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End of a Rainbow: A Pye Anthology

  • 1. Love Is a Gamble
    2. Something Borrowed Something Blue
    3. Everybody Needs a Little Loving
    4. If Everyday Was Like Today
    5. Rupert
    6. Going to the Circus
    7. One More Mountain - (previously unreleased)
    8. What Will I Do - (previously unreleased)
    9. Johnny Said Come Over
    10. End of a Rainbow
    11. Peter Pan
    12. Inigo Pipkin
    13. Here We Go Round Again
    14. Lazybones
    15. When You Are a King
    16. Co-Co
    17. Octopus's Garden
    18. Chirpy-Chirpy-Cheep-Cheep
    19. I'm a Song (Sing Me)
    20. Pony Man, The
    21. Friends with You
    22. Black Country
    23. You Make My Head Spin
    24. Hallelujah Lamb
    25. Beautiful City - (previously unreleased)
    26. Rupert der Bar
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 107

  • Credits
    ProducerAndy Morten

    Twenty-six tracks Jackie Lee recorded for the Pye label between 1969 and 1973 are on this anthology, including one previously unissued cut and a German version of her only Pye single to make the U.K. charts, the children's TV theme "Rupert." For all its breadth, it's an unsatisfying listen, both because of its stylistic inconsistency and Lee's vocal abilities, which were competent but slight. Much of it is middle-of-the-road pop with only the occasional influence from rock and soul, and the material, unfortunately, sometimes betrays its origins in television, children's music, and commercials. There are mild similarities to Petula Clark and Dionne Warwick on occasion, and "Something Borrowed Something Blue," "Everybody Needs a Little Loving," "What Will I Do," and "If Everyday Was Like Today" in fact sound like studied attempts to emulate Warwick's Bacharach/David productions. But you need stronger singing and material to compete on the level of those global stars. Lee frankly was probably better suited to be a singer for sessions, children's theater, and commercials than a featured recording artist, as there's nothing here that demands attention, though occasionally the songs show faint traces of soul (the previously unreleased "Beautiful City," "Love Is a Gamble"), bubblegum, and even reggae ("Inigo Pipkin"). In this context, the slinky cover of the Sweet's "Co-Co" sounds positively salacious, and the acceptable pop singer/songwriter effort "Black Country" (co-penned by Lee) a clear highlight. The 12-page booklet gives a detailed overview of Lee's Pye years, with plenty of photos and reproductions of rare records and memorabilia. ~ Richie Unterberger

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