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All My Love Belongs To You
All My Love Belongs To You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lawrence All My Love Belongs To You: 18 songs; complete earliest King recordings; good sound!, May 26 2015
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This single CD, released by the defunct Varese Sarabande Records in 2005, contains 18 song. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position and recording date)(US=UK Singles Chart):

01 Poinciana (King 45-15185)(a-side)(US 21/1952)(June 1952)*his first charted single.
02 Never Leave Me (King 45-15185)(b-side, June 1952)
03 King For A Day (King 45-1252)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)
04 Mine And Mine Alone (King 45-15190)(uncharted a-side April 1952)
05 With Every Breath I Take (King 45-1223)(uncharted a-side, April 1953)
06 I Need (King 45-1325)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)*his last single for King label.
07 How Many Stars Have To Shine (King 45-15208)(a-side)(US 26/1953)(January 1953)*his second charted single.
08 Tango Of Roses (Love Me)(King 45-15208)(b-side, January 1953)
09 You Can't Hold A Memory In Your Arms (King 45-1252) (b-side, April 1953)
10 Too Little Time (King 45-1315)(uncharted a-side, December 1953)*Love Theme from "The Glenn Miller Story"
11 Liebchen (King 45-1325)(b-side, December 1953)
12 Remember Me (You Taught Me To Love)(King 45-1315)(b-side, December 1953)
13 All My Love Belongs To You (King 45-15190)(b-side, April 1952)
14 Sudden Fear (King 45-15199)(uncharted a-side, July 1952)
15 Always Love Me (King 45-15199)(b-side, July 1952)
16 If Not For You (King 45-15218)(uncharted a-side, December 1952)
17 Tomorrow (King 45-15218)(b-side, December 1952)
18 To The Birds (King 45-1223)(b-side, April 1953)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the earliest singing career of Steve Lawrence, covering every single (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted), on the King label. This is a collector's dream. Cary E. Mansfield was "the man" in releasing oldies in the early 2000s, while nowadays, we have Bill Buster and Mark Mathews from Eric Records for our oldies collection with magnificent sound.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 The label & number and chart position are included.
4 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
2 The 4-page booklet is inadequate. Pictures of singles labels should have been included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Steve Lawrence has a lengthy illustrious singing career. He has 35 singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he (including the duet with Eydie Gorme) has actually 95 singles (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, from 1952 to 1979): but only 184 songs, not 190 songs (1 b-side belonged to Eydie Gorme only, and 5 repeated releases). His labels are: (1) King (1952 - 1959), (2) Coral (1954 - 1958), (3) ABC-Paramount (1959 - 1960), (4) United Artists (1960 - 1962), (5) Columbia (1962 - 1968), (6) Calendar (1968), (7) RCA Victor (1968 - 1971), (8) MGM (1971 - 1973), (9) 20th Century (1973), (10) United Artists (1976), and (11) Warner/Curb (1979).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Steve Lawrence was born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He married Eydie Gorme in 1957. They recorded as Parker & Penny in 1979. Besides a vast singles discography, Steve also has released numerous albums, some of which are released on CDs. I am trying to build a Complete Singles and Albums Collection.

The recordings in this set represent a callow Steve Lawrence, cleansed of any showbiz pretenses or finger-snapping swagger. These King sessions reveal a rich yet unassuming voice that is not afraid to enter the tender and sometimes eerie regions of sweetness and sentiment. This set is a MUST-OWN for collectors and fans of Steve Lawrence.

Hits & Songs
Hits & Songs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley Hits & Songs (3CDs): 48 songs; decent collection; very few hit singles; cheap packaging, May 26 2015
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CONTENT:

This 3 CD set, released by ZYX Music in 2015, contain 48 songs. I have compiled a detailed discography (with source album, single and album label & number, charted position, release date)

DISC 1:
01 Soul Shakedown*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
02 Lively Up Yourself*from album “Natty Dread” (Island ILPS 9281)(1974)
03 Trench Town Rock (Green Door GD-4005)(a-side)(1971)
04 Stand Alone*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
05 Fussing & Fighting*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
06 Memphis*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
07 Brain Washing*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
08 Duppy Conqueror*(Upsetter)(a-side)(1970); from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971) and from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
09 Riding High*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
10 Reaction*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
11 Soul Almighty*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
12 Sun Is Shining (re-recording) *from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
13 Small Axe*(Upsetter US-357)(a-side)(1971); from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
14 All In One (Upsetter US-357)(b-side, 1971)
15 400 Years*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
16 Mr. Brown (Upsetter 354)(a-side)(1971)

DISC 2:
01 Natural Mystic (Island 6010 497)(a-side)(1982); from album “Exodus” (Island 9123 021)(1977)
02 Keep On Moving*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
03 Soul Captives*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
04 How Many Times (Studio 1)(a-side)(1965)
05 Stop That Train*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
06 Go Tell It On The Mountain*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
07 Caution*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
08 Back Out*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
09 Mellow Mood*from album “Chances Are” (WEA K-99183)(1981)
10 Rebel’s Hop*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
11 Do It Twice*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
12 Put It On*from album “Burnin’” (Island ILPS-9256)(1973)
13 Don’t Rock My Boat*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
14 Cheer Up*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
15 Soon Come*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)
16 Can’t You See*from album “The Best of The Wailers” (Beverley’s BLP-011)(1970)

