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Mr. Personality: Million-Sellers and More from ABC


  • 1. Stagger Lee
    2. You Need Love
    3. Where Were You on Our Wedding Day
    4. Personality
    5. Have You Ever Had the Blues
    6. I'm Gonna Get Married
    7. Lady Luck
    8. Question
    9. Oh Oh Oh
    10. Mailman Blues
    11. Just Because
    12. Why
    13. What Do You Do to My Heart
    14. I Wish Your Picture Was You
    15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
    16. Stagger Lee
    17. Talk to Me
    18. Thats Why Tears Come and Go
    19. Ain't That Just Like a Woman
    20. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
    21. Shop Around
    22. At Last
    23. He Will Break Your Heart
    24. I Count the Tears
    25. Spanish Harlem
    26. Once in a While
    27. Corrine Corrina
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 43

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Richardson (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Liner Note Author: Clive Richardson.
    Not to be confused with the 1959 LP titled Mr. Personality, this is an entirely different release, issued in 2008 as a CD compilation. The 27 tracks all hail from Lloyd Price's time on the ABC label in the late '50s and early '60s, which saw him find his biggest commercial success when he sweetened his New Orleans R&B roots with pop and big band influenced arrangements. It's a little hard to figure out the concept behind this particular anthology, however. It's not quite a best-of, as it has most of his ABC hits, but is missing a couple ("Come into My Heart" and "No If's -- No But's") that made the Top 40. His 1961 LP Lloyd Price Sings the Million Sellers, from which nine cuts are drawn, is unduly emphasized considering that all of these are cover versions. That's especially the case since some of these are big hits ("He Will Break Your Heart," "Shop Around," "Spanish Harlem," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow") which are far more exciting when heard as sung by the original performers. You still get a good overview of Price's ABC sound here, with the huge smashes "Just Because," "Stagger Lee" (represented by both the hit 45 and an alternate version), "Personality," and "Lady Luck," as well as the odd overlooked highlight like the gritty calypso-influenced B-side "Have You Ever Had the Blues." But Greatest Hits: The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings, though shorter at 18 tracks, remains a considerably superior collection by virtue of including all the ABC hits, and avoiding the rather trivial padding found on some of this CD. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his collection includes the ABC version of 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' and, most interesting of all, the alternate ABC version of Stagger Lee, devoid of all references to guns and gambling..."
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