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1977 Rollerworld Live In Jap
1977 Rollerworld Live In Jap
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bay City Rollers: Rollerworld: wonderful concert with great songs and good sound; excellent booklet; long live Rollermania!, Feb. 7 2015
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CONTENT:

This CD contains the concert, recorded over 2 shows, in The Budokan, Tokyo, in 1977. During this concert, the band operated mainly as a four-piece, with Alan Longmuir still away on his ’career-sabbatical’ as imposed upon him by the ‘professionals’ who handled the band’s career. To show the significance of the songs in the concert, I have compiled a detailed track listing (with label & number, chart position, and album source, with personal comments):

01 Intro*here you can feel the intensity and loudness of the screams. Fortunately, once the concert has started, producer reduced the screams to minimum, not affecting the quality of each song.
02 It’s A Game (Arista 108)(a-side)(UK 16/1977)*from album It’s A Game.
03 Rock-N-Roll Love Letter (Arista 0185)(a-side)(US 28/1976)*from album Dedication.
04 Yesterday’s Hero (Arista 0216)(a-side)(US 54/1976)*from album Dedication.
05 Love Fever*from album It’s A Game.
06 Don’t Stop The Music (Arista 0193)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1976)*from album Wouldn’t You Like It.
07 Eagles Fly (Arista 0199)(b-side, 1976)*from album Wouldn’t You Like It.
08 Rebel Rebel*from album It’s A Game.
09 I Only Wanna Be With You (Bell 1493)(a-side)(UK 4/1976)*from album Dedication.
10 Dance Dance Dance (Arista 0256)(b-side, 1977)*from album It’s A Game.
11 Don’t Let The Music Die*from album It’s A Game.
12 You Made Me Believe In Magic (Arista 0256)(a-side)(US 10/1977)*from album It’s A Game
13 Wouldn’t You Like It*from album Wouldn’t You Like It.
14 Money Honey (Bell 1461)(a-side)(UK 3/1975)*from album Dedication.
15 You’re A Woman*from album Dedication.
16 Saturday Night (Arista 0149)(a-side)(US 1/1975)*their biggest hit!

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of hits by Bay City Rollers, a combination of hit singles and album tracks, as noted above.
2 I personally prefer studio recordings over live. In this case, I do make an exception. This album is wonderfully recorded. You can hear the singing and lyrics clearly. With one integral member absent, the sound of the record is all the more amazing. There are no production tricks. Nothing has been altered or ‘cleaned up’. It is exactly as it was played at the shows, and that is itself a miracle by current standards. The sound is wonderful.
3 The next treasure is the 16-page booklet, containing a poignant essay detailing the career and downfall of the Rollers, manipulated by the ‘professionals’ including their accountants. (for details, see later). It is of interest that the cover of the booklet was courtesy of 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto, a very famous oldies radio station, sadly now defunct. There are many nice pictures too. The essay is a must-read.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

During their career, the rollers sold over 100 million records, with income from merchandising. They probably generated in excess of $1 billion in turnover and at least 25% of that was profit. Yet, when they took the time to pause and look around, they were all literally penniless. Raised as real ‘working-class’ kids, they had the built in trust of authority and ‘professionals’ that the British class system instills into the young almost at birth. That youthful trust, together with their (natural) naivete in the corporate world of the music industry was their downfall. They were exploited, manipulated and eventually destroyed by the business, the ‘professionals’ and the sheer weight and scale of corporate machine which chew them up and spat them out. All the lawsuits resulted in nothing gained except the lawyers. The saddest part of all is the graduation disintegration – suicide attempts, fights, assaults, the inevitable drug problems. They were all but wrung dry and nobody cared. (Excerpt from booklet)

Rollermania has always a special place in my heart. What we saw in 1977 at the Budokan, Tokyo – those thousands of hysterical, screaming fans – was the end of Rock & Roll’s innocent beginnings and the start of the cynical corporate industry, which we have inherited today. And, bridging that gap, smiling out happily across the years, are the Bay City Rollers, the last real pop group…and the first real boy boyband, long before Westlife, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, *NSync and Take That. Long live the Rollers!

Cheek To Cheek (Deluxe)
Cheek To Cheek (Deluxe)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga (Cheek to Cheek)(deluxe): great album with fantastic vocals and orchestra sound; highly recommended., Feb. 3 2015
This review is from: Cheek To Cheek (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

The standard edition has 11 songs, while the Deluxe Edition has 15 tracks (International Deluxe Edition: 18 songs). All the songs are old standards, popular in the 30s and 40s. For the younger generation who may not have heard these songs, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with names of original artists, chart positions, with personal comments) to show that these songs were big hits from the past:

DELUXE EDITION:
01 ANYTHING GOES (duet)*written by Cole Porter; Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (5/1934); remember this song was sung at the beginning of Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom?Cheek to Cheek (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (1(11)/1935); from movie Top Hat.
02 CHEEK TO CHEEK (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (1(11)/1935); from movie Top Hat.
03 DON'T WAIT TOO LONG (Tony Bennett, solo)*bonus track: original artist: Tony Bennett (54/1963).
04 I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE (duet)*Cliff Edwards (1(1)/1928); remember his voice as Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio?
05 NATURE BOY (duet)*Nat King Cole (1(8)/1948).
06 GOODY GOODY (duet)*bonus track; Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1(6)/1936).
07 EV'RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (Lady Gaga, solo)*bonus track; written by Cole Porter; Ella Fitzgerald (1956).
08 FIREFLY (duet)*original artist: Tony Bennett (20/1958).
09 I WON'T DANCE (duet)*Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra (1(3)/1935); from movie Roberta.
10 THEY ALL LAUGHED (duet)*bonus track; written by George & Ira Gershwin; Fred Astaire (6/1937); from movie Shall We Dance?
11 LUSH LIFE (Lady Gaga, solo)*John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman (1963).
12 SOPHISTICATED LADY (Tony Bennett, solo)*Duke Ellington (3/1933).
13 LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (5/1936).
14 BUT BEAUTIFUL (duet)*Frank Sinatra (14/1948).
15 IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING (duet)*Duke Ellington (6/1932).
16 ON A CLEAR DAY (YOU CAN SEE FOREVER)(Tony Bennett, solo)*only found in International Deluxe Edition; Johnny Mathis (98/1965).
17 BEWTICHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED (Lady Gaga, solo)*only found in International Deluxe Editon; first recorded by Leo Reisman (25/1941); of course the most popular version was by Doris Day (9/1950).
18 THE LADY IS A TRAMP (duet)*from Duets II; this song actually charted: 121/2011; original artists: Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of old standards performed in a professional manner by Tony Bennett with perfect phraseology and Lady Gaga with youth and great singing voice. The best of both worlds.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with clear vocals and clear differentiation of instruments from the orchestra.
3 The booklet is also wonderful.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Why so many different editions: standard, deluxe, international deluxe, Home Shopping Network Deluxe Edition, iTunes deluxe and Target deluxe edition?

ACHIEVEMENT:

The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal" category (It should win). With the release of "Cheek To Cheek," Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when "Duets II" debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. "Cheek To Cheek" marks Lady Gaga's third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, making her the only female artist this decade to achieve this feat; this is the second time in Bennett's career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard's Pop and Jazz Album charts.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It does not come better than this set: a combination of jazz, infused with the pop elements by Lady Gaga. It is great to listen to the big band music with great remastered sound. The entire set is very enjoyable. If you are a jazz fan, what more can I say about Tony Bennett. Don't be bothered by Lady Gaga. She presented herself admirably, with great singing voice and stage presence. She is not just a "Poker Face." I hope this set will introduce to the younger audience the many great standards from the past. This set is highly recommended to people of all ages.