DISC 3:
01 Kaya (Island 100.150)(a-side)(1978); from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971) and album “Kaya” (Island 9123 026)(1977)
02 Rainbow Country
03 Soul Rebel*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
04 African Herbsman*from album “Soul Revolution” (Maroon TTL-65)(1971)
05 Try Me*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
06 It’s Alright*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
07 There She Goes
08 You Can’t Do That To Me
09 No Sympathy*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
10 Touch Me (55 Records/JAD)(a-side)(1972)
11 Hammer
12 My Cup*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
13 Chances Are*from album “Chances Are” (WEA K-99183)(1981)
14 Treat You Right
15 No Water*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)
16 Corner Stone*from album “Soul Rebel” (Upsetter TBL 126)(1970)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent, but not outstanding collection of hit songs by Bob Marley. To have 48 songs in one set at a price for one CD is reasonable.
2 The sound is surprisingly good: clean with no hiss.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I was hoping for a Singles Collection, when the title of the set was called “Hits & Song”, but I was quite disappointed in finding very few hit singles. The most popular ones, like One Love/People Get Ready, No Woman, No Cry, Stir It Up and Exodus, are not included. Most of the tracks are noted above are album tracks. One track was also re-recorded.
2 The packaging is very cheap. There is a thick CD case with a spindle in the middle, where the three discs are stacked one on top of the other.
3 There is no booklet.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The title of this set, “Hits & Songs” is quite misleading: very little “hits” and more “songs”. To have a complete singles collection for Bob Marley is difficult to find. However, the whole set is enjoyable: listening to Bob Marley is always a happy experience. Considering the low price, this set is acceptable.

Very Best Of
Very Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert The Very Best (Taragon Records): 16 songs; absolutely heavenly sound; his best known hit singles., May 24 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, released by the now defunct Taragon Records in 1995, renowned for their top-rated remasterd sound using original master tapes, contains 16 songs. I have compiled a more detailed song listing (with album & single label & number, chart position, date of recording, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Pop Chart; RW Pop=Record World Pop Chart; BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

01 Wonderland by Night (Wunderland Bei Nacht)(Polydor 24 086, Germany, 1959; Decca 31141, US, August 1960)(a-side) (BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 5/1960; CB Pop 1(1)/1960; RW Pop 1(3)/1960)*his biggest hit; the trumpet sound will knock your socks off!
02 Tenderly (Decca 31236, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 31/1961; CB Pop 45/1961; RW Pop 28/1961)(March 1961)
03 Now And Forever (Decca 31279, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1961; BB AC 14/1961; CB Pop 59/1961; RW Pop 37/1961)(July 1961)
04 Afrikaan Beat (Polydor 24 710, Germany; Decca 31350, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1962; BB AC 10/1962; CB Pop 37/1962; RW Pop 27/1962)(January 1962)
05 That Happy Feeling (Decca 31388, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1962; CB Pop 76/1962; RW Pop 69/1962)(May 1962)
06 A Swingin' Safari (Polydor NH 66983, UK)(uncharted UK a-side, 1962)
07 Magic Trumpet (Happy Trumpeter)(Decca 31439, US)(a-side)(CB Pop 128/1962; RW Pop 104/1962)(October 1962)
08 Danke Schoen (Decca 31498, US)(a-side)(RW Pop 141/1963)
09 L.O.V.E. (Love)(Polydor 52 921, German)(b-side, 1964)*a-side "Blue Midnight"
10 Red Roses For A Blue Lady (Polydor 59 009, Germany; Decca 31722, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1965; BB AC 2(2)/1965; CB Pop 9/1965; RW Pop 8/1965)(December 1964)
11 Three O'Clock In The Morning (Polydor 59 028, Germany; Decca 31778, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1965; BB AC 10/1965; CB Pop 29/1965; RW Pop 28/1965)(1964)
12 Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)(Polydor 59 033, Germany; Decca 31812, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 59/1965; BB AC 6/1965; CB Pop 51/1965; RW Pop 93/1965)(June, 1965)
13 Bye Bye Blues (Polydor 59 038, Germany; Decca 31882; US)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1966; BB AC 5/1966; CB Pop 41/1966; RW Pop 41/1966; UK 24/1965)(December 1965)*surprising only charted hit in UK!
14 Strangers In The Night (Polydor 59 043, Germany; Decca 31945, US)(a-side)(BB Pop 124/1966; BB AC 8/1966)(April 1966)*Theme from the Universal Picture "A Man Could Get Killed"
15 Lady*album track: from "Hold Me" (Decca DL 4860)(BB200 122/1967)
16 The World We Knew (Over And Over)*album track: from "the World We Knew & Other Fabulous Instrumentals" (Decca DL 4925)(BB200 136/1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In 1990s, I consider Taragon Records as one of the top labels with the BEST sound, with great care in choosing the original master tapes and expert remastering. In this case, we also have Steve Kolanjian involved, using the Sonic System from the original 2 track mixdown masters. Up to this day, all the above songs have not been replaced and are still my reference standards. Taragon Records reminds me of the current staff at Eric Records/Hit Parade Records/Complete 60s: Bill Buster and Mark Mathews, who have similar dedication to produce songs in the highest standards.
2 In the 4-page booklet, the label & number, plus chart position, are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The price is rather expensive, since Taragon Records have gone out of business and their catalogue became collector's items.
2 There are only 16 songs, not acceptable by current standards.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Bert Kaempfert has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection (a and b-sides, from 1958 to 1978, charted and uncharted, from Germany, US and UK) and discovered that he has actually 58 singles (but only 113 songs not 116 because 3 songs were repeated releases). He was loyal staying only with one label: Polydor (Germany & UK) and Decca (US). If you find this current set too expensive, I would recommend "The Polydor Singles Collection 1958/1972" (2 CDs, 2000, 57 songs). It is not available on Amazon.ca, but available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. I am also in the process of getting all his albums on CDs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed "Stranger In The Night" and "Spanish Eyes". He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. His sound is oh so smooth and everlasting. He unfortunately died on June 21, 1980 (age 56). This set is highly recommended.

