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5.0 out of 5 stars
Michael Franks: Time Together: Michael in top form and the best remastered audio with clean, crisp & vibrant sound! First rate!, Aug. 18 2013
Michael Franks was born on September 18, 1944 in La Jolla, South California. (Note: According to Yahoo, La Jolla is one of the best place to visit after a break-up!) A young Michael absorbed the literature of American standards by the greats: Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, plus the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. At age 14, he spent $29.95 for a Japanese Marco Polo guitar. He studied English at UCLA. During that time, he was mesmerized by the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Miles Davis. In the late ‘60s, he relocated to Canada, where he opened shows for Gordon Lightfoot and worked briefly with the band Carnival, later Lighthouse. He cut his first self-titled record in 1973 for Brut Records. Then, he was signed by Warner Brothers. His first record on Reprise was The Art Of Tea (its title lifted from the book by Okakura) in 1975. His only charted hit was Popsicle Toes (43/1976). From 1973 to 2012, he has a total of 23 record releases (including compilation and greatest hits). Except the Dream box set in 2012, I have every Michael Franks CD.
Today Michael Franks lives with his wife Claudia in Woodstock. He is indeed the mystical, mellow messenger: the weaver of dreams. He is the wise and gentle poet placing passion fruit at the feet of the sleeping gypsy, transforming her mirages of amore into Tropic of Virgo moonlight she will cup in both hands.
Time Together (2011) was Michael Franks’ 23nd album release, counting compilations or greatest hits. It was his first studio album in 5 years since Rendezvous in Rio (2006), and also the first on Shanachie record label. It is an airy, groove-ridden summer travelog that ranges from St. Tropez and New York to Paris, France, and Egypt; it journeys through the nostalgic past and finds space in the present moment, with cleverly notated, languorous, ironic observations about life. There are 11 brand new songs. The song listing (with personal comments) is as follows:
01 NOW THAT THE SUMMER'S HERE* a samba-inspired paean to laziness with excellent solos by Till Bronner's trumpet and Eric Marienthal's alto; the arrangement by Chuck Loeb includes a perfectly balanced meld of acoustic and electric guitars, with the harmony chorus between Franks and Carmen Cuesta adding an essentially restrained yet celebratory tone.
02 ONE DAY IN ST. TROPEZ*features Gil Goldstein's acoustic piano, Greg Cohen's bass, and Romero Lubambo's acoustic guitar evoke classic bossa while the singer details in exotically rich, nostalgically romantic lyrics a 1963 hitchhiking excursion through Southern France.
03 SUMMER IN NEW YORK
04 MICE* a humorous, metaphorically hip irony, illustrated beautifully by Mike Manieri's vibes, Scott Petito's bass, and David Spinozza's guitar with a backing vocal from Beth Neilsen-Chapman.
05 CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT
06 I'D RATHER BE HAPPY THAN RIGHT
07 TIME TOGETHER*a touching tribute to his beloved dog, Flora, who died in 2000; he was donating royalties from this song to United for Animals in Flora's memory.
08 SAMBA BLUE* offers the tale of a long-ago love affair in Paris, without a hint of cloying or regret, thanks to Franks fine lyric and melody, and a jaunty Chuck Loeb arrangement featuring a beautiful alto solo by Eric Marienthal.
09 MY HEART SAID WOW* duet with Veronica Nunn; Alex Spiagin's trumpet is outstanding!
10 IF I COULD MAKE SEPTEMBER STAY
11 FEATHERS FROM AN ANGEL'S WING* the longest and perhaps most beautiful track here is, fittingly, also the closer; arranged by Mark Egan, whose fretless bass introduces it, Chuck Loeb's guitars, Clifford Carter's keys, and Joe Bonadio's drums illustrate it elegantly.
Unlike earlier albums which were under-remastered, the sound of this album is simply PERFECT! I have every Michael Franks album, and consider this album the BEST sounding album of all, with clear, crisp and intimate vocal from Michael Franks, vibrant, clearly defined sound from various instruments. The result listening experience is simply sublime.
Michael Franks possess a unique gift for dreaming up eloquent literary imagery and combining it with the right musical accents to create timeless masterpieces. With his signature laidback vocal style and sexy/witty/cool songwriting, Michael Franks is a musician’s musician.
I have reviewed every Michael Franks album on Amazon.ca. I consider this latest album the best sounding of all. Michael was still in top form. The accompanied instrumental sound is clean, crisp and vibrant, complementing Michael’s lazy but soothing voice. There are many outstanding tracks, many of which having a sexy bossa nova beat. This is one album that you can listen to it again and again, especially during the hot summer days. This set is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
I Got A Woman: Gems From Decca Vaults USA 1960-1961: great varieties, mostly C&W, with 3 Sandra Dee songs! Surprise! Priceless!, Aug. 14 2013
The origin of the brand name Decca stretch back to shortly before World War 1. In 1914, a portable record player, the Dulciphone, was patented, the company marketing it coining the name Decca by combining the initial D of Dulciphone with “Mecca”. The Decca record label was founded in 1929 by English financier Edward Lewis and soon acquired a reputation for pioneering new recording technologies such as ‘full frequency range recording’, the long-play record and the development of stereo recording. The American branch of the label was established in 1934. The two companies remained as separate companies until 1998 when the American branch brought out the British one.
During the 30s and 40s, American Decca released records by among others, Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters and Judy Garland, and in 1942 issued the first recording of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. Another milestone was the release by Billy Haley’s Rock Around The Clock, long considered as the first song of the Rock Era.
The British branch of Decca was responsible for one of the biggest faux-pas in pop music history when they turned down the opportunity to sign the Beatles, declaring “that guitar groups are on the way out.” But that did not stop the label releasing recordings made by Tony Sheridan in 1961, backed by the Beatles.
