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21 Hits
21 Hits
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3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Ward & His Dominoes: 21 Hits Volume 4: only 21 songs; average sound; more superior compilation now available., Oct. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Billy Ward was born Robert L. Williams on September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia. His first group was actually called the Ques, which was later changed to the Dominoes (1950 – 1952), with Clyde McPhatter as lead vocalist. There was a name change in 1952 to Billy Ward & His Dominoes. McPhatter left in 1953 to form his own group the Drifters. He was replaced by another future superstar Jackie Wilson. He was fired by Billy Ward in 1957 and later became a R&B superstar himself. From 1957 to 1960, the lead vocalists were shared by Eugene Mumford, Milton Merle and Milton Grayson. In 1958, Milton Grayson had left, replaced by Robbie Robertson. Eugene Mumford left that year, replaced by Monroe Powell, which would later replace Sonny Turner as the lead singer for the Platters in 1970. Although there are only 12 charted singles on the Billboard R&B chart, I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and, to my amazement, they have actually 50 singles from 1951 to 1966 (but only 94 songs because 2 belonged to Little Esther on b-sides and 4 were repeated). Their labels included Federal/King (1951 – 1955), Jubilee (1955), Decca (1955 – 1957), Liberty (1957 – 1959), ABC-Paramount (1960), Ro-Zan (1962) and back to King until 1966.

CONTENT:

This CD, released by King Records in 1995, contains 21 songs, covering the Federal and King era.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent compilation containing some rare gems, but with the major hits missing. I originally bought this CD because it contains certain songs that I need to complete my Complete Singles Discgraphy.
2 The sound is average, nothing spectacular.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Out of 94 songs in their complete discography, only 21 songs are represented. Grossly inadequate. Definitely not a greatest hits collection.
2 There is a pitiful 4 page booklet, with no label & number, no chart position, and no name of lead vocalist for each song. The inner sleeves are empty.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dominoes have a special place in R&B history: if they had done nothing else, they would be remembered for the wonderful music they produced. Additionally, they gave the world Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, as well as using the amazing talents of Eugene Mumford. Led by Billy Ward, they were one of the most important vocal groups of the ‘50s, taking the genre from its gospel roots through doowop and classic R&B before seeking fame in the pure pop music.

I bought this CD when I was starting to collect songs to complete my Singles Discography on the Dominoes. I also bought Sixty Minute Man (Charly), The Very Best Of (Collectables) and Stardust (The Final Years)(Jasmine). If you are really interested, I would highly recommend The Dominoes Collection, a 3-CD set by Acrobat label from UK, containing 88 songs. That set has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all the singles, a and b-sdies, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically, with great sound. (my review elsewhere). Good luck.

The Very Best of Billy Ward and the Dominoes
The Very Best of Billy Ward and the Dominoes
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3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Ward & His Dominoes: The Very Best of: only 25 songs; average sound; more superior compilation now available., Oct. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Billy Ward was born Robert L. Williams on September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia. His first group was actually called the Ques, which was later changed to the Dominoes (1950 – 1952), with Clyde McPhatter as lead vocalist. There was a name change in 1952 to Billy Ward & His Dominoes. McPhatter left in 1953 to form his own group the Drifters. He was replaced by another future superstar Jackie Wilson. He was fired by Billy Ward in 1957 and later became a R&B superstar himself. From 1957 to 1960, the lead vocalists were shared by Eugene Mumford, Milton Merle and Milton Grayson. In 1958, Milton Grayson had left, replaced by Robbie Robertson. Eugene Mumford left that year, replaced by Monroe Powell, which would later replace Sonny Turner as the lead singer for the Platters in 1970. Although there are only 12 charted singles on the Billboard R&B chart, I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and, to my amazement, they have actually 50 singles from 1951 to 1966 (but only 94 songs because 2 belonged to Little Esther on b-sides and 4 were repeated). Their labels included Federal/King (1951 – 1955), Jubilee (1955), Decca (1955 – 1957), Liberty (1957 – 1959), ABC-Paramount (1960), Ro-Zan (1962) and back to King until 1966.

CONTENT:

This CD, released by Collectables in 2008, contains 25 songs.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent greatest hits compilation covering the major hits.
2 The sound is average, nothing spectacular.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Out of 94 songs in their complete discography, only 25 songs are represented. Grossly inadequate.
2 There is a pitiful 6 page booklet, with no label & number, no chart position, and no name of lead vocalist for each song.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dominoes have a special place in R&B history: if they had done nothing else, they would be remembered for the wonderful music they produced. Additionally, they gave the world Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, as well as using the amazing talents of Eugene Mumford. Led by Billy Ward, they were one of the most important vocal groups of the ‘50s, taking the genre from its gospel roots through doowop and classic R&B before seeking fame in the pure pop music.

