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1960-1976  Very Best Of  Capit
1960-1976 Very Best Of Capit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson Very Best Capitol Recordings 60-76 (3CDs): 71 songs from 33 different albums; great sound; fantastic collection!, June 13 2016
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“The Very Best of Nancy Wilson: The Capitol Recordings 1960 – 1976”, released by EMI (UK) in 2008, contains 71 songs. To appreciate how great each song is, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, year of release, name of source album)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

DISC 1:
LP “LIKE IN LOVE” (Capitol 1319)(1960):
01 Fly Me To The Moon
02 I Want To Be Loved
03 On The Street Where You Live
LP “SOMETHING WONDERFUL” (Capitol 1440)(1960):
04 Guess Who I Saw Today (Capitol 4647)(b-side, 1961)
05 What A Little Moonlight Can Do
06 Call It Stormy Monday
LP “SWINGIN’ MUTUAL” (with George Shearing)(Capitol 1524)(1961):
07 The Nearness of You
08 On Green Dolphin Street
09 The Things We Did Last Summer
LP “NANCY WILSON/CANNONBALL ADDERLEY” (Capitol 1657)(BB200 30/1962):
10 The Masquerade Is Over
11 Happy Talk
12 The Old Country
LP “HELLO YOUNG LOVERS” (Capitol 1767)(BB200 49/1962):
13 Miss Otis Regrets
14 Little Girl Blue
15 Sophisticated Lady
LP “BROADWAY – MY WAY” (Capitol 1828)(BB200 18/1963):
16 As Long As He Needs Me
17 You Can Have Him
LP “HOLLYWOOD – MY WAY” (Capitol 1934)(BB200 11/1963):
18 Days of Wine and Roses
19 Moon River
20 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
LP “YESTERDAY’S LOVE SONGS/TODAY’S BLUES” (Capitol 2012)(BB200 4/1964):
21 Never Let Me Go
22 The Song Is You
23 Satin Doll
24 Someone To Watch Over Me

DISC 2:
LP “HOW GLAD I AM” (Capitol 2155)(BB200 4/1964):
01 The Boy from Ipanema
02 (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am (Capitol 5198)(a-side, BB Pop 11/June 1964; BB AC 2/1964)
03 Don’t Rain on My Parade (Capitol 5133)(b-side, February 1964)
04 West Coast Blues
LP “GENTLE IS MY LOVE” (Capitol 2351)(BB200 17/1965):
05 Time After Time
06 There Will Never Be Another You
LP “TODAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER” (Capitol 2082)(BB200 10/1964):
07 I Left My Heart in San Francisco
08 Call Me Irresponsible
09 What Kind of Fool Am I
LP “THE NANCY WILSON SHOW!” (Capitol 2136)(BB200 24/1965):
10 Don’t Talk, Just Sing
11 Ten Good Years
12 The Music That Makes Me Dance
LP “TODAY – MY WAY” (Capitol 2321)(BB200 7/1965):
13 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
14 If I Ruled The World
LP “FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE” (Capitol 2433)(BB200 44/1966):
15 Hey There
16 Makin’ Whoopee!
LP “A TOUCH OF TODAY” (Capitol 2495)(BB200 15/1966):
17 The Shadow of Your Smile
LP “TENDER LOVING CARE” (Capitol 2555)(BB200 35/1966):
18 Close Your Eyes
19 Try A Little Tenderness
20 Like Someone in Love
LP “NANCY – NATURALLY” (Capitol 2634)(BB200 35/1967):
21 Willow Weep For Me
22 Just For A Little Thrill
LP “JUST FOR NOW” (Capitol 2712)(BB200 35/1967):
23 Born Free
LP “LUSH LIFE” (Capitol 2757)(BB200 46/1967):
24 Free Again