I just watched the blu-ray concert of Cheek to Cheek (my review is found elsewhere). It was simply wonderful. Get that and you will enjoy the beautiful sound of live jazz music!

UPDATE (February 8, 2015):

Indeed, Cheek to Cheek won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, beating out Partners (Barbra Streisand), Sending You A Little Christmas (Johnny Mathis), Night Songs (Barry Manilow), and Nostalgia (Annie Lennox)

Cheek To Cheek Live! (Blu-ray)
Cheek To Cheek Live! (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheek To Cheek Live! (blu-ray review): first class concert with great video and fantastic big band sound; must own!, Feb. 3 2015
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VIDEO:

The concert Cheek to Cheek Live! Arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. It was filmed in 4K Ultra High Definition (HD). The video was very pleasing with lots of sharp details especially on close-up, showing wrinkles and different strands of hair. The colour was accurate. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Cheek to Cheek comes with DTS-HD 5.0 Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD 5.0 lossless track. Why not 5.1? Fortunately, the bass was adequate. The vocals are very detailed and clear. Tony Bennett’s phraseology was of course excellent, while Lady “Poker Face” Gaga showed the world that she has a great singing voice. The orchestra sound was also very smooth. The piano sound from the Steinway & Sons was crisp. The violin segments were very smooth. Of course one must mention that the trumpet solo by Chris Botti and saxophone solo by David Mann, especially in the duel in the last song were outstanding. (5/5)

CONCERT:

This concert was taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on July 28, 2014. All the songs were handpicked by the artists. Throughout the concert, Bennett and Gaga demonstrated a strong camaraderie and affection belying the six-decade age differential. I have compiled a song listing (including names of artists who made the songs popular, chart positions, plus personal comments):

01 ANYTHING GOES (duet)*written by Cole Porter; Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (5/1934); remember this song was sung at the beginning of Indiana Jones’ Temple of Doom?
02 CHEEK TO CHEEK (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (1(11)/1935); from movie Top Hat.
03 THEY ALL LAUGHED (duet)*written by George & Ira Gershwin; Fred Astaire (6/1937); from movie Shall We Dance?.
04 LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (Tony Bennett, solo)*Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (2/1939).
05 NATURE BOY (duet)*Nat King Cole (1(8)/1948).
06 GOODY GOODY (duet)*Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1(6)/1936).
07 HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? (Tony Bennett, solo)*written by Alan & Marilyn Bergman; James Ingram & Patti Austin (45/1983).
08 BANG BANG (Lady Gaga, solo)*written by Sonny Bono; Cher (2/1966); watch out for Gaga’s huge Afro-wig; Chris Botti, trumpet.
09 BEWTICHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED (Lady Gaga, solo)*first recorded by Leo Reisman (25/1941); of course the most popular version was by Doris Day (9/1950).
10 FIREFLY (duet)*original artist: Tony Bennett (20/1958).
11 I WON’T DANCE (duet)*Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra (1(3)/1935); from movie Roberta.
12 DON’T WAIT TOO LONG (Tony Bennett, solo)*original artist: Tony Bennett (54/1963).
13 I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE (duet)*Cliff Edwards (1(1)/1928); remember his voice as Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio?
14 LUSH LIFE (Lady Gaga, solo)*John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman (1963).
15 SOPHISTICATED LADY (Tony Bennett, solo)*Duke Ellington (3/1933).
16 LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE (duet)*written by Irving Berlin; Fred Astaire (5/1936).
17 EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (Lady Gaga, solo)*written by Cole Porter; Ella Fitzgerald (1956).
18 BUT BEAUTIFUL (duet)*Frank Sinatra (14/1948).
19 IT DON’T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING (duet, with trumpet and saxophone solos)*Duke Ellington (6/1932).

The concert (5/5).

PACKAGING:

There is a nice 4-page booklet with song listing including names of the orchestra. There are nice pictures on the back of the front and back covers.

TRIVIA ABOUT CHEEK TO CHEEK ALBUM:

The album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted in September at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts. Cheek To Cheek was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best TraditionalPop Vocal" category (It should win). With the release of "Cheek To Cheek," Bennett broke his own record, set in 2011 when "Duets II" debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. "Cheek To Cheek" marks Lady Gaga's third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years, making her the only female artist this decade to achieve this feat; this is the second time in Bennett's career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard's Pop and Jazz Album charts.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It does not come better than this set: a combination of jazz, infused with the pop elements by Lady Gaga. It is great to listen to the big band music in high definition. The entire set is very enjoyable. If you are a jazz fan, what more can I say about Tony Bennett. Don’t be bothered with Lady Gaga. She presented herself admirably, with great singing voice and stage presence. She is not just a “Poker Face.” This blu-ray concert is very highly recommended. I guarantee you will be tapping your feet with the music.

PS. On the website, it is stated as B/2 meaning Region 2 for UK. Don’t worry. I think Amazon made a mistake. My disc is Region 1 and plays on north American blu-ray player.

Ambassador Of Song
Ambassador Of Song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al Bowlly: Ambassador of Song (1CD): 23 songs with many rare gems making CD debut; good sound; great value!, Jan. 31 2015
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There are 23 songs, released by Delta Music from UK in 2009. To help you with your purchase decision, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, names of orchestra, chart position with personal comments):

01 Ray Noble Medley: Intro: The Very Thought of You/The Touch of Your Lips/Love Is the Sweetest Thing (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(August 1936)
02 What A Perfect Night For Love (with Marius B. Winter & His Dance Band)(Broadcast 2599)(uncharted a-side, November 1930)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 Sunshine and Shadows (with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6010)(b-side, March 1931)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 There's Something In Your Eyes (with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6056)(uncharted a-side, August 1931)
05 Sweet and Lovely (with Savoy Hotel Orpheans)(Columbia CB-376)(uncharted a-side, October 1931)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2514)(b-side, September 1931)
06 Out of Nowhere (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2439)(uncharted a-side, July 1931)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 If I Didn't Have You (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2763)(uncharted a-side, December 1931)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 Actions Speak Louder Than Words (with Savoy Hotel Orpheans)(January 19, 1932)*the single version with the Masqueraders (Columbia CB-409)(uncharted a-side, January 14, 1932).
09 It's Great To be In Love (Ray Noble's New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6147)(uncharted a-side, February 1932)*rare gem.
10 My Sweet Virginia (with Durium Dance Band)(Durium EN-9)(b-side, April 1932)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Ray Fox & His Band (Decca F-2866)(b-side, March 1932)
11 You're My Everything (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-3099)(uncharted a-side, August 1932)
12 My Romance (with Fred Hartley's Orchestra)(Decca F-3218)(uncharted a-side, October 1932)
13 I Can't Write The Words (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3270)(uncharted a-side, November 1932)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Let Me Give My Happiness to You (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3534)(uncharted a-side, April 1933)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6332)(b-side, March 1933)
15 It's Within Your Power (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(HMV B-6347)(uncharted a-side, May 1933)
16 There's A Cabin In The Pines (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(HMV B-6379)(b-side, July 1933)*2 versions: the other with orchestra (Decca F-3638)(b-side, July 1933)
17 You Oughta Be In Pictures (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(HMV B-6477)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Monia Liter, piano (Decca F-3956)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)
18 True (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-3963)(b-side, April 1934)
19 The Prize Waltz (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(HMV B-6516)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)*I am still searching for the name of song on this b-side.
20 You Opened My Eyes (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(Victor 25004)(uncharted a-side, March 1935)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 Bon Jour, Mam.selle (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(Victor 25040)(b-side, May 1935)*rare gem.
22 Al Bowlly Remembers (Medley: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (with instrumental accom), and Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear (with instrumental accom)(Decca F-6916)(uncharted a-side, November 1938)
23 Walkin' Thru' Mockin' Bird Lane (with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV BD-834)(b-side, March 1940)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of 23 Al Bowlly songs, with many rare gems, making their CD debut.
2 The remastering is good: clean.
3 There is a 6-page booklet with an informative essay by Guy Rowland. Names of orchestra plus dates of recordings are listed.
4 74 minutes. The price is reasonable. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No chart position was included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

