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Runaway With Del Shannon/Hats off to Del Shannon

  • 1. Misery
    2. Day Dreams
    3. His Latest Flame
    4. Prom, The
    5. Search, The
    6. Runaway
    7. I Wake Up Crying
    8. Wide Wide World
    9. I'll Always Love You
    10. Lies
    11. He Doesn't Care
    12. Jody
    13. Swiss Maid, The
    14. Cry Myself to Sleep
    15. Ginny in the Mirror
    16. You Never Talked About Me
    17. Don't Gild the Lily, Lily
    18. I Won't Be There
    19. Hats Off to Larry
    20. Answer to Everything, The
    21. Hey! Little Girl
    22. I'm Gonna Move On
    23. I Don't Care Any More
    24. So Long Baby
    25. Runaway
    26. Hats Off to Larry
    27. Hey! Little Girl
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BGOCD 367

  • Credits
    ProducerHarry Balk

    This release presents two albums by 1960s teen idol Del Shannon: RUNAWAY WITH DEL SHANNON (1961) and HATS OFF TO DEL SHANNON (1963).
    Liner Note Authors: Barry Lazell; Tony Barrow.
    Recording information: 1961-1963.
    This smartly assembled compilation of two early Del Shannon albums offers a convenient way to collect this material on one disc as well as creating a good thumbnail sketch of this underrated performer's early style. Runaway With Del Shannon is a tentative affair due to hit-and-miss material. Songs like "Misery" ape the style of "Runaway" a little too closely, and a few of the slower numbers slip into mawkish melodrama ("The Prom" is the big culprit in this area). However, the album plays well as a whole because Shannon delivers strong vocals throughout and the skillful arrangements and production show a fully developed style that shines even when the songs themselves do not. It also offers a few hidden gems that are just as impressive as "Runaway": the best is Shannon's soulful version of "His Latest Flame," which captures the song's heartbroken mood in a much more powerful way than Elvis Presley's better-known version. Hats off to Del Shannon was a U.K. album assembled exclusively from singles material and thus has a greater overall consistency in both songwriting and performance, as Shannon shows off his arresting vocal style and ability to mix rock and pop on a string of classics like "The Swiss Maid," "Hats off to Larry," and "Cry Myself to Sleep." A few of its tracks aren't as sharp as these hits ("Don't Gild the Lily, Lily" is undone by its too-clever lyrics), but the majority of the album offers solid early-'60s pop confidently delivered in Shannon's richly emotional style. The package is rounded out by informative liner notes and a trio of worthwhile bonus single mixes: the single versions of "Runaway" and "Hats off to Larry" are of particular merit because they are much punchier than their album counterparts. All in all, Runaway With Del Shannon/Hats off to Del Shannon is a great choice for Shannon fans and worth a spin to anyone with a serious interest in early-'60s pop music. ~ Donald A. Guarisco

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