During the late Fifties/early Sixties Connie Francis was reigning Queen at MGM Records and she must have spent much time within recording studios in order to sustain her world-domination continued at a steady pace. Whether rendering those metallic sounding pop platters or emoting multi-language ballads and cute novelty numbers, there was no stopping Connie, although her hit singles left me somewhat unmoved except when rendered in German. However, with hindsight, I now embrace all her recordings - whether hit singles or album tracks and their reappearance on CD’s makes it possible to appreciate the singer's growing maturity and versatility as she vocally tackles a variety of moods and genres.
Sepia Records now follows up previous Connie Francis releases with this multi-language compilation which ticks all the right international boxes for apart from ten welcome German language recordings headed by DIE LIEBE IST EIN SELTSAMES SPIEL (EVERYBODY‘S SOMEBODYS FOOL), there’s Swedish (PRETTY LITTLE BABY), French (LOVE IS LIKE A VIOLIN and three others), Japanese (VACATION and three others), Spanish (MANY TEARS AGO and two others), Italian (ROMAN GUITAR), Hebrew (HAVA NAGILAH and one other) and Greek (NEVER ON SUNDAY) versions of many of her English hits or songs recorded specially for each country. Through it all, the singer commands attention; whether it be the familiar SOMEONE ELSE’S BOY, WHERE THE BOYS ARE, LA PALOMA, MALAGUENA, LILI MARLEEN or BREAKIN’ IN A BRAND NEW BROKEN HEART rendered in a foreign language but essentially Connie in full pop format but as I always say you don’t need to know the lingo in order to enjoy this kind of music.
Backed up with Sepia’s informative notes, some colourful sleeve reproductions and month/year of recording.
on 12 February 2016
I have compiled a detailed song listing as listed below:
01 Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool (German version)
02 Pretty Little Baby (Swedish version)
03 Vacation (Japanese version)
04 Mr. Twister (French version)
05 Many Tears Ago (Spanish version)
06 Shein Vi Di Levone (in Yiddish)
07 Never On Sunday (partially in Greek)
08 Chitarra Romana (Roman Guitar)(in Italian)
09 Paradiso (in German)
10 Wenn Du Gehst (in German)
11 Jamais (La Paloma)(French version)
12 Love Is Like A Violin (French version)
13 Where The Boys Are (Spanish version)
14 Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You (German version)
15 Lili Marleen (German version)
16 Someone Else’s Boy (French version)
17 Too Many Rules (Spanish version)
18 Malaguena (in Spanish)
19 Hava Nagilah (in Hebrew)
20 Gondola D’Amore (in German)
21 Mon Von Mexico (in German)
22 Eine Insel Fur Zwei (in German)
23 No One (Japanese version)
24 Immer Wenn’s Am Schonsten Ist (in German)
25 Einmal Komm’ Ich Wieder (in German)
26 Breakin’ In A Brand New Broken Heart (Japanese version)
1 Although Connie Francis has released a few Italian albums, this is the first time that all songs in 9 different languages are collected in one set, with 26 songs: German (10), French (4), Spanish (3), Italian (1), Japanese (4), Hebrew (1), Greek (1), Swedish (1) and Yiddish (1).
2 Many of the songs appear on CD for the first time.
3 Sepia Records from UK is renown for its superior remastering, using 24 bit Cedar system. And this set is no exception. Good sound.
4 There is a 8-page booklet including an excellent essay and recording information.
5 The price is reasonable, especially from sellers.
1 A few picture sleeves would be nice, instead of having one page on advertisement on their products.
Before 1962, Connie Francis’s songs are readily available, especially the two Box sets from Bear Family. I am still looking for a few Connie Francis CDs on her albums from the late 60s. Some of these are available on CDs, but extremely expensive (Connie Francis Sings Burt Bacharach: $61!). Being a completist and a fan of Connie Francis, I managed to collect 89 CDs and 25 vinyl albums. I also created pictures of all her album covers listed chronologically in mini posters, and thanks to Uncle Ray from Hong Kong, I got Connie’s personal autographs on them. These plagues are my prized possession adorning the wall outside my audio room. I am very happy that Sepia Records has compiled such a collection, with great sound, and is indeed a very welcome addition to my library. I feel that this set is more for collectors and die-hard Connie Francis fans, who already have her other recordings.