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Dr. Joseph Lee (Toronto, Canada)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Floyd Cramer 7 Classic Albums Plus (4CDs): 96 songs, 7 complete albums, 12 bonus singles; good sound., Dec 25 2014
This 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Music, contains 7 complete albums, plus singles: 96 songs. To me, to make a wise decision whether to purchase, one really needs to know the song listing. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. If you need help with your purchase decision, I have made a detailed song listing (with labels & numbers for both albums and singles, chart positions, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; C&W=Billboard Country Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):
LP THAT HONKY TONK PIANO (MGM E-3502)(1957):
01. Sweet Adeline
02. Waltz with Cramer
04. Piano Rag
05. Good Time Cake Walk
07. Pretty Blue Jeans (MGM K 12306)(b-side, 1956)
08. Jealous, Cold Cheatin' Heart
09. Battle Hymn of the Republic
10. Tennessee Central (Number 9)
11 Howdy Ma'm
12. Country Gentlemen
LP LAST DATE (RCA Victor LPM 2350)(1960):
13. Last Date (RCA Victor 47-7775)(BB 2(4)/1960; CB 2/1960; RW 1(1)/1960); C&W 11/1960)
14. I Need You Now
15. Moments to Remember
16. Tennessee Waltz
17. Too Young
18. Mood Indigo (RCA Victor 47-7840)(b-side, 1961)
19. Sweetie Baby (RCA Victor 47-7775)(b-side, 1960)
20. Mumble Jumble (RCA Victor 47-7250)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
21. Flip, Flop and Bop (RCA Victor 47-7156)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
22. Fancy Pants (Abbott 146-45)(BB 28/1954)
23. Rumpus (RCA Victor 47-7388)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
24. Heart and Soul
LP HELLO BLUES (RCA Victor 2151)(1960):
01. I'll Never Be Free
02. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues
04. Have I Stayed Away Too Long
05. Stormy Weather
06. Trouble in Mind
08. Blues Stay Away from Me
09. Re-enlistment Blues
10. The Lonesome Road
LP ON THE REBOUND (RCA Victor 2359)(70/1961):
13. On the Rebound (RCA Victor 47-7840)(BB 4/1961; CB 7/1961; RW 5/1961; UK 1/1961)
14. Wonderland by Night
15. I Can Just Imagine (RCA Victor 47-7893)(b-side, 1961)
16. Faded Love (RCA Victor PB-10533)(b-side, 1975)
17. Let It Be Me
18. Two of a Kind
19. Danny Boy
20. Corrina Corrina
22. First Impression
23. San Antonio Rose (RCA Victor 47-7893)(BB 8/1961; C&W 8/1961; CB 15/1961; RW 11/1961; UK 36/1961)
24. Alma Mater
LP FLOYD CRAMER GETS ORGAN-IZED (RCA Victor 2488)(113/1962):
01. The First Hurt (RCA Victor 47-8013)(b-side, 1962)
02. Sentimental Journey
03. My Funny Valentine
05. The Dreamer
06. My Blue Heaven
07. Let's Go (RCA Victor 47-7978)(BB 90/1962)(b-side)
08. A String of Pearls
09. The Gospel Theme
10. Lullaby of Birdland
LP I REMEMBER HANK WILLIAMS (RCA Victor 2544)(130/1962):
13. Lovesick Blues
14. Cold, Cold Heart
16. Alone and Forsaken
17. Why Don't You Love Me
18. A House of Gold
20. I Can't Help It
21. Hey, Good Lookin'
22. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
23. Your Cheatin' Heart
24. I Saw the Light
LP AMERICAN’S BIGGEST SELLING PIANIST (RCA Victor 2466)(1961):
01. Your Last Goodbye
02. Unchained Melody
03. You Win Again
04. Someone Else, Not Me
05. Lonely Again
06. The Waltz You Saved for Me
07. Hang on (RCA Victor 47-7907)(b-side)(BB 95/1961; CB 73/1961; RW 87/1961)*double sided hit
08. Out on a Limb
10. The Tide and the Sea
11. Portuguese Washerwoman
12. Are You Sincere
13. Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue (Abbott 146-45)(b-side, 1954)
14. Jolly Cholly (Abbott 159-45)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
15. Oh Suzanna (Abbott 159-45)(b-side, 1954)
16. Rio Grande Valley (MGM K 12442)(uncharted a-side, 1957)*rare gem.
17. Slap Happy (MGM K 12442)(b-side, 1957)
18. Sophisticated Swing (RCA Victor 47-7156)(b-side, 1958)
19. The Big Chihuahua (RCA Victor 47-7388)(b-side, 1959)
20. Chattanooga Choo Choo (RCA Victor 47-7978)(BB 36/1962; CB 45/1962; RW 29/1962)
21. Hot Pepper (RCA Victor 47-8051)(BB 63/1962; CB 83/1962; RW 71/1962; UK 46/1962)
22. For Those That Cry (RCA Victor 47-8051)(b-side, 1962)
23. Java (RCA Victor 47-8116)(BB 49/1962; CB 44/1962; RW 39/1962)
24. Hessle Road Blues
1 If you are interested in getting Floyd Cramer’s early albums, there are a few choices: (1) current set with 7 albums, (2) Countrypolitan Piano (2 CDs, Jasmine, 2012: 4 albums: Hello Blues, Last Date, On The Rebound and America’s Biggest Selling Pianist), (3) I Remember Hank Williams/Floyd Cramer Gets Organ-ized (1 CD, Sepia, 2014)(my review is found elsewhere), and (4) Classic Albums Collection Plus (4 albums same as Jasmine, but with 28 singles, 3 CD). From the number of albums covered for a similar price, this current set is much more superior with better value. There are also bonus singles in this set too.
