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Twice As Nice 1959-1961 [Double CD]

Clyde Mcphatter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B008COSZ0S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. LETíS START ALL OVER AGAIN
2. BLESS YOU (For Being an Angel)
3. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?
4. STAY AS SWEET AS YOU ARE
5. I NEED YOU SO
6. TRUST IN ME
7. THE GLORY OF LOVE
8. DONíT TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME
9. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
10. IíLL NEVER BE FREE
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. HARBOUR LIGHTS
2. LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING
3. YOU BELONG TO ME
4. THESE FOOLISH THINGS
5. ANSWER ME, MY LOVE
6. WHEN DID YOU LEAVE HEAVEN?
7. PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME HONEY
8. AS TIME GOES BY
9. THATíS MY DESIRE
10. THINKING OF YOU
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Founder of The Drifters and with a successful solo career, Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential and consistently popular R&B artists of the pre-soul era. This superb 2CD set offers the four original albums: Let's Start All Over Again, Greatest Hits, May I Sing For You and Ta Ta all on one compilation for the first time. Features hit singles including: "Ta Ta", "I Told Myself a Lie", "Let's Try Again". There are also classic interpretations of American songbook standards including: "Three Coins in a Fountain", "Love is a Many Splendored Thing". Clyde McPhatter was a force to be reckoned with and this is a perfect compilation for fans of him and R&B.

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5.0 out of 5 stars McPHATTER'S WELCOME FOUR-ALBUM ANTHOLGY 27 Aug 2012
By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having honed his rhythm and blues style as a member of vocal groups The Dominoes and The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter (1932-1972) set high standards for solo vocal prowess which influenced many singers like Ruth Brown and his protege Brook Benton. However, like many before and since, self-doubt and failure to maintain prolonged success fueled his addiction to alcohol which contributed to his early death despite an upbringing steeped in religion and the world of gospel music.

