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5.0 out of 5 stars American stars hit the UK market..., 14 Aug 2012
This review is from: Come On Let's Go: The Pye International Story, 1958-1961 (Audio CD)
The disc label in the centre of the CD tells you exactly what this is all about and that is recordings from 1958 to 1961 originally released on the Pye International label. There are 50 tracks and a running time of over 2 hours (remember these were often short running time tracks as they were made for the singles market). Sound quality wise the discs are excellent. The liner notes are by Michael Heatley and track the Pye International story and the compilation includes many known artistes and some one hit wonders too. Nicely packaged as are all these One Day Music products and they represent great value.

Here are just half a dozen performers from the collection which I have listened to and thoroughly enjoyed...

Nina & Frederik (CD1 track 5)
Nina & Frederik were a Danish popular singing duo of the late 1950s and early 1960s.[Their repertoire consisted of a blend of folk music, calypsos and standards. The duo consisted of Frederik, Baron van Pallandt and his wife at the time, Nina van Pallandt. Their earliest known single was "Jamaica Farewell"/"Come Back Liza", both calypso songs, issued in 1959 on Pye International 7N 25021, but showing a 1957 'recording first published' date.

James Darren (CD1 track 14 & CD2 track 25)
James William Ercolani (born 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is a well known television and film actor, television director, and singer. Darren began his career as a teen idol, having been discovered by talent agent and casting director Joyce Selznick. This encompassed roles in films, most notably his role as Moondoggie in Gidget in 1959, as well as a string of pop hits for Colpix Records, the biggest of which was "Goodbye Cruel World" (number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The 2 songs here are 1960 "Because They're Young" (UK number 29) and from 1961 "Goodbye Cruel World" (US number 3, UK number 28).

Shirley Jones (CD1 track 17)
Shirley Mae Jones (born 1934) has been active for an amazing six decades of show business, as an actress, singer and television star. She is still best known for roles in classic musicals such as Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Music Man (1962). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960). She played Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children in the situation-comedy television series The Partridge Family (1970-1974), co-starring her real-life stepson David Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy. This CD compilation has her recording of Pepe from the 1960 film of the same name.

Joe Reisman (CD2 track 1)
Joe Reisman (1924 to 1987) was well known for his successful and evocative recording of the theme from The Guns of Navarone that did well in the US charts reaching number 74 in August 1961. The New York public library has a vast collection of his scores and the reference states... Joe Reisman was a producer and arranger at RCA Victor and Roulette Records from the 1950s to the 1970s; he worked independently into the mid-1980s. His scores and papers document his work on behalf of such artists as Henry Mancini, Patti Page, Sarah Vaughan, Perry Como, and for his own albums and soundtracks.

Janie Grant (CD2 track 7)
Here we have Janie Grant singing Triangle and having done some research she is one of those artists reffered to perhaps unfairly as a "one hit wonder" and certainly I can find many references to her song on this compilation. Gerry Granahan produced the recording giving her the stage name "Janie Grant", Gerry produced the Caprice label's first hit on one of her original compositions. "Triangle" is the record that put Caprice on the map by reaching number 29 in 1961 and followed it up with Romeo b/w Roller Coaster (109) 1961; I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now bw/ Unhappy (111) 1961; Oh Johnny b/w Oh My Love (113) 1962; That Greasy Kid Stuff b/w Trying To Forget You (115) 1962; Peggy Got Engaged b/w Two's Company And Three's A Crowd (119) 1962; Tell Me Mama b/w Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now (UA 616) 1963

Neil Scott (CD2 track 9)
Born Neil Bogart in 1943 under the name Neil Scott he had a mini-hit called "Bobby" in 1961. Performing was not his area but when he went into promotion, he began to find his niche. He became head of Cameo-Parkway Records when he was 25. He had the right feel for what made a hit and reached his youth market with an undisputed genius. In spite of his share of flops, he became a multimillionaire record producer.
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