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Truancy: The Very Best Of
Truancy: The Very Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Townshend Truancy: Very Best of (1CD): 17 songs; many rare singles & album tracks; great sound, July 29 2016
CONTENT:

“Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend”, released by Universal Music from UK in 2015, is a single CD with 17 songs. To appreciate each song even more, I have dug up the singles label & number, chart position or names of source albums:

01 PURE AND EASY (5;33)*from album “Who Came First” (Decca 2408)(1972) 02 SHERATON GIBSON (2:36)*from album “Who Came First” (Decca 2408)(1972) 03 (NOTHING IS EVERYTHING) LET’S SEE ACTION (6:23)*from album “Who Came First” (Decca 2408)(1972) 04 MY BABY GIVES IT AWAY (with Ronnie Lane)(4:00)(MCA 40818)(uncharted a-side, 1977) 05 A HEART TO HANG ON TO (with Ronnie Lane)(4:25)*from album “Rough Mix” (Polydor 2442 147)(1977) 06 KEEP ME TURNING (with Ronnie Lane)(MCA 40878)(uncharted a-side, 1977) 07 LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR (Atco K-11486)(UK 46/1980; US 9/1980) 08 ROUGH BOYS (Atco K-11460)(UK 39/1980; US 89/1980) 09 THE SEA REFUSES NO RIVER (5:53)*from album “All The Best PeCowboys Have Chinese Eyes” (Atco 38-149)(1982) 10 FACE DANCES (PART 2)(3:23)(Atco 9-99989)(US 105/1982) 11 WHITE CITY FIGHTING (4:40)(Atco 9-99553)(b-side, 1986) 12 FACE THE FACE )5:52)(Atco 9-99590)(US 26/1985) 13 I WON’T RUN ANYMORE (4:52)(Virgin VS-1209)(uncharted UK a-side, 1989) 14 ENGLISH BOY (4:50)(Atlantic A-7370)(uncharted UK a-side, 1993) 15 YOU CAME BACK (4:07)*from album “Scoop” (Atco 90063)(1983) 16 GUANTANAMO (4:07)*new 17 HOW CAN I HELP YOU (4:09)*new

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent greatest hits CD with many charted singles and rare album tracks from 1972 – 1993.
2 Just to make this set more worthwhile, two brand new tracks are added.
3 The sound is very well remastered.
4 The songs are sequenced more or less chronologically.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 This set is not as complete as another greatest hits set “Gold”. Here, the charted singles “A Little Is Enough” and “Uniforms (Corps d’esprit)” were not included. And I won’t even mention the missing b-sides.
2 Only 17 songs. This is not the 90s.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Personally, I find that Pete Townshend, as solo artist, somehow did not achieve the charting success as when he was with the Who. If you really like to collect his greatest hits, I would recommend “Gold” (Hip-O, 2015, 2CDs, 34 songs, only missing the single “Face Dances Part Two”. However, this set has two brand new tracks not found in “Gold.” You decide.


Greatest,the
Greatest,the
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Alexander The Greatest (1CD): 21 songs; many singles (64-65) + album tracks (87) all making CD debut; good sound!, July 28 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Greatest” by Arthur Alexander, released by reputable reissue label Ace Records from UK in 1989, is a single CD with 21 songs. When I first bought it in 1989, it has been my reference until the 2016 Jasmine’s release of “Lay Down Your Arms” (my review elsewhere). I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label and number, chart position and year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

01 ANNA (GO TO HIM)(Dot 45-16387)(BB Pop 68/1962; BB R&B 10/1962)*subject for an episode on TV’s “Married With Children”; recorded by the Beatles in 1964
02 YOU’RE THE REASON (Dot 45-16425)(b-side, 1963)
03 SOLDIER OF LOVE (Dot 45-16357)(b-side, 1962)
04 I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY (Dot 45-16387)(b-side, 1962)
05 YOU DON’T CARE (Dot 45-16737)(b-side, 1965)*rare gem; a-side “Detroit City” track #14
06 DREAM GIRL (Dot 45-16454)(uncharted a-side, March 1963)
07 CALL ME LONESOME*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
08 AFTER YOU*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
09 WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN (ALL MY LIFE)(Dot 45-16357)(BB Pop 58/1962)
10 A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES (Dot 45-16309)(b-side, 1962)
11 DON’T YOU KNOW IT*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
12 YOU BETTER MOVE ON (Dot 45-16309)(BB Pop 24/1962)*his biggest hit
13 ALL I NEED IS YOU*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
14 DETROIT CITY (Dot 45-16737)(uncharted a-side, April 1965)*rare gem
15 KEEP HER GUESSIN’ (Dot 45-16554)(b-side, November 1963)
16 GO HOME GIRL (Dot 45-16425)(BB Pop 102/1963)
17 IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
18 WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
19 WITHOUT A SONG*rare gem; from album “Soldier of Love” (Ace CH-207)(1987)
20 I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT (Dot 45-16454)(b-side, 1963)
21 BLACK NIGHT (Dot 45-16616)(uncharted a-side, May 1964)*rare gem; b-side “Ole John Amos” not included here

