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30th Anniversary Collection
30th Anniversary Collection
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 43.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollies 30th Anniversary Collection 63-93 (3CDs): 57 songs all in stereo; wide coverage until 1993; great fantastic stereo sound, July 4 2015
POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This 3 CD set provides the most comprehensive coverage of the Hollies from 1963 to 1993, concentrating mostly from 1963 – 1970, with a few singles in the 70s, finishing with the single in 1993. Many singles are included and they are arranged chronologically. There are also many previously unreleased songs, all in stereo.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered with top-rated sound. The digital transfer was by Ron Furmanek direct from original British master tapes at Abbey Road Studios in 1991, remixed at Abbey Road by Ron Furmanek and Mike Jarrett into stereo and later remastered by Kevin Reeves at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California in 1993.
3 In the booklet, it was clearly stated that all tracks were in stereo, with 22 songs appearing in stereo for the first time. Even with the latest release “Clark, Hick & Nash Years Complete Hollies 1963 – 1968” different digital remasters were used, and not all songs were in stereo. But this later set has a more complete coverage from 1963 to 1968.
4 There is a wonderful 28-page booklet with an informative essay by Dawn Eden. All the label & number and chart positions were included. There is a very thorough Singles, EPs and Albums Discography. Great job, Steve Kolanjian.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Hollies was a supergroup formed in 1963, originally consisting of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Eric Haydock and Don Rathbone, who was replaced by Bobby Elliott in 1966. From 1966-1968, Eric Haydock was replaced by Bernie Calvert. This current set includes all the singles and album tracks during the Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years. Graham Nash left the group in October 1968. Beside the current set, I would also highly recommend “Clark, Hicks & Nash Years: the Complete Hollies 63-68” (6CDs), and the upcoming release “Changin’ Times (The Complete Hollies 1969 – 1973)(5 CDs).

Although the above set was released in 1993, the songs remained my reference standards. The unique feature was the presence of stereo remixes, which remained faithful to their original mono mixes. The only difference is that if the mono mix was a beautiful one-dimensional painting in its day, these remixes take the exact same work and unfold into a glorious three dimensional piece. You have to hear it to believe. The final result is truly wonderful sound!

SONG LISTING:

I purposely put the song listing at the end (with label & number, chart position, date of release, album source, plus personal comments), because it is very long. If you are interested to know the details of the content, finding out which songs are stereo for the first time, please read on (UK=British Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 (Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Parlophone R-5030)(a-side)(UK 25/1963)(May 1963)*stereo.
02 Hey What’s Wrong With Me (Parlophone R-5030)(UK b-side, May 1963)*stereo for the first time.
03 Searchin’ (Parlophone R-5052)(a-side) (UK 12/1963)(August 1963)*stereo for the first time.
04 Whole World Over (Parlophone R-5052)(UK b-side, August 1963)*stereo for the first time.
05 Stay (Parlophone R-5077)(Liberty 55674)(a-side)(UK 8/1963)(November 1963)*stereo.
06 Now’s The Time (Parlophone R-5077)(Liberty 55674)(UK b-side, November 1963)*stereo for the first time.
07 I Understand*previously unreleased; stereo.
08 Just One Look (Parlophone R-5104)(Imperial 66026)(a-side)(UK 2/1964; BB Pop 98/1964; CB Pop 84/1964; RW Pop 83/1964)(February 1964)*stereo
09 Keep Off that Friend Of Mine (Parlophone R-5104)(Imperial 66026)(UK b-side, February 1964)*stereo for the first time.
10 Here I Go Again (Parlophone R-5137)(Imperial 66044)(a-side)(UK 4/1964; BB Pop 107/1964; CB Pop 118/1964)(May 1964)*stereo
11 Baby That’s All (Parlophone R-5137)(UK b-side, May 1964)*stereo for the first time.
12 We’re Through (Parlophone R-5178)(Imperial 66070)(a-side)(UK 7/1964)(September 1964)*stereo.
13 Come On Back (Parlophone R-5178)(Imperial 66070)(UK b-side, September 1964)*stereo for the first time.
14 (I’ll Be True To You ) Yes I Will (Parlophone R-5232)(Imperial 66099)(a-side)(UK 9/1965)(January 1965)*stereo for the first time.
15 Nobody (Parlophone R-5232)(Imperial 66099)(UK b-side, January 1965)*stereo for the first time.
16 I Can’t Get Nowhere With You*previously unreleased; stereo.
17 I’m Alive (Parlophone R-5287)(Imperial 66119)(a-side)(UK 1(3)/1965; BB Pop 103/1965; CB Pop 84/1965; RW Pop 94/1965)(May 1965)*stereo.
18 You Know He Did (Parlophone R-5287)(Imperial 66119)(UK b-side, May 1965)*stereo.
19 She Gives Me Everything I Want*previously unreleased; stereo.

DISC 2:
01 Look Through Any Window (Parlophone R-5322)(Imperial 66134)(a-side)(UK 4/1965; BB Pop 32/1965; CB Pop 34/1965; RW Pop 41/1965)(August 1965)*stereo.
02 So Lonely (Parlophone R-5322)(Imperial 66134)(UK b-side, August 1965)*stereo.
03 If I Needed Someone (Parlophone R-5392)(UK a-side)(UK 20/1965)(December 1965)*stereo for the first time.
04 I’ve Got A Way Of My Own (Parlophone R-5392) (UK b-side, December 1965)*stereo.
05 You In My Arms*previously unreleased; stereo.
06 I Can’t Let Go (Parlophone R-5409)(Imperial 66158)(a-side)(UK 2/1966; BB Pop 42/1966; CB Pop 59/1966; RW Pop 48/1966)(February 1966)*stereo.
07 Bus Stop (Parlophone R-5469)(Imperial 66186)(a-side)(UK 5/1966; BB Pop 5/1966; CB Pop 5/1966; RW Pop 3(1)/1966)(June 1966)*stereo.
08 Don’t Run And Hide (Parlophone R-5469)(Imperial 66186)(UK b-side, June 1966)*stereo
09 After The Fox (with Peter Sellers)(United Artists UP 1152)(United Artists UA 50079)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1966)*stereo for the first time.
10 Stop Stop Stop (Parlophone R-5508)(Imperial 66214)(a-side)(UK 2/1966; BB Pop 7/1966; CB Pop 8/1966; RW Pop 5/1966)(October 1966)*stereo.
11 Pay You Back With Interest (Imperial 66240)(US a-side)(BB Pop 28/1967; CB Pop 29/1967; RW Pop 30/1967)(May 1967)*stereo.
12 Kill Me Quick (Parlophone 16410)(uncharted UK a-side, 1967)*stereo for the first time.
13 On A Carousel (Parlophone R-5562)(Imperial 66231)(a-side)(UK 4/1967; BB Pop 11/1967; CB Pop 7/1967; RW Pop 10/1967)(February 1967)*stereo.
14 We’re Alive (Parlophone 16410)(UK b-side, 1967)*stereo for the first time.
15 Carrie Anne (Parlophone R-5602)(Epic 5-10180)(a-side)(UK 3/1967; BB Pop 9/1967; CB Pop 10/1967; RW Pop 10/1967)(May 1967)*stereo.
16 Signs That Will Never Change (Parlophone R-5602)(Epic 5-10180)(UK b-side, May 1967)*stereo for the first time.
17 King Midas In Reverse (Parlophone R-5637)(Epic 5-10234)(a-side)(UK 18/1967; BB Pop 51/1967; CB Pop 54/1967; RW Pop 46/1967)(September 1967)*stereo.
18 Everything Is Sunshine (Parlophone R-5637)(UK b-side, September 1967)*stereo.