DISC 3:
LP “LUSH LIFE” (Capitol 2757)(BB200 46/1967):
01 (I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair
02 Sunny
03 You’ve Changed
LP “WELCOME TO MY LOVE” (Capitol 2844)(BB200 115/1968):
04 It Never Entered My Mind
05 For Once In My Life
06 Welcome To My Love
LP “EASY” (Capitol 2909)(BB200 51/1968):
07 Face It Girl, It’s Over (Capitol 2136)(a-side, BB Pop 29/March 1968)
08 Gentle on my Mind
LP “LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS” (Capitol)(UK):
09 The Man That Got Away
10 I Can’t Get Started
LP “THE SOUND OF NANCY WILSON” (Capitol 2970)(BB200 122/1968):
11 It Only Takes A Moment
12 Out of This World
LP “NANCY” (Capitol 148)(BB200 117/1969):
13 In A Long White Room (Capitol 2361)(a-side, BB Pop 117/December 1968)
LP “SON OF A PREACHER MAN” (Capitol 234)(BB200 122/1969):
14 Son of a Preacher Man
LP “HURT SO BAD” (Capitol 353)(BB200 92/1969):
15 You’re All I Need to Get By
LP “CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU” (Capitol 429)(BB200 155/1970):
16 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Capitol 2644)(a-side, BB Pop 52/October 1969)
LP “NOW I’M A WOMAN” (Capitol 541)(BB200 54/1970):
17 Joe
LP “BUT BEAUTIFUL” (Capitol 798)(BB200 185/1971):
18 In A Sentimental Mood
19 Prelude to a Kiss
LP “NANCY WILSON LIVE IN JAPAN” (released in Japan only, 2002)*original released in “Kaleidoscope” (Capitol 852)(BB200 151/1971):
20 The Greatest Performance of My Life (live)
LP “I KNOW I LOVE HIM” (Capitol 11131)(BB200 201/1973):
21 Don’t Misunderstand
LP “ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR” (Capitol 11317)(BB200 97/1974):
22 You’re As Right As Rain (Capitol 3973)(a-side, BB R&B 10/December 1974)
LP “THIS MOTHER’S DAUGHTER” (Capitol 11518)(BB200 126/1976):
23 This Mother’s Daughter (Capitol 4284)(b-side, July 1976)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Nancy Wilson is basically an album artist. All the songs in the above set are sourced from 33 different albums!! This certainly bested the previous CD “Ballads, Blues & Big Bands” with 19 albums.
2 The songs are sequenced more or less chronologically.
3 The sound is well remastered. I have most of the above albums on CDs, but their sound is not as good as this current one.
4 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Devra Hall. The names of source albums are identified.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The title “The Best of” is a little misleading. I normally associate Best of or Greatest Hits as the inclusion of the most popular songs, especially charted singles. Here, you just get a few of her hit singles. If you are looking for her Greatest Hits, look elsewhere. Here, I would recommend “Anthology” (Capitol, 2CDs. 30 songs, 2000).
2 Labels and numbers plus chart positions were not provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Nancy Wilson is basically an album artist. She has released about 38 domestic albums on Capitol. Fortunately, they are all available on CDs, but unfortunately, many of them are still extremely expensive. In this set, the songs were chosen by Nancy Wilson, the special ones that tell a story and dramatic ballads about relationships. The entire set is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all Nancy Wilson fans.


The Complete Concert by the Sea
The Complete Concert by the Sea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Erroll Garner Complete Concert by the Sea (3CD) discs1&2: complete concert; disc 3: edited concert; good sound; great collection, June 11 2016
INTRODUCTION:

The original album “Concert by the Sea”, recorded at the Sunset Auditorium, Carmel, California on September 19, 1955, using primitive sound equipment, featuring Eddie Calhoun on bass and Densil Best on drums, was a best-selling album, reaching #12 on Billboard Album Chart. But it was an edited concert with only 11 songs, condensed into one album.