Rock on
Rock on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trini Lopez Rock On: 30 songs 58–63; great comprehensive collection before “If I Had A Hammer”; good sound! More for collectors, May 24 2015
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This single CD, released by Jasmine Records in 2015, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 30 songs by Trini Lopez, before he became famous. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number and date of recording):

01 The Right To Rock (Volk V-101)(uncharted a-side, August 1958)
02 Just Once More (Volk V-101)(b-side, August 1958)
03 Yes You Do (King 45-5173)(uncharted a-side, January 1959)
04 My Runaway Heart (King 45-5173)(b-side, January 1959)
05 Rock On (King 45-5187)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
06 Since I Don’t Have You (King 45-5187)(b-side, March 1959)
07 Here Comes Sally (King 45-5198) (b-side, April 1959)*mislabeled as King 45-5196 in the booklet.
08 Love Me Tonight (King 45-5198)(uncharted a-side, April 1959)*mislabeled as King 45-5196 in the booklet.
09 I’m Grateful (King 45-5234)(uncharted a-side, August 1959)
10 Don’t Let Your Sweet Love Die (King 45-5234)(b-side, August 1959)
11 Nobody Listens To Our Teenage Problems (King 45-5284)(b-side, October 1959)
12 Nobody Loves Me (King 45-5284)(uncharted a-side, October 1959)
13 Chain Of Love (King 45-5304)(b-side, January 1960)
14 Sweet Thing (King 45-5304)(uncharted a-side, January 1960)
15 Jeanie Marie (King 45-5324)(uncharted a-side, February 1960)
16 Poor Little Schemer (King 45-5324)(b-side, February 1960)
17 The Search Goes On (King 45-5344)(b-side, 1960)
18 It Hurts To Be In Love (King 45-5344)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
19 Then You Know (King 45-5418)(uncharted a-side, November 1960)
20 Don’t Treat Me That Way (King 45-5418)(b-side, November 1960)
21 You Broke The Only Heart (King 45-5487)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
22 One Heart, One Life, One Love (King 45-5487)(b-side, 1961)
23 Rosita (D.R.A. 7008)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
24 Only In My Dreams (D.R.A. 7008)(UK b-side, 1961)
25 Sinner Not A Saint (D.R.A. 315)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
26 Where Can My Baby Be (D.R.A. 315)(b-side, 1962)
27 Don’t Go (King 45-5820)(uncharted a-side, 1963)
28 It Seems (King 45-5820)(b-side, 1963)
29 The Club For Broken Hearts (King 45-5824)(b-side, December 1963)*recorded in 1961; later released by old label after Trini Lopez became famous on Reprise.
30 Won’t You Be My Queen For A Day (King 45-5849)(uncharted a-side, December 1963) *recorded in 1961; later released by old label after Trini Lopez became famous on Reprise.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 When Trini Lopez exploded onto the world’s stage in the summer of 1963 with “If I Had A Hammer”, he was, in time-honoured fashion, hailed as an “Overnight Success”. The reality, of course, was something else entirely. This current set introduces his entire output before his success, arranged chronologically (1958 – 1961).
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, now with 45 rpm single, EP picture sleeves and album front cover. All the labels and numbers are included. There is an excellent informative essay by Roger Dopson.
4 30 songs: good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 One label number was mislabeled, as noted above.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Trini Lopez has 18 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Collection, and have found that he actually has 76 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1958 to 1981: but only 139 songs, not 152 songs because 15 were repeated releases and there were 2 different b-sides). His labels are: (1) Volk (1958), (2) King (1959 – 1961), (3) D.R.A. (1961 – 1962), (3) Reprise (1963 – 1970), (4) Capitol (1972), (5) Griffin (1973), (6) EMI International (1974), (7) Private Stock (1975), (8) Marianne (1977), (9) Roulette (1978), and (10) RCA (1981).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Trini Lopez was born Trinidad Lopez on May 15, 1937 in Dallas, Texas. He later became a popular night-club act at P.J.’s in Hollywood. One night, Bobby Darin climbed up onstage and played drums behind him. But it was Nino Tempo who told Don Costa, “You gotta come and see this guy,” and then Don Costa brought him to the attention of Frank Sinatra and Reprise Records. I guess the rest was history. I hope someday, a Complete Singles Collection for Trini Lopez is released, from 1963 to 1981.

I am glad that Jasmine Records did a fantastic job in bringing us his output before his success. If you are looking for his Greatest Hits, you have to look elsewhere. The sound is great. This set is recommended, but more for collectors and Trini Lopez fans.