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set is superior to the Jasmine’s “Lay Down Your Arms” in that songs after 1963 were included (singles and album tracks from 1987). Many of these tracks are making their CD debut.
2 The sound is well remastered.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Bill Millar.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 21 songs. It may be acceptable standards in 1989. There are still many singles missing that Ace Records could have filled up the remaining empty space on the disc.
2 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
3 No label and number and no identification of source album.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Arthur Alexander was born on May 10, 1940 in Florence, Alabama. Besides having a great charting career, he was the only rock artist to have his compositions recorded by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. His labels are (1) Judd (1960), (2) Dot (1961 – 1965), (3) Sound Stage 7 (1966 – 1970), (4) Monument (1968), (5) Warner (1972 – 1973), (6) Buddah (1975 – 1978). He died of a heart attack on June 9, 1993 (age 53).

If you like to collect Arthur Alexander, I would also recommend (1) The current set, (2) Lay Down Your Arms (Jasmine Records, 1CD, 27 songs, all the charted singles before 1962 + 1 complete album), (3) The Monument Years (Ace, 2001, 28 songs covering 1965-1972), and (4) Rainbow Road (Warner, 1994, 15 songs). The current set, with good sound, is totally enjoyable and is highly recommended.


Lay Down Your Arms
Lay Down Your Arms
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur Alexander Lay Down Your Arms: 27 songs; singles As & Bs (1960-1963) + 1 complete album; great sound; good collection!, July 28 2016
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“Lay Down Your Arms” by Arthur Alexander, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2016, contains 27 songs from 1960 – 1963). I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position & year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

SINGLES:
01 SALLY SUE BROWN (Judd 1020)(uncharted a-side, August 1960)*as June Alexander
02 THE GIRL THAT RADIATES THAT CHARM (Judd 1020)(b-side, August 1960)*as June Alexander
03 YOU BETTER MOVE ON (Dot 45-16309)(BB Pop 24/1962)*single version; his biggest hit
04 A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES (Dot 45-16309)(b-side, 1962)
05 WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN (ALL MY LIFE)(Dot 45-16357)(BB Pop 58/1962)
06 SOLDIER OF LOVE (Dot 45-16357)(b-side, 1962)
07 ANNA (GO TO HIM)(Dot 45-16387)(BB Pop 68/1962; BB R&B 10/1962)*subject for an episode on TV’s “Married With Children”; recorded by the Beatles in 1964
08 I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY (Dot 45-16387)(b-side, 1962)
09 GO HOME GIRL (Dot 45-16425)(BB Pop 102/1963)
10 YOU’RE THE REASON (Dot 45-16425)(b-side, 1963)*also from album “You Better Move On” (Dot DLP-3434)(1962)
11 DREAM GIRL (Dot 45-16454)(uncharted a-side, March 1963)
12 I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT (Dot 45-16454)(b-side, 1963)
13 PRETTY GIRLS EVERYWHERE (Dot 45-16509)(BB Pop 118/1963)
14 BABY, BABY (Dot 45-16509)(b-side, July 1963)
15 WHERE DID SALLY GO (Dot 45-16554)(uncharted a-side, November 1963)*rare gem
16 KEEP HER GUESSIN’ (Dot 45-16554)(b-side, November 1963)
LP “YOU BETTER MOVE ON” (Dot DLP-3434)(1962)(all in stereo):
17 YOU BETTER MOVE ON (LP version)
18 LOVE LETTERS
19 HEY! BABY
20 FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY
21 YOUNG WORLD
22 A THOUSAND STARS
23 A HUNDRED POUNDS OF CLAY
24 LOVER PLEASE
25 LOVE ME WARM AND TENDER
26 THE WANDERER
27 DON’T BREAK THE HEART THAT LOVES YOU

