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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the ultimate Gene Pitney collection
This is a very comprehensive collection of Gene's finest music. All his British and American hits are here, including his American country hits with George Jones and his late eighties duet with Marc Almond.
In the sixties, Gene had many high-charting pop hits in Britain and America. Curiously, none of them reached number one, although he reached number two in both...
Published on 31 Mar 2003 by Peter Durward Harris

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the "ultimate" collection
This is not the best compilation of Gene's songs. 50 tracks may sound like good value but the quality just isn't there. Gene may not have had the greatest singing voice but his songs were certainly among the best with strong lyrics.

At best this is a Pop compilation which misses the content of albums like "Blue Gene", "Great Songs of our Time" and the now rare...
Published on 9 Aug 2007 by Mel


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the ultimate Gene Pitney collection, 31 Mar 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Looking Through - The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
This is a very comprehensive collection of Gene's finest music. All his British and American hits are here, including his American country hits with George Jones and his late eighties duet with Marc Almond.
In the sixties, Gene had many high-charting pop hits in Britain and America. Curiously, none of them reached number one, although he reached number two in both countries with different songs. He finally got to number one in Britain when Marc Almond and Gene recorded Something's gotten hold of my heart as a duet.
I'm gonna be strong was Gene's only hit to reach the top ten in both Britain and America. Gene's other top ten American hits to be found here are The man who shot Liberty Valance, Only love can beak a heart and It hurts to be in love. Gene's other top ten British hits to be found here are Twenty four hours from Tulsa, That girl belongs to yesterday, I must be seeing things, Looking through the eyes of love, Princess in rags, Backstage, Nobody needs your love, Just one smile and the original solo version of Something's gotten hold of my heart.
With a total of fifty tracks this collection includes not just the essentials, but all the minor hits and even a couple of songs recorded in Italian. It also includes his original version of Hello Mary Lou, a song he wrote before he had a recording contract and which was a huge hit for Ricky Nelson.
You won't find a better compilation of Gene's music anywhere, although if you just want a basic sixties hits collection there are plenty of single CD's to choose from.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 21 May 2000
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This is the best compillation of songs on a CD. The backing is marvellous and of course Gene's voice gives life to the beautiful lyrics. A must for all Gene Pitney fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Through Gene Pitney - Excellent and comprehensive Best Of, 24 Nov 2009
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Ah, Gene Pitney. Much derided for his cheesy `60's ballad pop style, but secretly much admired by the sneering critics. Immensely popular right up to his recent passing, this excellent 2 disc set collects together all his best recordings and shows why he was so popular.

This is essentially a collection of great catchy tunes, with great catchy lyrics (Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart' for example), sung with Pitney's instantly recognisable light, poppy voice with characteristic drawl.

There is a whole host of great tracks here - `24 Hours From Tulsa', `Town Without Pity', `The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' and `Looking Through the Eyes Of Love' to name a few. All the big hits, and several lesser known gems.

And album that no-one with taste will admit to owning, but one that will have you tapping your foot and singing along for hours...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unavailable in North America, 8 Feb 2010
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This is just a great collection!! I have never seen it offered for sale in North America.
Many of Gene Pitney's songs are difficult to come by. Such as Louisiana Mama. It was a throwaway "B"
side of his second release "Take Me Tonight" and I suppose that is why it has never been offered on any
of his Greatest Hits compilation cd's here in North America. Great job Castle in providing us with this
compilation!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad Loss, 18 Nov 2013
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Such a shame to lose great individuals so soon. He has always been a favourite of mine and this CD celebrates a great life and all the best of his long history of excellent songs. He is sadly missed but the songs will go on for ever. thank you Gene.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the "ultimate" collection, 9 Aug 2007
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This is not the best compilation of Gene's songs. 50 tracks may sound like good value but the quality just isn't there. Gene may not have had the greatest singing voice but his songs were certainly among the best with strong lyrics.

At best this is a Pop compilation which misses the content of albums like "Blue Gene", "Great Songs of our Time" and the now rare "Pitney'75". Songs from the '75 album e.g. Image, Train of Thought, Tryin' to get the Feelin' and the brilliant Ocean's Away (the latter track is also on the DVD) can be found on the "Blue Angel"cd.

If you just want the pop songs then this "ultimate" 2 cd set may be for you, but the Hits and More cd, which also has the single with Marc Almond is better quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Compilation, 18 July 2009
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Pretty good & consistent sound quality throughout and the best, most comprehensive compilation of his UK & US hits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars gene pitney compilation, 5 April 2006
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king rataxes (rataxesville, canada.) - See all my reviews
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Gene Pitney died today age of 65 at the hilton hotel in Cardiff, he sings songs like '24 Hours From Tulsa' and 'Backstage' and 'Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart', both hits from the rock 'n' roll sixties style like Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, Marty Wilde, Adam Faith, Cliff Richard, and Elvis Presley.
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