DISC 3:
01 Dear Eloise (Epic 5-10251)(US a-side)(BB Pop 50/1967; CB Pop 53/1967; RW Pop 40/1967)(November 1967)*stereo.
02 Jennifer Eccles (Parlophone R-5680)(Epic 5-10298)(a-side)(UK 7/1968; BB Pop 40/1968; CB Pop 54/1968; RW Pop 37/1968)(March 1968)*stereo.
03 Open Up Your Eyes (Parlophone R-5680)(UK b-side, March 1968)*stereo for the first time.
04 Wings*from album “No One’s Gonna Change Our World” (1969)
05 Like Everytime Before (Hansa 14093)(uncharted German a-side, 1968)(July 1968)*stereo
06 Do The Best You Can (Epic 5-10361)(US a-side)(BB Pop 93/1968; CB Pop 133/1968)(July 1968)*stereo.
07 Man With No Expression (Horses Through A Rainstorm)*previously unreleased.
08 Listen To Me (Parlophone R-5733)(Epic 5-10400)(a-side)(UK 11/1968; BB Pop 129/1968)(September 1968)*stereo.
09 Sorry Suzanne (Parlophone R-5765)(Epic 5-10454)(a-side)(UK 3/1969; BB Pop 56/1969; CB Pop 58/1969; RW Pop 53/1969)(February 1969)*stereo.
10 Not That Way At All (Parlophone R-5765)(Epic 5-10454)(UK b-side, February 1969)*stereo for the first time.
11 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (Parlophone R-5806)(Epic 5-10532)(a-side)(UK 3/1969; BB Pop 7/1969; CB Pop 8/1969; RW Pop 8/1969)(September 1969)*stereo.
12 Cos You Like To Love Me (Parlophone R-5806)(Epic 5-10532)(UK b-side, September 1969)*stereo for the first time.
13 I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top (Parlophone R-5837)(Epic 5-10613)(a-side)(UK 7/1970; BB Pop 82/1970; CB Pop 64/1970; RW Pop 75/1970)(April 1970)*stereo.
14 Gasoline Alley Bred (Parlophone R-5862)(Epic 5-10677)(a-side)(UK 14/1970; CB Pop 113/1970; RW Pop 141/1970)(September 1970)*stereo.
15 Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress (Parlophone R-5939)(Epic 5-10871)(a-side)(UK 32/1972; BB Pop 2(2)/1972; CB Pop 1(1)/1972; RW Pop 1(1)/1972)(July 1972)*stereo.
16 Long Dark Road (Epic 5-10920)(US a-side)(BB Pop 26/1972; BB AC 31/1972; CB Pop 24/1972; RW Pop 24/1972)(October 1972)*stereo.
17 The Air That I Breathe (Polydor 2058 435)(Epic 5-11100)(a-side)(UK 2/1974; BB Pop 6/1974; BB AC 3(1)/1974; CB Pop 7/1974; RW Pop 5/1974)(January 1974)*stereo.
18 The Woman I Love (EMI EM 264)(UK a-side)(UK 42/1993)(March 1993)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.
19 Nothing Else But Love*previously unreleased; stereo.
20 Purple Rain (Live Version) (EMI EM 264)(UK b-side, March 1993)*stereo; rare gem; CD debut.

I hope the above information is helpful to you.

John B. Sebastian & Four of Us & Tarzana Kid & Wel
John B. Sebastian & Four of Us & Tarzana Kid & Wel
Price: CDN$ 32.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Sebastian: 2 CDs with 4 complete albums + bonus tracks; great sound; 1 DVD (concert in 1970 at BBC TV)., July 4 2015
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CONTENT:

This current set, released by Edsel Records from UK in 2014, contain 2 CDs with 4 complete albums, plus one DVD. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, date of release, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

CD DISC 1:
LP JOHN B. SEBASTIAN (MGM 4654)(BB200 20/1970):
01 Red-Eye Express (Reprise 0918)(b-side, May 1970)
02 She’s A Lady (Kama Sutra KA-254)(a-side)(BB Pop 84/1969; CB Pop 62/1968; CB Pop 54/1968)(November 1968)
03 What she Thinks About (Reprise 0918)(uncharted a-side, May 1970)
04 Magical Connection (Reprise RS 20902)(a-side)(CB Pop 109/1970)(June 1970)
05 You’re A Big Boy Now
06 Rainbows All Over Your Blues
07 How Have You Been
08 Baby, Don’t Ya Get Crazy
09 The Room Nobody Lives In (Kama Sutra KA-254)(b-side, November 1968)
10 Fan-Fana-Fa (Reprise RS 20902)(UK b-side, June 1970)
11 I Had A Dream
LP THE FOUR OF US (Reprise 2041)(BB200 93/1971):
12 Well Well Well (Reprise 1050)(uncharted a-side, November 1971)
13 Black Snake Blues
14 I Don’t Want Nobody Else (Reprise 1026)(uncharted a-side, July 1971)
15 Apple Hill
16 Black Satin Kid
17 We’ll See (Reprise 1050)(b-side, November 1971)
18 Sweet Muse (Reprise 1026)(b-side, July 1971)
19 The Four of Us
BONUS TRACKS:
20 Give Us A Break
21 Music for People Who Don’t Speak English

CD DISC 2:
LP TARZANA KID (Reprise 2187)(1974):
01 Sitting in Limbo
02 Friends Again
03 Dixie Chicken
04 Stories We Could Tell
05 Face of Appalachia
06 Wild Wood Flower
07 Wild About My Lovin’
08 Singing The Blues
09 Sportin’ Life
10 Harpoon
LP WELCOME BACK (Reprise 2249)(BB200 79/1976):
11 Hideaway (Reprise RPS 1355)(a-side)(BB Pop 95/1976)(July 1976)
12 She’s Funny
13 You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Home
14 Didn’t Wanna Have To Do It
15 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (Reprise RPS 1355)(b-side, July 1976)
16 Welcome Back (Reprise RPS 1349)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1976; BB AC 1(2)/1976; CB Pop 1(2)/1976; RW Pop 1(2)/1976)(March 1976)
17 I Needed Her Most When I Told Her To Go
18 A Song A Day In Nashville
19 Warm Baby (Reprise RPS 1349)(b-side, March 1976)
20 Let This Be Our Time To Get Along

