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Just a little note of editing - Gene died 4/5/06. He will be sorely missed.
Yes, one can smile through tears listening to Gene Pitney's gorgeous voice and perfect phrasing to young love's agonies and ecstasies. His beautiful voice, and his creative mind and heart, enabled him to express my emotions for me in song, over and over again. Gene Pitney is the first artist I actually went to a concert to see. Already in thrall to the Beatles as a 15 year old, Gene Pitney was nevertheless my very first ticket purchase. (Saw 'em both; I HEARD Gene Pitney and loved the show!)
I'm elated to remember that Gene not only collaberated with Phil Specter (Pitney wrote the Crystals' "He's a Rebel!") but also the Rolling Stones, whose first album release contains Pitney piano backup. In repayment, Pitney's single "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" is the first Jagger/Richards composition released in this country!
This guy was respected and revered by the "coolest" in his time. Why hasn't he been more remembered in this time?
I for one will contact the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame folks and remind them about Gene. According to his webpage, he's still actively singing and touring. He should be on that Hall of Fame stage now, now, now! And you, dear reader and lover of music, should be listening to this CD!! Nothing's missing that you'd expect, and the technical transfer (into 21st century sound) has been done seamlessly. You'll love it, I guarantee it.
Roy Orbison admired Gene Pitney's work enough to record 4 of his compositions. These men are cut from the same cloth, and if you love one's way with a ballad or a rocker, you'll love the other. So buy this CD! YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!!Read more ›
Gene was found dead in his room last week, of natural causes. He will not sing, in person, any longer. It is important, therefore, to purchase this CD so that his music and the history that he made will be ours for years to come.
I'm gonna be strong was Gene's only hit to reach the top ten in both Britain and America. Gene's other top ten American hits to be found here are The man who shot Liberty Valance, Only love can break a heart and It hurts to be in love. Gene's other top ten British hits to be found here are Twenty four hours from Tulsa, That girl belongs to yesterday, I must be seeing things, Looking through the eyes of love, Princess in rags, Backstage, Nobody needs your love, Just one smile and the original solo version of Something's gotten hold of my heart.
Some lesser hits are also included together with Gene's original version of Hello Mary Lou, a song he wrote before he had a recording contract and which was a huge hit for Ricky Nelson.
You are unlikely to find a better single CD compilation of Gene's music anywhere, although if you are really committed, you may wish to check out the British double CD, Looking through - Ultimate collection, which explores his career in greater depth and is still available in the UK as I write this.
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LOVE, LOVE LOVE IT! Great to listen to in the car. If you are a baby boomer, this is a must!Published 2 months ago by DW
Great hard to find Gene Pitney songs, priced right and sounds great.Published 2 months ago by Bob M
What not to love about Gene Pitney. While he was before my time I heard his song Town Without Pity and became a fan. Read morePublished 4 months ago by petpeople
I don't usually write reviews about CD's, but this is one of the exceptions to the rule. I have played it many times now, and I enjoy each time I hear it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CAT LADY
Love this CD, it really brings back some very special times in my younger years!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer