The second instalment from 'Ace' records of songs written by one of the most talented women in music - Jackie DeShannon. This compilation unlike the first compilation (which is also 5 star) spans the 60's (20 tracks), 70's (4 tracks) and 2 tracks from the 80's. There are 26 good to great tracks (72.09mins long) that cover many genres from Country tinged Soul, Northern Soul, Pop to MOR. There are loads of great names like Doris Duke, Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dave Berry and it's great to hear two fantastic early tracks from Kiki Dee and Olivia Newton -John. There are rare tracks from the Kalin Twins and Gerri Diamond along with two unissued tracks - one from Tammy Grimes and an unissued demo from Jackie herself from 1967. It would be great if 'Ace' could release a cd of Jackie's unissued material - we live in hope. The cd itself comes with a very informative 20 page colour booklet which has loads of pics, label scans and a track by track run down. The sound quality as usual is excellent (14 tracks in Mono and 12 Stereo). Overall, a very enjoyable overview of 3 decades worth of choice material written by Jackie for other great singers. 9/10.
P.s Also check out volume 1 'Breakaway' along with 3 separate volumes of her singles for Liberty records also released on 'Ace' records.
on 1 September 2014
Jackie must have written some dud songs in her time but not many and there are very few on this fine Ace collection. Better if anything than Volume 1 and still leaves room for a Volume 3 hopefully. In the liner notes mention is made of the number of demo recordings still lying in the vaults as yet unreleased. Could somebody, maybe Ace, not find these and issue them while all her fans and Jackie are still alive? I have heard some of them via releases on the Jackie deshannon appreciation website and they are of superb studio quality.