DVD DISC 3: IN CONCERT: JOHN SEBASTIAN SINGS JOHN SEBASTIAN (Broadcast on October 16, 1970 on BBC TV):
01 Lovin’ You
02 You’re A Big Boy Now
03 She’s A Lady
04 Rain on the Roof
05 Daydream
06 Jug band Music
07 Goin’ to German
08 Nashville Cats
09 Improvisation on Harmonica
10 Darling Be Home Soon

After John Sebastian went solo in 1968, leaving the Lovin’ Spoonful, he was involved in lawsuit with the old label, and the release of his first album “John B. Sebastian” was delayed for 2 years. In the meantime, he appeared at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. In the end, Mo Ostin at Warner Brothers stepped up to buy up the deal, and this album was finally released in 1970, but the smoke from Woodstock had long cleared. Although the album did hit #20 on Billboard Album Chart, Sebastian shook his head and wondered what might have been if legal hassles hadn’t slowed his momentum. There are quite a few singles from that album.

“The Four of Us” was a concept album about his wife Catherine and Sebastian, their discovery of each other and getting married. In the end, Sebastian felt that Warner Brothers had buried the album because they were not sure how to market an album with a 15-minute song taking up all of the side two.

In “Tarzana Kid” Sebastian had patched up a rift with Lovin’ Spoonful producer Erik Jacobsen, even getting Phil Everly to sing backing vocals. Emmylou Harris also sang backing vocals on “Dixie Chicken.” Unfortunately, despite talented efforts of all involved, the album failed to chart. Sebastian found himself, as he sings in the opening cut by Jimmy Cliff, “Sitting in Limbo” with his label and his career in general.

The breakthrough came when Alan Sachs asked Sebastian to sing the title song to his upcoming ABC-TV comedy series “Kotter”. Sebastian returned with the song “Welcome Back”, a song coming from the Sweathogs, not Kotter’s or some overlord narrator’s point of view. The song was so popular that the series was quickly renamed “Welcome Back Kotter.” This song would have been the most successful American single of 1976, notes Sebastian, “but just to keep me humble, the song of the year was “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees.”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time four of the albums of John Sebastian appear in one set at reasonable price. To buy them separately will cost you more.
2 If you want the complete singles of John Sebastian, all his singles (a and b-sides) are found in this current set. This is pure John Sebastian at his best.
3 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. Sebastian’s voice was prominently displayed. The various backing instruments are clearly defined.
4 There is also a wonderful 36-page booklet, with an informative and intimate essay by Paul Meyers. All the 4 album front covers are fully displayed, each occupying the entire page. The lyrics and personnel for each song were included.
5 The DVD was a never-before-released concert from a BBC-4 “Singer-Songwriters at the BBC” series, broadcast on October 16, 1970 on BBC TV. There are 10 songs, mostly from Lovin’ Spoonful days. Precious!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 No chart position and label & number are included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and found that he, as a solo artist, has 7 singles (14 songs) from 1968 to 1976. His labels are (1) Kama Sutra, and (2) Reprise.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

John Sebastian was born on March 17, 1944 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York. He was a successful singer and songwriter, both as leader of the Lovin’ Spoonful and his solo career. This entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound, plus the rare and precious DVD. If you like the Lovin’ Spoonful or John Sebastian, this set is a Must-Own.

Bert Kaempfert in London
Bert Kaempfert in London
Offered by M plus L
Price: CDN$ 29.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert In London (2CDs): finally, complete concert from 1974 making CD debut; good sound., July 3 2015
HISTORY:

This current concert was recorded on April 22 1974 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Shortly afterwards, Polydor released in Europe as Bert Kaempfert 'Live in London' with 12 songs from the concert. Due to other productions with Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra in the years that followed, the second album 'Live in London Vol. 2' that was planned at the time was subsequently forgotten. The complete recording of the concert lay unedited in the archive of tapes. Fortunately, the old 16-track tapes were in excellent condition. Doris Kaempfert asked the original sound engineer Peter Klemt, who was also present in the concert, to remaster the tapes. Polydor released this complete concert on 2 CDs on the 80th birthday of Bert Kaempfert.

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Polydor in 2003, contain 26 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with the single label & number, chart position, year of release, source of album)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Medley*previously unreleased:
(1) Market Day (Mexican Market Day)*from album 'A Swingin' Safari' (Polydor 237.584)(1962)
(2) Gentleman Jim (Decca 31463)(a-side)(CB Pop 139/1963; RW Pop 102/1963)(February 1963)
(3) Mexican Road (Polydor 24 936)(b-side, 1962)
(4) Happy Trumpeter (Decca 31439)(a-side)(CB Pop 128/1962; RW Pop 104/1962)(October 1962)
02 Bye Bye Blues (Polydor 59 038)(a-side)(BB Pop 54/1966; BB AC 5/1966; CB Pop 41/1966; RW Pop 41/1966; UK 24/1965)(1965)
03 Never My Love*from album '6 Plus 6' (Decca Dl 75322)(1972); previously unreleased
04 A Song For Satch*from album '6 Plus 6' (Decca DL 75322)(1972); previously unreleased
05 Wonderland By Night (Polydor 24 086)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1960; BB R&B 5/1960; CB Pop 1(1)/1960; RW Pop 1(3)/1960)(1959)*previously unreleased
06 That Happy Feeling (Decca 31388)(a-side)(BB Pop 67/1962; CB Pop 76/1962; RW Pop 69/1962)(May 1962)*previously unreleased
07 Strangers In The Night (Polydor 59 043)(a-side)(BB Pop 124/1966; BB AC 8/1966)(April 1966)
08 All I Ever Need Is You*from album '6 Plus 6' (Decca DL 75322)(1972)
09 Blue Midnight (Polydor 52 921)(uncharted a-side, May 1964)*previously unreleased
10 Three O'Clock In The Morning (Polydor 59 028)(a-side)(BB Pop 33/1965; BB AC 10/1965; CB Pop 29/1965; RW Pop 28/1965)(May 1964)
11 Tahitian Sunset*from album 'Bye Bye Blues' (Decca DL 74693)(1965)
12 Afrikaan Beat (Polydor 24 710)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1962; BB AC 10/1962; CB Pop 37/1962; RW Pop 27/1962)(January 1962)
13 Sweet Caroline (Decca 32772)(a-side)(BB AC 24/1970)(October 1970 *previously unreleased

DISC 2:
01 Take The 'A' Train*from album 'Swing' (Polydor 2310 592)(1978)
02 I Cover The Waterfront*from album 'The Most Beautiful Girl' (MCA 402)(1974)
03 Let Me Be There*from album 'The Most Beautiful Girl' (MCA 402)(1974); previously unreleased
04 Melancholy Serenade*from album 'To The Good Life' (Polydor 2310 309)(1973); previously unreleased
05 Tuxedo Junction*from album 'Swing' (Polydor 2310 592)(1978); previously unreleased
06 L.O.V.E. (Polydor 52 921)(b-side, May 1964)
07 A Swingin' Safari (Polydor NH 66983)(uncharted UK a-side, 1962)
08 Red Roses For A Blue Lady (Polydor 59 009)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1965; BB AC 2(2)/1965; CB Pop 9/1965; RW Pop 8/1965)(May 1964)*previously unreleased
09 Over The Rainbow*from album 'Free and Easy' (Decca DL 75234)(1970)
10 Skyliner*from album 'Swing' (Polydor 2310 592)(1978)
11 Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)(Polydor 59 033)(a-side)(BB Pop 59/1965; BB AC 6/1965; CB Pop 51/1965; RW Pop 93/1965)(1965)
12 Danke Schoen (Decca 31498)(a-side)(RW Pop 141/1963)*previously unreleased
13 The Good Life (Marina)*from album 'To The Good Life' (Polydor 2310 309)(1973); previously unreleased.

