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5.0 out of 5 stars Drifters: Original Album Series (5CDs): 5 complete albums; each with cardboard cover; good sound; rare gems; great collection!., Feb. 6 2016
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CONTENT:

“Original Album Series” by the Drifters, released by Rhino/Atlantic from UK in 2009, contains 5 complete albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release or debut date, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1: LP “CLYDE MCPHATTER & THE DRIFTERS” (Atlantic 8003)(1956):
01 Without Love (There Is Nothing)(Atlantic 45-1117)(a-side)(BB Pop 19/1957; BB R&B 4/1957)(November 1956)
02 Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You (Atlantic 45-1043)(b-side, October 1954)
03 Treasure of Love (Atlantic 45-1092)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1956; BB R&B 1(1)/1956)(May 1956)
04 I’m Not Worthy Of You
05 The Bells of St. Mary’s (Atlantic 45-1048)(b-side, November 1954)
06 White Christmas (Atlantic 45-1048)(a-side)(BB Pop 80/1955; BB R&B 2(1)/1954)(November 1954)*this song recharted in 1960 & 1962.
07 I Make Believe (Atlantic 45-1117)(b-side, November 1956)
08 Seven Days
09 Warm Your Heart (Atlantic 45-1029)(b-side, May 1954)
10 Money Honey (Atlantic 45-1006)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(11)/1953)(August 1953)*their first single
11 What’cha Gonna Do (Atlantic 45-1055)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(2)/1955)(February 1955)
12 Such A Night (Atlantic 45-1019)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(3)/1954)(February 1954)
13 Honey Love (Atlantic 45-1029)(a-side)(US 21/1954; BB R&B 1(8)/1964; CB Pop 21/1954; RW Pop 77/1954)(May 1954)
14 Thirty Days

DISC 2: LP “ROCKIN’ & DRIFTIN’” (Atlantic 8022)(1959):
01 Moonlight Bay (Atlantic 45-1187)(b-side, May 1958)(BB Pop 72/1958; CB Pop 53/1958)
02 Ruby Baby (Atlantic 45-1089)(a-side)(BB R&B 10/1956)(May 1956)
03 Drip Drop (Atlantic 45-1187)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1958)(May 1958)
04 I Gotta Get Myself A Woman (Atlantic 45-1101)(a-side)(BB R&B 11/1956)(September 1956)
05 Fools Fall in Love (Atlantic 45-1123)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1957; BB R&B 10/1957)(January 1957)
06 Hypnotized (Atlantic 45-1141)(a-side)(BB Pop 79/1957)(May 1957)
07 Yodee Yakee (Atlantic 45-1161)(b-side, November 1957)*in the song listing, the title was misspelled as “Yodee Yankee”; sloppy editing!
08 I Know (Atlantic 45-1161)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)
09 Soldier of Fortune (Atlantic 45-1101)(b-side, September 1956)(BB R&B 11/1956)
10 Drifting Away From You (Atlantic 45-1141)(b-side, May 1957)
11 Your Promise To Be Mine (Atlantic 45-1089)(b-side, May 1956)
12 It Was A Tear (Atlantic 45-1123)(b-side, January 1957)
13 Adorable (Atlantic 45-1078)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(1)/1955; CB Pop 40/1955)(October 1955)
14 Steamboat (Atlantic 45-1078)(b-side, October 1955)(BB R&B 5/1955)

DISC 3: LP “SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME” (Atlantic 8059)(1962):
01 Save The Last Dance For Me (Atlantic 45-2071)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 1(1)/1960; CB Pop 1(6)/1960; RW Pop 1(5)/1960; UK 2/1960)(August 1960)*their biggest hit.
02 I Count The Tears (Atlantic 45-2087)(a-side)(BB Pop 17/1960; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 11/1960; UK 28/1961)(December 1960)
03 Somebody New Dancin’ with You (Atlantic 45-2127)(b-side, November 1961)
04 Jackpot (Atlantic 45-2151)(b-side, June 1962)
05 No Sweet Lovin’ (Atlantic 45-2105)(b-side, May 1961)
06 Sweets For My Sweet (Atlantic 45-2117)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1961; BB R&B 10/1961; CB Pop 16/1961; RW Pop 22/1961)(August 1961)
07 Mexican Divorce (Atlantic 45-2134)(b-side, February 1962)(RW Pop 100/1962)
08 When My Little Girl Is Smiling (Atlantic 45-2134)(a-side)(BB Pop 28/1962; CB Pop 18/1962; RW Pop 32/1962; UK 31/1962)(February 1962)
09 Some Kind of Wonderful (Atlantic 45-2096)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1961; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 18/1961)(March 1961)
10 Please Stay (Atlantic 45-2105)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1961; BB R&B 13/1961; CB Pop 13/1961; RW Pop 17/1961)(May 1961)
11 Nobody But Me (Atlantic 45-2071)(b-side, August 1960)
12 Room Full of Tears (Atlantic 45-2127)(a-side)(BB Pop 72/1961; CB Pop 102/1961)(November 1961)

DISC 4: LP “UNDER THE BROADWALK” (Atlantic 8099)(BB200 40/1964):
01 Under the Broadwalk (Atlantic 45-2237)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1964; BB R&B 1(3)/1964; CB Pop 5/1964; RW Pop 4/1964; UK 45/1964)(June 1964)
02 One Way Love (Atlantic 45-2225)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1964; BB R&B 12/1964; CB Pop 83/1964; RW Pop 77/1964)(April 1964)
03 On Broadway (Atlantic 45-2182)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1963; BB R&B 7/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 15/1963)(March 1963)
04 Didn’t It (Atlantic 45-2225)(b-side, April 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 I Feel Good All Over (Atlantic 45-2201)(b-side, August 1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Vaya Con Dios (Atlantic 45-2216)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1964; BB R&B 10/1964; CB Pop 42/1964; RW Pop 44/1964)(January 1964)
07 Up On The Roof (Atlantic 45-2162)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 4/1962; CB Pop 6/1962; RW Pop 7/1962)(September 1962)
08 Rat Race (Atlantic 45-2191)(a-side)(BB Pop 71/1963; CB Pop 81/1983; RW Pop 78/1963)(May 1963)
09 In The Land of Make Believe (Atlantic 45-2216)(b-side, January 1964)
10 If You Don’t Come Back (Atlantic 45-2191)(b-side, May 1963)(CB Pop 116/1963)
11 Let The Music Play (Atlantic 45-2182)(b-side, March 1963)
12 I’ll Take You Home (Atlantic 45-2201)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1963; BB R&B 24/1963; CB Pop 27/1963; RW Pop 21/1963; UK 37/1963)(August 1963)

DISC 5: LP “I’LL TAKE YOU WHERE THE MUSIC’S PLAYING” (Atlantic 8113)(1965):
01 I’ll Take You Where The Music’s Playing (Atlantic 45-2298)(a-side)(BB Pop 51/1965; CB Pop 88/1965; RW Pop 85/1965)(July 1965)
02 I’ve Got Sand In My Shoes (Atlantic 45-2253)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1964; BB R&B 21/1964; CB Pop 31/1964; RW Pop 29/1964)(September 1964)
03 At the Club (Atlantic 45-2268)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1965; BB R&B 10/1965; CB Pop 43/1965; RW Pop 32/1965; UK 35/1965)(January 1965)
04 I Don’t Want To Go Without You (Atlantic 45-2237)(b-side, June 1964)
05 Answer the Phone(Atlantic 45-2237)(b-side, June 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 He’s Just A Playboy (Atlantic 45-2253)(b-side, September 1964)(BB Pop 115/1964)
07 Follow Me (Atlantic 45-2292)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1965; CB Pop 111/1965)(June 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 Spanish Lace (Atlantic 45-2260)(b-side, November 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 Chains of Love (Atlantic 45-2285)(b-side, April 1965)(BB Pop 90/1965; RW Pop 98/1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Far From The Maddening Crowd (Atlantic 45-2298)(b-side, July 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 The Outside World (Atlantic 45-2292)(b-side, June 1965)(CB Pop 112/1965; RW Pop 116/1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 Come On Over To My Place (Atlantic 45-2285)(a-side)(BB Pop 60/1965; CB Pop 77/1965; RW Pop 72/1965; UK 40/1965)(April 1965)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great way to collect 5 albums of the Drifters, especially those after 1962. As a collector to get all their singles, the album “I’ll Take You Where The Music’s Playing” gave me 5 rare b-sides making their CD debut.
2 The sound is well remastered.
3 All the five albums have their own miniature cardboard case with the original front and back covers, with the original liner notes. Precious! If you find the song titles on the miniature back cover too small, there is a separate song listing on the package back cover.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Misspelling of song title: “Yakee” instead of “Yankee” Sloppy editing!
2 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Drifters have a long illustrious career, going through various lead vocalists, like Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas and Rudy Lewis. After achieving major success in US from 1953 to 1970, they have a resurgence of popularity in UK from 1972 to 1980.

If you are interested in their singles, I would highly recommend “Rockin’ And Driftin’: the Drifters Box” (Rhino, 1996, 3CDs, 79 songs, 53-76). If you are more interested in their output prior to 1963, I would highly recommend a recent release “The Complete Releases 1953-62” (Acrobat Music, 3CDs, 2015, 71 songs, with great sound). If you are looking for the later Drifters from 1972 to 1980 (with resurgent popularity in UK), I would highly recommend “First Loves: Complete Drifters Singles 1972 – 80” (Sony, 2CDs, 2010, 33 songs).

As to their albums, there is another album set “Classic Albums” (Real Gone Music) that I would not recommend because there are only 3 albums that are before 1963. If you like the Drifters and their albums, this current set is highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Drifters: Rockin & Driftin: Drifter Box (3CD box set): 79 songs from 1953 – 1976; great sound; definitive box set & collection!, Feb. 6 2016
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CONTENT:

“Rockin’ & Driftin’: The Drifters Box” by the Drifters, released by Rhino Records from US in 1996, was a 3CD box set, containing 79 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, names of lead singers, chart position, release or debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 LET THE BOOGIE WOOGIE ROLL (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2060)(uncharted a-side, May 1960)
02 MONEY HONEY (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1006)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(11)/1953)(August 1953)*first single.
03 LUCILLE (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1019)(b-side, February 1954)(BB R&B 7/1954)*double-sided hit; a-side “Such A Night” track #5.
04 THE WAY I FEEL (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1006)(b-side, August 1953)
05 SUCH A NIGHT (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1019)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(3)/1954)(February 1954)
06 GONE (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1055)(b-side, February 1955)
07 DON'T DOG ME (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2049)(uncharted a-side, January 1960)
08 BIP BAM (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1043)(a-side)(BB R&B 7/1954)(October 1954)
09 THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1048)(b-side, November 1954)
10 WHITE CHRISTMAS (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter & Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1048)(a-side)(BB Pop 80/1955; BB R&B 2(1)/1954)(November 1954)*this song recharted in 1960 & 1962.
11 HONEY LOVE (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1029)(a-side)(US 21/1954; BB R&B 1(8)/1964; CB Pop 21/1954; RW Pop 77/1954)(May 1954)*first breakthrough hit.
12 WHAT'CHA GONNA DO? (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1055)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(2)/1955)(February 1955)
13 SOMEDAY YOU’LL WANT ME TO WANT YOU (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1043)(b-side, October 1954)
14 THREE THIRTY THREE*from album “Their Greatest Recordings The Early Years” (Atco 33-375)(1971)
15 ADORABLE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1078)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(1)/1955; CB Pop 40/1955)(October 1955)
16 YOUR PROMISE TO BE MINE (lead singer: Gerhart Thrasher)(Atlantic 45-1089)(b-side, May 1956)
17 RUBY BABY (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1089)(a-side)(BB R&B 10/1956)(May 1956)
18 STEAMBOAT (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1078)(b-side, October 1955)(BB R&B 5/1955)*double-sided hit.
19 DRIFTING AWAY FROM YOU (lead singer: Gerhart Thrasher)(b-side)(Atlantic 45-1141)(b-side, May 1957)
20 TREASURE OF LOVE (Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1092)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1956; BB R&B 1(1)/1956)(May 1956)
21 WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING)(Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1117)(a-side)(BB Pop 19/1957; BB R&B 4/1957)(November 1956)
22 FOOLS FALL IN LOVE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1123)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1957; BB R&B 10/1957)(January 1957)
23 LONG LONELY NIGHTS (Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1149)(a-side)(BB 49/1957; BB R&B 1(1)/1958)(August 1957)
24 DRIP DROP (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1187)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1958)(May 1958)
25 A LOVER'S QUESTION (Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1199)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/1959; BB R&B 1(1)/1958)(October 1958)
26 BALTIMORE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2050)(b-side, February 1960)