This 3-CD set from One Day Music contains 60 tracks, all original versions, and many ultra rare gems. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with chart position, year on pop, C&W and UK charts, plus personal comments) which is as follows:
01 I Got A Woman - Sammy Davis Jr. (Uncharted single, 1960)
02 My Bonnie – Tony Sheridan & The Beatles (US POP 26/1964; UK 48/1963)
03 It Started All Over Again – Brenda Lee (US POP 29/1962)(b-side to Heart In Hand)
04 A Little Bitty Tear – Burl Ives (US POP 9/1961; AC 1/1961; C&W 2/1961; UK 9/1961)
05 Alligator Man – Jimmy Newman (C&W 22/1961)*rare gem; has 33 charted entries in the Country Chart from 1954 to 1970)
06 Birds Of A Feather Fly Together – Benny Joy (Uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
07 My Baby’s Gone – Jimmy Donley (Uncharted single, 1960)
08 Crazy – Patsy Cline (US POP 9/1961; C&W 1/1961)
09 Exclusively Yours – Carl Dobkins Jr. (US POP 62/1960)*his biggest hit was My Heart Is An Open Book (3/1959)
10 Wonderland By Night – Bert Kaempfert (US POP 1(3)/1960)
11 Success – Loretta Lynn (C&W 6/1962)
12 Bubbles (I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles) – The Kalin Twins (Uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; their biggest hit was When (5/1958), followed by It’s Only The Beginning (42/1959)
13 How Should I Feel – The Dynamics (Uncharted single, 1960)
14 Heartaches – Patsy Cline (US POP 73/1962; UK 31/1962)
15 Yesterday’s Champagne – Bobby Helms (Uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; his biggest hit was Jingle Bell Rock, followed by Fraulein.
16 Blue Blue Day – The Wilburn Brothers (C&W 14/1961)*rare gem; has 31 charted entries in the Country Chart.
17 Do It While You’re Young – Sandra Dee (Uncharted single, 1960)*ultra rare gem; its b-side is Questions; I now have all 6 songs sung by Sandra Dee and will do a mini compilation as my tribute to this fine actress, plus all the movie theme songs that she was in, like A Summer Place, Imitation Of Life, Gidget, Tammy Tell Me True, I’d Rather Be Rich, Come September, If A Man Answers, etc. What a good idea! Should be fun.
18 Walking The Streets – Webb Pierce (C&W 5/1961)
19 You Can Depend On Me – Brenda Lee (US POP 6/1961)
20 Holding Hands For Joe – Blackjack Wayne (Uncharted single, 1962)
01 I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline (US POP 12/1961; C&W 1/1961)
02 Another Lonely Night – Carl Belew (Uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; his only charted hit was Hello Out There in 1962.
03 Dum Dum – Brenda Lee (US POP 4/1961; UK 22/1961)
04 Music, Music, Music – Billy Haley & The Comets (Uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
05 Our Love – Jimmy Donley (b-side to My Baby’s Gone, 1960)
06 When The Saints Go Marching In – Tony Sheridan & The Beatles (b-side to My Bonnie, 1964)
07 Afrikaan Beat – Bert Kaempfert (US POP 42/1962)
08 Funny Way Of Laughing – Burl Ives (US POP 10/1962; AC 3/1962; C&W 9/1962)
09 Study Hall – The Omegas (Featuring Earl Sinks)(Uncharted single, 1960)
10 If You Don’t Know – Dante (Uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
11 Don’t Just Stand There – Ernest Tubb (b-side to Thoughts Of A Fool, 1961)*rare gem; has an amazing 92 entries on the Country Chart from 1944 to 1983.
12 It’s A Lovely Lovely World – Goldie Hill (Uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem; her biggest hit was Let The Stars Get In My Eyes (1(3)/1953)
13 Lonely Boy And Pretty Girl – The Smoothies (Uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
14 Dear Johnny – Sandra Dee (Uncharted single, 1960)*ultra-rare gem; its b-side is When I Fall In Love which I have in another compilation.
15 Crazy Wild Desire – Webb Pierce (C&W 8/1962)(b-side to Take Time)
16 Crazy Dreams – Patsy Cline (Uncharted single, 1960)
17 I’d Rather Loan You Out – Roy Drusky (C&W 10/1961)(b-side to Three Hearts In A Tangle)*rare gem; has 42 charted entries on Country Chart from 1960 to 1977)
18 Everybody Loves Me But You – Brenda Lee (US POP 6/1962)
19 Timbrook – Lewis Pruitt (C&W 10/1960)*rare gem; I would rather his biggest hit Softly And Tenderly is released here rather than Timbrook.
20 Heartbreak U.S.A. – Kitty Wells (C&W 1(4)/1961)
01 Fool #1 – Brenda Lee (US POP 3/1961; UK 38/1961)
02 Bye Bye Baby – Dante (Uncharted single, 1961)*rare gem
03 Royal Telephone – Burl Ives (Uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem
04 She’s Got You – Patsy Cline (US POP 14/1962; C&W 1/1962; UK 43/1962)
05 Life Sure Changes – Blackjack Wayne (b-side to Holding Hands For Joe, 1962)
06 Seems Like Only Yesterday – The Dynamics (b-side to How Should I Feel
07 Promise Me – Carl Dobkins Jr. (Uncharted single, 1962)*rare gem; written by Barry Mann and Johnny Tillotson (remember his Poetry In Motion?)
08 Break It To Me Gently – Brenda Lee (US POP 4/1962; UK 46/1962)
09 Trouble’s Back In Town – The Wilburn Brothers (US POP 101/1962; C&W 4/1962)*rare gem
10 Happy Trumpeteer – Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra (Uncharted single, 1962)
11 The Other Cheek – Kitty Wells (C&W 19/1961)
12 Softly – The Smoothies (Uncharted single, 1960)*rare gem
13 Tammy Tell Me True – Sandra Dee (Uncharted single, 1961)*ultra-rare gem; its b-side is Let’s Fall In Love.
14 Everybody’s Dying For Love – Jimmy Newman (C&W 14/1961)*rare gem
15 A Hundred Proof Heartache – Loretta Lynn (b-side to Success, 1962)*rare gem
16 The Fuzz – Grady Martin (Uncharted single, 1961)
17 If You Love Me (Really Love Me) – Brenda Lee (Uncharted single, 1961)
18 Fallen Angel – Webb Pierce (C&W 4/1960; US POP 99/1960)
19 When I Get Through With You (You’ll Love Me Too) – Patsy Cline (US POP 53/1962; C&W 10/1962)
20 Linda Lou- Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (Uncharted single, 1960)
The sound is excellent and very well remastered. But as noted above, the ultra-rare gems are the three songs by my teenage idol Sandra Dee…what a royal treat. Now I have all six songs by her, and I plan to make a special CD as a tribute to Sandra, who passed away too soon.
