A fantastic 2 disc reissue of Dionne Warwick's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th albums, 42 tracks in all. Edsel/Rhino have done a great job, the sound quality is excellent, most of the tracks are in Stereo except 5 tracks that are in Mono. There is a comprehensive 28 page colour booklet that is very informative liner notes by Tony Rounce and lots of label scans and pics. The quality of music is excellent throughout, a truly great blend of outstanding song writing and the tremendous voice of Dionne.
Cd.1. (55.37mins). `Presenting Dionne Warwick' (1963). An excellent debut album that contains many great tracks `Don't make me over', `Wishin' & Hopin', `Make the music play', `Make it easy on yourself' and my two favourites `Love that really counts' and `I smiled yesterday (a B side) is simply fantastic. Four tracks are in Mono (track 9,10,11 & 12). 10/10. Also featured is the album `Anyone who had a heart' (1964). The title track is excellent of course, as is `Getting ready for the heartbreak', `Oh Lord...' (although I prefer Big Maybelles version) also very good is `Mr Heartbreak'. A very good album 9/10.
Cd.2. (62.22mins). `Make way for Dionne Warwick' (1964). A very good album that features `Close to you', `The last one to be loved', a great version of `Reach out for me' and my all favourite `You'll never get to heaven...' not to mention `Walk on by'.9/10. (track 9 `Get rid of him' is in Mono). Also featured is `The sensitive side of Dionne Warwick' (1965). Another good album, perhaps not as strong as the other 3 but it still contains some great tracks. It could be a grower in time. 7.5/10.
Overall, 3 excellent albums and 1 good album. I can't add anymore than HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 10/10.
These are the first four albums of Dionne Warwick's career, which didn't sell well at the time, but which contain plenty of classic songs, many of which Dionne was the first to record. For a variety of reasons, Dionne didn't always benefit from being the first to record those songs although she sometimes received acknowledgement in hindsight for being the original artist.
Among the songs here you'll find Wishin' and hopin' (a UK hit for the Merseybeats and a USA hit for Dusty Springfield), Make it easy on yourself (originally recorded by Jerry Butler, but a UK hit for the Walker brothers; eventually Dionne had a USA hit with a later live version of the song), Anyone who had a heart (a USA hit for Dionne, but a UK hit for Cilla Black; Petula Clark had hits with local language recordings in France, Germany and Italy), Close to you (not considered for single release, but eventually covered by the Carpenters for whom it was their breakthrough to fame and glory), Walk on by ( a huge international hit for Dionne), You'll never get to heaven, Wives and lovers ... there's also a great cover of the fifties classic Unchained melody, which only a few months later became a huge international hit for the Righteous brothers. Maybe that success could have been Dionne's if her version had been released as a single.
This is the first of four volumes (the third being a triple CD) covering the first 16 albums od Dionne's career, including plenty of bonus tracks. Fantastic.