CONTENT:

Finally, on September 18, 2015, “Concert by the Sea” was re-released by Sony Legacy in this expanded, three-CD edition that adds 11 previously unreleased tracks. I have compiled a song listing (including album label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

DISC 1
“COMPLETE CONCERT BY THE SEA” (Erroll Garner)(Sony Music B00ZJ5QXDO):
01 Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (0:37)
02 Night And Day (5:04)
03 Spring Is Here (5:13)
04 I'll Remember April (4:22)
05 The Nearness of You (4:55)
06 Where Or When (3:22)
07 Sweet And Lovely (4:12)
08 Lullaby of Birdland (4:17)
09 Mambo Carmel (3:52)
10 Teach Me Tonight (3:48)
11 Will You Still Be Mine (3:55)
12 I Cover the Waterfront (3:29)
13 Bernie's Tune (4:37)
14 How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me? (4:15)
15 It's All Right With Me (3:50)

DISC 2
“COMPLETE CONCERT BY THE SEA” (contd):
01 Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (2:47)
02 They Can't Take That Away From Me (4:18)
03 Autumn Leaves (6:40)
04 S'Wonderful (2:38)
05 Laura (6:03)
06 Red Top (3:28)
07 April in Paris (4:54)
08 Caravan (7:42)
09 Erroll's Theme/Announcer: Jimmy Lyons (2:31)

DISC 3
“CONCERT BY THE SEA” (Original Edited Concert)(Erroll Garner)(Columbia CL883)(BB200 12/1958):
01 I'll Remember April (4:22)
02 Teach Me Tonight (3:42)
03 Mambo Carmel (3:53)
04 Autumn Leaves (6:32)
05 It's All Right With Me (3:31)
06 Red Top (3:22)
07 April in Paris (4:55)
08 They Can't Take That Away From Me (4:15)
09 How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me? (4:13)
10 Where Or When (3:11)
11 Erroll's Theme (1:50)
BONUS TRACK:
12 Post concert Interview: Will Thornbury with Erroll Garner, Eddie Calhoun, Denzil Decosta Best (spoken words)(14:08)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time that the entire concert (22 songs) is released. As stated above, the original single album was the edited version with only 11 songs. Here, Sony was kind enough to include this original popular charted album with the current release. Thank you, Sony.
2 With live recordings using primitive equipment, the sound in the original album was quite low-fi. Thanks to intense restoration and great digital remastering, the current resultant sound is fuller, with the main focus on Erroll’s magic piano sound. Good job!
3 There is an excellent 24-page booklet, with informative essays by Dan Morgenstern and Geri Allen. The original contract for this concert was also in display, showing that he was paid $650 ($325 deposit on signing and the rest $325 at intermission), plus 60% privilege of net receipts.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Even with the dispute with Columbia, that bitterness never found its way into Garner’s music. Humour, lyricism and startling originality kept his music joyful and fresh. That is why you will hear laughter instead of applause at the beginning of a well-known song. Garner's range on the piano is phenomenal. At times, he sounds nearly classical, at others playing the melody of the song with fantastic improvisational additions as if it were the simplest thing to do, and other times jamming with stunning dexterity. While the recording quality has its issues, the quality of this concert easily comes through. The entire set is totally enjoyable and is highly recommended.


Day Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson Day Dream (1CD): 10 previously released songs on Columbia from previous released albums; good sound!, June 10 2016
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CONTENT:

“Day Dream” by Nancy Wilson, released by Columbia in 1996, contains 10 songs, all from previous Columbia album releases. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

01 DAY DREAM*from album “Love, Nancy” (Columbia 57425)(1994)
02 A LADY WITH A SONG*from album “A Lady With A Song” (Columbia 45378)(1989)
03 IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN*from album “Nancy Now! (Columbia 44464)(1988)
04 WHEN OCTOBER GOES*from album “With My Lover Beside Me” (Columbia 48665)(1991); produced by Barry Manilow
05 A SONG FOR YOU*from album “Forbidden Lover” (Columbia 40387)(1987)
06 IF I COULD*from album “Nancy Now! (Columbia 44464)(1988)
07 JUST TO KEEP YOU SATISFIED*from album “Keep You Satisfied” (Columbia 40330)(1985)
08 I CAN’T TEACH MY OLD HEART NEW TRICKS*from album “With My Lover Beside Me” (Columbia 48665)(1991); produced by Barry Manilow
09 LOVE WON’T LET ME WAIT (Columbia 77542)(a-side, BB R&B 65/June 1994)*from album “Love, Nancy” (Columbia 57425)(1994)
10 EBB TIDE*from album “Nancy Now! (Columbia 44464)(1988)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If one is not careful, one may mistake this set as a release of new songs. Actually, this budget release is a collection of 10 songs on previous Columbia albums. Nothing new. If you don’t her Columbia albums, this set is good for you.
2 The sound is nicely remastered.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 10 songs. A similar later release “Greatest Hits” in 1999 has 16 songs with more singles. Only 1 charted single here.
2 The 4-page booklet is simply a waste of time, with the inner sleeves completely blank. There is no essay. No label & number and no names of source albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a budget CD with 10 previously released songs on other Columbia albums. This is her 50th domestic album release. If you have not bought her Columbia albums, this set is a good start to appreciate the passion-filled soulful songs of our “Song Stylist”: Miss Nancy Wilson.


