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Pat's 40 Big Ones [Import, Original recording remastered]

Pat BooneAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Legend tends to be an overused term in this day of hype. But if the titles movie star, gold-record recording artist, best selling author, Broadway headliner, and television star qualify someone as a legend, then Pat Boone certainly fits the bill.

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Connoisseur Coll.
  • ASIN: B00004YYYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Two Hearts, Two Kisses
2. Ain't That A Shame
3. At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)
4. Gee Whittakers
5. I'll Be Home
6. Tutti Frutti
7. Long Tall Sally
8. I Almost Lost My Mind
9. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)
10. Chains Of Love
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. If Dreams Came True
2. Gee, But It's Lonely
3. I'll Remember Tonight
4. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair
5. Good Rocking Tonight
6. For A Penny
7. Twixt Twelve And Twenty
8. A Fool's Hall Of Fame
9. (Welcome) New Lovers
10. Walking The Floor Over You
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Editorial Reviews

UK compilation for the former teen idol whose sales rivaledElvis Presley's in the years immediately prior to the British Invasion. The first mid-price compilation to feature virtually all of his 50's and 60's British and American chart hits. Digitally rem

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
During the second half of The Fifties, the only artist to spend more weeks on the Top 40 than Pat Boone was Elvis. Beginning with his first single "Two Hearts" in 1955 until 1962 when he charted with the novelty tune "Speedy Gonzales," Boone placed 38 songs on the singles chart.
The big knock on Boone is that he was a homogenized version of real rock 'n' rollers like Little Richard or Fats Domino, whose songs Boone covered and in many cases outperformed on the charts. I'll admit, Boone's feeble stabs at rock 'n' roll numbers like "Ain't That a Shame" or "Tutti Frutti" are pretty limp, but that was never his strong suit. After he took "Long Tall Sally" to No. 8, Boone focused on what he did best--romantic ballads. He hit the top of the charts with "I Almost Lost My Mind," "Don't Forbid Me," "Love Letters in the Sand," "April Love" and "Moody River." He never considered himself a rocker. [Yeah, I know he released In a Metal Mood a few years ago doing covers of Deep Purple and Metallica, but he wasn't taking himself seriously. He was merely spoofing his image as part of a huge self-promotion campaign.]
There's always been a market for artists like Pat Boone. The Sixties had Bobby Vinton. The Seventies had Barry Manilow. The Eighties had Air Supply. Let's face it, how romantic is it to listen to Rage Against the Machine or Offspring? Pat Boone may be a throwback to an earlier era, but his type of pop balladry is evident today in artists like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, to name just a few. Give the man his due. He recorded numerous memorable hits and all but a few of his minor hits are included on this moderately priced UK import.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Pat Boone fans April 3, 2002
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This 2CD set is a great cross section of his prolific
recording output. All the songs in this set should
satisfy the majority of Pat's fans. Only one complaint
about this set. 3 songs that should be on here or on
his greatest hits CD are missing and don't apprear on any
other CD, except his 50's Box Set. They are "Anastasia",
I'm Waiting Just for You and I'm in Love With You. Considering
a few songs that are in this set it is a gross error in
judgement on the person picking the various songs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars benny scott , belgian fan of the 50's music February 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Great compilation !!!

Most important fact : these are the ORIGINAL MONO RECORDINGS

of most of Pat's great hits ( with the exception of April Love,

in stereo on the CD, but exactly the same version as on the original 45 PM in mono. This means that the song was recorded in stereo but originally released in mono, but was not re-recorded in 1959 ! )

Today most of Pat's big hits are released in the re-recorded stereo-versions of 1959. Only the German " Big Bear Family " company issued a boxed set " The Fifties Complete " containing also all the original mono and stereo-re-recordings of 15 songs.

This double CD " Pat's 40 Big Ones " was probably issued with the permission of Big Bear Family Records.

