Francis Connie-Complete Us
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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import, 6 May 2014
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- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 2.5 x 14.7 cm; 94.4 Grams
- Manufacturer : Acrobat
- Item Model Number : 28940685
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Label : Acrobat
- ASIN : B00IA01H5O
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 3
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Connie Francis was one of the iconic stars of the rock n roll era, a wonderfully distinctive and versatile singer who could handle the gamut of repertoire from schmaltzy revivals of vaudeville classics through to the bounciest pop material that the Brill Building writers could supply her. We nearly didnt get to enjoy this fabulous collection of work, since her breakthrough hit Whos Sorry Now was a last-chance end-of session afterthought when MGM were about to drop her after a series of misses. It struck gold, and was followed by a string of classics that made Connie one of the most popular performers of the time. Not every record she made was a hit, of course, quite apart from rarely-heard B sides, so this complete collection of both sides of all her single releases through the primary years of her chart career, including the ten releases before her debut hit, is a chance to enjoy the full spectrum of her unique talent. It includes not only both sides of all her original US singles but also the fifteen tracks which were released as A or B sides in the UK for a variety of commercial and creative reasons, making it a thorough overview of her chart career through to the year she bade farewell to the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Connie reluctantly agreed to record a song (that she hated) at the behest of her father. She had been told that her recording contract would not be renewed and she already had an alternative career arranged. The song was Who's sorry now? It was released without much fanfare or enthusiasm, but was played by an influential DJ and subsequently started climbing the American charts. The rest, as they say, is history. The record label offered Connie a new contract that eventually lasted 15 years, during which time Connie was very successful. All the British and American successes - and the failures - up to 1962 are included here. As Connie never had any top 10 hits in either country after 1962, all the really important music is here, but Connie had big hits elsewhere in the world after 1962 and I think she may have recorded some great albums later in the sixties too. For the time being, I am content with this comprehensive collection of recordings from her first eight years with MGM.
Most of the material is made up of ballads, but the up-tempo songs (Stupid Cupid, Lipstick on your collar, Plenty good lovin') are there too. I get the impression that Connie would like to have recorded more of these songs (apparently, Stupid Cupid was written with a girl group in mind, but Connie wanted to record it) but while she showed that she can do these songs superbly, she really shines with those ballads - even those she hates :-) I wonder if she still hates the song that made her famous. Probably not.
This is an outstanding collection, well annotated, and will surely please Connie's legions of fans who wanted the B-sides that they used to own on singles back in the day, some of which are only now appearing on CD.
All in all a good set but a shame Jealous Heart didn't come out til 1965 and is therefore missing.
until you start collecting olf lps on CD. Connie could see Italian, French and who knows what else, and you just knew
her voice. The passion she placed in each song she sang. No wonder Ed Sullivan had her on his show so many times.
As they say, long live......
This has been a welcome addition to my collection.