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75 Gems of varying quality from the Decca archive
, 19 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Love And Fury: Gems From The Decca Vaults UK 1961 - '62 (Audio CD)
As is usual with these sort of compilations, you get a sprinkling of recognisible hits with the remainder of the tracks being less well known - some are good, some are bad, some just defy description.
Whilst The Tornados track Love and Fury provide the title for this compilation, it's also apt because Billy Fury is on hand to provide a touch of class - I'd Never Find Another You, Halfway to Paradise, Last Night Was Made For Love, Because of Love, Don't Worry and Once Upon a Dream are all good songs from Mr Wycherley.
While The Tornados are also represented with the evergreen Telstar, the remainder of the collection contains less well-known cuts. There are a number of cover-versions, such as the Vernon Girls' Locomotion, Ray Adams' Venus in Blue Jeans and Mike Berry's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. None of them are as good as the originals, but they are still worth a listen. If you want more Locomotion action then Sounds Inc's instrumental is worth checking out - with sound effects that resemble enthusiastic audience applause it crackles with energy.
Amongst the songs that might be more of niche interest, Anthony Newley's And The Heavens Cried sees him spare no effort as he wrings every possible drop of emotional intensity out of the song - he goes right over the top and down the other side for good measure. And Hayley Mills' two efforts are a reminder of what used to happen before autotune. Let's Get Together is the better of the two, although that may be because it only lasts 90 seconds.
So although it's fair to say that the gems are of varying quality, for the price it's worth picking up, particularly if you have a taste for the more obscure side of early 60's British pop.
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