2 As per high standards at Real Gone Music, the sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
1 There are no booklet, no album front covers, no chart positions, no labels & numbers.
If you are looking for early Floyd Cramer albums, this set has 7, plus bonus singles. The sound is good. It is recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Floyd Cramer I Remember Hank Williams/Gets Organ-ized: 2 complete albums with rare singles; great sound; beautiful album covers!, Dec 25 2014
This single CD, released by Sepia Records from UK, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains two complete albums with bonus singles tracks – 32 songs. To me, to make a wise decision whether to purchase, one really needs to know the song listing. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. If you need help with your purchase decision, I have made a detailed song listing (with labels & numbers for both albums and singles, chart positions, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):
LP I REMEMBER HANK WILLIAMS (RCA Victor 2544)(130/1962):
01 Lovesick Blues
02 Cold, Cold Heart
04 Alone And Forsaken
05 Why Don’t You Love Me
06 A House Of Gold
08 I Can’t Help It
09 Hey, Good Lookin’
10 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
11 Your Cheatin’ Heart
12 I Saw The Light
LP FLOYD CRAMER GETS ORGAN-IZED (RCA Victor 2488)(113/1962):
13 The First Hurt (RCA Victor 47-8013)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem
14 Sentimental Journey
15 My Funny Valentine
17 The Dreamer
18 My Blue Heaven
19 Let’s Go (RCA Victor 47-7978)(BB 90/1962)(b-side)*double sided hit; side a: Chattanooga Choo Choo (track 25 below)
20 A String Of Pearls
21 The Gospel Theme
22 Lullaby of Birdland
25 Chattanooga Choo Choo (RCA Victor 47-7978)(BB 36/1962; CB 45/1962; RW 29/1962)
26 Hot Pepper (RCA Victor 47-8051)(BB 63/1962; CB 83/1962; RW 71/1962; UK 46/1962)*rare gem
27 For Those That Cry (RCA Victor 47-8051)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem
28 Melissa (RCA Victor 47-8116)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem
29 Java (RCA Victor 47-8116)(BB 49/1962; CB 44/1962; RW 39/1962)
30 Swing Low (RCA Victor 47-8084)(BB 110/1962; RW 87/1962)
31 Losers Weepers (RCA Victor 47-8084)(BB 127/1962)(b-side)*double sided hit.
32 Last Date (RCA Victor 47-7775)(BB 2(4)/1960; CB 2(2)/1960; RW 1(1)/1960)
1 In this set, there are two popular charted Floyd Cramer albums. But for me the main attraction is the bonus 8 singles, many of them being rare gems, some making CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Sepia Records uses 24 bit Cedar Remastering System. The result is top of the class sound.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, containing original liner notes. Like Real Gone Music, Sepia Records is also displaying full page front covers of the two albums. Chart positions are included.
1 Real Gone Music has released a 7 Classic Albums Plus set, containing the two above albums, plus That Honky Tonk Piano (1957), The Last Date (1960), Hello Blues (1960), On The Rebound (1961) and American’s Biggest Selling Pianist (1962), plus singles. The price is similar. Less value!
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
Floyd Cramer has 18 charted hit singles from 1954 to 1980. I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography and found that he has an amazing 38 singles (charted & uncharted) from 1953 to 1981. The labels are (1) Abbott (1953 – 1954), (2) London (1955), (3) MGM (1956 – 1957) and (4) RCA Victor (1958 – 1981). The coverage for songs before 1962 is excellent, while singles after 1963 are more difficult to get. For some reasons, his later albums are not released on CDs.
If you have not bought the 7 Classic Albums Plus CD (4CDs on Real Gone Music), that set has more value. I value this set for its great sound plus album covers. There are singles that you can only find in this set. The entire set is enjoyable, and is still recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Phonographic Yearbook 1911: wonderful collection, 26 songs; all 11 No. 1 songs included; first class booklet; good sound!, Dec 25 2014
Archeophone Records, a very reputable label from US for reissue of recordings of 1900s to 1920s, released a Phonographic Yearbook series containing the biggest hits of the year. For collectors of music of that era, this is simply a welcome addition and must-own.
Normally, if you are buying any Phonographic Yearbook series, you really do not need to read the reviews because every issue has been excellent. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. If you need help with your purchase decision, I have made a detailed song listing (with labels & numbers, chart positions, plus personal comments):
01 ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND – Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (Victor 16908)(1(10)/1911)
02 COME, JOSEPHINE, IN MY FLYING MACHINE – Ada Jones, Billy Murray & American Quartet (Victor 16844)(1(3)/1911)
03 ON MOBILE BAY – Henry Burr & Albert Campbell (Columbia 976)(3/1911)*their first charted single together.
04 MOTHER MACHREE – Will Oakland (Edison Amb. 583)(1(2)/1911)
05 I’M FALLIN IN LOVE WITH SOME ONE – John McCormack (Victor 64174)(1(7)/1911)*from Broadway operetta Naughty Marietta.
06 I WANT A GIRL (JUST LIKE THE GIRL THAT MARRIED DEAR OLD DAD) – American Quartet & Walter van Brunt (Victor 16962)(2(2)/1911)
07 I LIKE THE HAT, I LIKE THE DRESS, AND I LIKE THE GIRL THAT’S IN IT – Byron G. Harlan (uncharted, 1911)*should have included Think It Over, Mary (8/1911) instead.
08 DAY DREAMS, VISIONS OF BLISS – Elise Stevenson & Henry Burr (Victor 5830)(7/1911)*I did not have this song before; thank you.
09 ITALIAN STRET SONG – Lucy Isabelle Marsh with Victor Light Opera Company (Victor 60031)*following her #1 song Every Little Movement with Harry MacDonough; again from Broadway operetta Naughty Marietta.
10 UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE – Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan (Columbia 943)(1(5)/1911)
11 KING OF BUNGALOOS – Gene Greene (Columbia 994)(6/1911)*rare gem; new addition to my library; I wish his other song From Here To Shanghai with the Peerless Quartet is included here too.
12 STEAMBOAT BILL – Edward Meeker (uncharted, 1911)*only charted 2 songs in 1907 and 1908.
13 THE OCEAN ROLL – Eddie Morton (Victor 16908)(5/1911)*flip side of Alexander Ragtime Band by Collins & Harlan.
14 STOP, STOP, STOP (“LOVE ME SOME MORE”) – Elida Morris (Columbia 3191)(4/1911)*I wish the rarer song with a higher chart position, I’ve Got Your Number (with Walter van Brunt) is included too; my only missing song in her charting career.
15 DOWN BY THE OLD MILL STREAM – Arthur Clough & Brunswick Quartette (Columbia 1057)(1(1)/1911)
16 ALL ABOARD FOR BLANKET BAY – Ada Jones (Columbia 989)(4/1911)
17 DON’T WAKE ME UP, I AM DREAMING – Walter van Brunt (Victor 16880)(3/1911)*another rare gem addition to my library; thank you.
18 JIMMY VALENTINE – Peerless Quartet (Columbia 1043)(3/1911)*their biggest hit Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1(7)/1911) is listed on track #26 as Columbia Quartette.
19 ALL ALONE – Ada Jones & Billy Murray (Victor 5846)(2(2)/1911)
20 PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME, HONEY – Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (Victor 16708)(1(5)/1911)
21 COME, JOSEPHINE, IN MY FLYING MACHINE – Blanche Ring (Victor 60032)(1(2)/1911)*her other big hit, I’ve Got Rings On My Fingers (1(2)/1909).
