The Best of Patience and Prudence
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It wasn't easy. It took a call to the station and a lot of time with a search engine to find out who and what I was hearing and where I could get it, and since the rest of the tracks on the CD apparently didn't do well commercially, I wasn't sure whether I'd be disappointed when I found it. I decided that I wanted it anyway, even if only for the two big hits and the cover art (nice job, Patience), and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I really, really liked the whole thing. It could be their harmony, the gentle quality of their voices, the catchy pop arrangements, or the unpretentious style that does it for me, or maybe it's enough to say they made a unique and really nice sound together and just leave it at that. It's true that a couple of the songs are a bit lyrically challenged ("Should I comb my hair back, baby? Should I? Whaddya say?"), but even those sound good.Read more ›
A significant problem, too, is that the liner notes have a significant omission as well as what seems to be a serious error. The omission? The liner notes talk of two demo recordings made (one for their grandmother and one for a family friend who sang professionally) but do not mention that the last two tracks on the CD are those demo recordings. I'm sure that is the case, but you couldn't tell that from what is actually written there. (The liner notes also say that "Tonight You Belong to Me" was a song the girls learned in camp under the title "They Say" but don't prepare you for the fact that the lyrics that go with that title are the ones they sang in the demo!)
The error (or at least it seems to be an error!) refers to the work that the girls did after their big hits. The notes state that the girls joined with another young artist named Mike Clifford, but the collaboration lasted only about a year; then five years later the girls (who up to then had recorded for Liberty Records) signed up with a different label, Chattahoochee Records. If this is correct, why are all the Chattahoochee tracks listed as "Mike Clifford and Patience and Prudence"? Something doesn't fit.
The CD divides into three parts. The first is the era of Patience and Prudence by themselves, on the Liberty label, including their three hits, "Tonight You Belong to Me," "Gonna Get along Without You Now," and "All I Do Is Dream of You.Read more ›
I love it !!! It was great that somebody with a good taste released at last this jewel of the 50's
"Tonight You Belong To Me" starts off the CD; and this truly was their biggest hit. The sisters sing beautifully with a piano accompaniment; and they harmonize so well you will be stunned. Other sweet and cute songs follow this title track using the same formula: the two girls singing with relatively simple musical accompaniments to highlight the lovely sound of the two girls' voices. "A Smile And A Ribbon" makes good use of the chimes in the musical arrangement; and "The Money Tree" boasts an infectiously catchy melody. Their vocals were enhanced even further by an overdubbing of their voice to give the vocals a full, lush feeling. Many of these tracks also feature Ray Leatherwood on bass; Barney Kessel or Alan Reuss on guitar and either Alvin Stoller or Nick Fatool on drums.
Other gems on this CD include the gorgeous ballad "We Can't Sing Rhythm And Blues;" "All I Do Is Dream Of You" and "Over Here."
As time passed the girls' parents thought of mixing the girls with the rock arrangements of Mike Clifford. These tracks don't work as well for me--and they didn't score hits with the public, either. The sweet sounds of the girls' vocals and the really rockin' sounds of Mike Clifford create a type of cacophony that is unpleasant to the ear. I must take off a star for this to make this a four star review.Read more ›
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A great opportunity to re-live my youth with the sounds of the past--a time of much more innocence than now.Published on February 9, 2014 by The Brit
I am amazed at the vocals and harmony of these two young ladies from the late 50's. You would expect "bubblegum" music from them, but there are some very intricate and grown up... Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Patrick A. Teater
These two young teenagers hit it big with the catchy "Tonight You Belong to Me," but there are other enjoyable tunes to be heard here as well. Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by richievee
When we were little kids my sister and I used to sing together along with the two big hit songs of Patience and Prudence. As a surprise for her 60th Birthday, I ordered this CD. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by Lake Goddess
This cd is very precious (the lost third member?). The obvious singles on here are 'Tonight You Belong to Me' and 'A Smile and a Ribbon. Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by Vanessa Rios
Patience and Prudence recorded their 1st hits when I was only a first-grader or thereabouts. I vaguely remember hearing it from time to time. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Mike
Mostly, the girls were too busy concentrating on their harmonies to be stagy or precious. It's a good thing. Read morePublished on December 1, 2006 by random reader
I wanted to offer up 5 stars for K. Lloyd's poetic review of The Best of Patience and Prudence. Although everyone's life experience is vastly different, hopefully we can all... Read morePublished on April 30, 2006 by B. Inkeles