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Sailor, Romeo And Other Romantic Notions

Petula Clark Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B00005QTC2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful compilation of the 'lost' Petula era 6 Jun 2005
By T.M.G.
Format:Audio CD
I was put off buying this CD for a long time because I am more interested in Petula's singles, and I believed this to be an album she recorded at the time. However, I eventually found that it is a compilation of singles from a little-known era in her very long career. I already knew and loved her massive early 60s hits, 'Sailor' (#1) and 'Romeo' (#3), and being a big fan of her 1950s work, and slightly less so of the post-Downtown era, I was rather curious to see what came in between. This compilation basically shows how a young Petula, then in her late 20s, but already a showbiz veteran, had grown up at the end of the 1950s and was beginning to find her feet in the world of 60s pop.
Sadly, most of the songs on this CD weren't hits, and whilst she was sounding like other girls with teen appeal, such as Helen Shapiro and Connie Francis, it was them who were having the hits. Anyway - what is here is to be enjoyed. The tracks are a selection of her finest singles dating from 1959 to 1962. Not every 'a' and 'b' side from that era is here but what is not included can be found on other compilations that do not repeat the tracks here. Besides the previous two I mentioned, Pet had three other chart hits from this era that are included here - 'My Friend The Sea' (#7 but I don't like it much, and neither does Pet!), 'Something Missing' and 'I'm Counting On You', both of which missed the top 40, and these two are great. The 1959 recordings included are very good - great pop music without being cheesy in any way. On these tracks and as she moved into 1960 she was doing the kind of songs favoured by Helen Shapiro and Connie Francis. 'Cinderella Jones' is a vastly underrated song that was her first single of the 60s. Not rock and roll, in my opinion, but it has a nice melody matched with a great vocal.
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Petula Clark's long career can easily be compartmentalised into three distinct phases. Firstly there was the little girl who charmed war-torn Britain with her chirpy singing on the radio and then her winsome acting in wholesome family movies. She then went on to record non-threatening songs such as "The Little Shoemaker" and "Suddenly There's a Valley", and remained popular in the charts until 1957. The third phase started around 1964 with "Downtown" and the international acclaim that followed it and the many other hits she had. This CD, however, covers what I consider to be the second phase - the period from 1958 to 1963, when her career ( in Britain at least ) was drifting aimlessly, and she was searching for a style that record buyers there would accept. From "Baby Lover" in early 1958 ( for some reason not included here, even though it too was recorded on Pye) to "Sailor" in 1961, Petula Clark was totally absent from the UK charts. The problem was that The Brits just didn't want to let go of the sweet and innocent image they had of her, which seemed to appear timeless to them, even though she was already deep into her Twenties and had had a long-term musical and personal relationship with the Scottish pianist, Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson. While Alma Cogan ( who was no more than six months older than Petula Clark ), could easily get away with uptempo rockers such as "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin", "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", "Tan Shoes and Pink Shoes Laces" and "Lucky Lips", Britain would not accept "our Pet" as anything other than an innocent teenager in woman's clothing. While she could score big with bland and gushy love songs like "Sailor", "Romeo" and "My Friend The Sea", anything that hinted of raunchiness and assertiveness was virtually ignored in Britain. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petula's early sixties English recordings 21 Aug 2002
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
During the period covered by these recordings, Petula was red-hot in France. She had been successful in fifties Britain, but her career had stalled. Petula wasn't going to give in that easily, and continued to record in English even as her main focus was in France.
Whereas her French recordings were rock'n'roll (buy the double-CD En vogue to hear Petula rock as hard as anybody), her English recordings were not that different from her fifties music. Petula (originally a child star actress) had an image problem in Britain that is still apparent even now. So, Petula didn't record much rock'n'roll in English (a great pity) but the music to be found here is still of an extremely high quality.
The first three tracks (Sailor, Romeo and My friend the sea) were all top ten British hits for Petula - Sailor went to #1 - so it looked as though Petula was going to be a force in the charts once again. It actually proved to be a false dawn, but there would be a second comeback three years later with Downtown, which would be longer lasting.
Sailor is a translation of the German song Seemann, a big American hit for Lolita despite being sung in German. Petula had the song translated into French (as Marin) and had a huge French hit with it. Romeo was also translated into French and was a hit there too. They weren't rock'n'roll, but the French loved them anyway.
Cinderella Jones is rock'n'roll, but it didn't sell so maybe that's why Petula wasn't allowed to record more of the same in English. Richard Harries suggests the record wasn't seriously promoted, and that may well be the case.
No album was released in Britain to coincide with the three big hits, although there were enough songs to fill one (and one was released in Italy).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petula's early sixties English recordings 18 Aug 2002
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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During the period covered by these recordings, Petula was red-hot in France. She had been successful in fifties Britain, but her career had stalled. Petula wasn't going to give in that easily, and continued to record in English even as her main focus was in France.
Whereas her French recordings were rock'n'roll (buy the double-CD En vogue to hear Petula rock as hard as anybody), her English recordings were not that different from her fifties music. Petula (originally a child star actress) had an image problem in Britain that is still apparent even now. So, Petula didn't record much rock'n'roll in English (a great pity) but the music to be found here is still of an extremely high quality.
The first three tracks (Sailor, Romeo and My friend the sea) were all top ten British hits for Petula - Sailor went to #1 - so it looked as though Petula was going to be a force in the charts once again. It actually proved to be a false dawn, but there would be a second comeback three years later with Downtown, which would be longer lasting.
Sailor is a translation of the German song Seemann, a big American hit for Lolita despite being sung in German. Petula had the song translated into French (as Marin) and had a huge French hit with it. Romeo was also translated into French and was a hit there too. They weren't rock'n'roll, but the French loved them anyway.
Cinderella Jones is rock'n'roll, but it didn't sell so maybe that's why Petula wasn't allowed to record more of the same in English. Richard Harries suggests the record wasn't seriously promoted, and that may well be the case.
No album was released in Britain to coincide with the three big hits, although there were enough songs to fill one (and one was released in Italy). So, this compilation pulls together all the songs that could have been included, plus other English recordings from around the same period.
This was not the most important period of Petula's English language career, but nor should it be ignored, Petula made some beautiful music back then, which we are now able to enjoy thanks to her successful second comeback of the mid-sixties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Road 30 May 2009
By Dennis Marcellino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember The Road from when I was in high school. It's one of those songs that you have to listen to the radio all the time to hear. They never climb the charts but turn out to be one of your all-time favorites. That's the case for me with The Road. That cut alone was worth the price of the CD (my 45 is too scratchy). It's got a great gospel feel and arrangement. Makes you wonder how many great songs just slip through the cracks and aren't heard by many. I feel like I've personally recorded a lot of those myself, which you can hear at DennisMarcellino.com.
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