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.