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a fantastic collection of Arthur Alexander’s output (singles and 1 album) until the end of 1962, comprising his charting era on Dot label.
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically. All the As and Bs are included. The complete album "You Better Move On” was also included. The inclusion of the single version of “You Better Move On” is appreciated.
3 The sound is very well remastered as per usual high standards at Jasmine Records.
4 There is a 6-page fold-out booklet, with the usual informative essay by Roger Dopson. The improvement is the inclusion of 2 EP picture sleeves and 2 rpm single labels. The label & number plus chart positions are included.
5 27 songs. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Since Jasmine Records stops the compilation in 1962, 3 more singles in 1964 and 1965 on Dot labels are omitted.
2 There are errors in the chart positions: “You Better Move On” and “Where Have You Been” did not chart on Billboard R&B chart, contrary to what were stated in the booklet.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Arthur Alexander was born on May 10, 1940 in Florence, Alabama. Besides having a great charting career, he was the only rock artist to have his compositions recorded by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. His labels are (1) Judd (1960), (2) Dot (1961 – 1965), (3) Sound Stage 7 (1966 – 1970), (4) Monument (1968), (5) Warner (1972 – 1973), (6) Buddah (1975 – 1978). He died of a heart attack on June 9, 1993 (age 53).

If you like to collect Arthur Alexander, I would also recommend (1) The Greatest (Ace, 1989, 21 songs), (2) The Monument Years (Ace, 2001, 28 songs covering 1965-1972), and (3) Rainbow Road (Warner, 1994, 15 songs). The current set, with great sound, is totally enjoyable and is highly recommended. Finally, the title of this CD “Lay Down Your Arms” was not a reference to a song title (like the one by Anne Shelton), but it was part of the lyrics of “Soldier of Love.”


Silhouettes/Warwick Years
Silhouettes/Warwick Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Crewe Silhouettes/The Warwick Years (1CD): 27 songs; 2 albums (not complete) + rare singles; good sound!, July 28 2016
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“Silhouettes: the Warwick Years” by Bob Crewe, released by Warwick Records in 2012, is a single CD with 30 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release):

LP “KICKS” (Bob Crewe)(Warwick W2009)(1960):
01 SILHOUETTES (Warwick M-553)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
02 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
03 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
04 SHE’S ONLY WONDERFUL (Warwick M-616)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
05 AIN’T THAT LOVE
06 AUTUMN REVERIE
07 KICKS
08 THE WIFFENPOOF SONG (Warwick M-519)(a-side, BB Pop 96/1960)
09 BESS, YOU IS MY WOMAN NOW
10 LET’S PRETEND (Warwick M-519)(b-side, 1960)
11 SHAKIN’ THE BLUES AWAY
12 BYE BYE BLACKBIRD
SINGLES:
13 COOL TIME (IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT)(Warwick M-534)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
14 QUITE A PICTURE (Warwick M-534)(b-side, 1960)
15 EV’RY TIME (Warwick M-601)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
16 OH HOW I MISS YOU TONIGHT (Warwick M-601)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
17 LET’S GET SERIOUS (Warwick M-553)(b-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
18 TO EV’RY GIRL – TO EV’RY BOY (THE MEANING OF LOVE)(Warwick M-579)(uncharted a-side, 1960)*rare gem; CD debut
LP “CRAZY IN THE HEART” (Bob Crewe)(Warwick W2034)(1961):
19 THIS LITTLE GIRL OF MINE (Warwick M-579)(b-side)
20 CRAZY IN THE HEAD
21 LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT
22 LOVE’S NOT FOR ME
23 IT’S TOO SOON TO KNOW
24 THIS NEARLY WAS MINE*mistakenly labelled in the booklet as “This Girl of Mine”
25 WATER BOY (Warwick M-529)(uncharted a-side, February 1960)
26 SMILIN’ THROUGH
27 AZURE