A REAL MUST for all Pat Boone fans who want the original recordings in true mono !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a balladeer June 4, 2004
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People remember Pat for his love songs and the novelty up-tempo Speedy Gonzalez. But rock'n'roll - surely not?
Actually, Pat's earliest hits were covers of songs by Little Richard and Fats Domino. In those days, people tended to buy records according to race, so it was common practice for singers to cover songs first recorded by somebody of a different race. So it was that Pat achieved major American hits with his versions of Ain't that a shame (Fats Domino), I'll be home (The Flamingos), Tutti Frutti, Long tall Sally (both Little Richard) and I almost lost my mind (Ivory Joe Hunter). Of course, Pat's versions lacked the rawness and energy of the originals, but they established him as a major pop singer in the fifties. They are certainly worth hearing and all of them are included here.
After all those covers of R+B songs, he switched his attention to the ballads he is now remembered for. Love letters in the sand, Remember you're mine, April love, A wonderful time up there, Sugar moon, If dreams come true and I'll remember tonight were all huge American hits. Later hits were smaller, but they are also included in this set. In 1961, Pat's career took off again with Moody river, but there was to be only one more major hit - Speedy Gonazles.
Apart from all the hits, there are a few interesting non-hits, like Little Honda. Pat recorded this when he discovered that the Beach boys were not going to release their original as a single, but was foiled when somebody else had the same idea and they had the hit instead.
So, this is an interesting compilation that includes all the obvious hits, most of the minor hits and a few interesting non-hits. You can get all the obvious stuff on a single CD, but it is interesting to explore further than that. As such, this set, which includes comprehensive liner notes, is ideal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't-a Forbid Me October 11, 2004
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That's one example of how recording artists, and many of them, used the early Elvis style; Pat Boone did. And he even used the unusual style of country singer/songwriter Floyd Tillman when he did Tillman's "I Almost Lost My Mind" (Ivory Joe Hunter had the definitive version). And elitist or not, it has not been a mystery that record producers took recordings by black artists into their own studios to try to duplicate the sound (never worked) but the white versions got the airplay. (I could cite 20 examples here). It's hard not to like Pat Boone and he had some good stuff that belonged to him, "With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair", "Moody River" and "Love Letters in the Sand", but Mr. Nice Guy's renditions of the earthy "Tutti Fruitti" and "Long Tall Sally"....come on now. Loved "Speedy Gonzalez" (you never see him in old cartoons anymore, politically incorrect). You really don't hear Pat Boone on the oldies stations either, not even the stations covering the late 50s, early 60s. He was just too clean, too uncool, but he had a successful career and not just in music. So don't cry for Pat. Ooga mooga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the real originals!
Pat Boone was the second most important singer of the Rock & Roll Era
after Elvis Presley. Besides, he was the chosen one by the general public
since he was the true... Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by Ronald Van Scherpenzeel
2.0 out of 5 stars Pat's 40 Big Ones
Purchased this album more than a month ago and have still not received it. Therefore, it sounds terrible. Kinda like the sound of silence.
Published on December 11, 2010 by Roger's Mechanical
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection -- includes 37 of Pat Boone's best. -- 3 aren't...
Pat Boone was constantly landing singles on the chart from the mid 50's to mid 60's.
Here are many of his best hits, some have become all time classics. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by majormusiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality CD
Ordered a CD and it was delivered within 10 days from England, which was within the timeline that I expected. The CD is excellent quality and a good value.
Published on October 14, 2009 by Gary G. Denton
4.0 out of 5 stars No More Mr. Nice Guy
Okay folks, if you know anything about Pat Boone, you'll et a chuckle out of this title.

This is the stuff that the crown prince of cool is best known for-wacky covers... Read more
Published on July 11, 2007 by Andre M.
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Twixt Rock and Elevator Music
I hope this will be more objective than most reviews, because while I have no special interest in Pat Boone, I've never been in full agreement with the rock-critic types who only... Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Jeff Pearlman
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