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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006NCW9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2005
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Lulu's early music (recorded on the Decca label) was strongly influenced by R+B but when she moved to Columbia, Mickey Most recorded her as a mainstream pop singer, not always giving her ideal material to record. The low point (for me) is Boom bang a bang, the song that Lulu took to joint victory in the Eurovision song contest of 1969. Not only is this song here in its standard version, its also here in French and Italian versions. Well, it made number two in the UK (where it was her biggest solo hit) and no doubt proved successful in other European countries, so a lot of people love that song.

This compilation includes all of Lulu's hits between 1967 and 1969. This includes an unusual type of international double-sided hit. In America, the A-side was To sir with love, which spent over a month at number one, while the B-side was The boat that I row. In Britain, the A-side was The boat that I row, which made the top ten, while To sir with love (which Mickey Most apparently didn't like) languished on the B-side. Both tracks were brilliant, unlike some of Lulu's other hits with Mickey Most.

Despite the phenomenal success of To sir with love, Lulu's other singles made only limited impact in America, but she had UK top ten hits with Me the peaceful heart and I'm a tiger, UK top twenty hits with Let's pretend and Boy and a minor UK hit with Love loves to love love.

This compilation includes all those hits as well as covers of Day tripper (Beatles), To love somebody, I started a joke (both Bee Gees), Mighty Quinn (written by Bob Dylan but a hit for Manfred Mann), Show me (Joe Tex), Gimmie some loving (Spencer Davis group) and Cry like a baby (Box tops) among others.

In many ways, this is a fine collection though it has some dodgy moments.
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INTRODUCTION:

Lulu was born Marie Lawrie on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her current official title is Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE. She was married to Maurice Gibb (of the Bee Gees) from 1969 – 1973. She also appeared in the 1967 movie To Sir With Love, singing the famous title song. She also hosted her own UK TV show in 1968.

If you just looked at her charting career, you will be easily misled in the number of charting singles: UK (27 singles from 1964 to 2002) and US (15 singles from 1964 to 1982). I have painstakingly done a Complete Singles Discography on Lulu, and to my amazement, she has a total of 61 singles (from 1964 to 2002)! Her recording labels can be divided into the following: (1) Decca (UK)/Parrot (US)(1964 – 1966), (2) Columbia (UK)/Epic (US)(1967 – 1969), (3) Atco (1969 – 1972), (4) Chelsea (1973 – 1975), (5) GTO/Rocket (1978 – 1979), (6) Alfa (1981 – 1982), (7) Lifestyle/Jive/Mercury (1984 – 1990), (8) Dome (1993 – 1994), and (9) Mercury/Polydor (1999 – 2002).

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, by EMI label, contains 39 songs.
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This is a very important collection of Lulu's history. She was all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic and justifiably so. Her voice is ballsy and she has soul. Most of the tracks are really wonderful from that 60s era. There are some songs that Mickie Most pushed Lulu to record and they are dodgy ones: "March", "I'm A Tiger", and the painful "Boom Bang A Bang"
which was a Eurovision Winner. It is Lulu's voice that makes so many songs superb such as "Boy", "Sad Memories", "Morning Dew". She has recorded mature songs at a very early age and I hope someone will see it is time to remaster and reissue the complete recordings she did for Atco following her work with Mickie Most. Her two Atco albums, "New Routes" and "Melody Fair" (and the single tracks) are extremely mature and superb albums for a 21 year old performer to have recorded. Lulu is a gifted artist and this collection is a must-have. The best is happening now. Lulu is a current recording artist and songwriter. Nevertheless, her history in the music industry is well worth having. She was a very important artist during the British Invasion. Add this two CD set to your collection. The sound quality is excellent and it is extremely enjoyable.
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When offered the correct material, or when she decides to write her own songs with her younger brother Billy, Lulu is one of Britain's finest female artists. She has had some great moments, being produced by David Bowie on her top 3 cover of his 'The Man Who Sold the World', singing the similarly titled James Bond theme song 'The Man With the Golden Gun', penning Tina Turner's megahit 'I Don't Wanna Fight', and her own sentimental ballad 'Where the Poor Boys Dance', which provided her with a top 25 hit at the start of the millennium, to list only a few of them. However, she has also recorded some truly awful material, and a lot of it came during her fruitful association with the late producer Mickie Most, spanning 1967-1969.