I bought this CD when I was starting to collect songs to complete my Singles Discography on the Dominoes. I also bought Sixty Minute Man (Charly), 21 Hits Volume 4 (King) and Stardust (The Final Years)(Jasmine). If you are really interested, I would highly recommend The Dominoes Collection, a 3-CD set by Acrobat label from UK, containing 88 songs. That set has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of all the singles, a and b-sdies, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically, with great sound. (my review elsewhere). Good luck.

Dominoes Collection 1951-57
Dominoes Collection 1951-57
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Ward & His Dominoes: Dominoes Collection: 88 songs, most complete coverage of singles with great sound; great booklet!, Oct. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Billy Ward was born Robert L. Williams on September 19, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia. His first group was actually called the Ques, which was later changed to the Dominoes (1950 - 1952), with Clyde McPhatter as lead vocalist. There was a name change in 1952 to Billy Ward & His Dominoes. McPhatter left in 1953 to form his own group the Drifters. He was replaced by another future superstar Jackie Wilson. He was fired by Billy Ward in 1957 and later became a R&B superstar himself. From 1957 to 1960, the lead vocalists were shared by Eugene Mumford, Milton Merle and Milton Grayson. In 1958, Milton Grayson had left, replaced by Robbie Robertson. Eugene Mumford left that year, replaced by Monroe Powell, which would later replace Sonny Turner as the lead singer for the Platters in 1970. Although there are only 12 charted singles on the Billboard R&B chart, I have painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and, to my amazement, they have actually 50 singles from 1951 to 1966 (but only 94 songs because 2 belonged to Little Esther on b-sides and 4 were repeaters). Their labels included Federal/King (1951 - 1955), Jubilee (1955), Decca (1955 - 1957), Liberty (1957 - 1959), ABC-Paramount (1960), Ro-Zan (1962) and back to King until 1966.

CONTENT:

This 3 CD set, released by Acrobat label from UK, a reputable reissue label renowned for their thoroughness and completeness, contain 88 songs.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the entire career of Billy Ward and His Dominoes, with a and b-sides, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically, covering various labels, including Federal, King, Jubilee, Decca and Liberty. This is the way Singles Collection should be compiled. Good job, Acrobat!
2 There are 16 songs that are making their CD debut. Of course, all the major singles, like Sixty-Minute Man (R&B 1(14)/1951) and Have Mercy Baby (R&B 1(10)/1952), are included.
3 As per high standard at Acrobat, the sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Good bass.
4 There is a 28-page booklet, containing a first class essay by Marv Goldberg. The label & number, year of release, plus most important of all, the names of lead vocalists, are all included. Thank you, Acrobat!!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are 8 songs missing: 4 from their ABC-Paramount era, still not available anywhere, plus their last 4 songs released on King in 1966, 3 of which are available online. Therefore out of 94 songs, I am still missing 5.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Dominoes have a special place in R&B history: if they had done nothing else, they would be remembered for the wonderful music they produced. Additionally, they gave the world Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson, as well as using the amazing talents of Eugene Mumford. Led by Billy Ward, they were one of the most important vocal groups of the `50s, taking the genre from its gospel roots through doowop and classic R&B before seeking fame in the pure pop music.

I was a little unfortunate in that when I started collecting songs to complete my Singles Discography, I had bought various other CDs, like The Very Best of The Dominoes (Collectables), Sixty Minute Men (Charly) and 21 Hits Volume 4 (King) first, before I came across this compilation. This set is the definitive edition, and has the most complete, comprehensive coverage of the singles, a and b-sides, charted and uncharted, crossing various labels. The sound is wonderful. The booklet is top-notched. I enjoyed the essay by Dominoes historian Marv Goldberg so much that I explored his website, and discovered a detailed discography and essay. If you are looking for the songs by the Dominoes, this set is very highly recommended. You absolutely do not need anything else. Period.

In the Vaults 5
In the Vaults 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ventures: In The Vaults Volume 5: 26 rare & previously unissued demo or alternate versions; good sound; great booklet., Oct. 27 2014
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CONTENT:

This is Volume 5 of The Ventures’ In the Vaults series, released by Ace Records, a reputable reissue label from UK. There are 26 songs, with 24 of them being rare and previously unissued. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing, I have compiled a more detailed song listing with personal comments:

