- Audio CD (March 14, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
- ASIN: B0002XK52S
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The Very Best of Sandie Shaw collects a string of smash-hit singles from the barefooted '60s starlet, including '(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me'(the Bacharach & David tune covered by Naked Eyes in the '80s), 'Tomorrow', 'Nothing Comes Easy' and the number one hit, 'Puppet on a String'. Also features tracks from her '80s comeback period when she was urged by fans (and songwriters) Morrissey and Johnny Marr to record a few of their songs ('Hand In Glove' featured here) backed by their band The Smiths. 26 tracks in all. EMI. 2005.
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However, I think Sandie is a smarter, edgier singer,and the hits, "Always something there to remind me",and "Girl don't come" helped to define a smooth sophisticated girl sound in the mid sixties.Sandie's fall created quite a gap here and her 80's tracks show she still had the chops,but unfortunately,she did not surpass her distinctive 60's sound.Her girlish romantic phrasing partially sealed her in that particular format to most music listeners."Think sometimes about me" is one of my favorite tracks.It embodies a poigant lovelorn suffering that touches the heart.
She is a unique stylist,and her femenine sassiness assures that she will be listened to for decades to come.Here on the cover of this cd we see the sexy chanteuse that was up there with Dusty,Cher,Cilla and Petula when pop was at it's zenith.A must!
If you arn't a huge fan,you still owe yourself this compilation.
Sandie began her career with the Bacharach-David classic, Always something there to remind me. Taking the record to the very top of the UK charts, she knocked Roy Orbison (Oh pretty woman) off the top spot and remained there for three weeks, after which (curiously) Oh pretty woman returned to the top for one last week.
Chris Andrews (who had his own hit with Yesterday man) wrote all of Sandie's subsequent hits prior to Puppet on a string, including her second UK number one (Long live love) and three other UK top ten hits (Girl don't come, Message understood, Tomorrow).
By the beginning of 1967, Sandie seemed to be fading fast, but she was then selected to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, which she won with Puppet on a string, written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. Sandie hated the song but the public loved it and it became her third and last UK number one hit.
Sandie only had one more UK top ten hit, Monsieur Dupont, a translated French song. It was the first of two hits that Sandie had in 1969, after which it seemed that her career was over.
Sandie made a surprise comeback in the eighties because some of that decade's pop stars were fans of Sandie. Morrisey (then lead singer of the Smiths, who has since gone solo) was foremost among them. The Smiths had originally failed to make their own breakthrough with Hand in glove, but after making the big time with other songs, they provided the backing for Sandie's cover of the song. The ensuing publicity helped it to become a UK top thirty hit. Sandie followed-up with a minor hit, a cover of Are you ready to be heartbroken (Lloyd Cole).
Apart from all the hits, this set includes Sandie's covers of Those were the days (Mary Hopkin), Rose garden (Joe South - later to become an international hit for Lynn Anderson) and Anyone who had a heart (an American hit for Dionne Warwick, a British hit for Cilla Black and a French hit for Petula Clark). Also here is a single that completely missed the charts (Heaven knows I'm missing him now) but which inspired Morrisey to write the Smiths hit, Heaven knows I'm miserable now.
This compilation contains everything that most people will ever want of Sandie's music.
Sandie Shaw came up with some really unforgettable clkassics, sung really beautifully and unforgettably.
Special favourites inlclude the fast-paced and rythmic (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me, the bouncy Puppet On A String, the wistful Those Were The Days, the wise Rose Garden and the catchy Anyone Who Had A Heart. An important part of musical history, and reall enjoyable stuff still today!