In the 30s and 40s, Decca was one of the big three in US, namely Victor, Columbia and Decca. But this current compilation deals with 1960 – 1961 in US. There are many well known stars like Brenda Lee, Burl Ives and Patsy Cline. The music is mostly country and western. The entire set is very enjoyable to listen to. As noted above, my personal prize is the three songs by my teenage idol Sandra Dee…what a pleasant surprise. Thank you One Day Music. One Day Music has released over 30 different sets on various labels, and I have purchased them all: a very welcome addition to my library. This set is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Bee Gees One Night Only (blu ray): only HD full length concert by Bee Gees, with widescreen & lossless audio track! A Must own!, Aug. 13 2013
1997 was an amazing year for the Bee Gees, with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, plus Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British, American and World Music Awards, the the Australian record industry, and the German Bambi Awards topped off by a “One Night Only” concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, their only live concert in 1997 and first US concert in nearly 10 years.
Most of you, including myself, have purchased the “One Night Only” DVD released in 1997. Now Eagle Rock Entertainment has upconverted this concert to high definition. The burning question is “should I double dip?” I have compared the HD and SD versions. Hopefully, after you have finished reading my review, you will come to the same conclusion as I have. Let’s read on…
HD vs. SD:
SIZE DOES MATTER:
The most important and obvious upgrade is that the blu ray version is widescreen, whereas the standard version was 1.33:1. Here, what a difference this makes to bring joy to my heart to watch this concert the way it was originally recorded.
The blu ray version arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. Although the overall picture is on the soft side, nevertheless, the HD video is far superior than the SD video. In my home theatre, I have a McIntosh MP 1000 video processor that will upconvert any video to 1080p. In my comparison, I find that there are more details in the blu ray version, where you can distinguish different hair strands on Barry’s hair and beard on Barry and Maurice’s faces. The colour is subdued in both cases, but the green colour on Barry’s guitar is boosted in the high definition version. Skin tones are spot on. It is amazing that you can hardly find any wrinkle on Barry’s face. With technical advancement, Robin now spots a pair of earpieces. In my recent review of Bee Gee’s Australian tour DVD, he was still holding a large wired headphone to his left ear when he sang solo. Now he put both hands on the microphone stand. Overall, the picture was pleasing in the blu ray version. (HD: 4/5; SD 2/5)
Another major advancement in the blu ray version is the availability of DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, vs DTS 5.1 in the SD version. The final sound is definitely much improved, with very clear vocals plus different instruments sounding more vibrant. Although the sound is mostly concentrated in the front speakers, still it is better than the SD version, which is more muffled. One little thing that I missed from the old standard DVD is the DTS digital sound logo. It was one of the items to wow and impress your audience, before the actual feature presentation. I have seen two different DTS-HD logos on blu ray discs from Asia. Too bad they are not used here. (HD: 4.5/5; SD: 3.5/5)
The song content is the same on both versions: 32 songs! The outstanding selections include rare performance of Morning Of My Life (from film Melody), Tragedy from Spirits Having Flown, Celine Dion performing Immortality with Bee Gees backing vocals, video appearance of Andy Gibb and Frankie Valli, the latter in the song Grease. Of course, Olivia Newton-John in the front row was introduced to the audience, twice – the other time was as fellow Australian before New York Mining Disaster 1941. (Concert: 5/5)
The bonus features that are found only on the blu ray version are three tracks from the UK TV: Medley: Heartbreaker/Guilty/Chain Reaction, How Deep Is Your Love and Jive Talkin’. But the really special bonus feature here is An Audience With the Bee Gees, with interviews with the three members together at the same time. It is of interest to learn their feelings about the backlash of disco, the snubbing of How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin’ Alive by the Academy Awards, with not a single nomination. Maurice stated that because of the stir towards inaction by the Academy Award that year, it opened the door to pop music in subsequent years, like Nashville and Flashdance, both winning Best Original Song Oscars afterwards. I watched this interview with lots of sadness, because two members are now gone from us forever.
One Night Only is the only full length concert by the Bee Gees on blu ray, and it was recorded at the time when the Brothers Gibbs were still in their prime. By now, you can guess my answer whether it is worthwhile to double dip to buy this blu ray disc: a resounding YES! This blu ray version is much superior than the standard version, and is very highly recommended. In my opinion, it is a Must-Own!
Finally, as per usual Amazon.ca fashion, the reviews for the standard DVD are included in this HD section. Please read the date of review before wasting time in reading out-dated and inappropriate reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Drag Me To Hell (blu ray): top-notched A/V transfer, a totally and thoroughly horrifying but enjoyable experience!, Aug. 12 2013
I came across this movie by chance, when I watched the DVD that I borrowed from the Toronto Public Library. I was so impressed that I now have purchased the blu ray version too. My review is as follows:
Drag Me To Hell arrives on blu ray with VC-1 1080p 2.39:1 encode. For such a low-budgeted film ($30 million), the resultant transfer is simply flawless, capturing all the nuance of director of photography Peter Deming's sharp cinematography, which grabs hold of every minute detail and drags it kicking and screaming into your home theater. Peter Deming's somewhat subdued palette may be bleak and dreary at times, but reds ooze off the screen. Colours truly pop: the blood that shoots out of Christine's nose is beyond vibrant. Hell-flames are startlingly bold, blacks are deep and foreboding, and skintones are simply gorgeous. Texture is truly fine, and detail is rich. This is simply a perfect transfer. (5/5)
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track is equally impressive. Christine's encounters with her seemingly unstoppable Lamian foe are bolstered by thunderous LFE support, immersive directionality, and engrossing rear speaker aggression. Wind whips around the soundfield, pots and pans clatter across the floor, and splintering wood makes it sound as if a ravenous demon is tearing apart your kitchen rather than Christine's. When a failed ceremony devolves into chaos, flicking flames, screaming humans, and smashing furniture are given the same attention as a goat's shuffling hooves. (By the way, the goat in that scene was a puppet!) Through it all, dialogue remains crisp, intelligible, and wonderfully prioritized. Directionality is spot on, and Christopher Young's wonderful score sounds really amazing (the plucking guitar licks in the garage attack scene sound particularly great). His unexpectedly classy score is effortlessly blended into the madness, capturing the croon of his strings as easily as the faint buzz of a meddling fly. Be it the slightest creak or the loudest crash, everything is brought to terrifying life in Universal's meticulously crafted lossless mix. Prepare yourself for a truly magnificent AV presentation. (5/5)
After Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi did take a breather, just long enough to resurrect a 10-year-old script he had co-written with his brother Ivan Raimi. The result? Drag Me to Hell was easily one of the filmmaker's best films and one of 2009's biggest cinematic treats. (5/5)
Did you notice that the license plate of Sylvia Ganush's car is 99951. When it is turned upside-down, it reads IS666.