I have a lot of time for Mickie, he worked with Glasgow's finest folkie Donovan on many of his classic albums in the '60s, and provided smash hits for the likes of music icons like The Animals and Kim Wilde. However, the material which he gave to Lulu, as successful as it was chart wise, failed to take advantage of her soulful voice. Lulu signed to Most at Columbia records following a string of chart failures on Decca, the label which she had recorded her first single 'Shout' in 1964, and the subsequent follow-up hit 'Leave A Little Love'. This nicely packaged deluxe 2 CD set from 2005 contains everything that she recorded under Most's watchful eye, including the seven UK hit singles.

The title of this collection takes it's name from the hit film 'To Sir With Love', in which she co-starred with Sidney Poitier in 1967. The wonderful title track, of which she also sang, became a chart-topper for five weeks in the US, but Mickie decided to neglect to a B side here in the UK, to the inferior 'Let's Pretend', which peaked at no.11.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some dodgy songs but still fascinating 11 Mar. 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lulu's early music (recorded on the Decca label) was strongly influenced by R+B but when she moved to Columbia, Mickey Most recorded her as a mainstream pop singer, not always giving her ideal material to record. The low point (for me) is Boom bang a bang, the song that Lulu took to second place in the Eurovision song contest of 1969. Not only is this song here in its standard version, its also here in French and Italian versions. Well, it made number two in the UK (where it was her biggest solo hit) and no doubt proved successful in other European countries, so a lot of people love that song.

This compilation includes all of Lulu's hits between 1967 and 1969. This includes an unusual type of international double-sided hit. In America, the A-side was To sir with love, which spent over a month at number one, while the B-side was The boat that I row. In Britain, the A-side was The boat that I row, which made the top ten, while To sir with love (which Mickey Most apparently didn't like) languished on the B-side. Both tracks were brilliant, unlike some of Lulu's other hits with Mickey Most.

Despite the phenomenal success of To sir with love, Lulu's other singles made only limited impact in America, but she had UK top ten hits with Me the peaceful heart and I'm a tiger, UK top twenty hits with Let's pretend and Boy and a minor UK hit with Love loves to love love.

This compilation includes all those hits as well as covers of Day tripper (Beatles), To love somebody, I started a joke (both Bee Gees), Mighty Quinn (written by Bob Dylan but a hit for Manfred Mann), Show me (Joe Tex), Gimmie some loving (Spencer Davis group) and Cry like a baby (Box tops) among others.

In many ways, this is a fine collection though it has some dodgy moments. While this period of Lulu's career was her most commercially successful, it doesn't represent her best music overall. It would be very easy to knock some stars off the rating but with thirty-nine tracks there is enough music here worth hearing to justify the price. Of course, if you actually enjoy the tracks I regard as dodgy, you'll get even greater pleasure from this collection.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HITS, B-SIDES, RARITIES!!!! 14 Nov. 2005
By danstuller - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great start if you have just been introduced to the music of Lulu. Her most famous track (which is in the title) starts the disk off allong with most of her hits recorded from 1967-1969. "This Time" is a great love song written by the same person who wrong "To Sir, With Love" (Donald Black), and was used in the 1968 film "Hot Millions". The song has not been released anywhere else except on this compilation.

Lulu's Eurovision Song Contest entry ("Boom Bang A Bang") also appears on this disc, in almost all the languages she recorded it in (with the exception of Spanish and German). The B-side to "Boom Bang A Bang" which is called "March!" is a campy little number that's just fun to listen to, and sounds like should belong in "Dad's Army" or "M*A*S*H".

Her cover of the Spencer Davis' Group "Gimme Some Lovin'" is also fabulously covered on this compilation, as well as "Best Of Both Worlds" which has also been sung by other 60's crooners, like Scott Walker.