DISC 2:
01 THERE GOES MY BABY (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2025)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1959; BB R&B 1(1)/1959; CB Pop 1(2)/1959; RW Pop 5/1959)(April 1959)*beginning of the Ben E. King era as lead singer.
02 OH MY LOVE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2025)(b-side, April 1959)
03 (IF YOU CRY) TRUE LOVE, TRUE LOVE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2040)(b-side, September 1959)(BB Pop 33/1959; BB R&B 5/1959; CB Pop 23/195; RW Pop 32/1959)*double-sided hit.
04 DANCE WITH ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2040)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1959; BB R&B 2(3)/1959; CB Pop 10/1959; RW Pop 12/1959; UK 17/1960)(September 1959)
05 THIS MAGIC MOMENT (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2050)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1960; BB R&B 4/1960; CB Pop 9/1960; RW Pop 18/1960)(February 1960)
06 LONELY WINDS (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2062)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1960; BB R&B 9/1960; CB Pop 40/1960; RW Pop 84/1960)(May 1960)
07 SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2071)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 1(1)/1960; CB Pop 1(6)/1960; RW Pop 1(5)/1960; UK 2/1960)(August 1960)*their biggest hit.
08 NOBODY BUT ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2071)(b-side, August 1960)
09 I COUNT THE TEARS (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2087)(a-side)(BB Pop 17/1960; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 11/1960; UK 28/1961)(December 1960)
10 SOMETIMES I WONDER (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2151)(a-side)(CB Pop 118/1962; RW Pop 103/1962)(June 1962)
11 SPANISH HARLEM (Ben E. King)(Atco 6185)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1961; BB R&B 15/1961; CB Pop 9/1961; RW Pop 12/1961)(January 1961)
12 YOUNG BOY BLUES (Ben E. King)(Atco 6207)(a-side)(BB Pop 66/1961; CB Pop 86/1961; RW Pop 63/1961)(October 1961)
13 STAND BY ME (Ben E. King)(Atco 6194)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1961; BB R&B 1(4)/1961; CB Pop 3(1)/1961; RW Pop 6/1961; UK 27/1961)*recharted in 1986 with popularity of movie “Stand By Me” (BB AC 10/1986; UK 1(3)/1987); amazing feat!
14 ROOM FULL OF TEARS (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2127)(a-side)(BB Pop 72/1961; CB Pop 102/1961)(November 1961)
15 PLEASE STAY (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2105)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1961; BB R&B 13/1961; CB Pop 13/1961; RW Pop 17/1961)(May 1961)
16 SWEETS FOR MY SWEET (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2117)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1961; BB R&B 10/1961; CB Pop 16/1961; RW Pop 22/1961)(August 1961)
17 SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2096)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1961; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 18/1961)(March 1961)
18 LONELINESS OR HAPPINESS (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2117)(b-side, August 1961)
19 MEXICAN DIVORCE (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2134)(b-side, February 1962)(RW Pop 100/1962)
20 WHEN MY LITTLE GIRL IS SMILING (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2134)(a-side)(BB Pop 28/1962; CB Pop 18/1962; RW Pop 32/1962; UK 31/1962)(February 1962)
21 LOVER PLEASE (Clyde McPhatter)(Mercury 71941)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1962; CB Pop 7/1962; RW Pop 4/1962)(March 1962)
22 DON'T PLAY THAT SONG (YOU LIED)(Ben E. King)(Atco 6222)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1962; BB R&B 2(4)/1962; CB Pop 11/1962; RW Pop 13/1962)(May 1962)
23 STRANGER ON THE SHORE (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2143)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1962; RW Pop 90/1962; BB AC 19/1962; CB Pop 103/1962)(April 1962)
24 ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE BOYS (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2162)(b-side, September 1962)(CB Pop 6/1962)
25 UP ON THE ROOF (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2162)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 4/1962; CB Pop 6/1962; RW Pop 7/1962)(September 1962)
26 I (WHO HAVE NOTHING)(Ben E. King)(Atco 6267)(a-side)(BB Pop 29/1963; BB R&B 16/1963; CB Pop 25/1963; RW Pop 31/1963)(August 1963)
27 LET THE MUSIC PLAY (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2182)(b-side, March 1963)

DISC 3:
01 ON BROADWAY (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2182)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1963; BB R&B 7/1963; CB Pop 12/1963; RW Pop 15/1963)(March 1963)
02 ONLY IN AMERICA (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(1963)*previously unreleased in US.
03 RAT RACE (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2191)(a-side)(BB Pop 71/1963; CB Pop 81/1983; RW Pop 78/1963)(May 1963)
04 IF YOU DON’T COME BACK (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2191)(b-side, May 1963)(CB Pop 116/1963)*double-sided hit
05 I'LL TAKE YOU HOME (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2201)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1963; BB R&B 24/1963; CB Pop 27/1963; RW Pop 21/1963; UK 37/1963)(August 1963)
06 IN THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE (lead singers: Rudy Lewis, Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick & Dionne Warwick)(Atlantic 45-2216)(b-side, January 1964)
07 ONE WAY LOVE (lead singers: Rudy Lewis, Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick & Dionne Warwick)(Atlantic 45-2225)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1964; BB R&B 12/1964; CB Pop 83/1964; RW Pop 77/1964)(April 1964)
08 VAYA CON DIOS (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2216)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1964; BB R&B 10/1964; CB Pop 42/1964; RW Pop 44/1964)(January 1964)
09 UNDER THE BROADWALK (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2237)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1964; BB R&B 1(3)/1964; CB Pop 5/1964; RW Pop 4/1964; UK 45/1964)(June 1964)
10 HE’S JUST A PLAYBOY (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2253)(b-side, September 1964)(BB Pop 115/1964)*double-sided hit.
11 I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITHOUT YOU (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2237)(b-side, June 1964)
12 I'VE GOT SAND IN MY SHOES (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2253)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1964; BB R&B 21/1964; CB Pop 31/1964; RW Pop 29/1964)(September 1964)
13 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2260)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1964; BB R&B 8/1964; CB Pop 24/1964; RW Pop 14/1964)(November 1964)*b-side “Spanish Lace” not included here.
14 ON BROADWAY (LIVE)*from album “Saturday Night At The Uptown” (Atlantic 8101)(1964)
15 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2261)(uncharted a-side, November 1964)*b-side “I Remember Christmas” not included here.
16 AT THE CLUB (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2268)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1965; BB R&B 10/1965; CB Pop 43/1965; RW Pop 32/1965; UK 35/1965)(January 1965)*b-side “Answer The Phone” not included here.
17 COME ON OVER TO MY PLACE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2285)(a-side)(BB Pop 60/1965; CB Pop 77/1965; RW Pop 72/1965; UK 40/1965)(April 1965)*b-side “Chains of Love” not included here.
18 I'LL TAKE YOU WHERE THE MUSIC'S PLAYING (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2298)(a-side)(BB Pop 51/1965; CB Pop 88/1965; RW Pop 85/1965)(July 1965)*b-side “Far From The Maddening Crowd” not included here.
19 UP IN THE STREETS OF HARLEM (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2336)(b-side, May 1966)(CB Pop 115/1966; RW Pop 132/1966)*a-side “You Can’t Love Them All” not included here.
20 MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-2325)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1966; BB AC 29/1966; CB Pop 67/1966; RW Pop 45/1966)(March 1966)*b-side “My Island In The Sun” not included here.
21 LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Bell 45387 (US)/Bell 1313 (UK)(UK a-side)(UK 7/1973)(August 1973)
22 KISSIN' IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Bell 45600 (US)/Bell 1358 (UK)(a-side)(BB R&B 83/1974; CB Pop 114/1974; RW Pop 138/1974; UK 2/1974)(August 1974)
23 DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Bell 1381)(UK)(UK a-side)(UK 7/1974)(October 1974)
24 THERE GOES MY FIRST LOVE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Bell 1433)(UK)(UK a-side)(UK 3/1975)(July 1975)
25 CAN I TAKE YOU HOME LITTLE GIRL (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Bell 1462)(UK)(UK a-side)(UK 10/1975)(November 1975)
26 YOU'RE MORE THAN A NUMBER IN MY LITTLE RED BOOK (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Arista 78)(UK)(UK a-side)(UK 5/1976)(November 1976)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a very comprehensive collection of the entire career of the Drifters, crossing over various labels, such as Atlantic, Bell (UK) and Arista (UK). All the hit singles are included. Inclusion of the solo hit singles by Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King is added bonus.
2 The sound is very well remastered by Bill Inglot. I bought this box set in 1996, and all the songs in the set remain my reference standards.
3 In the 1990s, the special box sets are long box with hard cover. This 46-page booklet is very special, with various indepth essays. Label & number plus names of personnel including lead singers are all included. I also appreciate a very detailed Singles & Album Discography. Of course there are numerous pictures of the group in various stages of their career, plus picture sleeves and singles labels. One reviewer complained about the size of the booklet housing the three CDs. In my case, I have put the three CDs in empty CD cases while this booklet is stored along with other similar sized box sets.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
2 There are still many missing a and b-sides. Rhino could have filled up the remaining empty spaces with more songs.
3 Expensive. It has become a collector’s item now.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Drifters have 40 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that there are actually 94 singles (charted & uncharted, As & Bs from 1953 to 1980, but only 178 songs not 188 songs because 10 songs were repeated releases. Their labels are (1) Atlantic (1953 – 1972), (2) Bell (1972 – 1976), (3) Steeltown (1973), (4) Arista (1976 – 1978), (5) Lightning (1979) and (6) Epic (1979 – 1980).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Drifters have a long illustrious career, going through various lead vocalists, like Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas and Rudy Lewis. After achieving major success in US from 1953 to 1970, they have a resurgence of popularity in UK from 1972 to 1980.

If you are interested in a more complete coverage of their output prior to 1963, I would highly recommend a recent release “The Complete Releases 1953-62” (Acrobat Music, 3CDs, 2015, 71 songs, with great sound). If you are looking for the later Drifters from 1972 to 1980 (with resurgent popularity in UK), I would highly recommend “First Loves: Complete Drifters Singles 1972 – 80” (Sony, 2CDs, 2010, 33 songs). This current box set, although released long time ago in 1996, remains my reference even in 2016, and is highly recommended to all Drifters fans.

Beware of a similarly titled single CD set also called “Rockin’ and Driftin’.” On Amazon.ca, the title of this set is “Drifters box.”