The Yellow Delta 88 is the same car used in the Evil Dead films.
This horror flick was really fun to watch. Sam Raimi was back to using good old fashioned spook-you-silly techniques, and they really are brilliant. The gags are really first rate. With the first-rate video and audio transfer, I felt that I was literally brought into the middle of the action. Raimi directs the hell out of this movie, using a whole bunch of practical effects alongside some subtle digital augmentation. There is a nearly electric energy to this movie that we haven't felt from the director in a long time, and his total commitment to the project can be seen and heard in every frame. I am a little late with this review (2013 for a 2009 movie). But, this is a first-class thriller, and watching this movie was a totally horrifying but enjoyable experience. The price has also dropped, especially in the “used” category from seller. This set is very highly recommended, and the ending will surprise you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Sandy Nelson: Teen Beat 1959-1961 (2CD): single versions of 7 singles, both a & b-sides, plus 3 complete albums at a good price, Aug. 10 2013
Sandy Nelson was born Sander Lloyd Nelson on December 1, 1938 in Santa Monica, California. He was by far the biggest – indeed, just about the only – drum star of the “Golden Era” of the Rock & Roll Instro. The era lasted, very roughly, from around 1957 – 1964. He has recorded more than thiry LPs in the 60s and 70s, of which 11 charted. He also has 15 charted hits on Billboard Hot 100. Besides his own solo output, he also played in the Teddy Bears’ To Know Him Is To Love Him, the Hollywood Argyles’ Alley Oop, and Kathy Young & The Innocents’ A Thousand Stars. In the late 1963 Nelson was involved in a motorcycle accident, which necessitated the amputation of his right foot and part of his leg. However, he recovered, and eventually managed to resume his career successfully, and continued to record albums in a variety of different styles through to the late 70s.
This 2 CD set has 47 songs. There are three full albums: Teen Beat, He’s A Drummer Boy and Let There Be Drums. The outstanding feature of this set is the inclusion of the single version of his hits, while the LP versions were covered on the album section. Another nice feature is the arrangement of his singles chronologically, with both a and b-sides. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position and year), which is as follows:
01 Teen Beat (single version)(Original Sound 5)(POP 4/1959)
02 Big Jump (b-side)(Original 5) 1959
03 Drum Party (single version)(Imperial 5630)(Uncharted single, 1960)
04 Big Noise From Winnetka (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5630) 1960
05 Party Time (single version)(Imperial 5648)(Uncharted single, 1960)
06 The Wiggle (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5648) 1960
07 Bouncy (single version)(Imperial 5672)(Uncharted single, 1961)
08 Lost Dreams (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5672) 1961
09 Cool Operator (single version)(Imperial 5608)(Uncharted single, 1961)
10 Jive Talk (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5608) 1961
11 Big Noise From The Jungle (single version)(Imperial 5745)(Uncharted single, 1960)
12 Get With It (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5745) 1961
13 Let There Be Drums (single version)(Imperial 5775)(POP 7/1961)
14 Quite A Beat (single version)(b-side)(Imperial 5775) 1961
LP TEEN BEAT (Imperial 9105) 1960:
15 Teen Beat (LP version)
16 Jivin’ Around (Parts 1 & 2)
17 Funny Face
18 The Wiggle (LP version)
19 Rainy Day
20 Drum Party (LP version)
21 In The Mood
23 Lost Dreams (LP version)
24 I’m Walkin’
25 Boom Chicka Boom
26 Party Time (LP version)
LP HE’S A DRUMMER BOY (Imperial 9136) 1960:
01 Cool Operator (LP version)
02 Feet Beat
03 Linda Lou
05 Tough Beat
07 Jive Talk (LP version)
08 Jumpin’ Jungles
09 The Flip
10 Big Noise From The Jungle (LP version)
11 Walkin’ To Hartford
12 Tim Tam
LET THERE BE DRUMS (Imperial 9159)(US 6/1962):
13 Slippin’ And Slidin’
15 My Girl Josephine
16 Big Noise From Winnetka (LP version)
17 Let There Be Drums (LP version)
18 Bouncy (LP version)
19 The Birth Of The Beat
20 Quite A Beat (LP version)
21 Get With It (LP version)
The sound is very good, as per high standards from Jasmine Records. There is a 6-page booklet. Jasmine Records, please follow Real Gone Music, who put the front and back covers of albums on the entire page. Collectors like myself will be greatly appreciated.
Sandy Nelson’s CDs are hard to find and usually very expensive. In this 2 CD set from Jasmine Records, three complete albums are featured, together with 7 singles, with a and b-sides, arranged chronologically and the single versions were featured. Their respective LP versions are found in the LP section. The sound is very good. The price is reasonable. I wish more will be released in the future. This set is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
George Jones & Tammy Wynette: The President & The First Lady: a good collection of their duets with a cheap price, Aug. 10 2013
George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. He has a remarkable singing career, amassing 168 chart entries in the Billboard Country chart from 1955 to 2011. He was once married to Tammy Wynette (1969-1975). He was known as “No Show Jones” (due to several missed shows in the 1970s) and “Possum.” He also has 91 album entries in the Billboard Country Album chart. His major labels include Starday (1955-1957), Mercury (1957-1962), United Artists (1962-1965), Musicor (1965-1971), Epic (1971-1989) and MCA (1991-1996), plus other minor labels. It is next to impossible to collect everything released by George Jones because of sheer large numbers plus different labels. Nevertheless, I have started a Complete Singles Discography, including every song, charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1954 to 2011. So far, I managed to collect 33 CDs. George passed away at the age of 81 in 2013 from hypoxic respiratory failure.
