All the Way/Sincerely
At the time these two albums were originally issued, Brenda Lee's pop music career was winding down. The track selection mainly consisted of American standards and pop ballads. Only "Speak To Me Pretty" and "Dum Dum" were taken from her fifth album "All The Way" and became worthy hit singles. Unsurprisingly, none were taken from her sixth album "Sincerely". These tracks were just not what her fans had become used to.
The producer of both these albums was Owen Bradley. He was more famous as US Decca's Nashville boss. So it was no surprise when Brenda Lee finally switched to country music. It is a shame that Ace has not issued a greatest hits album comprising both sides of all Brenda Lee's hit singles. Universal's "Anthology Vols 1 & 2" was incomplete, in my view, and Bear Family's 4 CD set "Little Miss Dynamite" brilliant and complete but OTT and may require a bank loan.
The one rare song that attracted me to this CD was the upbeat "Lover, Come Back To Me", this was the "B" side of "Speak To Me Pretty" issued as a single in 1962. Back then, high sales of singles were the norm. I doubt if most fans then could afford to buy albums too often, yet still they remember both sides of their favourite singles. The usual "Best Of" type compilation CDs predictably only ever feature the "A" sides. Therefore we only get half of what we remember the first time round.
As we have come to expect from Ace Records, the quality mastering of these reissues could not be surpassed. Sadly it seems their products are not available as full album or cherry picked downloads.