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a decent collection of Bob Crewe when he was with Warwick Records label. In 2016, Jasmine Records released “All the Things He Is” containing the above 2 complete albums plus 4 singles, but missing 3 singles that are only found in this set, making their CD debut.
2 The sound is surprisingly good, but not as good as that from Jasmine Records.
3 In the one-page booklet, there is a nice picture of Bob Crewe and Tracey Dey.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are 3 songs missing in the album “Crazy in the Heart”:
(1) On The Street Where You Live
(2) St. James Infirmary Blues
(3) Voglio Cantare (Warwick M-529)(b-side, 1960)
If these 3 songs are added, then this set will be a Complete Warwick Years.
2 The sources of the songs are not identified, such as singles or names of albums.
3 There are no labels & numbers.
4 Misspelling of a song title: “This Nearly Was Mine” as “This Little Girl of Mine” as stated above.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

In comparing with Jasmine’s “All The Things He Is”, this set has 3 more singles, but 3 less songs in one album, while the Jasmine’s set has the complete “Crazy in the Heart” album, one extra single on VT label, plus a second CD containing songs that he wrote for other artists. Personally, I would prefer the Jasmine’s set more, plus with better sound. But this current set came out in 2007. At the time, all the songs were making their CD debut. If you are interested in Bob’s singles, I would recommend (1) Teen Idol, V. 2 (Spotlight, 2007, 30 rare singles), (2) “The Best of Bob Crewe Generation” (Varese, 2005, 18 songs, to cover his DynoVoice era) and (3) “The Complete Elektra Recordings” (Real Gone Music (US), 2CDs, 2015, 26 songs).

This current set represents the early years of Bob Crewe. My review for Jasmine’s “All The Things He Is” is found elsewhere. Read through both, and you can decide which is better. In my case, I bought both to complete my Bob Crewe collection.


Easy to Love
Easy to Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Shearing Easy to Love: 24 rare gems from Sounds of Yesteryear label; good sound; more for collectors/completists, July 28 2016
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“Easy to Love” by George Shearing, released by reputable reissue label Sounds of YesterYear from UK in 2014, is a single CD with 24 songs, many of which are rare singles making their CD debut. This is part of a series of release by this label on George Shearing. Just to illustrate that many of the songs were actual singles, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, year of release):

01 HALLELUJAH! (MGM 651)(uncharted UK a-side, 1953)
02 UNDECIDED (MGM 651)(UK b-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
03 MOOD FOR MILT (MGM 11677)(b-side, 1953)
04 RAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DRUMS (MGM 11600)(uncharted a-side, October 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
05 LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (MGM 11833)(b-side, 1954)*from film "An American in Paris"
06 EASY TO LOVE (MGM 11600)(b-side, October 1953) & also (MGM 651)(uncharted UK a-side, 1953)
07 LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (MGM 680)(uncharted UK a-side, 1953)
08 POINT AND COUNTERPOINT (MGM 680)(UK b-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
09 TIEMPO DE CONCERRO PARTS 1 & 2 (MGM 11639)(uncharted a- & b-sides, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
10 CARAVAN PARTS 1 & 2 (MGM 825)(uncharted UK a-side, 1955)
11 A SINNER KISSED AN ANGEL (MGM 11677)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
12 ILL WIND (MGM 12038)(uncharted a-side, July 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
13 GET OFF MY BACH (MGM 782)(uncharted UK a-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut
14 STRANGER IN PARADISE*from album “Shearing in Hi Fi” (MGM E-3293)(1955)
15 I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE (MGM 11754)(b-side, 1954)
16 MINOR TROUBLE*from album “Shearing in Hi Fi” (MGM E-3293)(1955)
17 BASSO PRODUNDO*from album “Shearing in Hi Fi” (MGM E-3293)(1955)
18 MAMBO INN (MGM 11754)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
19 DRUME NEGRITA (MGM 12038)(b-side, July 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
20 COOL MAMBO (MGM 11943)(b-side, March 1955)
21 ADIEU (vocal: Ray Charles Singers)(MGM 11876)(b-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut
22 NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (vocal: Ray Charles Singers)(MGM 825)(UK b-side, 1955)
23 SLOWLY BUT SURELY (vocal: Ray Charles Singers)*from album “Cool Canaries” (MGM E-3393)(1954)*rare gem; CD debut
24 LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (vocal: Ray Charles Singers)(MGM 11833)(uncharted a-side, 1954)*rare gem; CD debut

