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  • Audio CD (3 Aug 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000JJ9Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Since I Met You Baby
2. I Need You By My Side
3. I Want Somebody
4. I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo
5. I'll Never Leave You Baby
6. That's Why I Dream
7. A Tear Fell
8. Heaven Came Down To Earth
9. I Need You
10. That's Why
11. You Mean Everything To Me
12. You Can't Stop This Rocking And Rolling
13. It's A Doggone Crying Shame
14. It May Sound Silly
15. Where Are You
16. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
17. I Could Fall In Love With You
18. One More Memory
19. I'll Be Faithful
20. Worried Mind
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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By sam on 30 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
we ordererd this cd because of the 1st track was for our first dance at our wedding. Since then I have had many momments of enjoying it and now even singing along with it in the car great tracks and true recordings wish i was around then......
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Ivory Joe Hunter/ Old and the New 24 Jan 2002
By Brittany Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My mother,Mary Edwards, wrote 2 of the songs on this album when I was a child. (I Could Fall In Love With You, and One More Memory). Ivory Joe was not only a great talent with a beautiful voice, but a wonderful man who cherished his friends. I called him Uncle Joe until his death and still miss him greatly. I can still see that big, leather house shoe hanging off the end of his foot,patting to the music as he sat at the piano. My father, Howard Edwards, played the guitar and we sang and had so much fun. Of course our little voices were pitiful, but Uncle Joe always told us we were great. I met a lot of famous people who came to his home in Monroe, Louisiana, where he lived for many years. We loved to watch him perform on the Ed Sullivan show. Now days when you say that kids ask "who was Ed Sullivan?" Boy do I feel old then. Well, there is no music today to rival that of the 50s. Ivory Joe was a great talent and even greater man. He is greatly missed.
Brittany Edwards
Monroe, La
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A little something for everyone 22 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With some effort, I acquired Ivory Joe Hunter/The Old and the New, mainly for one of my favorites: Since I Met You Baby. This tune came out when I was in seventh grade.
I got hooked in the mass market rock and roll music as it developed in the mid to late 1950s. So I have not really bonded with some of the more traditional blues songs on this CD. An even older generation can probably appreciate them more. But I am trying, by playing them over and over again, to develop a real appreciation.
Others that I can really go for include the more country type, such as A Tear Fell and Worried Mind.
It is said that Ivory Joe estimated that he wrote between 7 and 8 thousand songs in his lifetime. I have checked with other musicians as to whether this is really possible. To prove it, one of my friends then composed a basic blues tune on the spot. Maybe those songs weren't all fully developed and worth marketing. But he sure left us a lot that were recorded, for their own entertainment value and as influence on others.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classic ballads with some typical 50s filler 4 Jun 2007
By Mark Blevins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, the set collects the two LPS Ivory Joe cut for Atlantic back in the mid 50s. These were his top years as a chart artist, with big hits coming in the way of "Empty Arms," "A Tear Fell," and the immortal "Since I Met You Baby," which kicks off this set. That one song alone - in its original version - is enough to recommend this collection. The fact that the Greatest Hits collection by Razor and Tie, which has many of these tunes, is out of print is another.

The first LP is much stronger than the second. Not only are the ballads sweet, but Ivory Joe mixes in some early rockers like "I Got to Learn to do the Mambo" and "You Mean Everything to Me." The second album is made up of a few new cuts and old standards. These, to my ears, are not in the same class as "Since I Met You Baby," and the arrangements border on the sacherine. There are a couple good cuts on the second album - "Worried Mind" and "One More Memory" being the standouts.

