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You Don't Know What Love Is
You Don't Know What Love Is
Price: £9.32

5.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBERING THE IMPRESSIVE NICK NOBLE, 12 Feb. 2016
You won’t find anything much on the Internet concerning American-born Nick Noble (1926-2012) so this surprise Jasmine Records release is very welcome especially as the singer had a pleasant vocal style which apparently gained him nineteen hit singles plus an album. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg as further investigation reveals Nick is attributed to have waxed over one-hundred singles and four albums in total during what must have been a brief main-stream career but maybe his further progress was marred by the Sixties chart preoccupation and dominance of groups like The Beatles, Rolling Stones etc.

Of the singles, the happy-clappy THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO was a cover of Don Cornell’s #7 US hit yet reached #22 and several other singles enjoyed marginal chart positions - TO YOU MY LOVE (#27), A FALLEN STAR (#20) and MOONLIGHT SWIM (#37). Must say I was quite impressed with the singles especially with his country versions of THE TIP OF MY FINGERS, SWEET LOVE and A LEGEND IN MY TIME and there’s often a catchy feel-good factor inherent in many of the choices.

The album, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS was recorded in 1956 and with Nick’s vocal style switched to sheer romantic mood, I was impressed with his rendering of BODY AND SOUL, I DON’T WANT TO WALK WITHOUT YOU and the album’s title ballad as winners amongst selections that also includes covers of THE BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS and OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN which had been hits for Tony Bennett and Eddie Fisher.

With notes by In Tune International writer, Ossie Dales, I would guess he was responsible for this release and he has my thanks for enabling focus on a forgotten singer who deserved better. However, better late than never, with my recommendation Nick Noble will appeal to collectors of Fifties ballad singers and those who appreciate a good vocal performance.


Some Kind of Wonderful - The Songs of Goffin & King
Some Kind of Wonderful - The Songs of Goffin & King
Price: £11.61

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO BRILL BUILDING SONGWRITERS GOFFIN & KING, 11 Feb. 2016
With the jukebox musical BEAUTIFUL currently a big hit on Broadway and in London’s West End it’s the ideal time to look back at the numerous recordings devoted to the work of Carole King and Gerry Goffin who along with many other Sixties pop composers occupied New York’s Brill Building where they churned out memorable hits for so many singers which still sound good fifty years later. If in any doubt regarding this fact, just listen to the sixty songs contained on Jasmine’s double-disc overview of the couple’s early work during the period 1959-1962.

Naturally, their vast output attracted singers Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, Brenda Lee, Ann-Margret, Bobby Vee, Billy Fury, Gene McDaniels and Connie Stevens as well as groups The Shirelles, Drifters, Everly Brothers, Crickets, Drifters, Crystals and so many more, with not all songs hitting the Charts, but at least making a favourable indent in the singers’ repertoire. In fact, although UP ON THE ROOF, WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?, POINT OF NO RETURN, HALFWAY TO PARADISE, IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER and TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY will be immediately familiar as pop standards, it’s the lesser-known songs - many of them quite rare - which make this compilation so worthwhile, with many of them likely to return the listener to memories of those heady Sixties days long forgotten as they anchor this fine body t only established the Goffin/King partnership but also embraced their occasional collaboration with other writers like Cynthia Weil, Jack Keller, Howie Greenfield, Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Big Dee Irwin, Artie Ripp and Artie Kaplan. Carole also recorded their songs with NOBODY’S PERFECT and SCHOOL BELLS ARE RINGING included examples on this collection.

With accompanying notes, these remastered songs sound pristine and emit far better sound than when they were initially released on 45 rpm platters and together as a body of work fully achieve the tribute aim of this excellent compilation.