22 I LOVE THE NAME OF MARY – Will Oakland (Columbia 969)(1(2)/1911)*I have been searching for this No. 1 song for years; finally it appeared; happy happy; thank you.
23 MOTHER MACHREE – John McCormack (Victor 64181)(1(5)/1911)
24 BILLY (SHE ALWAYS DREAMS OF BILL) – American Quartet (uncharted, 1911)*could have substituted with other charted singles, like The Grizzly Bears (4/1911) and In the Gloaming (5/1911)
25 SOME OF THESE DAYS – Sophie Tucker (Edison Amb. 691)(2(3)/1911)*her most famous song; her new version of this trademark song hit #1 in 1927 (1(5)/1927); the new version can be found in 20 #1 Hits of the 20s (Collectors’ Choice, 2004) and Chart Toppers Of The Twenties (ASV, 1998).
26 LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART – Columbia Quartette (should be Columbia Male Quartet, which became Peerless Quartet)(Columbia 1057)(1(7)/1911)
1 What a wonderful collection of songs from 1911. This is one of a kind. There are many rare gems here, many making their CD debut. All the eleven No. 1 songs of 1911 are included.
2 Considering the age and source of these recordings, Archeophone Records has done an excellent job in remastering. Good job!
3 There is a wonderful 22-page booklet, with an essay about the historic events in 1911, plus detailed description about each song. It is simply a joy to read, giving me added insight to each song. There are also gorgeous pictures of artists and 78 singles labels. This is a first class production.
1 In the past Phonographic Yearbook series (which I have purchased), all the songs included were charted entries. Now a few uncharted entries (?fillers) have crept into this compilation. While I appreciate the inclusion of these rare gems, to include other charted entries from 1911 will be more appreciated.
Personally, I have created a similar series called Top Hits Of each year. Here I put all the Number 1 songs first, followed by No. 2, etc. In other words I list them by positions. I always remaster the songs further to cut down on hiss. I have to revise 1911 because finally, I have found a few songs that I have been searching for like I Love The Name Of Mary by Will Oakland. (Happy Days Are Here Again!)
Good news, Phonographic Yearbook 1919 is out. I was waiting for the price to drop, then, on Amazon.ca it is not available now. I guess I shall wait a little bit longer.
For all you fans of music from the bygone era, this set (1911) is very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Perry Como Greatest Gospel Songs: great collection of religious songs of faith & inspiration; great sound & value!, Dec 24 2014
This CD, released by the original label RCA Victor in 2000, contains 21 songs. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for singles, plus personal comments) which is as follows (US=Billboard Hot 100; UK=British Singles Chart):
01 He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands (1956)
02 No Well On Earth (RCA Victor 1156)(UK b-side, 1959)
03 The Lord’s Prayer (RCA Victor 47-7650)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*this is the 1959 version, not 1949 original version.
04 May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (1956)
05 Only One (1958)
06 Nearer, My God, To Thee (RCA Victor 47-5573)(b-side, 1953)
07 Somebody Up There Likes Me (RCA Victor 47-6590)(US 18/1956)*from the MGM film of the same name.
08 I May Never Pass This Way Again (RCA 1062)(UK 15/1958)
09 Let’s Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning)(RCA Victor 47-3763)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
10 I Believe (RCA Victor 47-5571)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
11 Holy God We Praise Thy Name (RCA Victor 47-3851)(b-side, 1950)
12 All Through The Night (1958)
13 Abide With Me (RCA Victor 47-5573)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
14 The Rosary (RCA Victor 47-3850)(b-side, 1950)*rare gem; CD debut.
15 Good Night, Sweet Jesus (RCA Victor 47-5572)(b-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 A Still Small Voice (RCA Victor 47-7628)(b-side, 1959)
17 Rock Of Ages (RCA Victor 47-3852)(b-side, 1950)
18 In The Garden (1956)
19 When You Come to The End Of The Day (1956)
20 Act Of Contrition (RCA Victor 47-5572)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 Ave Maria (RCA Victor 47-7650)(b-side, 1959)
1 Although the title is slightly misleading, stating this as the Greatest Gospel Songs, if you are looking for his religious songs of faith and inspiration, this is a great collection with 21 songs, with quite a few rare gems. His other religious album releases include I Believe (1956), When You Come To The End Of The Day (1958) and the Lord’s Prayer (1968).
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Perry’s soothing voice is clearly displayed, with good differentiation of instrumental back-up and good bass.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Joseph F. Laredo. The names of orchestra and year of release were included.
4 The price is very cheap.
1 No label & number, plus chart position, are included.
It takes a very special sort of popular vocalist to effectively convey songs of inspiration and faith. Perry Como possesses an unassailable sincerity, projecting a reassuring sense of personal warmth. Like Bing Crosby, Perry Como is also synonymous with Christmas. For at least three generations, millions of fans throughout the world would come to mark the real beginning of Christmas by playing Perry’s RCA Victor Christmas records and watching for his annual Christmas television special. Thanks to Real Gone Music, we are blessed with a wonderful 3 CD collection of all his Christmas songs, with great sound. (my review is found elsewhere) But that Christmas collection does not have these religious songs of faith. So the above set fits in very well with his Christmas collection.
The inimitable Perry Como passed away quietly, as would somehow be expected, at his Florida home on May 12, 2001. He is missed, but his voice is forever comforting listeners at Christmas and all the days of the year. This set is highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kalin Twins When (Jasmine Records): best and most complete singles collection on Decca, plus one album; 33 songs; great sound!, Dec 23 2014
This set, released by Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 33 songs. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. I have prepared a detailed track listing (with label & number, chart position of album and singles, with personal comments), hopefully helping you with your purchase decision (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).
LP THE KALIN TWINS (Decca DL-8812)(1959):
01 Jumpin’ Jack (Decca 30552)(a-side)(RW 54/1958)
02 Walkin’ To School (Decca 30552)(b-side, 1958)
03 When (Decca 30642)(b-side)(BB 5/1958; R&B 1(1)/1958; C&W 13/1958; CB 5/1958; RW 4/1958; UK 1(5)/1958)*written by Paul Evans (Seven Little Girls, Sitting In The Back Seat); recorded in 2 takes as an afterthought; released as b-side; DJ Dick Smith played it and the song just took off, crossing boundaries in various chart; 5 weeks in No. 1 in UK; Kalin Twins then headlining over Cliff Richard and Eddie Calvert; sold over 3 million copies.