During his brief 15 year of recordings, Al Bowlly has made over 1000 recordings, under different labels & orchestra. Surprisingly, he only charted three times on his own: (1) If I Had You (12/1929), (2) Blue Moon (5/1935) and My Melancholy Baby (20/1935). He was featured vocalist for many bands, mainly consisting of (1) Geraldo & His Orchestra (1931), (2) Ray Fox & His Band (1931 - 1932), (3) Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1932 - 1937) and (4) Lew Stone & His Band (1933 - 1938). To construct a Complete Singles Discography is a difficult and challenging task, a true labour of love, because of the large number of recordings made. I patiently used the label & number, plus year of release as reference, and constructed a 610 singles discography (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, but only 1200 songs, not 1220 songs, because 3 were repeated releases and 17 sides belonged to other artists). His main labels are: (1) DG (Deutsche Grammophon), Hom (Homochord), EBW (Edison Bell Winner)(1927-1928), (2) Columbia (1929), (3) Piccadilly, Sterno, Dominion, Metropole & Regal (1929), (4) HMV (1930), (5) Victory (1930), (6) EBR (Edison Bell Radio)(1930), (7) Broadcast (1930 - 1931), (8) Decca (1931 - 1932), (9) Durium (1932), (10) Victor (1932), (11) HMV (1932), (12) Decca (1932 - 1935), (13) Victor (1935 - 1937), (14) HMV (1938), (15) Decca (1938), and (16) HMV (1938 - 1941). I still cannot find the names of a few b-sides. Therefore, this Complete Singles Discography is still a work in progress.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This set is not a Best of collection. Therefore, the songs are not the most popular ones. Its most outstanding quality is that there are many rare gems, many making their CD debut. The sound is good. The entire set is very enjoyable, and is recommended to all Al Bowlly fans.

Magic That Is
Magic That Is
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al Bowlly: The Magic That Is (2CDs): 50 songs with many rare gems, some making CD debut; great sound; good value!, Jan. 31 2015
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This 2 CD set, released by Rex Records from UK, contain 50 songs. To help you with your purchase decision, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with name of orchestra, label & number, chart position, plus personal comments):

DISC 1:
01 Madonna Mine (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-5121)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind (with Billy Cotton & His Band) (Regal MR-463)(uncharted a-side, December 1931)
03 Bathing In The Sunshine (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2250)(uncharted a-side, March 1931)
04 Frankie And Johnny Blues (duet with Ella Logan)(Decca F-2206)(uncharted a-side, November 1930)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Rosa Mia (with orchestra directed by George Scott-Wood)(Decca F-3275)(uncharted a-side, November 1932)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Who'll Buy An Old Gold Ring? (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3842)(uncharted a-side, December 1933)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 What Is There To Take Its Place? (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5003)(b-side, April 1934)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 By The Old Oak Tree (duet with Ella Logan)(Decca F-2206)(b-side, November 1930)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 It's All Forgotten Now (with Monia Liter)(Decca F-5121)(b-side, July 1934)*2 versions: the other with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6509)(b-side, July 1934).
10 When The Waltz Was Through (with Roy Fox & His Band) (Decca F-2513)(b-side, September 1932)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 A Faded Summer Love (with piano accom)(EBW 5470)(uncharted a-side, January 1932)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 What A Little Moonlight Can Do (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5270)(uncharted a-side, August 1934)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 Cherie, C'est Vous (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2451)(uncharted a-side, August 1931)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Eleven More Months And Ten More Days (with the Rhythm Radio Five)(EBW 5440)(uncharted a-side, December 1931)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with the Tuff Guys (EBR 1586)(b-side, December 1931)
15 You Didn't Know The Music (with Harry Hudson on piano)(EBW 5470)(b-side, January 1932)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2775)(b-side, 1932)
16 Tell Me, Are You From Georgia? (with Roy Fox & His Band & Nat Gonella)(Decca F-2451)(b-side, August 1931)
17 Foolish Facts (with the Rhythm Radio Five)(EBW 5440)(b-side, December 1931)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with the Tuff Guys (EBR 1586)(b-side, December 1931)
18 Love Is The Sweetest Thing (with orchestra)(Decca F-3194)(US 1(5)/1933)*2 versions: the other Ray Noble's New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6245)(b-side, September 1932)
19 Learn To Croon (with instrumental accom)(Decca F-3627)(uncharted a-side, July 1933)
20 The Very Thought of You (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-3963)(US 1(5)/1934)*2 versions: the other with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6482)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)
21 Isle of Capri (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-5188)(US 1(7)/1934)*3 versions: the other with Lew Stone & His Band (Decca F-5132)(b-side, August 1934) and Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6519)(uncharted a-side, April 1934).
22 You're My Everything (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-3099)(uncharted a-side, August 1932)
23 Al Bowlly Remembers (Medley: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (with instrumental accom), and Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear (with instrumental accom)(Decca F-6916)(uncharted a-side, November 1938)
24 Happy-Go-Lucky You (And Broken-Hearted Me)(with instrumental accom)(Decca F-3145)(uncharted a-side, September 1932)*2 versions: the other with Lew Stone & His Band (Decca K-684)(uncharted a-side, October 1932)
25 Goodnight, Sweetheart (with Ray Noble's New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-5984)(uncharted a-side, February 1931)*3 versions: the other with Novelty Orchestra (HMV B-3825)(uncharted a-side, March 1931), and New Mayfair Orchestra (HMV B-3907)(uncharted a-side, June 1931).

