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Doris Troy Sings Just One Look & Other Memorable Selections

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B000BDH4PU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John R. Woolmore on 26 Jan 2010
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I bought this amongst a spate of archive hysteria. I have the vinyl LP "Just One Look" and wanted to replace it. After the failure of most of my other purchases I'm glad I did. Good solid blues/soul/R&B crossover.
I like pratically all the tracks but the 2 most eminent are Just one look and Whatcha gonna do about it.
A great "soul" singer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike crook on 16 Jan 2014
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i just like doris troy, and this contains some of her best stuff .. she is a great forgotten singer
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Both Sides Of Her Lone Nationally-Charting 1963 U.S. Single Are Here 26 Nov 2013
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on
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It isn’t often that you’ll see a complete CD covering the music of a legitimate One-Hit Wonder, let alone four, but in the case of Doris Troy (born Doris Elaine Higginsen in New York City on January 6, 1937) it’s understandable because this classy lady, known throughout the industry as Mama Soul, was so much more than that lone singles charts claim to national fame. For the record, that came in June/July 1963 when the self-penned Just One Look, produced by John “Gregory” Carroll, surged to # 3 R&B/# 10 Billboard Pop Hot 100 on Atlantic 2186 b/w Bossa Nova Blues.

Both sides were also part of the 1963 12-track Atlantic LP released that same year, also titled “Just One Look” (Atlantic 8088), and if all you want are both sides of her lone hit, this Collectables 2005 reformatting of that LP is your best bet as it comes with excellent sound reproduction and informative liner notes written by Al Fichera (the contents are repeated in the Comments below showing the times of each track). The only other side from the LP to emerge as a single was What’cha Gonna Do About It? (Atlantic 2206), also in 1963 (and which later reached # 37 in December 1964 in the U.K.where she was extremely popular), b/w Tomorrow Is Another Day.

On the other hand, if you wish to sample a wider array of her recorded efforts I would recommend the Kent/Ace 2011 “I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996" which offers 26 tracks and much more extensive liner notes/discography and with equally-fine sound quality (be sure to read the great review by Garby Gable). The only lamentable omission (from a completists’ point of view) from among the four sides just mentioned is the B-side to her one hit, Bossa Nova Blues. It does, however, provide much of her pre-hit and later sides as you will see from the list of her singles also shown in the Comments, with an asterisk (*) preceding those included in the Kent-Ace Anthology.

She started out under her birth name in 1960 as a member of a group called The Halos (along with John “Gregory” Carroll, Al Showell and Doc Wheeler) and cut her first solo disc that year for Everest Records as Doris Payne (her grandmother’s name). Prior to recording her one hit, she gained further experience by working with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Solomon Burke, The Drifters and others. Covers of Just One Look were subsequently hits for The Hollies (in 1964 and again in 1967), Anne Murray (1974) and Linda Ronstadt (1979).

As a backing vocalist she was much in demand, having worked with Pink Floyd on the LP Dark Side Of The Moon, as well as The Rolling Stones, George Harrison (who was instrumental in getting her name on an Apples contract in the U.K.), Dusty Springfield, Carly Simon, the British group Humble Pie and others. All this is covered in the liner notes to the Kent/Ace Anthology.

In 1983, she and her sister Vy, a noted New York radio peronality, wrote the off-Broadway musical based on her life titled Mama, I Want To Sing, and it ran for some 1,500 shows with Doris, at one stretch, playing the part of her mother Geraldine. Over the many years it ran numerous personalities played the various parts, including Chaka Khan and Deniece Williams. In 2011 it was turned into a movie starring Ciara (Harris).

The last track in the Kent/Ace volume, the poignant Take My Hand, Precious Lord, is an appropriate way to end the Anthology of a great, beautiful vocalist taken from us prematurely at age 67 on February 16, 2004 in Las Vegas as a result of complications from emphysema.
A good companion to Doris' Apple album 17 May 2014
By steve_manassas - Published on
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When Doris Troy signed with Apple Records in 1969, she was surprised to learn that George Harrison and the other Beatles were familiar with her music. As Doris said in 1992, "He [George] told me he had 'Just One Look' and my Atlantic album. I said, 'What! My stuff?' to which George replied, 'Yeah. We listen to it all the time!'"

This is the album that Harrison was talking about. Not only does it contain the title track, which is Doris' best-known composition (written under the pseudonym Doris Payne), a Top Ten hit in 1963, and covered by many artists, including The Hollies and Linda Ronstadt, but has 11 other selections as well, most of them co-written by Payne, along with Great American Songbook classics, such as "Stormy Weather" and "Somewhere Along The Way."

While I highly recommend the Doris Troy album on Apple, which I purchased as part of the excellent Apple Records Box Set in 2010, this earlier Atlantic album - remastered by Rhino and issued on Collectables Records - is a fine companion piece to that CD.

Doris Troy died of emphysema in 2004, no doubt because of heavy smoking, as many performers of her generation were. In addition to the Atlantic and Apple albums, there are other compilations available for those who want to explore her music further.
+1/2 - The album behind Doris Troy's 1963 title hit 10 Jan 2014
By hyperbolium - Published on
Doris Troy is locked into the Groundhog's Day repetition of oldies radio with her 1963 Top 10 hit "Just One Look." But there was more to her career than is encapsulated in that (albeit, superb) two-minute and thirty-one seconds. The daughter of a Pentecostal minister, she sang in her father's church choir before being discovered by James Brown at the church of R&B, the Apollo Theater. Her signature "Just One Look" was released by Atlantic and led to this 1963 album, combining well-selected covers (including a gospel-powered take on "Stormy Weather") with eight originals from Troy and her co-writer Gregory Carol. Troy smolders with anticipation on "Lazy Days (When Are You Coming Home)," grooves to the Latin-inflected "Bossa Nova Blues," bends blue notes for "Draw Me Closer," reads her mistreating mate the riot act on "Someone Ain't Right," and closes the album with the dramatic Ben E. King-styled "Time." Troy went on to back the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, sign to Apple for an album in 1969, and mount a musical theatrical production of her life story (which was subsequently turned into the film Mama, I Want to Sing!), but she never again found the commercial success of her very first single. Luckily, the Atlantic archives testify to the breadth of singing and songwriting talent that took root in 1963. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [2014 Hyperbolium]
Doris Troy Sings 26 Feb 2013
By Francis M. Myers - Published on
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Exactly was I expected and it contained all of the songs that I was interested in. It is music that is rarily heard any more; so it is perfect for my needs..
Doris Troy Is Wonderful ! 22 Jan 2013
By K. Nolting - Published on
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Great 1963 CD by Doris Troy. Many songs are co-written by her. Just One Look was her big Hit. It was covered by many other artists like Lulu, The Hollies, Lynda Carter, and Linda Ronstadt.
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