Sound Of Nancy Wilson ,The
Sound Of Nancy Wilson ,The
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson Sound of Nancy Wilson/Nancy (1CD): twofer; 22 songs; 2 charted albums; great sound; good collection!, June 9 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Sound of Nancy Wilson/Nancy”, released by SoulMusic Records from UK in 2013, contains 2 complete Capitol albums with 22 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

LP “THE SOUND OF NANCY WILSON” (Capitol 2970)(BB200 122/1968):
01 Out of This World
02 This Bitter Earth (Capitol 2283)(b-side, September 1968)
03 By Myself
04 When The Sun Comes Out
05 Alone With My Thoughts of You
06 It Only Takes A Moment
07 Peace of Mind (Capitol 2283)(a-side, BB Pop 55/September 1968)
08 The Other Side Of The Tracks
09 Below, Above
10 The Rules of The Road
11 Black is Beautiful
LP “NANCY” (Capitol 148)(BB200 117/1969):
12 I’m Your Special Fool (Capitol 2422)(b-side, February 1969)*rare gem; CD debut
13 Prisoner of My Eyes
14 Player Play On
15 Only Love (from “Zorba”)(Capitol 2361)(b-side, December 1968)*rare gem; CD debut
16 Looking Back
17 If We Only Have Love
18 In A Long White Room (Capitol 2361)(a-side, BB Pop 117/December 1968)
19 You’d Better Go (Capitol 2422)(a-side, BB Pop 111/February 1969)
20 Quiet Soul
21 What Do You See in Her?
22 We Could Learn Together

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 “The Sound of Nancy Wilson” and “Nancy” are two wonderful charted albums, her 23rd and 24th domestic album releases respectively. There are many rare singles included, two making their CD debut!
2 The sound is wonderfully and newly remastered in 2013. Her distinct and authoritative vocal styling was in full display. All the different instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a 16-page booklet, with an informative essay by Gary D. Jackson. The original LP sleeve notes for both albums are also included. Best of all, the original album front covers are included, each occupying the entire page. Thank you, SoulMusic Records! This is the way booklet should be prepared. The album back covers plus album labels are included, but all condensed into one single page. Full discography was included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus singles tracks.
2 If the album back covers also occupied the entire page, then, the booklet would have been perfect. I know I am asking too much.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop and Soul; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer". The title she prefers, however, is "song stylist". She has received many nicknames including "Sweet Nancy", "The Baby", "Fancy Miss Nancy" and "The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice".

To collect Nancy Wilson, one has to start with her many albums, now available on CDs as twofers, but unfortunately, many are still quite expensive. I wish someday, Bear Family would honour this lovely lady with a few career covering box sets, like what they did for Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin. This current set, including two wonderful albums with many memorable passion-filled soulful songs and great sound, is a welcome addition to my Nancy Wilson album library, and is highly recommended to all Nancy Wilson fans.