Some of these songs were only released on LP in the late sixties and early seventies, and really shouldnt be missed this time around. This is one of those albums that you can share with the entire family, young or old. Its good music, without any suggestive content or swearing, which is quite uncommon nowadays in mainstream pop.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu: To Sir With Love-Complete Mickie Most (2CDs): definitive Lulu; many hit singles & album tracks; great sound; too expensive 13 Feb. 2016
By Dr. Joseph Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
INTRODUCTION:

Lulu was born Marie Lawrie on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her current official title is Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE. She was married to Maurice Gibb (of the Bee Gees) from 1969 – 1973. She also appeared in the 1967 movie To Sir With Love, singing the famous title song. She also hosted her own UK TV show in 1968.

If you just looked at her charting career, you will be easily misled in the number of charting singles: UK (27 singles from 1964 to 2002) and US (15 singles from 1964 to 1982). I have painstakingly done a Complete Singles Discography on Lulu, and to my amazement, she has a total of 61 singles (from 1964 to 2002)! Her recording labels can be divided into the following: (1) Decca (UK)/Parrot (US)(1964 – 1966), (2) Columbia (UK)/Epic (US)(1967 – 1969), (3) Atco (1969 – 1972), (4) Chelsea (1973 – 1975), (5) GTO/Rocket (1978 – 1979), (6) Alfa (1981 – 1982), (7) Lifestyle/Jive/Mercury (1984 – 1990), (8) Dome (1993 – 1994), and (9) Mercury/Polydor (1999 – 2002).

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, by EMI label, contains 39 songs.

SINGLES: All her 12 singles on Columbia/Epic (charted and uncharted) are included (with a-sides in capital letters):

01 THE BOAT THAT I ROW (Columbia DB 8169)(UK 6/1967)*stereo
02 Dreary Days And Nights (b-side)(Columbia DB 8169)(UK b-side, 1967)*stereo
03 TO SIR WITH LOVE (Epic 10187)(US 1(5)/1967)*stereo
04 The Boat That I Row (b-side)(Epic 10187)(US 115/1967)*stereo
05 LET'S PRETEND (Columbia DB 8221)(UK 11/1967)*stereo
06 To Sir With Love (b-side)(Columbia DB 8221)(UK b-side, 1967)* stereo
07 LOVE LOVES TO LOVE, LOVE (Columbia DB 8295)(UK 32/1967)* stereo
08 You And I (b-side)(Columbia DB 8295)(UK b-side, 1967)*single version in mono; separate album version in stereo
09 BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (Epic 10260)(US 32/1968)*stereo
10 Love Loves To Love, Love (b-side)(Epic 10260)(US b-side, 1968)* stereo
11 ME, THE PEACEFUL HEART (Columbia DB 8358)(UK 9/1968)(US 53/1968)*mono
12 Lookout (b-side)(Columbia DB 8358)(UK b-side, 1968)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
13 BOY (Columbia DB 8425)(UK 15/1968)(US 108/1968)*mono
14 Sad Memories (b-side)(Columbia DB 8425)(UK& US b-side, 1968) *mono
15 I'M A TIGER (Columbia DB 8500)(UK 9/1968)*mono
16 Without Him (b-side)(Columbia DB 8500)(UK b-side, 1968)*mono
17 MORNING DEW (Epic 10367)(US 52/1968)*stereo
18 You And I (b-side)(Epic 10367)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
19 WITHOUT HIM (Epic 10403)(US uncharted a-side, 1968)*mono
20 This Time (b-side)(Epic 10403)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
21 I'M A TIGER (Epic 10420)(US uncharted a-side, 1968)*mono
22 Rattler (b-side)( Epic 10420)(US b-side, 1968)*stereo
23 BOOM BANG-A-BANG (Columbia DB 8550)(UK 2/1969) *mono; UK’s 1969 Eurovision Song Contest; she won, tied with 3 others.
24 March! (b-side)(Columbia DB 8550)(UK b-side, 1969)*mono

