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What the World Needs Now is... Jackie De Shannon: The Definitive Collection Original recording reissued, Import

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(1994/EMI) 28 tracks 1958-70 with album & single discography !

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Buddy
Heaven Is Being With You
You Won't Forget Me
Needles And Pins
Hellos And Goodbyes
When You Walk In The Room
Till You Say You'll Be Mine
Breakaway (prev. unreleased)
Should I Cry (alternate take)
I Remember The Boy
Dream Boy
Don't Turn Your Back On Me
What The World Needs Now Is Love
A Lifetime Of Loneliness
Come And Get It
Splendor In The Grass (version 1)
For Granted (`C'mon, Let's Live A Little')
Windows And Doors
I Can Make It With You
500 Miles From Yesterday (prev. unreleased)
Where Does The Sun Go?
It Shines On You Too
Reason To Believe
The Weight
Come And Stay With Me (remix)
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Love Will Find A Way
Brighton Hill
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2000)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000002TRY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This compilation may be difficult to find but it remains the strongest compilation of her sixties music although it does not include anything that Jackie recorded after the sixties. It actually begins with a 1958 tribute to Buddy Holly. There have been many tributes to him but this is the only one I know of that was recorded while he was still alive.
Jackie was more successful as a songwriter than as a singer although one of her two most famous recordings, What the world needs now, comes from the Bacharach-David songbook. Jackie's other famous recordings, Put a little love in your heart, is one of her own songs.
This compilation includes Jackie's versions of some songs that became famous after other singers and groups had hits with them. Many people think that Jackie wrote Needles and pins - she didn't, but it was her version that the Searchers covered. It became a major international hit for them and this encouraged them to record some of Jackie's own songs, most notably When you walk in the room. Marianne Faithfull had her biggest UK hit with Jackie's song, Come and stay with me. Irma Thomas recorded Breakaway. In the eighties, singer-comedienne Tracey Ullman covered the song and had a huge UK hit with it.
Aside from the famous songs, this collection contains many excellent songs that demonstrate Jackie's brilliance and versatility - some up-tempo rockers, some romantic ballads and some songs that veer towards folk. I particularly like Brighton Hill, a single that didn't chart. I lived for many years in a suburb of that name and it's definitely not that place that Jackie sings about. The contrast between Jackie's Brighton Hill and the one I know is the kind of contrast that appeals to me.
Jackie recorded plenty of other people's songs as well as her own.
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Wonderful Collection from Jackie DeShannon. Her Classics "What The World Needs Now", "The Weight", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" and others are here in a excellent cross section of her career. The only thing that could possibly have made this better would have been to include a version of the Jackie DeShannon/Donna Weiss penned "Bette Davis Eyes".
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Jackie Deshannon scored massive hits in 1965 and 1969 with "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW" and "PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART"- both in this collection. Despite possessing a terrific sexy-hoarse singing style she was known more for her song writing skills. Her early compositions of "WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM" and "NEEDLES AND PINS" were big hits for the English group "The Searchers.-also included here. This set is very strong- it features pop craft of the highest order.
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Although I have always been aware of Jackie DeShannon as one of the great female vocalists of what I consider the "golden era of pop music", I had no idea what a gifted songwriter she was as well...writing big hits for other artists while at the same time writing hits for herself. The production value on all of these songs are spectacular...I mean you can hear producers like Burt Bacharach, Jack Nitzsche and others in the studio with her. When Jackie went to record a song, it sounds to me like only the best players and producers were on the project. I give this 5 stars because, for me, it works on many levels. First, I love her voice and the honest, sincere delivery she brings to each song. Secondly I love the arrangements of these songs and the studio players, arrangers and producers who were involved. This is a great introduction to one of the legendary female singer songwriters of our time who's songs have been covered by everyone from The Byrds to Brenda Lee to Bruce Springsteen. I like to know about the "back story of music"...learn about people like Doc Pomus, Bert Burns, Leiber and Stoller....and Jackie DeShannon is a very big piece of that puzzle I have somehow missed, until now. It turns out that when I saw the Beatles in 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the age of 14, Jackie DeShannon was the opening act. Her musical history is amazing, and this collection of songs is a good place to start to gain an appreciation of it. I have ordered more of her albums because I liked this one so much, which is a gateway to her vast catalogue of recorded material over the years.
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American songwriter Jackie DeShannon had two monumental top-10 hits as a performer, her own "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and an indelible cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "What the World Needs Now." But even with major chart success, she's been more commercially successful writing songs others brought to fame, including The Searchers' "When You Walk in the Room," Marianne Faithfull's "Come and Stay With Me," and Tracey Ullman's "Breakaway." Many of he compositions are perennial cover bait, returning to the charts in new versions by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Al Green to Tom Petty to Pam Tillis.

As her own albums and hits collections show, however, her immense talent as a songwriter was matched by her work as a singer. Her original versions of "When You Walk in the Room" and "Breakaway" aren't merely songwriter demos - they're templates of the angst and joy that would mark every subsequent version. Her early version of "Needles and Pins," written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, has all the hooks that made the Searchers' subsequent cover a hit, and her original take of "Till You Say You'll Be Mine" showed a young Olivia Newton John just how the song should sound (the Searchers' string-lined cover pales in comparison to both the ladies' versions).

This 28-track collection spans 1958 to 1980, but focuses most heavily on DeShannon's output for Liberty between 1959 and 1970. Both of her hit singles are here, along with singles the flopped and originals of songs that became hits for others. DeShannon proves herself to be much more than a songwriter trying to cut their own tunes, she's a talented vocalist equally comfortable with chirpy rockabilly, pop, soul, girl group harmony, and especially chiming folk-rock.
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