This extensive collection is long overdue. The versatile Adam Faith died on March 8th 2003, and it has taken Parlophone, i.e EMI for whom most of these recordings were made, eight years to finally pay homage to this highly underrated singer. Admittedly, Mr. Faith was no Caruso, but he used his limited vocal range to good effect. He had rhythm and great phrasing, and his singing style was truly charming. Adam Faith was in every respect special.He was also one of very few British acts of the late 50s, early 60s to record original material.
"Complete Faith" is a brilliant box set tracing his recorded work from 1958 up to 1968. Being an ardent Faith fan, I took particularly great delight in listening to his long deleted albums "Adam Faith" (1961) and "From Adam With Love" (1962) with accompaniment directed by John Barry and Johnny Keating, respectively, both of which are excellent and in pristine stereo! All his 24 chart hits are, needless to say, included. For some strange reason, "Who Am I?" is in mono, and it is rather vexing that so many, especially post Barry, pre Roulettes tracks only appear in mono as I feel confident that quite a few of these were also recorded in stereo. For stereo buffs, "To Make A Big Man Cry" (1966) is a true gem, and Mr. Faith's soulful interpretation of the wistful balled had deserved to chart.
The accompanying booklet is, sadly, not without flaws. There are annoying misprints, and the journey through Mr. Faith's career is swift and lacking in depth. Moreover, musical directors are omitted, which is regrettable, even though these may be obvious to the most faithful fans.
All in all, this box set is a must-have for any Faith fan, and comes highly commended.