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5.0 out of 5 stars VERSATILE CONNIE'S ALBUMS ARE PURE DELIGHT!
I have to admit that Connie's Hit Parade days left me somewhat unmoved but as the years progressed, I suddenly reconsidered her chart platters, especially those she recorded in German. Maybe the harshness of the lingo suited Connie's metalic sounding sob-sister delivery.

Without any doubt, listening to her album's reveals a maturity and versatility not obvious...
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by A. POLLOCK

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1.0 out of 5 stars ahh
very dated not very good sound arrangement of songs poor played once now in charity shop . not at all what I expected
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERSATILE CONNIE'S ALBUMS ARE PURE DELIGHT!, 30 Jan 2012
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A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Never On Sunday / Songs To A Swinging Band (Audio CD)
I have to admit that Connie's Hit Parade days left me somewhat unmoved but as the years progressed, I suddenly reconsidered her chart platters, especially those she recorded in German. Maybe the harshness of the lingo suited Connie's metalic sounding sob-sister delivery.

Without any doubt, listening to her album's reveals a maturity and versatility not obvious in those hit singles and it is fortuitous many LP's are now reaching CD for due reappraisal. NEVER ON SUNDAY was recorded in Nashville during 1961 with The Jordanaires in attendance along with orchestra arranged and conducted by Cliff Parman which adds an underlying pop country feel without intruding into the singer's delivery. The album reached #11 in the US album charts with its movie songs appropriately chosen to enhance Connie's rich musicality. NEVER ON SUNDAY makes for a powerfully nifty toe-tapping opener, followed later by the rhythmic ANNA sung entirely in Spanish. However, the remaining choices YOUNG AT HEART, AROUND THE WORLD, TAMMY and APRIL LOVE (with the rare verse) head similar ballads of which THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN and LOVE ME TENDER are highlights.

Changing gear, Richard Wess is arranger/conductor for SONGS FOR A SWINGING BAND which allows Connie to do just that with wholehearted versions of ANGEL EYES, OL' MAN MOSE, LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT and other swingers but slowing the tempo down slightly for smoother renditions of HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?, I GOT LOST IN HIS ARMS and GONE WITH THE WIND. A slow-burning DAT'S LOVE soon reaches its high-octane climax and then effectively signs off after breathless abandon, whilst the closing SWANEE leaves no doubt this album must count as as one of Connie's very best albums.

Adding three hit singles is a nice touch with the catchy HOLLYWOOD (US#42), pop-oriented HE'S MY DREAMBOAT (US#14) and dreamy ballad WHEN THE BOY IN YOUR ARMS (US#10) all recorded/released during 1961.

Unfortunately, Connie's personal life was later dogged by misfortune and ill health, with the combined impact affecting her later career although it would appear she is still performing. In short, the combination of these two albums is a welcome reminder of those halcyon days when the singer's career was in high gear. Excellent sound, very informative notes and photographs reflect Sepia's usual high standards.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ahh, 12 Mar 2013
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very dated not very good sound arrangement of songs poor played once now in charity shop . not at all what I expected
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