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is another “sleeper” set with so many rare singles making their CD debut, covering the period from 1953 to 1956. One will not realize this unless you have done a Complete Singles Discography on George Shearing. As noted above, this set is full of rare gems, especially the last 4 songs with the Ray Charles Singers and having parts 1 & 2 for both “Tiempo de cencerro” and “Caravan.”
2 The sound is good and quite acceptable.
3 The songs are sequenced chronologically according to dates of recordings.
4 There is a 4-page booklet with a short essay, plus details about personnel and dates of recordings.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no labels & numbers and no identification of names of album source.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for George’s greatest hits, I would strongly recommend “The George Shearing Collection 1939-1958 (Acrobat Music, 2007, 4CDs, 101 songs). In my quest to complete my George Shearing Complete Singles Collection, I discovered this reissue label Sounds of YesterYear from UK. They released a series of CDs containing rare singles not found in the regular set: (1) current set, (2) It’s Easy to Remember (2014), (3) I’ll Be Around (2014), and (4) Good to the Last Bop (2014). Another excellent singles collection is “Quintet 1949” (Hep Records, 2002, 23 rare singles).

This set has many rare singles making CD debut, and is a Must-Own if you are trying to complete his singles discography. The sound is also very good. This set is recommended to all George Shearing fans and all collectors/completists.


Its Easy to Remember
Its Easy to Remember
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Shearing It’s Easy to Remember: 27 rare gems from Sounds of Yesteryear label; good sound; more for collectors/completists, July 27 2016
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CONTENT:

“It’s Easy to Remember” by George Shearing, released by reputable reissue label Sounds of YesterYear from UK in 2014, is a single CD with 27 songs, many of which are rare singles making their CD debut. This is part of a series of release by this label on George Shearing. Just to illustrate that many of the songs were actual singles, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, year of release):

01 APPRECIATION (MGM 11545)(b-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut
02 OVER THE RAINBOW (MGM 30625)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
03 THINE ALONE (MGM 11153)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut
04 EASY LIVIN’ (MGM 30626)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
05 TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE (with Billy Eckstine)(MGM EP 625)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
06 YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY (with Billy Eckstine)(MGM EP 625)(b-side, 1951)
07 I HEAR MUSIC (MGM 30624)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
08 I DON’T STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE (MGM 30627)(uncharted a-side, 1951)
09 WAIT TILL YOU SEE HER (MGM 30624)(b-side, 1951)
10 SWEDISH PASTRY (MGM 11199)(b-side, 1951)
11 LONELY MOMENTS (MGM 30625)(b-side, 1951)
12 HOW HIGH THE MOON (MGM 30627)(b-side, 1951)
13 LOVE (YOUR SPELL IS EVERYWHERE)(MGM 11316)(uncharted a-side, 1951)*rare gem; CD debut
14 IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER (MGM SP-1171)(uncharted UK a-side, 1956)
15 MIDNIGHT BELONGS TO YOU (MGM 11425)(b-side, February 1953)
16 NIGHT FLIGHT (MGM SP-1031)(UK b-side, 1953)
17 THERE’S A LULL IN MY LIFE (MGM 11425)(uncharted a-side, February 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
18 WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW (MGM 11354)(uncharted a-side, 1952)*rare gem; CD debut
19 LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (MGM 11354)(b-side, 1952)
20 MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT*from album “When Lights Are Low” (MGM E-3264)(1955)
21 THE LOVE NEST*from album “When Lights Are Low” (MGM E-3264)(1955)
22 I WISHED ON THE MOON (MGM SP-1171)(UK b-side, 1956)
23 BASIC ENGLISH (MGM SP-1017)(UK b-side, March 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
24 I HEAR A RHAPSODY (MGM 11493)(uncharted a-side, 1953)*rare gem; CD debut
25 SPRING IS HERE (MGM SP-1090)(uncharted UK a-side, June 1954)
26 THE LADY IS A TRAMP (MGM 11943)(uncharted a-side, March 1955)*rare gem; CD debut
27 BODY AND SOUL (MGM 11493)(b-side, 1953)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a “sleeper” set with so many rare singles making their CD debut, covering the period from 1951 to 1956. One will not realize this unless you have done a Complete Singles Discography on George Shearing. As noted above, this set is full of rare gems.
2 The sound is good and quite acceptable.
3 There is a 4-page booklet with a short essay, plus details about personnel and dates of recordings.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no labels & numbers and no names of source albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for George’s greatest hits, I would strongly recommend “The George Shearing Collection 1939-1958 (Acrobat Music, 2007, 4CDs, 101 songs). In my quest to complete my George Shearing Complete Singles Collection, I discovered this reissue label Sounds of YesterYear from UK. They released a series of CDs containing rare singles not found in the regular set: (1) current set, (2) Easy to Love (2014), (3) I’ll Be Around (2014), and (4) Good to the Last Bop (2014). Another excellent singles collection is “Quintet 1949” (Hep Records, 2002, 23 rare singles).