George Jones and Tammy Wynette have 9 studio albums. It is very difficult to find one single set containing all their charted hits. This set is very good in that it contained quite a few rare charted hits that were not found elsewhere. I have prepared a detailed song listing (with chart position and year, plus album source), which is as follows:
01 We’re Gonna Hold On (C&W 1(2)/1973)(from album We’re Gonna Hold On)
02 Two Story House (C&W 2/1980)(from album Together Again)
03 Take Me (C&W 9/1971)(from album We Go Together)
04 The Ceremony (C&W 6/1972)(from album Me And The First Lady)
05 Old Fashioned Singing (C&W 38/1972)(from album We Love To Sing About Jesus)*rare gem
06 (We’re Not) The Jet Set (C&W 15/1974)(from the album We’re Gonna Hold On)
07 We Loved It Away (wrongly written as We Loved It That Way on the back cover)(C&W 8/1974)(from album George & Tammy & Tina)*rare gem
08 God’s Gonna Get ‘Cha (For That)(C&W 25/1975)(from album George & Tammy & Tina)*rare gem
09 Someone I Used To Know (from album We Go Together, 1971)
10 Livin’ On Easy Street (from album We Go Together, 1971)
11 Golden Ring (C&W 1/1976)(from album Golden Ring)
12 After Closing Time (from album We Go Together, 1971)
13 Something To Brag About (from album We Go Together, 1971)
14 We’ll Talk About It Later (from album Together Again, 1980)
15 Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms (from album We’re Gonna Hold On, 1973)
16 Near You (C&W 1(2)/1976)(from album Golden Ring)
17 Southern California (C&W 5/1977)(from album Greatest Hits)
18 Let’s Build A World Together (C&W 32/1973)(from album Let’s Build A World Together)*rare gem
19 After The Fire Is Gone (from album Let’s Build A World Together, 1973)
20 If We Don’t Make It (from album Together Again, 1980)
The sound is good and clean, with no hiss. There is only a 2-page cover, with no booklet.
“The President” George Jones is “The Rolls Royce of Country Music.” He is widely accepted as the most influential Country music recording artist of all time. George’s incredible vocal range puts him in a class of his own. “The First Lady” Tammy Wynette was the recipient of the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year three years in a row. Their duets are legendary. This set is a good collection of their duet hits plus album tracks. Some of their many charted hits are rare and difficult to find, but present in this set. The sound is good, and the price is dirt cheap. In completing my Complete Singles Discography on George Jones, the rare gems in this set are certainly helpful. Out of 14 charted hits, 12 are present here. This set is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars
George Jones 1st class compilation of all his singles, charted & uncharted, a & b-sides, arranged chronologically on Starday, Aug. 10 2013
George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. He has a remarkable singing career, amassing 168 chart entries in the Billboard Country chart from 1955 to 2011. He was once married to Tammy Wynette (1969-1975). He was known as “No Show Jones” (due to several missed shows in the 1970s) and “Possum.” He also has 91 album entries in the Billboard Country Album chart. His major labels include Starday (1955-1957), Mercury (1957-1962), United Artists (1962-1965), Musicor (1965-1971), Epic (1971-1989) and MCA (1991-1996), plus other minor labels. It is next to impossible to collect everything released by George Jones because of sheer large numbers plus different labels. Nevertheless, I have started a Complete Singles Discography, including all his singles, charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1954 to 2011. So far, I managed to collected 33 CDs. George passed away at the age of 81 in 2013 from hypoxic respiratory failure.
This 3-CD set contains his entire singles output on Starday label, and early Mercury (who bought Starday). The first 2 CDs are simply God-sent, containing his charted and uncharted singles, a and b-sides, arranged chronologically, from 1954-1960. I used this to start my research into a Complete Singles Discography on George Jones. In the 3rd CD, there are songs that George sang as Thumper Jones, on other labels like Dixie and Tops, plus many rare album tracks. There is a total of 86 songs, with many rare gems that can only be found in this set, especially some rare b-sides.
Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, for all of you George Jones fans, I have compiled a detailed song listing (essentially his Singles Discography, including label & no., chart position, year, source of albums, plus personal comments; a side in bold letter), which is as follows:
01 NO MONEY IN THIS DEAL (Starday 130)(Uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem
02 You're In My Heart (b-side)(Starday 130) 1954*rare gem
03 PLAY IT COOL MAN, PLAY IT COOL (Starday 146)(Uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem
04 Wrong About You (b-side)(with Sonny Burns)(Starday 146) 1954*rare gem
05 LET HIM KNOW (Starday 160, 162)(Uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem
06 You All, Goodnight (b-side)(Starday 162) 1954*rare gem
07 HEARTBROKEN ME (with Sonny Burns)(Starday 165)(Uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem
08 HOLD EVERYTHING (Starday 188)(Uncharted single, 1954)*rare gem
09 What's Wrong With You (b-side)(Starday 188) 1955*rare gem
10 WHY BABY WHY (Starday 202)(C&W 4/1955)*his first charted hit
11 Seasons Of My Heart (b-side)(Starday 202) 1955
12 Still Hurtin' (b-side)(Starday 216) 1955
13 WHAT AM I WORTH (Starday 216)(C&W 7/1956)
14 Your Heart (b-side)(Starday 234) 1955*rare gem
15 I'M RAGGED BUT I'M RIGHT (Starday 234)(Uncharted single, 1955)*rare gem
16 ROCK IT - George Jones (as Thumper Jones)(Starday 240)(Uncharted single, 1956)*rare gem
17 How Come It (b-side) - George Jones (as Thumper Jones)(Starday 240) 1956*rare gem
18 It's OK (b-side)(Starday 247) 1955
19 YOU GOTTA BE MY BABY (Starday 247)(C&W 7/1956)
20 BOAT OF LIFE (Starday 256)(Uncharted single, 1956)*rare gem
21 Taggin' Along (b-side)(Starday 256) 1956
22 Gonna Come Get You (b-side)(Starday 264)(C&W 3/1956)*double-sided hit
23 JUST ONE MORE (Starday 264)(C&W 3/1956)
