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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2004)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002QO3ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By Thomas C. Rizzo, Jr. on June 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With the original release of "Just Pet" in 1969, Petula Clark took yet another step away from the brassy-beat arrangements of her long-time collaborator (and "Downtown" composer) Tony Hatch, working for the most part with friend Michel Colombier, whose devotion to full, lush orchestrations is evident in his often overwhelming contributions here. "Fill the World With Love" was the Brookfield school anthem in Clark's at-the-time forthcoming film "Good-bye, Mr. Chips", and here Colombier jazzed it up, adding the Jimmy Joyce Singers and the Boys Chorus as background for a rousing rendition. Clive Westlake's "No One Better Than You" was the track selected for the first (and only) single release, but it barely registered in the charts, perhaps marred by a calliope-sounding accommpaniment and over-abundance of background vocals. Better-arranged and sung were his compositions "Houses" and "Butterfly", in addition to the Turtles' hit "Happy Together". The highlights of this collection, however, are the two Beatles songs arranged by Clark's long-time associate Frank Owens - "Hey, Jude" and "The Fool on the Hill", which was to become the show-stopper of Clark's nightclub act and concert program for a number of years. The "miss" in this compilation is "Petula 71", which was assigned a catalogue number by Warners but never released by the label, as during the course of negotiations involving its production values Clark's contract came up for renewal, and Warners, unhappy with the "sound" of "Petula 71", opted not to renew her . . . thus "missing" out. The "Petula 71" tracks presented here are those of the U.K.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Although different from other Petula albums, the Petula stamp of quality is still recognisable. After splitting with Tony Hatch, Petuala tried various different producers, each giving a different overall sound to the album they produced.
The first album (Just Pet), on which Petula collaborated with Michel Colombier, while sounding different (sometimes with a harder edge) from what went before, includes the usual mix of famous and obscure songs.
The two Beatles covers (Hey Jude and Fool on the hill) are brilliant, qhile there are also great covers of Happy together (Turtles) and If I only had time. The album did not yield any major hits - one single (No one better than you) was released, but flopped. It's brilliant, but perhaps it wasn't what radio stations and record buyers were looking for at the time.
The second album (Petula 71) is very different, with lush orchestrations arranged by Johnny Harris. This was not released in America at the time, because Warner didn't like the sound of it, but it's a great album. Perhaps it wasn't right for America in 1971, but it contains another great mix of songs.
The covers include Tears of a clown (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), For all we know (Carpenters) and If (Bread).
The bonus track is I don't know how to love him, which Petula recorded first. Because it was not released immediately as a single, it had to compete with Helen Reddy's cover when it was eventually released.
This is a fascinating collection of Petula's experimental period. Although she never again recaptured the success of the Hatch years, this collection is still worth a listen.
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