The Complete Releases 1953-62 (3CD)
The Complete Releases 1953-62 (3CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Drifters Complete Releases 1953-62 (3CDs): 71 songs; all the singles (1953-62) + album tracks; good sound; great collection!, Feb. 5 2016
CONTENT:

'The Complete Releases 1953-62' by the Drifters, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2015 in UK (January 29, 2016 in US), contains 71 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, names of lead singers, chart position, release or debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 MONEY HONEY (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1006)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(11)/1953)(August 1953)*first single.
02 THE WAY I FEEL (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1006)(b-side, August 1953)
03 SUCH A NIGHT (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1019)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(3)/1954)(February 1954)
04 LUCILLE (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1019)(b-side, February 1954)(BB R&B 7/1954)*double-sided hit.
05 HONEY LOVE (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1029)(a-side)(US 21/1954; BB R&B 1(8)/1964; CB Pop 21/1954; RW Pop 77/1954)(May 1954)*first breakthrough hit.
06 WARM YOUR HEART (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1029)(b-side, May 1954)
07 OH WHAT A DREAM (Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers)(Atlantic 45-1036)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(8)/1954)(July 1954)
08 PLEASE DON'T FREEZE (Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers)(Atlantic 45-1036)(b-side, July 1954)
09 BIP BAM (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1043)(a-side)(BB R&B 7/1954)(October 1954)
10 SOMEDAY YOU'LL WANT ME TO WANT YOU (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1043)(b-side, October 1954)
11 SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME (Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers)(b-side)(Atlantic 45-1044)(b-side, October 1954)
12 WHITE CHRISTMAS (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter & Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1048)(a-side)(BB Pop 80/1955; BB R&B 2(1)/1954)(November 1954)*this song recharted in 1960 & 1962.
13 THE BELLS OF ST. MARY'S (The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter)(Atlantic 45-1048)(b-side, November 1954)
14 WHAT'CHA GONNA DO? (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1055)(a-side)(BB R&B 2(2)/1955)(February 1955)
15 GONE (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1055)(b-side, February 1955)
16 EVERYONE'S LAUGHING (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1070)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
17 HOT ZIGGETY (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-1070)(b-side, 1955)
18 ADORABLE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1078)(a-side)(BB R&B 1(1)/1955; CB Pop 40/1955)(October 1955)
19 STEAMBOAT (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1078)(b-side, October 1955)(BB R&B 5/1955)*double-sided hit.
20 OLD MAN RIVER (Ruth Brown & Her Rhythmakers)(Atlantic 45-1082)(b-side, December 1955)
21 RUBY BABY (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1089)(a-side)(BB R&B 10/1956)(May 1956)
22 YOUR PROMISE TO BE MINE (lead singer: Gerhart Thrasher)(Atlantic 45-1089)(b-side, May 1956)
23 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1101)(b-side, September 1956)(BB R&B 11/1956)

DISC 2:
01 I GOTTA GET MYSELF A WOMAN (lead singers: Johnny Moore & Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1101)(a-side)(BB R&B 11/1956)(September 1956)
02 FOOLS FALL IN LOVE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1123)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1957; BB R&B 10/1957)(January 1957)
03 IT WAS A TEAR (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1123)(b-side, January 1957)
04 HYPNOTIZED (lead singer: Johnny Mooore)(Atlantic 45-1141)(a-side)(BB Pop 79/1957)(May 1957)
05 DRIFTING AWAY FROM YOU (lead singer: Gerhart Thrasher)(b-side)(Atlantic 45-1141)(b-side, May 1957)
06 I KNOW (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1161)(uncharted a-side, November 1957)
07 YODEE YAKEE (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(Atlantic 45-1161)(b-side, November 1957)
08 DRIP DROP (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-1187)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1958)(May 1958)
09 MOONLIGHT BAY (lead singer: all)(Atlantic 45-1187)(b-side, May 1958)(BB Pop 72/1958; CB Pop 53/1958)*double-sided hit.
10 THERE GOES MY BABY (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2025)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1959; BB R&B 1(1)/1959; CB Pop 1(2)/1959; RW Pop 5/1959)(April 1959)*beginning of the Ben E. King era as lead singer.
11 OH MY LOVE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2025)(b-side, April 1959)
12 TRY TRY TRY (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2028)(uncharted a-side, June 1959)
13 THERE YOU GO (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2038)(uncharted a-side, October 1959)
14 DANCE WITH ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2040)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1959; BB R&B 2(3)/1959; CB Pop 10/1959; RW Pop 12/1959; UK 17/1960)(September 1959)
15 (IF YOU CRY) TRUE LOVE, TRUE LOVE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2040)(b-side, September 1959)(BB Pop 33/1959; BB R&B 5/1959; CB Pop 23/195; RW Pop 32/1959)*double-sided hit.
16 DON'T DOG ME (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2049)(uncharted a-side, January 1960)
17 THIS MAGIC MOMENT (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2050)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1960; BB R&B 4/1960; CB Pop 9/1960; RW Pop 18/1960)(February 1960)
18 BALTIMORE (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2050)(b-side, February 1960)
19 LET THE BOOGIE WOOGIE ROLL (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters)(Atlantic 45-2060)(uncharted a-side, May 1960)
20 LONELY WINDS (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2062)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1960; BB R&B 9/1960; CB Pop 40/1960; RW Pop 84/1960)(May 1960)
21 HEY SENORITA (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2062)(b-side, May 1960)
22 SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2071)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 1(1)/1960; CB Pop 1(6)/1960; RW Pop 1(5)/1960; UK 2/1960)(August 1960)*their biggest hit.
23 NOBODY BUT ME (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2071)(b-side, August 1960)
24 I COUNT THE TEARS (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2087)(a-side)(BB Pop 17/1960; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 11/1960; UK 28/1961)(December 1960)

DISC 3:
01 SUDDENLY THERE'S A VALLEY (lead singers: Tommy Evans & Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-2087)(b-side, December 1960)
02 SADIE MY LADY (lead singer: Johnny Moore)(London HLK 9287)(UK b-side, February 1961)*UK a-side 'I Count The Tears'
03 HONKY TONK (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)*from album 'The Drifters' Greatest Hits' (Atlantic LP 8041)(1960)
04 SOUVENIRS (lead singer: Johnny Moore)*from album 'The Drifters' Greatest Hits' (Atlantic LP 8041)(1960)
05 SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2096)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1961; BB R&B 6/1961; CB Pop 11/1961; RW Pop 18/1961)(March 1961)
06 HONEY BEE (lead singer: David Baughan)(Atlantic 45-2096)(b-side, March 1961)
07 PLEASE STAY (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2105)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1961; BB R&B 13/1961; CB Pop 13/1961; RW Pop 17/1961)(May 1961)
08 NO SWEET LOVIN' (lead singer: Bill Pinkney)(Atlantic 45-2105)(b-side, May 1961)
09 SWEETS FOR MY SWEET (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2117)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1961; BB R&B 10/1961; CB Pop 16/1961; RW Pop 22/1961)(August 1961)
10 LONELINESS OR HAPPINESS (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2117)(b-side, August 1961)
11 ROOM FULL OF TEARS (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2127)(a-side)(BB Pop 72/1961; CB Pop 102/1961)(November 1961)
12 SOMEBODY NEW DANCIN' WITH YOU (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2127)(b-side, November 1961)
13 WHEN MY LITTLE GIRL IS SMILING (lead singer: Charlie Thomas)(Atlantic 45-2134)(a-side)(BB Pop 28/1962; CB Pop 18/1962; RW Pop 32/1962; UK 31/1962)(February 1962)
14 MEXICAN DIVORCE (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2134)(b-side, February 1962)(RW Pop 100/1962)
15 STRANGER ON THE SHORE (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2143)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1962; RW Pop 90/1962; BB AC 19/1962; CB Pop 103/1962)(April 1962)
16 WHAT TO DO (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2143)(b-side, April 1962)
17 SOMETIMES I WONDER (lead singer: Ben E. King)(Atlantic 45-2151)(a-side)(CB Pop 118/1962; RW Pop 103/1962)(June 1962)
18 JACKPOT (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2151)(b-side, June 1962)
19 UP ON THE ROOF (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2162)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1962; BB R&B 4/1962; CB Pop 6/1962; RW Pop 7/1962)(September 1962)
20 ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE BOYS (lead singer: Rudy Lewis)(Atlantic 45-2162)(b-side, September 1962)(CB Pop 6/1962)
21 GEE (Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters)(End 1063)(uncharted a-side, November 1959)
22 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters)(End 1063)(b-side, November 1959)
23 CHEW TOBACCO RAG (Johnny Darrow with the Original Drifters)(Sue 738)(uncharted a-side, January 1961)
24 THE SPIDER WALK (Johnny Darrow with the Original Drifters)(Sue 738)(b-side, January 1961)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This collection represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the Drifters from their very beginning with Clyde McPhatter up to 1962. There are many rare gems making their CD debut, especially many rare b-sides. All the hit singles prior to 1963 are present.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
3 There is a 20-page booklet, with detailed informative essay by Paul Watts. Labels & numbers plus names of lead singers are provided.
4 The songs are arranged more or less chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Chart positions are not provided.
2 As per usual practice of most reissue labels from UK, their compilation would stop in 1962 because of local Public Domain laws. This is really unfortunate because there are hit singles beyond 1962 not included, like 'On Broadway' and 'Under the Broadwalk.'

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Drifters have 40 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that there are actually 94 singles (charted & uncharted, As & Bs from 1953 to 1980, but only 178 songs not 188 songs because 10 songs were repeated releases. Their labels are (1) Atlantic (1953 ' 1972), (2) Bell (1972 ' 1976), (3) Steeltown (1973), (4) Arista (1976 ' 1978), (5) Lightning (1979) and (6) Epic (1979 ' 1980).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Drifters have a long illustrious career, going through various lead vocalists, like Clyde McPhatter, Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas and Rudy Lewis. After achieving major success in US from 1953 to 1970, they have a resurgence of popularity in UK from 1972 to 1980.

My own personal reference has been the 3CD box set “Rockin’ & Driftin’: The Drifters Box” (Rhino, 1996, 79 songs, 53-76). If you are looking for the later Drifters from 1972 to 1980, I would highly recommend “First Loves: Complete Drifters Singles 1972 – 80” (Sony, 2CDs, 2010, 33 songs). This current set with complete coverage from 1953 to 1962 and great sound is highly recommended..

Touch of Country by Patti Page
Touch of Country by Patti Page

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page A Touch of Country (1CD): her Country output on Avco (1974-1975); all rare gems making CD debut; average sound., Feb. 2 2016
CONTENT:

This single CD “A Touch of Country” by Patti Page, released by budget label LaserLight in 1993, contains 10 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date)(BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; RW C&W=Record World Country Chart):

LP “A TOUCH OF COUNTRY” (51 West 16015)(1979):
01 LESS THAN THE SONG (Avco 613)(a-side)(BB C&W 67/1975; RW C&W 61/1975)(July 1975)
02 THE TREES IN PHILADELPHIA
03 I CAN HELP
04 DID HE ASK ABOUT ME? (Avco 613)(b-side, July 1975)
05 I MAY NOT BE LOVING YOU (Avco 603)(a-side)(BB C&W 70/1974; RW C&W 58/1974)(November 1974)
06 POUR YOUR LOVIN’ ON ME (Avco 607)(uncharted a-side, 1975)
07 PLEASE DON’T TELL ME HOW THE STORY ENDS
08 RESCUE ME
09 WHOEVER FINDS THIS, I LOVE YOU (Avco 603)(b-side, November 1974)
10 LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The above 10 songs represented her Country output on Avco label from 1974 to 1975. Her complete switch to Country charting started with her last single on Columbia “I Wish I Had A Mommy Like You” in 1970, followed by her Mercury output (1971-1972, 14 songs), then Epic label (1973-1974, 6 songs), Avco (1974-1975, 6 songs), and finally Plantation (1981-1983, 10 songs, 6 songs still not released on CDs). Here we have her Avco output making their CD debut.
2 The songs are arranged exactly in the same sequence as that of the album. (Please do not be confused with another similar titled album containing her Mercury hits).
3 The sound is surprisingly good from a budget label.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is still one song missing on Avco: “Big Wind from Dallas” the b-side to “Pour Your Lovin’ On Me”. The editor can be forgiven because this song somehow was not included on the original album. Inclusion as a bonus track will make this collection complete.
2 The 4-page booklet is forgettable.
3 There is no label & number, no chart position and no original album front cover.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler on December 8, 1927 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was on radio KTUL with Al Klauser & His Oklahomans, as Ann Fowler in late 1940s. Another singer was billed as “Patti Page” for the Page Milk Company show on KTUL. When she left, Fowler took her place and name. She signed with Mercury Records in 1947. Her main pop career was with Mercury label, from 1947 to 1963. She used multi-voice effect on her recordings. She had 4 Number 1 songs during this time: All My Love (1950), Tennessee Waltz (1950), I Went To Your Wedding (1952) and The Doggie In The Window (1953). She switched label to Columbia, which lasted from 1963 to 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100. When her entries to pop chart stopped, she started a new career in the Billboard Country Chart from 1970 to 1982. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She is also known to all of her fans as “The Singing Rage: Miss Patti Page.” She sadly passed away on January 1, 2013.

This set represents part of the Country side of Patti Page, which is much neglected in CD releases. This set is more for collectors.

Complete Singles A's And B's (2CD)
Complete Singles A's And B's (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Reed Complete Singles As & Bs 53-61 (2CDs): every single As & Bs from 1953 – 1961; great sound., Feb. 2 2016
CONTENT:

This 2-CD set, “The Complete Singles As & Bs 1953 – 1961”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2015, contains 54 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut or recording date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 HIGH AND LONESOME (Vee-Jay VJ-100)(uncharted a-side, July 1953)
02 ROLL AND RHUMBA (Vee-Jay VJ-100)(b-side, July 1953)
03 I FOUND MY BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-105)(uncharted a-side, January 1954)
04 JIMMIE’S BOOGIE (Vee-Jay VJ-105)(b-side, January 1954)*the word “Jimmie’s” misspelled as “Jimmy’s”; sloppy editing.
05 YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO (Vee-Jay VJ-119)(a-side)(BB R&B 5/1955)(December 1954)
06 BOOGIE IN THE DARK (Vee-Jay VJ-119)(b-side, December 1954)
07 PRETTY THING (Vee-Jay VJ-132)(uncharted a-side, January 1955)
08 I’M GONNA RUIN YOU (Vee-Jay VJ-132)(b-side, January 1955)
09 I DON’T GO FOR THAT (Vee-Jay VJ-153)(a-side)(BB R&B 12/1955)(July 1955)
10 SHE DON’T WANT ME NO MORE (Vee-Jay VJ-153)(b-side, July 1955)
11 AIN’T THAT LOVIN’ YOU BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-168)(a-side)(BB R&B 3(2)/1956)(December 1955)
12 BABY, DON’T SAY THAT NO MORE (Vee-Jay VJ-168)(b-side, December 1955)
13 ROCKIN’ WITH REED (Vee-Jay VJ-186)(b-side, December 1953)
14 CAN’T STAND TO SEE YOU GO (Vee-Jay VJ-186)(a-side)(BB R&B 10/1956)(December 1955)
15 MY FIRST PLEA (Vee-Jay VJ-203)(b-side, June 1956)
16 I LOVE YOU BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-203)(a-side)(BB R&B 13/1956)(June 1956)
17 HONEY, DON’T LET ME GO (Vee-Jay VJ-226) (b-side, October 1956)
18 YOU’VE GOT ME DIZZY (Vee-Jay VJ-226)(a-side)(BB R&B 3(1)/1956)(October 1956)
19 LITTLE RAIN (Vee-Jay VJ-237)(a-side)(BB R&B 7/1957)(January 1957)
20 HONEY WHERE ARE YOU GOING? (Vee-Jay VJ-237)(b-side, January 1957)(BB R&B 10/1957)*double sided hit
21 THE SUN IS SHINING (Vee-Jay VJ-248)(a-side)(BB Pop 65/1957; BB R&B 12/1957)(April 1957)
22 BABY, WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? (Vee-Jay VJ-248)(b-side, April 1957)
23 HONEST I DO (Vee-Jay VJ-253)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1957; BB R&B 4/1957; RW Pop 73/1957)(April 1957)
24 SIGNALS OF LOVE (Vee-Jay VJ-253)(b-side, April 1957)
25 YOU’RE SOMETHING ELSE (Vee-Jay VJ-270)(uncharted a-side, December 1957)
26 A STRING TO YOUR HEART (Vee-Jay VJ-270)(b-side, December 1957)

DISC 2:
01 YOU GOT ME CRYING (Vee-Jay VJ-275)(uncharted a-side, March 1958)
02 GO ON TO SCHOOL (Vee-Jay VJ-275)(b-side, March 1958)
03 I KNOW IT’S A SIN (Vee-Jay VJ-287)(b-side, August 1958)
04 DOWN IN VIRGINIA (Vee-Jay VJ-287)(a-side)(BB Pop 93/1958)(August 1958)
05 I’M GONNA GET MY BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-298)(a-side)(BB R&B 5/1958)(May 1958)
06 ODDS AND ENDS (instrumental)(Vee-Jay VJ-298)(b-side, April 1957)
07 I TOLD YOU BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-304)(a-side)(BB R&B 19/1959)(September 1958)
08 ENDS AND ODDS (instrumental)(Vee-Jay VJ-304)(b-side, September 1957)
09 TAKE OUT SOME INSURANCE (Vee-Jay VJ-314)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
10 YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU (Vee-Jay VJ-314)(b-side, March 1959)
11 GOING TO NEW YORK (Vee-Jay VJ-326)(uncharted a-side, September 1959)
12 I WANNA BE LOVED (Vee-Jay VJ-326)(b-side, September 1959)
13 BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO (Vee-Jay VJ-333)(a-side)(BB Pop 37/1960; BB R&B 10/1960; CB Pop 41/1960; RW Pop 39/1960)(November 1959)
14 CARESS ME BABY (Vee-Jay VJ-333)(b-side, November 1959)
15 WHERE CAN YOU BE (Vee-Jay VJ-347)(b-side, May 1960)
16 FOUND LOVE (Vee-Jay VJ-347)(a-side)(BB Pop 88/1960; BB R&B 18/1960; CB Pop 73/1960; RW Pop 90/1960)(May 1960)
17 HUSH HUSH (Vee-Jay VJ-357)(a-side)(BB Pop 75/1960; BB R&B 18/1960; CB Pop 78/1960; RW Pop 87/1960)(August 1960)
18 GOING BY THE RIVER – PART 2 (Vee-Jay VJ-357)(b-side, August 1960)(BB Pop 104/1960)*double sided hit
19 LAUGHING AT THE BLUES (Vee-Jay VJ-373)(b-side, January 1961)
20 CLOSE TOGETHER (Vee-Jay VJ-373)(a-side)(BB Pop 68/1961; BB R&B 12/1961; CB Pop 77/1961; RW Pop 81/1961)(January 1961)
21 BIG BOSS MAN (Vee-Jay VJ-380)(a-side)(BB Pop 78/1961; BB R&B 13/1961; CB Pop 83/1961)(March 1961)
22 I’M A LOVE YOU (Vee-Jay VJ-380)(b-side, March 1961)(RW Pop 109/1961)*double sided hit.
23 BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (Vee-Jay VJ-398)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1961; BB R&B 3(1)/1961; CB Pop 63/1961; RW Pop 74/1961)(August 1961)
24 I’M MR. LUCK (Vee-Jay VJ-398)(b-side, August 1961)(CB Pop 121/1961)*double sided hit.
25 AW, SHUCKS, HUSH YOUR MOUTH (Vee-Jay VJ-425)(a-side)(BB Pop 93/1962; CB Pop 97/1962)(January 1962)
26 BABY, WHAT’S WRONG (Vee-Jay VJ-425)(b-side, January 1962)(CB Pop 97/1962)*double sided hit.
27 GOOD LOVER (Vee-Jay VJ-449)(a-side)(BB Pop 77/1962; CB Pop 100/1962; RW Pop 100/1962)(May 1962)
28 TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (Vee-Jay VJ-449)(b-side, May 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is truly a Complete Collection of all the singles (a and b-sides) as the title suggested. The songs are arranged more or less chronologically (sometimes b-side ahead of a-side)
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is a wonderful 16-page booklet. Containing an informative essay by Paul Watts. There is a detailed discography with recording session details, just like those in Bear Family Records. The labels and numbers together with chart positions are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 72 minutes; Disc 2: 71 minutes. There are 4 more songs from 1962 that Acrobat Music could have fit in:
(1) TOO MUCH (Vee-Jay VJ-459)(a-side)(RW Pop 101/1962)(September 1962)
(2) I'LL CHANGE MY STYLE (Vee-Jay VJ-459)(b-side, September 1962)
(3) LET'S GET TOGETHER (Vee-Jay VJ-473)(a-side)(RW Pop 125/1962)(November 1962)
(4) OH, JOHN (Vee-Jay VJ-473)(b-side, November 1962)
2 Labels from UK usually stop their compilation at 1962 because of Public Domain laws in UK. There are 42 more songs from 1963 to 1971 that are not included.
3 Only chart positions from Billboard were included, leaving out other publications, such as Cash Box and Record World.
4 Misspelling the name “Jimmie’s” as “Jimmy’s” as noted above represents sloppy editing. I checked the name on the original 45.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Jimmy Reed has 20 charted entries on the Billboard R&B chart, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he has actually 50 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1953 – 1971) with 100 songs. His labels are (1) Vee-Jay (1953 – 1965), (2) Exodus (1966, 2 songs), (3) ABC (1966, 1 song), (4) BluesWay (1967 – 1969, 10 songs), (5) Canyon (1970, 2 songs), and (6) RRG (1970 – 1971, 4 songs). If you want to collect Jimmy Reed, the current set is highly recommended. There is also another 3 CD set “Essential Boss Man” (Snapper, 2005, with 6 more songs beyond 1962). Unfortunately, the best sets available “The Vee Jay Years” (Charly, 1994, 6CDs) and “The New Jimmy Reed Album/Soulin” (on the defunct See For Miles, 2003, covering his Exodus and BluesWay era) are both very expensive. Fortunately most of the songs beyond 1962 are available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Jimmy Reed was born Mathis James Reed on September 6, 925 in Dunleith, Mississippi. He was a great blues singer/guitarist, and has a lengthy charting career. He unfortunately died of an epileptic seizure, compounded by his alcohol problems, on August 29, 1976 (age 50). He consistently managed to produce music of uninhibited fun and enjoyment with an infectiousness that makes it so fresh and listenable even up to now. He may not have been a great technician, but he somehow captured the essence of what it was that made the blues appealing not only to its traditional audience but to a wider market who had no cultural background in the genre. This set provides all his biggest hits with great sound, and is highly recommended.

Collection 1939-62 (2CD)
Collection 1939-62 (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Kallen: Kitty Kallen Collection (39-62)(2CDs): 51 songs; best Greatest Hits to date; wide coverage; great sound!, Feb. 2 2016
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set “The Kitty Kallen Collection 1939 – 62”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2015, contains 51 songs from 1939 – 1962. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, debut date, names of orchestra, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RB Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:

01 A TABLE IN A CORNER (Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 35252)(uncharted a-side, September 1939)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 So Many Times (Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 35252)(b-side, September 1939)*rare gem; CD debut.
03 LOVE FOR SALE (Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Varsity 8202)(uncharted a-side, February 1940)
04 THE MOON AND THE WILLOW TREE (Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Varsity 8196)(b-side, February 1940)
05 WHAM (RE-BOP-BOOM-BAM)(Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Varsity 8202)(b-side, February 1940)
06 MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU (Bobby Sherwood & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Capitol 123)(uncharted a-side, May 1942)
07 THEY'RE EITHER TOO YOUNG OR TOO OLD (Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Decca 18571)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1943)(December 1943)*from film "Thank You Lucky Stars"
08 STAR EYES (Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; vocal: Bob Eberly)(Decca 18571) (b-side, December 1943)(US 3/1943)*double sided hit; from film "I Dood it" starring Kitty Kallen
09 BESAME MUCHO (KISS ME AGAIN)(Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen)(Decca 18574)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1944)(January 1944)*million seller; gold record
10 WHEN THEY ASK ABOUT YOU (Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Decca 18582)(a-side)(US 4/1944; BB R&B 10/1944)(February 1944)*from film "Stars on Parade"
11 I'M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36758)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1945)(January 1945)
12 I DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS IT (Harry James & His Orchestra: vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36778)(a-side)(US 8/1945)(April 1945)
13 GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(b-side)(Columbia 36778)(b-side, April 1945)(US 16/1945)*double sided hit
14 YAH-TA-TA, YAH-TA-TA (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36788)(a-side)(US 11/1945)(May 1945)
15 11:60 P.M. (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36827)(a-side)(US 8/1945)(September 1945)
16 I'LL BUY THAT DREAM (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36833)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1945)(September 1945)
17 IT'S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36838)(a-side)(US 1(3)/1945)(October 1945)
18 THE WONDER OF YOU (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36933)(uncharted a-side, August 1945)
19 WAITIN' FOR THE TRAIN TO COME IN (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 36867)(a-side)(US 6/1945)(November 1945)
20 MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY (Artie Shaw & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Musicraft 392)(a-side)(US 22/1946)(October 1946)
21 KISS ME SWEET (Mitch Miller & His Orchestra)(Mercury 5265)(a-side)(US 30/1949)(April 1949)
22 JUKE BOX ANNIE (Harry Geller & His Orchestra)(Mercury 5417)(a-side)(US 17/1950)(May 1950)
23 OUR LADY OF FATIMA (with Richard Hayes; Jimmy Carroll & His Orchestra)(Mercury 5466)(a-side)(US 10/1950)(September 1950)
24 THE ABA DABA HONEYMOON (with Richard Hayes; George Siravo & His Orchestra)(Mercury 5586)(a-side)(US 9/1951)(January 1951)

DISC 2:
01 TO BE LOVED BY YOU (Harry James & His Orchestra; vocal: Kitty Kallen)(Columbia 39715)(uncharted a-side, April 1952)
02 ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SWEETHEART (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-28904)(a-side)(US 27/1953; CB Pop 38/1954)(November 1953)
03 LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29037)(a-side)(US 1(9)/1954; CB Pop 1(7)/1954; RW Pop 12/1954; UK 1(1)/1954)(April 1954)*her biggest hit.
04 IN THE CHAPEL OF MOONLIGHT (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29130)(a-side)(US 4/1954; CB Pop 5/1954; RW Pop 7/1954)(July 1954)
05 TAKE EVERYTHING BUT YOU (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29130)(b-side, July 1954)(CB Pop 44/1954; RW Pop 24/1954)*double sided hit
06 I WANT YOU ALL TO MYSELF (JUST YOU)(Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29268)(a-side)(US 30/1954; CB Pop 24/1954; RW Pop 22/1954)(November 1954)
07 DON’T LET THE KIDDY GEDDIN’ (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(b-side)(Decca 9-29268) (b-side, November 1954)(CB Pop 31/1954; RW Pop 26/1954)*double sided hit
08 I'D NEVER FORGIVE MYSELF (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29417)(a-side)(RW Pop 32/1955)(February 1955)
09 HONESTLY (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29417)(b-side, February 1955)(CB Pop 31/1955; RW Pop 38/1955)*double sided hit
10 FORGIVE ME (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29548)(a-side)(RW Pop 41/1955)(May 1955)
11 JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29593)(a-side)(RW Pop 75/1955)(July 1955)
12 SWEET KENTUCKY ROSE (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29708)(a-side)(BB Pop 76/1955; CB Pop 30/1955; RW Pop 23/1955)(October 1955)
13 HOW LONELY CAN ONE GET? (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29708)(b-side, October 1955)*from film "The Second Greatest Sex"
14 GO ON WITH THE WEDDING (with Georgie Shaw; Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29776)(a-side)(BB Pop 39/1956; CB Pop 16/1956; RW Pop 54/1955)(January 1956)
15 WILL I ALWAYS BE YOUR SWEETHEART (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-29959)(a-side)(RW Pop 74/1956)(July 1956)
16 HOW ABOUT ME (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-30049)(a-side)(RW Pop 72/1956)(October 1956)*rare gem; CD debut.
17 LASTING LOVE (Sid Feller & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-30404)(a-side)(RW Pop 39/1957)(August 1957)
18 CRYING ROSES (Jack Pleis & His Orchestra)(Decca 9-30516)(a-side)(RW Pop 82/1957)(December 1957)
19 LOVE IS A SACRED THING (Glenn Osser & His Orchestra)(Columbia 4-41236)(a-side)(RW Pop 82/1958)(September 1958)
20 IF I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU (Milton DeLugg & His Orchestra)(Columbia 4-41473)(a-side)(BB Pop 34/1959; CB Pop 25/1959; RW Pop 27/1959)(September 1959)
21 THAT OLD FEELING (Columbia 4-41546)(a-side)(BB Pop 55/1960; CB Pop 100/1960; RW Pop 87/1960)(February 1960)
22 NEED ME (Columbia 4-41546)(b-side, January 1960)(RW Pop 91/1960)*double sided hit.
23 GOT A DATE WITH AN ANGEL (Columbia 4-41622)(a-side)(RW Pop 111/1960)(March 1960)
24 HEY, GOOD LOOKIN' (Columbia 4-41934)(a-side)(RW Pop 111/1961)(January 1961)
25 SUMMERTIME LIES (Columbia 4-42038)(a-side)(CB Pop 118/1961)(July 1961)
26 IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGEL (Columbia 4-42247)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1962; CB Pop 137/1962)(December 1961)
27 MY COLORING BOOK (RCA Victor 47-8124)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1962; BB AC 7/1962; CB Pop 13/1962; RW Pop 8/1963)(December 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 2-CD set is simply the BEST Greatest Hits of Kitty Kallen to date. It covers her entire career, containing all her major hit singles. Some rare b-sides are included too.
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically. One can tell the editor has done his homework.
3 The sound is wonderfully remastered, as per usual high standards at Acrobat Music.
4 There is a wonderful 12-page booklet, with an informative well-written essay by Paul Watts. Most important of all, label & number, plus chart positions, are all included. I wish other compilations would do the same. Are you listening, Jasmine Records? There are many beautiful pictures of Kitty Kallen.
5 Time: disc 1: 70 minutes; disc 2: 74 minutes. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Kitty Kallen has 15 charted singles from 1949 to 1963. I have just painstakingly compiled a detailed Complete Singles Discography, including all her singles as band singer, plus her solo efforts, I found that she actually has 98 singles from 1939 to 1967 (178 songs not 196 songs because 18 b-sides belonged to other artists). Her labels are (1) Columbia (1939), (2) Varsity (1940), (3) Capitol (1942), (4) Decca (1943 – 1944), (5) V-Disc (1944 - 1945), (6) Columbia (1944 – 1945), (7) Musicraft (1946), (8) Mercury (1949 – 1951), (9) Columbia (1952), (10) Decca (1953 – 1957), (11) Columbia (1958 – 1961), (12) RCA Victor (1962 – 1963), (13) 20th Century-Fox (1964), (14) United Artists (1965), (15) Philips (1966), and (16) Bell (1967).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Kitty Kallen was born Katherine Kalinsky on May 25, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started as band singer for Jack Teagarden (1939-41), Bob Sherwood (1942), Jimmy Dorsey (1943 – 1944) and Harry James (1944 – 1945), Sonny Burke (1946), and Artie Shaw (1946). There are many memorable hits both as band singer and her solo career. She has an illustrious singing career, but has to cut short due to scarring of the lungs from apparent embolus to her lungs from estrogen replacement therapy.

If you are interested in her band singer era, I would recommend “Little Things Mean A Lot” (Jasmine, 2CDs, 2005, 48 songs). As to her solo career, I would recommend the current set, plus “Warm and Sincere” (Sepia, 1CD, 2008, 27 songs, covering 1949 – 1957) and “Little Things Mean A Lot” (RPM, 2008, 28 songs). The best overall coverage is “Kitty Kallen Collection 39-62” (Acrobat Music, 2CDs, 2015, 51 songs, already released in UK, which I have, but my review cannot be published until the US release date on December 11, 2015). Of course, the twofer “If I Give My Heart To You/Honky Tonk Angel” on Collectables is also recommended covering 1958 – 1961. Her output from 1963 – 1967 is sorely inadequate. I hope someday Bear Family will come out with a Complete Kitty Kallen box set.

This current set represents the best overall and balanced coverage of Kitty Kallen. It was released in UK on October 10, 2015, which I purchased and wrote my review, but my review cannot be published until the US release date on December 11, 2015. If you are looking for a Kitty Kallen Collection, this set, with top-rated sound, is simply a Must-Own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Guy Mitchell Complete US & UK Hits 50-62 (2CDs): only 44 songs; good coverage of singles; excellent sound!, Feb. 2 2016
CONTENT:

This 2-CD set “The Complete US & UK Hits 50-62”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in July 2015 (in UK), contain 44 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with backing orchestra, single label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 YOU’RE JUST IN LOVE (with Rosemary Clooney)(Percy Faith)(Columbia 4-39052)(a-side)(US 24/1951)(August 1950)*from "Call Me Madam"
02 MARRYING FOR LOVE (with Rosemary Clooney)(Percy Faith)(Columbia 4-39052)(b-side, August 1950)*from "Call Me Madam"; not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
03 MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39067)(a-side)(US 2(7)/1950)(December 1950)*gold record
04 THE ROVING KIND (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39067)(US b-side, December 1950)(US 4/1950)*double sided hit.
05 SPARROW IN THE TREE TOP (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39190)(a-side)(US 8/1951)(February 1951)
06 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39190)(b-side, February 1951)(US 27/1951)*double sided hit.
07 UNLESS (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39331)(a-side)(US 17/1951)(May 1951)
08 MY TRULY, TRULY FAIR (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39415)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1951)(May 1951)*gold record
09 BELLE, BELLE, MY LIBERTY BELLE (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39512)(a-side)(US 9/1951)(August 1951)
10 SWEETHEART OF YESTERDAY (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39512)(b-side, August 1951)(US 23/1951)*double sided hit.
11 THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM AT OUR HOUSE (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39595)(a-side)(US 20/1951)(November 1951)
12 I CAN’T HELP IT (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39595)(b-side, November 1951)(US 28/1951)*double sided hit.
13 WIMMIN’ (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39639)(b-side, January 1952)*not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” but found in “This Is Gold” set.
14 PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39663)(a-side)(US 4/1952)(February 1952)*gold record
15 A LITTLE KISS GOODNIGHT (with Doris Day)(Paul Weston)(Columbia 4-39714)(uncharted a-side, April 1962)*not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
16 GENTLY, JOHNNY (with Doris Day)(Paul Weston)(Columbia 4-39714)(b-side, April 1962)
17 THE DAY OF JUBILO (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39753)(a-side)(US 26/1952)(May 1952)
18 YOU’LL NEVER BE MINE (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39753)(b-side, May 1952)*not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
19 FEET UP (PAT HIM ON THE PO-PO)(Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39822)(a-side)(US 14/1952; CB Pop 18/1952; UK 2/1952)(August 1952)
20 (‘CAUSE I LOVE YOU) THAT’S A-WHY (with Mindy Carson)(Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39879)(a-side)(US 24/1952; CB Pop 25/1952)(October 1952)
21 SHE WEARS RED FEATHERS (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39909)(a-side)(US 19/1953; CB Pop 14/1953; UK 1(4)/1953)(December 1952)
22 PRETTY LITTLE BLACK-EYED SUSIE (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39909)(b-side, December 1952)(UK 2/1953)*a-side in UK.

DISC 2:
01 TELL US WHERE THE GOOD TIMES ARE (with Mindy Carson)(Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-39992)(a-side)(US 23/1953)(May 1953)
02 LOOK AT THAT GIRL (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-40008)(a-side)(UK 1(6)/1953)(June 1953)*not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
03 CHICKA-BOOM (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-40035)(a-side)(CB Pop 16/1953; UK 4/1953)(July 1953)*from film "Those Redheads From Seattle"; not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
04 CLOUD LUCKY SEVEN (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-40035)(b-side, July 1953)(UK 2/1953)*a-side in UK; not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
05 SIPPIN’ SODA (Norman Luboff)(Columbia 4-40077)(b-side, September 1953)(UK 11/1954)*a-side in UK; not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
06 THE CUFF OF MY SHIRT (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-40128)(a-side)(UK 9/1954)(November 1953)
07 A DIME AND A DOLLAR (Mitch Miller)(Columbia 4-40159)(a-side)(UK 8/1954)(February 1954)*from film "Red Garters"
08 NINETY NINE YEARS (DEAD OR ALIVE)(Jimmy Carroll)(Columbia 4-40631)(a-side)(BB Pop 23/1956; CB Pop 19/1956; RW Pop 12/1956)(December 1955)
09 SINGING THE BLUES (Ray Conniff)(Columbia 4-40769)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(10)/1956; CB Pop 1(8)/1956; RW Pop 1(7)/1956; UK 1(3)/1956)(October 1956)*his biggest hit; gold record.
10 CRAZY WITH LOVE (Ray Conniff)(Columbia 4-40769)(b-side, October 1956)(BB Pop 53/1956; RW Pop 40/1956)*double sided hit.
11 KNEE DEEP IN THE BLUES (Ray Conniff)(Columbia 4-40820)(a-side)(BB Pop 16/1957; CB Pop 15/1957; RW Pop 10/1957; UK 3/1957)(December 1956)
12 TAKE ME BACK BABY (Ray Conniff)(Columbia 4-40820)(b-side, December 1956)(BB Pop 47/1957; CB Pop 38/1957; RW Pop 36/1957)*double sided hit.
13 ROCK-A-BILLY (Jimmy Carroll)(Columbia 4-40877)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1957; CB Pop 13/1957; RW Pop 7/1957; UK 1(1)/1957)(March 1957)
14 SWEET STUFF (Jimmy Carroll)(Columbia 4-40940)(a-side)(BB Pop 83/1957; CB Pop 51/1957; RW Pop 56/1957; UK 25/1957)(May 1957)
15 IN THE MIDDLE OF A DARK DARK NIGHT (Jimmy Carroll)(Columbia 4-40940)(b-side, May 1957)(RW Pop 79/1957; UK 25/1957)*double sided hit in US; double a-side in UK; not found in “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
16 CALL ROSIE ON THE PHONE (Jimmy Carroll)(Columbia 4-40987)(a-side)(UK 17/1957)(August 1957)
17 HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER (Joe Sherman)(Columbia 4-41476)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1959; CB Pop 1(2)/1959; RW Pop 1(3)/1959; UK 5/1959)(August 1959)
18 THE SAME OLD ME (Joe Sherman)(Columbia 4-41576)(a-side)(BB Pop 51/1960; CB Pop 103/1960; RW Pop 78/1960)(February 1960)
19 MY SHOES KEEP WALKING BACK TO YOU (Monty Kelly)(Columbia 4-41725)(a-side)(BB Pop 45/1960; CB Pop 106/1960; RW Pop 41/1960)(June 1960)
20 YOUR GOODNIGHT KISS (AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE)(instrumental acc)(Columbia 4-41970)(a-side)(BB Pop 106/1961)(March 1961)
21 CHARLIE'S SHOES (Jimmie Haskell)(Joy 45K-264)(a-side)(BB Pop 110/1962; CB Pop 143/1962)(June 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 GO TIGER, GO! (Al Ham)(Joy 45K-270)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1962; CB Pop 123/1962)(December 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This latest release by Acrobat Music in 2015 has good coverage of hit singles by Guy Mitchell from 1950 – 1962. Even if you already have “The Definitive Guy Mitchell” (Collectors’ Choice, 2000, 50 songs), I still would recommend this set. There are many songs not available on the other set, as noted above. There are two rare gems, making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered. I would say equal to the “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set.
3 The 16-page booklet is excellent, with a detailed and informative essay by Paul Watts written in May 2015. Label & Number (UK Philips) and chart position are included. This is definitvely a much better booklet than that from “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set, which was not good.
4 The songs are arranged chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Disc 1: 62 minutes; Disc 2: 55 minutes. Acrobat Music was renowned for their thoroughness and completeness, as from their series “Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs.” In this set, there is no mention of “singles” and definitely not “As & Bs.” Come on, Acrobat Music, Guy Mitchell has a vast discography, and even you will stop at 1962, there are many singles that you could have included to fill up both discs. Shame on you, Acrobat Music. I am really disappointed. With a major artist like Guy Mitchell, you could have paid the same respect as for other artists from your catalogue, like Ricky Nelson, Johnny Burnette and Neil Sedaka, etc.
2 Of course, like most labels from UK, the compilation would stop at 1962 because of Public Domain law.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Guy Mitchell has 20 singles on the US Pop Chart, I have painstakingly compiled A Complete Singles Discography, and found that he actually has 100 singles (charted & uncharted, from 1947 to 1990)(but only 184 songs, because 6 were repeated releases, 9 b-sides belonged to other artists, and 1 double b-sides (US & UK). His labels are (1) Decca (1947 – 1948), (2) Music-Mart (1949), (3) MGM (1949), (4) King (1949), (5) Columbia (1950 – 1961), (6) Joy (1962 – 1963), (7) Chalice (1965), (8) Reprise (1966), (9) Starday (1967 – 1969), (10) GMI (1975), (11) Top Hat Records (1988), and (12) BBC (1990).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Guy Mitchell was born Al Cernik on February 27, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. As noted above, he had a long, illustrious singing and charting career, and was in two movies “Those Redheads From Seattle” and “Red Garters.” He died from cancer on July 1, 1999 (age 72).

Guy Mitchell was an uncomplicated artist – a straightforward entertainer and genial personality with a fine singing voice that can handle a wide range of materials. If you are looking for the earliest output, I would recommend “This Is Gold” containing songs when he was known as “Al Cerniak” and “Al Grant” (Disky, 3 CDs, 75 songs, cheap price). If you just want a general Greatest Hits set, I would recommend “The Very Best of Guy Mitchell” (One Day Music, 2 CDS, 50 songs). This set is cheaper than the “Definitive Guy Mitchell” set (Colletors’ Choice, 2 CDs, 50 songs, 2000), but also with equally good sound and a much better booklet. This current set is still recommended.

Complete US Hits 1948-62 (3 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page Complete US Hits 48-62 (3CDs): 75 songs; all the charted singles 1948-1962; great sound; definitive Greatest Hits!, Feb. 2 2016
CONTENT:

This 3-CD set “Patti Page Complete US Hits 1948-62”, released by reputable reissue label Acrobat Music from UK in 2015, contain 85 songs. In this case, the definition of “Hits” is those songs that charted in US. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 CONFESS (Mercury 5129)(a-side)(US 12/1948)(December 1947)*her first charted hit.
02 SAY SOMETHING SWEET TO YOUR SWEETHEART (with Vic Damone)(Mercury 5192)(US 23/1948)(October 1948)
03 SO IN LOVE (Mercury 5230)(a-side)(US 13/1949)(February 1949)
04 MONEY, MARBLES AND CHALK (Mercury 5251)(a-side)(US 27/1949; BB C&W 15/1959)(April 1949)
05 I’LL KEEP THE LOVE LIGHT BURNING (IN MY HEART)(Mercury 5310)(a-side)(US 26/1949)(September 1949)
06 WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN I’M DREAMING (Mercury 5344)(a-side)(US 11/1950)(January 1950)
07 I DON’T CARE IF THE SUN DON’T SHINE (Mercury 5396)(a-side)(US 8/1950)(May 1950)
08 ALL MY LOVE (BOLERO)(Mercury 5455)(a-side)(US 1(5)/1950)(June 1950)
09 BACKIN YOUR OWN BACKYARD (Mercury 5463)(a-side)(US 23/1950)(October 1950)
10 THE TENNESSEE WALTZ (Mercury 5534)(a-side)(US 1(13)/1950; BB C&W 2(3)/1950)(November 1950)*her biggest hit.
11 WOULD I LOVE YOU (LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU)(Mercury 5571)(a-side)(US 4/1951)(January 1951)
12 DOWN THE TRAIL OF ACHING HEART (Mercury 5579)(a-side)(US 17/1951)(April 1951)
13 EVER TRUE EVERMORE (Mercury 5579)(b-side, April 1951)(US 24/1951)*double sided hit.
14 MOCKIN’ BIRD HILL (Mercury 5595)(a-side)(US 2/1951)(February 1951)
15 MISTER AND MISSISSIPPI (Mercury 5645)(a-side)(US 8/1951)(May 1951)
16 THESE THINGS I OFFER YOU (Mercury 5645)(b-side, June 1951)(US 26/1951)*double sided hit.
17 DETOUR (Mercury 5682)(a-side)(US 5/1951)(August 1951)
18 AND SO TO SLEEP AGAIN (Mercury 5706)(a-side)(US 4/1951)(September 1951)
19 RETREAT (CRIES MY HEART)(Mercury 5772)(a-side)(US 22/1952)(January 1952)
20 COME WHAT MAY (Mercury 5772)(b-side, January 1952)(US 9/1952)*double sided hit.
21 WHISPERING WINDS (Mercury 5816)(a-side)(US 16/1952)(March 1952)
22 ONCE IN A WHILE (Mercury 5867)(a-side)(US 9/1952)(June 1952)
23 I WENT TO YOUR WEDDING (Mercury 5899)(a-side)(US 1(10)/1952; CB Pop 1(6)/1952)(August 1952)
24 YOU BELONG TO ME (Mercury 5899)(b-side, August 1952)(US 4/1952)*double sided hit.
25 WHY DON’T YOU BELIEVE ME (Mercury 70025)(a-side)(US 4/1952)(November 1952)
26 CONQUEST (Mercury 70025)(b-side, December 1952; CB Pop 21/1952)(US 18/1952)*double sided hit.

