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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 February 2016
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This 3 CD set, released by reissue label One Day Music from UK in 2015, contain 80 songs from 1956 to 1962 all on the Decca label. I have compiled a detailed song listing (single label & number, chart position, debut date, with personal comments)(UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1:
01 Singing The Blues (Decca F 10819)(a-side)(UK 1(1)/1956)(November 1956)*his only #1 song.
02 Rock With The Caveman (Decca F 10795)(a-side)(UK 13/1956)(October 1956)
03 Butterfingers (Decca F 10877)(a-side)(a-side)(UK 8/1957)(April 1957)
04 Tallahassee Lassie (Decca F 11152)(a-side)(UK 16/1959)(July 1959)*UK cover version of Freddy Cannon’s US hit.
05 Doomsday Rock (Decca F 10808)(uncharted a-side, October 1956)
06 Teenage Party (Decca F 10849)(b-side, February 1957)
07 The Writing On The Wall (Decca F 11372)(a-side)(UK 30/1961)(July 1961)
08 Amanda
09 Giddy Up A Ding Dong (live)
10 I Puts The Lightie On (Decca F 11041)(b-side, June 1958)
11 My Big Best Shoes (Decca F 11361)(b-side, May 1961)
12 Kookaburra (Decca F 11245)(b-side, June 1960)
13 Photograph
14 Young Love
15 Shiralee (Decca F 10896)(a-side)(UK 11/1957)(May 1957)
16 Take A Ride
17 Two Eyes
18 Thanks A Lot
19 What A Little Darlin’ (Decca F 11479)(b-side, June 1962)
20 Young Ideas (Decca F 11162)(b-side, September 1959)
21 Marriage Type Love (Decca F 11089)(b-side, November 1958)
22 Family Tree
23 What Is This Thing Called Love? (live)
24 Plant A Kiss (Decca F 10941)(b-side, October 1957)
25 Rebel Rock (Decca F 10819)(b-side, November 1956)

DISC 2:
01 Come On, Let’s Go (Decca F 11072)(a-side)(UK 10/1958)(October 1958)
02 Knee Deep In The Blues (Decca F 10849)(a-side)(UK 15/1957)(February 1957)
03 Water Water (Decca F 10923)(a-side)(UK 5/1957)(August 1957)
04 Cannibal Pot (Decca F 10877)(b-side, April 1957)*misspelled as Cannbial Pot; sloppy editing
05 Little White Bull (Decca F 11177)(a-side)(UK 6/1959)(November 1959)
06 (The Girl With The) Long Black Hair (Decca F 11275)(b-side, September 1960)
07 Razzle-Dazzle (live)
08 Happy Guitar (Decca F 10976)(a-side)(UK 20/1958)(February 1958)
09 Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Decca F 11532)(b-side, December 1962)
10 Singing Time (Decca F 11177)(b-side, November 1959)
11 Princess (Decca F 10976)(b-side, February 1958)
12 Take Me Back, Baby
13 Rock Around The Town (Decca F 10795)(b-side, October 1956)
14 Teenage Party (live)
15 Build Up
16 Neon Sign (Decca F 10991)(b-side, March 1958)
17 Treasure of Love (live)
18 Hit Record (Decca F 11479)(uncharted a-side, June 1962)
19 The Dit-Dit Song (Decca F 11361)(uncharted a-side, May 1961)
20 Time To Kill
21 Where’s The Birdie?
22 Grandad’s Rock (Decca F 10896)(b-side, May 1957)
23 A Lovely Night (Decca F 11089)(uncharted a-side, November 1958)
24 Honky Tonk Blues (live)
25 Drunken Guitar (Decca F 11258)(b-side, July 1960)