You Don't Know - All The Hits 1961-1962
You Don't Know - All The Hits 1961-1962
Price: £9.32

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT OVERVIEW OF HELEN'S EARLY HITS PLUS A SELECTION OF ALBUM TRACKS, 11 Feb. 2016
As the Swingin’ Sixties progressed and The Beatles, Rolling Stones and other groups grabbed the limelight, it proved difficult for UK girl singers to gain a chart foothold but generally Pet, Cilla, Sandie and Dusty managed to maintain some balance and squeezed in with some notable hits. Certainly, Helen Shapiro should be also added to that list as aged just fourteen in 1961 she reached #3 with her first single appropriately titled DON’T TREAT ME LIKE A CHILD. She subsequently enjoyed two #1 successses with WALKIN’ BACK TO HAPPINESS and YOU DON’T KNOW amongst the twenty-two singles, two best-selling EP’s and four original albums released during her 1960 -1967 EMI tenure.

However, as this thirty-song collection covers just the 1961/62 period, TELL ME WHAT HE SAID (#2), LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE (#23), LITTLE MISS LONELY (#8) and KEEP AWAY FROM OTHER GIRLS (#40) represent further hits although Helen’s success continued beyond this period with four lower-charting placements. Containing the “A” and “B” sides of her first seven singles, the remainder of this compilation includes selections from Helen’s album and extended-play releases with revived oldies of GOODY GOODY, BIRTH OF THE BLUES, AFTER YOU’VE GONE, BEYOND THE SEA etc. mixed with a number of covers including THE DAY THE RAINS CAME, LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR and SWEET NOTHIN’S which offer quite acceptable alternate versions to the original hits by Jane Morgan, Connie Francis and Brenda Lee.

With great sound remastering and fulsome notes, this release offers a fine selection of the still-working Helen’s best from her initial launch through her hit-making period.


What Do You Want? - The Singles Collection 1958-1962
What Do You Want? - The Singles Collection 1958-1962
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT HITS TRIBUTE TO ADAM FAITH, 11 Feb. 2016
Adam Faith’s (1940-2003) chiselled good looks helped him achieve the position of one of the UK’s more individualistic pop vocalists of the late Fifties and Sixties. Although he was no out-and-out rocker, Adam initially gained from John Barry’s arrangements which featured pizzicato strings and guitar with songs written by Les Vandyke signposting the singer’s way to popularity and frequent chart residence; amongst them WHAT DO YOU WANT? (#1) POOR ME (#1), SOMEONE ELSE’S BABY (#2), HOW ABOUT THAT? (#4), DON’T YOU KNOW IT (#9) and numerous others, which create their own unique space on this entertaining compilation of pop platters.

Whilst these and others have been around the CD reissue block a number of times, they still retain their originality with refreshing edge aided by Adam's distinctive trademark of hiccuping glottal stops and exaggerated pronunciation adding their unique trademark to his vocal persona. His other songs were generally agreeable tuneful ditties such as that perennial favourite LONELY PUP IN A CHRISTMAS SHOP (#4)which remained in the Charts for eleven weeks whilst the double-sided WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME/MADE YOU reached #5 during 1960. Other recordings include COUNTRY MUSIC HOLIDAY and WITH OPEN ARMS from the pens of Bacharach & David; Lionel Bart’s BIG TIME and EASY GOING ME, but as his repertoire diversified, the projected hits only reached lower placements in the charts, so Adam expanded his horizons to include television drama and stage work including the musical version of BUDGIE (based on his starring television series) and a touring revival of A CHORUS LINE with his photogenic appeal and acting ability maintaining his prominence.

Aided by excellent notes, catalogue numbers and release dates, Jasmine’s generous helping of thirty-six songs in chronological release-order includes all of Faith’s Top Twenty hits and a few that almost made it so I am sure dedicated fans will grab this collection on sight whilst others will appreciate its availability as a fine way to catch up on one of Britain's early pop idols.