ALBUMS:
LP Love Loves To Love Lulu (Columbia 6201)(1967)*11 songs; stereo
LP Lulu’s Album (Columbia 6365)(1979)*11 songs; stereo

BONUS TRACKS:
Boom Bang A Bang (French & Italian versions) & previously unreleased tracks.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete, comprehensive coverage of Lulu’s recordings on Columbia, her most productive period.
2 As noted above, all her 12 singles are included. Of course the most striking anomaly is To Sir With Love being the b-side in UK, thus did not chart, while in US, it was the a-side and number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks, fueled by her appearance in the movie of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier.
3 Two complete albums were included. When Lulu recorded the Bee Gees song To Love Somebody, it provided an introduction to her future husband, Maurice Gibb.
4 The sound is very well remastered, using the latest (2005) Digital Remasters, clean with no hiss.
5 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Peter Doggett, plus beautiful album covers and other pictures of Lulu during that period. Label & number are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Expensive! Buying new from seller for $912.13! This is simply ridiculous! The “used” price of $36.52 from seller is slightly more reasonable.
2 There are no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

In compiling my Complete Singles Discography on Lulu with 61 singles, I am glad to report that I am only still missing 5 songs. To get all her singles, you need the following CDs:

1 DECCA ERA: Shout! The Complete Decca Recordings (RPM, 2009)*my review elsewhere.
2 COLUMBIA ERA: To Sir With Love! The Complete Mickie Most Recordings (2CDs)(EMI, 2005)(current set)
3 ATCO ERA: The Atco Sessions (2CDs)(Real Gone Music, 2014)
4 CHELSEA ERA: The Man Who Sold The World (Sequel, 1999)* collector’s item now; quite expensive; I just bought from Amazon.co.uk for £24.28!
5 GTO/ROCKET ERA: not available on CD.
6 ALFA ERA: not available on CD.
7 DOME ERA: I’M BACK FOR MORE (2CDs)(Dome, 1999)
8 MERCURY/POLYDOR ERA: Back On Track (Mercury, 2004); Together (Mercury 2002).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This 2 CD set represents the most productive period of Lulu’s charting career, containing many hit singles, plus memorable album tracks, like Day Tripper, To Love Somebody, I Started A Joke, Mighty Quinn, Gimme Some Lovin’ and Come September. The sound is very well remastered. This is also my favourite recording period for Lulu, at the pinnacle of her charting career. This set is the definitive Lulu, and not for the price, is highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LULU OF A COLLECTION 2 Jan. 2008
By A. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I received my copy of this Lulu disc today and have enjoyed the familiar songs alongside all the great stuff I never heard before. The sound quality is exceptional and crisp....wow! I recommend this set for Lulu fans and lovers of mod 60's pop music. I also commend EMI for a job well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure Unearthed!!! 10 Jan. 2013
By Suzanne Countryman - Published on Amazon.com
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I consider myself a bit of an expert on 60s pop and rock and there aren't too many artists I have let slip through the cracks of my cd collection over the years.I'm ashamed to admit that Lulu was one such artist and I'm sure glad I bought this collection and remedied the situation.I always found "To Sir With Love" a guilty pleasure when I was younger and I absolutely loved her version of Neil Diamond's "The Boat That I Row"(in fact,it's better than Neil's).But like so many U.S. fans,that's pretty much where it ended for me as far as being familar with Lulu's recorded output.After watching a video of her performing on youtube I decided it was time to give her a closer listen and this collection seemed like a huge value and good way to take a chance on seeing whether I would enjoy more of her music.Here's the verdict.I LOVED IT!!!!How could I have overlooked such a great artist for so long? Lulu has an incredible voice,very soulful and well suited to many types of material.She can really bring it!!!I won't go track by track on this generous compilation but let's just say "Boy","To Love Somebody",Me,The Peaceful Heart"and "Best Of Both Worlds" are among the many highlights.And of course the 2 before mentioned tracks.If you like good music then you'll want to buy this.If you're like me you'll wonder what took you so long!
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