04 Three O’Clock Thrill (Decca 30642)(a-side, 1958)
05 Forget Me Not (Decca 30745)(a-side)(BB 12/1958; CB 29/1958; RW 33/1958)
06 Dream Of Me (Decca 30745)(b-side, 1958)
07 Cool (Decca 30868)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family Kalin Twins When CD.
08 School Bell Dream
09 The Spider And The Fly
10 You Mean The World To Me (Decca 31220)(b-side, 1961)
12 Clickety Clack
13 It’s Only The Beginning (Decca 30807)(a-side)(BB 42/1959; CB 54/1959; RW 53/1959)
14 Oh! My Goodness (Decca 30807)(b-side, 1959)
15 When I Look In The Mirror (Decca 30868)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
16 Sweet Sugar Lips (Decca 30911)(a-side)(BB 97/1959)
17 Moody (Decca 30911)(b-side, 1959)
18 I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door (previous unreleased, 1959)
19 Why Don’t You Believe Me (Decca 30997)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family Kalin Twins When CD.
20 The Meaning of the Blues (Decca 30997)(b-side, 1959)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family Kalin Twins When CD.
21 Little Miss Blue (previous unreleased, 1959)
22 Loneliness (Decca 31064)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family CD.
23 Chicken Thief (Decca 31064)(b-side, 1960)
24 True To You (Decca 31111) (uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family CD.
25 Blue, Blue Town (Decca 31111)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family CD.
26 No Money Can Buy (Decca 31169)(b-side, 1960)
27 Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (Decca 31169)(a-side)(BB 112/1960; RW 73/1960)
28 Momma Poppa (Decca 31220)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
29 Bubbles (Decca 31286)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
30 One More Time (Decca 31286)(b-side, 1961)
31 A Picture of You (Decca 31410)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
32 Trouble (Decca 31410)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut; not found in the Bear Family CD.
33 It’s Just Terrible (previous unreleased, 1962)
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
On the Billboard Hot 100, Kalin Twins have only 5 charted singles. Many people even considered them as a One Hit Wonder. I have done a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that they have 15 singles (30 songs from 1958 – 1980). The labels are (1) Decca (1958 – 1962), (2) Amy Records (1966): songs: Sometimes It Comes, Sometimes It Goes (a-side) and Thinkin’ About You Baby (b-side)*available online, and (3) Octember (1980) songs: When (disco version)(a-side) and American Eagle (b-side)*both are not available anywhere.
1 This Jasmine set contains every single on Decca, besting my old reference the Bear Family Kalin Twins When CD, where 7 singles are missing. One complete album is also included here.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standards at Jasmine Records: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a 6-page booklet with informative essay by Roger Dopson. There are two beautiful coloured album covers, plus 2 black and white 45 rpm singles labels. Label & number of album and singles are listed. Thank you.
4 33 songs! Jasmine Records can be forgiven for not including those rare gems in 1966 and 1980. Good value.
1 No chart position was listed.
Kalin Twins are not One Hit Wonder, my favourites being When and It’s Only The Beginning. The song When was so popular that a few years ago, it was used as a line dancing song. As noted above, this set has the most complete comprehensive coverage of all of Kalin Twins Decca singles (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted). This is a more superior compilation than the much more expensive Bear Family CD, and is highly recommended to all music lovers and collectors.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now That's What I Call Musicals (2CDs): 39 songs from movies/musicals; great variety; good sound; better than 2012 version!, Dec 22 2014
This 2 CD set, part of the Now series, contains 39 songs from different musicals, featuring either the original artists or the pop versions. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, although Amazon.ca did provide the a song listing, to help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a much more detailed track listing (with listing of names of songs, artists and musicals where the songs originated, with label & number and chart positions if available, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; UK=British Singles Chart):
01 WE WILL ROCK YOU - Queen (Elektra 45441)(BB 4/1977; UK 1/2000)
02 LET IT GO - Idina Menzel (from Frozen)(Walt Disney Records)(BB 5/2014; UK 11/2014)*won Academy Award for Best Original Song; sold over 3.5 million copies; has 41 foreign language film version.
03 I DREAMED A DREAM - Susan Boyle (from Les Miserables)(Syco Music)(BB 62/2009; UK 37/2009)*this is also my preferred version, rather than the original Elaine Paige; Anne Hathaway's movie version was also very moving.
04 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - Meryl Streep (from Mamma Mia)*this is a great version; Meryl Streep is multi-talented with different languages and their accents, plus a surprisingly good singing voice.
05 UNCHAINED MELODY - Righteous Brothers (from Ghost)(Philles 129)(BB 4/1965; UK 14/1965; UK 1/1990)*in UK, the song, due to the popularity of the movie Ghost, shot up to No. 1; a very moving song in a great movie.
06 ALL THAT JAZZ - Connie Fisher (from Chicago)*also found in her Favourite Things CD in 2006; now scaled back from singing because of holes in the vocal cords; the version by Catherine Zeta-Jones, as Velma Kelly, in the movie was also very memorable.
07 THE GREASE MEGA-MIX - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (from Grease)(Polydor)(BB 25/1996; UK 3/1990)*medley of You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin'.
08 FAME - Irene Cara (from Fame)(RSO 1034)(BB 4/1980; UK 1(3)/1982)*this is the definitive version; thank you for not using those later versions.
09 DECEMBER, 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (from Jersey Boys)(Warner/Curb 8168)(BB 1(3)/1975; UK 1(2)/1976; 49/1988)
10 MUSTANG SALLY - The Commitments (from The Commitments)(MCA 1598)(UK 63/1991)
11 DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS - Jason Donovan, featuring Hank Marvin (Universal Music)(uncharted a-side, 2008)*featured in Jason Donovan's fantastic Let It Be Me album; his remake of Dream Lover became a popular line dance song.
12 I'M A BELIEVER - Cast Recording (from Shrek)(Decca, 2009)*a good choice, instead of the readily available versions by the Monkees or Neil Diamond.
13 A WHOLE NEW WORLD - Jamie Shaw (from Aladdin)(Decca, 1999)*Jamie Shaw, Welsh singer, part of the short-lived boy band One True Voice; I personally would have preferred the pop version by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson; won Oscar for Best Original Song.
14 DEFYING GRAVITY - Idina Menzel (from Wicked)(US Dance 5/2007)*another demonstration of Idina Menzel's versatility; from her album I Stand.
15 COME WHAT MAY - Alfie Boe, featuring Kerry Ellis (from Moulin Rouge)(Decca, 2010)*featured in Alfie Boe's 2010 album Bring Him Home.
