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The Complete Liberty Singles (2-CD Set)

Timi Yuro Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B007ZIMB02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hurt
2. I Apologize
3. Smile
4. She Really Loves You
5. I Believe (Timi Yuro & Johnnie Ray)
6. A Mother's Love (Timi Yuro & Johnnie Ray)
7. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
8. Satan Never Sleeps
9. I Know (I Love You)
10. Count Everything
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Make the World Go Away
2. Look Down
3. She's Got You
4. Are You Sure
5. Gotta Travel On
6. Down in the Valley
7. Permanently Lonely
8. Call Me
9. Should I Ever Love Again
10. A Legend in My Time
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Before Amy Winehouse, before Adele, there was the Little Girl with the Big Voice, Timi Yuro, the greatest white soul singer of the '60s, male or female. Previous Timi collections have featured after-the-fact stereo remixes or album tracks no collection has concentrated on the actual recordings that made her famous, the singles that took her to the charts in the '60s...till now! Here, for the first time, are the A and B-sides of all of the U.S. singles Timi cut for Liberty Records during her two stints with the label, featuring the original mono single mixes except for two tracks that were issued as 33 1/3 stereo jukebox singles, all fittingly remastered for CD release at Capitol Studios. Among the highlights are, of course, her recording of "Hurt" (also here in an Italian version in homage to Timi's heritage), a performance so deeply emotional and mature that viewers of Timi's first television performances were shocked to discover that she was (a) white, (b) a female (c) barely five feet tall and (d) a 20 year-old from Chicago; the Phil Spector production of "What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)", in which his studio bombast met its match in Timi's booming vocal, and the legendary Northern Soul single "It'll Never Be Over for Me/As Long as There Is You," which in its original 7" vinyl form trades for princely sums. And perhaps the most precious find of all is an unreleased single side, "Talkin' About Hurt," that presents Timi at her most rockin'. Co-Producer Ed Osborne pens notes that trace Timi's journey from Chicago to the charts along with a singles discography and photos. Remember, many of these songs have never been on CD and/or never in their original single mixes find out why everybody from Elvis to Morrissey counted Timi among their favorite singers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1960s singles of a soul powerhouse July 12, 2012
Timi Yuro was an anomaly in the world of 1960s soul - a small girl of Italian descent with a gigantic, hugely emotional voice. The opening notes of her million-selling 1961 debut single, "Hurt," suggest no less than Jackie Wilson with their power and vibrato, leaving listeners to momentarily wonder if they were hearing a man or a woman. She could sing more tenderly, but the biggest thrills in her catalog came from the sort of wrecking ball outbursts that Phil Spector helped capture on her subsequent "What's A Matter Baby." Barely missing the Top 10, this latter single is perhaps the single greatest kiss-off in the history of pop music; from it's opening drum roll to Yuro's derisive laugh after singing "I know that you've been asking `bout me," to the soul-crushing finale "and my hurtin' is just about over, but baby, it's just starting for you," this is a five-star kick in the teeth delivered point-blank to a deserving cad. Even the distortion on Yuro's voice connotes indignation so strong that the microphone should've stepped back.

