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Let the Heartaches Begin [Original recording remastered, Box set]

Long John Baldry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: Castle Comm.
  • ASIN: B00002412H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. LONG AND LONELY NIGHT (NO FRIEND OF MINE)
2. STAY WITH ME BABY
3. EV'RE TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
4. FOR ALL WE KNOW
5. BETTER BY FAR
6. LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN
7. WISE TO THE WAYS OF THE WORLD
8. SINCE I LOST YOU BABY
9. SMILE
10. ANNABELLA (WHO FLIES TO ME WHEN SHE'S LONELY)
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. IT'S TOO LATE NOW
2. WAIT FOR ME
3. DON'T PITY ME
4. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
5. SPANISH HARLEM
6. HENRY HANNAH'S 42ND STREET PARKING LOT
7. A MAN WITHOUT A DREAM
8. CRY LIKE A BABY
9. RIVER DEEP, MOUTAIN HGIH
10. HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father of British blues discovered Elton and Rod 14 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Some people acclaim Long John Baldry as the father of British blues, a title he certainly has strong claims to, but although he has spent most of his life singing the blues, this compilation covers his brief period as a pop singer in the late sixties. It is likely that John could have been much more successful as a pop singer, had he committed himself, but it wasn't really his type of music. Nevertheless, the pop music he recorded is of the highest quality, as this set proves.
Long John Baldry had a number one hit (Let the heartaches begin) and a top twenty hit (Mexico - the UK TV theme song for the 1968 Olympics). His only other two hits (When the sun comes shining thru, It's too late now) made the top thirty. Hold back the daybreak, a superb ballad, was twice released as a single but missed the charts both times.
Apart from those singles, this collection contains plenty of covers, all sounding great with John's bluesy voice. Spinning wheel (Blood sweat and tears), Spanish Harlem (Ben E King), River deep mountain high (Ike and Tina Turner), What now my love (Sirley Bassey), Cry like a baby (Box tops), Lights of Cincinatti (Scott Walker), Sunshine of your love (Cream), Stay with me baby (Lorraine Ellison), Son of Hickory Holler's tramp (O C Smith), MacArthur Park (Richard Harris), How sweet it is (Marvin Gaye), I can't stop loving you (a Don Gibson song best remembered via the Ray Charles cover) and Every time we say goodbye (the Cole Porter classic) are among the classic songs that show how great John was.
Despite his brilliance - even recording pop music when he preferred the blues - John will be remembered as the man who plucked Elton John and Rod Stewart from obscurity.
This collection reminds us that Long John Baldry was an excellent pop singer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars golden oldie 15 Feb 2013
By joy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
ffirst class music real class singer brought back the olden days of true music lets hear more of this kind of music
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad old songs and some rare surprises 2 July 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like wallowing in sad songs, then this is for you.
Some few tracks are out of the mold and reflect LJB's earlier career.
Nice background music but I did not notice many of the tracks when working.
Probably you will need to lay back and listen.
Great value double CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father of British blues discovered Elton and Rod 14 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some people acclaim Long John Baldry as the father of British blues, a title he certainly has strong claims to, but although he has spent most of his life singing the blues, this compilation covers his brief period as a pop singer in the late sixties. It is likely that John could have been much more successful as a pop singer, had he committed himself, but it wasn't really his type of music. Nevertheless, the pop music he recorded is of the highest quality, as this set proves.

Long John Baldry had a number one hit (Let the heartaches begin) and a top twenty hit (Mexico - the UK TV theme song for the 1968 Olympics). His only other two hits (When the sun comes shining thru, It's too late now) made the top thirty. Hold back the daybreak, a superb ballad, was twice released as a single but missed the charts both times.

Apart from those singles, this collection contains plenty of covers, all sounding great with John's bluesy voice. Spinning wheel (Blood sweat and tears), Spanish Harlem (Ben E King), River deep mountain high (Ike and Tina Turner), What now my love (Sirley Bassey), Cry like a baby (Box tops), Lights of Cincinatti (Scott Walker), Sunshine of your love (Cream), Stay with me baby (Lorraine Ellison), Son of Hickory Holler's tramp (O C Smith), MacArthur Park (Richard Harris), How sweet it is (Marvin Gaye), I can't stop loving you (a Don Gibson song best remembered via the Ray Charles cover) and Every time we say goodbye (the Cole Porter classic) are among the classic songs that show how great John was.

Despite his brilliance - even recording pop music when he preferred the blues - John will be remembered as the man who plucked Elton John and Rod Stewart from obscurity.

This collection reminds us that Long John Baldry was an excellent pop singer.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pye anthology from Amazon 22 Mar 2012
By Gwen E - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An excellent cd. It reminded me so mucvh of my youth in the 60s. I am currently looking to purchase further items from this artist via Amazon, and have also purhcaased the video Live at Iowea University
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