24 YEARNING - George Jones (with Jeanette Hicks)(Starday 279)(C&W 10/1957)*b-side is So Near solo by Jeanette Hicks
25 Uh, Uh, No (b-side)(Mercury 71029) 1957
26 DON'T STOP THE MUSIC (Mercury 71029)(C&W 10/1957)
27 TOO MUCH WATER (Mercury 71096)(C&W 13/1957)
28 All I Want To Do (b-side)(Mercury 71096) 1957
29 Opry Rag (as George Jones’ String Band)(instrumental)(Starday EP 366) 1957*rare gem
01 FLAME IN MY HEART - George Jones (with Virginia Spurlock)(Mercury 71141) (Uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
02 No No Never (b-side) - George Jones (with Virginia Spurlock)( Mercury 71141) 1957 *rare gem
03 HEARTS IN MY DREAMS (Mercury 71176)(Uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
04 Tall Tall Trees (b-side)(Mercury 71176) 1957*rare gem
05 CUP OF LONELINESS ( Mercury 71224)(Uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
06 Take The Devil Of Our Me (b-side)(Mercury 71224) 1957*rare gem
07 NEW BABY FOR CHRISTMAS (Mercury 71225)(Uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
08 Maybe Next Christmas (b-side)(Mercury 71225) 1957*rare gem
09 COLOR OF THE BLUES (Mercury 71257)(C&W 7/1958)
10 Eskimo Pie (b-side)(Mercury 71257) 1957*rare gem; can be found only in this compilation
11 NOTHING CAN STOP MY LOVE (Mercury 71339)(Uncharted single, 1957) *rare gem
12 I'm With The Wrong One (b-side) - George Jones (with Jeanette Hicks)(Mercury 71339) 1957*rare gem
13 (I'M A) WANDERING SOUL (Mercury 71340) 1957*rare gem
14 Jessie Wants Me (b-side)( Mercury 71340) 1958*rare gem
15 TREASURE OF LOVE (Mercury 71373)(C&W 6/1958)*another double-sided hit
16 If I Don't Love You (Grits Ain't Groceries)(b-side)(Mercury 71373)(C&W 29/1958)
17 WHITE LIGHTNING (Mercury 71406)(C&W 1(5)/1959)*George’s first No. 1 hit
18 Long Time To Forget (b-side)(Mercury 71406) 1958*rare gem; can only be found in this set
19 Into My Arms Again (b-side)(Mercury 71464) 1959*rare gem; can only be found in this set
20 WHO SHOT SAM? (Mercury 71464)(C&W 7/1959)
21 IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A CROWN (Mercury 71506)(Uncharted single, 1957)*rare gem
22 My Lord Has Called Me (b-side)(Mercury 71506) 1958*rare gem
23 Big Harlan Taylor (b-side)(Mercury 71514)(C&W 19/1959)
24 MONEY TO BURN (Mercury 71514)(C&W 15/1959)*double sided hit.
25 ACCIDENTLY ON PURPOSE (Mercury 71583)(C&W 16/1960)
26 Sparkling Brown Eyes (b-side)(Mercury 71583)(C&W 30/1960)*double sided hit
27 HAVE MERCY ON ME (Mercury 71615)(Uncharted singe, 1960)*rare gem
28 If You Believe (b-side)(Mercury 71615) 1960*rare gem
01 Ragged But Right (alt. take)(LP version)(from album Country Song Hits (The Grand Ole Opry's New Star)(Starday SLP-101) 1956)
02 Yearning (with Jeanette Hicks)(alt. take)(LP version)(from album Country Song Hits (The Grand Ole Opry's New Star)(Starday SLP-101) 1956)
03 Hold Everything (alt. take)(LP version)(from album Country Song Hits (The Grand Ole Opry's New Star)(Starday SLP-101) 1956)
04 Any Old Time (Tops 291)(Uncharted single, 1956)(from album Hillbilly Hit Parade (Starday SLP-102) 1956)
05 I’ll Take The Chance (with Jeanette Hicks)(Tops 288)(Uncharted single, 1956)(from album Hillbilly Hit Parade (Starday SLP-102) 1956)
06 Sweet Dreams (b-side)(Tops 291)(from album Hillbilly Hit Parade (Starday SLP-102) 1956)
07 Heartbreak Hotel – George Jones (as Thumper Jones)(Dixie 502)(Uncharted single, 1956)(from album Hillbilly Hit Parade (Starday SLP-102) 1956)
08 Singing The Blues (from album Hillbilly Hit Parade, Vol. 1 (Mercury 20282) 1957)*rare gem
09 One Is A Lonely Number (from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
10 Maybe Little Baby (from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
11 Run Boy – George Jones as Leon Payne (Dixie 502)(also from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
12 I’m A One-Woman Man (recorded in 1956)(from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
13 Settle Down (recorded in 1954)(from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
14 Heartbroken Me (with Sonny Burns)(alt. take)(LP version)(from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
15 Rain, Rain (from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
16 Frozen Heart (from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
17 I’ve Got Five Dollars (And It’s Saturday Night)(Dixie 502)(also from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
18 ‘Cause I Love You (recorded in 1956)(from album The Crown Prince Of Country Music)(Starday 125) 1957)
19 You Never Thought (from album George Jones Sings)(Mercury 20306) 1957)*rare gem
20 Don’t Do This To Me (from album Hillbilly Hit Parade, Vol. 2)(Mercury 20328) 1957)*rare gem
21 Gotta Talk To Your Heart (from album Country Music Jamboree)(Mercury 20350) 1957)*rare gem
22 Good Old Bible (from album Country Church Time)(Mercury 20462) 1959)
23 Will The Circle Be Unbroken (from album Country Church Time)(Mercury 20462) 1959)
24 We’ll Understand It (from album Country Church Time)(Mercury 20462) 1959)
25 That’s The Way I Feel (from album White Lightning And Other Favorites)(Mercury 20477) 1959)
26 Give-Away Girl (with Virginia Spurlock)(from album White Lightning And Other Favorites)(Mercury 20477) 1959)
27 No Use To Cry (from album White Lightning And Other Favorites)(Mercury 20477) 1959)
28 You’re Back Again (with Hank Locklin)(from album White Lightning And Other Favorites)(Mercury 20477) 1959)
29 Life To Go (from album White Lightning And Other Favorites)(Mercury 20477) 1959)
The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss. They are all original versions, sometimes including both single and LP versions. There is an excellent 16-page booklet, with a detailed discography, the type you only can find in Bear Family releases, together with rare pictures, picture sleeves and 45 rpm single label. Priceless!
Fantastic Voyage is a first class oldies reissue label from UK. Their most famous releases are Hit Parade series, from 1954 to 1962, including every charted single for that year that entered the UK chart. For the past 2 years, a different set of the b-sides were also released. Also priceless! I have collected the entire series, and am very happy with my purchase.
