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The sixties and the eighties,
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This review is from: Long Live Love (Audio CD)
This compilation was hand-picked by Sandie, so to some extent it reflects her personal preferences. The interesting track here is an alternative version of Puppet on a string, here in a new moody ballad version titled Puppet no strings, as well as the original version with its original title. Another notable feature of this compilation is that it includes a few tracks that resulted from Sandie's surprise comeback in the eighties, which occurred because some of that decade's pop stars were fans of Sandie.
Born Sandra Goodrich, she was discovered by Adam Faith and became Sandie Shaw. Sandie quickly established herself as one of the most important female singers of her generation, at least in Britain, between 1964 and 1967. Sandie was best suited to up-tempo material and that is clearly reflected in this collection. If you are looking for soft, romantic love songs, look elsewhere.
Sandie began her career with the Bacharach-David classic, Always something there to remind me. Taking the record to the very top of the UK charts, she knocked Roy Orbison (Oh pretty woman) off the top spot and remained there for three weeks, after which (curiously) Oh pretty woman returned to the top for one last week.
Chris Andrews (who had his own hit with Yesterday man) wrote all of Sandie's subsequent hits prior to Puppet on a string, including her second UK number one (Long live love) and three other UK top ten hits (Girl don't come, Message understood, Tomorrow).
By the beginning of 1967, Sandie seemed to be fading fast, but she was then selected to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, which she won with Puppet on a
string, written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. Sandie hated the song but the public loved it and it became her third and last UK number one hit. Sandie only had one more UK top ten hit, Monsieur Dupont, a translated French song. It was the first of two hits that Sandie had in 1969, after which it seemed that her career was over.
This compilation contains everything that most people will ever want of Sandie's music.