DISC 2:
01 Were You Sincere (with orchestral accom)(Decca F-2285)(uncharted a-side, September 1931)
02 I'll Never Be The Same (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3314)(uncharted a-side, December 1932)
03 You Ought To Be In Pictures (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-3956)(uncharted a-side, April 1934)
04 Sweet and Lovely (with Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2514)(b-side, September 1931)*2 versions: the other with Savoy Hotel Orpheans (Columbia CB-376)(uncharted a-side, October 1931)
05 Thanks (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3722)(b-side, October 1933)*2 versions: the other with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6413)(b-side, October 1933)
06 True (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-3963)(b-side, April 1934)
07 Night and Day (with orchestra directed by Carroll Gibbons)(Decca F-3695)(uncharted a-side, October 1933)
08 Just Let Me Look at You (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6745)(b-side, August 1938)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 Experiment (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3734)(b-side, November 1933)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6408)(b-side, October 1933)
10 Love, You Funny Thing (Decca F-2964)(uncharted a-side, May 1932)
11 Hang Out The Stars in Indiana (with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6058)(uncharted a-side, August 1931)*2 versions: the other with the Blue Jays (EBR 1556)(uncharted a-side, September 1931)
12 In My Little Red Book (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6642)(uncharted a-side, March 1938)*rare gem; CD debut; 2 versions: the other with Mantovani & His Orchestra (Columbia FB-1925)(b-side, March 1938)
13 Easy Come, Easy Go (Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5018)(b-side, June 1934)
14 Hand in Hand (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3985)(uncharted a-side, May 1934)
15 Now It Can be Told (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6795)(uncharted a-side, September 1938)
16 My Romance (with Fred Hartley's Orchestra)(Decca F-3218)(uncharted a-side, October 1932)
17 You Couldn't Be Cuter (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6745)(uncharted a-side, August 1938)
18 I've Got To Sing A Torch Song (with Ray Noble's Orchestra)(HMV B-6375)(uncharted a-side, July 1933)
19 On The Sentimental Side (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6795)(b-side, September 1938)*2 versions: the other with Geraldo & His Orchestra (HMV BD-5402)(b-side, September 1938)
20 I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You (with orchestra accom)(Decca F-2285)(b-side, September 1931)*3 versions: the other with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (HMV B-6040)(uncharted a-side, June 1931) and with Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2438)(uncharted a-side, July 1931)
21 Fare Thee Well (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5130)(uncharted a-side, July 1934)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Moonstruck (with instrumental accom)(Decca F-3627)(b-side, July 1933)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Al Bowlly Remembers (Medley: Lover Come Back To Me (with instrumental accom) and Dancing In The Dark (with instrumental accom)(Decca F-6916)(b-side, November 1938)
24 Twentieth Century Blues (with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-4001)(uncharted a-side, November 1931)
25 You're A Sweetheart (with Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6606)(b-side, February 1938)*2 versions: the other with orchestra (HMV BD-503)(b-side, February 1938)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful collection of 50 of Al Bowlly's singles, with many rare gems making their CD debut.
2 The remastering is excellent using Cedar System: overall very clean, with a thin layer of hiss in a few songs, but very acceptable. Many of the songs in this CD have become my new reference standards.
3 Although there is only a 4-page booklet, the names of orchestra were clearly stated. Thank you! The essay by Gary Bailey was informative.
4 Disc 1: 79 minutes; Disc 2: 75 minutes. The price is also reasonable. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No chart position or year of release was included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

During his brief 15 year of recordings, Al Bowlly has made over 1000 recordings, under different labels & orchestra. Surprisingly, he only charted three times on his own: (1) If I Had You (12/1929), (2) Blue Moon (5/1935) and My Melancholy Baby (20/1935). He was featured vocalist for many bands, mainly consisting of (1) Geraldo & His Orchestra (1931), (2) Ray Fox & His Band (1931 - 1932), (3) Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1932 - 1937) and (4) Lew Stone & His Band (1933 - 1938). To construct a Complete Singles Discography is a difficult and challenging task, a true labour of love, because of the large number of recordings made. I patiently used the label & number, plus year of release as reference, and constructed a 610 singles discography (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, but only 1200 songs, not 1220 songs, because 3 were repeated releases and 17 sides belonged to other artists). His main labels are: (1) DG (Deutsche Grammophon), Hom (Homochord), EBW (Edison Bell Winner)(1927-1928), (2) Columbia (1929), (3) Piccadilly, Sterno, Dominion, Metropole & Regal (1929), (4) HMV (1930), (5) Victory (1930), (6) EBR (Edison Bell Radio)(1930), (7) Broadcast (1930 - 1931), (8) Decca (1931 - 1932), (9) Durium (1932), (10) Victor (1932), (11) HMV (1932), (12) Decca (1932 - 1935), (13) Victor (1935 - 1937), (14) HMV (1938), (15) Decca (1938), and (16) HMV (1938 - 1941). I still cannot find the names of a few b-sides. Therefore, this Complete Singles Discography is still work in progress.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It is probably fair to say that not only Al Bowlly one of the first truly international popular singing stars meriting the term "Pop Star", but he was also probably the first "crooner" in that he developed a highly individual and expressive technique of singing to match the introduction of the microphone in 1931, which was an essential part of his unique appeal. He also broke the mold of the singers playing second fiddle to the bandleaders, who up until the `30s were the stars of the show, with the vocalist relegated to performing the "vocal refrain" noted on the 78 rpm record. Even in the late `30s and early `40s, when Ella Fitzgerald was with Chick Webb and Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey, it was often not until a minute and a half into the record had passed before the vocal came in. Al Bowlly had already began to change all that. In my book, he is truly a "Superstar".

My favourite Al Bowlly CD is the 4 CD 100 song Al Bowlly Collection on Acrobat (2014). (my review elsewhere) This current 2 CD 50 song set is my second favourite. The entire set is very enjoyable with great sound. This set is highly recommended to all you Al Bowlly fans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Al Bowlly: The Best of (1CD): 20 songs on Decca with many popular hits; a few rare gems; average sound with hiss & clicks., Jan. 31 2015
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There are 20 songs, released by Spectrum Music from UK in 2000. I have compiled a more detailed song listing (with label & number, names of orchestra, chart position with personal comments):

01 The Very Thought of You (with Monia Liter, piano)(Decca F-3963)(US 1(5)/1934)*there are 2 versions: the other with Ray Nobles (HMV B-6482)(uncharted a-side, 1934).
02 Love Is The Sweetest Thing (with orchestra)(Decca F-3194)(US 1(5)/1933)*there are 2 versions: the other with Ray Nobles' New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (HMV B-6245)(b-side, 1932)
03 I Found You (Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2404)(uncharted a-side, 1931)*rare gem.
04 Love, You Funny Thing (Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-2964)(uncharted a-side, 1932)
05 Got A Date With An Angel (New Mayfair Dance Orchestra)(HMV B-6098)(b-side, 1931)*2 versions: the other with the Waldorfians (Piccadilly 855)(uncharted a-side, 1931).
06 If Anything Happened To You (with the Rhythm Maniacs, a pseudonym for Ray Fox & His Band) (Decca F-3086)(uncharted a-side, 1932)*rare gem; there is another song with the same title with Fred Elizalde's Rhythmicians, but a completely different song.
07 Night and Day (with Carroll Gibbons & His Orchestra)(Decca F-3695)(uncharted a-side, 1933)
08 Ooh! That Kiss (Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-3099)(b-side, 1932)*rare gem.
09 Everything I Have Is Yours (Ray Noble's Orchestra)(Decca F-3853)(uncharted a-side, 1934)*rare gem.
10 Love in Bloom (Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5158)(uncharted a-side, 1934)
11 You're My Everything (Roy Fox & His Band)(Decca F-3099)(uncharted a-side, 1932)
12 I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You (with orchestra)(Decca F-2285)(uncharted a-side, 1931)*3 versions: the other with New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (HMV B-6040)(uncharted a-side, 1931) and Roy Fox & His Band (Decca F-2438)(uncharted a-side, 1931).
13 On The Sentimental Side (Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-6795)(b-side, 1938)*2 versions: the other with Geraldo & His Orchestra (HMV BD-5402)(b-side, 1938)
14 I'm Thru With Love (with Deauville Dance Band)(EBR 1558)(b-side, 1931)
15 That's Me Without You (with small orchestra)(Decca F-3853)(b-side, 1934)*rare gem.
16 Heartaches (with Sid Phillips & His Melodians)(EBW 5358)(uncharted a-side, 1931)
17 Were You Sincere (with orchestra)(Decca F-2285)(uncharted a-side, 1931)
18 Happy-Go-Lucky You And Broken-Hearted Me (with small instrumental group)(Decca F-3145)(uncharted a-side, 1932)
19 Easy Come, Easy Go (Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-5018)(b-side, 1934)
20 Thanks (Lew Stone & His Band)(Decca F-3722)(b-side, 1933)*2 versions: the other version with Ray Noble's Orchestra (HMV B-6413)(b-side, 1933)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of 20 Al Bowlly's songs from Decca with many popular hits. There are quite a few rare gems.
2 All the versions are original versions, no alternate versions, from Decca. Spectrum Music is a budget label under Universal Music who owns Decca.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The sound is average, with a layer of hiss, with some songs, like Are You Sincere, louder than others. Occasional clicks are also heard. Mind you, this set was released in 2000. But with the availability of remastering software like Cedar, the above deficiencies can be carefully eliminated.
2 The booklet is 4 page, with no label & number, and no names of orchestra. As noted above, sometimes, there are many different versions to the same song. To identify the correct version requires label & name of orchestra, neither of which is available. Luckily, the songs are from Decca.
3 Time: 60 minutes. Surely, more songs could have been included to fill up the remaining 20 minutes, with Al Bowlly having a discography of 1218 songs.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

