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You Gotta Believe It's... [Import]

Sharon Tandy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B000189WUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Gotta Believe It
2. Hold On
3. I Can't Get Over It
4. Our Day Will Come
5. Perhaps Not Forever
6. One Way Street
7. Hurry Hurry Choo Choo
8. Daughter Of The Sun
9. Toe Hold
10. Love Is Not A Simple Affair
11. Look And Find
12. I Wanna Be Your Baby
13. The Way She Looks At You
14. Hurtin' Me
15. For A Little While
16. Stay With Me
17. I've Found Love
18. Move A Little Closer
19. Gotta Get Enough Time
20. Border Town
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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South African-born Sharon Tandy is a bona fide 1960s legend, with a story to match. Blue-eyed soul, freakbeat and state-of-the-art Brit-girl pop, she handled it all with consummate ease and one of the best voices of the time. "You Gotta Believe It’s Sharon Tandy" is the first ever career retrospective of this unique, and until now somewhat enigmatic, artist. The track-listing includes virtually all her UK singles 1965-69, upon most of which Sharon was accompanied by psychedelic avatars the Fleur De Lys – tracks such as ‘Daughter Of The Sun’, ‘Gotta Get Enough Time’ and the in-demand mod anthem ‘Hold On’ have been sought-after collectors’ items for years. Seven tracks, including five previously unissued, derive from Sharon’s legendary 1966 session at Stax in Memphis, where she was backed by Booker T & The MGs – the first European to record at that hallowed venue. The package features an in-depth look at Sharon’s career, with full co-operation from the lady herself, and is copiously illustrated with many rare photos.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful anthology of lost classics 21 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sharon Tandy had a smoky, bluesy kind of voice, more Julie Driscoll than Dusty Springfield, and backed mostly by psychedelic rock band Fleur de Lys, cut some wonderful sides that sadly escaped chart recognition in the 60s. In 1967/68, she must have been challenging to market. In her own words, she wasn't a typical 60s girl singer. Neither was she the precursor to progressive acts like Maggie Bell. Julie Driscoll was the closest comparison and even she had only a brief brush with the charts.
The round-up on this largely comprehensive and much awaited anthology in fact consists of Sharon's recordings with Pye in 1965 (4 songs), Stax in 1966 (7 tracks including 5 from the vault) and the rest with Atlantic UK in 1967-69 (including one released on Atco in the US). Given that the sound and production values on these sessions are so distinctively different, I found it a little odd that Big Beat chose not to go with chronology but with a more subjective if not arbitrary track sequencing.
That aside, there are some terrific gems in here that we should be grateful to have at last on CD. "Perhaps Not Forever" is my top pick from the Pye years. The way she uses her smoky voice makes this a stand out. The brassily-produced "Now That You've Gone" is however a disappointment and doesn't do justice to this Petula Clark original.
Tracks from the Stax sessions featuring Booker T & the MG and produced by Tom Dowd (Tks 3,6,9,12,15,18 & 21) should be heard together for maximum audio coherence. The trademark musicianship of Booker T including the famous cooking bass are all evident on these excellent tracks. A-side "Toe Hold" and "I Wanna Be Your Baby" are highlights.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 60s C.D. 14 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sharon Tandy and The Fleur De Lys both individually and collectively added up to a big fat zero chartwise in the 60s.
Listen to this c.d. and WONDER WHY! Whether it's blue eyed soul,
freakbeat,pop or ballads-Sharon's voice,powerful,pleading,soulful and ever so sexy handles it all easily. Most of the singles and b-sides are here as well as the STAX sessions. It cost me over £100 to acquire them and now they're all here in excellent sound quality. I don,t mind one bit. I only hope it opens the vaults to more from this fabulous singer.
Shame on the 60's public for not buying her records and shame on me because I was one of them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fulsome CD testament 7 April 2006
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Sharon Tandy was on the legendary 1967 Hit The Road Stax tour and did a particularly blistering version of Hold On at Birmingham Town Hall, where she depped for Carla Thomas on her night off. Backed by Booker T and the MGs, they recreating the magnificent recorded version on which she was backed by Les Fleur-de-Lys down to the guitar break. She also performed a version of Eddie Floyd's Things Get Better. Her version, recorded with the MGs at Stax Studios in 1966, was unreleased until now.
Unavailable until 2001 when it was included on a Fleur-de-Lys compilation, Hold On is track 2 on this long-awaited CD. A mod classic now filed under "freakbeat" it was a much-loved B-side in our house when it came out, going on to become a hit in Europe and being re-released here the following year as an A-side. This meant unfortunately burying their other potential smash, the Julie Driscoll-ish Daughter Of The Sun as its flip, and to no avail as Hold On continued to uninspire the record-buying masses.
Although there are other recordings with the Fleur-de-Lys here, their reputed live onstage power and intensity is really only captured on those two tracks, though the other original side of Hold On, a version of Lorraine Ellison's smouldering Stay With Me (Baby) becomes her own through a distinctive arrangement and performance, unlike the original or its myriad covers, and actually "bubbled under" in the charts. There is also a sizzling version of Our Day Will Come, slowed down in Vanilla Fudge style, but too often the band were subverted into creating "commercial" ballads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2 Nov 2011
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What an outstanding artist. Sharon Tandy never had the success her talent deserved. There are so many tracks that were worthy of chart success. The CD stands the test of time too. As good today as when they were recorded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anouther fantastic 60s gem this is fab!! 27 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
anouther chrimbo gift and oh boy is this good highly recommended if you love your sixties music a lot of gems here buy it!!
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