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Enlightnin'ment: The Best of Lou Christie CD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gypsy Cried
2. Two Faces Have I
3. Summer Snow
4. Mr. Tenor Man
5. Self Expression (The Kids On The Street Will Never Give In)
6. Outside The Gates Of Heaven
7. How Many Teardrops
8. Shy Boy
9. Trapeze
10. Lightnin' Strikes
11. Cryin' In The Streets
12. Rhapsody In The Rain
13. Du Ronda
14. Watch Your Heart After Dark
15. If My Car Could Only Talk
16. Shake Hands And Walk Away Crying
17. Back To The Days Of The Romans
18. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

Editorial Reviews

For sheer rock 'n' roll melodrama, few could touch Lou Christie, and this 18-track (14 on the cassette) compilation contains all of his hits: Lightnin' Strikes; Two Faces Have I; I'm Gonna Make You Mine; Rhapsody in the Rain; The Gypsy Cried; Outside the Gates of Heaven; How Many Teardrops , and more.

Customer Reviews

I'm loving Lou Christie!!!!!!
Anna Marie A. Deyoung
I would recommend this CD for everyone who enjoys music from this era to purchase.
Prissygal
The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is really nicely done.
Matthew G. Sherwin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lou Christie predates the Beatles (at least in terms of initial popularity in the U.S.) and his soaring falsetto on "Two Faces Have I" in the spring of 1963 is one of my earliest pop music memories as an adolescent.
His first single earlier that year was "The Gypsy Cried," and like all of Christie's compositions was co-written with Twyla Herbert, a woman twice Christie's age when they first met when he was fifteen. [The liner notes refer to her a "psychic former concert pianist."] At any rate they were responsible for all but three of the songs on this collection, including the chart-topping million-seller "Lightnin' Strikes" and the follow-up "Rhapsody in the Rain." "Rhapsody" stalled at No. 16 when it was banned by a number of radio stations for its suggestive lyrics. Sample: "Because on our first date/ We were makin' out in the rain/ And in this car/ Our love went much too far." Tame, perhaps, by today's standards, but conservatism won out and it would be three years before Christie would crack the Top 40 one last time in 1969 with "I'm Gonna Make You Mine."
Along with Frankie Valli, Christie has one of the most recognizable falsetto voices of the Sixties and it's used to marvelous effect on this collection. Additional highlights include the never-before-released "Summer Snow," which was originally slated as Christie's third single.
If you enjoyed the hits, the rest of the material here will not disappoint. RECOMMENDED
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on May 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How did he do it?
How did Lou Christie take a format which could so easily have slipped into the absurd--the 1950's arrangements, the adolescent lyrics, the falsetto--and turn out so many Pop classics?
"The Gypsy Cried," "Two Faces Have I," "Summer Snow," "Outside The Gates of Heaven," and "Trapeze" are all great; "Lightnin' Strikes" would have been a tight fit on a Ronettes LP, and "Shy Boy" out Beach-Boys the Beach Boys.
But there's still some junk here. "Self Expression" sounds like a bad Saturday morning cartoon theme. "Back to The Days of The Romans" is so bad it hurts, and I could do without the self-referential "Mr. Tenor Man" too.
The bad stuff tends to come from the last days of Christie's recording career, the mid to late 1960s, but one of my favorite Christie singles, "I'm Gonna Make You Mine," was actually recorded in 1969. It was a classic, CLASSIC 45, and it sounds even better all these years later on a clean CD. It was the perfect blend that Christie had seemed to strive for all during the 1960s, sounding like Franki Valli backed by the Ronettes; a catchy melody and a decent backing band.
Anyway, everyone should own this CD, because EVERYBODY secretly loves to sing along with the falsetto on "The Gypsy Cried" when they hear it in their car.
Admit it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. B Brent on September 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This set of Lou Christie's tunes is a must for any music fan. All the hits are there, except "Are You Getting any Sunshine." My favorite track is "If My Car Could Only Talk." I was fortunate to catch Lou live in the summer of '98 at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville. His multi-octave range is still in top shape. He carried the whole show without any back-up singers, and was gracious to hang around to sign autographs and chat with fans. You can't go wrong with this collection.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's all been said, but Lou Christie, as shown in this compilation, reminds me of nobody but Lou Christie and the girl I dated, loved and lost in the early 1960s. (Okay, I'm 100). There was, to start, no revolutionary bands like the Beatles, no grimy protest songs, no cynicism. I wish you could have experienced it too. Play this queue of good music and imagine. You might be able to understand. RECOMMENDED.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Clark on November 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is nearly 20 years old now, so the sound needs to be upgraded. The sound quality on the new RPM CDs is much richer and sharper, with more bass. Also, this CD omits many of his best A-sides, such as "She Sold Me Magic", "Beyond The Blue Horizon", "Cryin' On My Knees", and "Guitars and Bongos", while including mediocre B-sides such as "Mr. Tenor Man" and "Du Ronda". For some reason, Rhino stopped at 1969 even though Lou has kept making great music since then, and they did not license any of the excellent Colpix material from 1964-65. Also, the songs are presented in chronological order, except that the hippie anthem "Self Expression" from 1967 is thrown in with the 1963 tracks, where it sounds totally out of place.
In sum, this is still a good purchase, and the best place to begin a Lou Christie collection, but it could be made much better. I would recommend getting other Lou Christie CDs and making your own Best of CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm the child of Baby Boomers and I was often "forced" to listen to "Oldies". Usually, I protested, except when a song by Lou Christie came on the radio. This collection of his work may be the best out there (although something must also be said for the recently released compilation of Lou Christie & his proteges "The Tammys"). I highly recommend it!
PS - The liner notes are fantastic.
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