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Best Of The EMI Years (1961-1972) [Original recording remastered]

P.J. Proby Audio CD
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The life of James Marcus Smith began on November 6th 1938 at Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas (USA).

As a young boy, Jim, like many others was influenced by black Negro musicians and their music. In spite of the racism that ruled heavily in the Southern States, he listened to all the Baptist Gospel singers around his area on Sundays and sang along with them. In those days nearly ... Read more in Amazon's P.J. Proby Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0019H9WMU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. What's On Your Mind 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. My Prayer 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mission Bell 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. If I Loved You 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Maria 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Quando Tornera 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Can't Make It Alone (2003 Digital Remaster) 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Niki Hoeky 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mama Told Me Not To Come 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen18. I'm Coming Home 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. And The Sun Will Shine 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Delilah 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Today I Killed A Man 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Daddy's Home 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen25. We'll Meet Again 3:230.99  Buy MP3 

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This collection released to celebrate P.J. Proby's 70th birthday (in November 2008) compiles some of his biggest and best recordings released for the EMI group between 1961 and 1972. Included are international chart hits, key album tracks, rare B-sides, fan-favourites and 2 previously unreleased songs (tracks 20 & 23). Also contained within are extensive sleeve notes and a very special message from P.J!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last!! 23 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
At last a new CD from Mr. P.J. Proby!! Fans have waited a long time but the wait has been worthwhile! This CD proves what a truly varied and magnificent voice P.J. has as we listen to rock, ballads, blues and country. A well thought out selection of favourites plus two previously unreleased recordings. A must for everyone!! Can we have a Volume 2 please EMI?!!

Janet Taylor
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. K
Format:Audio CD
This CD has to be one of the most enjoyable projects that I had the pleasure to work on. I first discovered Proby from my Mum. Immediately liked what I heard and the more I explored Proby's EMI catalogue (1961-1972) realised there was sufficient untapped material to warrant a new CD release.

It took a few years in the making but finally the project came into fruition to celebrate Proby's 70th birthday (in November 2008). The finished CD offers a comprehensive overview of his biggest hits and best recordings released for Liberty/EMI between 1961 and 1972. Featured are eleven of the Texan's most successful international A&B side singles, such as Top 10 UK hits "Hold Me", "Somewhere" and "Maria" plus Top 5 Australian hit "Mission Bell", #1 Swiss hit "I'm Coming Home", Top 20 Dutch hit "Today I Killed A Man" and Top 30 US hit "Niki Hoeky".

Most of interest to the avid Proby collector will be the 2 previously unreleased songs that we found in the Abbey Road archives, these are renditions of Les Reed & Barry Mason's "Delilah" and Jim Ford's "I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind". If that wasn't already enough to delight and excite everyone the core fans (aka the Probyans) also get 8 of their most requested collectibles that debut on CD format. Many of these rarities are penned by popular songwriters, such as Jackie DeShannon, Randy Newman, Gerry Goffin & Carole King, The Gibb Brothers, Les Reed & Barry Mason and even Proby himself. The CD also contains a 12-page booklet of biography and song anecdotes.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a birthday present 22 Jun 2008
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At last a great album released covering the best off Pj, cannot fault the contents, its great to hear "And the Sun Will Shine" havnt heard it since I left Melbourne and left the album somewhere. My only quibble is no "tips of my fingers" or " i apologise" but still it could mean a vol 2 might be out there.This is a must for all fans and a great way to get to know him if you dont.

Well worth the money just listen to " give me time" and for my money the version of "deliah" would have give Tom Jones a run for his money.