This set has many rare singles making CD debut, and is a Must-Own if you are trying to complete his singles discography. The sound is also very good. This set is recommended to all George Shearing fans and all collectors/completists.


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) Ultimate Edition (Extended Cut)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual) Ultimate Edition (Extended Cut)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice 3D (blu-ray review): 2D Ultimate Version is the preferred version; top-notched video & audio!, July 26 2016
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(1) In this Ultimate Edition, there are both Theatrical Version (151 mins, in both 2D and 3D) and the Ultimate Version (extended Cut, 182 mins, only in 2D). I would strongly recommend the Extended Cut, because the extra information is helpful to tie in different events, making more sense to the different sequences.
(2) Don’t bother with the 3D. Firstly, it only has the Theatrical Version. Secondly, the 3D was a product of post-conversion. There are only very few notable 3D scenes. The 2D Ultimate Version is the definitive preferred cut.
(3) The 2D Video is superb with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The overall presentation is highly detailed. Every stitch and thread in the fabric worn by Superman is very well-defined, individual blemishes and the tiniest imperfection can be plainly made out in Batman's power armor suit. A majority of the film is inundated in pitch-black shadows that penetrate deep into the screen. The film's colors are desaturated, for the most part, even including the reds and blues of Superman's signature costume. (4.5/5)
(4) The audio comes with Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (not 5.1 as stated on the package). The sound is bombastic with full use of surrounds and with deep bass. There is tremendous dynamic range. An enveloping soundtrack. (4.5/5)
(5) “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has an estimated budget of $250,000 million, but has a worldwide gross of $873 million, thanks mainly to overseas gross.
(6) I am glad that the Ultimate Version and Theatrical Version (both 2D) are on separate discs, with the Ultimate Version having a slightly higher bit-rate. The 3D version is on the third disc. No DVD here (which is fine with me). I also like the lenticular front cover. But I do not appreciate the two 2D blu-ray discs stacking one on top of the other. A little cheap.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall, this is an enjoyable movie with top-notched video and audio. Remember, the Ultimate Version 2D is the preferred version. This set is highly recommended.


V2 1960-1969: Best Of
V2 1960-1969: Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Shearing The Best Of Volume 2 (1CD): only 18 songs; all album tracks from Capitol albums; many rare gems; good sound!, July 26 2016
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This review is from: V2 1960-1969: Best Of (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

“The Best of George Shearing, Volume 2 (1960-1969)”, released by Capitol Records in 1997, is a single CD with 18 songs, all the tracks from his Capitol albums (1960 – 1969). I have a compiled a song listing (including names of album source, album label & number and year of release):

