Odds & Ends--Scepter Records Rarities
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With a total of 40 Pop chart hits, Dionne Warwick’s recordings for the Scepter label rank as arguably the most successful run of any artist—and certainly of any female artist—for an independent label during the 1960s. But all that success had a downside for her considerable legacy: Scepter became a hot property for acquisition, and as a result the label’s holdings were bought and sold several times before Dionne herself arranged to buy her own masters back. By that time, though, the Scepter tapes had been scattered in disarray, thus leaving a lot of material in limbo and causing compilers to throw up their hands. Well, where other reissue labels fear to tread Real Gone Music goes full speed ahead! Odds & Ends—Scepter Records Rarities offers 25 hard-to-find tracks (plus some bonus promo spots) from the Scepter vaults, including rare alternate versions (of hits like “Don’t Make Me Over,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”), stereo singles (“He’s Moving On;” “Amanda”), foreign language singles (“A House Is Not a Home” in Italian and French; “Walk On By” in German and Italian), and just plain lost tracks (like “Our Ages or Our Hearts” and “Monday, Monday”). Many of the selections are previously unissued and most are making their CD debut. What’s more, this one’s released with the full cooperation of the legendary lady, Dionne herself, who sat down for an interview with liner note writer Joe Marchese, and includes rare photos. Remastered by Ted Carfrae, Odds & Ends—Scepter Records Rarities is a stone solid must for any Dionne fan, and of course any Bacharach-David fan as well…this is some of the greatest—and rarest—vocal pop music of the ‘60s!
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I enjoy her original studio recordings of The Good Life, La Vie En Rose, I Love Paris and C'est Si Bon which originally appeared on her "Live In Paris" set from 1966 made into a "live" version with applause on it.
Her foreign language versions of Walk On By and others are nice to have, even when you're not able to understand the lyrics, I enjoy her German versions, especially her sweet "Ich warte jeden Tag" (You'll Never Get To Heaven"). This set contains other previously unreleased versions like the French versions of "How Many Days Of Sadness" and "Reach Out For Me". To complete the disc you'll find alternate takes of hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", "Do You Know The Way To San José" and "Don't Make Me Over". If you like Dionne's 60's recordings - just discover what you can find on the way!
A MUST FOR DIONNE'S FANS AND FOR EVERY PERSON WITH GOOD TASTE!!!