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The Very Best Of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

Johnny Kidd, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001AI92V4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Please Don't TouchJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. GrowlJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Steady DateJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Feelin'Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If You Were The Only Girl In The World And I Were The Only BoyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You Got What It TakesJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Longin' LipsJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 1:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shakin' All OverJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Yes Sir That's My BabyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 1:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. RestlessJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Magic Of LoveJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Linda LuJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Let's Talk About UsJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Big Blon' BabyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Weep No More My BabyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. More Of The SameJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Just Want To Make Love To YouJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Please Don't Bring Me DownJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. So WhatJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hurry On Back To LoveJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I Want ThatJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Can TellJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. A Shot Of Rhythm And BluesJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Some Other GuyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. PopeyeThe Pirates 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Spanish ArmadaThe Pirates 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Then I Got EverythingJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. I'll Never Get Over YouJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:090.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Hungry For LoveJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ecstasy (1992 Digital Remaster)Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Casting My SpellThe Pirates 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. My BabeThe Pirates 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Doctor Feel GoodJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Always And EverJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Little Bit Of SoapJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oh BoyJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 1:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Send Me Some Lovin'Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Whole Lotta WomanJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Your Cheatin' HeartJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Right String But The Wrong Yo-YoJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Shop AroundJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I KnowJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Jealous GirlJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Where Are YouJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don't Make The Same Mistake As I DidJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Birds And The BeesJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Can't Turn You LooseJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Gotta Travel OnJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Shakin' All Over '65Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Bad Case Of LoveJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. You Can Have HerJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. This Golden RingJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. It's Got To Be YouJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. I Hate Getting Up In The MorningJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Send For That Girl (2002 Digital Remaster)Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The FoolJohnny Kidd & The Pirates 4:110.99  Buy MP3 


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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of a great band 2 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
The 1992 "The Complete" 2-CD set saw EMI release clean remastered versions of virtually everything the various incarnations of the band recorded for EMI between 1959 and 1966. Fans have mourned its deletion, copies turning up at ireegular times on auction sites from at least twice the original price and often more. The CD releases since have varied between well-thought out and sensible compilations by EMI to thrown-together efforts from third parties. Kidd/Pirates Fans can now get hold of the most comprehensive collection since that. This "Best Of" still packs in both sides of every single in chronological order plus many of the rare tracks from "Complete". Omissions include a few of the less essential 1964 aborted album tracks plus one or two other items, however most of these have appeared elsewhere. The most interesting inclusions are two instrumental tracks by the Pirates that see the light of day anywhere for the first time. "Spanish Armada" and "Popeye" are from 1963, recorded by the Green/Spence/Farley line-up before "I'll Never Get Over You" returned their leader to the top five the same year. The sound is full for just guitar/bass/drums and makes me wonder why more was not made of this line-up although to be fair the following year saw them cut a blistering 'solo' R&B 45 ("My Babe"/"Casting My Spell") at one take each track which are also included. This set easily represents the most comprehensive collection of this legendary UK singer and band since "Complete" - and at such a good price it cannot be faulted. Grab it while you can.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link 11 Feb 2009
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Johnny Kidd for me is the link between the classic rock and roll of the late 50's and the newer sound of the 60's "Merseybeat" groups. The bridge is the "Shot Of Rhythm And Blues/I Can Tell" 45 released in 1963 - just guitar, bass, drums and superb vocals from the guvnor himself.

He also wrote two of the best songs of the era with "Shaking All Over" and "Please Don't Touch".

This is a good "best of" collection which plays out in chronological order so you can hear the changing style of British rock and roll and r'n'b from the late 50's through to the mid 60's.

Some of the choices in material that he did might appear strange to us but Johnny always gave a good performance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In "Please Don't Touch" and "Shakin' All Over", Johnny Kidd had two of the best ever British rock'n'roll records, arguably the latter was THE best. In spite of that, his chart success wasn't massive and the self-evident originality of those records didn't necessarily translate to more inventive stuff further down the line. An example of the latter was 1965's coupling of "Shakin' All Over `65" an unnecessary reworking complete with reedy organ, and a belated cover of the country-ish "Gotta Travel On", originally from the rather obscure Billy Grammer in 1959, but a song which certainly didn't play to Kidd's strengths. This was the sort of record which Kidd was putting out towards the end of his short career which was so unfortunately terminated by that car crash in `66.

