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Turn Me Loose: Very Best of

FabianAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000K2NC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turn Me Loose
2. Shivers
3. Tiger
4. I'm in Love
5. Hound Dog Man
6. Lily Lou
7. I'm a Man
8. Be My Steady Date
9. Come on and Get Me
10. Hypnotized
11. Got the Feeling
12. Stop Thief!
13. This Friendly World
14. Mighty Cold (To a Warm Warm Heart)
15. String Along
16. Strollin' in the Sunshine Springtime
17. About This Thing Called Love
18. Tomorrow
19. Kissin' and Twistin'
20. Hold On
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor singer-but some great records! November 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fabian was probably the worst singer ever to become a major recording artist(until Bjork).Fabe never claimed he could sing-he told the managers who were impressed with his stricking good looks and wanted to "make him a star",that he couldnt sing.It didn't seem to matter.In '59 the kid from Philadelphia had a string of hits,and for a while was a "substitute" Elvis for millions of girls,while the King was in the army.The surprising thing is that so many of Fabian's discs were good tough rock and roll-very much against the grain of the new "teen idol" sound coming to the fore in '59,and epitomized by Fabe's "Chancellor" records label mate Frankie Avalon's hit "Venus".Fabian's career was in good hands.Fine song writers like Pomus and Shuman,were used.The instrumentation on discs like "Got the feeling" was so powerful you suspect the producers were deliberately out to bury Fabe in the mix,to hide his flat tuneless voice,and to an extent they pulled it off.Songs like "Come on and get me","Tiger","Turn me loose","Got the feeling", "I'm a man"(great guitar),work as little rock and roll gems.It's when we come to the ballads and slower songs that Fabe is in real trouble-he can no longer be rescued by the session musicians.Listening to his off key rendition of say "This friendly world",is not pleasant.
Stan Freberg certainly had Fabian nailed as instant teen idol "Clyde Ankle",on his brilliant parody,"The Old Payola Roll Blues"(Session musician-"you need a teen idol man",Producer-"oh..right-I'll just go and get one"-the producer quickly returns with the first kid he happened to meet on the street outside);but the irony is that Fabian's records gave rock and roll some fine moments.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FABIAN HAD MASS APPEAL October 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'M GLAD THIS C.D. EXISTS BECAUSE YOU DON'T HEAR VERY MUCH ABOUT FABIAN FORTE ANYMORE. HE WAS SOOO POPULAR IN HIS DAY, THAT LIKE ANNETTE, HE WAS KNOWN SIMPLY FOR HIS FIRST NAME ONLY.WE ALL WANTED TO LOOK LIKE FABIAN BECAUSE HE DOMINATED THE TEEN MAGAZINE COVERS WITH FEMALE MASS APPEAL ONLY SECOND TO ELVIS. THOUGH HE WAS NOT A GREAT SINGER, FABIAN HAD ENERGY IN HIS VOICE AND EXTREMELY GOOD LOOKS. FABIAN HAD THE BEST POMPADOUR IN ROCK HISTORY! THOUGH HE WAS SORT OF A MANUFACTURED TEEN IDOL, HE MADE IT! THIS C.D. CONTAINS ALL HIS BIG HITS LIKE "TIGER", WHICH WAS HIS TRADEMARK (HE WAS OFTEN PICTURED WITH TOY TIGERS AND ELVIS WITH TEDDY BEARS FOR HIS HIT "TEDDY BEAR".IF YOU WANT TO RELIVE THE FABULOUS 50'S, THEN ADD THE FABULOUS FABIAN (AS HE WAS KNOWN) TO YOUR COLLECTION!
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2.0 out of 5 stars An Omen of Things to Come November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Fabian Forte, due to his good looks, was one of the first young people to be manufactured to take advantage of the young singer craze that continues today; this was the Elvis-Ricky craze of the late 50s, particularly the "South Philly" faction a la Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell. The difference was that ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE COULD SING! Fabian did the movie "Hound Dog Man" and amateurishly sung the "theme song". He had a role in John Wayne's "North to Alaska" (gratefully, Johnny Horton sung ITS theme song) and a small part in "The Longest Day" (re World War II's D-Day) after his star had declined. Along the way, he also had a hit of "Tiger", another song that would not challenge an average karaoke singer today. We mustn't forget "Turn Me Loose", arguably the best of his tunes. They are all on this CD. They are an interesting footnote but should not be counted among the great songs of the era. If you have money to burn, buy this CD. Fabian's in his 60s now; maybe he'll get a piece of the action.
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