If you are interested in early hillbilly George Jones, this set is the definite one that you should buy. It is rare to find all his singles, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically (except sometimes b-sides ahead of a-sides). The 3rd CD is dedicated to rare album tracks, plus uncharted single releases on other minor labels like Dixie and Tops. The sound is excellent. The booklet is also priceless. The other set for early George Jones is Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Tracks & Singles by Real Gone Music, which was also excellent. (my review elsewhere). This set is very highly recommended, especially for all George Jones fans.
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Oblivion (blu ray): blu ray not movie review: flawless and perfect audio/video with Tom Cruise in top form!, Aug. 7 2013
Oblivion storms into blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.39:1 encode. Photographed digitally with the Red Epic camera system, this video transfer is simply flawless and stunning. Director Joseph Kosinski's technically artistic eye is always present. Take for example the sky home that Jack and Victoria live in. That isn't green screen you're seeing outside. It's a modern take on front projection (see trivia below for detailed explanation). Those are real clouds and real sunsets. Many of his in-camera techniques lend themselves to making a spotless high-def presentation. Almost every scene is in stunning clarity. Colours are cold and sterile. Contrast is perfect, with deep and solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is sharp and clear, with detail mind-blowingly clear: everything from the tiniest reflection in the sleek futuristic surfaces of the sky home, to the majesty of Cruise's ageless hair follicles. There is no IMAX aspect ratio shifting like The Dark Knight, but using anamorphic lens, the realistic futuristic scenery fills up my entire 12 foot wide screen, which is simply awesome. (5+/5)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix is just as impressive. The electronic techno beat pulses, with an unmistakable and unforgettable bass, reminded me of a Daft Punk soundtrack, like Tron: Legacy. It rumbles passionately causing complete sensory enjoyment. The movie's action uses pinpoint directionality. As the bubble ship flies through slim canyons, it seamlessly transports its sound from speaker to speaker creating the illusion that it's flying across your home theatre. The added side channels provide a wonderfully enveloping ambiance that truly makes the presentation holosonic and demo material. The overall effect is a very immersive experience. Fidelity is superb throughout. Dialogue is crystal clear and intelligible at all times too, and dynamics, directionality and separation are first-rate. (5/5)
Oblivion has an estimated budget of $120 million, and has a rather disappointing worldwide gross of $280 million, rather low using current standards. Tom’s last picture Jack Reacher made even less at 213 million.
Tom celebrated his 50th birthday on the set. To celebrate the milestone, director Joseph Kosinski presented the star with one of the futuristic motorbikes from the film. Tom also gave the director a present of his own: a die-cast model of the bubble ship in a glass case.
Joseph Kosinski' and Claudio Miranda didn't like the extensive use of blue screen mattes in Tron Legacy, that for this film, they wanted to use real glass, mirrors and shiny surfaces for the glass tower set. The sky footage was projected on a 500 by 45 feet screen consisting of 21 monitors taken from three weeks of footage of a volcano in Hawaii. The monitors took 10 technician weeks to install and fine tuning with floor-level rig support. In the end it had the actors complimenting the production team for that set design that as such Tom Cruise declared that the glass tower was one of his favourite film sets.
Oblivion did borrow a lot of its plot and twists from other sci-fi movies, but its look is wholly original. Kosinski has a keen eye for putting together a visually lush film. Cruise does exactly what he does almost every time he's asked to lead a film; he nails it. I am equally impressed by his performance on Jack Reacher and Mission Impossible 4 (my reviews elsewhere).
I found Oblivion exciting and beautiful. Both the video and audio is flawless and simply perfect, and demo-worthy. The cinematography and colour fidelity are simply superb. The entire picture is very enjoyable, and this set is highly recommended.
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The Sword In The Stone (blu ray): enchanting movie with soft image, but more superior than the DVD in all aspects., Aug. 7 2013
This 50th Anniversary Edition of The Sword In The Stone was Walt Disney’s 18th animated feature and the last animated film released before Walt Disney’s death. It arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.75:1 encode. This 1963 animated feature was released on DVD as Gold Collection (2003) and 45th Anniversary Edition (2008), and both had 1.33:1. For the first time, the picture finally appears as widescreen! Colours have been bolstered and black colour deepened. But unfortunately, there was excessive noise reduction, wiping off a lot of the grain and details, resulting in a very soft flat image with loss of sharpness and lack of pop in the colours. (Another prime example of excessive DNR was Unversal’s Predators). But don’t despair. After watching the HD version, I took out my 2003 Gold Collection DVD. The picture here in 1.33:1 was even worst with duller colours and softer images, immediately noticeable on the colours and sharpness of the opening credits. Although this current transfer cannot be compared to other Diamond Editions such as the Lion King, Bambi, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, all with vibrant saturated colours that pop, nevertheless, it is much superior than the DVD version. The technique in the drawing reminded me of Winnie the Pooh era, a totally different method compared to those more modern techniques. Nevertheless the picture was still very enjoyable and enchanting, especially when you introduce this to your young children. (4/5)
For the first time, this 1963 movie comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, which is a significant improvement over previous Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Voices are clean and clear on the whole, with minimal hiss, and effects are bright and well-prioritized, despite some presumably unavoidable flatness and tininess. There is minimal rear speaker or subwoofer activity. I would have preferred a lossless track of the original mono. The music score by George Bruns was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Score of Music – Adaptation or Treatment, in 1964, but lost to Andre Previn’s Irma La Douce. When I watched the primitive menu of the 2003 Gold edition, there was no offering of any choice for sound – I guess it just defaunted to Dolby Digital, and the sound in the DVD was much inferior than that of this lossless version. (4/5)
This is the first Disney animated feature with songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who was responsible for songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the famous theme-park song “It’s A Small World (After All).
Although Walt Disney never knew it, he himself was character designer Bill Peet's model for Merlin. Peet saw them both as argumentative, cantankerous, playful and very intelligent. Peet also gave Merlin Walt's nose.
Arthur was voiced by three different boys - Rickie Sorensen, Richard Reitherman and Robert Reitherman. The changes in voice are very noticeable in the film because of the way Arthur's voice keeps going from broken to unbroken, sometimes in the same scene. One of the easiest noticed is in the last scene in the throne room when Arthur asks in his "changed voice", "Oh, Archimedes, I wish Merlin was here!" Then, the camera cuts farther back and Arthur shouts in his "unchanged voice," "Merlin! Merlin!" Pay attention to see if you also notice the above difference.