01 SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE (live studio recording)*brilliant sound with no unwelcome overdubbed audience noise; stereo.
02 GETAWAY*newly discovered, originally considered for the Twist Party Volume 2 LP; Howie Johnson on drums; stereo.
03 UPS ‘N’ DOWNS*alternate version, recorded at the same session as the released version on August 22 1961 by Don, Bob, Nokie and drummer Edward “Sharky” Hall; stereo.
04 VENTURES STOMP*alternate version, first appeared on In The Vaults Volume 2; now newly unearth finished version; a prototype for Gandy Dancer; Howie Johnson on drums; stereo.
05 BOGIE’S TUNE*newly unearth, recorded by Bob Bogle, Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards and Mel Taylor on February 1 1962; Bob Bogle sometimes referred as Bogie, hence the track’s title; stereo.
06 BLUE CORAL*demo version, that eventually ended up with a rather more intricate arrangement under the title Diamond Head; mono.
07 MR. BLUE*demo version; recorded in 1961; originally destined for the Colourful Ventures album; mono.
08 LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW*vocalist: Rex Amburgey with Howie Johnson’s driving drums; mono.
09 SEALED WITH A KISS*alternate version with Don’s rhythm guitar much more audible without the steel guitar and keyboards cluttering up the later treatment; original version in Million Dollar Weekend album; stereo.
10 SCARLET SUNSET*new find; string arrangement by Hank Levine, who composed Silver City and Genesis; stereo.
11 ROCKIN’ SHIP – Bobby Leonard & The Explorers (Unity 2114, 1962)*written by Bob Bogle and released under Bobby Leonard & The Explorers on his own Unity label (Leonard was his middle name); mono.
12 I WANT YOU TO WANT ME*written by my favourite guitarist Hank Marvin of the Shadows, who recorded it in May 1963; mono.
13 COUNTRY GRAVY aka Turkey ‘N’ Taters*recroded on May 22, 1962 by Nokie and Mel along with Billy Strange, David Gates and Bud Coleman; stereo.
14 LADY OF SPAIN*alternate version, recorded at the same session as the released version on August 22 1961 by Don, Bob, Nokie and drummer Edward “Sharky” Hall; stereo.
15 THE LONELY ONE*tribute to Duane Eddy; stereo.
16 FOR OUR LOVE – Don Dixon (Blue Horizon 6051, 1961)*with Don Wilson reviving Ed Townsend’s romantic 1958 hit; released under the name Don Dixon; mono.
17 BOSSA NOVA RICH GIRL*recorded on September 22, 1962 by Bob, Mel, Billy Strange, David Gates and percussionist Roy Harte; stereo.
18 DEATH OF A MATADOR*stripped down form as The Lonely Sea; recorded on December 11, 1963 by Bob, Don and Mel, with guitarist David Gates and Bud Coleman, and string bassist Clifford Hils, plus Al Porcino and Frank Higgins providing the mariachi-like trumpets that take the lead role; stereo.
19 KANSAS CITY*vocals provided by the Blossoms; stereo.
20 APACHE*brilliant sound with no unwelcome overdubbed audience noise; made famous by the Shadows in UK; stereo.
21 HOW CAN I HELP YOU GIRL*earlier version of Soul Breeze from their The Horse album; mono.
22 STRANGER ON THE SHORE*alternate version, recorded on July 12, 1962 by Bob, Mel, Billy Strange and Pat Vegas; first time you hear Mel using brushes too; later finished version found in Walk Don’t Run Volume 2 album; stereo.
23 SHAKE IT EASY*slightly modified version of Night Stick; stereo.
24 FUZZ FACTOR*early version of Fuzzy And Wild on the Wild Things album; stereo.
25 SAUERKRAUT*clearly inspired by That’s It by Mel Taylor’s sol 45 on Toppa; stereo.
26 WIPE OUT*live studio recording, with no unwelcome overdubbed audience noise; stereo.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although all these new and rare finds are mostly demo or alternate versions, they demonstrate the raw talent of the Ventures at their early best.
2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
3 There is an excellent 18-page booklet with an informative essay by Dave Burke and Alan Taylor from Pipeline Magazine; 45 rpm single labels plus many Ventures pictures were featured.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am a loyal Ventures fan collecting every CD that they have released (80 CDs so far). A few years ago, I was fortunate to see them live performing at Casino Rama north of Toronto. They were in top form, with Mel’s son Leon Taylor taking over the drums. When the Ventures were rather belatedly inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on March 10, 2008, it was not only an acknowledgement of the significant part they had played in the evolution of the genre but coincidentally also marked the 50th anniversary of the band. This set is totally enjoyable with great sound, but is more for collectors.

Ost Charade 50th Anniversary Edition
Ost Charade 50th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charade (Expanded & Complete 50th Anniversary Edition): 27 tunes; 77 minutes; great sound; definitive edition!, Oct. 26 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Henry Mancini’s music for Charade (1963) came in the midst of what was arguably the composer’s most fertile film scoring period. He had just won his first three Oscars for the score and song from 1961’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and for the song The Days of Wine and Roses, shared with Johnny Mercer.

Director Stanley Donen selected Henry Mancini to score for Charade because he was very impressed with his score on Hatari and the wonderful Baby Elephant Walk. He arranged for Mancini to fly to London, stayed at the penthouse suite in the Mayfair Hotel, right off Berkeley Square. Renting a piano, Mancini stayed for 2 months to work out the score.