During his brief 15 year of recordings, Al Bowlly has made over 1000 recordings, under different labels & orchestra. Surprisingly, he only charted three times on his own: (1) If I Had You (12/1929), (2) Blue Moon (5/1935) and My Melancholy Baby (20/1935). He was featured vocalist for many bands, mainly consisting of (1) Geraldo & His Orchestra (1931), (2) Ray Fox & His Band (1931 - 1932), (3) Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1932 - 1937) and (4) Lew Stone & His Band (1933 - 1938). To construct a Complete Singles Discography is a difficult and challenging task, a true labour of love, because of the large number of recordings made. I patiently used the label & number, plus year of release as reference, and constructed a 610 singles discography (charted and uncharted, a- and b-sides, but only 1200 songs, not 1220 songs, because 3 were repeated releases and 17 sides belonged to other artists. His main labels are: (1) DG (Deutsche Grammophon), Hom (Homochord), EBW (Edison Bell Winner)(1927-1928), (2) Columbia (1929), (3) Piccadilly, Sterno, Dominion, Metropole & Regal (1929), (4) HMV (1930), (5) Victory (1930), (6) EBR (Edison Bell Radio)(1930), (7) Broadcast (1930 - 1931), (8) Decca (1931 - 1932), (6) Durium (1932), (7) Victor (1932), (8) HMV (1932), (9) Decca (1932 - 1935), (10) Victor (1935 - 1937), (11) HMV (1938), (12) Decca (1938), and (13) HMV (1938 - 1941). I still cannot find the names of a few b-sides. Therefore, this Complete Singles Discography is still work in progress.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

In trying to complete my singles discography on Al Bowlly, I am slowly and patiently collecting all the CDs available. So far, the best set belongs to The Al Bowlly Collection 1927-41, a 4 CD 100 songs collection with great sound and booklet with orchestra and label noted. (my review is found elsewhere). I bought this current one because there are a few rare gems that are not available elsewhere. For the general public, this set is a good introduction to the beautiful voice and talents of Al Bowlly, and is recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Sammy Davis Jr & Mike Curb: only place you find his most recent hits; all rare gems, some making CD debut; good sound., Jan. 31 2015
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This set, released by Curb Records in 1990, contains 11 songs, covering Sammy’s most recent output in the 70s. I have compiled a more detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World):

01 The Candy Man (MGM 14320)(a-side)(BB 1(3)/1972; AC 1(2)/1972; CB 1(1)/1972; RW 1(2)/1972)*his biggest pop hit.
02 That Old Black Magic (Warner Bros. 49047)(uncharted a-side, 1979)*newly recorded disco version; not the same as the 1955 version on Decca; rare gem; CD debut.
03 Snap Your Fingers (20th Century 2236)(b-side, 1975)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Song And Dance Man (20th Century 2236)(a-side)(AC 32/1975)*rare gem; CD debut; new version of his 1958 hit on Decca.
05 Singing In The Rain (MGM 14685)(a-side)(AC 16/1974)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Showtime (Warner Bros 8478)(b-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 Movin’ On Up (20th Century 6162 111)(b-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut; Theme from the Jeffersons.
08 Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow (20th Century 2282)(a-side)(BB 101/1976; AC 42/1976)*better known as the Baretta’s Theme.
09 The People Tree (MGM 14426)(a-side)(BB 92/1972; AC 16/1972; CB 87/1972; RW 95/1972)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Those Were The Days (20th Century 6162 111)(uncharted a-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut; Theme from All In The Family.
11 I Can Do That (Warner Bros 8478)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1977)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of rare singles starting from Candy Man in 1972. Most of these rare gems are making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 The price is very cheap.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 11 songs in one CD, Curb Records got away with this practice with many of their Greatest Hits compilation in the early 1990s. But this practice is no longer tolerated.
2 There are still many hits that could have been included, such as:
(01) I Want To Be Happy (b-side to Candy Man)
(02) Mr. Bojangles (b-side to People Tree, but readily available)
(03) (I’d Be) A Legend In My Time (MGM 14513)(a-side)(BB 116/1973; AC 29/1973)*available online.
(04) I'm Not Anyone (MGM 14513)(b-side, 1973)
(05) Chattanooga Choo Choo (MGM 14685)(b-side, 1974)*still not available anywhere.
(06) That’s Entertainment (MGM 14736)(a-side)(AC 41/1974)*still not available anywhere.
(07) Sing! (MGM 14759)(uncharted a-side, 1974)*still not available anywhere.
(08) I Heard A Song (20th Century 2282)(b-side, 1976)*b-side to Baretta’s Theme.
(09) You Can Count On Me ((20th Century 6162 101)(a-side)(uncharted a-side, 1976)*Theme for Hawaii Five-O.
(10) Many TV Theme songs, including We’ll Make It This Time (Theme from Kojak); Love Is All Around (Theme from Mary Tyler Moore Show); Theme from Mary Hartman and Theme from Maude.
3 There are no label & number and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Sammy Davis Jr. has 107 singles (charted & uncharted, from 1949 to 1984, but only 186 songs, not 214 songs, because 17 were repeated releases and 1 b-side was pure instrumental). The labels are: (1) Capitol (1949 – 1950), (2) Decca (US)/Brunswick (UK) (1954 – 1960), (3) Reprise (1961 – 1968), (4) Verve (1969), (5) Tamla Motown (1970), (4) United Artists (1970), (5) Ecology (1971), (6) MGM (1972 – 1974), (7) 20th Century (1975 – 1977), (8) Warner (1977) and (9) Motown (1984).

A Complete Singles Collection on Sammy Davis Jr. is sorely lacking, especially his releases beyond 1962. The 4 CD box set Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Story by Rhino (1999) is a collector’s item now and very expensive, but by no means complete. Another set called I’ve Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. on Reprise (1996) with 15 songs is recommended. If you want his earliest recordings on Capitol, you have to get Collector’s Series on Capitol (1990). There is another 4 CD set called Seven Classic Albums (Real Gone Music, 2014) with 81 songs, not available in North America for some reason, but can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Sammy Davis Jr. has a very distinctive voice, and also a long illustrious career in both music and movies. He lost his left eye and had his nose smashed in an auto accident near San Bernardino in 1954. Probably due to his chronic smoking, he died of throat cancer on May 16, 1990 (age 64). Sammy Davis Jr. is one of America’s all-time great entertainers.

