
24 LITTLE BABY – Howlin’ Wolf (Pye International 7N 25101)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem
25 BROTHER IN LAW (HE’S A MOOCHER) – Paul Peek (Pye International 7N 25102)(a-side, BB Pop 84/1961)*rare gem; CD debut

DISC 3:
01 THROUGH THE TEENAGE YEARS – Paul Peek (Pye International 7N 25102)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
02 KNEE SOCKS – The Ideals (Pye International 7N 25103)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut; from Chicago; their only charted hit “The Gorilla” (BB Pop 127/1963)
03 AFTER MARRIAGE BLUES – Tiny Topsy (Pye International 7N 25104)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
04 WORKING ON ME BABY – Tiny Topsy (Pye International 7N 25104)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
05 YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE – The Marcels (Pye International 7N 25105)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
06 THE WATUSI – The Vibrations (Pye International 7N 25107)(a-side, BB Pop 25/1961)*tune is similar to Hank Ballard & The Midnighters’ “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go”
07 LONELY STREET – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25108)(a-side, BB Pop 57/1961)
08 MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC – The Sensations, featuring Yvonne (Pye International 7N 25110)(a-side, BB Pop 54/1961)
09 THEME FROM “COME SEPTEMBER” – Santo & Johnny (Pye International 7N 25111)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
10 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Shep & the Limelites (Pye International 7N 25112)(a-side, BB Pop 42/1961)
11 DREAM – Etta James (Pye International 7N 25113)(b-side, BB Pop 55/1961)
12 HEARTACHES – The Marcels (Pye International 7N 25114)(a-side, BB Pop 7/1961)
13 STANDING IN THE NEED OF LOVE – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25115)(b-side, BB Pop 109/1961)
14 GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD – James Darren (Pye International 7N 25116)(a-side, BB Pop 3(2)/1961; UK 28/1961)
15 THAT SOMEONE SHOULD BE ME – Johnny Rivers (Pye International 7N 25118)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem
16 A THOUSAND FEET BELOW – Terry Tyler (Pye International 7N 25119)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
17 BLUES MARCH – Benny Golson & Art Farmer (Pye International 7N 25120)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
18 SERENATA – Benny Golson & Art Farmer (Pye International 7N 25120)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut
19 A LITTLE TOO MUCH – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25123)(a-side, BB Pop 77/1962)
20 HER ROYAL MAJESTY – James Darren (Pye International 7N 25125)(a-side, BB Pop 6/1962; UK 36/1962)
21 IF I COULD ONLY TELL YOU – James Darren (Pye International 7N 25125)(b-side, 1962)
22 LET ME IN – The Sensations (Pye International 7N 25128)(a-side, BB Pop 4/1962)*their biggest hit
23 YOU ARE MINE – Frankie Avalon (Pye International 7N 25130)(a-side, BB Pop 26/1962)
24 PONCHINELLO – Frankie Avalon (Pye International 7N 25130)(b-side, 1962)
25 JOHNNY ANGEL – Shelley Fabares (Pye International 7N 25132)(a-side, BB Pop 1(2)/1962; UK 41/1962)