CONTENTS:

This latest expanded and complete 50th Anniversary edition set contains 27 tunes.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Unlike the previous available soundtrack with only 13 songs, this expanded set has 27 tunes.
2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss. Different instrumental tracks are vibrant with good bass. The sound is slightly better than a similar set released by Intrada in 2012, featuring the Universal 100th Anniversary logo.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Tom Desirett written in 2013, plus many pictures of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, plus picture of the million dollar stamp.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 The price is a little expensive for a single CD. The other Intrada CD is cheaper.

FINAL THOGUHTS:

I love soundtrack CDs. So far, I managed to collect over 700 CDs plus many rare soundtrack albums waiting for me to remaster into digital forms. I have been waiting for this soundtrack for a long time. Also, finally Charade is available on blu-ray. Mancini received his fifth Academy nomination for the title song from Charade, shared with lyricist Johnny Mercer. (By the way, they lost to Call Me Irresponsible from Papa’s Delicate Conditon). Donen was pleased enough with his musical contribution that he bought him back to score his next two films, Arabesque (1966), and Two For The Road (1967). What Lorene Schrag wrote in the original liner notes for the soundtrack record is just as apt today: “Charade’s music is another vastly entertaining, stylish sampling of the seemingly limitless Mancini talent.” If you like soundtrack, this is the definite edition of Charade, and is recommended.

Original Greatest Hits
Original Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dickey Lee Original Greatest Hits: Misleading title, with NO pop hits; only part of his Country RCA a-sides; good sound!, Oct. 26 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Dickey Lee was born Dickey Lipscomb on September 22, 1938 in Memphis, Tennessee. He first recorded for Tampa Bay Records and then Sun Records in 1957. As a songwriter, he was best known for writing the #1 hit She Thinks I Still Care for George Jones. His recording career can be divided into two eras: (1) Pop (1962 - 1968), including his various tragedy hits, Patches (Pop 6/1962), I Saw Linda Yesterday (Pop 14/1962) on Smash label, (2) Country (1971 - 1982): 21 singles (RCA Victor 1971 - 1978) and 8 singles (Mercury, 1979 - 1982).

CONTENTS:

This set, released by RCA and Real Gone Music, contains 20 songs on RCA only. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing, I have compiled a more detailed song listing (with label & number and chart position, plus personal comments):

01 The Mahogany Pulpit (RCA Victor 9988)(C&W 55/1971)*sounded very like Ring of Fire
02 Never Ending Song of Love (RCA Victor 1013)(C&W 8/1971)*the original bit hit by Delany & Bonnie & Friends.
03 I Saw My Lady (RCA Victor 0623)(C&W 25/1972)
04 Ashes of Love (RCA Victor 0710)(C&W 15/1972)
05 She Thinks I Still Care (b-side)(RCA Victor 0798)(1972)*only b-side included in this set; big hit for George Jones, later performed by Elvis Presley, Connie Francis and Leon Russell)
06 Baby, Bye Bye (RCA Victor 0798)(C&W 31/1972)
07 Crying Over You (RCA Victor 0892)(C&W 31/1972)
08 Put Me Down Softly (RCA Victor 0980)(C&W 30/1973)
09 Sparklin' Brown Eyes (RCA Victor 0082)(C&W 49/1973)
10 I Use The Soap (RCA Victor 0227)(C&W 46/1974)*written by David Gates of Bread.
11 The Busiest Memory in Town (RCA 10091)(C&W 22/1974)
12 Rocky (RCA Victor 10361)(C&W 1(1)/1975)*his only No. 1 C&W hit; a tale of two lovers torn asunder when the young lady contracts a fatal disease.
13 Angels, Roses and Rain (RCA Victor 10543)(C&W 9/1976)
14 Makin' Love Don't Always Make Love Grow (RCA Victor 10684)(C&W 35/1976)
15 9,999,999 Tears (RCA 10764)(Pop 52/1976; C&W 3/1976)
16 If You Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody (RCA 10914)(C&W 20/1977)
17 Virginia, How Far Will You Go (RCA 11009)(C&W 22/1977)*background by Janie Fricke
18 Peanut Butter (RCA 11125)(C&W 21/1977)
19 Love Is A Word (RCA 11191)(C&W 27/1978)
20 It's Not Easy (RCA 11389)(C&W 58/1978)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Official domestic CDs by Dickie Lee are sorely missing. This is the first time that part of his country output is released, almost every song making its CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
3 There is a nice 12-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Bill Dahl, characterizing the entire career of Dickey Lee.
4 Label & number, plus chart positions, are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The title "Original Greatest Hits" is strongly misleading. If you just look at that, you will naturally think that, finally, his pop hits, like Patches and I Saw Linda Yesterday, are included. No such luck. Only part of his RCA output. Beware!
2 Dickey Lee has 21 charted C&W hits on RCA, but only 19 are presented. The missing songs are:

(1) Give Me One Good Reason (RCA Victor 10014)(C&W 90/1974)
(2) My Heart Won't Cry Anymore (RCA 11294)(C&W 49/1978)

Considering the usual thoroughness and completeness by Real Gone Music, this is really an unforgivable omission.

