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A Double Life: the Challenge Recordings 1959-1966 CD

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  • Audio CD: 254 pages (24 Nov. 2008)
  • 254 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B001HID5X8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What Happened to the Music
  2. Double Life
  3. Turn to Me
  4. The Master Plan
  5. The Killer
  6. I Get Carried Away
  7. Man in Black
  8. Don't Let Go
  9. Tennesee Waltz
  10. Betty My Angel
  11. I Dreamed About My Lover
  12. Two Loves Have I
  13. Above and Beyond
  14. Shy Away
  15. Anna from Louisiana
  16. One Heart
  17. Gone for the Summer
  18. Trust Me
  19. Guilty of Loving You
  20. The Place Where I Cry
  21. Beach Party
  22. I Only Came to Dance With You
  23. The Killer
  24. Hollywood Star

Product description

(2008/ACE) 24 tracks with 16 page booklet. Renowned Songwriter-Producer's Finest 1960s Vocal Sides For Challenge Records, Embracing Everything From Teen Pop To Nortern Soul.

Medium 1
What Happened To The Music
Double Life
Turn To Me
The Masterplan
The Killer
I Get Carried Away
The Man In Black
Don't Let Go
Tennessee Waltz
Betty, My Angel
I Dreamed About My Lover
Two Loves Have I
Above And Beyond
Shy Away
Anna From Louisiana
One Heart
Gone For The Summer
Trust Me
Guilty Of Loving You
The Place Where I Cry
Beach Party (Demo)
I Only Came To Dance With You
The Killer (Alt.)
Hollywood Star

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50 years after his first few singles were issued in the U K comes a full length CD of Jerry Fuller whose only hits here were via songs by Rick Nelson,Gary Puckett and O C Smith.
His biggest hit in the States was with a revival of Tennessee Waltz-which is perfect high school pop-and had a rival version by Bobby Comstock.
Fuller became a succesful music business man and had no problems with drink and drugs-which is why few have heard of him.
Recording at one time in a consortium which included Dave Burgess of the Champs and Glen Campbell-also a later Champ-brought his original songs to the attention of others like Rick Nelson.
His only real album was made in the 70s after Glen Campbell hit with A woman's touch
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everysong on this cd is great from this obsure artist...another example of
ACE great releases!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered treasure's 19 Sept. 2009
By Calvin Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know anything about music you know that Jerry Fuller is a great songwriter and a great producer as well. So, I'll skip the obvious references to the dozen hits he has written and #1 records he both wrote and produced and get to the meat....this CD. Jerry was more than just an adequate singer, he was a stylist and an innovator. Those talents are on display in the CD. The rap on the CD is that it does not present his recordings for GA Challenge in chronological order. Tht's a shame, because if they were, you could here Jerry's performing progress with the times. Anyway, all of his styles are presented more extensively than they were with the previous, but well done, compilation from the 1996 Collectables CD #5729, "Jerry Fuller Teenage Love".
"What Happened To The Music" opens the disc. It was recorded in
1965 and should have been a top 10 hit. It is an amalgam of Gene Pitney and The Righetous Bros. The second track "Double Life" (not "A Double Life") is a legend in Great Britain. Other early tracks mirror the sounds of the mid-60's in Jerry's style. The obvious titles are here too "Shy Away", "Guilty Of Loving You", "Betty My Angel" and his superior version of "Tennessee Waltz". Many fine surprises also fill this CD. "The Place Where I Cry" from 1961 is as strong as anything else recorded that year and will become a favorite of yours. "I Only Came To Dance With You" from 1963 could have been a million seller if "The Drifters" had recorded it. Stan Applebaum couldn't have arranged and produced it any better. "Anna From Louisiana" is a true cajun rocker, "Above And Beyond" (with Dianne Maxwell) is a sadly overlooked country flavored gem, "Hollywood Star" could have been another Jerry Fuller song for Ricky Nelson. "Gone For The Summer' is another masterpiece that was criminally neglected by radio in 1960. There are no real clunkers in this package and, no doubt, you'll say I missed mentioning your favorite song in this review. If you like Jerry Fuller and appreciate his contributions to pop/rock music you should have this CD in your collection. If you remember the name only from one or two of his recordings, then you should buy it just to hear all of the music you've missed over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Fuller - A Double Life 3 July 2011
By Jim Southern - Published on Amazon.com
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I mainly bought it for one track, one I have been looking for for nearly 50 years, "I Only Came To Dance With You", just as great as I remembered it. However, he is a decent singer and since he produced a number of hit recordings (for Mark Lindsay, Al Wilson, Gary Puckett among others) he is a solid force in the recording studio.

Lots of good, solid pop music. I listen to it in the normal rotation of stuff out of my library.

Jim Southern
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Ace Stumble 16 April 2011
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with reviewer Calvin Stout's observation that this offering from Ace of London, so consistently meticulous in the vast majority of their releases with the way they present an artist's songs, drops the ball in that Jerry Fuller's songs are not presented in any chronological order. I'll even go one better in pointing out that, considering he only had four charted singles, Ace chose to ignore the B-sides to those four and, instead, gives us two tracks (21 and 23) that were either an unreleased demo or an alternate take on a released track. Compounding this, they then proceed to give us the B-sides to seven single releases that failed to make any charts!

Born Jerrell Lee Fuller on November 19, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas, as a recording artist he certainly was prolific considering his lack of commercial success. He began in 1958/59 with the tiny Lin Records label where he cut four singles, none of which made any national charts: Blue Memories/I Found A New Love (Lin 5011), Do You Love Me?/Teenage Love (Lin 5012), A Certain Smile/Angel From Above (Lin 5015), The Door Is Open/Through Eternity (Lin 5015) and Lipstick And Rouge/Mother Goose At The Bandstand (Lin 5019). All virtually impossible to find in CD format.

After relocating to the much larger Challenge Records, with their signbificantly increased ability to promote, his first release there, Betty My Angel, struggled to a # 90 Hot 100 in September 1959 on Challenge 59052 b/w Memories Of You, followed that October by a cover of Tennessee Waltz, which became his best single, finishing at # 63 Hot 100 on Challenge 59057 b/w Charlene. Both hits are here but not the flipsides. Three releases in 1960 all failed to charts, but here they gave you all six sides: I Dreamed About My Lover/Two Loves Have I (Challenge 59068), Above And Beyond/One Heart (Challenge 59074), and Gone For The Summer/Anna From Louisiana (Challenge 59085).

In April 1961 he returned to the charts with the # 71 Shy Away (Challenge 59104) and October # 94 Guilty Of Loving You (Challenge 59114) - both here - b/w Heavenly and First Love Never Dies - both omitted. After that he would have 14 more singles released by Challenge to 1966 and here they give you 8 of the A-sides and 5 of the B-sides, all detailed in the liner notes.

In 1979 he had two low Country charters (Salt On The Wound - # 98) and Lines (# 90) for the ABC and MCA labels. His greatest claim to fame, however, was as a songwriter and producer, writing things like Travelin' Man, Young World and A Wonder Like You for Rick Nelson, as well as Young Girl, Lady Willpower and Over You for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. He also acted as producer for Puckett, along with O.C. Smith and Mark Lindsay.

A very talented man, if not exactly a great vocalist himself, and it's a shame Ace could not have been their usual thorough self in putting together this volume by at least including the flipsides to his four charted singles. For that I have to deduct 1 star.
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