Turned to Blue
Turned to Blue
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson Turned to Blue (1CD): 11 songs on MCG Jazz label in 2006; her 56th album release; great performance; good sound!, June 9 2016
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CONTENT:

“Turned To Blue” by Nancy Wilson, released by Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Jazz) label in 2006, contains 11 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album label & number, year of release):

LP “TURNED TO BLUE” (Nancy Wilson)(MCG Jazz 1022)(2006):
01 This Is All I Ask (featuring Bob Mintzer)(5:50)
02 Take Love Easy (featuring Sean Jones & Llew Matthews)(4:26)
03 Turned To Blue (featuring lyrics from poem "My Life Has Turned To Blue" by Dr. Maya Angelou)(3:58)
04 Knitting Class (featuring Jimmy Heath)(3:48)
05 Be My Love (featuring Hubert Laws)(3:52)
06 Taking A Chance On Love (featuring James Moody)(3:13)
07 Just Once (featuring John Clayton & Dave Samuels)(4:17)
08 These Golden Years (featuring Tom Scott)(6:06)
09 I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up (featuring Andy Narrell)(5:11)
10 Old Folks (featuring Andy Snitzer)(5:20)
11 I'll Be Seeing You (featuring Dr. Billy Taylor)(5:13)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is Nancy’s official 56th domestic album release and her third and final CD on MCG Jazz label. She was surrounded by her friends like Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone), Sean Jones (trumpet) and Jay Ashby (percussion and arranger), just to name a few.
2 The sound is very well remastered. Nancy was in top form. All the instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a 8-page fold-out booklet, listing all the personnels.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This current set is Nancy’s 56th domestic album release and the last but one (“Music for Lovers” (2007). The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound and many old favourites, and is a welcome addition to my Nancy Wilson album library. It is of course recommended to all Nancy Wilson fans.


Rsvp by Wilson, Nancy (2004) Audio CD
Rsvp by Wilson, Nancy (2004) Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson R.S.V.P. (1CD): 12 songs on MCG Jazz label in 2004; Rare Songs Very Personal; good sound!, June 9 2016
CONTENT:

“R.S.V.P.”, released by Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Jazz) label in 2004, contains 12 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album label & number, year of release):

LP “R.S.V.P. (RARE SONGS, VERY PERSONAL)” (Nancy Wilson)(MCG Jazz 1013)(2004):
01 An Older Man Is Like An Elegant Wine (with Toots Thielemans and Phil Woods)(4:31)
02 Day In, Day Out (with All-Star Big Band)(3:14)
03 Why Did I Choose You (duet with Kenny Lattimore)(5:06)
04 I Wish I'd Met You (with Joe Negri)(4:53)
05 I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (with Phil Woods and All-Star Big Band)(3:16)
06 Goodbye (4:09)
07 How About Me (with Paquito D'rivera)(5:12)
08 Minds of Their Own (Dois Corregos)(duet with Ivan Lins)(4:09)
09 Little Green Apples (4:34)
10 You'll See (with Bill Watrous)(5:02)
11 That's All (with Gary Burton)(3:25)
12 Blame It On My Youth (with George Shearing)(4:25)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is Nancy’s official 55th domestic album release and her second CD on MCG Jazz label. She was surrounded by her friends like Toots Thielemans and Phil Woods, All Star Big Band, George Shearing, Marty Ashby on guitar, Jay Ashby as arranger, Kenny Lattimore, Joe Negri on guitar, just to name a few.
2 The sound is very well remastered. Nancy was in top form. All the instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a fold-out 8 page booklet, with details on various personnels for each song, plus an introduction to the charity work by MCG.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This CD was Nancy’s 55th album release, and all the songs are indeed Rare Songs, Very Personal. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound, and is a welcome addition to my Nancy Wilson album library. It is of course recommended to all Nancy Wilson fans.