DISC 3:
01 Nairobi (Decca F 10991)(a-side)(UK 3/1958)(March 1958)
02 Butterfly
03 What A Mouth (What A North And South)(Decca F 11245)(a-side)(UK 5/1960)(June 1960)
04 Elevator Rock (Decca F 10808)(b-side, October 1956)
05 Rock With The Caveman (live)
06 Tommy The Toreador
07 Boys and Girls (Decca F 11299)(b-side, November 1960)
08 Give, Give, Give (Decca F 11152)(b-side, July 1959)(UK 28/1959)*double sided hit
09 Butter Wouldn’t Melt In Your Mouth (Decca F 11532)(uncharted a-side, December 1962)
10 Hair Down Hoe Down
11 Kaw Liga (live)
12 A Handful of Songs (Decca F 10923)(b-side, August 1957)(UK 5/1957)*double sided hit
13 Happy Go Lucky Blues (Decca F 11275)(uncharted a-side, September 1960)*in the CD song listing, the title was listed as “Happy Go Lucky”; sloppy editing.
14 I Like
15 What Do You Do (Decca F 11026)(b-side, May 1958)
16 On The Move (live)
17 Will It Be You
18 Hey You (Decca F 10941)(a-side)(UK 28/1957)(October 1957)
19 You Gotta Go
20 Wedding Bells (live)
21 You Were Mine (Decca F 11162)(uncharted a-side, September 1959)
22 Put A Ring On Her Finger (Decca F 11072)(b-side, October 1958)
23 Number 22 Across The Way
24 Green Eye (Decca F 11551)(b-side, December 1962)
25 It’s All Happening (Decca F 11026)(uncharted a-side, May 1958)
26 What Is This Thing Called Love (live)
27 The Only Man On The Island (Decca F 11041)(a-side)(UK 16/1958)(June 1958)
28 He’s Got Love (Decca F 11551)(uncharted a-side, December 1962)
29 Must Be Santa (Decca F 11299)(a-side)(UK 40/1960)(November 1960)
30 The Truth About Me

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Almost all the singles on Decca by Tommy Steele are present here (except 5 songs). There are also many album tracks and live tracks.
2 The sound is very well remastered. But it is still not as good as my original reference “The Decca Years 1956 – 1963” from the original label Decca. But, “The Decca Years” is more expensive.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are 5 songs (singles) that are missing in this set:
(1) Hiawatha(Decca F 11117)(uncharted a-side, March 1959)
(2) The Trial (Decca F 11117)(b-side, March 1959)
(3) Light Up The Sky (Decca F 11258)(July 1960)*unreleased
(4) Flash, Bang, Wallop! (Decca F 11615)(uncharted a-side, March 1963)
(5) She's Too Far Above Me (Decca F 11615)(b-side, March 1963)
Fortunately, all the above tracks, except “Light Up The Sky” are found in “The Decca Years 1956 – 1963”. One Day Music, like most reissue labels in UK, does not release materials beyond 1962 due to Public Domain law.
2 The songs are not arranged chronologically.
3 Some titles are misspelled as noted above. Sloppy editing.
4 There is no booklet.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Tommy Steele has 17 charted singles in the UK chart, but never charted in US, I have compiled a Complete Singles Discography, and found that he has 33 singles (charted and uncharted, from 1956 to 1974, but only 65 songs because one song was a repeat release). His labels are (1) Decca (1956 – 1963), (2) Columbia (1963), (3) Buena Vista (1967), (4) RCA (1968), (5) Buena Vista (1968), and (6) Pye (1974). There are still 5 more singles (10 songs) that are currently not available.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Tommy Steele was born Thomas Hicks on December 17, 1936 in Bermondsey, South London. He was the first British rock’n’roll star of the 1950s – outpacing legends like Sir Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. He also had a hand in writing many of his biggest hits – a real rarity for any UK artist in that decade. Dubbed Britain's answer to Elvis Presley, he reached number one with "Singing the Blues" in 1957, and The Tommy Steele Story was the first album by a UK act to reach number one.