Looking for You: Complete United
Looking for You: Complete United
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garnet Mimms Looking for You: 28 songs (63-66); all the singles, many making CD debut; great sound & booklet; definitive edition, May 23 2015
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This single CD, released by Ace Records, a highly reputable reissue label from UK, a label that will release materials beyond 1962, has 28 songs, containing almost all the output of Garnet Mimms on United Artists and Veep labels. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with single label & number, chart position, date of debut, with personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Pop Chart; RW Pop=Record World Pop Chart):

01 Cry Baby (United Artists UA 629)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1963; BB R&B 1(3)/1963CB Pop 4/1963; RW Pop 4/1963)(July 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; his biggest hit!
02 Don’t Change Your Heart (United Artists UA 629)(b-side, July 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo.
03 Baby Don’t You Weep (United Artists UA 658)(b-side, November 1963)(BB Pop 30/1963; BB R&B 11/1963; CB Pop 40/1963; RW Pop 36/1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; double sided hit.
04 For Your Precious Love (United Artists UA 658)(a-side)(BB Pop 26/1963; BB R&B 9/1963; CB Pop 34/1963; RW Pop 36/1963)(November 1963)*Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo.
05 Tell Me Baby (United Artists UA 694)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1964; BB R&B 16/1964; CB Pop 81/1964; RW Pop 74/1964)(February 1964)*stereo; solo.
06 Anytime You Want Me (United Artists UA 694)(b-side, February 1964)*stereo; solo.
07 A Quiet Place (United Artists UA 715)(b-side, April 1964)(BB R&B 25/1964; CB Pop 89/1964; RW Pop 73/1964)*as Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters; stereo; double sided hit.
08 One Girl (United Artists UA 715)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1964; BB R&B 31/1964; CB Pop 96/1964; RW Pop 60/1964)(April 1964)*stereo; solo.
09 Look Away (United Artists UA 773)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1964; BB R&B 14/1964; CB Pop 73/1964; RW Pop 77/1964)(September 1964)*stereo; solo.
10 One Woman Man (United Artists UA 773)(b-side, September 1964)*stereo: solo.
11 A Little Bit Of Soap (United Artists UA 796)(a-side)(BB Pop 95/1965; RW Pop 96/1965)(December 1964)*stereo; solo.
12 I’ll Make It Up To You (United Artists UA 796)(b-side, December 1964)*stereo; solo.
13 It Was Easier To Hurt Her (United Artists UA 848)(a-side)(BB Pop 124/1965)(April 1965)*stereo; solo.
14 So Close (United Artists UA 848)(b-side, April 1965)*stereo; solo.
15 Welcome Home (United Artists UA 868)(uncharted a-side, May 1965)*stereo; solo.
16 Everytime (United Artists UA 868)(b-side, May 1965) and (United Artists UA 887)(b-side, June 1965)*stereo; solo.
17 That Goes To Show You (United Artists UA 887)(a-side)(BB Pop 115/1965)(June 1965)*stereo; solo.
18 Looking For You (United Artists UA 951)(uncharted a-side, November 1965)*stereo; solo.
19 More Than A Miracle (United Artists UA 951)(b-side, November 1965)*stereo; solo.
20 I’ll Take Good Care Of You (United Artists UA 995)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1966; BB R&B 15/1966; CB Pop 34/1966; RW Pop 28/1966)(February 1966)*stereo; solo.
21 Prove It To Me (United Artists UA 995)(b-side, February 1966)*stereo; solo.
22 It’s Been Such A Long Way Home (Veep V 1232)(a-side)(BB Pop 125/1966)(June 1966)*mono; solo.
23 Thinkin’ (Veep V 1232)(b-side, June 1966)*stereo; solo.
24 My Baby (Veep V 1234)(a-side)(BB Pop 132/1966)(October 1966)*stereo; solo.
25 Keep On Smilin’ (Veep V 1234)(b-side, October 1966)*stereo; solo.
26 All About Love (Veep V 1252)(uncharted a-side, December 1966)*mono; solo.
27 The Truth Hurts (Veep V 1252)(b-side, December 1966)*stereo; solo.
28 As Long As I Have You*album track: from “As Long As I Have You” (United Artists UAS 6396)(1964)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Finally, a very decent and definitive singles collection on Garnet Mimms is produced, containing all his major hit singles, plus one album track, with many of them making their CD debut. This easily replaces my old reference, a poor 12 track CD on Collectables, 1991.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have also become my new reference standards.
3 All the songs are arranged chronologically, a followed by b-sides.
4 There is a first class 16-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Tony Rounce. There are 29 45 rpm single labels, all in beautiful colour, clearly displayed not overlapping each other. There are also single and EP picture sleeves. This is truly the way booklet should be produced. All the other labels should take note. Thank you, Ace Records.
5 Label & number, and debut year are clearly stated.
6 Ace Records is the rare UK label that will release materials beyond 1962, the other being BGO and sometimes Real Gone Music.
7 77 minutes: Good value!!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are a few songs (singles) on United Artists and Veep labels that are not included:
(1) It Won't Hurt (Half As Much)(b-side to My Baby)(Veep V 1234)
(2) Roll With The Punches (United Artists UP 1181)(uncharted a-side, May 1967)
(3) Only Your Love (United Artists UP 1181)(b-side, May 1967)
2 No chart position was included.
3 There are still 9 singles (18 songs) not included: on Verve, GSF and Arista, but it is beyond the scope of this compilation. Totally understandable. Fortunately most of the songs are available on-line.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Garnet Mimms has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that he actually has 26 singles from 1963 to 1978 (only 48 songs, not 52 songs, because 4 songs are repeat releases). His labels are: (1) United Artists (1963 – 1966), (2) Veep (1966), (3) Verve (1968 – 1970), (4) GSF (1972), and (5) Arista (1977 – 1978)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Garnet Mimms was born Garrett Mimms on November 26, 1933 in Ashland, West Virginia. It is of interest to note that although the label credits Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters on 4 of the above songs, the actual backing vocalists are the Sweet Inspirations. The Enchanters appeared only on “A Quiet Place”. His last charted hit “What It Is (Part 1)” with Truckin’ Company was his only UK charted single. He later became a born-again Christian, founding a ministry for prisoners.

