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The Best of Patience and Prudence

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Daughters of orchestra leader Mark McIntyre, Patience & Prudence were all of 14 and 11 years old when they hit the Top Five in 1956 with 'Tonight You Belong to Me', and they went on to score several more hits for Liberty before leaving the music industry for good at the end of the decade. However, despite having a recording legacy consisting of little more than a few singles, ’50s pop and rock fans have been "patiently" awaiting reissue of their work; that’s probably because their harmonies were among the most bewitching of the era, catnip for both lounge lizards in search of exotica and rockabillies with a yen for the lighter side. We’ve gathered up their ENTIRE Liberty recordings, thrown in their four sides for Chattahoochee and procured some photos from Patience McIntryre’s private collection for the definitive retrospective.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tonight You Belong To Me
  2. A Smile And A Ribbon
  3. Gonna Get Along Without You
  4. The Money Tree
  5. We Can't Sing Rhythm And Blues
  6. Dreamer's Bay
  7. You Tattletale
  8. Very Nice Is the Bali Bali
  9. Witchcraft
  10. Over Here
  11. Heavenly Angel
  12. Little Wheel
  13. All I Do Is Dream Of You
  14. Your Careless Love
  15. Tom Thumb's Tune
  16. Golly Oh Gee
  17. Should I
  18. Whisper Whisper
  19. Didn't I
  20. Apples On The Liliac Tree
  21. Tonight You Belong To me
  22. How Can I Tell Him
  23. A Smile And A Ribbon
  24. Tonight You Belong To Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0001CKREG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Vincent Incardona on July 17, 2007
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Patience McIntyre was quoted as saying that there would be two types of people interested in this CD: collectors who like it for their own reasons, and people who like it because it reminds them of a happy time in their life. I don't qualify on either count--I wasn't even born until 1961, never heard of Patience and Prudence until a few months ago, and since I haven't bought a music CD in ten years, I hardly qualify as a collector. One morning on my way to work, I happened to hear "Tonight You Belong To Me", and about six bars into the song, I realized I had a big smile on my face for no apparent reason. Then, a few weeks later, I heard "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" and had the same reaction. It's been a long time since a musician did that to me once, much less twice, so naturally I had to find out who that was, why I'd never heard them before, and whether there was more.

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.
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As I say in my title, this CD is good news and bad news both. One problem, of course, is that so little was recorded by these girls that "best of" is a misnomer; it is really ALL of their work. So it has to include good stuff and bad.

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.
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I remember listening to Patience and Prudence at my Grandmother's house. She had an album with various songs by various artists and I'd always play it when we visited. It brings back alot of good memories. This album is a gentle reminder of the way things used to be and I will always cherish it. Thanks so much for the trip down memory lane.
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Few 50's rock duos left such an unforgettable impression on me as Patience and Prudence Mc Intyre. Their 1956 hit of "Tonight You Belong To Me" is of course the crown jewel of their repertoire with the gone but not forgotten, Liberty Records label. Unfortunately their recording career was short, but fortunately their entire discography for "Liberty" was preserved and now its available to those of us who remember and treasure it. I wish to thank the "Collectors" label for bringing back to us these wonderful recorded musical treasures of the fabulous 50's and of our favorite artists Patience and Prudence.
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I am 64 now. Well, When I was 15 years old in 1958 I remember having been dancing with my first love and guess what I was listening to ... It was Dreamer's Bay sung by Prudence and Patience !!! So now that I bought this beautiful CD, I listen to this song and you can just imagine how I feel !

I love it !!! It was great that somebody with a good taste released at last this jewel of the 50's
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Patience and Prudence McIntyre scored a huge success with their awesome hit entitled "Tonight You Belong To Me." Rumors flew that they were really two grown women because their voices sounded just that good. However, after an appearance on The Perry Como Show, the public got their proof that Patience and Prudence were indeed little girls with big talent.

"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.
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