16 CONSIDER YOURSELF (from Oliver soundtrack)(Decca, 1960)* featuring The Artful Dodger, Oliver, and Chorus; written by Lionel Bart.
17 SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS - Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke (from Mary Poppins)(Walt Disney Records, 1964)*the original version.
18 TOMORROW - Idina Menzel (from Annie)(Walkman Records, 2012)* Broadway star Idina Menzel covered the song as the final encore on her 2010-2011 Symphony Tour.
19 ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL - Kimberley Walsh (from Evita)(Decca Records, 2012)*used to be the British Girl Group Girls Aloud; went solo in 2012; found in her debut album Centre Stage; another version that I love is by our Madonna - her voice oh so pure and sweet.
20 BREAKING FREE - Troy & Gabriella (from High School Musical)(voice of Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens)(Walt Disney)(BB 4/2006)
01 BRING HIM HOME - Alfie Boe (from Les Miserables)(Decca Records, 2010)*featured in his album Bring Him Home.
02 THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT - Michael Crawford (from The Phantom Of The Opera)(Polydor 803)(UK 7/1987)*I consider Michael's version as the definitive version of this song.
03 MEMORY - Elaine Paige (from Cats)(Polydor 289)(UK 6/1981)*this is the definitive stage version, while Barbra Streisand has the pop version.
04 SEND IN THE CLOWNS - All Angels (from A Little Night Music)(Decca Records, 2009)*British Classical Crossover Group, of Daisy Chute, Rachel Fabri, Melanie Nakhla and Charlotte Ritchie; featured in their album Fly Away (2010); the pop version belongs to Judy Collins.
05 I KNOW HIM SO WELL - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson (from Chess)(RCA Chess 3)(UK 1(4)/1985)*the definitive version of this song.
06 TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE - Marti Webb (from Tell Me On A Sunday)(Polydor 111)(UK 67/1980)*collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on that song, created specifically for her and her character in the London show.
07 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING - Michael Ball (from Aspects Of Love)(Really Useful RUR 3)(UK 2/1989)*has equally beautiful voice as Michael Crawford; the definitive version of this song.
08 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA - Elaine Paige (from Evita)(Universal Music, 1978)*my personal favourite version is that by Madonna; her voice was simply perfect.
09 OVER THE RAINBOW - Danielle Hope (from the Wizard of Oz)(Really Useful Group, 2010)*English actress, the winner of the BBC talent contest Over The Rainbow and as a result played the part of Dorothy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011.
10 ANY DREAM WILL DO - Jason Donovan (from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)(Really Useful RUR 7)(UK 1(2)/1991)*the definitive version of this song, better than Donny Osmond's version.
11 WHEN I GROW UP - The Musical Original Cast (from Matilda)(2011)*sung by Children, Miss Honey, Matilda, Company in Act II.
12 WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - The Original Stage Cast (from Whistle Down The Wind)(1999)*Tina Arena had a single (UK 24/1998.
13 MARIA - Original Soundtrack (from West Side Story)(Son Music 1961)*performed by Jim Bryant, orchestra conducted by Johnny Green.
14 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - Gerry & The Pacemakers (from Carousel)(Columbia DB 7126)(UK 1(4)/1963; BB 48/1965)*this is my favourite version of this song.
15 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Gene Kelly (from Singing' In The Rain)(1952)*the definitive version, in which Gene Kelly memorably danced to the song while splashing through puddles during a rainstorm.
16 GETTING TO KNOW YOU - Gertrude Lawrence (from the King and I)*the King and I opened on Broadway in March 1951, and Lawrence won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.
17 ALL I ASK OF YOU - Sarah Brightman & Steve Barton (from The Phantom Of The Opera)(Polydor, 1999)*I would have preferred the version of Sir Cliff Richard and Sarah Brightman (UK 3/1986).
18 I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM - Yvonne Elliman (Original Soundtrack)(from Jesus Christ Superstar)(Decca 32785)(BB 28/1971; UK 47/1972)*Helen Reddy has the bigger hit (BB 13/1971).
19 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL - Original Cast (from Starlight Express)(Polydor, 1984).
1 This is a fantastic collection of tunes from famous musicals or movies. The selection of the versions of songs is excellent. As noted above, usually the most popular or the original version was used. All the songs are well chosen, including the latest hits, like Let It Go. I am glad that 3 of Idina Menzel's songs are included.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The vocals are clear and crisp, while the backing instruments are clearly differentiated. Good job!
3 Disc 1: 70 minutes; Disc 2: 72 minutes. Good value.
1 There is a 4 page booklet with minimal information on each song. There are no label & number, no chart positions. There is no essay.
There is a similar set released in 2012. This 2014 set is much more updated with newer tunes added, and is preferred over the 2012 set. This 2014 set is very well done with 39 beautiful songs. The entire set is very enjoyable. There is a good mix of old classics and the latest pop tunes. The sound is excellent, as per the high standard at the Now! Series. If you like movies or musicals, this set is definitely for you, and is highly recommended. My guess is that once you have heard the entire set, you won't "let it go."
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (blu-ray, not movie, review): stunning video and immersive audio; top-notched; 3D preferred., Dec 21 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The transfer is a stunner, with extraordinary clarity and details. Turtle reptilian skin, frays and wear on masks, and gunk and grime on shoulder straps and accessories are precision tuned in every shot. Colours pop off the screen, especially April’s striking yellow jacket. Blacks are inky. The visual experience is totally jaw-dropping. This will be one of my demos for my home theatre. (5/5)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blasts onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. It was filmed digitally with the Arri Alexa Plus camera system in Panavision and represents the latest in stereo conversion technology by Stereo D and Prime Focus View-D. In addition to all the positive attributes in the 2D, the sense of depth and perspective, as well as scale, is true exceptional in 3D. Out-of-screen visuals are effective and enhance the visual fun the 3D cinematography creates. The final result is a totally engaging and exciting 3D experience. (5/5)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack is a powerhouse of adrenaline-pumping excitement. Dynamic range is wide and fidelity is excellent. The music score is also intense throughout with a mixture of orchestral, rock, hip hop and rap, filling the whole soundfield. Dialogue is clear. Spacing is exemplary, yielding a full enveloping immersive experience. (5/5)
1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has an estimated budget of $120 million, but the worldwide gross was a respectable $477 million.
2 The visual effects team incorporated the facial features of various actors into the mutants' appearances: (1) Leonardo's face was based on Russell Crowe, (2) Raphael's face was based on Clint Eastwood (a scene where Raphael sticks his sai into his chest like a gunslinger is a homage to Eastwood), (3) Donatello's face was based on Leonard Nimoy, (4) Michelangelo's face was based on comedian Bill Murray, and (5) Splinter's face was based on Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who had played various samurai in his career (Splinter even has a chonmage haircut like what Mifune usually wore in his samurai role).