This set gives us Johnny Kidd, not forgetting the Pirates, warts and all since it includes pretty well everything that they recorded even including such things as a recording of Jerry Lee's "Big Blon' Baby" which was recorded for a long deleted "Saturday Club" album. The set is also arranged in strict chronological order so there's a feel for the changing nature of pop and rock music from `59 through to `66. There's an argument that all of Kidd's significant work could be contained in an album of half the size of this but both the price and the comprehensive nature of this set make it attractive.

A few observations:

* Johnny only had one single released in 1959, the excellent "Please don't Touch", the rest were 1960 and on. This was the timeframe when interest in rock'n'roll seemed to be on the wane with many of the original big names not contributing for a variety of different reasons. Gene Vincent was one of the few originators who was still around. He was also in the UK a lot during the early 60's.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a massive fan of MerseyBeat music, and of course know and love Shakin' All Over. I also know and adore a few other songs from this abum such as Doctor Feelgood, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Some Other Guy, I'll Never Get Over You, A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues.

It was on the strength of these songs that I decided Johnny Kidd and The Pirates merited further investigation, and when I saw just what an extensive list of songs is on this album, I knew it was worth a try.

I am very glad I tried it as I love every song, as well as discovering songs I didn't realise I knew, ones I never knew and two previously unreleased songs.

It's classic Merseybeat and easy to listen to, learn the lyrics to, and sing along or even dance to. Brilliant overview of a brilliant, underrated band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please Do Touch 16 Aug 2010
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Comprehensive compilation (56 tracks over 2 CDs) of this late 50s/early 60s British Rock 'n' Roller. Kidd was a prolific recording artist during his tragically short career (he was killed in a car accident while on tour in Lancashire). His choice of material was rather schizophrenic, however and this is reflected in the album at hand, where we find: classic, atmospheric R 'n' R originals (Shakin' All Over); derivative R 'n' R originals based on previous (Shakin' All Over '65); Merseybeat pop songs (I'll Never Get Over You) and dire cover versions (If You Were The Only Girl In The World). Personally, I'd have preferred a more selective sample, focussing on the best, original R 'n' R material; the previously unreleased Pirates instrumentals are welcome, though. Ahoy, mateys!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
some poor re-recordings on this cd should read "the best of the pirates"
Published 2 days ago by Jeanette Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best set of musicians from the late fiftys to the ...
one of the best set of musicians from the late fiftys to the early sixties a real pearl of an album ricky.
Published 28 days ago by ricky
3.0 out of 5 stars johnny kidd best of
I had the original 45 of shaking all over and lost it over the years so when I saw this CD I had to get it just for that track alone as it is one of those records that never seem... Read more
Published 4 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars the very best of johnny kidd & the piraes
5 star quality Item it has all the best songs you would want, on the 2 CD there are 28 songs on each CDs
so I would recommend it to my friends.
Published 6 months ago by G. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars No kidding this is good
As I hadn't heard a lot of Johnny Kidd other than shakin all over & one or two others I was pleasantly surprised when I played this album to hear so much rock n roll the way that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ALANPEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
To be honest there are some really naff? tracks on this CD ..however for the price and the sheer quantity theres more than enough to keep the listener entertained....
Published 7 months ago by M. W. Salter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for JK fans!
An excellent value cd covering pretty well everything Johnny Kidd released and showing his song writing potential and his place in rock history. Worth it for Shakin All Over alone! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Fall
4.0 out of 5 stars Cd review
Lets say that some of the tracks haven't aged that well and are certainly of their time, however, that said those that were very good back in the day are still very good today. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. M. D. Brocket
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll never get over you
I'll never get over you was the first record i ever heard and actually wanted..........my Father bought it for me after constant pestering,Iwould have been about 8 or 9 years... Read more
Published 15 months ago by sull1van
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated hero
I bought this double album a couple of years back from the now ailing HMV store. My first Jonny Kidd album bought in 1978 contained 12 tracks, but introduced me to fantastic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bernie2111
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