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Tell Him - The Decca Years CD


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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00076SJN2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Lee Cleven on 26 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of Billie Davis but the cover photo intrigued me so I took a chance and I love it. As a fan of the Brit Girls of the 60s, I think that Billie Davis really is up there with Sandie, Lulu, Marianne, and Cilla. "I Want You to Be My Baby" is a gem of a song with incredible production value. This should have been an opening for Billie Davis to more and more hits. Her voice had matured from her early songs around 1963 and she was in better voice than ever. She was always good but I find it criminal that she is known for "Tell Him" when she has done so much more and has recorded well into the 80s and, although sporadically, even more recently. Billie Davis is a singer who is a delight to discover. She has done some beautiful songs such as "Angel of the Morning" (superb rendition!), "Darling Be Home Soon" (also superb!) and she has the voice for these songs. She is great on uptempo songs such as "Billy Sunshine", "Tell Him", and "V.I.P." Billie listened to what music was popular and she was one to take a risk covering "Living In The Past" and doing it justice as well as "There Must Be A Reason".

This CD has made an ardent Billie Davis of me. I highly recommend RPM's "Whatcha Gonna Do" compilation. Billie went from Decca to Columbia to Pye, and returned to Decca. "Whatcha Gonna Do" covers her recordings on Columbia and Pye's subsidiary label, Piccadilly. There are many gems on this CD to own and treasure. I also recommend checking out her 70s and 80s work through her website. A great country album, "Stormy" and most of her 70s and 80s singles are available through her website. Billie is much more than a 60s icon. She still tours with The Rapiers as a guest star and that is what Billie Davis is: A Star.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2005
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Girl singers didn't have much of a chance in the 60s but the few that made it achieved instant and lasting success. Billie Davis would have joined the select patheon of 60s Britgirls (Dusty, Lulu, Cilla, Sandie, Petula & Marianne) had the momentum in her early career breakout in 1963, following an incredibly gritty Top 10 UK cover of the Exciters' "Tell Him", not been disrupted by a car accident. By the end of the decade, Billie had gone full circle with recording labels from Decca to Columbia to Pye then Decca again but not before making another classic record ("I Want You To Be My Baby") in 1968 that should have been a monster-sized hit but ended up just missing the Top 30 due to a factory strike that halted the record's distribution. Talk about bad luck.
People today remember Billie only for "Tell Him" and "I Want You To Be My Baby". Few realise how many beat boom pop gems she had made during the intervening years that should have yielded her half a dozen more good sized hits but didn't. These and many more rare, much sought-after and collectible sides waxed during her second signing with Decca - artistically her most fertile years - form the basis of this truly stunning collection. Pity Spectrum didn't make this a comprehensive Decca anthology by including "Nights In White Satin" and a couple of excellent tracks from her one and only album.
Vocally, Billie matured from throaty pip-squeak beat belter ("Tell Him") - shades of a raspy Lulu from the "Shout" years - to interpretive mid-tempo ballad chanteuse and hippy age rocker. How's that for versatility ? This late 60s anthology collection shows Billie was more ahead of her time in terms of the breadth of material she chose to record than hitherto acknowledged. First, the highlights.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb 2006
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Spectrum are to be congratulated for this anthology of a girl singer from the '60s who while never a top level star or having many hits did stay the course over the decade compared with a number of other one hit wonders. As this CD shows she did record many great tracks, even if they were not hits, including covers of other songs that provide pretty amazing arrangements (my favourite being Jethro Tull's "Living in the past").
While not bestowed with the vocal range of a Dusty or a Sandy, she knew how to work in her limitations and very high quality late '60s production as shown best on the near hit "I want you to be baby" which I remember dashing out to buy after hearing once on the radio, prove this is a long overdue resdiscovery.
Hopefully demand will result in the gaps of all her other output in the '60s being released on another CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Turner on 22 July 2009
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I was 14 years old when I saw Billie Davis singing on stage in 1963....it was love at first sight! She was very pretty and her singing was great too. Now, 46 years later, I bought a ticket to go and see 'Me & My Shadows' with Jet Harris (her former beau) which was to feature Billie, but unfortunately it was cancelled. However, it was on the basis of seeing Billie again that I thought I'd better re-acquaint myself with her music, particularly in her most formative years and this album seemed to tick all the right boxes. I was not disappointed. After the early success of Tell Him it seems as if the fates conspired to knock her back at every turn. The car accident, which shattered Billie's jaw, her vilification for being involved with a married man, the aforesaid Jet, who was also severly injured in the car crash, and PP Arnold pipping her to the post with Angel Of The Morning, although Billie's version is outstanding and should have been a big hit for her. To Billie's credit, she never gave up and in 1968 it seemed as if success was again in her grasp with her release of the excellent I Want You To Be My Baby when strike action at the record plant stopped the flow of singles to the shops. It stalled at #33.
Listening to this album, Billie comes over as a good but not a great singer and sometimes the choice of songs leaves a lot to be desired, although I guess Decca dictated much of her early work. Having said that, there are some excellent tracks. I like Nobody's Home To Go Home To, a delicious ballad and the Goffin/King number Wasn't It You. Interesting too are the cover versions of Living In The Past and Darling Be Home Soon. One noticeable ommission though is Nights In White Satin.
In reviewing this selection of Billie's early output it makes me feel a little sad that, all things being equal, her obvious talent should have been better rewarded.
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