A Nancy Wilson Christmas
A Nancy Wilson Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Wilson Christmas (1CD): her first Christmas CD; 52nd domestic release; on MCG Jazz label; 13 wonderful songs; good sound!, June 8 2016
CONTENT:

“Nancy Wilson Christmas”, released by Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Jazz) label in 2001, contains 13 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album label & number, year of release):

LP “NANCY WILSON CHRISTMAS” (MCG Jazz 1008)(2001):
01 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!*with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band
02 Sweet Little Jesus Boy*with New York Voices
03 White Christmas
04 Silver Bells!*with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band
05 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?*original single version first released in 1963
06 All Through The Night
07 O Christmas Tree
08 O Holy Night
09 Carol of the Bells*with New York Voices
10 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!*with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band
11 Christmas Time Is Here
12 Angels We Have Heard On High
13 The Christmas Song

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 With the release of over 70 albums, I was slightly surprised to find that this set was the first complete Christmas album that Nancy Wilson has recorded – truly better late than never! She was surrounded by her friends like Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band, New York Voices, Marty Ashby on guitar, Jay Ashby as arranger, Herbie Mann on flute, just to name a few.
2 The sound is very well remastered. Nancy was in top form. All the instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a fold-out 8 page booklet, with a personal essay by Nancy Wilson, plus an introduction to the charity work by MCG.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As noted above, this set was the first Christmas CD by Nancy Wilson, her 52nd domestic release. The entire set is totally enjoyable, and is recommended to all Nancy Wilson fans.


This Is Gold
This Is Gold
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin This Is Gold (3CDs): 54 songs; 5 complete albums on Atlantic; many rare gems; good sound!, June 7 2016
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CONTENT:

“This Is Gold” by Bobby Darin, released by Disky from UK in 2004, is a 3-CD set, with 54 songs, from 5 complete albums on Atlantic Records label. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including name of source album, album and single label & number, chart position, release date)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

DISC 1:
01 THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
02 IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON *from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
03 LOVER, COME BACK TO ME*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
04 AFTER YOU’VE GONE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
05 DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
06 ONCE UPON A TIME*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
07 I WILL WAIT FOR YOU*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
08 MAME (Atlantic 45-2329)(a-side, BB Pop 53/April 1966)*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
09 THE BALLAD OF CAT BALLOU*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
10 IT’S TODAY*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
11 CUTE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
12 EVERYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO BE WRONG*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
13 FEELING GOOD*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
14 I BELIEVE IN YOU*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
15 LIZA (ALL THE CLOUDS’LL ROLL AWAY)*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
16 RAININ' (Atlantic 45-2350)(b-side, September 1966)*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
17 THE OTHER HALF OF ME*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
18 THE SWEETHEART TREE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)

DISC 2:
01 TRY TO REMEMBER*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
02 I THINK IT’S GONNA RAIN TODAY*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
03 WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?*from album “Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Atlantic 8121)(1966)
04 HELLO SUNSHINE (Atlantic 45-2420)(b-side, July 1967)*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
05 DARLING BE HOME SOON (Atlantic 45-2420)(a-side, BB Pop 93/July 1967)*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
06 BLACK SHEEP BOY*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
07 ABOUT YOU*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
08 BACK STREET GIRL*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
09 BEST FRIENDS*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
10 I AM (Atlantic 45-2395)(b-side, March 1968)*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
11 I'LL ONLY MISS HER WHEN I THINK OF HER*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
12 LADY FINGERS*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
13 NIGHT SONG*from album “In A Broadway Bag” (Atlantic 8126)(1966)
14 THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE (Atlantic 45-2395)(a-side, BB Pop 62/March 1968)*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
15 WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAPPY*from album “Inside Out” (Atlantic 8142)(1967)
16 AT THE CROSSROADS*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
17 I THINK I LIKE YOU*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
18 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)