Fortunately his recorded work remains, with Jasmine's two-disc anthology concentrating on four albums waxed between 1959-1961. Released by MGM in 1959, LET'S START ALL OVER AGAIN (1959) is a selection of mainly standards redefined for the rhythm and blues format with BLESS YOU, HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? and THE GLORY OF LOVE performed in an enjoyable easy-going style. Attempts by MGM to release singles somehow stalled although I TOLD MYSELF A LIE, TWICE AS NICE, LET'S TRY AGAIN enjoyed lower-chart success and grouped together they formed the basis of GREATEST HITS (1960) with songs like the catchy THIS IS NOT GOODBYE (Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield) adding to the album's appeal. Despite having the iconic Ray Ellis as producer and conductor on his MGM recordings, Clyde's lack of success enabled a move to Mercury Records where Clyde Otis supervised two albums arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks with MAY I SING TO YOU (1960) presenting Clyde's fine ballad versions of standards THESE FOOLISH THINGS and WHAT WILL I TELL MY HEART? However, PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME HONEY, AS TIME GOES BY and THAT'S MY DESIRE are effectively fast-paced with swirling strings adding appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Clyde McPhatter 9 July 2013
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A super CD from the late and great Clyde McPhatter. Good to have some of his harder to find MGM recordings and certainly a must have for serious collectors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 July 2014
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Some what disappointed since it doesn't have Clyde Mcphatters most famous hits from the 50's
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK. 21 Nov 2012
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Some good quality tracks. Good quality singing. A CD worth a try but don't expect it to be a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MANY SIDES TO CLYDE 18 July 2012
By ralph - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first CD release to focus on the LP's of Clyde's post-Atlantic period. Covering the years 1959 through 1961, Clyde's two albums for MGM and first two albums for Mercury are included in this 2 CD set. First up on disc one is the 1959 MGM LP "Let's Start All Over Again". This is the album that was supposed to introduce Clyde's amazing vocal talents to a more mature audience. It contained a mix of standards like "Glory Of Love", "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "There Will Never Be Another You" and some originals that you might consider an early incarnation of soft rock. Clyde the singer naturally shines on this album. If you can't stand the thought of the legendary Clyde McPhatter doing anything but straight ahead R&B, then this album is not for you. On the other hand, if you can appreciate that the best singers can interpret all kinds of material and can't get enough of his golden voice, please dive in with an open mind and enjoy! The main flaw with "Let's Start All Over Again" is the heavy emphasis on ballads. A few more solid uptempo numbers would have created a more interesting balance. Next up on disc one is Clyde's second MGM album called (somewhat misleadingly) "Clyde McPhatter's Greatest Hits". This was basically a collection of the singles released on MGM, most of them low to mid charting. It is a bright mix of pop confections like "Think Me A Kiss' and "Twice As Nice" with grandiose ballads like "The Masquerade Is Over" and "I Told Myself A Lie". This blend makes this the more fun and balanced listen of the two MGM LP's even if it is more lighweight.
On disc two we find Clyde's Mercury offering entitled "May I Sing For You" an entire album of standards that holds up well today. It's not even close to rock and roll or R&B, but works very well and is actually a solid effort from start to finish, it's also a great lost "lounge" era album. The second Mercury album brings Clyde's return to rock and roll and to the charts. The album "Ta Ta", named after the brilliant hit single that hit the Top 30 in 1960,is a mixed bag that is
squarely aimed at bringing Clyde back to the teen audience. In the course of two CD's we see Clyde come full circle from adult crooner and back again to the teen sound. I have to give 5 stars for this CD release, not because it stands with Clyde's best work, but because fans of the late legend have waited long enough for the release of his post Atlantic body of work. Last year's release of the MGM & Mercury Singles 2 CD set did a lot to bridge the gap, but we still need the rest of the story to be told. We're still awaiting a proper CD release of the Mercury LP's "Lover Please", "Rhythm And Soul" and his two best 1960's LP's "Golden Blues Hits" a totally inspired collection which finds Clyde updating and interpreting 1950's r&b classics, and the masterpiece concept album "Songs Of The Big City" a Phil Spector meets The Drifters styled ode to New York City life circa 1964. Later in the 1960's Clyde recorded for the Bell/Amy label, and these sides have been reissued several years ago although that CD is no longer in print. Clyde's final LP from 1970 was entitled "Welcome Home" on the Decca label and was a precursor to the Philly sound of the 1970's. Let's hope all of these gems get released (and padded with the Deram and B&C single releases from the late 60's as well)!

5 STARS FOR BRINGING BACK A LEGEND - KEEP 'EM COMING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT AND INFLUENTIAL VOICE. 22 Jan 2013
By TOBY - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, you must understand that this is not the Clyde McPhatter of The Drifters. But, it is still Clyde McPhatter. It is still an incredible voice and perhaps the most important influence on the career of Aaron Neville. If you are interested in understanding more about this voice, there is a lot to appreciate in this Jasmine two cd set. The material and arrangements are simply, for the most part, Mr. McPhatter attempting to appeal to an audience beyond his loyal youthful one. One that was perhaps a bit older and a bit less youth oriented. Although not that much so. I am trying here to avoid words like... "conservative," "traditional," and "mainstream." For these words would not really be appropriate for all of the selections presented here, although for some they would. I find that even though these arrangements, unfortunately, don't have any of the fun horn contribution, if I play this Jasmine set with the Jasmine set of Roy Hamilton from the 1950's, I am able to enjoy more of what there is in these recordings to appreciate. And there is a lot to enjoy here. But, there are a lot of strings which are not always as much fun as the strings in those wonderful Drifters arrangements. Still, I am very happy that I bought this set, and would do so again. The sound, as always with Jasmine, is extremely good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWICE AS NICE IS A MUSICAL TREAT!!!!! 15 Jun 2013
By rose high - Published on Amazon.com
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This double album is the prize. This is a ballad singer that will put you in the mood for some serious loving.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Angel for Sure! 25 Mar 2013
By L. Muhammad - Published on Amazon.com
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Clyde is one of my favorite, song are has subliminal and right for lyrics, and his delivery great even on songs that don't rate his talent. Sad that very littles is writtne about him. He created what so many lesser artist use today.
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