A Voice On Air (1935-1955)
A Voice On Air (1935-1955)
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CELEBRATING SINATRA'S OVERLOOKED RADIO YEARS, 7 Jan. 2016
Sinatra’s birth centenary celebration brought forth a plethora of books, recordings and radio/television programmes during 2015 with much of it artfully recycled into fresh collections/compilations to provide something for everyone - whether avid fan, average listener or just too young to have been there when Ol’ Blue Eyes ruled the roost.

Personally, I nominate this particular collection of over one-hundred tracks spread through four discs as the most desirable from the material made available as it concentrates on Sinatra’s rare radio broadcasts and rehearsals during the period 1935-1955 when American radio was King. As such, the set rightly commences with the embryonic recordings (singing S-H-I-N-E with the Hoboken Four etc.); passes through the big-band Harry James/Tommy Dorsey days and into the singer’s solo tenures with the Columbia and Capitol record labels. Therefore, it includes either alternative readings of recorded songs (current or later versions) plus many he never waxed. In fact, it’s claimed there are forty-eight in the latter category among ninety performances of previously unreleased material. Not only that, there’s the historic atmosphere that envelops these “on air” moments to appreciate with such luminaries as Doris Day, Peggy Lee and Nat “King” Cole among many who were guests for duets with Sinatra.

Carefully restored and remastered in high-resolution from the original glass and aluminium radio transcription discs and magnetic tape masters these vintage recordings have been culled from wide sources with the outcome ensuring the best-ever sound quality whilst allowing Sinatra’s growing vocal experience and skilled ascendancy to shine through with many included incidental, commercial, comedic and historical references retained within the various programmes (including “Fortune”, “Your Hit Parade”, “Broadway Band Box”, “Songs by Sinatra”, “Light-Up Time”, and “The Frank Sinatra Show”) ) adding to the set’s welcome nostalgic ambience.

Housed within a black slip case with embossed Sinatra image and gold and white titled lettering, the four-panelled set contains the discs in card fixtures with a separate sixty-page somewhat over arty designed booklet containing an introduction by singer, pianist, archivist and producer Michael Feinstein, an essay by Frank’s daughter Nancy with the detailed historical notes provided by the project’s producer Charles L. Granata.


Johnny Get Angry
Johnny Get Angry
Price: £7.73

5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION DEDICATED TO AN UNDERRATED BRIGHT AND STYLISH VOCALIST, 11 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Johnny Get Angry (Audio CD)
Launched by Warner Brothers Records in 1960, Joanie’s fresh appeal was in the ascendant by the time she gained her US hit single JOHNNY GET ANGRY (#7) two years later and although subsequent singles failed to equal that chart position, various albums consolidated her brightly appealing vocal timbre with her profile also raised when she featured as “The Pepsi Girl” vocalist on radio and television in the States during the Sixties.

Jasmine’s generous thirty-two song compilation kicks off with four platters Joanie shared with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, the cool star of television’s hit series 77 SUNSET STRIP during 1959 but quickly leads on to her solo career which embraced both pop singles (including JOHNNY GET ANGRY plus minor hits ONE BOY and WHEN THE BOYS GET TOGETHER) and album tracks with the former represented by such revived oldies as BOB WHITE, BE MY LOVE, WHY DON’T YOU DO RIGHT and MAKIN’ WHOOPEE amongst newer material that includes THEME FROM “A SUMMER PLACE”, RUBY-DUBY-DU, GOOD-BYE JOEY and BOBBY’S HOBBIES. However, Joanie’s album tracks reveal a more stylish vocal spontaneity - amongst them NOBODY ELSE BUT ME, I DON’T WANT TO WALK WITHOUT YOU, THIS CAN’T BE LOVE (unusual arrangement), BLUES IN THE NIGHT and SEEMS LIKE A LONG LONG TIME leaving the impression even if some of the backing orchestrations have not worn well over the past sixty years, it’s still possible to appreciate the singer’s contributions.

Although Joanie retired from show business at the end of the Sixties for family reasons, it’s reported she returned to performing. Whilst it has to be said she never quite reached the top echelons of popular girl vocalists, her recorded legacy is worthy of appreciation with this Jasmine collection including fine examples which deserve a place in anyone’s collection.


Island In The Sun - The Harry Belafonte Hits Collection 1953-1962
Island In The Sun - The Harry Belafonte Hits Collection 1953-1962
Price: £8.69

5.0 out of 5 stars HITS BY BELAFONTE AND MORE!, 11 Dec. 2015
Singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist best describes the life and career of Harry Belafonte who during the mid-Fifties became the charting King of Calypso as well as a popular movie star in CARMEN JONES, ISLAND IN THE SUN and ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW. Now in his late Eighties, this excellent compilation of US/UK hit singles and a few popular album selections, is the perfect way to recall Harry’s successful run prior to his decision to support and address serious social issues. In fact, such pop gems as BANANA BOAT SONG, JAMAICA FAREWELL, MAMA LOOKA BOO-BOO, SCARLET RIBBONS, ISLAND IN THE SUN and the seasonal MARY’S BOY CHILD still sound as fresh and original as they did when they occupied high positions in the Charts with those songs sporting calypso rhythms recalling warmer climes during UK’s wet winter chill. Along with the album tracks - some of which also charted as singles - UNCHAINED MELODY, DON’T EVER LEAVE ME (a.k.a. YELLOW BIRD), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and HOLE IN MY BUCKET are among enjoyable recordings on a compilation which stands out amongst the plethora of Belafonte reissues currently available.


Christmas with Ella & Friends
Christmas with Ella & Friends
Price: £10.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA HEADS CHRISTMAS CHEER IN ENTERTAINING ASSORTMENT OF CLASSIC VOCALISTS AND SEASONAL SONGS, 29 Nov. 2015
There was a time when every popular singer waxed a Christmas album collection but that’s now a thing of the past and rarely does a seasonal single hit the Charts so year by year I now look for compilations featuring past performances and artiste’s dear to our hearts.

This double-disc of fifty seasonal songs features many great vocalists despite the fact the collection dedicates its title to the great Ella who overall sings eleven classic songs from her ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS (Verve-1959) as well as a couple of Forties numbers like the pop-orientated SANTA CLAUS GOT STUCK IN MY CHIMNEY. Otherwise, it’s an entertaining seasonal concept of established favourites sprinkled with some spiritual material and some duplication of songs by other artistes in differing arrangements. The usual musical chestnuts involve Eartha Kitt, Brenda Lee, Andy Williams, Crosby with The Andrews Sisters and Mel Torme. However, lesser-known numbers and vocalists squeeze between the obvious so The Mills Brothers (YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SANTA CLAUS), Louis Prima (SHAKE HANDS WITH SANTA CLAUS), Dinah Washington (OLE SANTA), Burl Ives (JOLLY HOLLY CHRISTMAS), Nancy Wilson (THAT’S WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS) and Sister Rossetta Tharpe (O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM) are refreshing inclusions which widen the scope, with just UK’s Beverley Sisters managing to represent home-grown talent amongst this American dominated seasonal banquet.


Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010
Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010
Price: £41.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MATHIS CHRISTMAS MAGIC!, 16 Nov. 2015
Coming not far behind Crosby and Como and possibly just ahead of Andy Williams, Johnny was also considered to be the ideal singer with whom to celebrate Christmas with no less than six US-charting seasonal albums credited to him. Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, Real Gone Music has released a celebratory triple-disc seasonal collection that encompasses five of these albums - MERRY CHRISTMAS (1958), THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS (1963), GIVE ME YOUR LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS (1969), CHRISTMAS EVE WITH JOHNNY MATHIS (1986), THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM (2002) but ignoring his 2013 release SENDING YOU A LITTLE CHRISTMAS and as such it is the second collection (the other being THE SINGLES) to assemble a chunk of Mathis’ recording career for the occasion.

