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Great way to complete a Del Shannon 60's collection
on 18 April 2001
When BGO reissued Del's 60's LP's on CD a while back (and they are excellent by the way), I had hoped that all non-LP singles sides would be issued as bonus tracks. Unfortuntately, this was not the case. This 2 CD set rectifies the situation as it contains every 45 single side (from US, UK, and Phillipines) issued by Del on the Big Top, Berlee, and Amy labels in the early 60's. Thus it includes tracks not readily available elsewhere such as "The Wamboo"--the flip side of "Little Town Flirt".
The sound is just fabulous. I guess Charly must've gotten their hands on some low-generation masters. The fold out booklet has a good essay on Shannon's career, primarily focusing on the years the set covers, 1961-65. It also includes a discography of that era.
The only complaints, if there must be any, is that stereo masters were used in some cases rather than the original mono singles masters. Nitpicking? Maybe a little. However, because of this, "Hey! Little Girl" is missing Del's harmony vocal. It was dubbed onto the original mono master at mix time making the mono version the only 'real' version of the song (thankfully it is included on the BGO Runaway/Hats Off...CD).
Get this CD, the BGO reissues, and the hard-to-find US CD "Liberty Years" and you will have a complete record of Shannon's 60's output.