Pat's 40 Big Ones Import, Original recording remastered
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The big knock on Boone is that he was a homogenized version of real rock 'n' rollers like Little Richard or Fats Domino, whose songs Boone covered and in many cases outperformed on the charts. I'll admit, Boone's feeble stabs at rock 'n' roll numbers like "Ain't That a Shame" or "Tutti Frutti" are pretty limp, but that was never his strong suit. After he took "Long Tall Sally" to No. 8, Boone focused on what he did best--romantic ballads. He hit the top of the charts with "I Almost Lost My Mind," "Don't Forbid Me," "Love Letters in the Sand," "April Love" and "Moody River." He never considered himself a rocker. [Yeah, I know he released In a Metal Mood a few years ago doing covers of Deep Purple and Metallica, but he wasn't taking himself seriously. He was merely spoofing his image as part of a huge self-promotion campaign.]
There's always been a market for artists like Pat Boone. The Sixties had Bobby Vinton. The Seventies had Barry Manilow. The Eighties had Air Supply. Let's face it, how romantic is it to listen to Rage Against the Machine or Offspring? Pat Boone may be a throwback to an earlier era, but his type of pop balladry is evident today in artists like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, to name just a few. Give the man his due. He recorded numerous memorable hits and all but a few of his minor hits are included on this moderately priced UK import.Read more ›
recording output. All the songs in this set should
satisfy the majority of Pat's fans. Only one complaint
about this set. 3 songs that should be on here or on
his greatest hits CD are missing and don't apprear on any
other CD, except his 50's Box Set. They are "Anastasia",
I'm Waiting Just for You and I'm in Love With You. Considering
a few songs that are in this set it is a gross error in
judgement on the person picking the various songs.
Most important fact : these are the ORIGINAL MONO RECORDINGS
of most of Pat's great hits ( with the exception of April Love,
in stereo on the CD, but exactly the same version as on the original 45 PM in mono. This means that the song was recorded in stereo but originally released in mono, but was not re-recorded in 1959 ! )
Today most of Pat's big hits are released in the re-recorded stereo-versions of 1959. Only the German " Big Bear Family " company issued a boxed set " The Fifties Complete " containing also all the original mono and stereo-re-recordings of 15 songs.
This double CD " Pat's 40 Big Ones " was probably issued with the permission of Big Bear Family Records.
A REAL MUST for all Pat Boone fans who want the original recordings in true mono !!
Actually, Pat's earliest hits were covers of songs by Little Richard and Fats Domino. In those days, people tended to buy records according to race, so it was common practice for singers to cover songs first recorded by somebody of a different race. So it was that Pat achieved major American hits with his versions of Ain't that a shame (Fats Domino), I'll be home (The Flamingos), Tutti Frutti, Long tall Sally (both Little Richard) and I almost lost my mind (Ivory Joe Hunter). Of course, Pat's versions lacked the rawness and energy of the originals, but they established him as a major pop singer in the fifties. They are certainly worth hearing and all of them are included here.
After all those covers of R+B songs, he switched his attention to the ballads he is now remembered for. Love letters in the sand, Remember you're mine, April love, A wonderful time up there, Sugar moon, If dreams come true and I'll remember tonight were all huge American hits. Later hits were smaller, but they are also included in this set. In 1961, Pat's career took off again with Moody river, but there was to be only one more major hit - Speedy Gonazles.
Apart from all the hits, there are a few interesting non-hits, like Little Honda. Pat recorded this when he discovered that the Beach boys were not going to release their original as a single, but was foiled when somebody else had the same idea and they had the hit instead.
So, this is an interesting compilation that includes all the obvious hits, most of the minor hits and a few interesting non-hits. You can get all the obvious stuff on a single CD, but it is interesting to explore further than that. As such, this set, which includes comprehensive liner notes, is ideal.
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nothing particularly wrong.. but too much music that takes away from the presentation.. the 18 song greatest hits cuts some of the flab, and should be your choice instead..Published 11 months ago by Ho Chi Minh
Pat Boone was the second most important singer of the Rock & Roll Era
after Elvis Presley. Besides, he was the chosen one by the general public
since he was the true... Read more
Purchased this album more than a month ago and have still not received it. Therefore, it sounds terrible. Kinda like the sound of silence.Published on December 11, 2010 by Roger's Mechanical
Pat Boone was constantly landing singles on the chart from the mid 50's to mid 60's.
Here are many of his best hits, some have become all time classics. Read more
Ordered a CD and it was delivered within 10 days from England, which was within the timeline that I expected. The CD is excellent quality and a good value.Published on October 14, 2009 by Gary G. Denton
Okay folks, if you know anything about Pat Boone, you'll et a chuckle out of this title.
This is the stuff that the crown prince of cool is best known for-wacky covers... Read more