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This compilation contains every significant Billboard and U.K. hit by Gene Pitney and includes sixteen Top 40 hits and ten Top 10 U.K. hits, plus 8-page booklet with detailed liner notes and photos from Pitney's personal collection. Includes: "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away," "Town Without Pity," "Hello Mary Lou," "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance," "Looking Through the Eyes of Love" and much more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
  2. Every Breath I Take
  3. Town Without Pity
  4. Hello Mary Lou
  5. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
  6. Only Love Can Break A Heart
  7. If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)
  8. Half Heaven - Half Heartache
  9. Mecca
  10. True Love Never Runs Smooth
  11. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
  12. That Girl Belongs To Yesterday
  13. It Hurts To Be In Love
  14. Lips Were Redder On You
  15. I'm Gonna Be Strong
  16. I Must Be Seeing Things
  17. Last Chance To Turn Around
  18. Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
  19. Princess In Rags
  20. Backstage (I'm Lonely)
  21. Nobody Needs Your Love
  22. Just One Smile
  23. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
  24. She's A Heartbreaker
  25. Yours Until Tomorrow


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Varese Vintage
  • ASIN: B00000I8AJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mary L. Kowalski on September 13, 2002
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This is a voice that is SO recognizable it is a pity that the MAN has not been properly recognized. Gene Pitney is one of the most underrated singers of all time. He has such a body of work on this one CD - Liberty Valence (which btw was NOT in the movie - it was scrapped on the cutting room floor), It Hurts to be in Love, Every Breadth I Take and so many others. The range of this man's voice is incredible as are the songs. He can make you cry one minute and fall in love the next. This is the one to buy if you are only buying one but there are so many CD's that you will certainly buy others. Half Heaven, Half Heartache touches the sky and True Love Never Runs Smooth is so true, especially when Gene sings it. I HIGHLY recommend this CD.

Just a little note of editing - Gene died 4/5/06. He will be sorely missed.
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Well, I bought it and can't stop listening, singing along, crying and smiling. You who are checking out this site know what I mean by that!
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!!
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A few months ago I heard a song on the radio that I had never heard before. I could tell it was Gene Pitney -- turned out it was "Half Heaven, Half Heartache." Here's a guy I've been listening to since the '60's, yet had never run across this particular (and great) song. So I bought this CD, and am I glad I did. Pitney was a soulful and passionate singer; even the songs I don't particularly like are still listenable because of his voice (I feel the same way about Roy Orbison). An excellent collection of his songs, by a singer who has been greatly underrated.
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Gene Pitney was a local boy who made good. He grew up about ten miles from us and was our age in the early sixties. Wow. As his career grew, and he left us, we could still enjoy his music. I was glad to hear, in later years, that, although no longer recording, he was still performing, writing and producing CDs for other performers. Someone has noted his falsetto singing which I have heard happened because his voice, tired by retake after retake on his first recording, could not reach the notes he needed. He switched, instead to a higher range, and, as they say, the rest is history.

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.
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It requires a double CD to provide a comprehensive study of Gene's hits but this is a very strong collection, containing all his top ten British and American pop hits from the sixties.

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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