POSITIVE POINTS:
1 This is the first time the entire concert is available on CD. Beware that another similar named CD "Live in London" was only Volume 1 of the concert, derived from the original album. This CD is called “Bert Kaempfert In London”, just to be different.
2 The sound is very well remastered. The solo trumpet and flugelhorn of Ack van Rooyen was in full display.
3 There is a 22-page booklet, with informative essays by Bert Kaempfert, Lucas Lindholm and Peter Klempt himself, with many nice pictures. It is of interest to learn that there were conflicts between the recording company and Anita Kerr, that, despite of mediation by Bert himself, Anita Kerr Singers backed out in the end and did not record for the concert. Remember Anita Kerr with Rod McKuen even wrote a song for Bert called 'Bert's Tune.'

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed 'Stranger In The Night' and 'Spanish Eyes'. He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. He unfortunately died suddenly on a stroke on June 21, 1980 (age 56).

He has a total of 53 domestic album releases. Fortunately almost all his albums are now available on CDs, except 'Fabulous Fifties'New Delight' (I have the album and learned that it has the same song listing as 'Yesterday And Today') and 'Love Walked In' (1975)(a combination of 'Golden Memories' and 'Gallery'). Bert's CDs are available either as (1) twofer by Taragon Records with heavenly sound, (2) cardboard single album release as German import, and (3) as part of 'Good Life Music' series, German import with bonus tracks but with no original front covers. The current set is also available as the cardboard single CD, but without the bonus tracks. With the arrival of this set, I am glad to say that I have every domestic album release by Bert Kaempfert on CDs. This set is indeed a welcome addition to complete my Bert Kaempfert library.

The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years (6 CD)
The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years (6 CD)
Price: CDN$ 37.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollies: Clark Hicks & Nash Years (6CDs): most complete coverage 63-68; all the singles (a&b-sides) & album tracks; great sound!, July 3 2015
POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the definitive edition of the Hollies, with the most complete and comprehensive coverage from 1963 to 1968, containing every single (a and b-sides), plus all the album tracks. I have done a Complete Singles Discography and found that Hollies have an amazing 85 singles from 1963 – 2006). There are many rare gems making their CD debut.
2 There are 6 CDs with 158 songs. Foreign language versions and 8 songs from “Live at Lewisham Odeon” on May 24, 1968 are also included, making their CD debut.
3 The sound is wonderfully produced and remastered: clean with no hiss. Hollies’ harmonies were in full display. All the backing instruments are clearly defined. The songs have become my new reference standards.
4 There is a wonderful 24-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Mick Houghton, with an intimate Q&A with Graham Nash. All the 45 rpm single picture sleeves and EP picture sleeves were included. Discography was included. There are also many pictures of the group, with the front cover taken at Niagara Falls.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Hollies was a supergroup formed in 1963, originally consisting of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Eric Haydock and Don Rathbone, who was replaced by Bobby Elliott in 1966. From 1966-1968, Eric Haydock was replaced by Bernie Calvert. This current set includes all the singles and album tracks during the Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years. Graham Nash left the group in October 1968. Beside the current set, I would also highly recommend the upcoming release “Changin’ Times (The Complete Hollies 1969 – 1973)(5 CDs). This latter set will cover the Hollies from 1969 to 1973. If you want part of the 70s hits, I would recommend “Best Of the 70’s” (Disky, 2000). From 1973 to 2006, there is still no complete coverage CDs available. But if you want the definitve edition of the Hollies (1963-1968), this set is very highly recommended. You don’t need to buy anything else. Lastly, for all you Hollies fans, I would also highly recommend “Look Through Any Window” DVD, with 22 complete performances with original footage. Precious!

SONG LISTING:

I purposely put the song listing at the end (with label & number, chart position, date of release, album source), because it is very long. If you are interested to know the details of the content, please read on (UK=British Singles Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Whole World Over (Parlophone R-5052)(UK b-side, August 1963)
02 (Ain’t That) Just Like Me (Parlophone R-5030)(a-side)(UK 25/1963)(May 1963)*first single
03 Hey What’s Wrong With Me (Parlophone R-5030)(UK b-side, May 1963)
04 Now’s The Time (Parlophone R-5077)(UK b-side, November 1963)
05 Little Lover (Parlophone A-8127)(UK b-side, August 1964)*rare gem.
06 Zip A Dee Do Dah
07 I Understand
08 Searchin’ (Parlophone R-5052)(a-side) (UK 12/1963)(August 1963)*second single.
09 Stay (Parlophone R-5077)(a-side)(UK 8/1963)(November 1963)
10 Poison Ivy
11 Memphis
12 Talkin’ Bout You
13 It’s Only Make Believe
14 Lucille (Parlophone A-8127)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1964)*rare gem.
15 Baby Don’t Cry
16 Do You Love Me
17 Mr. Moonlight
18 You Better Move On
19 Whatcha Gonna Do ‘Bout It (Imperial 66240)(US b-side, May 1967)*rare gem.
20 What Kind of Girl Are You?
21 Rockin’ Robin
22 Keep Off That Friend of Mine (Parlophone R-5104)(UK b-side, February 1964)
23 Just One Look (Parlophone R-5104)(a-side)(Imperial 66026) (UK 2/1964; BB Pop 98/1964; CB Pop 84/1964; RW Pop 83/1964)(February 1964) and re-released (Imperial 66258)(US a-side)(BB Pop 44/1967; CB Pop 65/1967; RW Pop 65/1967)(September 1967)
24 Candy Man
25 When I’m Not There
26 What Kind of Love
27 Here I Go Again (Parlophone R-5137)(a-side)(UK 4/1964; BB Pop 107/1964; CB Pop 118/1964)(May 1964)
28 Baby That’s All (Parlophone R-5137)(UK b-side, May 1964)
DISC 2:
01 Time For Love
02 Don’t You Know
03 You’ll Be Mine
04 It’s In Her Kiss
05 Come On Home
06 Too Much Monkey Business
07 I Thought Of You Last Night
08 Come On Back (Parlophone R-5178)(UK b-side, September 1964)
09 Set Me Free
10 Please Don’t Feel Too Bad
11 What Kind of Boy
12 We’re Through (alternative arrangement)
13 We’re Through (Parlophone R-5178)(a-side)(UK 7/1964)(September 1964)
14 To You My Love
15 Nitty Gritty/Something’s Got A Hold On Me
16 Put Your Self In My Place
17 She Said Yeah
18 Yes I Will (alternate version)
19 When I Come Home to You
20 Nobody (Parlophone R-5232)(UK b-side, January 1965)
21 You Know He Did (Parlophone R-5287)(UK b-side, May 1965)
22 Yes I Will (Parlophone R-5232)(a-side)(UK 9/1965)(January 1965)
23 Mickey’s Monkey
24 That’s My Desire
25 Very Last Day (Parlophone SD-5991)(uncharted UK a-side, 1966)*rare gem.
26 Honey and Wine
DISC 3:
01 Listen Here To Me (Parlophone R-5733)(a-side)(UK 11/1968; BB Pop 129/1968)(September 1968)
02 So Lonely (Bell Studios version)
03 Bring Back Your Love To Me
04 I’m Alive (Parlophone R-5287)(a-side)(UK 1(3)/1965; BB Pop 103/1965; CB Pop 84/1965; RW Pop 94/1965)(May 1965)
05 Look Through Any Window (Parlophone R-5322)(a-side)(UK 4/1965; BB Pop 32/1965; CB Pop 34/1965; RW Pop 41/1965)(August 1965)
06 Lawdy Miss Clowdy
07 You Must Believe Me
08 Little Bitty Pretty One
09 Down The Line
10 Fortune Teller
11 Too Many People (Parlophone SD-5991)(UK b-side, 1966)*rare gem.
12 So Lonely (Parlophone R-5322)(UK b-side, August 1965)
13 I’ve Been Wrong
14 Stewball
15 She Gives me Everything I Want
16 I Can’t Get Nowhere With You
17 I’ve Got A Way Of My Own (Parlophone R-5392)(UK b-side, December 1965)
18 You In My Arms
19 Don’t Even Think About Changing (Parlophone SD-6000)(UK b-side, 1966)
20 If I Needed Someone (Parlophone R-5392)(a-side)(UK 20/1965)(December 1965)
21 Running Through The Night (Parlophone R-5409)(UK b-side, February 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
22 Don’t You Even Care (What’s Gonna Happen To Me?)
23 I Can’t Let Go (Parlophone R-5409)(a-side)(UK 2/1966; BB Pop 42/1966; CB Pop 59/1966; RW Pop 48/1966)(February 1966)
24 Oriental Sadness
25 Stewball (French lyric version)
26 Look Through Any Window (French lyric version)
27 You Know He Did (French lyric version)
28 We’re Through (French lyric version)
DISC 4:
01 I Take What I Want
02 Hard Hard Year
03 A Taste of Honey (1966 version)
04 That’s How Strong My Love Is
05 Take Your Time
06 Fill The Flea
07 Sweet Little Sixteen
08 I Am A Rock
09 After The Fox (The Hollies with Peter Sellers)(United Artists UP 1152)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1966)*its b-side “The Fox Trot” was an instrumental not done by the Hollies.
10 Don’t Run And Hide (Parlophone R-5469)(UK b-side, June 1966)
11 Bus Stop (Parlophone R-5469)(a-side)(UK 5/1966; BB Pop 5/1966; CB Pop 5/1966; RW Pop 3(1)/1966)(June 1966)
12 Peculiar Situation
13 Suspicious Look in Your Eyes
14 Stop Stop Stop (Parlophone R-5508)(a-side) (UK 2/1966; BB Pop 7/1966; CB Pop 8/1966; RW Pop 5/1966)(October 1966)
15 Tell Me To My Face
16 Pay You Back With Interest (Imperial 66240)(US a-side)(BB Pop 28/1967; CB Pop 29/1967; RW Pop 30/1967)(May 1967)
17 Clown
18 It’s You (Parlophone R-5508)(UK b-side, October 1966)*rare gem.
19 Crusader
20 What’s Wrong With The Way I Live (Parlophone SD-6000)(uncharted UK a-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
21 What Went Wrong
22 High Classed
23 All The World Is Love (Parlophone R-5562)(UK b-side, February 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
24 When Your Light’s Turned On (Epic 5-10251)(US b-side, November 1967)
25 Have You Ever Loved Somebody
26 Non Prego Per Me
27 Devi Avere Fiducia In Me
DISC 5:
01 Lullaby To Tim
02 On A Carousel (Parlophone R-5562)(a-side)(UK 4/1967; BB Pop 11/1967; CB Pop 7/1967; RW Pop 10/1967)(February 1967)
03 We’re Alive (Parlophone 16410) (UK b-side, 1967)*rare gem.
04 Kill Me Quick (Parlophone 16410)(uncharted UK a-side, 1967)*rare gem.
05 Leave Me
06 The Games WE Play
07 Schoolgirl
08 Rain On The Window
09 Then The Heartaches Begin
10 Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe
11 You Need Love
12 Stop Right There
13 Water On The Brain (Epic 5-10234)(US b-side, September 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 Heading For A Fall
15 Carrie Anne (Parlophone R-5602)(a-sdie)(UK 3/1967; BB Pop 9/1967; CB Pop 10/1967; RW Pop 10/1967)(May 1967)
16 Signs That Will Never Change (Parlophone R-5602)(UK b-side, May 1967)
17 King Midas in Reverse (Parlophone R-5637)(a-side)(UK 18/1967; BB Pop 51/1967; CB Pop 54/1967; RW Pop 46/1967)(September 1967)
18 Try It (Epic 5-10298)(US b-side, February 1968)
19 Everything Is Sunshine (Parlophone R-5637)(UK b-side, September 1967)
20 Wishyouawish
21 Postcard
22 Step Inside (Odeon OR-1850)(uncharted Japanese a-side, 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 Pegasus
24 Dear Eloise (Epic 5-10251)(US a-side)(BB Pop 50/1967; CB Pop 53/1967; RW Pop 40/1967)(November 1967)
DISC 5:
01 Elevated Observations? (Epic 5-10361)(US b-side, July 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 Would You Believe
03 Away Away Away
04 Charlie And Fred (Odeon OR-1850)(Japanese b-side, 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 Butterfly
06 Maker
07 Open Up Your Eyes (Parlophone R-5680)(UK b-side, March 1968)*rare gem.
08 Wings
09 Jennifer Eccles (Parlophone R-5680)(a-side)(UK 7/1968; BB Pop 40/1968; CB Pop 54/1968; RW Pop 37/1968)(March 1968)
10 Tomorrow When It Comes
11 Relax
12 Do The Best You Can (Epic 5-10361)(US a-side)(BB Pop 93/1968; CB Pop 133/1968)(July 1968)
13 Like Every Time Before
14 Man With No Expression
15 Blowin’ In The Wind (Nash version)(Parlophone SC006.04137)(uncharted UK a-side, 1968)
16 A Taste of Honey (1968 version)
17 Listen to Me
LIVE AT LEWISHAM ODEON MAY 24TH 1968:
18 Stop Stop Stop (live)
19 Look Through Any Window (live)
20 The Times They Are A-Changin’ (live)
21 On A Carousel (live)
22 King Midas in Reverse (live)
23 Butterfly (live)
24 Jennifer Eccles (live)
25 Carrie Anne (live)

I hope the above is helpful to you.

