Petula Clark It Had To Be You - The Complete Early Singles

It Had To Be You - The Complete Early Singles
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: January 29, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Jasmine Music


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Petula Clark's best records were made during the mid-'60s, and with all due respect for her earlier and later accomplishments, if all she'd ever given us was the unparalleled majesty of "Downtown," "My Love," "I Know a Place," "It's a Sign of the Times," "Who Am I?" "Don't Sleep in the Subway," and "Color My World" -- we could have made do with perfection. A more thorough and all-encompassing overview of her remarkable career needs to include everything she's done since 1970 and the gradual climb that led up to her triumphant collaborations with pop composer Tony Hatch. In 2007, apparently sensing a general need for a better-informed comprehension of Clark's most primary recordings, the Jasmine label brought out a 61-track anthology of her complete early singles, squeezed onto two discs without too much trouble because many of them seem to end just as they've begun. ("Made in Heaven" wins the brevity award at one-minute-and-twelve-seconds duration). What this amounts to is a detailed analysis of her Polygon recordings made between 1949 and 1955, which were also released on Esquire in Australia and Melodi in Denmark. By 1956 she would be recording for Nixa, and this would lead to her Pye, Vogue, and Warner Brothers recordings of the late '50s and early to middle '60s. Petula Clark was a ubiquitous teenaged movie star during the 1940s and early '50s, sometimes working with young Julie Andrews. Indeed, on some of these records Petula sounds a lot like Julie, or (dare one say it?) Mary Poppins. That's because the material is predominately light, happy-go-lucky innocent pop, often in the form of the gleefully garrulous singalong novelty with rosy cheeked group vocals, as per the "Crazy Otto Rag," which is done up … la Art Mooney. If you've ever wondered how Petula came to record something so hunky-dory as "The Little Shoemaker" (issued on King records in the U.S. b/w "Helpless" in 1964), this exhaustive lexicon of harmless niceties will more than fill in the gaps, with bracing titles like "Doodle-Oodle-Day," "Put Your Shoes On, Lucy," "Clancy Lowered the Boom" (an Irish fisticuffs number made famous in the U.S. by Bing Crosby); "Who Spilt the Coffee on the Carpet?" and "Music, Music, Music," recorded, like Teresa Brewer's big hit version, in 1949. Even if Petula demonstrates an ability to deliver gentle ballads with tenderness ("You Go to My Head," "Tennessee Waltz"), her main order of business usually employed the cornball hijinks formula that might make "Talky, Talky, Talky" and "Chee-Chee-Oo-Chee" somewhat challenging for the casual listener. Remember that Petula Clark was a mainstream British actress when she embarked upon the first half-decade of her recording career. Clearly she felt obliged to take on ethnic caricatures like the Chinese "May Kway," the Italian "Poppa Piccolino," and the moderately cheesy Carmen Miranda takeoff "Tuna Puna Trinidad." She emulates Betty Hutton (sans chutzpah) during the "Temptation Rag" and somehow manages to interact smoothly with a team of weirdly stylized backup vocalists on "The Pendulum Song." The most difficult moments arise during the kiddie records -- not so much the French-flavored "Three Little Kittens," nor the "Christopher Robin at Buckingham Palace" march routine, but rather "Where Did My Snowman Go?" and the "Who-Is-It Song," which are invaded by a mobocracy of horrible juveniles who bellow and scream the words rather than singing. The best experience you could hope to have herein is Petula's very cool rendition of George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" -- garnished with bongos. ~ arwulf arwulf

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