The second in a series of five covering Sandie's sixties music, this CD begins with the 12 tracks from one of her original albums, then adds a further 12 bonus tracks, these having been released originally as A and B sides of singles. If you are only familiar with Sandie's hits, some of the other music may come as a shock, so you might want to listen to samples before committing yourself if you have doubts.
Perhaps surprisingly, Sandie's hits nearly all occurred between 1964 and 1969, and some of those hits were only minor hits. Within the last 12 tracks here, you'll find Message understood, Tomorrow (both top 10 hits), Nothing comes easy (a top 20 hit), three other hits and the B-sides for all six.
The first 12 tracks feature an entire album, originally titled Me, which avoided anything released as the A or B sides of singles. The most famous song here is, of course, When I fall in love. Originally recorded by Jeri Southern, the song became an American top 20 hit for Doris Day, but the song aroused British interest later in the fifties via Nat King Cole's cover version. Sandie re-interprets the song in her own distinctive style, so I'm not surprised that some people dislike it. For me, re-interpretations of familiar songs are always interesting, even when I don't like them. In tis case, I love what Sandie did with the song, but it is likely that I'll always prefer Jeri's original version to any other.
Anybody who is truly a fan of Sandie's music (and not just a fan of her hits) will enjoy this a album. A lot of people, including some who apparently call themselves Sandie Shaw fans, should check those samples before buying.