Let'S Love
Let'S Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee: Let’s Love (1CD): wonderful CD with 4 bonus tracks; good songs; great sound; Japanese import., July 1 2015
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CONTENTS:

This CD “Let’s Love” (1974) by Miss Peggy Lee was released as a rare Japanese import by Warner in 2003. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart):

LP LET’S LOVE (Atlantic 18103)(BB200 209/1974)*her last charted album:
01 Let’s Love (Atlantic 3215)(BB AC 22/1974)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 He Is The One
03 Easy Evil
04 Don’t Let me Be Lonely Tonight
05 Always (Atlantic 3215)(b-side, 1974) and also b-side to “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 You make Me Feel brand New
07 Sweet Lov’liness
08 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Atlantic 10545)(uncharted French a-side, 1970)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; the best song in this set.
09 Sweet Talk
10 Sometimes
11 Let’s Love (Reprise)
BONUS TRACKS:
12 I Am His Lady
13 The Nickel Ride
14 Let’s Keep Dancing
15 Let’s Love (Alternate Version)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set was Peggy’s last charted album, after she switched label from Decca to Atlantic, now making its CD debut. There are a few rare singles in this set. There are also 4 rare bonus tracks, not included in the original album.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. Miss Peggy Lee’s soothing and purring voice was centralized in full display.
3 The front and back covers each occupied the entire page.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The 4-page booklet has an essay, but all in Japanese.
2 There are no label & number and no chart position.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a wonderful little album with many memorable tunes. My favourite was “Theme from The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.” From movie of the same name starring Alan Arkin. Her purring voice fully displayed the sadness within the song. This set is a welcome addition to complete my Peggy Lee library.

Miss Wonderful
Miss Wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Lee: Miss Wonderful: Japanese import; miniature cardboard slipcase with front original front & back cover; very expensive!, July 1 2015
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CONTENTS:

This CD, “Miss Wonderful” by Miss Peggy Lee, was released under Decca Records as a Japanese import, has 12 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW=Record World Singles Chart):

LP MISS WONDERFUL (Decca 8816)(1959):
01 Mister Wonderful (Decca 29834)(BB 14/1956; CB 22/1956; RW 23/1956; UK 5/1957)
02 They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Decca 29877)(b-side, 1956)
03 Where Flamingos Fly (Decca 30117)(b-side, 1956)
04 You’ve Got To See Mam Ev’ry Night (Or You Can See Mama At All) (Decca 29837)(RW 81/1956)
05 The Come Back (Decca 29837)(b-side, 1956)
06 Take A Little Time To Smile
07 I Don’t Know Enough About You (Decca 30059)(RW 73/1956)
08 Joey, Joey, Joey (Decca 29877)(BB 76/1956)
09 Crazy in the Heart (Decca 29834)(b-side, 1956)
10 You Oughtta Be Mine (Decca 30059)(b-side, 1956)
11 We Laughed at Love (Decca 29994)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
12 That’s Alright Honey (Decca 29994)(b-side, 1956)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a wonderful little album by Miss Peggy Lee, with quite a few charted singles and b-sides.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 The set comes with a miniature cardboard slipcase with the original front and back album covers. Precious. The CD label used the old Decca LP label design.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 If you don’t value the front cover, the songs in this album was found in “Volume 2: 8 Classics Albums” by Miss Peggy Lee (my reviews elsewhere). If you purchase that Classic Albums series, you get 7 extra albums and more value. But the Classic Album series does not have individual album covers.
2 Expensive, being a Japanese import.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Since I did not know the album listing in the “Volume 2: 8 Classic Albums”, not knowing that “Miss Wonderful” was included, in my quest to complete my Peggy Lee Collection, I bought this expensive Japanese import. The quality of the cardboard was high and polish, but because of the high price, this set is only recommended for collectors.

Definitive Collection
Definitive Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delfonics: Definition Collection: 20 songs; definition collection with most of singles (a & some b-sides); good sound!, July 1 2015
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CONTENT:

This set “The Definitive Collection” by the Delfonics was released by Arista Records (UK) in 1999. It has 20 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position, date of release, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