His United Artists and Veep recordings are regarded as a high water mark for 1960s soul. Their blend of superb material, impeccable arrangements, musicianship and productions, and formidable gospel-infused vocals are simply a sublime thrilling experience. The sound is superb. The set is the definitive edition for Garnet Mimms, and is highly recommended.

PS. If you are looking for this set, you have to type in “Looking For You” plus his name. If you just type in Garnet Mimms, you won’t find it because Amazon.ca misspelled his name as Garnett Mimms for this set.

It's Mashed Potato Time
It's Mashed Potato Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp It’s Mashed Potato Time: 31 songs; not official release; good sound; many rare gems making CD debut., May 22 2015
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CONTENT:

This CD, released by Park Records, probably similar to Marginal Records, and bootleg release, contains 31 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, debut date, album source, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Hot 100; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)
02 Eddie My Love*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
03 Set My Heart On Fire (Cameo C-212)(b-side, February 1962)
04 I’m Love Again*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker)(Parkway P-835)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1962; BB R&B 3/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)
06 Daddy’s Home*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Baby Cakes (Cameo C-219)(b-side, June 1962)
08 Gee*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
09 My Prayer*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Gravy (Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
11 Twist and Shout*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
12 For Your Precious Love*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 (Dee Dee) Be My Girl*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
14 Ride! (Cameo C-230)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 5/1962; RW Pop 9/1962)(October 1962)
15 Two Loves*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
16 A Hundred Pounds of Clay*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
17 Village Of Love*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
18 Hurry On Down*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
19 To Be Loved*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 Splish Splash*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
21 The Loco-Motion*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
22 Rockin’ Robin*from album “Do The Bird” (1963)
23 Stay*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 Be Ever Wonderful*from album “Do The Bird” (1963)
25 Party Lights*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
26 Do The Bird (Cameo C-244)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 8/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 17/1963; UK 46/1963)(March 1963)
27 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do*from album “All The Hits” (1962)
28 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman*from album “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (1962)
29 You’ll Lose A Good Thing *from album “All The Hits” (1962)
30 Tossin’ and Turnin’*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
31 Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)*from album “Down Memory Lane” (1963)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set is not an official release, rather probably a bootleg release, the sound is pretty good: clean with no hiss. All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions. But don’t be fooled by the title and front cover – this is not the “It’s Mashed Potato Time” album by Dee Dee Sharp.
2 I bought this CD mainly for the tracks from the rare album “Down Memory Lane” (1963), still not released on CD. Out of 12 tracks on that album, 8 tracks are available here.
3 31 songs! Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number and no chart position.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single “Break And Entering” (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks!

If you are just looking for a single CD Greatest Hits, I would recommend “The Best of Dee Dee Sharp: Cameo-Parkway 1962 – 1666” (Abkco, 2005, official release, 24 songs)(my review elsewhere). In this set, there are many rare gems from “Down Memory Lane” album making their CD debut, and the sound is good. But, it is more for collectors or completest.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp Best Of: 24 songs covering entire Cameo era 62-66; many rare singles making CD debut; good sound; great collection, May 22 2015
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CONTENT:

This single CD, finally released by Abkco Records in 2005, contains 24 songs. For some unknown reasons, songs from Cameo-Parkway label were withheld from release until then. A similar set was also released for other artists, like Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, the Dovells, the Orlons, the Tymes and ? and the Mysterians, plus a 4 CD box set of Cameo-Parkway 1957 – 1967. There were many bootleg releases before. The above sets were finally “official” releases after all these years, and are still treasured by fans.

I have compiled a detailed song listing (including single label & number, chart position, date of debut, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Hot 100; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)
02 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)(Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
03 Baby Cakes (Cameo C-219)(b-side, June 1962)
04 You Are My Sunshine*album track: from “All The Hits Volume II” (December 1962)
05 Ride! (Cameo C-230)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 5/1962; RW Pop 9/1962)(October 1962))*b-side: The Night is not included in this set.
06 Do The Bird (Cameo C-244)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 8/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 17/1963; UK 46/1963)(March 1963)*b-side “Lover Boy” is not included in this set.
07 Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker)(Parkway P-835)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1962; BB R&B 3/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)*its b-side “La Paloma Twist” by Chubby Checker only.
08 You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Nothin’*album track: from “Do the Bird” (1963)
09 Just To Hold My Hand*album track: from “Do the Bird” (1963)
10 Rock Me In The Cradle of Love (Cameo C-250)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1963; CB Pop 49/1963; RW Pop 38/1963)(June 1963)*its b-side “You’ll Never Be Mine” is not included.
11 Wild! (Cameo C-274)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1963;BB R&B 25/1963; CB Pop 29/1963; RW Pop 41/1963)(October 1963)
12 Why Doncha Ask Me (Cameo C-274)(b-side, October 1963)
13 Never Pick A Pretty Boy (Cameo C-329)(a-side)(BB Pop 131/1964)(August 1964)*misspelled on the back cover of booklet as “Never Pick A Pretty”: sloppy editing.
14 Willyam, Willyam (Cameo C-296)(b-side, February 1964)(BB Pop 97/1964)
15 Where Did I Go Wrong? (Cameo C-296)(a-side)(BB Pop 82/1964; BB R&B 38/1964; CB Pop 89/1964; RW Pop 91/1964)(February 1964)*misspelled on the back cover of booklet as “Where Did I Go”: again sloppy editing.
16 Deep Dark Secret (Cameo C-335)(uncharted a-side, October 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 There Ain’t Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do For You (Cameo C-347)(b-side, December 1964)
18 (That’s What) My Mama Said (Cameo C-357)(b-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 Let’s Twine (Cameo C-357)(uncharted a-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
20 Standing in the Need Of Love (Cameo C-375)(b-side, November 1965)
21 It’s A Funny Situation (Cameo C-382)(a-side)(BB Pop 126/1966; CB Pop 96/1966)(March 1966)
22 I Really Love You (Cameo C-375)(a-side)(BB Pop 78/1965; BB R&B 37/1965; CB Pop 68/1965; RW Pop 67/1965)(November 1965)
23 (It’s Wonderful) The Love I Feel For You (Fairmount F-1004)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, June 1966)
24 To Know Him Is to Love Him (Cameo C-347)(uncharted a-side, December 1964)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are looking for a single Greatest Hits CD for Dee Dee Sharp, this set represents the definitive edition, covering the entire Cameo-Parkway era. Even a few album tracks were included.
2 The sound is very well remastered, using DSD and SBM, considered pretty advanced in 2005. It was done in the famed Bob Ludwig Gateway studio. Many songs are still my current reference standards.
3 There is a 12-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Jeff Tamarkin, plus label & number and chart position, pretty good effort in 2005. Nowadays, this type of information is still not provided in many current oldies releases.
4 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 58 minutes. All the missing b-sides listed above should have been included to make this a true Singles Collection.
2 There are no picture sleeves, no label pictures.
3 Misspelling of song titles, as noted above: sloppy editing.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Dee Dee Sharp has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and discovered that she actually has 33 singles from 1962 to 1981 (only 62 songs, not 66 songs, because 3 songs were repeated releases and one b-side belonged to Chubby Checker). Her labels are: (1) Cameo (1962 – 1966), (2) Fairmount (1966), (3) Atco (1966 – 1968), (4) Gamble (1968 – 1970), (5) TSOP (1970 – 1976), and (6) Philadelphia International (1977 – 1981).

