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White Sox, Pink Lipstick...And Stupid Cupid: Connie Francis in the 1950s [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Didn't I Love You Enough?
    2. Freddy
    3. Make Him Jealous, (Oh Please)
    4. Goody Goodbye
    5. Are You Satisfied?
    6. My Treasure
    7. My First Real Love
    8. Believe Me (Credemi)
    9. Forgetting - (take 7)
    10. Send For My Baby
    11. I Never Had a Sweetheart
    12. Little Blue Wren
    13. Everyone Needs Someone
    14. My Sailor Boy
    15. No Other One
    16. I Leaned on a Man
    17. Faded Orchid
    18. Eighteen
    19. My Sister's Clothes
    20. Majesty of Love, The
    21. You, My Darlin' You
    22. Who's Sorry Now
    23. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love)
    24. I'm Beginning to See the Light
    25. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    26. Wheel of Fortune, The
    27. How Can I Make You Believe in Me
    28. You Belong to Me
    29. Daddy's Little Girl
    0. DISC 2:
    1. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
    2. I Cried For You
    3. You Always Hurt the One You Love
    4. I'll Get By
    5. Lock up Your Heart
    6. Heartaches
    7. I'm Nobody's Baby
    8. My Melancholy Baby
    9. I Miss You So
    10. It's the Talk of the Town
    11. If I Had You
    12. How Deep Is the Ocean
    13. Carolina Moon
    14. Stupid Cupid
    15. Happy Days and Lonely Nights
    16. Fallin'
    17. You're My Everything
    18. My Happiness
    19. Don't Speak of Love
    20. Love Eyes
    21. Never Before
    22. In the Valley of Love
    23. Time After Time
    24. Blame It on My Youth
    25. How Did He Look
    26. That's All
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Toward the End of the Day
    2. I Really Don't Want to Know
    3. No One to Cry To
    4. If I Didn't Care
    5. If You Love Me Tonight - (take 2)
    6. If You Love Me Tonight - (take 6)
    7. Come Rain or Come Shine
    8. All by Myself
    9. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
    10. Song Is Ended, The (But the Melody Lingers On)
    11. There'll Never Be Another You
    12. Melancholy Serenade
    13. Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
    14. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
    15. My Thanks to You
    16. Bells of St. Mary's, The
    17. Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You
    18. Garden in the Rain, A
    19. Try a Little Tenderness
    20. Goodnight Sweetheart
    21. Cruising Down the River
    22. I'll Close My Eyes - (British version)
    23. I'll Close My Eyes - (American version)
    24. Very Thought of You, The
    25. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
    26. Tree in the Meadow, A
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Gypsy, The
    2. Now Is the Hour
    3. You're Gonna Miss Me
    4. Frankie
    5. Lipstick on Your Collar
    6. Oh, Frankie
    7. I Almost Lost My Mind
    8. I'm Walkin'
    9. Just a Dream
    10. Heartbreak Hotel
    11. I Hear You Knockin'
    12. Tweedle Dee
    13. Ain't That a Shame
    14. It's Only Make Believe
    15. Sincerely
    16. Don't Be Cruel
    17. Bye Bye Love
    18. Earth Angel
    19. Hearts of Stone
    20. Silhouettes
    21. Plenty Good Lovin'
    22. Singing the Blues
    23. My Special Angel
    24. Tennessee Waltz
    25. Let Me Go Lover
    26. Young Love
    27. Half as Much
    28. Anytime
    29. Your Cheatin' Heart
    30. Cold, Cold Heart
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Peace in the Valley, (There Will Be)
    2. Too Young
    3. Temptation
    4. You Made Me Love You
    5. Prisoner of Love
    6. Young at Heart
    7. It's Not For Me to Say
    8. Thinking of You
    9. That's My Desire
    10. Because of You
    11. Where the Blue of the Night
    12. April Love
    13. Cry
    14. God Bless America
    15. Among My Souvenirs
    16. Snap Dragon - (takes 11 & 12)
    17. No One
    18. Tiger and the Mouse, The - (take 8)
    19. Forgetting - (take 10)
    20. Lock up Your Heart - (slow version)
    21. My Melancholy Baby - (take 2)
    22. No One - (take 2)
    23. Tiger and the Mouse, The - (take 4)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15616

  • Credits

    Anyone who thinks they appreciate Connie Francis probably doesn't know half of what she could do as a singer -- this five-CD box will set them straight. The revelation of disc one lies in the fact that the three included demos and the other "failures" from her early career are all worthwhile, even inspired recordings. Francis had a superb voice, richly emotive and evocative, with an alluringly delicate enunciation when she wanted it. Listening to these sides today, one hears an extraordinary talent that was ignored until "Who's Sorry Now." After that, things really get going, because Francis was working under a contract that nobody -- not even Frank Sinatra -- had: the right to choose her own material. Disc two picks up her career after the explosive success of "Who's Sorry Now"; these are more confident performances, and reveal Francis as not only a dazzlingly talented singer but an excellent judge of songs and arrangements. Disc three showcases Francis' efforts in the long-player market, where she was really aiming her best work. The outstanding material here is the product of her February 1959 New York sessions and the sessions a month later at Abbey Road in London; here she's starting to sound like a female analog to Sinatra, just when Sinatra was at his coolest and swinging-est. But at this point, it was the rock & roll singles that were moving, and she cut a whole album of standards in that genre, represented on Disc four; also featured are her country sides. Disc five is mostly made up of unissued tracks and various alternate takes. They're all first-rate, and a few should have been hits and could have redefined her career. The lavish booklet and the detailed notes and sessionography cap this reissue, which puts Polygram's efforts with Francis to shame. ~ Bruce Eder

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