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Hits, misses and B-sides up to 1962
on 10 April 2014
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.