DISC 3:
01 IF I WERE A CARPENTER (Atlantic 45-2350)(a-side, BB Pop 8/September 1966; UK 9/1966)*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
02 TALK TO THE ANIMALS (Atlantic 45-2433)(uncharted a-side, August 1967)*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
03 MY FRIEND, THE DOCTOR*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
04 MISTY ROSES*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
05 DAY DREAM*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
06 SOMETHING IN YOUR SMILE*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
07 REASON TO BELIEVE (Atlantic 45-2367)(b-side, November 1966)*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
08 AFTER TODAY (Atlantic 45-2433)(b-side, August 1967)*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
09 AMY (Atlantic 45-2376)(b-side, January 1967)*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
10 BEAUTIFUL THINGS*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
11 DON’T MAKE PROMISES*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
12 FABULOUS PLACES*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)
13 FOR BABY*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
14 THE GIRL WHO STOOD BESIDE ME (Atlantic 45-2367)(a-side, BB Pop 66/November 1966)*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
15 RED BALLOON*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
16 SITTIN’ HERE LOVIN’ YOU (Atlantic 45-2376)(a-side, BB Pop 32/January 1967)*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
17 UNTIL IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GO*from album “If I Were A Carpenter” (BB200 142/1966)
18 WHERE ARE THE WORDS*from album “Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Dolittle” (Atlantic 8154)(1967)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time 5 albums on Atlantic Records label are included in one set. If you just look at the CD title, you may be misled to think this set contains his other greatest hits like Mack the Knife, Dream Lover (on Atco). In this set, there are many rare gems and singles too.
2 The sound is good, quite acceptable, considering the source was not from original master tapes, like those CDs on Capitol.
3 Most reissue labels from UK would stop their compilation in 1962 because of Public Domain laws. Here, we have albums from 1966 to 1967. Precious.
4 Price is reasonable. If you purchase them separately, the cost will be much higher.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not sequenced chronologically, like under each album. Here, the songs from each album are scattered all over the place.
2 There are no bonus tracks, especially for those missing singles:
(1) We Didn’t Ask To Be Brought Here (a-side)
(2) Funny What Love Can Do (b-side)
(3) The Breaking Point (a-side)
(4) Silver Dollar (b-side)
(5) Walkin’ In The Shadow of Love (b-side to Mame)
(6) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (a-side)
(7) Merci Cherie (b-side)
(8) She Knows (a-side)
3 There is no essay, no chart position and no label & number.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are collecting Bobby Darin’s albums, I would also recommend (1) Original Album Series 1 (Rhino, 2009, 5CDs), (2) Original Album Series 2 (Rhino, 2011, 5CDs), or (3) 8 Classic Albums (Real Gone Music (UK), 2013, 4CDs with no album covers). I also bought the twofer “Bobby Darin Sings Shadow Of Your Smile/In A Broadway Bag” (Diablo, 1998, 29 songs, containing all the above rare missing singles). The best set on Capitol albums is “The Capitol Years” (3CDs, 2CD devoted to Capitol albums and disc 3 Capitol singles). The twofer on Direction “Commitment/Rare Darin” is rather expensive.

This current set give a good coverage of his Atlantic years and is highly recommended to all Bobby Darin fans.


Shadow of Your Smile / In a Broadway Bag
Shadow of Your Smile / In a Broadway Bag
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Price: CDN$ 157.19
4 used & new from CDN$ 113.76

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Sings Shadow of Your Smile/In A Broadway Bag: 2 complete albums; 7 rare singles CD debut; good sound; expensive!, June 7 2016
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CONTENT:

“Sings The Shadow of Your Smile/In A Broadway Bag” by Bobby Darin, released by Diabolo Records in 1996, contains 2 complete Atlantic albums, plus 7 rare singles bonus tracks making CD debut. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position and year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100):