DISC 4:
01 THIS HEART OF MINE – Joey Cooper (Pye International 7N 25136)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
02 I’M A FOOL – Joey Cooper (Pye International 7N 25136)(b-side, 1962)
03 RUN ROMANCE RUN – Bruce Channel (Pye International 7N 25137)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
04 CONSCIENCE – James Darren (Pye International 7N 25138)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1962; UK 30/1962)
05 I WISH THAT WE WERE MARRIED – Ronnie & The Hi-Lites (Pye International 7N 25140)(a-side, BB Pop 16/1962)
06 DREAM MYSELF A SWEETHEART – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25141)(a-side, BB Pop 112/1962)
07 CINDY’S BIRTHDAY – Johnny Crawford (Pye International 7N 25145)(a-side, BB Pop 8/1962)
08 PATTI ANN – Johnny Crawford (Pye International 7N 145)(b-side, 1962)*in US, this was a-side (BB Pop 43/1962)
09 NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS – Linda Scott (Pye International 7N 25146)(a-side, BB Pop 56/1962)
10 THAT GREASY KID STUFF – Janie Grant (Pye International 7N 25148)(a-side, BB Pop 74/1962)
11 JOHNNY LOVES ME – Shelley Fabares (Pye International 7N 25151)(a-side, BB Pop 21/1962)
12 BONGO STOMP – Little Joey & The Flips (Pye International 7N 25152)(a-side, BB Pop 33/1962)
13 LOST LOVE – Little Joey & The Flips (Pye International 7N 25152)(b-side, 1962)
14 PARTY LIGHTS – Claudine Clark (Pye International 7N 25157)(a-side, BB Pop 5/1962)
15 I WANNA THANK YOUR FOLKS – Johnny Burnette (Pye International 7N 25158)(a-side, BB Pop 117/1962)
16 THE GIANT – Johnny Burnette (Pye International 7N 25158)(b-side, 1962)
17 RINKY DINK – Dave “Baby” Cortez (Pye International 7N 25159)(a-side, BB Pop 10/1962)
18 DANCIN’ PARTY – Chubby Checker (Pye International 7N 25160)(a-side, BB Pop 12/1962)
19 ONLY FOREVER – Jamie Horton (Pye International 7N 25167)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut; her only charted single “My Little Marine” (BB Pop 84/1960); label number out of sequence here
20 STOP THE WEDDING – Etta James (Pye International 7N 25162)(a-side, BB Pop 34/1962)
21 LOLLIPOS AND ROSES – Paul Petersen (Pye International 7N 25163)(a-side, BB Pop 54/1962)
22 REAP WHAT YOU SOW – Billy Stewart (Pye International 7N 25164)(a-side, BB Pop 79/1962)*rare gem; his biggest hit “Summertime” (BB Pop 10/1966)
23 FAT BOY – Billy Stewart (Pye International 7N 25164)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut; his nickname was “Fat Boy”
24 YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER – Bo Diddley (Pye International 7N 25165)(a-side, 48/1962)
25 COME ON AND DANCE – Clarence “Frogman” Henry (Pye International 7N 25169)(b-side, 1962)

I make it my mission to provide all you readers with complete song listing, so that you can decide for yourself to make a wise purchasing decision. It is the usual practice of Amazon NOT to provide song listing for Real Gone Music box sets. I hope the above information is helpful to you.

7 Classic Albums -Digi- by Vic Damone
7 Classic Albums -Digi- by Vic Damone

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vic Damone 7 Classic Albums (4CDs): 7 glorious Vic Damone albums in one set; 84 songs; a few rare singles; good sound!, April 5 2016
CONTENT:

“7 Classic Albums” by Vic Damone, as part of the “Classic Albums series” by Real Gone Music (UK), released in 2016, is a 4-CD set with 7 complete albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, year of release):

DISC 1:
LP “THIS GAME OF LOVE” (Columbia CS 1368)(1959):
01 Alone Together
02 My Romance
03 Ain’t Misbehavin’
04 But Beautiful
05 The End of a Love Affair
06 The Things We Did Last Summer
07 Am I Blue
08 I’ll Be Around
09 It’s a Lonesome Old Town
10 Me and My Shadow
11 I Like the Likes of You
12 A Fellow Needs A Girl
LP “CLOSER THAN A KISS” (Columbia CL 1174)(1959):
13 Closer Than A Kiss
14 Out of Nowhere
15 I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
16 We Kiss in a Shadow (Columbia 4-41287)(b-side, 1958)*a-side “Separate Tables”
17 Cuddle Up A Little Closer
18 A Toujours (Till Always)(Columbia 4-41185)(uncharted a-side, 1958)*b-side “The Only Man on the Island”
19 You and the Night and the Music
20 Prelude to a Kiss
21 How Deep Is The Ocean
22 Day by Day
23 As Time Goes By
24 Close as Pages in a Book

DISC 2:
LP “ANGELA MIA” (Columbia CL 1088)(1957):
01 Angela Mia
02 Tell Me You’re Mine
03 Arrivederci, Roma (Coronet KS-250)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
04 Just Say I Love Her
05 Non Dimenticar
06 ‘O Sole Mio
07 You’re Breaking My Heart
08 Serenade In the Night
09 Luna Rosa
10 I Have But One Heart
11 Anema e core
12 Tell Me That You Love Me
LP “ON THE SWINGIN’ SIDE” (Columbia CL 1573)(1960):
13 Falling in Love with Love
14 It’s All Right With Me
15 When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
16 Cry Me A River
17 Home
18 Swingin’ Down The Lane
19 I Cried For You (Now It’s Your Turn to Cry For Me)
20 Speak Low
21 It’s A Wonderful World
22 Girl of my Dreams
23 Deep Purple
24 Toot, Toot, Tootsie! Goodbye!