To get all the songs, you will need the current set, plus “Hurry On Down, It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Jasmine Records, 2015, 2CDs, 53 songs), “It’s Mashed Potato Time” (Park 554, 31 songs), “All The Hits” (Campark Records, 1993, 33 songs), “It’s Mashed Potato Time/Do The Bird” (Ace, 2010: Do the Bird is not available elsewhere), and “Happy Bout The Whole Thing/What Color Is Love/Dee Dee” (Edsel Records, 2 CDs, 2010). Her output on Atco label is sorely missing on CDs, but fortunately all the songs are readily available on-line except one song (the b-side to Conquer The World Together by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and Bunny Sigler).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single “Break And Entering” (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks!

This current set is still considered the “official release” of her Greatest Hits on CD, and all her major well-known Cameo hits are included. The entire set is very enjoyable, with great sound, and is highly recommended.

Hurry on Down Itaes Mashed Potato Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Dee Sharp: Hurry On Down It's Mashed Potato Time (2CDs): 4 complete Cameo albums; bonus singles; up to 1962; good sound., May 22 2015
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This current 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records in 2015, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 4 complete albums on Cameo (up to 1962) with bonus singles tracks (total of 53 songs). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album & singles label & number, chart position, debut date, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Hot 100; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP IT'S MASHED POTATO TIME (Cameo C-1018)(Billboard200 44/1962):
01 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) (Cameo C-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1962; BB R&B 11/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 6/1962; RW Pop 10/1962)(June 1962)
02 Slow Twistin' (with Chubby Checker)(LP versions)*single version in bonus tracks.
03 Gee
04 Two Loves
05 One Hundred Pounds of Clay*big hit by Gene McDaniels
06 Eddie, My Love*big hit by the Fontaine Sisters
07 Mashed Potato Time (Cameo C-212)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1962; BB R&B 1/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 1/1962)(February 1962)*her biggest hit; still remember to dance the Mashed Potato
08 (Dee Dee) Be My Girl
09 I Sold My Heart to the Junkman*big hit by Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles.
10 Remember You're Mine*big hit by Pat Boone
11 Hurry On Down
12 Splish Splash*big hit by Bobby Darin
LP SONGS OF FAITH (Cameo C-1022)(1962):
13 Peace in the Valley
14 He
15 I Believe
16 Vaya Con Dios
17 You'll Never Walk Alone
18 It's No Secret
19 We'll Walk Together
20 Heavenly Father
21 Up Hill
22 Climb Every Mountain
23 I'll Make You Mine