The Sword In The Stone remains one of Disney’s lower profile animated features, even fifty years after it was released. This movie is one of my beloved favourite Disney films, and my wife’s favourite one. Unfortunately, the video suffered through unnecessarily excessive noise scrubbing, removing a lot the details and grain. The movie is still very enchanting and lovely to watch, and both video and audio are much more superior than the DVD version. For now, this is the best version of this enchanting movie available, and is still highly recommended.
One little shopping tip for blu ray discs, it is wise to scan the website on a regular basis. I have an Excel spreadsheet listing all the movies or CDs that I like to purchase, plus their prices. For major releases, the initial price is usually the highest, and as the release date draws closer, the price may drop. In this case, the original price was $30.74. But suddenly it dropped to $24.99 and I immediately ordered it. Now the price has gone back up to $29.97. Opposite is true for non-major release. Here, the initial announced price is usually the lowest. Shop wisely and you can save a few dollars. I hope this shopping tip is helpful to you.
Finally, get this blu ray version, and watch it with your young children. They will all glue to the TV and this movie will enchant a new generation of youngsters.
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Patty Duke: Valley Of Dolls/Sings Folk Songs: 24 songs with many previously unreleased rare gems – a wonderful collection!, Aug. 2 2013
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York. She first became famous as a child star, playing the young Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker on stage, and later on film. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for that role. She later starred in her sitcom The Patty Duke Show on ABC-TV for three years. She progressed to more mature roles upon playing Neely O'Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.
It’s been an amazing life and career for Anna “Patty” Duke, who has been happily married to retired military officer Michael Pearce since 1986. Enjoying a semi-leisurely life in Idaho, Duke continues to take on acting assignments. Additionally, she happily interacts with fans at personal appearances that also serve to promote mental wellness, a subject close to Anna following the successful treatment of her own bi-polar disorder and her commitment to help others to find precious balance in their lives. Patty, you have my full respect!
Patty Duke has 6 albums from 1965 to 1968, two of which are featured here. Real Gone Music has done an excellent job in bringing her 4 albums onto CDs. In this set, the two albums featured are Patty Duke Sings Songs From Valley Of The Dolls And Other Selections, and Patty Duke Sings Folk Song – Time To Move On.
This set features the next stage in Patty’s career, which would be to return to her dramatic roots but in the very contemporary stylized settling of novelist Jacqueline Susann’s Valley Of The Dolls. Patty was enlisted to play a ruthless actress named Neely O’Hara, determined to claw her way to the top of the showbiz world of Broadway. Valley of the Dolls was extremely emotionally draining for Patty, as she had begun to suffer more seriously from manic-depression that would not be properly understood or diagnosed for several more years. It was United Artists Records decision to put Patty back into the recording studio to sing her interpretation of the songs from Valley of the Dolls, which had been sung by Patty’s character of Neely (but dubbed in the film by Gail Heideman) and Susan Hayward’s character of Helen Lawson (dubbed by Margaret Whiting).
The last record of Patty was a series of folk songs, an eclectic yet fascinating attempt to marry Patty’s emotive strength with social relevance in song. Unfortunately, this record was never released due to lack of support from radio stations. This meant that her highly-charged version of Pete’s Seeger’s The Bells of Rhymney, the fornlorn cries of The Cruel War and the Irish monologue Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye would remain in the tape vaults for over four decades, until now: all rare gems.
Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed track listing (with label, number, chart position, year and personal comments) which is as follows:
PATTY DUKE SINGS SONGS FROM VALLEY OF THE DOLLS AND OTHER SELECTIONS (United Artists 3623) 1967:
01 It’s Impossible
02 Come Live With Me (b-side to My Own Little Place)(United Artists 50216)(1967)
03 Give A Little More
04 I’ll Plant My Own Tree
05 Theme From The Valley Of The Dolls
06 My Own Little Place (uncharted single, 1967)(United Artists 50216)
07 Half-Hearted Kisses
08 Roses Are Red
09 A Million Things To Do
10 Forever Yours
11 Learn To Live With Your Heartbreak
12 I Want Your Love (previously unreleased)*rare gem; originally included in the Folk Songs album, but deleted at the last moment; thanks for including this rare gem!
PATTY DUKE SINGS FOLK SONGS – TIME TO MOVE ON (United Artists, unreleased, no label no.) 1968:
14 The Cruel War
15 The Best Is Yet To Come (previously unreleased)*rare gem
16 And We Were Strangers (Uncharted single, 1968)(United Artists 50299)
17 Puff The Magic Dragon (previously unreleased)*rare gem
18 The Bells of Rhymney (previously unreleased)*rare gem
19 Time To Move On (previously unreleased)*rare gem
20 Dona, Dona (b-side to And We Were Strangers)(United Artists 50299)(1968)*rare gem; very beautiful rendition!
21 Shine For Me (previously unreleased)*rare gem
22 The Housewife’s Lament (previously unreleased)*rare gem
23 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye (previously released on rare various artists album When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, Universal Music, 2010)
24 Blowin’ In The Wind (previously unreleased)*rare gem
The sound is very well remastered, as per high standard from Real Gone Music. But the most outstanding feature, in my opinion, is the valuable 16-page booklet, containing full page picture of the original LPs, both front and back covers, plus many pictures sleeves, 45 rpm single labels and rare pictures, plus a well written essay. As a collector, the putting of the front and back covers of LPs on the entire page is greatly appreciated. Other reissue companies, like Sepia Records, Jasmine Records…are you listening?
My original prized possession on Patty Duke was Just Patty: The Best Of Patty Duke released on EMI/United Artists, with songs mastered from 4-track Master Tape, by the famous Ron Furmanek. That disc contains 3 different versions of the Theme From The Patty Duke Show. It is currently selling for $57!! It is indeed a welcome sight to see Real Gone Music releasing 2 separate CDs, each containing 2 albums. The sound is well remastered with no hiss. The booklet with the covers of the original LPs on the entire page is simply priceless! Patty Duke may not be a big recording star, like Connie Francis or Patti Page, she does occupy a special place in my heart, like other similar artists, like Shelley Fabares, Lesley Gore and Connie Stevens. In my opinion, the outstanding gem in this CD set is the Folk Songs section, with songs that are ultra-rare but beautifully sung – a collector’s dream come true. Her other set that I have reviewed is Don’t Just Stand There/Patty, where you can hear the raw talent of Patty Duke. If you like Patty Duke…then…Don’t Just Stand There…get both CDs. The above set is highly recommended.