Unfortunately, this collection lacks Ivory Joe's other big hit for Atlantic - "Empty Arms," because with that it would work as a nice greatest hits package. As it is, it functions as a place to find some great classics, but also as a reminder as to how sloppily put together albums could be in the 50s.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great songs - indifferent sound quality 23 Mar 2002
By MR NEIL CARTER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tell me you know of a more talented singer-songwriter and i'll suggest you have been drinking!
The album comprises R&B classics (No other version of 'Since I Met You Baby' comes anywhere close to the perfection of Joe's original) and classic ballads (I'll Take You Home again, Kathleen etc) and represents excellent value. The dissapointment for me is the mastering. Problem is, it will always come out second best to the likes of the ACE label.
Anyhow, let's place this artist where he deserves to be - At the top!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
His Two Complete Atlantic LPs From 1957/58 21 Aug 2013
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In this 1999 release, Collectables pulls together the two LPs cut by Ivory Joe Hunter (born October 10, 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas) during his brief stint with Atlantic Records in the late 1980s, with tracks 1 to 14 from the 1957 album "Ivory Joe Hunter" (Atlantic 8008) and tracks 15 to 26 from the 1958 release "Ivory Joe Sings The Old And The New" (Atlantic 8015). So, it was never intended to be a "greatest hits" or "best of" album per se, even though you do get his first three hit singles there and their B-sides. And, I may add, with excellent sound reproduction and informative liner notes written by Mark Marymont.

Possessed of one of THE most distinctive voices of that era, this gentle giant had been a mainstay on what passed as the R&B charts since late 1945 (those listings began in 1942 as The Harlem Hit Parade), and before joining Atlantic had appeared on those charts 15 times while recording prolifically for 5 different labels into 1954 (the hits are listed, in the event you're interested, in the Comments below). Most of these songs he composed himself (it's estimated he wrote some 2,5000 tunes!), and good cross-sections of his early material may be found in the Acrobat Records of the U.K.'s 2006 20-track release "Ivory Joe Hunter - Jukebox Hits 1945-1950" while some of his Atlantic sides not in this volume, including his other three national hits, are in the 1994 Razor & Tie 25-track release "Since I Met You Baby - The Best of Ivory Joe Hunter."

His first hit for Atlantic was the self-penned It May Sound Silly which, billed as Ivory Joe Hunter & His Ivorytones and backed by the Ray Ellis orchestra, peaked at # 14 R&B in May 1954 on Atlantic 1049, losing out on the more lucrative Billboard Pop Top 100 to the Coral cover by The McGuire Sisters who had the backing of the Dick Jacobs orchestra. The flipside was I Got To Learn To Do The Mambo. The early 1955 follow-up I Want Somebody/Heaven Came Down To Earth, both written by Joe, went nowhere on Atlantic 1066, and it wouldn't be until early 1956 that he had his third Atlantic single, A Tear Fell written by Dorian Burton and Eugene Randolph, and this time, again backed by Ellis and billed as before, he hit # 15 R&B in March 1956 on Atlantic 1086 b/w I Need You By My Side. Meanwhile, the original Teresa Brewer rendition of A Tear Fell on Coral, also backed by Jacobs, was heading for a # 5 Top 100.

Another failed single, the Hunter-penned You Mean Everything To Me/That's Why I Dream on Atlantic 1095 failed in mid-1956, but then he became the first black artist to outsell a rushed-out white cover when he took his own Since I Met You Baby to # 1 R&B and # 12 Top 100 in November/December 1956 on Atlantic 1111, out-distancing both Mindy Carson, who peaked at # 36 on Columbia, and Molly Bee who failed to dent the Top 100 at MGM. All of the foregoing were in the two Atlantic LPs and so included here in this great CD compilation. Not part of either album, however, were his last three nationally-charting singles at Atlantic, or the 5 that failed into 1959 (see the Comments below). He would never have another such charted single.

Despite having composed all those songs, including the immortal I Almost Lost My Mind, which for him spent 5 weeks at # 1 R&B in January/February 1950, and which Pat Boone took to # 1 Top 100 for 4 weeks in a June/July 1956 cover on Dot, Ivory Joe Hunter died flat broke after a long bout with lung cancer on November 8, 1974. He was just 60 years of age. Unbelievably, this stylish Blues crooner (who also had a great love for C&W music) has yet to be honored by either of the Blues Hall Of Fame (inaugurated in 1980) or the R&R Hall Of Fame (inaugurated in 1986). Not even in the early influence category! Ridiculous!
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