DISC 3:
LP “THE LIVELY ONES” (Capitol T-1748)(1962):
01 Charmaine (Capitol 4827)(b-side, 1958)*a-side is “What Kind of Fool Am I”
02 Cherokee
03 Laura
04 Diane (Capitol 2-1748)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
05 Nina Never Knew (Capitol 2-1748)(b-side, 1962)
06 The Lively Ones
07 Maria
08 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
09 Ruby
10 Dear Beloved
11 I Want A Little Girl (Capitol 5-1748)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
12 Little Girl (Capitol 5-1748)(b-side, 1962)
LP “STRANGE ENCHANTMENT” (Capitol T-1691)(1962):
13 Strange Enchantment
14 Hawaiian Wedding Song
15 Shangri-La
16 Humming Waters
17 Poinciana (Song of the Tree)
18 Flamingo (Capitol PRO 2012)(uncharted a-side, 1962)

DISC 4:
LP “STRANGE ENCHANTMENT” (Capitol T-1691)(1962)(contd):
01 Beyond the Reef
02 You’re Lovable
03 The Moon of Manakoora
04 Baili Ha’i
05 Forevermore
06 Ebb Tide (Capitol PRO 2012)(b-side, 1962) and (Capitol 4756)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
LP “LINGER AWHILE WITH VIC DAMONE” (Capitol T-1646)(1962):
07 Linger Awhile
08 Close Your Eyes
09 Stella by Starlight
10 Change Partners
11 After the Light Go Down
12 Let’s Face the Music and Dance
13 Soft Lights and Sweet Music
14 Deep Night
15 One Love
16 There! I Said It Again
17 When the Lights Are Low
18 In The Still of the Night

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic way to collect 7 Vic Damone albums in one single set. All the above albums are available as twofers on EMI or Collectables, and to buy them separately will cost you much more money. Great bargain here.
2 Besides great album tracks, as noted above, there are also many rare singles too.
3 The sound is well remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I always get suspicious when Real Gone Music released SEVEN Classic Albums instead of eight. I am sure it is not from a lack of space. I feel kind of being cheated.
2 Even if you give us 7 albums, at least you can fill up the remaining space with bonus singles, as you have done many times before. Why not now?
3 Of course with the tradition of Real Gone Music (UK), there are no pictures of album covers. This is something I really miss. Many of those album covers are beautiful and will surely bring back many happy memories.
4 As with most reissue labels in UK, the compilation stops in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Vic Damone was born Vito Farinola on June 12, 1926 in Brookly, New York. If you are looking for his singles collection, I would very highly recommend “The Complete Columbia Singles Collection” (Taragon, 2CDs, 2001, 48 songs with heavenly sound) and also “The Best of Vic Damone: the Mercury Years” (Mercury, 1CD, 1996, 25 songs). His singles output on Capitol and Warner is still neglected.