3 No b-sides (except She Thinks I Still Care) are included.
4 If you decide to include only a-sides, at least you can also include the 8 singles on Mercury. After All, there are only 59 minutes on this disc. (Fortunately, I got all the Mercury a-sides from a bootleg CD by Ron Hall of Stardust Records).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is really an "Original Country Greatest Hits" on RCA by Dickey Lee, to be precise. There are no pop hits here. If you are looking for Patches and I Saw Linda Yesterday, I would recommend Hard to Find 45s on CD Volume 2 on Eric Records. I also have a bootleg CD with 27 songs by Rock and Roll Records from Netherlands. I am pretty pessimistic about a true pop hits of Dickey Lee because the songs spanned from 1962 to 1968. Most reissue labels in UK stopped their compilation in 1962. Also beware, the recent CD release Classic Songs by Dickey Lee contained only RE-RECORDED versions, not original ones.

Although I am slightly disappointed that this was not the pop hit version, nevertheless, I still consider this a collector's item, with many songs making their CD debut. The sound is good. The entire CD is enjoyable. This set is recommended to all Dickey Lee fans.

Complete US Chart Singles 1945-1962 (3 CD)
Complete US Chart Singles 1945-1962 (3 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddy Arnold: Complete US Chart Singles 45-62 (3CDs): 77 songs; every charted a and b-sides; great sound; nice booklet!, Oct. 26 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

If you are talking about Country & Western stars, you would naturally think of stars like Garth Brooks (ranked #23), Tim McGraw (ranked #29), Loretta Lynn (ranked #21), Johnny Cash (ranked #4), George Strait (ranked #3), and George Jones (ranked #2). The All Time #1 C&W artist, however, belongs to Eddy Arnold. On Billboard C&W chart, Eddy Arnold has an amazing 146 charted singles (from 1946 to 2008), and 64 charted albums (Please note that Billboard only started Country album chart in 1964). He has 28 #1 C&W hits, including his All Time #2 hit, I’ll Hold You In My Heart (#1 for 21 weeks), just behind Hank Snow’s I’m Moving On (#1 also for 21 weeks), now eclipsed by the new All Time #1 hit, Cruise, by Florida Georgia Line (#1 for 24 weeks)!!! Eddy Arnold was a singer/song writer/guitarist. He has all the major awards, like Opry in 1943, C&W Hall of Fame 1966, CMA Entertainer of the Year 1967 and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, all of which he richly deserved. He sadly passed away in 2008 at the age of 89.

CONTENT:

This 3CD set, released by Acrobat from UK, a reputable reissue label renowned for their thoroughness and completeness, has 77 songs.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I have checked the Billboard C&W Chart book and confirmed that this set does contain every charted a-sides and charted b-sides from 1945 to 1962. My old reference was a 10 CD set called America’s Most Successful Country & Western Star by Membran, with 200 songs (my review elsewhere). As far as singles are concerned, the Membran set was missing the following singles, which are found in the current set:

(1) There’s Not A Thing (I Wouldn’t Do For You)(b-side)(C&W 3/1949)
(2) I Walked Alone Last Night (b-side)(C&W 6/1955)
(3) Before This Day Ends (C&W 23/1961)
(4) (Jim) I Wore A Tie Today (C&W 27/1961)
(5) One Grain of Sand (C&W 17/1961)
(6) Tears Broke Out On Me (C&W 7/1962)
(7) A Little Heartache (C&W 3/1962)
(8) After Loving You (b-side)(C&W 7/1962)
(9) Does He Mean That Much To You? (C&W 5/1962)

2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss. The quality is better than the Membran set, and all the songs in this set have become my new reference standards.
3 There is an excellent 20-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Paul Watts, plus all the song information (composers, label & number, chart positions). All the songs are also arranged chronologically. Thank you, Acrobat! That is the way singles compilation is done.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are NO uncharted b-sides. In the Membran set, there are 10 uncharted b-sides included, plus many memorable album tracks, like Crying In The Chapel and Anything That’s Part Of You, both Elvis hits; Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page hit); Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)(Ricky Nelson hit); Whispering Hope (Jo Stafford hit); Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers hit), plus lots of religious songs, plus all the charted Christmas songs are included.
2 Like most reissue labels in UK, e.g., Jasmine, Sepia, Real Gone Music, Fantastic Voyage, One Day Music, Not Now Music, the compilation would stop in 1962 (probably due to Public Domain law in UK)(Ace and BGO being the rare exceptions). This is a pity. As far as Eddy Arnold is concerned, there are 65 more charted hits from 1963 to 2008, which are still NOT accounted for.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am very glad that Acrobat is finally releasing Singles Collections on various artists. Those Complete Singles Collection, including both a and b-sides, US and UK, includes artists like Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Bobby Darin, the Platters, Duane Eddy, Webb Pierce, Hank Snow and soon-to-be released set on Jerry Lee Lewis. The coverage is usually very thorough and complete, with great sound.