DISC 2:
01 THE DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW (Mercury 70070)(a-side)(US 1(8)/1953; CB Pop 1(7)/1953; UK 9/1953)(January 1953)
02 MY JEALOUS EYES (Mercury 70070)(b-side, January 1953)(US 17/1953; CB Pop 33/1953)*double sided hit
03 NOW THAT I’M IN LOVE (Mercury 70127)(a-side)(US 18/1953; CB Pop 23/1953)(May 1953)
04 OO WHAT YOU DO TO ME (Mercury 70127)(b-side, May 1953)(US 16/1953; CB Pop 25/1953)*double sided hit.
05 BUTTERFLIES (Mercury 70183)(a-side)(US 10/1953; CB Pop 11/1953)(July 1953)
06 THIS IS MY SONG (Mercury 70183)(b-side, August 1953)(US 20/1953)*double sided hit; Patti's theme song.
07 FATHER, FATHER (Mercury 70222)(a-side)(US 21/1953; CB Pop 26/1953)(October 1953)
08 MILWAUKEE POLKA (Mercury 70230)(a-side)(US 23/1953; CB Pop 27/1953)(October 1953)
09 CHANGING PARTNERS (Mercury 70260)(a-side)(US 3/1953; CB Pop 4/1953)(November 1953)
10 CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE (Mercury 70302)(a-side)(US 2(4)/1954; CB Pop 5/1954)(February 1954)
11 MY RESTLESS LOVER (Mercury 70302)(b-side, February 1954)(US 21/1954; CB Pop 28/1954)*double sided hit; originally titled "Johnny Guitar"; due to legal issues, the title was changed.
12 STEAM HEAT (Mercury 70380)(a-side)(US 8/1954; CB Pop 14/1954)(May 1954)
13 LONELY DAYS (Mercury 70380)(b-side, May 1954)(CB Pop 38/1954)*double sided hit.
14 WHAT A DREAM (Mercury 70416)(b-side, August 1954)(US 10/1954; CB Pop 22/1954; RW Pop 14/1954)*double sided hit.
15 I CRIED (Mercury 70416)(a-side)(US 13/1954; CB Pop 14/1954; RW Pop 21/1954)(August 1954)
16 THE MAMA DOLL SONG (Mercury 70458)(a-side)(US 24/1954; CB Pop 14/1954; RW Pop 31/1954)(October 1954)
17 I CAN’T TELL A WALTZ FROM A TANGO (Mercury 70458)(b-side, October 1954)(US 30/1954; CB Pop 24/1954; RW Pop 25/1954)*double sided hit.
18 LET ME GO, LOVER (Mercury 70511)(a-side)(US 8/1954)(December 1954)*b-side “Hocus Pocus” (Mercury 70511)(RW 81/1954)*double sided charted hit not included.
19 EVERLOVIN’ (Mercury 70526)(a-side)(CB Pop 17/1955; RW Pop 24/1955)(February 1955)
20 KEEP ME IN MIND (Mercury 70579)(a-side)(CB Pop 26/1955; RW Pop 46/1955)(April 1955)
21 NEAR TO YOU (Mercury 70607)(b-side, May 1955)(CB Pop 46/1955; RW Pop 56/1955)*double sided hit; from Broadway musical "Damn Yankees"
22 I LOVE TO DANCE WITH YOU (Mercury 70607)(a-side)(CB Pop 43/1955; RW Pop 38/1955)(May 1955)
23 PIDDILY PATTER PATTER (Mercury 70657)(a-side)(CB Pop 25/1955; RW Pop 23/1955)(July 1955)
24 EVERY DAY (Mercury 70657)(b-side, July 1955)(CB Pop 43/1955; RW Pop 50/1955)*double sided hit.
25 CROCE DI ORO (CROSS OF GOLD)(Mercury 70713)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1955; CB Pop 15/1955; RW Pop 16/1955)(October 1955)
26 GO ON WITH THE WEDDING (Mercury 70766)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1956; CB Pop 16/1956; RW Pop 13/1956)(January 1956)
27 MY FIRST FORMAL GOWN (Mercury 70820)(b-side, March 1956)(BB Pop 60/1956; RW Pop 48/1956)*double sided hit.
28 TOO YOUNG TO GO STEADY (Mercury 70820)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1956)(April 1956)

DISC 3:
01 ALLEGHENY MOON (Mercury 70878)(a-side)(BB Pop 2/1956; CB Pop 6/1956; RW Pop 2(2)/1956)(June 1956)
02 THE STRANGEST ROMANCE (Mercury 70878)(b-side, June 1956)(BB Pop 93/1956)*double sided hit.
03 MAMA FROM THE TRAIN (Mercury 70971)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1956; CB Pop 14/1956; RW Pop 16/1956)(October 1956)
04 EVERY TIME (I FEEL HIS SPIRIT)(Mercury 70971)(b-side, October 1956)(BB Pop 87/1956)*double sided hit.
05 REPEAT AFTER ME (Mercury 71015)(a-side)(BB Pop 53/1957; RW Pop 45/1957)(February 1957)
06 POOR MAN’S ROSES (OR A RICH MAN’S GOLD)(Mercury 71059)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1957; CB Pop 25/1957; RW Pop 55/1957)(March 1957)
07 THE WALL (Mercury 71059)(b-side, March 1957)(BB Pop 43/1957; CB Pop 42/1957; RW Pop 45/1957)*double sided hit.
08 OLD CAPE COD (Mercury 71101)(a-side)(BB Pop 3/1957; CB Pop 8/1957; RW Pop 7/1957)(May 1957)
09 WONDERING (Mercury 71101)(b-side, May 1957)(BB Pop 12/1957; RW Pop 50/1957)*double sided hit.
10 I’LL REMEMBER TODAY (Mercury 71189)(a-side)(BB Pop 23/1957; CB Pop 18/1957; RW Pop 15/1957)(October 1957)*b-side “My How The Time Goes By” (Mercury 71189)(b-side, October 1957)(RW Pop 81/1957), a charted b-side not included.
11 BELONGING TO SOMEONE (Mercury 71247)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1958; CB Pop 28/1958; RW Pop 41/1958)(January 1958)*b-side “Bring Us Together” (Mercury 71247)(b-side, January 1958)(RW Pop 85/1958) a charted b-side not included.
12 ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (Mercury 71294)(a-side)(BB Pop 20/1958; CB Pop 38/1958)(April 1958)*title song from movie starring Lana Turner; b-side “These Worldly Wonders” (Mercury 71294)(b-side, April 1958)(RW Pop 36/1958); a charted b-side not included.
13 LEFT RIGHT OUT OF YOUR HEART (HI LILI HI LO HI LUP UP UP)(Mercury 71331)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1958; CB Pop 9/1958; RW Pop 5/1958)(June 1958)
14 FIBBIN’ (Mercury 71355)(a-side)(BB Pop 39/1958; CB Pop 28/1958; RW Pop 26/1958)(September 1958)
15 TRUST IN ME (Mercury 71400)(a-side)(BB Pop 43/1959; CB 36/1959; RW Pop 32/1959)(January 1959)
16 UNDER THE SUN VALLEY MOON (Mercury 71400)(b-side, January 1959)(CB Pop 95/1959; RW Pop 70/1959)*double sided hit.
17 THE WALLS HAVE EARS (Mercury 71428)(a-side)(BB Pop 77/1959; CB Pop 77/1959; RW Pop 52/1959)(April 1959)
18 WITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN I’M DREAMING (Mercury 71469)(a-side)(BB Pop 59/1959; CB Pop 57/1959; RW Pop 48/1959)(June 1959)*first charted in 1950; featured in film musical "Shoot the Works"; b-side “My Mother’s Eyes” (Mercury 71469)(b-side, June 1959)(RW Pop 101/1959); a charted b-side not included.
19 GOODBYE CHARLIE (Mercury 71510)(a-side)(BB Pop 90/1959; CB Pop 70/1959; RW Pop 89/1959)(October 1959)
20 THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Mercury 71555)(a-side)(BB Pop 90/1960; CB Pop 74/1960; RW Pop 81/1960)(January 1960)*b-side “Little Donkey” (Mercury 71555)(b-side, January 1960)(CB Pop 105/1959; RW Pop 103/1959); a charted b-side not included.
21 TWO THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE MILES (Mercury 71597)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1960; CB Pop 103/1960; RW Pop 85/1960)(February 1960)
22 ONE OF US (WILL WEEP TONIGHT)(Mercury 71639)(a-side)(BB Pop 31/1960; CB Pop 32/1960; RW Pop 22/1960)(June 1960)
23 I WISH I’D NEVER BEEN BORN (Mercury 71695)(a-side)(BB Pop 52/1960; CB Pop 62/1960; RW Pop 58/1960)(October 1960)
24 DON’T READ THE LETTER (Mercury 71745)(a-side)(BB Pop 65/1961; CB Pop 70/1961; RW Pop 81/1961)(January 1961)
25 A CITY GIRL STOLE MY COUNTRY BOY (Mercury 71792)(a-side)(BB Pop 90/1961; CB Pop 102/1961)(March 1961)
26 MOM AND DAD’S WALTZ (Mercury 71823)(b-side, July 1961)(BB Pop 58/1961; BB C&W 21/1961)*double sided hit.
27 YOU’LL ANSWER TO ME (Mercury 71823)(a-side)(BB Pop 46/1961; CB Pop 70/1961; RW Pop 51/1961)(July 1961)
28 A BROKEN HEART (AND A PILLOW FILLED WITH TEARS)(Mercury 71870)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1961; CB Pop 102/1961; RW Pop 80/1961)(October 1961)
29 GO ON HOME (Mercury 71906)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1961; BB C&W 13/1961; CB Pop 35/1961; RW Pop 19/1961)(December 1961)
30 MOST PEOPLE GET MARRIED (Mercury 71950)(a-side)(BB Pop 27/1962; CB Pop 22/1962; RW Pop 20/1962)(April 1962)
31 THE BOYS’ NIGHT OUT (Mercury 72013)(a-side)(BB Pop 49/1962; CB Pop 60/1962; RW Pop 46/1962)(August 1962)*title song from movie starring James Garner; b-side “Three Fools” (Mercury 72013)(b-side, August 1962)(CB Pop 110/1962; RW Pop 57/1962); another charted b-side not included.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of all the charted hits of Patti Page from 1948 to 1962. As noted above, the definition of “Complete US Hits” in the title was referring to those songs that charted in the US charts. All the best known hits are included.
2 Early CDs on Patti Page, including those released by the original label Mercury, were plagued with hiss and clicks. With improved remastering technology and associated care and dedication, all the hiss and clicks are gone. As the matter of fact, Acrobat Music is renowned for their superior remastering sound. No exception here.
3 The songs are arranged chronologically. I can tell the editor has done his homework in compiling a Complete Singles Discography.
4 There is a wonderful 24-page booklet, with an informative and thorough essay by Paul Watts. Labels, numbers, chart positions and names of orchestras are all included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The word “Complete” in the title is slightly misleading. In the past, Acrobat Music has series on various artists, like Brenda Lee, Bobby Darin, etc with the title called Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs, trust me, all the As and Bs are included as a truly “Complete” set. Here, as noted above, there are 7 charted b-sides not included. I checked the times for the CDs: disc 1: 73 minutes, disc 2: 73 minutes, and disc 3: 75 minutes. That means we have at least 19 minutes to fill up with some of the missing songs.
2 In the title “I Can’t Tell A Waltz From A Tango”, the word “waltz” was spelled as “Watlz” both in the song listing at the back cover and also inside the booklet. Sloppy Editing.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Patti Page has a long and illustrious charting career. Although she has 91 charted entries in the US chart, I have just painstakingly compiled A Complete Singles Discography, and found that she actually has 141 songs (from 1946 – 1983, charted and uncharted, but only 279 songs not 283 songs, because 2 were repeated releases, 1 b-side belonged to another artist (Dinah Washington), and 1 with 2 separate b-sides). The labels are POP ERA: (1) Okla/Skyline (1946), (2) Mercury (1947 – 1963), (3) Columbia (1963 – 1970), COUNRTRY ERA: (4) Mercury (1971 – 1972), (5) Epic (1973 – 1974), (6) Avco (1974 – 1975), (7) Plantation (1981 – 1983). If you are thinking of collecting all her singles, I would recommend (1) The Singles 1946 – 1952 (JSP Records, 3CDs, 2009, with every a and b-sides), (2) the current set, (3) “The Complete Columbia Singles, 1962 – 1970” (Real Gone Music, 2CDs, 2013; a Must-Own). There are a few sets on Jasmine Records and Sepia Records that can fill in the blanks. Her Country songs are more difficult to get. Fortunately, most of them are available online. I just purchased a cute little CD called “Touch of Country” representing her Avco output (my review elsewhere).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler on December 8, 1927 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was on radio KTUL with Al Klauser & His Oklahomans, as Ann Fowler in late 1940s. Another singer was billed as “Patti Page” for the Page Milk Company show on KTUL. When she left, Fowler took her place and name. She signed with Mercury Records in 1947. Her main pop career was with Mercury label, from 1947 to 1963. She used multi-voice effect on her recordings. She had 4 Number 1 songs during this time: All My Love (1950), Tennessee Waltz (1950), I Went To Your Wedding (1952) and The Doggie In The Window (1953). She switched label to Columbia, that lasted from 1963 to 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100. When her entries to pop chart stopped, she started a new career in the Billboard Country Chart from 1970 to 1982. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She is also known to all of her fans as “The Singing Rage: Miss Patti Page.” She sadly passed away on January 1, 2013.