Although there are only 11 songs, they are all rare gems, with many of them making their CD debut. I only wish someday someone will make a decent compilation of Sammy’s most recent hits containing all the missing songs above. But I am not holding my breath because almost all reissue labels from UK are releasing songs only up to 1962 (probably due to the Public Domain law). Anyway, this current set is highly recommended for all Sammy Davis Jr. fans and is a must-own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy Davis Jr. Golden Hits (3CDs): 60 songs (1949-57); complete LP with Carmen McRae; good sound; reasonable price; good value!, Jan. 31 2015
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This 3-CD set, released by Disky, contains 60 songs, from 1949 to 1957. To me, it is important that before one decides whether to make a purchase, one should know the contents of the CDs. Here, Amazon did not provide a song listing. To help you with your purchase decision, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart positions, plus personal comments) (BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart)

DISC 1:
01 People Will Say We're In Love (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
02 A Fine Romance (with Carmen McRae)(Decca 29620)(a-side)(RW 76/1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 Who Cares (with Carmen McRae) )(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
04 Something's Gotta Give (Decca 29484)(a-side)(BB 9/1955; CB 4/1955; UK 11/1955)
05 Happy To Make Your Acquaintance (with Carmen McRae)(Decca 30400)(a-side)(UK 46/1960)
06 Yours Is My Heart Alone (Capitol 822)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
07 The Way You Look Tonight (Capitol 15390)(b-side, 1949)
08 I Don't Care Who Knows (Capitol 15390)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
09 Dedicated To You (Capitol 1050)(b-side, 1950)
10 I'll Know (Decca 29672)(BB 87/1955)
11 The Things We Did Last Summer (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
12 That Old Black Magic (Decca 29541)(a-side)(BB 13/1955; CB 23/1955; RW 22/1955; UK 16/1955)
13 Love Me Or Leave Me (Decca 29484)(b-side)(BB 12/1955; CB 16/1955; RW 13/1955; UK 8/1955)*double sided hit.
14 The Birth of the Blues (Decca 29393)(a-side)(RW 74/1955)
15 And This Is My Beloved (Decca 29199) (b-side, 1954)
16 Frankie And Johnnie (Decca 29795)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
17 Glad To Be Unhappy (Decca 29310)(b-side, 1954)
18 Be-Bop The Beguine (Capitol 70022)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
19 Inka Dinka Doo (Capitol 943)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
20 Perdido (from LP Sammy Swings, Decca 8486, 1957)

DISC 2:
01 Hey There! (Decca 29199)(a-side)(BB 16/1954; CB 1(8)/1954; UK 19/1955)
02 The Man With the Golden Arm (Decca 29759)(UK b-side, 1955)
03 They Didn't Believe Me (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
04 You Are My Lucky Star (Capitol 70004)(b-side, 1949)
05 Tea For Two (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
06 Cheek To Cheek (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
07 Smile Darn Ya, Smile (Capitol 70045)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
08 Because Of You (Decca 29200)(a-side)(CB 45/1954; RW 38/1954)*Part 1 belongs to a-side; Part 2 belongs to b-side, not included here.
09 I Ain't Got Nobody (Capitol 70004)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
10 Baby It's Cold Outside (with Carmen McRae)(Decca 30400)(UK b-side, 1957)
11 Easy To Love (from EP Starring Sammy Davis Jr. Vol. 2, Decca 2214, 1955)
12 The Gypsy In My Soul (DDR 102)(b-side, 1953)
13 Lonesome Road (from EP Starring Sammy Davis Jr, Vol. 1, Decca 2216, 1955)
14 All Of You (Decca 29402)(a-side)(BB 7/1955; CB 37/1955; RW 47/1955)
15 What Can I Do (Capitol 70038)(b-side, 1949)*under Charlie Green.
16 Got A Great Big Shovel (Capitol 70052)(uncharted a-side, 1949)
17 Wagon Wheels (Capitol 822)(b-side, 1950)
18 In A Persian Market (Decca 29759)(UK 28/1956)
19 Too Close For Comfort (Decca 29861)(RW 40/1956)
20 Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be (from LP Sammy Swings, Decca 8486, 1957)*misspelled on the cover as Do-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be.

DISC 3:
01 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (from EP Sammy Davis Jr, Capitol EAP-555, 1954)*recorded in 1949.
02 We're Gonna Roll (Capitol 70052)(b-side, 1949)
03 I Go For You (with Carmen McRae) (Decca 29620)(b-side, 1955)*rare gem.
04 You're The Top (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
05 Can't You See I Have The Blues (Capitol 70022)(b-side, 1949)
06 I'm Sorry Dear (Capitol 1050)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
07 Two Sleepy People (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
08 There's A Small Hotel (with Carmen McRae)(from LP Boy Meets Girl, Decca 8490, 1957)*rare gem.
09 Stan' Up And Fight (from EP, Decca ED-2216, 1955)
10 Azure (Capitol 70045)(b-side, 1949)
11 A Man With A Dream (Decca 29541)(b-side, 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Laura (Capitol 943)(b-side, 1950)
13 Here Lies Love*recorded 1949 (Capitol)
14 Dreamy Blues (Capitol 70038)(uncharted a-side, 1949)*under Charlie Green.
15 Adelaide (Decca 29672)(b-side, 1955)
16 Back Track (Decca 29649)(b-side, 1955)
17 Begin the Beguine (Reprise 27,056)(uncharted a-side, 1964)
18 Don'cha Go Way Mad (Decca 30371)(b-side, 1957)*rare gem.
19 By Myself (from EP The Swingin' Heart, Decca ED-2508, 1957)
20 You Do Something To Me (from LP Just For Lovers, Decca 8170, 1955)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a good collection of Sammy's singles and EP/LP tracks, covering both Capitol and Decca era. Most treasure of all is the inclusion of the entire rare album Boy Meets Girl by Sammy and Carmen McRae, which alone is worth the price of admission.
2 There are quite a few rare gems, some making their CD debut.
3 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. Sammy's voice is centralized. The different instruments in the backing orchestra are clearly defined.
4 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions; no alternate versions.
5 The price is very reasonable for a 3 CD set.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The 4-page booklet simply just listed the song titles and composers. There is no label & number and chart position. Even name of song was misspelled (Oo-shoo-be-doo-be misspelled as Do-shoo-be-doo-be).
2 The coverage extends only to 1957. Disc 1:61 mins; Disc 2: 57 mins; Disc 3: 57 mins. Surely, more songs could have been included to fill up those 60 minutes of empty spaces.
3 Not all the charted hits are included. Considering this is a Golden Hits compilation, the charted singles should have been included first. Examples of missing charted hits: (1) The Red Grapes (BB 28/1954), (2) Five (BB 71/1956), (3) Earthbound (BB 46/1956), and (4) New York's My Home (BB 59/1956). And I am only talking about up to 1957, and I have not even touched on b-sides.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Sammy Davis Jr. has 107 singles (charted & uncharted, from 1949 to 1984, but only 186 songs, not 214 songs, because 17 were repeated releases and 1 b-side was pure instrumental). The labels are: (1) Capitol (1949 - 1950), (2) Decca (US)/Brunswick (UK) (1954 - 1960), (3) Reprise (1961 - 1968), (4) Verve (1969), (5) Tamla Motown (1970), (4) United Artists (1970), (5) Ecology (1971), (6) MGM (1972 - 1974), (7) 20th Century (1975 - 1977), (8) Warner (1977) and (9) Motown (1984).