This set, together with the previously mentioned Membran set (very cheap), is highly recommended for all you Country fans and collectors.

50 St. Catherine's Drive
50 St. Catherine's Drive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Gibb: 50 St. Catherine’s Drive: Robin’s final album; 17 beautiful tracks, majestically performed; great sound & booklet, Oct. 24 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

50 St. Catherine’s Drive is Robin Gibb’s final solo album, mainly recorded between 2006 and 2008. It is named after the address of the house where he lived when he was born in Douglas, on the Isle of Man. It was available as an expensive Japanese import in the past. Rejoice, Robin Gibb fans, finally, we have the official domestic release. It reached #70 in UK chart and #39 in German chart.

CONTENT:

Robin planned the album to be a reflective, sometimes autobiographical, album. There are 17 songs, all written or co-written by Robin Gibb. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with comments, thanks to Robin’s wife Dwina’s essay):

01 Days of Wine And Roses*not to be confused with the movie title song of the same name in 1963; it is about a lover having gone away or a lost love from the past; the sound of the bagpipes was very poignant.
02 Instant Love*co-written by Robin and his son Robin-John, featuring Robin and RJ alternating singing the verses, and both father and son dueting on the choruses.
03 Alan Freeman Days*Robin wrote this song to honour the memory of Alan Freeman (MBE), a celebrated disc jockey in the 60s and 70s, who supported Robin’s solo release Saved by the Bell, after the Bee Gees split, while other DJs boycotted that song, hoping that the decrease in popularity of his solo effort would hasten the Bee Gees to reunite.
04 Wherever You Go*the original title was Wing And A Prayer, but the title was recently changed to avoid confusion with a Bee Gees song of the same name; Robin borrowed some of his lyrics from Sing Slowly Sisters and adapted them in this new love-song set in a time of war.
05 I Am The World (new version)*the original version was the b-side to Bee Gees’ first hit single Spicks and Specks; this is an extended version of the original, with a new middle eight sections.
06 Mother of Love*written for Robin’s mother, Barbara, whom he felt very close to, especially after Maurice died.
07 Anniversary*written by Robin for his wife Dwina, after he forgot their anniversary; it is of interest to note that both Robin and Dwina shared the same birthday on December 22, and their wedding anniversary on July 31.
08 Sorry*a song about the past and remembering things that have been done or said, about regret and being genuinely sorry.
09 Cherish*this song was originally written for Barbra Streisand after the successful Guilty album in 1980, but never came to fruition; Robin finished the song with Peter-John Vettese to include in this album.
10 Don’t Cry Alone*taken from a title of a chapter in a book; about a father sinking on the Titanic while his wife and family have been saved and are on a lifeboat watching the ship going down. In actual fact it was very sad – as this was very relevant to what was happening to Robin when he was seriously ill during the writing of the Titanic Requiem.
11 Avalanche*the original version was written by Robin in the 1960’s for the unreleased solo album Sing Slowly Sisters, and it has been re-interpreted here by Robin for this album.
12 One Way Love*originally written for Peter Andre; Robin put down a demo lead vocal and now that Robin is no longer with us, this vocal has become very precious!
13 Broken Wings*actually a part of the song Days of Wine and Roses played backward; beautiful experimental otherworldly sounds similar to Icelandic music (Robin enjoyed watching Bjork sing).
14 Sanctuary*written by Robin after he and Dwina bought their holiday house on the Isle of Man, which became his sanctuary.
15 Solid*about a relationship remaining solid regardless of all the ups and downs during a relationship, based on Robin’s own solid belief.
16 All We Have Is Now* written during the emotional period after Maurice passed away; Robin felt that everyone should live life to the fullest.
17 Sydney (Demo)*composed by Robin late at night, in August 2011, at the Prebendal; he used the bedroom keyboards and then GarageBand on an I-Pad; he hoped that he and Barry would record together, but his health prevented this; this fragment of song is poignant, wistful, beautiful and unfinished, but I feel is the highlight of this album.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 All the songs are beautifully performed by Robin, who was in top form. His poignant wailing will leave an everlasting impression in my heart.
2 The sound is very well remastered, with clean, clear, crisp vocal with no hiss.
3 There is a 14-page booklet with an informative essay written by Robin’s wife, Dwina, from the bottom of her heart, helping us to understand Robin from close-up. Priceless! While I am listening to this CD and reading the essay, the contents are so emotional and poignant that make me shed a silent tear.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