01 La-La Means I Love You (Philly Groove 150)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1968; BB R&B 2(4)/1968; CB Pop 4/1968; RW Pop 3(1)/1968; UK 19/1971)(January 1968)*their biggest hit!
02 I’m Sorry (Philly Groove 151)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1968; BB R&B 15/1968; CB Pop 50/1968; RW Pop 36/1968)(April 1968)
03 Break Your Promise (Philly Groove 152)(a-side)(BB Pop 35/1968; BB R&B 12/1968; CB Pop 46/1968; RW Pop 45/1968)(August 1968)
04 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)(Philly Groove 154)(a-side)(BB Pop 35/1968; BB R&B 14/1968; CB Pop 31/1968; RW Pop 24/1968; UK 41/1971)(November 1968)
05 Somebody Loves You (Philly Groove 154)(b-side, November 1968)(BB Pop 72/1969; BB R&B 41/1969; CB Pop 92/1969; RW Pop 83/1969)*double sided hit.
06 Funny Feeling (Philly Groove 156)(a-side)(BB 94/1969; BB R&B 48/1969; CB Pop 96/1969; RW Pop 87/1969)(May 1969)
07 Loving Him (Philly Groove 157)(b-side, July 1969)
08 You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine (Philly Groove 157)(a-side)(BB Pop 40/1969; BB R&B 6/1969; CB Pop 40/1969; RW Pop 33/1969)(July 1969)
09 Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)(Philly Groove 161)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1970)(December 1969; BB R&B 3(3)/1970; CB Pop 13/1970; RW Pop 9/1970; UK 22/1971)*Grammy: R&B Vocal Group; this song was so impressive that Rhino used its title as the name of their R&B series, following “Have A Nice Day” pop series.
10 Trying to Make A Fool of Me (Philly Groove 162)(a-side)(BB Pop 40/1970; BB R&B 8/1970; CB Pop 41/1970; RW Pop 41/1970)(May 1970)
11 When You Get Right Down To It (Philly Groove 163)(BB Pop 53/1970; BB R&B 12/1970; CB Pop 41/1970; RW Pop 38/1970)(August 1970)
12 Over And Over (Philly Groove 166)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1971; BB R&B 9/1971; CB Pop 61/1971; RW Pop 54/1971)(May 1971)
13 Delfonics Theme (How Could You)*from album “The Delfonics” (Philly Groove 1153)(BB200 61/1970)
14 Hey! Love (Philly Groove 166)(b-side, May 1971)(BB Pop 52/1971; BB R&B 17/1971; CB Pop 124/1971; RW Pop 54/1971)*a huge double sided hit.
15 Walk Right Up To The Sun (Philly Groove 169)(a-side)(BB Pop 81/1971; BB R&B 13/1971; CB Pop 62/1971; RW Pop 88/1971)(October 1971)
16 Tell Me This Is A Dream (Philly Groove 172)(a-side)(BB Pop 86/1972; BB R&B 15/1972; CB Pop 73/1972; RW Pop 87/1972)(May 1972)
17 Think It Over (Philly Groove 174)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1973; BB R&B 47/1973; CB Pop 75/1973)(December 1972)
18 I Don’t Want to Make You Wait (Philly Groove 176)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1973; BB R&B 22/1973; CB Pop 86/1973)(April 1973)
19 I Told You So (Philly Groove 182)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1973; BB R&B 26/1974; CB Pop 107/1974)(December 1973)
20 Lying To Myself (Philly Groove 184)(a-side)(BB R&B 60/1974; CB Pop 118/1974)(1974)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are quite a few “Greatest Hits” CDs out there, and most of them have only 10 songs. This set represents the definitive, most complete and comprehensive collection and coverage of the Delfonics singles releases. There is another CD “La-La Means I Love You” with exactly the same song listing and a little cheaper, but this set has much better sound.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered using 20-bit mastering from the original master tapes. The result is vibrant clean sound with the harmonies of the Delfonics centralized and in full display.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Bill Dahl. One striking point is the larger size of the letters…much easier to read for older folk like myself.
4 All the important a-sides are present, with some b-sides, plus one album track. The songs are arranged chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 64 minutes. Surely, one can fill up the remaining spaces with the missing a-sides, followed by the missing b-sides:
Missing a-sides:
(1) You’ve Been Untrue (Cameo C-472)(uncharted a-side, April 1967)
(2) He Don’t Really Love You (Moon Shot MS 6703)(a-side)(BB Pop 92/1968; BB R&B 33/1968; CB Pop 117/1968; RW Pop 89/1968)(April 1968)
(3) Alfie (Philly Groove 177)(a-side)(BB R&B 88/1973; CB Pop 105/1973; RW Pop 140/1973)(July 1973)*previously released as b-side to “Break Your Promise”
(4) With These Hands (Bell 1467)(unchared a-side, March 1976)
(5) The Way Things Are (Poogie P1261801)(uncharted a-side, 1981)
2 There are no label & number and no chart position.
3 There are no picture sleeves.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Delfonics have 18 charted singles on the Billboard R&B chart, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography and have found that they have 22 singles (charted and uncharted, from 1966 to 1981)(42 songs, not 44 songs, because 2 were repeated releases). The labels are (1) Moon Shot (1966), (2) Cameo (1967), (3) Philly Groove (1968 – 1974), (4) Bell (1976) and (5) Poogie (1981). Fortunately, all the missing a-sides mentioned above and the remaining missing b-sides are all readily available online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Delfonics was a vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, consisting of brothers William Hart and Wilbert Hart, Randy Cain and Ritchie Daniels. They were originally known as The Four Gents.

William Hart remained eternally committed to the sweet, soulful sound that made his group an overnight sensation in 1968. “Music was made to be beautiful, and to soothe you,” he said. “It’s kind of like a medicine. You can be feeling bad, and hear an old song that you used to have a nice time on. And it makes you feel good.” If that is the case, this stellar compilation of the Delfonics’ soft soul gold should cure anything that’s ailing you!” La La means it is true! This set is highly recommended.

6 Plus 6
6 Plus 6

5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert 6 Plus 6: Bert’s 37th album release; CD debut; tribute to great singers; great sound, June 30 2015
This review is from: 6 Plus 6 (LP Record)
CONTENT:

This album “6 Plus 6”, released by Universal Music in Germany in 2011, was Bert’s 37th domestic album release in 1972, making its CD debut, containing the complete album with 12 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; US=US Singles Chart prior 1955):

LP 6 PLUS 6 (Decca DL 75322)(BB200 218/1972):
01 Never My Love*tribute to the Fifth Dimension; original version (BB Pop 12/1971); but the Association has a higher charting position (BB Pop 2/1967)
02 Dino’s Melody*tribute to Dean Martin; composed by Bert Kaempfert.
03 My Way*tribute to Frank Sinatra; original version (BB Pop 27/1969); composed by Paul Anka.
04 Petula’s Song*tribute to Petula Clark; composed by Bert Kaempfert.
05 A Tune For Tony*tribute to Tony Bennett; composed by Bert Kaempfert.
06 At The Rainbow’s End*tribute to Judy Garland; composed by Bert Kaempfert.
07 Stoney End*tribute to Barbra Streisand; original version (BB Pop 6/1970); written by Laura Nyro.
08 A Song For Satch*tribute to Louis Armstrong; composed by Bert Kaempfert.
09 Theme From “Shaft”*tribute to Isaac Hayes; original version (BB Pop 1(2)/1971).
10 All I Ever Need Is You*tribute to Sonny & Cher; original version (BB Pop 7/1971)
11 Melancholy Serenade*tribute to Jackie Gleason; original version (US 22/1953)
12 Tom’s Tune*tribute to Tom Jones; composed by Bert Kaempfert.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 In this album, Bert Kaempfert played in praise of the great ones – the great songs and the great singers, as listed above. This is Bert’s 37th album release, making its CD debut.
2 For this CD release, the original master tape was used and wonderfully remastered by Willem Makkee in Germany. The result is great vibrant sound: clean with no hiss. You will appreciate the beautiful flugelhorn solo by Ack van Rooyen in “Never My Love”, ”Petula’s Song”, ”At the Rainbow’s End” and “A Song for Satch,” plus his trumpet solo in “Dino’s Melody,” and “Stoney End.” Simply great sound!
3 The set, a German import, comes in a gatefold cardboard case with the original front cover occupying the entire front.
4 It is not available on Amazon.ca. I got my copy from Amazon.co.uk.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks.
2 There is no booklet.
3 Since there is no booklet, the album back cover was featured on the inner right side of the cardboard case, unfortunately covered by the transparent CD case with a middle spindle.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed “Stranger In The Night” and “Spanish Eyes”. He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. He unfortunately died suddenly on a stroke on June 21, 1980 (age 56).

Bert Kaempfert has a total of 53 domestic album releases. Fortunately almost all his albums are now available on CDs, except “Fabulous Fifties…New Delight” (I have the album and learned that it has the same song listing as “Yesterday And Today”) and “Love Walked In” (1975)(a combination of “Golden Memories” and “Gallery”). Bert’s CDs are available either as (1) twofer by Taragon Records with heavenly sound, (2) cardboard single album release as German import, and (3) as part of “Good Life Music” series, German import with bonus tracks but with no original front covers. The current set is also available as the cardboard single CD, but without the bonus tracks. I am in the process of collecting all his CDs.