Miss Patti Page is one of my favourite female singers, especially her output on Mercury labels. There were the hits that we danced to as teenagers in party, like “Tennessee Waltz” and “Changing Partner” (both slow waltzes). Of course, there are many rare gems, like “I love To Dance With You” and “No One To Cry To”, both extremely popular in Hong Kong, not quite in North America. My only video on Patti Page is a DVD called The Patti Page Video Songbook, containing original black and white video of her biggest hits (18 songs)…a real treasure! This set with all her big singles with great sound is very highly recommended.

Their Greatest Hits & More 27 Cuts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Sisters Their Greatest Hits & More (1CD): 27 songs; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound; collector's item!, Jan. 31 2016
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'Their Greatest Hits & More' by the Paris Sisters, released by Marginal Records from Belgium in 1997, contains 27 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 MY GOOD FRIEND (Reprise 0511)(uncharted a-side, August 1966)*also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
02 LONG AFTER TONIGHT IS ALL OVER (Reprise 0548)(b-side, January 1967)*also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
03 TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (Reprise 0440)(b-side, February 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
04 YOU (Reprise 0472)(b-side, May 1966)*also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
05 I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME (Gregmark 6)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1961; CB Pop 7/1961; RW Pop 11/1961)(August 1961)*their biggest hit
06 ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (Gregmark 6)(b-side, August 1961)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 HE KNOWS I LOVE HIM TOO MUCH (Gregmark 10)(a-side)(BB Pop 34/1962; BB AC 7/1962; CB Pop 41/1962; RW Pop 53/1962)(January 1962)
08 BE MY BOY (Gregmark 2)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1961; CB Pop 68/1961; RW Pop 67/1961)(March 1961)*their first charted single; also from album 'Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters' (Sidewalk DT-5906)(1967); b-side 'I'll Be Crying Tomorrow' not included here and not available online.
09 A LONELY GIRL'S PRAYER (Gregmark 10)(b-side, January 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 LET ME BE THE ONE (Gregmark 12)(a-side)(BB Pop 87/1962; CB Pop 90/1962)(April 1962)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 WHAT AM I TO DO? (Gregmark 12)(b-side, April 1962)
12 DREAM LOVER (MGM K-13236)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1964; CB Pop 94/1964; RW Pop 99/1964)(May 1964)
13 SINCERELY (Reprise 0440)(uncharted a-side, February 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
14 SEE THAT BOY*from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
15 SOME OF YOUR LOVIN' (Reprise 0548)(uncharted a-side, January 1967)*rare gem; CD debut; also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
16 I'M ME (Reprise 0472)(uncharted a-side, May 1966)*also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
17 IT'S MY PARTY (Reprise 0511)(b-side, August 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; also from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
18 BORN TO BE WITH YOU*rare gem; CD debut; from album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' (Reprise RS-6259)(1967)
19 DAUGHTER DAUGHTER (Decca 9-29970)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*rare gem; CD debut; b-side 'So Much, So Very Much' not included here and not available online.
20 I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME*re-recorded stereo version; faster tempo & shorter time; from album 'Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters' (Sidewalk DT-5906)(1967)
21 HE NOTICED ME ' Priscilla Paris (York 405)(uncharted a-side, June 1967)*rare gem; also from album 'Priscilla Sings Herself' (York 4005)(1967).
22 HELP ME ' Priscilla Paris (York 405)(b-side, June 1967)*rare gem; also from album 'Priscilla Sings Herself' (York 4005)(1967)
23 ALWAYS WAITING (Mercury 72468)(b-side, August 1965)*also from album 'Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters)(Sidewalk DT-5906)(1967)
24 WHY DO I TAKE IT FROM YOU? (Mercury 72468)(uncharted a-side, August 1965)
25 LONELY GIRL (MGM K-13236)(b-side, May 1964)*a-side 'Dreamer Lover', track #12 above.
26 HUCKLEBERRY PIE (Decca 9-29488)(uncharted a-side, April 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.
27 BABY, HONEY BABY (Decca 9-29488)(b-side, April 1955)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I bought the above set in 1997, and it has been my reference since. As noted above, there are many rare gems that are still making their CD debut even in 2016! Even though Ace Records is releasing a new 'Paris Sisters Anthology' on February 5, 2016, there are 10 songs in this set that are not covered by the new Ace CD.
2 The entire album 'The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!' is included.
3 It has a wide coverage, from 1955 to 1967. It covers various labels, from Decca, Gregmark, MGM, Mercury to Reprise. Three songs from the much neglected Decca era are included here, all making their CD debut.
4 The sound is very well remastered, using Cedar Remastering System.
5 27 songs; good value.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet.
2 Label and number and chart position are not included.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Paris Sisters have 5 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling A Complete Singles Discography and found that they actually have 27 singles (charted & uncharted, from 1953 to 1968, with 53 songs not 54 songs because one song was a repeated release). Their labels are (1) Cavalier (1953 ' 1954, still not available on CDs), (2) Decca (1954 ' 1958, most songs still not available on CDs), (3) Imperial (1957, still not available anywhere), (4) Gregmark (1961 ' 1962), (5) MGM (1964), (6) Mercury (1964 ' 1965), (7) Reprise (1966 ' 1967), (8) Capitol (1968), and (9) GNP Cresecendo (1968). They also have 3 albums: (1) The Paris Sisters Sing From The Glass House (1966), (2) Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters (Sidewalk DT-5906)(1967), and (3) The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!! (Reprise RS-6259)(1967). The last two albums are available on CDs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Paris Sisters consist of three sisters from San Francisco: Albeth, Sherrell and Priscilla Paris. They started on Cavalier label in 1953, and later signed to Decca after singing on the same bill as the Andrews Sisters. Their big break came under Phil Spector. “I Love How You Love Me," cracked the U.S. Top Five, galvanized by Priscilla's intimate lead turn and Spector's atypically restrained production. Their relation with Phil ended in disaster with their originally planned LP discarded. They changed to various labels with some singles and albums. Priscilla also went solo with 3 albums released. Two of them were released by Ace Records. Sherrell Paris became assistant to Bob Barker in “The Price is Right” and sadly, Priscilla died on March 5, 2004 from a fall in Paris, France (no pun intended). Her intimate singing will be sorely missed.

This current set, even with the impending release of 'Anthology' by Ace Records in February 2016, remains my reference with many rare gems, and is highly recommended to all Paris Sisters fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maxine Brown Something You Go (Charly, 1CD): 28 songs; many rare gems making CD debut; good sound., Jan. 22 2016
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'Something You Got' by Maxine Brown, released from Charly Records from UK in 2003, contains 28 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 OH NO NOT MY BABY (Wand 162)(a-side)(BB Pop 24/1964; BB R&B 2(2)/1964; CB Pop 22/1964; RW Pop 27/1964)(October 1964)*Dee Dee Warwick (harmony vocal)
02 SOMETHING YOU GOT (with Chuck Jackson)(Wand 181)(a-side)(BB Pop 55/1965; BB R&B 10/1965; CB Pop 45/1965; RW Pop 49/1965)(April 1965)
03 ALL IN MY MIND (Nomar N45-103)(a-side)(BB Pop 19/1960; BB R&B 2(2)/1961; CB Pop 15/1960; CB R&B 2/1961; RW Pop 16/1960)(December 1960)
04 FUNNY (Nomar N45-106)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1961; BB R&B 3(1)/1961; CB Pop 15/1961; CB R&B 3/1961; RW Pop 26/1961)(March 1961)
05 IT'S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT (Wand 173)(a-side)(BB Pop 56/1965; BB R&B 26/1965; CB Pop 73/1965; RW Pop 79/1965)(February 1965)
06 COMING BACK TO YOU (Wand 142)(a-side)(BB Pop 99/1964; BB R&B 34/1963; CB Pop 108/1963)(January 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 ONE IN A MILLION (Wand 1117)(uncharted a-side, April 1966)
08 ASK ME (Wand 135)(a-side)(BB Pop 75/1963; CB Pop 92/1963)(April 1963)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 YESTERDAY'S KISSES (Wand 135)(b-side, April 1963)
10 THE SECRET OF LIVIN' (Wand 1145)(b-side, December 1966)
11 I CRY ALONE (Wand 158)(uncharted a-side, August 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 SOUL SERENADE*from album 'Maxine Brown's Greatest Hits' (Wand 684)(1967)
13 ANYTHING FOR A LAUGH (Wand 185)(b-side, July 1965)
14 IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY (Wand 1104)(a-side)(BB Pop 63/1965; CB Pop 63/1965; RW Pop 71/1965)(December 1965)
15 THINK OF ME (ABC-Paramount 45-10235)(a-side)(CB Pop 82/1961)(July 1961)
16 BABY CAKES*from album 'Like Never Before' (Kent LP 047)(UK release)(1985)
17 LOVE THAT MAN*from album 'Like Never Before' (Kent LP 047)(UK release)(1985)
18 I DON'T NEED YOU NO MORE (ABC-Paramount 45-10235)(b-side, July 1961)(CB Pop 126/1961; RW Pop 105/1961)
19 OH LORD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME*from album 'Like Never Before' (Kent LP 047)(UK release)(1985)
20 YOU UPSET MY SOUL (Wand 152)(b-side, April 1964)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 ANYTHING YOU DO IS ALRIGHT (Wand 1117)(b-side, April 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 SINCE I FOUND YOU (Wand 142)(b-side, January 1964)
23 GOTTA FIND A WAY (Pye International 7N 25434)(UK b-side, September 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 LISTEN TO MY HEART*from album 'Maxine Brown's Greatest Hits' (Wand 684)(1967)
25 I WONDER WHAT MY BABY'S DOING TONIGHT*from album 'Spotlight on Maxine Brown' (Wand WDM-663)(1965)
26 I DON'T NEED ANYTHING (Wand 1145)(a-side)(BB Pop 129/1966)(December 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
27 PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE (Wand 158)(b-side, August 1964)
28 DON'T GO (with Chuck Jackson)(Wand 191)(b-side, August 1965)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of Maxine Brown with many rare gems that are making their CD debut even now in 2016. It covers a wide period from 1960 ' 1967, crossing over different labels, such as Nomar, ABC-Paramount, Wand and Pye International.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Clive Anderson. Year of release was included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
2 Labels & numbers, plus chart positions are not provided.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Maxine Brown has 19 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling A Complete Singles Discography, and found that she actually has 37 singles (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, from 1960 ' 1985, but only 72 songs, not 74 songs because 2 were repeated releases). Her labels are (1) Nomar (1960 ' 1961), (2) ABC-Paramount (1961 ' 1963), (3) Wand (1963 ' 1967), (4) Pye-International (1967), (5) Epic (1968), (6) Commonwealth United (1969 ' 1970), (7) Avco (1971 ' 1972) and (8) Kent/Town (1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Maxine Brown was born Maxine Ella Brown on August 18, 1935. If you are interested in collecting the complete Maxine Brown, I would recommend (1) current set, (2) 'The Best of the Wand Years' (Ace Records, 2009, 28 tracks), and (4) 'Say Something/Hold On We're Coming' (Maxine Brown & Chuck Jackson)(Ace, 2005, 28 tracks). I feel that collecting Maxine Brown without the duet between Maxine and Chuck Jackson is simply grossly incomplete. Of course, the current set, with many rare gems and great sound, is highly recommended. Beware, there is another CD 'Hits Anthology' with exact the same front cover, but completely different song listing.

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