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Me About You/ To Be Free

Jackie DeShannonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B002E2LW8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Me About You
2. I m with You
3. I Keep Wanting You
4. Didn t Want to Have to Do It
5. What Ever Happened to Be Happy
6. Baby Close Its Eyes
7. Music Man
8. The Girl Song
9. Splendor in the Grass
10. Nobody s Home to Go Home To
11. Nicole
12. High Coin
13. I ll Turn to Stone
14. Livin on the Easy Side
15. What Was Your Day Like
16. Child of the Street
17. Sooner or Later
18. Mediterranean Sky
19. You Keep Me Hangin On
20. Hurt So Bad
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

1967 and 1970 albums from Jackie on a single CD, with a bonus track (a cover of Tim Hardin s 'Reason to Believe') to boot! Though it contains four original De- Shannon compostions (two co-penned with producer Jack Nitszche), 'Me About You' is a bit of a homage to Jackie s fellow singer-songwriters of the day, with tunes by Carole Bayer Sager, JimmyWebb, John Sebastian and Van Dyke Parks among others; includes Me About You; I m with You; I Keep Wanting You; Didn t Want to Have to Do It; What Ever Happened to Be Happy; Baby Close Its Eyes; Music Man; The Girl Song; Splendor in the Grass; Nobody s Home to Go Home To; Nicole; High Coin, and I ll Turn to Stone. To Be Free, meanwhile, is Jackie s follow-up to her smash Put a Little Love in Your Heart album, and it was another in the line of richly crafted records she cut for Imperial; its repertoire of mostly originals includes Livin on the Easy Side; What Was Your Day Like; Child of the Street; Sooner or Later; Mediterranean Sky; You Keep Me Hangin On/Hurt So Bad; It s So Nice; Francoise; When Morning Comes Again; Brighton Hill, and Bird on the Wire. Includes the original trippy gatefold artwork!

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5.0 out of 5 stars DeShannon Masterpiece...Bravo Jackie! August 25, 2009
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After decades of obscurity, Jackie DeShannon "To Be Free" masterwork containing nine superb original songs by the first great female Singer/Songwriter from the baby-boomer generation is finally released on Compact Disc and tremendous stellar release long overdue. "To Be Free" is a stunning achievement that should have been a huge success and came out shortly before "Tapestry" but sadly no promotion or airplay resulted in this mesmerizing collection going unnoticed except by connoisseurs of great artists and Jackie DeShannon is one of the finest the music world has to offer. Ms. DeShannon a totally awesome singer with numerous memorable & diverse chart-hits like "You Won't Forget Me", "Needles And Pins", "When You Walk In The Room", "She Don't Understand Him (Like I Do)", "I Can Make It With You", "A Lifetime Of Loneliness", "Come And Get Me", "The Weight" and other gems throughout the sixties yet also an accomplished songwriter but her shortsighted record company insisted on doing covers & with mega-hits such as the sixties anthem "What The World Needs Now Is Love" not too hard to understand this stance as this magnificent vocal is mesmerizing & incredible resulting in this timeless classic being honored with a Lifetime Grammy Salute in 2008. Yet right before the close of the great musical sixties another sixties and beyond chart-topping anthem being her own "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" came on strong and this timeless classic should have focused everyone on the arrival of the amazing "To Be Free" masterwork. Looking back hard to understand how this amazing collection slipped through the cracks but had Ms. DeShannon a super force behind her like a Lou Adler, clearly her career would have come out dramatically different as acclaim did not match such amazing output... Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated DeShannon albums from '68 and '70 October 30, 2009
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Jackie DeShannon is a singer-songwriter whose songs generally overshadowed her singing. Her version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now is Love" etched her name on the upper reaches of the charts in 1965, and her own "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" notched a second commercial favorite in 1969. But other than these two worldwide hits, her albums and singles typically languished in the lower regions of the U.S. pop charts. Her albums for Imperial ranged from early teen-oriented pop to adult contemporary, and 1968's Me About You marked a step toward the latter. DeShannon mixed personal originals with delicate, intimately interpreted covers of songs from John Sebastian, Tim Hardin, Jimmy Webb and Van Dyke Parks. The arrangements (by Jack Nitzsche, Nick De Caro, Kirby Johnson and Arthur Wright) are inventive and moving, but the West Coast production occasionally leaves DeShannon's voice sticking out from the instrumentation.

Even as DeShannon found a more sophisticated sound, her lyrics often looked back, as on the original "Splendor in the Grass," and her choice of pop covers, such as the Lovin' Spoonful's "Didn't Want to Have to Do It" and the Turtles' "Me About You," tied in to her earlier period of songwriting and hit making. What's really interesting, though, is how DeShannon contemporized this material, and how her growing maturity led to the bigger reach of 1969's Laurel Canyon and Put a Little Love in Your Heart (each available separately), and this disc's second feature, 1970's To Be Free, her last for Imperial.
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