DISC 2:
LP ALL THE HITS (Cameo C-1027)(1962):
01 Twist And Shout
02 Party Lights
03 Snap Your Fingers
04 Seven Day Weekend
05 Any Day Now
06 The Wah Watusi
07 The Locomotion
08 Village of Love
09 You'll Lose a Good Thing
10 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
11 Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
12 Playboy
LP DOWN TO EARTH (Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp)(Cameo C-1029)(BB200 117/1962):
13 Down To Earth
14 You Came A long Way From St. Louis
15 Play It Fair
16 Medley: What A Combination; A Rockin' Good Way; Love is Strange; Let the Good Times Roll
17 I Really Don't Want to Know
18 Let The Good Times Roll
19 Do You Love Me
20 Pledging My Love
21 One More Time
22 Loving You
23 Make Love To Me
24 Hello Baby Goodbye
BONUS SINGLES:
25 Slow Twistin' (with Chubby Checker) (Parkway P-835)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1962; BB R&B 3/1962; CB Pop 1/1962; CB R&B 1/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)*single version
26 Set My Heart At Ease (Cameo C-212)(b-side, February 1962)*single version; in booklet, title misspelled As "See My Heart at Ease"!
27 Baby Cakes (Cameo C-219)(b-side, June 1962)*single version
28 Ride! (Cameo C-230)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 7/1962; CB Pop 9/1962; CB R&B 5/1962; RW Pop 9/1962)(October 1962)*single version.
29 The Night (Cameo C-230)(b-side, October 1962)*single version.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 2 CD set represents the most comprehensive and complete coverage of album and singles output by Dee Dee Sharp up to 1962. All the four albums plus all the singles (a and b-sides) are included (except b-side of Slow Twistin' belonged to Chubby Checker only (La Paloma Twist).
2 The single versions of 5 songs are included. Thank you!
3 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean, vibrant with no hiss. All the songs have become my new reference standards.
4 The most significant improvement by Jasmine Records is in the extra details for the chart positions (including even Cash Box R&B). I have all the chart books by Joey Whitburn, but Cash Box R&B is not released yet. Good job!
5 The essay by Bob Fisher was well written and informative. Labels and numbers are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As per usual tradition for most UK labels, this compilation stops at 1962, due to the Public Domain law in UK.
2 Misspelling a song title represents sloppy editing job: the song 'Set My Heart At Ease' was misspelled as 'See My Heart at Ease' both on the back cover and inside the booklet.
3 The four front album covers are only displayed in the booklet front cover, small and overlapping each. Jasmine Records should really stop producing the regular 6-page booklet, but instead a decent booklet including the album covers, each occupying the entire page.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Dee Dee Sharp has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and discovered that she actually has 33 singles from 1962 to 1981 (only 62 songs, not 66 songs, because 3 songs were repeated releases and one b-side belonged to Chubby Checker). Her labels are: (1) Cameo (1962 ' 1966), (2) Fairmount (1966), (3) Atco (1966 ' 1968), (4) Gamble (1968 ' 1970), (5) TSOP (1970 ' 1976), and (6) Philadelphia International (1977 ' 1981).

To get all the songs, you will need the current set, plus "'The Best of Dee Dee Sharp"' (Abkco, 2005, 24 songs: the best single CD for Dee Dee Sharp)," 'It's Mashed Potato Time'" (Park 554, 31 songs), 'All The Hits' (Campark Records, 1993, 33 songs), "'It's Mashed Potato Time/Do The Bird"' (Ace, 2010: Do the Bird is not available elsewhere), and '"Happy Bout The Whole Thing/What Color Is Love/Dee Dee"' (Edsel Records, 2 CDs, 2010). Her output on Atco label is sorely missing on CDs, but fortunately all the songs are readily available on-line except one song (the b-side to Conquer The World Together by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and Bunny Sigler).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She later married record producer Kenny Gamble and became Dee Dee Sharp Gamble. Her Cameo year was her golden year, with many of her big hits. I still remember how to dance the Mashed Potato. She has an illustrious singing career. Her last single 'Break And Entering' (as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble) topped the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart for 4 weeks in 1981!

If you just want a single Greatest Hits covering her Cameo years until 1966, I would recommend "'The Best of Dee Dee Sharp" on Abkco Records, with DSD remastering. If you like to collect more, especially her albums up to 1962, this 2 CD set is for you, with great sound.

Warmer/Terraform (bonus track)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Randy VanWarmer: Warmer/Terraform: his first 2 complete albums (all the singles up to 1980); great sound; good booklet., May 19 2015
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This single CD by Randy VanWarmer, released by Edsel Records from UK in 2012, contains two complete albums, with 29 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, date of debut, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; C&W=Billboard Country Chart; BB200=Billboard Album Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

LP WARMER (Bearsville 6988)(BB200 81/1979):
01 Losing Out On Love (Bearsville WIP 6611)(UK b-side, July 1980)
02 Just When I Needed You Most (Bearsville BSS 0334)(a-side)(BB 4/1979; AC 1(2)/1979; C&W 71/1979; CB 5/1979; RW 5/1979; UK 8/1979)(March 1979)*his biggest hit! Read the essay in the booklet to discover how this song was created. Quite funny!
03 Your Light (Bearsville BSS 0334)(b-side, March 1979)
04 Gotta Get Out Of Here (Bearsville BSS 49004)(uncharted a-side, July 1979)
05 Convincing Lies (Bearsville BSS 49004) (b-side, July 1979)
06 Call Me (Bearsville BSS 49071)(uncharted a-side, September 1979)
07 Forever Loving You (Bearsville BSS 49071)(b-side, September 1979)
08 Deeper And Deeper
09 I Could Sing
10 The One Who Loves You
LP TERRAFORM (Bearsville 6998)(1980):
11 Whatever You Decide (Bearsville BSS 49258)(a-side)(BB 77/1980; CB 89/1980; RW 69/1980)(August 1980)
12 I Discovered Love
13 All We Have Is Tonight (Bearsville BSS 49567)(uncharted a-side, September 1980)
14 I'm Gonna Prove It
15 Doesn't Matter Anymore (Bearsville BSS 49258)(US b-side, August 1980)
16 Down Like A Rock
17 Terraform Suite ' Falling Free; I've Got A Ticket; 21st Century; Terraform (10:24)
18 Farther Along (Bearsville BSS 49567)(b-side, September 1980)
BONUS TRACK:
19 Stay Young (outtake)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Since there is no decent Greatest Hits or Singles Collection for Randy VanWarmer, plus their prices are usually very expensive (aka Japanese imports), my way to get all his singles is through his albums. All his singles (a and b-sides) up to 1980 are found in this current set. All the other album tracks, especially on the 10-minute Terraform Suite, are all bonuses.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 20-page booklet, with informative essay by Paul Myers. In the essay, Myers told us the story behind how his big hit 'Just When I Needed You Most' was created and why his name change. Very interesting reading. Lyrics and details about each album were listed. In the 'Warmer' album, John Sebastian played autoharp! The two front album covers are fully displayed, each occupying the entire page. All the 4 sides of album labels are also included. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Randy VanWarmer only had 3 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling his Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 12 singles (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted from 1979 to 1988): 25 songs (not 24 songs, because there are 2 different b-sides (US and UK) to 'Whatever You Decide'). His labels are: (1) Bearsville (1979 ' 1983), and (2) 16th Avenue (1988). To get all his singles, besides the current set, you will need 'Beat of Love'/'The Things That You Dream', 'Third Child', and 'Vital Sparks/Sings Stephen Foster'. I have purchased all of the above, and will review them when I receive them.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Randy VanWarmer was born Randall VanWormer on March 30, 1955 in Indian Hills, Colorado. His first gigantic hit 'Just When I Needed You Most' became his biggest hit. His first album 'Warmer' was very popular, but his follow-up 'Terraform' was considered too dark and only played on Alternative Radio Stations. His last charted single 'Suzi' was a tribute to to a Bearsville public relations rep whom VanWarmer would later woo and marry, and which went to No. 1 in Alaska. He also wrote songs for Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama. His final album was released posthumously only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster. According to the CD's liner notes, VanWarmer played all the instruments. The notes also indicate that he completed work on the record a few days after learning of his illness, and died one day prior to the anniversary of Foster's death, of leukemia in 2004 (age 48). In line with one of his greatest loves (as demonstrated by the picture of him in a space-suite), some of his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007, and then again in 2012 aboard the first successful private space flight to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

