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Runaway: The Very Best Of Del Shannon

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Del's minor-chord rockers were some of the most distinctive, dramatic hits of the '60s. Runaway and an alternate version of that definitive smash join his hits Hats Off to Larry; Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun); Little Town Flirt; So Long Baby; Hey! Little Girl; Handy Man; Do You Want to Dance 30 tracks!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Runaway
  2. From Me To You
  3. Little Town Flirt
  4. Jody
  5. I Go To Pieces
  6. Happiness
  7. Do You Wanna Dance?
  8. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
  9. Hats Off To Larry
  10. Go Away Little Girl
  11. Ginny In The Mirror
  12. Don't Gild The Lily, Lily
  13. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)
  14. Kelly
  15. Runaround Sue
  16. Stranger In Town
  17. Running Scared
  18. Hey Little Girl
  19. The Swiss Maid
  20. Handy Man
  21. Dream Baby
  22. Two Kinds Of Teardrops
  23. That's The Way Love Is
  24. So Long Baby
  25. Two Silhouettes
  26. Misery
  27. I Won't Be There
  28. Lies
  29. Cry Myself To Sleep
  30. Runaway - (Alternate Take)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005YKHZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sure, the cover is dorky, and many post-modern rock fans weaned on a steady diet of hip hop and death metal may judge Shannon's music as "oldies." Yet, Del Shannon's music sounds as good today as it did in the early-60s. If you buy this album only for "Runaway," you will find many treasures. "Runaway" is simply one of the best rock and roll songs ever recorded, but much of this collection is as good, such as "Searchin'" which has the same minor-key sound as "Runaway." Shannon's version of "From Me to You," complete with its falsetto "I can do" lyric in the song's second line, is better than the Beatles version (which Shannon recorded first). In sum, I was simply amazed at how good this collection is, and also how modern it sounds. Shannon covers all the vocal bases. At times he sounds like Elvis, at other times like Roy Orbison, at other times like the Fifth Beatle. The strange organ instrument that Shannon used on "Runaway," and other songs here, sounds unlike any other I've heard, and pretty much serves as the first synthesizer in rock. The only misfire on the album is "Don't Gild the Lily," which is ripe with the most awful cliches imaginable. Other than that, however, the Best of Del Shannon is a great CD. Sadly, Shannon's success had pretty much ended by the mid-60s. But before then, he recorded some great work. Much of it is here.
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A great package of Del goodies with the alternate 61 cut in stereo of Runaway. Has the usual gems and a few others and most definately a best buy if you are looking for a comprehensive 'hits' collection.
Time tho for the powers that be to put out more of his non-hit catalogue - many gems exist and its a project crying out to be tackled.
Buy this!
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You feel like you're listening to the Master Tapes of the songs. This is good for hearing every nuance, but a bit dry compared to how the songs sounded on the radio when they were hits. The music is greatly improved by adding reverb electronically, or by listening in an echoey place, such as an empty garage. The song selection is vast, and contains the hits as well as lesser material. Recommended!
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Del Shannon is best remembered for his No. 1 hit, Runaway (aka Little Runaway), but he was a talented musician that cut many great tunes, including Hats Off To Larry and many others. This CD has a great selection of Shannon tunes, which will really set you toes to tapping.

I really like this CD, and highly recommend it. Find out about Del Shannon with this very nice overview of his work.
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These 30 tracks are an exceptional gathering of Shannon's music.
This collection covers from his first hit "Runaway" in 1961,
to his 14th hit "Stranger in town" in 1965.
Of those fourteen charted songs, thirteen are here,
the one missing is "Sue's gotta be mine" from 1963.

All songs in this collection either charted, or are the best album cuts
from the five L.P.'s that had been released in those years.

Shannon went on to add three more songs on the charts,
making it a total of 4 charted singles that are not here.

The first two of the three additional songs charted at numbers 95, and 94.
The third song broke into the top forty.
1. "Break up", 1964.
2. "The big hurt", 1966.
3. "Sea of love", 1981.

Shannon had 17 charted songs from 1961 to 1981,
13 are here, plus 4 b-sides, and some superb album tracks.
19 of these 30 tracks are in stereo, and all of the c.d. sounds excellent.

That distinctive, remarkable voice that took "Runaway" to the top of the charts,
is here in all these sixties recordings.
None of Shannon's later recordings are here.
Included is five pages of liner notes.
Nicely presented c.d. from 'Collectables' records, 2002.
Truely enjoyable form beginning to end!
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It's simply the best oldies rock and roll song ever. It's a bridge between the 50's and the 60's. There's nothing better than Runaway.

The hook is the best ever, the beat is great, it's seminal.
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If you are a Del Shannon fan then you should definitely purchase this. It is great. I just received it and I have listened to it 3 times already. It is great to bring back the good old days.
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