Sue Thompson Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965

Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965
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CD Details

  • Released: November 24, 2003
  • Label: Ace Records UK

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 3/04, p.116
3 stars out of 5 - "Hitching the diminutive sass of Brenda Lee to the pop-stomp of Jackie Wilson..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Angel, Angel
  • 2.Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
  • 3.Norman
  • 4.Tonight (Could Be The Night)
  • 5.Never Love Again
  • 6.Love Me To Pieces
  • 7.I Kissed You, ('Til)
  • 8.Oh, Lonesome Me
  • 9.Have A Good Time
  • 10.James (Hold The Ladder Steady)
  • 11.If The Boy Only Knew
  • 12.Bonaparte's Retreat
  • 13.Two Of A Kind
  • 14.Sob Sister
  • 15.Suzie
  • 16.What's Wrong, Bill?
  • 17.True Confeesion
  • 18.I Like Your Kind Of Love
  • 19.It's Twelve Thirty Five
  • 20.Big Daddy
  • 21.Looking For A Good Boy
  • 22.Bad Boy
  • 23.Sweet Hunk Of Misery
  • 24.Walkin' My Baby
  • 25.It's Break Up Time
  • 26.Paper Tiger

Product Description:

Liner Note Authors: Malcolm Baumgart; Mick Patrick.
Although this 26-track compilation does have all five of Thompson's Top 40 pop hits ("Norman," "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)," "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," "Paper Tiger," and "Have a Good Time"), it's not a career-spanning best-of. It just covers her work at the Hickory label in the early to mid-'60s, leaving her subsequent country-oriented material for the company untouched. Because of its thorough look at her early Hickory years, however, it might be a more preferable listen for pop/rock-oriented fans than the chronologically wider-ranging (though shorter) The Very Best of Sue Thompson on Varese Sarabande, which tagged on a bunch of her duets with Don Gibson. Thompson is most known for her rather novelty-oriented polka-tempoed hits "Norman" and "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," but in fact much of her output was very much in the orchestrated pop/rock and country field Brenda Lee was ploughing in the same era. You get both sides of the coin on this CD, and the Brenda Lee-like stuff actually holds up better -- the 1961 single "Angel, Angel," written by the great songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, is perhaps the most accurate Lee sound-alike ever done. Thompson doesn't measure up to Lee, though -- her voice and interpretive skills aren't in the same class, and nor is the material. So this is an inconsistent listen, and too long for non-collectors. But it does have some decent songs, including a few obscure ones by major songwriters like the Bryants, John D. Loudermilk, and Roy Orbison (though the latter's "Bad Boy" hardly rates among his finer moments). Thompson also gets into a strangely more soul-oriented groove on a few of the later cuts -- 1965's "Sweet Hunk of Misery" (an obvious Supremes imitation written by Fame Studios chief Rick Hall), the fairly decent gutsy rocker "It's Break-Up Time," and Loudermilk's "Paper Tiger." ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Sales Rank: 102,576
  • UPC: 029667199124
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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