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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Those who just want the hits should choose one of the single CD compilations instead. This compilation is for those of us who want to explore further. For us, it provides a lot of tracks that we've never heard before, especially the first 20 tracks on the first CD. These were the A and B sides of Connie's first ten singles that failed utterly. As far as I know, none of these were ever re-issued after Connie became famous.

Connie reluctantly agreed to record a song (that she hated) at the behest of her father. She had been told that her recording contract would not be renewed and she already had an alternative career arranged. The song was Who's sorry now? It was released without much fanfare or enthusiasm, but was played by an influential DJ and subsequently started climbing the American charts. The rest, as they say, is history. The record label offered Connie a new contract that eventually lasted 15 years, during which time Connie was very successful. All the British and American successes - and the failures - up to 1962 are included here. As Connie never had any top 10 hits in either country after 1962, all the really important music is here, but Connie had big hits elsewhere in the world after 1962 and I think she may have recorded some great albums later in the sixties too. For the time being, I am content with this comprehensive collection of recordings from her first eight years with MGM.

Most of the material is made up of ballads, but the up-tempo songs (Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on your collar, Plenty good lovin') are there too. I get the impression that Connie would like to have recorded more of these songs (apparently, Stupid Cupid was written with a girl group in mind, but Connie wanted to record it) but while she showed that she can do these songs superbly, she really shines with those ballads - even those she hates :-) I wonder if she still hates the song that made her famous. Probably not.

This is an outstanding collection, well annotated, and will surely please Connie's legions of fans who wanted the B-sides that they used to own on singles back in the day, some of which are only now appearing on CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
What can you say about Connie Francis that hasn't already been said?.

Suffice to say this is the cream of her recordings from the early days and I am delighted to say the full version of Don't Cry On My Shoulder in included and not the edited version that was released as a single all those years ago.

Connie had an amazing range in those days just listen to her sing God Bless America - there won't be a dry eye in the house.

An absolully stunning set with crystal clear sound and good sleeve notes..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2015
Not every track is sourced from the masters and some from obvious vinyl but one important track I know of that has been left off of this so called complete collection is Jealous Heart in my opinion was her best song as well. Very annoying when people put these things out and don't do their home work right.
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on 21 October 2014
Well all the singles are here as advertised and all but 9 of the 85 tracks are in glorious mono. Tracks 2-23 and 3-5/8/10/16/18/19/24/27 are in some version of stereo. Track 3-11 is a poor quality source. Also one or two of the early tracks on disc one sound as if they might have been lifted from vinyl.

All in all a good set but a shame Jealous Heart didn't come out til 1965 and is therefore missing.
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on 9 June 2014
Connie Francis and Brenda Lee dominated the late 50s and 60s. One never realizes just how much recording they did,
until you start collecting olf lps on CD. Connie could see Italian, French and who knows what else, and you just knew
her voice. The passion she placed in each song she sang. No wonder Ed Sullivan had her on his show so many times.
As they say, long live......
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on 29 January 2015
Some of these tracks are taken off poor quality vinyl a lot of crackling & popping also some tracks are cut off before they end. Altogether this is a rubbish box set for the money I am surprised that AMAZON are even selling such rubbish
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on 27 May 2014
This a good purchase. It is complete & the tracks are the original recordings just as I remember them.
I have pulled off my favourites for my computer library. There are some no so good tracks, in amongst the best!
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on 4 May 2014
To hear these track's again is wonderful, i forgot how good she was. All her best recording are here, and no scratches. Even if you own only one of her songs i recommend you get this triple cd, you will be glad you did.
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on 20 May 2014
This is a collectors dream , to have the As and Bs of USA and UK songs on this album is the ultimate collection of early songs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
Yet another amazing collection from Acrobat. Great sound quality from a great artist. Absolute must for any Connie Francis fan.
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