CD Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965 * (CD 113298),
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Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965 *


  • 1. Angel, Angel
    2. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
    3. Norman
    4. Tonight (Could Be the Night)
    5. Never Love Again
    6. Love Me to Pieces
    7. ('Til) I Kissed You
    8. Oh, Lonesome Me
    9. Have a Good Time
    10. James (Hold the Ladder Steady)
    11. If the Boy Only Knew
    12. Bonaparte's Retreat
    13. Two of a Kind
    14. Sob Sister
    15. Suzie
    16. What's Wrong, Bill?
    17. True Confession
    18. I Like Your Kind of Love
    19. It's Twelve Thirty-Five
    20. Big Daddy
    21. Looking for a Good Boy
    22. Bad Boy
    23. Sweet Hunk of Misery
    24. Walkin' My Baby
    25. It's Break-Up Time
    26. Paper Tiger
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 991

  • Credits
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    Liner Note Authors: Malcolm Baumgart; Mick Patrick.
    Although this 26-track compilation does have all five of Thompson's Top 40 pop hits ("Norman," "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)," "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," "Paper Tiger," and "Have a Good Time"), it's not a career-spanning best-of. It just covers her work at the Hickory label in the early to mid-'60s, leaving her subsequent country-oriented material for the company untouched. Because of its thorough look at her early Hickory years, however, it might be a more preferable listen for pop/rock-oriented fans than the chronologically wider-ranging (though shorter) The Very Best of Sue Thompson on Varese Sarabande, which tagged on a bunch of her duets with Don Gibson. Thompson is most known for her rather novelty-oriented polka-tempoed hits "Norman" and "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," but in fact much of her output was very much in the orchestrated pop/rock and country field Brenda Lee was ploughing in the same era. You get both sides of the coin on this CD, and the Brenda Lee-like stuff actually holds up better -- the 1961 single "Angel, Angel," written by the great songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, is perhaps the most accurate Lee sound-alike ever done. Thompson doesn't measure up to Lee, though -- her voice and interpretive skills aren't in the same class, and nor is the material. So this is an inconsistent listen, and too long for non-collectors. But it does have some decent songs, including a few obscure ones by major songwriters like the Bryants, John D. Loudermilk, and Roy Orbison (though the latter's "Bad Boy" hardly rates among his finer moments). Thompson also gets into a strangely more soul-oriented groove on a few of the later cuts -- 1965's "Sweet Hunk of Misery" (an obvious Supremes imitation written by Fame Studios chief Rick Hall), the fairly decent gutsy rocker "It's Break-Up Time," and Loudermilk's "Paper Tiger." ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (3/04, p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Hitching the diminutive sass of Brenda Lee to the pop-stomp of Jackie Wilson..."
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