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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First!, 2 Feb 2010
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Amazon Customer "traceyann" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
A quality cd - from the informative booklet to the sound quality of the cd, even better than the first volume (a great job 'Ace'). Out of the 24 tracks, i had only heard eight of them before. It was extremely interesting to hear the original versions of some of my favourite songs such as 'Love of the common people' (Everly Brothers and Nicky Thomas) and the wonderful 'You don't have to say you love me'. My two favourite tracks are 'I'm your Puppet' by Dan Penn and the fantastic melancholic 'Then you can tell me goodbye' by Don Cherry. All in all a fantastic concept gets better and better. Bring on volume 3.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace do it again, 3 Mar 2010
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P. Burnett (essex UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
Ace records have once again produced a great CD that all serious collectors of music will want in their collection. Just because thse songs were not hits by the original artist, it doesn't mean that they are inferior, in most cases (but not all) they are every bit as good. In many cases they are album track or B sides that somebody has picked up on, recorded it, and had a hit. This collection, like the first volume showcases the talent of the original artist/s. Of the two dozen songs on this CD comes comes a few surprises, none more so than the 1939 original of the lion sleeps tonight by Soloman Linda. As always the booklet that comes with this CD gives an insight how an unknown South Afican record could end up as a huge hit for the Tokens and latterly Tight Fit, via Pete Seeger. There are a lot of gems on this CD, too many to list. The best thing to do is buy a copy, a serious collector will not reget it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace Records - So Aptly Named, 20 Mar 2010
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G. Hall "Offshore Radio Fan" (Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
Top marks to the powers that be at Ace Records, they have come up with another amazing selection of tracks that are well known, but not by the artistes on this cd. This, the second volume is equally as good as the first, and everything said by other reviewers I have to agree with. Stand out tracks for me, the Barry McGuire version of The Mamas & Papas hit California Dreamin, do my ears deceive me, or is this the same backing track as used on the Mamas & Papas, The Four Preps version of Love Of The Common People, in fact, there's hardly a bad track on here. I have to recommend this cd very highly, finally a tip for pop music quiz compilers, this is an excellent cd to use. Let's hope that Ace are working on further volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "You Heard It Here First Vol. 2", 17 Mar 2010
This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
I got the above Compact Disc (You Heard It Here First Volume 2), and found it just as good as the Volume 1. Many of the tracks are extreamly unusual, and some are very old. I am a big fan of the music of the 1950's and 60's, and this Disc is one of the best compilations going. To hear the songs as they were origionally recorded is really great, and in some cases, better than the Hit Recordings!

I would recommend any music fan to buy this, as it is fantastic!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More pop curios, 16 Dec 2012
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A. Owen "anthonymowen" (Orpington, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
All my comments relating to the first album of the original pre hit versions of well known early pop songs apply to this second volume. Britsh buyers may be offended to see Johnny Kidd and the Pirates 'Shakin' All Over' listed as the original pre hit version of the Guess Who recording.

One Frederick Heath (aka Johnny Kidd) wrote the song and had the only hit version as far as this listener is concerned!

I haven't let it stop me enjoying another fascinating album from Ace Records.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Ace project, 10 April 2011
This review is from: You Heard It Here First! Volume 2 (Audio CD)
If you go to a website called THE ORIGINALS PROJECT you find 100s of songs which are listed A to Z as the first versions whether from singles or albums.
That's the idea here-take a hit song by the one who charted with it and more often than not somebody did it first even if both versions hit the shops at the same time
Eg Cathy Carroll's version of The Young Ones which was recorded but not issued before Cliff Richard did it but possibly only by a month.
The Outsiders' original of BEND ME SHAPE ME was actually an album track and never a single.
This is today an ongoing thing on this site.
Possibly the most unfortuante artists here is Bobby Parker who made YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES as a B side and 2 years before Marv Johnson.When Berry Gordy heard it he decided it would be ideal for Johnson and passed it off as his own work.Obviously Parker wasn't too pleased but nowadays people have succesfully sued for less than that and they'd do it in 5 minutes.
Another who saw his song passed off as the work of others was the African singer Solomon Linda but years later he DID sue and won.
The song had been known in Africa as Mbube and was translated as Wimoweh at the time the Weavers made it.Next up was Karl Denver who issued his version at the same time as the song had different credits to the first "trad" one for the Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight.It then hit a further 2 times-Tight Fit and Robert John.If you add all the covers and the answer versions a lotta money has been made
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good CD If You Remember, 16 Mar 2010
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Mr. A. Simpson "busky" (Colchester UK) - See all my reviews
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The tracks that were hits.

These are the orginals and they are really worth listening to.
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