Buy the CD sit back and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars just wonderfull 22 Jun 2008
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Really wonderfull to have all these songs together they just show the superb vocal ability of P.J just great!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still missing songs 5 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Great album with some unreleased tracks, but I'm still missing some single A and B-sides on CD (There Stands The One, I Need Love, You Got Me Cryin', It's Goodbye and It's Too Good To Last). I hope they will be soon released on a vol. 2 CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Thay say all good things are worth waiting for and this certainly is. What a great collection to show the true talent of this man.To say EMI are overdue in releasing PJ's songs is an understatement so come on now how about a Volume 2 there are so many more tracks to choose from how about the fabulous "Mary in the morning" for a start... Here's hoping!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD and an absolute Must Have! 20 May 2008
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I've had the privilige to listen to a preview and I can promise everybody you'll be knocked over! PJs version of Delilah will give Tom Jones a shiver down his spine! The whole CD is a wonderful compilation and a perfect balance of rare material, special hits and never-released-before material, like the Jim Ford song I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind.
The accompanying booklet is full of information and a joy to read.
PJ himself wrote a message to his fans.....
A true birthday present for PJs 70th Birthday this year!

So thanks, EMI!

Manja Dolan
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4.0 out of 5 stars PROBY'S POWERHOUSE STYLE STILL APPEALS! 29 Sep 2008
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When it comes to the life and career of Texas-born P.J.Proby, there must be enough drama to fill any film script and then some, for the vocal maverick has lived his time to the full. As one of the Sixties bad boys of British pop culture, Proby enjoyed no fewer than eleven charting successes between 1964-69, and with just a few of them featured on this collection, the others can easily be accessed elsewhere.

This overview celebrates the singer's 70th birthday in November 2008 and covers sides recorded between 1961-1972, with emphasis on his international hits (NIKI HOEKY, I CAN'T MAKE IT ALONE), neglected album tracks (MY PRAYER, MISSION BELL, ANSWER ME), rare "B" sides (JUST LIKE HIM, WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND) and a couple of previously unreleased recordings (I'M AHEAD IF I CAN QUIT WHILE I'M BEHIND and a cover of the Tom Jones hit DELILAH). There are also eight other songs claimed to be new to CD and it's true to say the mixture gives full reign to P.J.'s vocal flamboyance and ability to render emotive ballads, a few rockers and even QUANDO TORNERA in Italian.

Whilst Proby's career has hit the rocky road on numerous occasions, he has never been forsaken by his fans and it's good to know he is still out there entertaining forty years later. These sides are another welcome reminder that he came, he saw and he conquered!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A QUALITY ARTIST OF THE 60's'
'American' artist 'P.J.Proby' born 'James Marcus Smith' took his stage-name
from a friends boyfriend.
Down the years Singer/Songwriter 'P. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars PJ Proby. Best of the E.M.I. years.
An excellent C.D. of all his best songs, I never get tired of listening to it, his voice at it's best.
Published 5 months ago by G MCQUADE
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the EMI years PJ Proby
My Husband likes this cd as he likes PJ Proby, it has all the songs that he wanted on it plus ones that he hadn't heard PJ Proby sing before.
Published 5 months ago by Julie Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars great value album
Never been a fan of p, j, proby but this was very enjoyable from start to finnish, saw him in concert recently and he had the audience rocking even now, so I bought this album and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by liz 1
4.0 out of 5 stars What memories are made of!
This CD takes me back to my youth, the songs on it are a good selection and include his biggest hits!
Published 7 months ago by LeMiliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Not really in to this music but this guy was superb just had to add this to my collection a true entertainer
Published 10 months ago by Alfie 47
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Wonderful album
One of my all time favourites
Only problem ...probably my fault...could not download all the album.
Will try again.
Published 10 months ago by Helen Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
James Marcus Smith ( PJ Proby) is my favourite singer of all time. This selection has nearly all of his best. Read more
Published 14 months ago by peter bence
5.0 out of 5 stars P.J.Proby CD
Fantastic Cd . All this hit's and more . A must for any Proby Fan . Easy listerning and good memories
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars PJ at his best
Love this album. Brings back memories. Some tracks I have never heard before, but with his unique way of singing, I still liked them. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by Eileen Banks
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