Frank Sinatra said that Vic Damone had the “Best set of pipes in the business.” His fans called themselves “Vic’s Chicks,” later “D.D.D.S” (Damone’s Devoted Debutantes). This set is highly recommended to all Vic Damone fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alma Cogan Essential Collection (2CD): 61 songs; many rare gems; good sound; very good Greatest Hits collection!, April 5 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Essential Collection” by Alma Cogan, released by Avid Group from UK in 2007, is a 2 CD set with 61 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 WOULD YOU (HMV B 10280)(b-side, May 1952)*a-side “To Be Worthy Of You” – her first single
02 THE HOMING WALTZ (duet with Larry Day)(HMV B 10307)(b-side, July 1952)
03 HALF AS MUCH (cover of Rosemary Clooney)(HMV B 10338)(uncharted a-side, August 1952)
04 WALTZ OF PAREE (HMV B 10319)(uncharted a-side, August 1952)
05 BLUE TANGO (HMV B 10338)(b-side, August 1952)*a-side “Half As Much” track #3
06 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING (cover of Patti Page)(HMV B 10344)(uncharted a-side, October 1952)
07 TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND HOLD ME (HMV B 10370)(uncharted a-side, November 1952)
08 WYOMING LULLABY (HMV B 10370)(b-side, November 1952)*rare gem; CD debut
09 TILL I WALTZ AGAIN WITH YOU (cover of Teresa Brewer)(HMV B 10449)(uncharted a-side, March 1953)
10 HAPPY VALLEY SWEETHEART (HMV B 10449)(b-side, March 1953)
11 ON THE FIRST WARM DAY (duet with Les Howard)(HMV B 10464)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)*b-side belonged to Les Howard solo
12 IF I HAD A PENNY (HMV B 10460)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)
13 HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME (cover of Karen Chandler)(HMV B 10460)(b-side, April 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
14 HUG ME A HUG (KISS ME A KISS)(duet with Les Howard)(HMV B 10505)(b-side, June 1953)
15 IF I HAD A GOLDEN UMBRELLA (HMV B 10530)(uncharted a-side, September 1953)*during recording this song, she broke into a giggle, and then played up the effect on later recordings. She was later dubbed the "Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice"
16 MYSTERY STREET (HMV B 10530)(b-side, September 1953)*rare gem
17 SITTIN' IN THE SUN (with Ken MackIntosh Orchestra)(BD 1294)(uncharted a-side, September 1953)*rare gem
18 WASTED TEARS (HMV B 10590)(b-side, November 1953)*rare gem
19 ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL (MMM…)(duet with Les Howard)(HMV B 10601)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)*rare gem
20 RICOCHET (RICK-O-SHAY)(cover of Teresa Brewer)(HMV B 10615)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)
21 BELL BOTTOM BLUES (cover of Teresa Brewer)(HMV B 10653)(a-side)(UK 4/March 1954)*her first charted single
22 LOVE ME AGAIN (HMV B 10653)(b-side, March 1954)
23 MAKE LOVE TO ME (cover of Jo Stafford)(HMV B 10677)(uncharted a-side, April 1954)
24 THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER (cover of Gaylords)(HMV B 10698)(uncharted a-side, May 1954)
25 JILTED (with Frankie Vaughan)(cover of Teresa Brewer)(HMV B 10712)(uncharted a-side, June 1954)*rare gem
26 CANOODLIN’ RAG (HMV B 10717)(b-side, July 1954)*rare gem; CD debut
27 LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT (cover of Kitty Kallen)(HMV B 10717)(a-side)(UK 11/July 1954)
28 I CAN'T TELL A WALTZ FROM A TANGO (cover of Patti Page)(HMV B 10786)(a-side)(UK 6/December 1954)
29 THIS OLE HOUSE (cover of Rosemary Clooney)(HMV B 10761)(uncharted a-side, November 1954)