If you value sound quality and completeness, I would recommend “The Decca Years 1956 – 1963” (2 CDs, Decca, 1999). However, this current set is much cheaper and has 80 songs with most of the singles, plus many album and live tracks. The sound is good. If you like Tommy Steele, this set is still recommended.
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The Very Best of Tommy Steele, 80 Tracks from The Decca Years on 3CDs, DAY3CD082

This is a new compilation by One Day Music and so my review relates to that issue and not any other.

All the tracks come from Tommy's Decca years and are public domain recordings up until 1962. The informative sleeve note is by regular writer Michael Heatley.

Tommy Steele OBE was born Thomas William Hicks, on 17 December 1936 ( my birthday but a few years later) and is an all round entertainer, widely regarded as Britain's very first teen idol and rock and roll star. He was also known by many as Britain's answer to Elvis Presley, he reached number one with "Singing the Blues" in 1957, and The Tommy Steele Story was the first album by a UK act to reach number one.

I have always liked Tommy Steele as a performer be it on record; stage or indeed on film. Interestingly, he is now fulfilling the role of Glenn Miller in the new stage touring musical August to November 2015.

The new compilation includes singles on Decca from the earliest with The Steel Men and then his solo singles.

This compilation also includes tracks from the following LPs...

1957, Tommy Steele ‎– Tommy Steele Stage Show, Decca LPM 1287
1957, Various ‎– Stars Of Six-Five Special, Decca LF 1299
1958, Tommy Steele ‎– The Duke Wore Jeans, Decca LF1308

And from the following EPs...
1957, Various ‎– Lord Taverners Record - All Star Hit Parade No. 2, Decca 45-F10915
1957, Various ‎– Tops In Pops, Decca DFE 6411

The sound is excellent throughout and whilst the set does not include every single it does offer a massive amount of music from a giant of the era and one that is happily still treading the boards...

Running times...
CD1: 58.56
CD2: 57.26
CD3: 65.18
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on 15 October 2009
Well what can i say about this CD, this is just one of the best CD's out from Tommy Steele, the music is from the early days of the 1950's and 1960's, when Rock music was just the best, Rock with the caveman, little white bull, north & south what a mouth his got!! Niarobi, just so many of them, just great music from a wonderful man and singer. One of our very own best english rocker's from the past, long many tommy steele and his music continue, would highly recommend this to us people over a age of 45 years old!!
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on 4 November 2009
A great compilation of Tommy's hits from the fifties onwards together with songs from his big screen appearances and musicals.
An opportunity to appreciate his many talents, to hear his songs full of energy and verve which are still obvious in his music today.
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on 15 December 2013
This is an excellent, all-round retrospective of Tommy Steele's recording career, and it has already proved to be a valuable addition to my production archive. It's a must-have choice for all Tommy Steele fans. David Lowe ~ Producer-Presenter BBC West & South West
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on 17 August 2016
I ordered The Very Best of Tommy Steele 3CD box set, received The Best of Tommy Steele single CD, which I returned and reordered the 3 CD box set, and again received the single CD, but the bar code states it's The 3CD Box Set. which I shall return once again, but wont be reordering
again.
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on 30 January 2014
if like me you are a fan of Tommy Steeel from his rock days to his musicals you will enjoy this cd. it takes you from the very early hits through to his musicals.
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on 16 May 2013
Tommy Steele is probably one of our most enduring and possibly under-rated performers. His transition from singer belting out pop and rock numbers to actor appeared seamless. Where some other singers faded after a few cinema appearances, Tommy Steele made his way in films with apparent ease, and then made the additional transition to stage musicals where he has delighted audiences of many ages. This CD includes not only some rock 'n roll and other favourites but also numbers from the musicals of stage and screen. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and will continue to do so!
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on 1 December 2009
It does what it says on the pack! Just what I'd hoped for and brings back all the memories of my youth.
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on 21 September 2013
This is more or less the same as The Decca Years which adds about 5 tracks from other labels like Buena Vista.
With a title like the Very Best of it indicates that everything by Steele is the very best.Which sounds like a lazy title.
Like the Decca Years this is a double
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