A Complete Singles Collection on Sammy Davis Jr. is sorely lacking, especially his releases beyond 1962. The 4 CD box set Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Story by Rhino (1999) is a collector's item now and very expensive, but by no means complete. Another set called I've Gotta Be Me: The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. on Reprise (1996) with 15 songs is recommended. If you want his earliest recordings on Capitol, you have to get Collector's Series on Capitol (1990). There is another 4 CD set called Seven Classic Albums (Real Gone Music, 2014) with 81 songs, not available in North America for some reason, but can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk. If you just want his most recent hits, like Candy Man, The People Tree, Those Were The Days, they are found on Best of Sammy Davis Jr and Mike Curb Congregation (Curb, 1991).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Sammy Davis Jr. has a very distinctive voice, and also a long illustrious career in both music and movies. He lost his left eye and had his nose smashed in an auto accident near San Bernardino in 1954. Probably due to his chronic smoking, he died of throat cancer on May 16, 1990 (age 64). Sammy Davis Jr. is one of America's all-time great entertainers.

This current 3 CD set contains the entire Sammy Davis Jr/Carmen McRae album, plus many hits and rare gems. The price is reasonable. The entire set is very enjoyable and is still recommended. I hope listing of the songs above helps you with your purchase decision.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1: 12 iconic songs with great sound; once you heard, you’ll be “hooked on a feeling”, Jan. 23 2015
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is the soundtrack album for the Marvel Studios film of the same name. The soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was the US's third best-selling soundtrack album of 2014, behind only 1989 by Taylor Swift and the soundtrack to Frozen. It topped the Top Soundtracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks and 16 weeks in total, having sold over 1.5 million copies.

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The song listing (with singles label & number and chart position, with personal comments) is as follows (BB=Billboard Hot 100; AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record World; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede (EMI 3627)(BB 1(1)/1974; AC 31/1974; CB 1(1)/1974; RW 1(2)/1974)* prior to the film's release, the song's appearance in a trailer resulted in a significant spike in sales.
02 Go All The Way – Raspberries (Capitol 3348)(BB 5/1972; CB 4/1972; RW 3/1972)
03 Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (Reprise 0885)(BB 3(3)/1970; CB 1(2)/1970; RW 1(2)/1970; UK 1/1970)*only appeared in the trailer; not included in the film itself.
04 Moonage Daydream – David Bowie (1972)
05 Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop (Capricorn 0252)(BB 3(2)/1976; CB 3/1976; RW 3/1976; UK 34/1976)*Mickey Thomas (of Starship; lead vocal).
06 I’m Not in Love – 10 cc (Mercury 73678)(BB 2(3)/1975; AC 10/1975; CB 3(2)/1975; RW 3(2)/1975; UK 1/1975)
07 I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 (Motown 1157)(BB 1(1)/1969; R&B 1(4)/1969; CB 1(1)/1969; RW 2(4)/1969; UK 2/1970)
08 Come and Get Your Love – Redbone (Epic 11035)(BB 5/1974; CB 5/1974; RW 8/1974)*gold record
09 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways (Mercury 73819)(BB 106/1976; )*consists of Cherie Currie (vocals), Joan Jett (guitar), Lita Ford (guitar), Micki Steele (bass) and Sandy West (drums).
10 Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes (Infinity 50,035)(BB 1(3)/1979; AC 8/1979; CB 1(3)/1979; RW 1(4)/1979; UK 23/1980)
11 O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps (Buddah 165)(BB 8/1970; R&B 14/1970; CB 4/1970; RW 4/1970)
12 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Tamla 54149)(BB 19/1967; R&B 3/1967; CB 22/1967; RW 19/1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of pop songs from the late 60s, and 70s. All the above songs are charted hits except Moonage Derams. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell and Mama Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night were also considered for the film instead of Moonage Daydream. Magic by Pilot and Livin' Thing by Electric Light Orchestra were also used during filming; however, the scenes which they were featured in were cut from the final version of the film. Too bad.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions, not re-recorded or alternate versions.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is a separate soundtrack for the Original Score, which should be combined with the current soundtrack to form one single set.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When I reviewed the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on blu-ray, I gave full marks to the audio. How do you like to listen to all these iconic tunes in crystal clear lossless multi-channel sound? If you have a decent sound system, the music from this CD also sounds great. This set is recommended for all you soundtrack lovers. I guarantee once you’ve heard these songs, you’ll be “Hooked on a Feeling.” Plus, like the song from Frozen, you won’t be able to “Let It Go!”

Six Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CD)
Six Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CD)
Price: CDN$ 12.14
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Burnette 6 Classic Albums Plus Singles (4CDs): 103 songs, 6 complete albums, all singles 55-62; great sound; good value!, Jan. 23 2015
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CONTENT:

This 4 CD set, released by Real Gone Music, contain 6 complete albums plus bonus singles, with 103 songs. Amazon did not provide a song listing. To me, to make a wise purchase, one has to know the contents. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with names of albums, album and singles label & number and chart position, with personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box; RW=Record Word; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE AND THE ROCK’N’ROLL TRIO (Coral)(1956):
01 Honey Hush (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(b-side, 1956)
02 Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)(Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61758)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
03 Sweet Love On My Mind
04 Rock Billy Boogie (Coral 61918)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
05 Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
06 All by Myself
07 The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61719)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
08 I Just Found Out (Johnny Burnette Trio)(Coral 61758)(b-side, 1957)
09 Your Baby Blue Eyes
10 Chains of Love
11 I Love You So
12 Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine (Coral 61869)(b-side, 1957)
LP DREAMIN’ (Liberty LST 7179)(1960):
13 Dreamin’ (Liberty 55258)(a-side)(BB 11/1960; CB 8/1960; RW 5/1960; UK 5/1960)
14 Lovesick Blues
15 Please Help Me I’m Falling
16 Why Don’t You Haul Off And Love Me?
17 Love Me
18 Kaw Liga
19 Settin’ The Woods on Fire (Liberty 55222)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
20 I Want To Be With You Always
21 Cincinnati Fireball (Liberty 55258)(b-side, 1960)
22 My Special Angel
23 Finders Keepers
24 I Really Don’t Want To Know
SINGLES:
25 You’re Undecided – The Burnett Rhythm Rangers (Von 1006)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
26 Go Along Mule – The Burnette Rhythm Rangers (Von 1006)(b-side, 1955)
27 You’re Undecided – Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (Coral 61651)(b-side, 1956)
28 Tear It Up – Johnny Burnette & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (Coral 61651)(uncharted a-side, 1956)