LP “SINGS THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE” (Atlantic 8121)(1966):
01 The Shadow of Your Smile
02 The Sweetheart Tree
03 I Will Wait For You
04 The Ballad of Cat Ballou
05 What’s New Pussycat?
06 Raining’ (Atlantic 45-2350)(b-side, September 1966)
07 Lover Come Back to Me
08 Cute
09 After You’ve Gone
10 It’s Only A Paper Moon
11 Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away)
BONUS TRACKS:
12 We Didn’t Ask To Be Brought Here (Atlantic 45-2305)(a-side, BB Pop 117/September 1965)
13 Funny What Love Can Do (Atlantic 45-2305)(b-side, September 1965)
14 The Breaking Point (Atlantic 45-2317)(uncharted a-side, January 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
15 Silver Dollar (Atlantic 45-2317)(b-side, January 1966)
LP “IN A BROADWAY BAG (MAME)” (Atlantic 8126)(1966):
16 Mame (Atlantic 45-2329)(a-side, BB Pop 53/April 1966)
17 I Believe in You
18 It’s Today
19 Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong
20 Feeling Good
21 Don’t Rain On My Parade
22 The Other Half of Me
23 Once Upon A Time
24 Try to Remember
25 I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her
26 Night Song
BONUS TRACKS:
27 Walking in the Shadow of Love (Atlantic 45-2329)(b-side, April 1966)
28 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Atlantic 45-2341)(uncharted a-side, June 1966)*rare gem; CD debut
29 Merci Cherie (Atlantic 45-2341)(b-side, June 1966)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This twofer with 7 bonus singles was the original version released in 1998 licensed from Bobby Darin Testamentary Trust. The same set was re-released by Edsel Records in 2007. Both are equally expensive. If you just want the two albums, you can get them in “This Is Gold” (Disky, 3CDs, 2005) at a much cheaper price. For me, I bought this purely for the bonus tracks to complete my Bobby Darin Singles Collection.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a nice 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Fred Dellar. The liner notes for both albums are included. The album front covers are featured on the front cover.
4 The songs are sequenced chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Expensive! I was fortunately to purchase used through seller at a very low price – the last one in stock.
2 No label & number and no chart position were provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As noted above, if you just want the two albums, I would recommend “This Is Gold.” Also beware that there is a SINGLE ALBUM “The Shadow of your Smile” being released in June 2016, not a twofer! The entire set is of course totally enjoyable, but because of the high price, this set is more for collectors.


Xanadu [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Xanadu [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Olivia Newton-John
Price: CDN$ 8.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xanadu (blu-ray review): I bought this purely because of Olivia Newton-John and nice soundtrack – worth price of admission!, June 7 2016
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VIDEO:

“Xanadu” arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer really showed its age (1980). Colours showed good saturation and vibrance. There is a thick layer of grain. There are some details. Overall, it is still a pleasant presentation. (3/5)

AUDIO:

“Xanadu” skates onto blu-ray with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio soundtrack. All the songs are well presented with clarity and good beat, plus a wide sound-stage and ample surround support. Dialogue is clearly heard. The musical score by Barry DeVorzon was very good. To hear all the songs by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra is worth the price of admission. (4/5)

MOVIE:

The Greek muses incarnate themselves on Earth to inspire men to achieve. One of them, incarnated as a girl named Kira (Olivia Newton-John), encounters an artist named Sonny Malone (Michael Beck). With the help of Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), a man Kira had inspired forty years earlier, Sonny builds a huge disco roller rink. The songs in the movie include:
01 Magic – Olivia Newton John (US 1(4)/1980; UK 32/1980)
02 Suddenly – Olivia Newton John & Cliff Richard (Michael Beck’s singing voice in the movie was dubbed by Cliff Richard)(US 20/1980; UK 15/1980)
03 Dancin’ – Olivia Newton-John & the Tubes
04 Suspended in Time – Olivia Newton-John
05 Whenever You’re Away From Me – Olivia Newton-John & Gene Kelly (b-side to “Xanadu”)
06 I’m Alive – Electric Light Orchestra (US 15/1980; UK 20/1980)
07 The Fall – Electric Light Orchestra
08 Don’t Walk Away – Electric Light Orchestra (UK 21/1980)
09 All Over The World – Electric Light Orchestra (US 13/1980; UK 11/1980)
10 Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra (US 8/1980; UK 1(2)/1980)
Movie: (3/5)

TRIVIA:

1 Did you know that Olivia Newton-John fractured her coccyx while filming the dance sequence "Suddenly"?
2 Andy Gibb was original cast to play Sonny.
3 This was Gene Kelly’s final feature film.
4 Olivia Newton-John met Matt Lattanzi, who had a minor role, during filming (as a young Danny McGuire and one of the Xanadu dancers). Afterward, Lattanzi accompanied Newton-John to Australia on a promotional visit for Xanadu (1980), and met her parents. They married in 1984, had one child, Chloe Lattanzi, and divorced in 1995.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Finally, Xanadu is released on blu-ray. Even with just average video, but to watch a young beautiful Olivia Newton-John and hear all those pop tunes in HD is worth the price of admission. This set is highly recommended.


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