Yuro's commercial fortunes never topped these two singles, but she continued to release fine albums and singles for Liberty throughout the rest of the 1960s. The bluesy choke in her voice suggested Dinah Washington, as did the string arrangements with which she was often supported. The material for her early singles was drawn in large part from pop standards, ranging from early century classics to Tin Pan Alley to the hit parade. As with her two biggest hits, songs of romantic discord and joy, such as the non-charting "I Know (I Love You)" and its Drifters-styled flipside, "Count Everything," provide the sort of material Yuro could really sink her teeth into.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Tilak
Timi Yuro was a pint-sized Italian girl who had giant, soulful pipes.
Influenced by the blues and jazz singers she heard as a kid growing up in Chicago, she invested everything she sang with impressive emotional power.
Even when the material let her down, as it quite often did, she could turn a decent song into something spectacular.
She burst onto the scene in 1961 with an incendiary cover of Roy Hamilton's hit ballad "Hurt", which tore up the charts and established her as a vocal powerhouse.
This collection gathers up all her singles cut for the Liberty label between 1961 and 1964 (when she left the label due to frustration with their politics and selection of material for her to sing), and 1968 and 1969, when she briefly returned.
Unsurprisingly, the stand-out cut is "Hurt", but there are quite a few that nearly equal it. The girl group-meets-Drifters "Count Everything" is a great song and Yuro's vocal shows an unusual amount of nimbleness; "Satan Never Sleeps" is a weird little tune that she croons through like one of thejazz singers she so admired, and "I Ain't Gonna Cry No More" is a tough little girl group rocker.
Best of all is the amazing "What's a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)", which was co-produced by Phil Spector and features a vocal that equals anything Tina Turner ever did in its rawness and naked emotion.
Despite these high points, it's easy to see why she was upset at some of the label's choices of songs; her cover of "Smile" is schmaltzy at best, for example, and pairing with Burt Bacharach on "The Love of a Boy" is fine, but her fire is dimmed but Bacharach's production style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering The Great Work Of Timi Yuro August 12, 2012
When people think of great, young female vocalists, names like Adele, Celine, Christina and even the late Amy Winehouse come to mind. In the sixties, there was a little girl with a HUGE voice by the name of Timi Yuro who was dubbed the greatest white soul singer of that decade - male or female.

Previous collections of her music focused on the singles that made her a star. Real Gone Music has corrected that grievous error with the release of The Complete Liberty Singles. The two-CD collection includes for the first time the A- and B-sides of all of the U.S. singles Timi released on Liberty Records during her two stints with the label, featuring the original mono single mixes, all fittingly remastered for CD release at Capitol Studios.

Among the hits included in the collection is her version of Hurt (including an Italian version in honor to Timi's heritage). The record books tell us that this performance was so mature viewers of her first television performances were stunned to see that such a riveting voice and performance came from a young, white 20-year-old girl from Chicago. Also included is the Phil Spector production of What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You) and the historic Northern Soul single It'll Never Be Over for Me/As Long as There Is You.

Backstory and biographical notes are provided by Co-Producer Ed Osborne, adding very interesting flavor to this must-have collection. By adding this to your library, you'll find out why everybody from Elvis to Morrissey counted Timi among their favorite singers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timi Yuro was the greatest improvisores of songs i've listened to....
Timi Yuro sounds like 200 lbs. of Bravado.
The Disks I received were in new condition and replaced my records with great digital sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John J. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Timi Yuro's Biggest Fan
A life-long Timi Yuro fan, this 2 cd collection contains all her singles from her days at Liberty Records, before she was under contract at Mercury Records. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ann Marie Fiondella
5.0 out of 5 stars Timi Yuro 2 album set.
been listening to timi music since H.S. Fell in love. Never knew she was so prolific. Rarely hear her songs on oldie radio, such a shame one of the greatest American voices ever... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rick Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Timi Yuro
Long gone, never forgotten. 'must have' CD for the Timi Yuro fan/collector. Her singles are fetching insane bids on eBay England, lucky for us we can have compilations for far more... Read more
Published 17 months ago by justinetime
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing & magnificent~Bravo Timi Yuro!
Little girl with a big voice accurately describes super-singer Timi Yuro who possessed a glorious voice by singing with more heart & soul than anyone, going to emotional core of a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bradly Briggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Cracks and ticks
I love this cd,but in the first cd there are some songs with ticks and cracks.Don't they listen to the cd's before releasing them.
Published 21 months ago by barry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Lady With A Big BIG Voice
The deep, raw, and soulful tones of Timi Yuro (born Rosemarie Timothy Aurro Yuro in Chicago on August 4, 1940) were first heard on a national scale in the summer of 1961 singing... Read more
Published 21 months ago by AvidOldiesCollector
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how you do it
Timi Yuro fans will love this, as it offers a complete overview of her Liberty singles, including rare b-sides. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by Joseph Delaronde
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