My own feelings are summarized by the final words by Dwina Gibb in her essay: “Robin was a poet, a songwriter, a composer, a bard and a wonderful human being who serenaded the world with his unique voice. I feel as if I have had the most fortunate romantic life possible, living in the presence of genius and listening to the creation of beautiful songs that both he and his brothers produced that are the soundtracks of millions of lives over the past decades. Robin, I can only say thank you for the love and inspiration we have bestowed on me and on the world. Forever, Dwina.” Thank you, Dwina, for sharing your inner thoughts and this beautiful album with all of us, released under the Estate of Robin Gibb. Robin (and Maurice), you will be forever missed. Long live Robin Gibb! Long Live the Bee Gees! This set is a must own for all Bee Gees and Robin Gibb fan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page 8 Classic Albums Vol. 2 (4CDs): 8 complete albums (1955 – 1959), with 94 songs; many singles; great sound!, Oct. 23 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

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. I have done a detailed Complete Singles Discography: her chart career lasting from 1946 to 1982, with a total of 140 singles or 280 entries (including both a and b-sides)!! 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: Mercury (1970-1972), Epic (1973-1974), Avco (1974-1975) and Plantation (1975-1982). She has released 39 studio albums, and 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.

CONTENT:

This 4 CD set by Real Gone Music contains 8 complete albums, with a total of 94 songs. The names of albums, label & number plus year are included:

Disc 1:
1 Page 4 (Mercury MG 20101)(1956)
2 This Is My Song (Mercury MG 20102)(1957)
Disc 2:
3 Manhattan Tower (Mercury MG 20226)(Billboard 18/1958)
4 The Waltz Queen (Mercury MG 20049)(1955)
Disc 3:
5 The Waltz Queen (Wing MGW 12121)(1958)
6 Let’s Get Away From It All (Mercury MG 20387)(1958)
Disc 4:
7 I’ve Heard That Song Before (Mercury MG 20388)(1958)
8 On Camera – Favorites From TV (Mercury MG 20398)(1959)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Patti Page albums are hard to come by, not to say to be released on CDs. This is a great collection of 8 fine rare Patti Page albums, many of them are making their CD debut! The only charted album Manhattan Tower was released by Sepia Records in 2007 together with You Go To My Head. It should also be noted that the two Waltz Queen albums are completely different, one on Mercury and the other on Wing, a subsidiary of Mercury.
2 There is a great mix of album tracks and singles tracks. The singles that are included are listed chronologically (with label & number plus chart positions):
01 The Tennessee Waltz (Mercury 5534)(US 1(13)/1950) disc 1
02 Mister and Mississippi (Mercury 5645)(US 8/1951) disc 1
03 Once In A While (Mercury 5867)(US 9/1952) disc 3
04 I Went To Your Wedding (Mercury 5899)(US 1(10)/1952) disc 1
05 Why Don’t You Believe Me (Mercury 70025)(US 4/1952) disc 1
06 Conquest (b-side)(Mercury 70025)(US 18/1952) disc 1
07 My Jealous Eyes (b-side to The Doggie in the Window (from Vol. 1)( Mercury 70070)(US 17/1953 ) disc 1
08 Now That I’m In Love (Mercury 70127)(US 18/1953) disc 1
09 This Is My Song (b-side to Butterflies)( Mercury 70183)(US 20/1953) disc 1*Patti’s theme song
10 Cross Over The Bridge (Mercury 70302)(US 2(4)/1954) disc 1
11 My Restless Lover (b-side)(Mercury 70302)(US 21/1954) disc 1
12 Steam Heat (Mercury 70380)(US 8/1954) disc 3
13 Lonely Days (b-side)( Mercury 70380)(1954) disc 1
14 Let Me Go, Lover (Mercury 70511)(US 8/1954) disc 1
15 Near To You (b-side to I Love To Dance With You (found in Vol. 1)( Mercury 70607)(1954) disc 1
16 Croce Di Oro (Cross Of Gold)( Mercury 70713)(US 10/1955) disc 3
17 The Strangest Romance (b-side to Allegheny Moon)( Mercury 70878)(US 93/1956) disc 3
18 Repeat After Me (Mercury 71015)(US 53/1957) disc 2
19 Learnin’ My Latin (b-side)(Mercury 71015)(1957) disc 2
3 The sound is wonderfully remasterd by Real Gone Music, warm clean with no hiss. Early Patti Page CDs, even on Mercury label, were notorious for hiss and clicks. Here, all the songs sounded brand new!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet with no album picture covers. If you own any of these albums, you will admit they are colourful and beautiful.
2 There are no label & number, no chart positions.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for Patti’s singles, I would recommend the two 4CD box sets by Jasmine Records (Near To You and Another Time, Another Place), plus The Singles 1946-1952 (3CDs), and A Golden Celebration box set (4CDs) on Mercury. Her Columbia output was finally released by Real Gone Music (Complete Columbia Singles). Her C&W output from 1970 – 1982 is sorely missing on CDs. I hope one day Real Gone Music will do a Complete Country & Western Collection on Patti…we can always dream, can’t we?

