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A Picture of You

27 Oct 2013

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1962
  • Label: Stage Door
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Stage Door Records
  • Total Length: 29:25
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  • ASIN: B00G3V8GO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,239 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anton Coy on 30 Oct 2009
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Joe Brown was almost unique in being just about the only artist in Larry Parnes' stable of stars - some real and some wannabes - to retain his own name. Amidst the Fury's, the Wilde's, the Eager's, the Gentle's, the Power's, the Pride's and the Fame's, he strongly resisted the attempt to rechristen him ELMER TWITCH (!) and he remained plain old Joe Brown, a name which far better matched his uncomplicated and unpretentious character. This compilation reminds us, not only what a good guitarist he was ( and still is ), but also that he was a more than passable vocalist, often singing original material at a time when cover versions were still very much the preferred choice for many an artist's management team. He had some fairly modest chart success (only three UK Top Ten hits, as it turned out), and also recorded many good other sides that deserved a better showing in the Hit Parade, but perhaps he was slightly undone by his practical, self-deprecating and less-than-flashy performing style, when all about him were becoming more and more off the wall. There are a few tracks on this compilation that I don't care for very much, but a lot of it is very enjoyable of excellent musical quality and fills a gaping hole I had in my CD collection of an artist who rightly still commands respect and affection to this day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb 2012
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In terms of what he recorded in the early days, Joe Brown was most unlike other early Brit rock stars. Whereas they tended to find a style, often related to the sort of music that was reaching us from across the big pond, and stick with it. Think Billy Fury and the big ballads, or Cliff with the immaculate light pop, or Adam with the pizzicato strings, or even Emile and doo wopped oldies. And there are plenty more. Brown, on the other hand, managed to create records that showed him to be more than capable in at least four different stylings within the first dozen or so singles, that's looking at both sides.

There was the country rock as on his very first release "People Gotta Talk" plus its flip "Comes the Day". His much deserved breakthrough, "Picture of You" was of just this type and it was a genre he'd come back to over the years, as in Brown's Home Brew.

Then there were the cockney records, usually but not always rocked up. They started as early as "Jellied Eels" his third single (and reportedly, on autobiographical lines). Only Tommy Steele had dared to release cockney songs before Joe so I'd guess this took a bit of daring on behalf of the man and his producer. Who really knew whether the public wanted this? It would appear that they didn't judging by the lack of sales. He injected a rock beat into the excellent "Henery the Eighth" though sales wise that didn't do much either which was a shame. If you're looking for an original British rock record then this one beat most hands down and it didn't owe very much to the US.

Another styling stream or series were the rocking oldies which commenced with "Darktown Strutters Ball", another ace record and continued on through "Shine" and "Good Luck and Goodbye".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Aug 2008
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Originally making his name as a musician, Joe Brown eventually made his name as a singer with a string of UK hits in the early sixties. Most of these were minor hits but three made the top ten, these being A picture of you (a number one hit in some charts but not the one now most widely recognized), It only took a minute and That's what love will do. Unlike many pre-Beatles British singers, these major hits were not covers of American songs but original material. Despite this, Joe failed to make it in America but his songs were covered by such American acts as the Kalin twins, Paul Evans and Bobby Goldsboro.
As the sixties progressed, Joe focused more on acting than singing. He later became interested in country music and performed on the British club circuit. His marriage to a member of the Breakaways (a British all-female sixties group) produced a daughter, Sam Brown, who had some success in the late eighties and early nineties.

This compilation includes the three major hits together with I'm Henry the Eighth I am (Joe's version is the original, recorded two years before Herman's Hermits covered it), Darktown strutter's ball (a distinctive cover of an American jazz song that gave Joe a minor UK hit), Shine, Your tender look, Nature's time for love, Sally Ann and With a little help from my friends (Joe's other minor UK hits of the sixties). A minor UK hit recorded for a different record label in the seventies (Hey Mama) is missing, but it's not important.

With very few covers and plenty of original material, Joe's music has plenty to offer sixties pop fans, especially those who are tired of hearing the same old songs.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By wardnikki@hotmail.com on 8 Jan 2001
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I agree with the reviewer of "On a day like this" Joe Brown is so under rated and yet must be one of Britains best all round entertainers.I bought this solely for Picture of You but was surprised how many tracks I enjoyed and what an accomplished guitarist he is. I would now like to see him live. He certainly deserves more respect from the English music business.I would have given it 4 stars but some of the tracks were very dated but that's forgiveable as it was recorded in the 60's.
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