Petula probably recorded more music in the sixties than anybody else, but never sacrificed the quality. These recordings, mostly from 1967 or 1968, but including four from 1966, are among Petula's finest. There are her own hits (Color my world, Other man's grass, Who am I? and Cat in the window) plus a lot of covers and less famous originals.
Among the covers are England swings (Petula really swings on this, in a way that Roger Miller never did), Cherish (The Association), Winchester cathedral (New vaudeville band), Reach out I'll be there (Four tops), Here there and everywhere (Beatles), Smile (Nat King Cole), Black coffee (Peggy Lee), The last waltz (Engelbert Humperdinck - Petula's French version was a French hit for her), Answer me (Frankie Laine) and I could have danced all night (from My fair lady). The variety of sources is wide, but I would expect nothing less from Petula. You can't tell which are the old songs from Petula's versions, because they've all been suitably updated for the sixties.
What would I be? was written by Jackie Trent, who wrote so many of Petula's great songs. For whatever reason, Val Doonican was allowed to have the British hit, but Petula's version is much more potent. I like Val, but his laid back style doesn't really suit the song. In any case, it's a pity that Petula's version wasn't released as a single in America, where it could have been a massive hit.
Petula wrote, jointly with others, Please don't go, While the children play, Las Vegas, Special people, Isle de France, For love, Love is along journey and I'm begging you. She was a very talented writer, although her songs were often very personal and not hit material - but they stand the test of time well.
This is one of several great twofers covering Petula's sixties music. Enjoy it !