01 LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (with Nancy Wilson)*from album “The Swingin’s Mutual” Capitol ST-1524)(1962)
02 BLUE MOON*from album “Mood Latino” (Capitol ST-1567)(1961)
03 EARLY AUTUMN*from album “Satin Affair” (Capitol ST-1628)(1960)
04 JUMPIN’ WITH SYMPHONY SID*from “San Francisco Scene” (Capitol ST-1715)(1960); live
05 I WISH YOU LOVE*from album “Concerto For My Love” (Capitol ST-1755)(1961); rare gem; CD debut
06 BLUES IN 9/4*from album “Jazz Moments” (Capitol ST-1827)(1962); rare gem; CD debut
07 ONE NOTE SAMBA*from album “Bossa Nova” (Capitol ST-1873)(1962)
08 BE CAREFUL, IT’S MY HEART*from album “Touch Me Softly” (Capitol ST-1874)(1963); rare gem; CD debut
09 BEL AIRE*from album “Jazz Concert” (Capitol ST-1992)(1963); rare gem; CD debut
10 COUNTRY GARDENS*from album “Old Gold and Ivory” (Capitol ST-2048)(1964); rare gem; CD debut
11 NIGHT FALL*from album “Deep Velvet” (Capitol ST-2143)(1964); rare gem; CD debut
12 THE SINGING SONG*from album “Out of the Woods” (Capitol ST-2272)(1964); rare gem; CD debut
13 WITH FEELING*from album “Latin Rendezvous” (Capitol ST-2326)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
14 CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE*from album “Here and Now” (Capitol ST-2372)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
15 HALLUCINATIONS*from album “Rare Form” (Capitol ST-2447)(1963); live; rare gem; CD debut
16 PICK YOURSELF UP*from album “That Fresh Feeling” (Capitol ST-2567)(1965); rare gem; CD debut
17 MICHELLE*from album “New Look” (Capitol ST-2637)(1967)
18 PROMISES, PROMISES*from album “The Fool On The Hill” (Capitol ST-181)(1969)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is an outstanding CD, much better than Volume 1, with many rare gems making their CD debut. Most of the songs are from albums that are still not available on CDs even now in 2016. I hope someday, somebody will release all these rare treasured albums (mostly after 1962) on CDs. Are you listening, Bear Family Records?
2 The sound in Volume 2 is much better than Volume 1. Besides critical listening, when I ripped the songs onto wave files on my computer, I do notice remastering work was done. Not outstanding, but good enough. It is of interest to note that the name of the remasterer is Ron McMASTER.
3 There is a 6-page fold-out booklet, with the names of names of personnel on each song, names of source albums, label and number all included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 18 songs. It may be acceptable by 1997 standards.
2 There is no essay.
3 One little mistake in label number for Michelle: should be 2637, not 26537 as listed in the booklet.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This Volume 2 deals with many lovely album tracks (after 1962) that are not available on CD before. This set is highly recommended, and a welcome addition to my George Shearing album library.


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5.0 out of 5 stars George Shearing The Best Of Volume 1 (1CD): only 18 songs; all album tracks from Capitol albums; some rare gems; average sound!, July 26 2016
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This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

“The Best of George Shearing, Volume 1 (1955-1960)”, released by Capitol Records in 1995, is a single CD with 18 songs, all the tracks from his Capitol albums (1955 – 1960). I have a compiled a song listing (including names of album source, album label & number and year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart):

01 MIDNIGHT IN THE AIR*from album “The Shearing Spell” (Capitol T648)(1955)
02 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES*from album “Velvet Carpet” (Capitol T720)(BB200 20/1956)
03 DANCING ON THE CEILING*from album “Velvet Carpet” (Capitol T720)(BB200 20/1956)
04 CUBAN LOVE SONG*from album “Latin Escapade” (Captiol 1737)(1956)
05 THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL*from album “Black Satin” Capitol 858)(BB200 13/1957)
06 NOTHING EVER CHANGES MY LOVE FOR YOU*from album “Black Satin” Capitol 858)(BB200 13/1957)
07 FRIENDLY PERSUASION*from album “The Shearing Piano” (Capitol T909)(1957)
08 LATER*from album “In The Night” (Capitol ST 1003)(1957)
09 CHEEK TO CHEEK*from album “Burnished Brass” (Capitol ST 1038)(BB200 17/1958)
10 SAND IN MY SHOES*from album “Latin Lace” (Capitol ST 1082)(1958)
11 KINDA CUTE*from album “Blue Chiffon” (Capitol ST 124)(1958); rare gem; CD debut
12 SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN*from album “Shearing on Stage” (Capitol ST 1187)(1958)
13 EAST OF THE SUN*from album “Shearing on Stage” (Capitol ST 1187)(1958)
14 ESTAMPA CUBANO*from album “Latin Affair” (Capitol ST 1275)(1958)
15 A SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL*from album “Satin Brass” (Capitol ST 1326)(1959)
16 LAURA*from album “White Satin” (Capitol ST 1334)(BB200 11/1960)
17 BERNIE’S TUNE*from album “On the Sunny Side of the Strip” (Capitol ST 1416)(1958); rare gem; CD debut
18 CANADIAN SUNSET*from album “The Shearing Touch” (Capitol ST 1472)(1960)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great set of George Shearing songs, some of which were re-recorded after he moved to Capitol Records from MGM Records in 1958. There are a few rare gems.
2 There is a 6-page fold-out booklet with an informative essay. The details about each song, personnel, names of source albums, label & number, are all included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The sound is average at best. Besides critical listening, I confirmed that by ripping the songs onto wave files on my computer and noticed that there was hardly any remastering at all.
2 Only 18 songs. It may be acceptable by 1995 standards.
3 I personally would not call this “The Best of” because there are no singles at all.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you are looking for his earlier output, especially singles, on MGM, I would strongly recommend “The George Shearing Collection 1939 – 1958” (Acrobat Music, 2007, 4CDs, 101 songs). If you are looking for his albums, I would then recommend: (1) 8 Classic Albums (Real Gone Music, 2013, 4CDs), (2) Long Play Collection (Goldies, 2013, 3CDs, 6 albums) and (3) Classic Album Collection (Golden Star, 3CDs, 2008, 6 albums).

