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The Best of Tommy Steele

  • 1. Rock with the Caveman
    2. Singing the Blues
    3. Knee Deep in the Blues
    4. Butter Fingers
    5. Water Water
    6. Handful of Songs, A
    7. Shiralee
    8. Hey You
    9. Nairobi
    10. Happy Guitar
    11. Only Man on the Island, The
    12. Come on Let's Go
    13. Tallahassee Lassie
    14. Give! Give! Give!
    15. Little White Bull, The
    16. What a Mouth (What a North and South)
    17. Writing on the Wall
    18. Half a Sixpence
    19. Sweet Georgia Brown
    20. Must Be Santa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5441722

  • Credits

    This 20-song collection has been superseded by The World of Tommy Steele, but as there's only a variation of three tracks between them (none of them major hits), there's hardly a difference between the two, so anyone who bought this CD can stick with it, rather than upgrading, unless owning "Flash, Bang, Wallop," "It's All Happening." and "Hit Record" is significantly more important to one than having "Must Be Santa" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." The sound is excellent -- Steele's tape library has been well taken care of across the decades -- and the material is well-transferred. As to the actual music, Steele's work will seem strange to American ears -- he wasn't really doing rock & roll, but he had just entered his twenties when he hit and he had an energetic delivery, and when given a song like "Singing the Blues" or "Rock with the Caveman," which had some youth appeal, he could deliver a performance that sounded like a very tame approximation of rock & roll. Most of the material is more a kind of precursor to the teen pop of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, et al. His voice is pleasing in a slightly bland way, by modern (i.e. late 20th century/early 21st century) standards, and he did have some solid backing, from the Steel Men and, in two instances, Roland Shaw and His Orchestra. ~ Bruce Eder

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