The 3D version comes with a very 3D lenticular case…very well done. The 3D and 2D discs have their own flipcases. Thank you Paramount for not stacking them one on top of the other.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivers a surprisingly decent piece of action entertainment, oozing with CG spectacle and other grandiose sequences of visual delights. The blu-ray arrives with both a stunning, reference picture and an awesomely immersive, demo-quality Dolby Atmos mix. One word: AWESOME! If you have a 3D set, the 3D is preferred. But the 2D is equally solid and will not disappoint. This set is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Shirley Bassey Original Album Series (5 CDs): 5 complete albums 70-73; 60 songs; many singles; great sound; miniature LP cases., Dec 21 2014
This set is part of the Original Album Series or Classics, consisting of 5 albums with their own individual miniature cardboard covers, released by Warner (UK)/Rhino. There are 5 albums by Shirley Bassey, with 60 songs. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide the names of the albums and also no song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including label, number, year & chart position for both albums and singles, with personal comments) which is as follows (BB=Billboard Hot 100; UK-British chart; AC=Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Rhythm & Blues Chart)
LP SOMETHING (United Artists UAS 6765)(US 105/1970; UK 5/1970):
01 Something (United Artists UP 35125)(UK 4/1970)
02 Spinning Wheel
03 Yesterday I Heard The Rain
04 The Sea And The Sand (United Artists UP 35094)(uncharted a-side, 1970)
05 My Way
06 What About Today (United Artists UP 35094)(b-side, 1970)
07 You And I
08 Light My Fire*can you imagine that a new version was created in 1999 by Shirley Bassey meets Booster!
09 Easy To Be Hard (United Artists UP 35125)(b-side, 1970)*rare gem.
10 Life Goes On
11 What Are You Doing The Rest Of My Life (United Artists UP 35156)(b-side, 1971)*rare gem.
12 Yesterday, When I Was Young
LP SOMETHING ELSE (United Artist UAS 6797)(US 123/1970; UK 7/1970):
01 (Where Do I Begin) Love Story (United Artists UP 35194)(UK 34/1971)
02 `Til Love Touches Your Life
03 Easy Thing To Do
04 Until It's Time For You To Go
05 It's Impossible
06 What's Done Is Done (United Artists UP 35267)(b-side, 1971)*rare gem.
07 Pieces Of Dreams (United Artists UP 35293) (b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
08 Breakfast in Bed (United Artists 50770)(b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
09 Excuse Me
10 Bridge Over Troubled Water
11 I'm Not There
12 I'd Like To Hate Myself In The Morning
LP I CAPRICORN (United Artists UAS 5565)(US 94/1972; UK 13/1972):
01 I, Capricorn
02 The Look of Love
03 The Way A Woman Loves (Love Song For A Hero)
05 Where Am I Going
06 I've Never Been A Woman Before (United Artists UP 35370)(b-side, 1972)
07 For All We Know (United Artists UP 35267)(UK 6/1971)
08 The Greatest Performances Of My Life (United Artists UP 35370)(uncharted a-side, 1972)
09 Where Is Love
10 Losing My Mind
11 One Less Bell To Answer
12 Lost And Lonely
LP AND I LOVE YOU SO (United Artists UAS 5643)(US 171/1972; UK 24/1972):
02 Bless The Beasts And Children
03 Jezahel (United Artists UP 35501)(uncharted German a-side, 1973)*rare gem.
04 And I Love You So (United Artists UP 35459)(uncharted a-side, 1972)
05 The Way Of Love
06 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
07 Day By Day (United Artists UP 35490)(b-side, 1973)
08 Without You
09 Ballad Of The Sad Young Man (United Artists UP 35424)(uncharted a-side, 1972)
10 I Don't Know How To Love Him (United Artists UP 35459)(b-side, 1972)*rare gem.
11 I'd Do It All Again
12 If We Only Have Love
LP NEVER, NEVER, NEVER (United Artists UAS 6765)(US 60/1973; UK 10/1973):
01 Never, Never, Never (UK 8/1973)(BB 48/1973; AC 8/1973; R&B 67/1973)
02 Baby I'm A Want You
03 Someone Who Care
04 The Old Fashioned Way (United Artists UP 35557)(b-side, 1973*rare gem.
05 I Won't Last A Day Without You
07 There Is No Such Thing As Love
08 Killing Me Softly With His Song
09 Going, Going, Gone
10 No Regrets (Columbia DB 7535)(UK 39/1965)
12 Make The World A Little Younger (United Artists UP 35557)(uncharted a-side, 1973)
1 Contrary to the Classic Album Series by Real Gone Music, which was restricted to releases 1962 or before, Original Album Series or Classics, released by the original labels, contain more recent releases beyond 1962. Case in point, Real Gone Music releases Five Classic Albums Plus Singles by Shirley Bassey earlier this year, and the albums were from 1957 to 1961. This current set, however, consists of albums released from 1970 - 1973. Albums by Shirley Bassey are hard to come by, and to have 5 charted popular albums in one set is very refreshing indeed.
2 As noted above, there are many singles that are found within these albums, many of them being rare gems.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Shirley's powerful voice is very focused, with clear differentiation of backing instruments. Great sound!
4 All the 5 CDs have their own miniature LP cardboard covers, with the original front and back covers. Very neat. For older folks like myself, to read the song title from the tiny back cover is next to impossible. Fortunately, a song listing is found on the back cover of the cover case. Thank you.
1 There is no booklet. There are no chart positions, and label and number.
2 The price of the Original Album Series or Classics is usually higher than the Classic Album Series by Real Gone Music or Long Play Collection by Goldies.
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
Shirley Bassey has 31 charted singles on the British chart from 1957 to 1999. She does have a long illustrious singing career. I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and, to my amazement, she has 104 singles (charted and uncharted) from 1956 to 2007, but only 193 songs (not 208 songs because 14 were repeated releases and 1 b-side belonged to Yello). The labels involved include: (1) Philips (1956 to 1960), (2) Columbia (1960 - 1966), (3) United Artists (1966 - 1979), (4) Applause (1982), (5) Polydor (1983 - 1985), (6) Towerbell (1984 - 1986), (7) Mercury (1987 - 1988), (8) FreeStyle (1990), (9) Polygram (1996), (10) EastWest (1996), (11) Wall Of Sound (1997), (12) Bluenote (1999), (13) Universal (1999), (14) Zonophone (1999), (15) Liberty (2000), (16) Whoop Records (2002), (17) Roc-A-Fella Records (2005), (18) ZYX Recods (2005), (19) Lock Stock & Barrel (2007). His single release of Get The Party Started reached UK 47 in 2007 and US Dance Chart #3 in 2007. Amazing career!!! I just purchased her latest Get The Party Started CD, and I shall review it when I receive it.
