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4.2 out of 5 stars

on 12 May 2017
Been always wondering why I could never find a CD in the shops by the Pearls, and after reading the other reviews on here I now know why, thankfully I managed to purchase this CD by other means and having listened to it I can hear the segments of some songs that have very slight distortion, thankfully not too many suffer from this, but one track in particular is track number 3 Yo-Yo, at 11 seconds into the song there is quite clearly distortion heard, I can confirm though that this seems to affect the left hand speaker only, and if you listen with both channel speakers it isn't that noticeable, this issue is either due to a defect on the single 45rpm that it would have been taken from being that no LP exists or it is a defect during the transfer to compact disc, thankfully this distortion doesn't ruin the song too much as it only seems to last for a few seconds.

One thing I wish had been done was prior to the transfer they could have done better by upping the treble slightly on some of the tracks that have low treble, this in my opinion brings out the vocals much clearer which helps identify the lyrics easier.

I personally think that a newer release by the Pearls on CD would be a grand idea, as I am sure that there is much superior professional music software around in these recording studios that would help with these tracks all round, but until then if that ever happens then I would recommend this compilation if you can get your hands on it.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 April 2010
Giving this cd only three stars I have to admit I feel like a bit of an old skin flint... The problem is, however, that strictly on the overall quality of the music contained on this cd that is all 'A String Of Pearl's' is worth. Sure, tracks like 'You Came, You Saw, You Conquered', 'Third Finger, Left Hand' and 'Guilty' are all bona-fide 70's pop classics but it has to be said that a lot of the other material on show here is pretty mediocre.

What is excellent about this release though is the fact that it finally gives The Pearls long overdue credit for their contribution to the 1970's music scene. Neither Bell nor Private Stock records ever chose to commission an album by the girls and considering the strength of some of their earliest material, they were undeserving of such a fate. It has to be said, however, that this was not unusual at the time as the singles market was a much preferred medium for so called 'pop music' acts by the record companies in the 70's.

For me though, the last classic Pearls single was 'Guilty' and to these ears it is no surprise that the thinly disguised re-make 'The Wizard Of Love' bombed. While the quality of the girls performances never drops here the quality of the songs does and a lot of the material toward the latter half of this album sounds either suspiciously like 'another 70's hit record you can't put your finger on' or yet another attempt to re-make 'Guilty' with different words.

This said, there are a number of plusses about this release. 'Pass It On' is catchy, the inclusion of two previously unreleased acetate recordings ('Bye Bye Love' and 'A Lovers Concerto') adds appeal for existing fans and collectors and the cd booklet tells the girls story in an interesting way. Packed with information, photos and nostalgia it will really add to your listening experience if, like me, you still like to buy your music in the physical format, play the cd and have a read...

So then, if you don't own any of the girls classic records buy this right away but if you want a cd to listen to throughout without having to press the skip button, you may need to think again.
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on 31 July 2005
Fantastic !! - All the wonderful Pearls singles from the 70's together on one amazing CD . All vocal A & B sides included - only the two instrumentals perhaps understandably left off though I am very fond of them both - One titled Pearly credited to The Pearls' Orchestra and the other Little Lady Love Me to The Rhythm of The Pearls . They would have enriched the variety and listening appeal still further . Great notes and photos . Will interest followers of the many music genres that The Pearls can fall into . Girl group sounds - Spectoresque - pop/soul productions etc aswell as particular fans of The Pearls . This production and notes will inform the buyer of the incredible contribution made by the two girls Lyn Cornell and Ann Simmons to the British Music Scene . Even to an already knowledgeable fan this was interesting and I learned more .The Pearls should have had many more hits and higher chart placings with their material . These girls were creative and very talented aswell as glamourous . It all shines through in their performances . The CD is a must for all those who remember and liked the fabulous Pearls first time around and if you don't know them you should make the discovery now with this production . Slight sound quality niggles on a few tracks due to condition of tapes used but not enough to spoil the enjoyment . Track 18 listing is an error . The instrumental Pearly is not unfortunately included as stated here and in the notes - instead however is a nice surprise "Lets make love again" is included though the notes say it was unobtainable !! Well done to Revola for bringing the very first collection which includes all the vocal recorded output of The Pearls to my knowledge plus two bonus unreleased tracks and you can't do much better than that . Strangely after several minor hits their last chart entry - Guilty - was by far their biggest success and inspite of many really good follow up attempts they never managed to capitalise and enter the top 50 again . Sadly an LP was never commissioned and all the tracks come from 12 singles issued from 1972 through 1978 on Bell - Private Stock - Handkerchief and Ebony record labels respectively ( 24 tracks minus the two instrumental b sides plus the two unreleased acetates - 24 tracks ) . One of the tracks heard for the first time here is an amazing version of The Everlys "Bye Bye Love" which really moves . A great dancing track and this is a 5 star CD - no doubt about it.
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on 13 March 2018
A new band to me and I love em
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on 6 November 2009
Famous for their 1974 top ten hit 'Guilty', The Pearls were 2 session singers who occasionally got together to release their own recordings. All of their output is included in this compilation where you can find a lot of other melodic 'guilty' pleasures. As well as the big hit, another cracker is 'You Came You Saw You Conquered' a minor hit in 1972. Their version of 'Dr.Love' predates the hit Tina Charles effort by at least 3 years and their trip into Motown territory covering Martha & The Vandella's '3rd Finger Left Hand' works far better than you'd expect. One listen to 'Pass it On' and you'll be humming it all day which pretty much sums up how it goes with this surprisingly enjoyable collection.
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on 15 November 2005
I've searched many times for a CD collection of the Pearls, which has been noticeably and inexplicably absent. At last the long overdue collection has appeared with a comprehensive track listing, nice photographs, and fullsome and interesting inlay notes. The music is licensed from BR Music who have in the past released many excellent quality compilations of often difficult-to-find material to very high standards. I suspect though that in this instance only the best known tracks were available from master tapes, so to provide sufficient material for a compilation several tracks have been sourced from vinyl. Although processed to remove hiss, crackles, and pops, these tracks sound compressed and slightly distorted in places. However, if even BR Music cannot source better-sounding material, this is likely to be the only compilation we will see.
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