Whilst I acknowledge their rarity, a round-up of Mathis’s seasonal singles MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS EVE, SIGN OF THE DOVE, CHRISTMAS IS….., THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY, CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY OF ANGELS plus reprise versions of THE LORD’S PRAYER and WHEN A CHILD IS BORN - this time in duet with Gladys Knight & the Pips can already be found on either the recently released JOHNNY MATHIS - THE SINGLES set or amongst last year’s compilation THE CLASSIC JOHNNY MATHIS CHRISTMAS ALBUM which also included two songs recorded in 1961 and claimed as being previously unreleased; the cheery OL’ KRIS KRINGLE written by Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh plus GIVE ME YOUR LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS (Jack Gold/Phyllis Stohn) which Mathis also recorded later in a more pop-oriented form as title-number of the above-mentioned 1969 album. O TANNENBAUM is another rarity - having been Johnny’s guest lead vocal contribution to the Mannheim Steamroller’s 2001 seasonal album CHRISTMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE whilst WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (Christmas version) is backed by The Jordanaires and extracted from Johnny’s Nashville-recorded album LET IT BE ME together with HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS from the same sessions but not included on the album. Another treat is his 2006-recorded duet medley with Bette Midler of WINTER WONDERLAND/LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!

With a total of seventy-one remastered tracks topped and tailed by AVE MARIA (from album GOOD NIGHT SWEET LORD) - the latter in a longer version, producer Didier Deutsch has ensured this three-disc set, packaged in a four-panel wallet with photographs, new interview with Johnny Mathis and liner notes by Joe Marchese, does full justice to the singer’s complete Christmas recordings.


Complete Capitol Christmas Recordings
Complete Capitol Christmas Recordings
Price: £16.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT TRIBUTE TO THE SINCERITY OF GLEN CAMPBELL, 16 Nov. 2015
If statistics are to be believed, Glen Campbell’s fifty year-plus career enabled him to sell 45 million records, gain a dozen Gold, four Platinum and one Double Platinum albums, with his versatility allowing him to straddle the Country, Pop and Adult Contemporary charts with such unforgettable hits as GENTLE ON MY MIND, BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX, WICHITA LINEMAN and RHINESTONE COWBOY. Glen’s greatest asset was his smoothly sincere delivery of songs and it was always possible to envisage his personable easy-going vocal style which matched his visual image as gleaned from concerts, television appearances and the odd movie.

The main focus of this Real Gone Music release is Capitol’s 1968 release THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING which apparently was launched following Glen’s USA small-screen series GLEN CAMPBELL GOODTIME HOUR on which many seasonal favourites were featured. The album which hit #1 in the Christmas charts, includes the lovely CHRISTMAS IS FOR CHILDREN - a notable composition from the pens of Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen; the sentimental LITTLE ALTER BOY and such perennial favourites as THE CHRISTMAS SONG, I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS and HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS. Only BLUE CHRISTMAS, the Roger Miller composed lullaby OLD TOY TRAINS and Willie Nelson’s PRETTY PAPER edge the Yule tide spirit rightly into their Country& Western genre whilst Sammy Cahn’s lyrics give a new and touching freshness to the classic THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Accompanying orchestra arranged and conducted by Al de Lory with the seasonal availability of the collection eventually being certified Gold in 1977.

Added to this “Complete” anthology are seven songs; the 1972-released single (I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS/NEW SNOW ON THE ROOF), the spoken traditional tale THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS which together with WHITE CHRISTMAS and a beautifully rendered SILENT NIGHT plus the 1990-released O HOLY NIGHT and a new version of THE CHRISTMAS SONG were released on compilation albums.

Excellent remastering plus the exacting liner notes by Joe Marchese with rare photos, ensures this collection must be seen as an excellent tribute to a fine popular singer who due to a sad degenerative illness can no longer entertain us.


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