DISC 2:
01 SOFTLY, SOFTLY (cover of Ruby Murray)(HMV B 10828)(b-side, February 1955)
02 MAMBO ITALIANO (cover of Rosemary Clooney)(HMV B 10832)(uncharted a-side, February 1955)
03 PAPER KISSES (HMV B 10828)(uncharted a-side, February 1955)
04 THE NAUGHTY LADY OF SHADY LANE (cover of Ames Brothers)(HMV B 10832)(b-side, February 1955)
05 TWEEDLE DEE (cover of Laverne Baker)(HMV B 10848)(uncharted a-side, March 1955)
06 MORE THAN EVER NOW (HMV B 10848)(b-side, March 1955)*rare gem
07 TIKA TIKA TOK (HMV B 10862)(uncharted a-side, April 1955)
08 DREAMBOAT (HMV B 10872)(a-side)(UK 1(2)/May 1955)*her biggest & only No. 1 hit
09 KEEP ME IN MIND (HMV B 10887)(b-side, June 1955)
10 CHEE-CHEE-OO-CHEE (SANG THE LITTLE BIRD)(HMV B 10862)(b-side, April 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
11 GOT'N IDEA (HMV B 10896)(uncharted a-side, July 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
12 GIVE A FOOL A CHANCE (HMV B 10896)(b-side, July 1955)
13 WHERE WILL THE DIMPLE BE (cover of Rosemary Clooney)(HMV B 10887)(uncharted a-side, June 1955)
14 GO ON BY (HMV B 10917)(b-side, UK 16/August 1955)*double sided hit
15 THE BANJO'S BACK IN TOWN (HMV B 10917)(a-side)(UK 17/August 1955)
16 BLUE AGAIN (HMV B 10929)(b-side, September 1955)
17 HERNANDO'S HIDEAWAY (HMV B 10929)(uncharted a-side, September 1955)*Johnston's Brothers' version went to No. 1 in UK
18 TWENTY TINY FINGERS (HMV POP 129)(a-side)(UK 17/December 1955)*Stargazers' version went to No. 4 in UK
19 NEVER DO A TANGO WITH AN ESKIMO (HMV POP 129)(b-side, UK 6/December 1955)*double sided hit
20 PICKIN' A CHICKEN (RCA Victor 47-6573)(uncharted US a-side, 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
21 LOVE AND MARRIAGE (cover of Frank Sinatra)(HMV POP 163)(uncharted a-side, January 1956)
22 SYCAMORE TREE (HMV POP 163)(b-side, January 1956)
23 WILLIE CAN (with Desmond Lane)(HMV POP 187)(a-side)(UK 13/March 1956)
24 LIZZIE BORDEN (HMV POP 187)(b-side, March 1956)*rare gem
25 BLUEBELL (HMV POP 189)(b-side, April 1956)
26 DON'T RING-A DA BELL (HMV POP 189)(uncharted a-side, April 1956)
27 IIT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE (with Ronnie Hilton)(HMV 7M 390)(b-side, May 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
28 (THE SAME THING HAPPENS WITH) THE BIRDS AND THE BEES (HMV POP 223)(a-side)(UK 25/July 1956)
29 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE (cover of Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers)(HMV POP 223)(b-side, UK 22/July 1956)
30 MAMA TEACH ME TO DANCE (HMV POP 239)(b-side, September 1956)
31 I'M IN LOVE AGAIN (HMV POP 239)(uncharted a-side, September 1956)*rare gem; CD debut
32 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOUSE (cover of Rusty Draper)(HMV POP 261)(a-side)(UK 20/November 1956)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic greatest hits collection containing all her charted singles, together with many rare gems, making CD debut even in 2016!*The CD set by Acrobat Music, containing all these gems, is out-of-print now.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 The songs are sequenced more or less chronologically.
4 Disc 1: 75 minutes; disc 2: 78 minutes. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The 4-page booklet contains a short essay, but with no label & number and no chart position.
2 This compilation only covers until 1956.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Alma Cogan has 21 charted hits on UK Singles Chart, I just finished A Complete Singles Discography and found that she actually has 78 singles (from 1952 – 1966, charted & uncharted, As & Bs, but with only 150 songs, not 156 songs because there were 2 repeated release and 4 b-sides belonging to other artists). Her singles labels are (1) BD (1952 – 1953), (2) HMV (1952 – 1960), (3) Columbia (1961 – 1966) and Pye (1966, where she recorded 1 single “Love Ya I’llya” under Angela and the Fans).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Alma Cogan was born Alma Angela Cohen on May 19, 1932. In 1953, while recording "If I Had a Golden Umbrella", she broke into a giggle, and then played up the effect on later recordings. She was later dubbed the "Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice", and was the most popular and highest paid British female entertainer of her era. She was close friends with the Beatles, especially John and Paul. Paul actually played the melody “Yesterday” on her piano. She sadly died on October 26, 1966 (age 34) from ovarian cancer.

The definitive set for Alma Cogan from 1952 – 1957 belongs to “Bell-Bottoms, Dreamboats, Tangos & Eskimos” (Acrobat Music, 4CDs, 2008, every single As & Bs 1952 – 1957, but it is out-of-print and extremely expensive!!!) My original and current reference is still “The A-Z of Alma” (EMI, 3CDs, 88 songs, 50-66, with wider coverage & many unreleased gems). The box set “Celebration: Ultimate Collection” (EMI, 3CDs, 75 songs, with good coverage from 1963 – 1966).

All the above sets are expensive. For non-box sets, I would recommend “He Just Couldn’t Resist Her: the Very Best of Alma Cogan” (Jasmine, 2CDs, 2016, 65 songs). This current set is also very solid with many rare gems not found in the Jasmine set, and good sound, and is also recommended to all Alma Cogan fans.