This is Volume 2 of 2 volumes on Patti Page 8 Classic Album series. All Patti Page fans really welcome all these releases. My review of Volume 1 was found elsewhere. Patti sadly passed away on January 1, 2013, just a few weeks before she was scheduled to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks to label like Jasmine and Real Gone Music, her wonderful and vast library of music remains for admirers to enjoy. These 4 CD set provided me with a wealth of new joys from The Singing Rage. The sound is also wonderfully clean and warm! This set is highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page 8 Classic Albums Vol. 1 (4CDs): 8 complete albums (1955 - 1956), with 95 songs; many singles; great sound!, Oct. 22 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

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. I have done a detailed Complete Singles Discography: her chart career lasting from 1946 to 1982, with a total of 140 singles or 280 entries (including both a and b-sides)!! 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: Mercury (1970-1972), Epic (1973-1974), Avco (1974-1975) and Plantation (1975-1982). She has released 39 studio albums, and 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.

CONTENT:

This 4 CD set by Real Gone Music contains 8 complete albums, with a total of 95 songs. The names of albums, label & number plus year are included:

Disc 1:
01 Romance on the Range (Mercury MG 20076)(1955)
02 Christmas with Patti Page (Mercury MG 20093)(1955)
Disc 2:
03 Page 1 - Sings A Collection of Her Most Famous Songs (Mercury MG 20095)(1956)
04 Page 2 - Sings A Collection of Her Most Famous Songs (Mercury MG 20096)(1956)
Disc 3:
05 Page 3 - Easy Listening (Mercury MG 20097)(1956)
06 You Go To My Head (Mercury MG 20098)(1956)
Disc 4:
07 Music For Two In Love (Mercury MG 20099)(1956)
08 The Voices of Patti Page (Mercury MG 20100)(1956)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Patti Page albums are hard to come by, not to say to be released on CDs. This is a great collection of 8 fine rare early Patti Page albums, many of them making their CD debut!
2 There is a great mix of album tracks and singles tracks. The singles that are included are listed chronologically (with label & number plus chart positions):
(01) Down The Trail of Aching Heart (Mercury 5579)(US 17/1951) disc 1
(02) Mockin' Bird Hill (Mercury 5595)(US 2/1951) disc 1
(03) Detour (Mercury 5682)(US 5/1951) disc 1
(04) Whispering (b-side to Cabaret)( Mercury 5707)(1951) disc 1
(05) I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart (Mercury 5751)(1951) disc 1
(06) Down in the Valley (b-side)(Mercury 5751)(1951) disc 1
(07) The Doggie in the Window (Mercury 70070)(US 1(8)/1953) disc 4
(08) Milwaukee Polka (Mercury 70230)(US 23/1953) disc 4
(09) Changing Partners (Mercury 70260)(US 3/1953) disc 4
(10) I Cried (Mercury 70416)(US 13/1954) disc 4
(11) What A Dream (b-side)(Mercury 70416)(US 10/1954) disc 4
(12) I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango (Mercury 70458)(US 30/1954) disc 4
(13) Hocus Pocus (b-side to Let Me Go Lover)( Mercury 70511) (1954) disc 4
(14) Everlovin' (b-side to You, Too, Can Be A Dreamer)( Mercury 70526)(1954) disc 4
(15) I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)( Mercury 70532)(1955) disc 4
(16) I Don't Get Around Much Anymore (b-side)(Mercury 70532) (1955) disc 4
(17) Little Crazy Quilt (Mercury 70579)(1954) disc 4
(18) Keep Me In Mind (b-side)(Mercury 70579)(1954) disc 4
(19) I Love To Dance With You (Mercury 70607)(1954) disc 4
3 The sound is wonderfully remasterd by Real Gone Music, warm clean with no hiss. Early Patti Page CDs, even on Mercury label, were notorious for hiss and clicks. Here, all the songs sounded brand new!
4 The price is reasonable, especially from seller

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet with no album picture covers. If you own any of these albums, you will admit they are colourful and beautiful.
2 There are no label & number, no chart positions.
3 There is a very nice rare album: Page 4 not included here. (Update: Page 4 is found in Patti Page 8 Classic Albums Volume 2, my review elsewhere).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for Patti's singles, I would recommend the two 4CD box sets by Jasmine Records (Near To You and Another Time, Another Place), plus The Singles 1946-1952 (3CDs), and A Golden Celebration box set (4CDs) on Mercury. Her Columbia output was finally released by Real Gone Music (Complete Columbia Singles). Her C&W output from 1970 - 1982 is sorely missing on CDs. I hope one day Real Gone Music will do a Complete Country & Western Collection on Patti...we can always dream, can't we?

This is Volume 1 of 2 volumes on Patti Page 8 Classic Album series. All Patti Page fans really welcome all these releases. When I receive Volume 2, I shall share my thoughts with all of you. Patti sadly passed away on January 1, 2013, just a few weeks before she was scheduled to receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks to label like Jasmine and Real Gone Music, her wonderful and vast library of music remains for admirers to enjoy. These 4 CD set provided me with a wealth of new joys from The Singing Rage. The sound is also wonderfully clean and warm! This set is highly recommended.

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