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 many singles, there are many fantastic album tracks. Her interpretation of other artists' materials often resulted in she making them her own. This set is highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Jim Reeves Four Walls 101: Best Of Jim Reeves (4CDs): 101 songs, mostly singles; average sound; sloppy labeling., Dec 20 2014
Jim Reeves was born on August 20, 1923 in Panola County, Texas. He is best known as “Gentleman Jim.” He has an amazing 80 charted entries in the Billboard Country Chart from 1953 to 1980, including 11 Number 1 hits. He also has 44 studio albums. He sadly died in a plane crash in Nashville on July 31, 1964 at the age of 40.
This 4 CD set, released by AP Music from UK, contain 101 songs. To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (BB=Billboard Hot 100; C&W=Billboard Country Chart; UK):
01 Mexican Joe (Abbott 116)(C&W 1(9)/1953)
02 Bimbo (Abbott 148)(C&W 1(3)/1953)
03 Drinking Tequila (Abbott 178)(C&W 9/1955)
04 I Love You (with Ginny Wright)(Fabor 101)(C&W 3/1954)
05 Penny Candy (Abbott 170)(C&W 5/1954)
06 Then I’ll Stop Loving You (Abbott 160)(C&W 15/1954)
07 Yonder Comes A Sucker (RCA Victor 6200)(C&W 4/1955)
08 I’m Hurtin’ Inside (RCA Victor 6200)(b-side, 1955)(C&W 4/1955)*double sided hit.
09 Are You The One? (with Alvadean Coker)(Abbott 184)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
10 Give Me One More Kiss (Abbott 180)(b-side, 1955)
11 I Could Cry (Abbott 116)(b-side, 1953)*rare gem.
12 Beatin’ On The Ding Dong (Abbott 164)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
13 Padre Of Old San Antone (Abbott 168)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
14 Butterfly Love (Abbott 137)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem.
15 Gypsy Heart (Abbott 148)(b-side, 1953)
16 Hillbilly Waltz (Abbott 186)(b-side, 1955)
17 I’ll Follow You (Abbott 170)(b-side, 1954)
18 Ichabod Crane
19 It’s Hard To Love Just One (Abbott 143)(b-side, 1953)
20 Let Me Remember (Things I Can’t Forget)(Abbott 186)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
21 My Rambling Heart (Abbott 164)(b-side, 1954)
22 Red Eyed And Rowdy (Abbott 178)(b-side, 1955)
23 Where Does A Broken Heart Go (Abbott 174)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
24 You’re The Sweetest Thing
25 Each Beat Of My Heart
01 Four Walls (RCA Victor 6874)(BB 11/1957)(C&W 1(8)/1957)
02 Blue Boy (RCA Victor 7266)(BB 45/1958; C&W 2/1958)
03 Am I Losing You (RCA Victor 6749)(C&W 3/1957)
04 Charmaine (RCA Victor 9319)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
05 Goodnight Irene
06 Billy Bayou (RCA Victor 7380)(BB 95/1958; C&W 1(5)/1958)
07 According To My Heart (RCA Victor 6620)(C&W 4/1956)
08 Two Shadows On Your Window (RCA Victor 6973)(C&W 9/1957)
09 Waiting For A Train (RCA Victor 6749)(b-side, 1957)
10 I’m Getting Better (RCA Victor 7756)(BB 37/1960; C&W 3/1960)
11 You Belong To Me (RCA Victor 10299)(C&W 54/1975)
12 Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt
13 I Can’t Stop Loving You (RCA Victor 9713)(uncharted a-side, 1966)
14 Echo Bonita (Abbott 160)(b-side, 1954)
15 Let Me Love You Just A Little (Abbott 137)(b-side, 1953)*misspelled as Le Me Love Just A Little
16 Mother Went A Walkin’ (Abbott 168)(b-side, 1954)
17 My Happiness (RCA Victor 9215)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
18 Need Me
19 Oklahoma Hills
20 Teardrops In My Heart
21 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)
22 Tweedle O Twill
23 Waltzing On Top Of The World (RCA Victor 9526)(uncharted a-side, 1964)
24 My Juanita (RCA Victor 9695)(Germany b-side, 1966)
25 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
01 He’ll Have To Go (RCA Victor 7643)(BB 2(3)/1959; C&W 1(14)/1959; UK 12/1960)
02 Mona Lisa
03 Partners (RCA Victor 7557) (C&W 5/1959)
04 I Love You More (RCA Victor 7171)(C&W 8/1958)
05 The Blizzard (RCA Victor 7855)(BB 62/1961; C&W 4/1961)
06 Anna Marie (RCA Victor 7070)(C&W 3/1957)
07 Roly Poly
08 Home (RCA Victor 7479)(C&W 2/1959)
09 Maria Elena (RCA Victor 9318)(Germany b-side, 1960)
10 I’d Like To Be (RCA Victor 7380)(b-side, 1958)(C&W 18/1958)*double sided hit.
11 I’m Beginning to Forget You (RCA Victor 7557)(b-side, 1959)(C&W 17/1959)*double sided hit.
12 Whispering Hope (RCA Victor 1223)(UK 50/1961)
13 Dear Hearts And Gentle People (RCA Victor 9348)(Germany b-side, 1966)
14 An Evening Prayer
15 Final Affair
17 How’s The World Treating You
18 How Long Has It Been (RCA Victor 1445)(UK 45/1965)
19 I Love To Say I Love You (Theme Of Love)(RCA Victor 7266)(b-side, 1958)
20 (Now And Then There’s A) Fool Such As I
21 Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)