“6 Plus 6” was Bert’s 37th domestic album release. The entire set was totally enjoyable with great sound, and is a welcome addition to complete my Bert Kaempfert library.

Most Beautiful Girl Import Edition by Kaempfert, Bert (2011) Audio CD
Most Beautiful Girl Import Edition by Kaempfert, Bert (2011) Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert The Most Beautiful Girl: Bert's 42nd album; originally on MCA in US only; now German import CD debut; great sound, June 30 2015
CONTENT:

'The Most Beautiful Girl' was originally released in US only under MCA label in 1974, and now released on CD by Universal Music Germany in 2011. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and single label & number, with year of release and personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB C&W=Billboard Country Chart; BB AC=Billboard Country Chart):

LP THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL (MCA 402)(1974)*released in US only:
01 The Most Beautiful Girl*big hit by Charlie Rich (BB Pop 1(2)/1973; BB C&W 1(3)/1973; BB AC 1(3)/1973)
02 Why Can't You And I Add Up To Love*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
03 Touch The Wind (Eres Tu)*big hit by Mocedades (BB Pop 9/1974)
04 Jumpin' Blue*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
05 Opus One*original version by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (US 12/1945)
06 I Found My Love*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
07 Let Me Be There*big hit by Olivia Newton-John (BB Pop 6/1973)
08 Easy Glider*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
09 Tuxedo Junction*original version by Glenn Miler & His Orchestra (US 1(9)/1940)
10 Moon Over Baja*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
11 I Cover The Waterfront*original version by Eddy Duchin (US 3/1933)
12 In The Everglades*composed by Bert Kaempfert.

POSITIVE POINTS:
1 This was Bert's 42nd domestic album on MCA, and was released in US only on MCA in 1974, and now finally released on CD by Universal Music Germany, making its CD debut.
2 The original sound on MCA was apparently quite bad. However, in this case, the original master tape was used and wonderfully remastered by Willem Makkee in Germany. The result is great vibrant sound: clean with no hiss.
3 The set, a German import, comes in a gatefold cardboard case with the original front cover occupying the entire front.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks
2 There is no booklet.
3 Since there is no booklet, the album back cover was featured on the inner right side of the cardboard case, unfortunately covered by the transparent cd case with a middle spindle.
4 Expensive! I bought mine at much cheaper price at Amazon.co.uk.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed “Stranger In The Night” and “Spanish Eyes”. He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. He unfortunately died suddenly on a stroke on June 21, 1980 (age 56).

Bert Kaempfert has a total of 53 domestic album releases. Fortunately almost all his albums are now available on CDs, except “Fabulous Fifties…New Delight” (I have the album and learned that it has the same song listing as “Yesterday And Today”) and “Love Walked In” (1975)(a combination of “Golden Memories” and “Gallery”). Bert’s CDs are available either as (1) twofer by Taragon Records with heavenly sound, (2) cardboard single album release as German import, and (3) as part of “Good Life Music” series, German import with bonus tracks but with no original front covers. The current set is also available as the cardboard single CD, but without the bonus tracks. I am in the process of collecting all his CDs.

“The Most Beautiful Girl” was Bert’s 42nd domestic album release. The entire set was totally enjoyable with great sound, and is a welcome addition to complete my Bert Kaempfert library.
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Magic Music Of Far Away Places
Magic Music Of Far Away Places
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Kaempfert: Magic Music Of Far Away Places (1 CD): Bert’s 18th album release; rare & expensive; German import; great sound!, June 30 2015
CONTENT:

This album “The Magic Music of Far Away Places”, released by Universal Music in Germany in 2010, contains the complete album with 12 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and single label & number, chart position, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):

LP THE MAGIC MUSIC OF FAR AWAY PLACES (Decca DL 74616)(BB200 27/1965):
01 Moon Over Naples (Spanish Eyes)(Italy)(Polydor 59 033)(a-side)(BB Pop 59/1965; BB AC 6/1965; CB Pop 51/1965; RW Pop 93/1965)(1965)*one of the most famous songs composed by Bert Kaempfert; the other is “Stranger In The Night.”
02 On A Little Street In Singapore (Malaya)*the word "Malaya": remember this was written in 1965.
03 La Cumparsita (Argentina)
04 Mambossa (Brazil)*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
05 The Japanese Farewell Song (Japan)
06 Monte Carlo (Monaco)*composed by Bert Kaempfert.
07 Hava Nagila (Israel)*big hit by the Spotnicks.
08 Star Dust (U.S.A.)*the version by Isham Jones & His Orchestra (US 1/1930) was not the first recording, but the one which established it as a classic.
09 Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)(France)*big hit by Roger Williams.
10 Balkan Melody (Yugoslavia)
11 Midnight in Moscow (Russia)*big hit by Kenny Ball.
12 Swissy Missy (Switzerland)*composed by Bert Kaempfert.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a rare and expensive album, where Kaempfert took us around the world in his own distinctive style, including his bit hit “Moon Over Naples” or better known as “Spanish Eyes.”
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Fred Moch’s trumpet solo was distinctively heard in “On A Little Street in Singapore.”
3 The set, a German import, comes in a gatefold cardboard case with the original front cover occupying the entire front.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Expensive. Just like “Three O’Clock in the Morning” CD. When you want to buy this CD, be sure to type the entire title. I just typed in “The Magic Music” and I mistakenly purchased “The Magic Music of Bert Kaempfert.” So be careful.
2 There are no bonus tracks. Other suggestions include: “April in Portugal,” “Holiday in Scotland,””Africaan Beat,” and “Malaysian Melody.”
3 Since there is no booklet, the album back cover was featured on the inner right side of the cardboard case, unfortunately covered by the transparent cd case.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923 in Hamburg, Germany. He composed “Stranger In The Night” and “Spanish Eyes”. He also produced first Beatles recording session in Hamburg. He unfortunately died suddenly on a stroke on June 21, 1980 (age 56).

He has a total of 53 domestic album releases. Fortunately almost all his albums are now available on CDs, except “Fabulous Fifties…New Delight” (I have the album and learned that it has the same song listing as “Yesterday And Today”) and “Love Walked In” (1975)(a combination of “Golden Memories” and “Gallery”). Bert’s CDs are available either as (1) twofer by Taragon Records with heavenly sound, (2) cardboard single album release as German import, and (3) as part of “Good Life Music” series, German import with bonus tracks but with no original front covers. The current set is also available as the cardboard single CD, but without the bonus tracks. I am in the process of collecting all his CDs.

“The Magic Music of Far Away Places” was Bert’s 18th domestic album release. The entire set was totally enjoyable with great sound, and is a welcome addition to complete my Bert Kaempfert library. I found the cheapest price on Amazon.co.uk.

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