DISC 2:
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE (Liberty LST 7183)(1961):
01 You’re Sixteen (Liberty 55285)(a-side)(BB 8/1960; CB 7/1960; RW 7/1960; UK 3/1961)
02 Crying In The Chapel
03 Dream Lover
04 Oh, Lonesome Me
05 I Beg Your Pardon (Liberty 55285)(b-side, 1960)
06 I Love My Baby
07 It’s Only Make Believe
08 Singing The Blues
09 You’re So Fine
10 (I Go) Down to the River (Liberty 55298)(b-side, 1961)
11 Let’s Talk About Living
LP JOHNNY BURNETTE SINGS (Liberty LST 7190)(1961):
12 Little Boy Sad (Liberty 55298)(a-side)(BB 17/1961; CB 19/1961; RW 16/1961; UK 12/1961)
13 Mona Lisa
14 I’m Still Dreamin’ (London HLG9458)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
15 In The Chapel In The Moonlight
16 Red Sails in the Sunset
17 Big Big World (Liberty 55318)(a-side)(BB 58/1961; CB 49/1961; RW 43/1961)
18 Ballad of The One-Eyed Jacks (Liberty 55318)(b-side, 1961)
19 The Treasure of Love
20 The Fool (London HLG 9473)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
21 Blue Blue Morning
22 Memories Are Made of This
23 Pledge of Love (London HLG9315)(UK uncharted a-side, 1961)
SINGLES:
24 Midnight Train – Johnny Burnette Trio (Coral 61675)(b-side, 1956)
25 Oh Baby Babe – Johnny Burnette Trio (Coral 61675)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
26 Blues Stay Away from Me – Dorsey & Johnny Burnette (Coral 62190)(uncharted a-side, 1960)

DISC 3:
LP ROSES ARE RED (with Johnny Mann Singers)(Liberty LST 7255)(1962):
01 Roses are Red
02 Lonesome Waters (Liberty 55489)(b-side, 1962)
03 Clown Shoes (Liberty 55416)(a-side)(BB 113/1962; CB 92/1962; RW 86/1962; UK 35/1962)
04 The Fool of the Year (Liberty 55448)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
05 The Poorest Boy in Town (Liberty 55448)(b-side, 1962)
06 I’ve Got A Lot of Things To Do (Liberty 55345)(a-side)(BB 109/1961)
07 Girls (Liberty 55345)(b-side)(RW 80/1961; UK 37/1961)*double sided hit.
08 Honestly I Do (Liberty 55377)(b-side, 1961)
09 Choo Choo Train
10 Angry at the Big Oak Tree
11 When Today Is A Long Time Ago
12 The Way I Am (Liberty 55416)(b-side, 1962)
LP HITS AND OTHER FAVORITES (Liberty LST 7206)(1962):
13 You’re The Reason
14 Just Out of Reach
15 Moody River
16 Girl of my Best Friend
17 Walk on By
18 A Little Bitty Tear
19 God, Country And My Baby (Liberty 55379)(a-side)(BB 18/1961; CB 31/1961; RW 27/1961)
20 Hello Walls
SINGLES:
21 Touch Me – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61829)(b-side, 1957)
22 Eager Beaver Baby – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61829)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
23 Butterfingers – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61869)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
24 If You Want It Enough – Johnny Burnette (Coral 61918)(b-side, 1957)
25 Warm Love – The Burnette Brothers (Imperial 5509)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
26 My Honey – The Burnette Brothers (Imperial 5509)(b-side, 1958)

DISC 4:
SINGLES:
01 I’m Restless – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44001)(b-side, 1958)
02 Kiss Me – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44001)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
03 Kiss Me (Promo Version) – Johnny Burnette
04 Gumbo – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44011)(b-side, 1959)
05 Me And the Bear – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44011)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
06 I’ll Never Love Again – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44017)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
07 Sweet Baby Doll – Johnny Burnette (Freedom F-44017)(b-side, 1959)
08 Green Grass of Texas – The Texans (Infinity INX-001)(BB 100/1961)
09 Bloody River – The Texans (Infinity INX-001)(b-side, 1961)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Ol’ Reb – The Texans (Gothic GOX-001)(b-side, 1961)
11 Rockin’ Johnny Home – The Texans (Gothic GOX-001)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
12 Kentucky Waltz – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55222)(b-side, 1959)
13 Patrick Henry – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55243)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
14 Don’t Do It – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55243)(b-side, 1960)
15 Green Hills – The Shamrocks (Liberty 55460)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
16 Lonely Island – The Shamrocks (Liberty 55460)(b-side, 1962)
17 Damn the Defiant – Johnny Burnette (Liberty 55489)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
18 The Giant – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1116)(b-side, 1962)
19 I Wanna Thank Your Folks – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1116)(BB 117/1962)
20 Time is not Enough – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1129)(b-side, 1962)
21 Remember Me (I’m The One Who Loves You) – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1129)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
22 Party Girl – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1123)(b-side, 1962)
23 Tag Along – Johnny Burnette (Chancellor 1123)(uncharted a-side, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic collection. Besides having 6 complete albums with many memorable album tracks, all his singles from 1955 to 1962 are all present (except 1 song, see later). Further 6 rare tracks from the Texans and Shamrocks are included, with some tracks making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded or alternate versions.
4 The price is very reasonable.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number, no chart position and no album front covers.
2 For some unknown reason, the a-side, Fools Like Me (Liberty 55377, uncharted a-side, 1961) was left out. Fortunately, it is readily available on other compilations.
3 As per the tradition of labels from UK, like Acrobat, One Day Music, Real Gone Music, Jasmine and Sepia Records, the compilation would end in 1962, probably due to UK law on Public Domain. This is really unfortunate. There are 6 more singles (12 songs) from 1963 to 1964, that Real Gone Music could have included. Too bad! If this were done, it would have made this compilation simply perfect: all the singles and albums in his short career.

COMPARISON:

There is a 2 CD set called the Complete US & UK Singles & EPs, As & Bs, by Acrobat Music, to be released in US in February 2015. I got mine from UK last year. That set also has the complete singles As & Bs, plus EP tracks, but still missing the one track as stated above for this current set. There is a fantastic booklet with beautiful album covers, detailed discography. But the 6 tracks by the Texans and Shamrocks are missing there. Since it is not released yet, it is not eligible for review. I shall submit my review when it is released. I have a feeling it is going to be more expensive than the current set.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Johnny Burnette only has 8 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography and found that he has 40 singles from 1955 to 1964 (only 75 songs, not 80 songs, because 5 were repeated releases). The labels are (1) Von (1955), (2) Coral (1956 – 1960), (3) Imperial (1958), (4) Freedom (1958 – 1959), (5) Liberty (1959 – 1962), (6) Infinity (1961), (7) Gothic (1961), (8) Chancellor (1962), (9) Reprise (1963), (10) Capitol (1963 – 1964), (11) Sahara (1964), his own label, but because of copyright, it was changed to Magic Lamp, and (12) Magic Lamp (1964). Fortunately, all the songs from 1963 – 1964 are readily available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The career of Johnny Burnette can be divided into three eras: (1) The Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trio, consisting of Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison (1955-1957), (2) The Burnette Brothers (1957-1958), the time when Johnny wrote quite a few hit songs for Ricky Nelson, such as Waitin’ In School, Believe In What You Say and It’s Late, (3) solo career (1958-1964). The Dorsey Brothers also appeared as the Texans and the Shamrocks. In August 1964, his fishing boat was hit by a motor cruiser, and he drowned. And he was only 30 years old. His legacy was reinforced when You’re Sixteen, featured in the soundtrack of the movie American Graffiti, and Ringo Starr recorded it and the song reached #1 in US and #4 in UK.

If you don’t mind no booklet, this set represents more value as far as contents are concerned. Other than the phenomenal 9 CD Bear Family box set, this current set represents the most comprehensive coverage of his career until 1962. His raw talents during the rockabilly years in the Trio were fully displayed. The sound is very good. This set is highly recommended for all Johnny Burnette and rockabilly fans. I hope listing of the song tracks is helpful to you.

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