22 Yours (Quiereme Mucho)(RCA Victor 9215)(Germany b-side, 1959)
23 Everywhere You Go (RCA Victor 7070)(b-side, 1957)
24 I Care No More*mislabeled on the back cover as You’re The Sweetest Thing (same as #24 on disc 1).
25 Blues In My Heart*mislabeled on the back cover as Each Beat Of My Heart (same as #25 on disc 1).
01 My Lips Are Sealed (RCA Victor 6517)(C&W 8/1956)
02 I Know One (RCA Victor 7756)(b-side)(BB 82/1960; C&W 6/1960)*double sided hit.
03 I Missed Me (RCA Victor 7800)(BB 44/1960; C&W 3(8)/1960)
04 Adios Amigos (RCA Victor 8019)(BB 90/1962; C&W 2(9)/1962; (UK 23/1962)
05 Losing Your Love (RCA Victor 7950)(BB 89/1961; C&W 2(2)/1961)
06 Stand At Your Window (RCA Victor 7905)(b-side, 1961)(C&W 16/1961)*double sided hit.
07 What Would You Do (RCA Victor 7905)(BB 73/1961; C&W 15/1961)
08 I’m Gonna Change Everything (RCA Victor 8080)(BB 95/1962; C&W 2(3)/1962; UK 42/1962)
09 Blue Side Of Lonesome (RCA Victor 8902)(BB 59/1966; C&W 1(1)/1966)
10 Blue Skies
11 Don’t Ask Me Why
12 Don’t Tell Me
13 Don’t You Want To Be My Girl*misspelled on the back cover as Don’t You Want Be Be My Girl
14 God Be With You
15 Honey, Won’t You Please Come Home
16 I’ve Lived A Lot In My Time (RCA Victor 6274)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
17 I Can’t Fly
18 If Heartache Is The Fashion (RCA Victor 7479)(b-side, 1959)
19 If You Were Mine (RCA Victor 6401)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
20 Making Believe
21 This World Is Not My Home (RCA Victor 1412)(UK 22/1965)
22 When Two Worlds Collide (RCA Victor 0135)(C&W 6/1969; UK 17/1969)
23 Wishful Thinking (RCA Victor 1437)(UK b-side, 1965)
24 You’ll Never Be Mine Again
25 You’re Free To Go (RCA Victor 0626)(b-side, 1972)(UK 48/1972)
26 You’re The Only Good Thing (RCA Victor 1261)(b-side, 1960)
1 There are 101 songs, mostly singles as noted above, plus album tracks. There is a fairly good mix, containing quite a few #1 hits, like Mexican Joe, Bimbo, Four Walls, Billy Bayou, He’ll Have To Go and Blue Side of Lonesome.
2 The sound is reasonable and fairly clean, but not the superior quality from Real Gone Music, Jasmine or Sepia Records.
3 The price is reasonable for a 4 CD set.
1 The package is arranged in a gatefold cardboard cases, with the 4 CDs sliding into their individual lots. There is no booklet. There is no label, number or chart position.
2 There are mislabeling of song titles on the back cover, tracks #24 and #25 of disc 3, the same as #24 and #25 of disc 1. The correct song titles were found in the inner sleeves. I have checked the songs, and there is no mistake and no repetition. Still, a sloppy job!
3 There is misspelling of song title as noted above (#13 disc 4) on the back cover and in the inner sleeve too (misspelled as Don’t You Want Be Be My Girl). Another sloppy job!
I have mixed feelings about this set. While the song mix and sound are acceptable, the sloppy labeling and misspelling really does not reflect well on the label itself. AP Music is releasing a whole series of 101 on artists like Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Everly Brothers, etc. The price is certainly right. Since there is no problem with selection of songs and sound quality, I would still recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dells One Step Closer (Expanded Edition): rare original album making CD debut, with bonus tracks; great sound; wonderful booklet, Dec 20 2014
This set contains the original album, One Step Closer, released in 1984, finally available on CD, now with bonus tracks.
To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Here, Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; Pop=Billboard Hot 100; R&B Rhythm & Blues chart):
LP ONE STEP CLOSER (Private I. 39309)(Billboard Top R&B Album Chart, 49/1984):
01 ONE STEP CLOSER (Private I 04448)(R&B 46/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 LOVE ON (Private I 04540)(R&B 60/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 YOU JUST CAN'T WALK AWAY (Private I 04343)(Pop 107/1984; R&B 23/1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Come On Back To Me (Private I 04448)(b-side, 1984)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Holdin’ On
06 Don't Want Nobody (Private I 04343)(b-side, 1984)*rare gem; CD debut; written and produced by acclaimed guitarist David Williams; it was Williams signature funky strumming that famously anchors the end of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean; he was also inducted into Guiness Book Of World Records, as the guitarist appearing on the most number one hit records ever!.
07 I Am Your Man
08 Jody*David Williams also responsible this synth-laden dancer and a modern tale of infidelity.
09 You Just Can’t Walk Away (US single edit)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 One Step Closer (US single edit)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 One Step Closer (US remix club version)*rare gem; CD debut.
1 This is a great up-tempo album, finally released on CD. It contains many singles (a and b-sides), all making their CD debut. The bonus tracks are precious, including the US single versions of You Just Can’t Walk Away and One Step Closer. Thank you.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. The vocals are crisp, with backing instruments well differentiated and vibrant.
3 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet, with an informative essay by Lewis Dene. Label and number, and chart positions are all included. The front and back covers occupy the entire page each. 45 rpm single labels are also included. This illustrates how the booklet should be constructed. Thank you for the great effort.
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
On the Billboard R&B chart, the Dells have 47 charted singles. I have just painstakingly finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that the Dells have 71 singles from 1954 to 1992 (but only 135 songs, not 142 songs, because 6 were repeat releases and one b-side belonged to another artist, Count Morris). Their labels are: (1) Checker (1954), (2) Vee Jay (1955 – 1961), (3) Argo (1962 – 1963), (4) Vee Jay (1964 – 1965), (5) Cadet (1966 – 1975), (6) Mercury (1975 – 1978), (7) ABC (1978 – 1979), (8) 20th Century (1980), (9) Private I. (1984), (10) Veteran (1989), (11) Virgin (1991), (12) Urgent! (1991), and (13) Philadelphia I. (1992).
To get all the songs, you will need: (1) Dells Early Years (Acrobat, 2014), (2) Time Makes You Change 1954 – 1961 (2CDs by Jasmine Records, 2012), (3) Anthology (2 CDs by Hip-O, 1999), (4) Standing Ovation: Very Best of 1966 – 1981 (2 CDs by Universal, 2007). Fortunately, most of the rest can be found online. Right now, I am only missing 4 songs out of 135 songs.
The Dells is a vocal group from Harvey, Illinois, consisting of Johnny Funches (lead), Marvin Junior (baritone lead), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They have a long and illustrious career, making them one of the only two groups to have R&B hit singles in five different decades. The other group…no: not the Temptations, not Gladys Knight & the Pips….it was the Isley Brothers.
This set represents the dynamic aspect of the Dells. Their harmonies are simply heavenly. The entire set is enjoyable, with great synth sound. You will tap your feet with the music.This set is highly recommended to all Dells fans.