This current set is totally enjoyable and is recommended to all George Shearing fans.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Gordon Jenkins Magic World of/In A Tender Mood (1CD): 2 Columbia albums 62/63, CD debut; not original versions; average sound!, July 25 2016
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CONTENT:

“The Magic World of Gordon Jenkins/In A Tender Mood” by Gordon Jenkins, released by the now defunct Collectors’ Choice Records from US in 2000, is a single CD set with 2 complete Columbia albums from 1962/63. I have compiled a song listing (including album label & number, year of release):

LP “THE MAGIC WORLD OF GORDON JENKINS (Columbia CS 1882)(1962)(singles label & no. are from original versions on Decca):
01 Once Upon A Dream*originally from “Manhattan Tower”
02 Married I Can Always Get*originally from “Manhattan Tower”
03 This is All I Ask (Columbia 4-42068)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
04 Blue Prelude (Decca 27169)(b-side, 1950)
05 Blue Evening (Decca 27172)(b-side, 1950)
06 San Fernando Valley*originally with Bing Crosby at vocal
07 Homesick – That’s All (Decca 27171)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
08 The Girl on the Rock*originally from “Seven Dreams”
09 Never Leave Me*originally from “Manhattan Tower”
10 You Have Taken My Heart (Decca 27169)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
11 The Red Balloon*originally from album “The Letter” with Judy Garland
12 P.S. I Love You (Decca 27171)(b-side, 1950)
13 When a Woman Loves a Man (Decca 27170)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
14 Happy New Year
15 In the Summertime*originally from “Tropicana Holiday” (Capitol T-1048)(1957)
16 Goodbye (Decca 27172)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
LP “IN A TENDER MOOD” (Columbia CS 2009)(1963)(singles label & no. are from original versions on Capitol or Decca):
17 I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (Columbia 4-42981)(b-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut; no Artie Shaw here as in original Decca single in 1950.
18 Just One of Those Things*original version with Peggy Lee at vocal
19 Gone with the Wind (Decca 28636)(uncharted a-side, 1953)
20 When Your Lover Has Gone*originally from “Stolen Hours” (Capitol ST-884)(1961)
21 And the Angels Sing
22 Blues for Beverly (Columbia 4-42981)(uncharted a-side, 1962)*rare gem; CD debut
23 Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo*originally from album “Dream Dust” (Capitol T-1023)(152)
24 Begin the Beguine
25 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
26 I’ll Remember April (Capitol 105)(uncharted a-side, 1942)
27 Paradise
28 Stella by Starlight (Decca 23861)(b-side, 1947)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 After switching record label to Columbia in 1962, Gordon Jenkins released these two wonderful albums, using hits from the 1950s as noted above (mostly his own compositions) and re-released these old favourites using his usual sentimental style.
2 These two albums are making their CD debut.
3 The sound is average and acceptable. When I ripped the sound files onto my computer, I notice that there was no remastering done on the files.
4 In the 4-page booklet, the inner sleeves are occupied by the original back covers of both albums, each occupying an entire page. It was a splendid job because I could actually read the small prints on the liner notes. These albums must be rare because Collectors’ Choice was actually using somebody else’s album with his signatures and album time written on the cover.
5 28 songs. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 The sound could have been remastered a little better even with the technology in 2000.
2 There is no essay.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you insists on the original versions previously released on Decca and Capitol Records labels, with performers like Dick Haymes, Betty Lou Williams, Martha Tilton & Artie Shaw, I would strongly recommend “Gordon Jenkins Collection 1932-59” by Acrobat Music (87 songs all original versions, released in UK on June 10, 2016, but in North America, August 12, 2016; a Must-Own). Of course, his famous “Manhattan Tower” (Sepia Records, 2007, 24 songs) is also a Must-Own. Gordon Jenkins approached every project with style, dignity and boundless creativity. This set is no exception, and is recommended to all Gordon Jenkins fans.


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