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CONNIE'S TRANSITIONAL PERIOD MIX OF HITS AND MORE ADVENTUROUS MATERIAL,
This review is from: Everybody's Somebody's Fool: The Very Best of Connie Francis (Audio CD)
With her metallic-edged vocal style enabling the contrasting ability to straddle the Charts with never-ending tear-jerking oldies and cute novelties, Connie Francis reigned supreme as Queen of MGM Records, having taken the pop music world by storm in 1957 with WHO'S SORRY NOW? As the era's best-selling girl singer, her international popularity was huge and as a logical follow-on to Jasmine's previous Connie Francis compilation FALLIN' - THE BEST OF THE EARLY YEARS (JASCD 530) this two-disc release of fifty-eight songs covers Connie's transitional move to more adventurous material whilst maintaining her Chart success.
These hits and more fill the first disc under the umbrella title of WORLDWIDE HITS and includes LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR, AMONG MY SOUVENIRS, MY HEART HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN, MANY TEARS AGO, WHERE THE BOYS ARE, MAMA, ROBOT MAN, TOGETHER, BREAKING IN A BRAND NEW HEART and my particular favourite EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY'S FOOL although my first connection with that latter song was via Connie's German language hit version whilst sailing down the Rhine! Adding BABY ROO, VALENTINO, TOO MANY RULES, HE'S MY DREAMBOAT and HOLLYWOOD indicates her widespread Chart influence in differing countries.With MGM disc numbers and month of release thoughtfully indicated, I'm sure those wishing to replace their well-worn vinyl singles will be delighted with this reissue.
The second disc - ALBUM TRACKS AND COLLECTABLES covers EP, album tracks and rarities including shelved recordings denied release until later (i.e.MY DREAM, ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, NO ONE TO CRY TO, LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY). Beaming the spotlight on Connie's ever-growing versatility are tracks from albums devoted to Rock 'n Roll, Folk and Country hits as well as delving into two featuring Italian favourites. It's pure entertainment all the way.
Unfortunately, Connie's personal life was later dogged by ill-health and misfortune with combined impact affecting her later career. However, this second Jasmine compilation is a reminder of happier times with excellent sound. Notes are enhanced by the welcome inclusion of matrix numbers and chronological running order.