Chisound Sessions 1978-82
Chisound Sessions 1978-82
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Chandler Chisound Sessions 78-82 (2CDs): 31 songs; 3 complete albums + 9 bonus tracks; many rare singles; good sound!, April 4 2016
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“Chisound Sessions 1978 – 1982” by Gene Chandler, released by Blue Label (under SPV in Germany) in 2013, contains 2 CD set, with 3 complete albums and bonus tracks, 31 songs in all. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, year of release, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP “WHEN YOU’RE #1” (20th Century Fox Records T-598)(BB200 153/1979):
01 That Funky Disco Rhythm (20th Century Fox TC2428)(b-side, 1979)
02 When You’re No. 1 (20th Century Fox TC2411)(a-side, BB Pop 99/July 1979; BB R&B 31/1979; UK 43/1979)
03 I’ll Remember You (20th Century Fox TC2411)(b-side, 1979)
04 Do What Comes So Natural (20th Century Fox TC2428)(a-side, BB R&B 73/October 1979)
05 Stay Here In My Heart
06 Dance Fever
LP “’80” (20th Century Fox Records T-605)(BB200 87/1980):
07 Does She Have A Friend? (20th Century Fox TC2451)(a-side, BB Pop 101/1980; BB R&B 28/1980; UK 28/1980)
08 Lay Me Gently (20th Century Fox TC2468)(a-side, BB R&B 73/1980)
09 All About The Paper
10 Rainbow ’80 (20th Century Fox TC2476)(uncharted a-side, 1980)
11 Do It Baby
12 You’ve Been So Sweet To Me (20th Century Fox TC2468)(b-side, 1980)
13 I’ll Be There (20th Century Fox TC2476)(b-side, 1980)
14 Let Me Make Love To You (20th Century Fox TC2451)(b-side, 1980)

DISC 2:
LP “HERE’S TO LOVE” (20th Century Fox Records T-629)(1981):
01 I’m Attracted To You (20th Century Fox TC2494)(uncharted a-side, March 1981)
02 Love Is The Answer (20th Century Fox TC2507)(uncharted a-side, August 1981)
03 I’ve Got To Meet You (20th Century Fox TC2494)(b-side, 1981)
04 Almost All The Way To Love
05 For The Sake of the Memories
06 Almost Daylight
07 God Bless Our Love
08 God Send
BONUS TRACKS:
09 I Keep Coming Back (Chi Sound CH-111)(uncharted a-side, 1982)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut
10 Baby You’re Something In The Clutch (Chi Sound CH-111)(b-side, 1982)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut
11 I’ll Make The Living If You’ll Make The Loving Worthwhile (Chi Sound CH 1001)(a-side, BB R&B 40/April 1982)
12 Time Is A Thief (Chi Sound CH 1001)(b-side, 1982)
13 Skate AKA Miss Crazy Legs
14 Good For You
15 Where Have You Been
16 Let Me Make Love To You (Long Version)
17 Get Down (Demo Version)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Out of these 3 albums, “When You’re #1” is making its CD debut. The other two “’80” and “Here’s To Love” appeared on a UK Westside twofer, but very expensive. To have all three in one set is simply fantastic. As noted above, this is the only way to collect his singles on 20th Century Fox Records (Chisound Records) with many rare gems making CD debut!
2 The bonus tracks also provided many rare singles, As & Bs.
3 The sound is well remastered.
4 There is an 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Bob Fisher. All three album front covers are featured, even though they are quite small, but at least not overlapping each other.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Quite a few songs on the Chisound sessions are missing:
(1) Tomorrow I May Not Feel The Same (Chi-Sound CH-XW1168)(a-side, BB R&B 51/March 1978)
(2) Give Me The Cue (Chi-Sound CH-XW1168)(b-side, 1978)
(3) Get Down (20th Century Fox TC2386)(a-side, BB Pop 53/January 1979; BB R&B 3(2)/1978)*why only give us the demo version?
(4) I'm The Travelling Kind (20th Century Fox TC2386)(b-side, 1979)
(5) Greatest Love I’ve Ever Known (20th Century Fox TC2404)(uncharted a-side, 1979)
(6) Please Sunrise (20th Century Fox TC2404)(b-side, 1979)
2 No label & number, no chart position are provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Gene Chandler was born Eugene Dixon on July 6, 1940 in Chicago. He has a long illustrious singing career, first as the lead singer of the Dukays, went solo, and had lovely duets with Barbara Acklin and Jerry Butler (as Gene & Jerry). He even formed a corporation with Jerry Butler, Lloyd Price and Ben E. King in 1999 called “The 4 Kings of Rhythm & Blues.”

If you are looking for his Greatest Hits, the best set is “Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler’s Greatest Hits” (Varese, 1994, 20 songs, covering 1962 – 1980). Another set “Best Of Gene Chandler: Best of Soul” (AIM Records, 1997, 25 songs). As for his Brunswick Years, the CDs are very expensive. His output on Mercury is non-existent. Finally, for his Chi-Sound/20th Century Fox years, this current set is highly recommended.

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