If you like Randy VanWarmer, this set is a must-own, and is highly recommended.

Genius in Harmony
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Kerr Singers Vocal Stylings of The Genius in Harmony: 30 songs; 2 complete rare albums; a few singles; great sound!, May 19 2015
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CONTENT:

This CD by the Anita Kerr Singers, released by Cherry Red Records from UK in 2013, contains 2 complete albums plus singles tracks (30 songs). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, year of release or chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World):

LP VOCAL STYLING OF “THE GENIUS” IN HARMONY (RCA Victor LSP-2581)(1962):
01 Drown in My Own Tears
02 Yes, Indeed!
03 Georgia On My Mind
04 Alexander’s Ragtime Band
05 Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
06 What’d I Say
07 Swanee River Rock (Talkin’ Bout That River)
08 What Would I Do Without You
09 Hit The Road Jack
10 I Believe to My Soul
11 Ruby
12 I Got A Woman
LP FROM NASHVILLE…THE HIT SOUND (RCA Victor LSP-2480)(1962):
13 Hey Joe
14 My Last Date (With You)
15 Singing The Blues
16 The Old Master Painter
17 You Don’t Know Me
18 Near You
19 Night Train to Memphis
20 I’ll Hold You In My Heart
21 Bye Bye Love
22 Four Walls
23 Oh Lonesome Me
24 Half As Much
FROM SWEET AND SIMPLE (RCA Victor)(1962):
25 Sweet and Simple
26 The House On The Hill
ANITA & TH’ SO-AND-SO’S:
27 Joey Baby (RCA Victor 7974)(a-side, February 1962)(CB 66/1962; RW 44/1962)
28 Rinky Tinky Rhythm (RCA Victor 7974)(b-side, February 1962)
29 Tell Tale (RCA Victor 47-4050)(b-side, 1962)
30 To Each His Own (RCA Victor 47-4050)(uncharted a-side, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set contains rare album releases by the Anita Kerr Singers. The first album was the first of their many “tribute” albums, like for Burt Bacharach, Bert Kaempfert and Henry Mancini. The songs were devoted to songs written by or associated with Ray Charles. The rest of the other albums was more pop oriented. Four singles (a and b-sides) by Anita & Th’ So-And-So’s were also included.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The soothing smooth harmony is fully displayed.
3 There is a 12-page booklet with informative essay and rare pictures.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No front album covers were included. No label & number, chart position were included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Anita Kerr was born Anita Jean Grilli on October 31, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1950, she formed the Anita Kerr Singers, herself as soprano and arranger. They sang backing vocals for many country artists, such as Red Foley, Eddy Arnold and Burl Ives. Recognizing her many talents by Chet Atkins, she later became choral director in RCA Victor label. Their 1965 album “We Dig Mancini” won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group, edging out “Help” by the Beatles! The Anita Kerr Singers became the major vocal backing group for numerous chart hits, such as “He’ll Have To Go” (Jim Reeves), “Make The World Go Away” (Eddy Arnold), “The Three Bells” (The Browns), “Detroit City” (Bobby Bare), “My Special Angel” (Bobby Helms), “Only The Lonely” and “Running Scared” (Roy Orbison). Later, under the name the San Sebastian Strings, she created gorgeously coloured light musical settings for the series of mood music albums “The Sea, The Earth, The Sky”; to back Rod McKuen’s prose reflections on the elements.

Anita Kerr is regarded as one of the most talented and professionally accomplished, but rather underrated woman in the history of popular music, especially in the harmony pantheon. Her arrangements are expert and the execution impeccable. It is really unfortunate that her materials on CDs are sorely lacking. And whatever available are very expensive! The above set is a rare release, with great smooth sound. I hope more of her albums are released on CDs. If you like this type of smooth soothing close-harmony chorus music (unfortunately labelled as “elevator music”), this set is highly recommended. Lastly, another similar set “Forever” by Anita Kerr was also recommended. (my review is found elsewhere).

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