Tommy Edwards It's All In The Game: The MGM Recordings 1958-1960 (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Shout

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.It's All In The Game
  • 2.The Morning Side of The Mountain
  • 3.I'll Always Be With You
  • 4.You Win Again
  • 5.Mr. Music Man
  • 6.Please Love Me Forever
  • 7.That's All
  • 8.My Sugar My Sweet
  • 9.Love Is A Sacred Thing
  • 10.(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I
  • 11.Love Is All We Need
  • 12.Please Mr. Sun
  • 13.My Melancholy Baby
  • 14.It's Only The Good Times
  • 15.A Teardrop On A Rose
  • 16.Paradise
  • 17.I Looked At Heaven
  • 18.She Sends Her Regards
  • 19.It All Belongs To You
  • 20.Music, Maestro, Please
  • 21.Take These Chains From My Heart
  • 22.Once There Lived A Fool
  • 23.Up In A Cloud
  • 24.Welcome Me
  • 25.I've Been There
  • 26.(New In) The Ways of Love
  • 27.Honestly and Truly
  • 28.Don't Fence Me In
  • 29.I'm Building Castles Again

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Indian Summer
  • 2.Always
  • 3.Stars Fell On Alabama
  • 4.Lost In The Desert of Love
  • 5.You're A Heavenly Thing
  • 6.Navajo
  • 7.Until The Real Thing Comes Along
  • 8.You're A Sweetheart
  • 9.You Started Me Dreaming
  • 10.My Love Is A Sparrow
  • 11.All Over Again
  • 12.Stormy Weather
  • 13.That Old Feeling
  • 14.Symphony
  • 15.My Lucky Star
  • 16.Tangerine
  • 17.The Lamp Is Low
  • 18.Over The Rainbow
  • 19.Sentimental Journey
  • 20.Isle of Capri
  • 21.Should I
  • 22.The Composer
  • 23.I Really Don't Want To Know
  • 24.Unloved
  • 25.Blue Heartaches
  • 26.It's Not The End of Everything
  • 27.As You Desire Me
  • 28.Suzie Wong

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: John Reed .
Recording information: 1958-1960.
Remembered mostly for his 1958 number one hit "It's All in the Game," Tommy Edwards recorded prolifically for MGM throughout the 1950s and early '60s. This two-CD compilation concentrates on his period of highest visibility and commercial success, containing four albums he released on the label between 1958 and 1960, as well as ten tracks that appeared on singles in the same years. With "It's All in the Game" (which leads off this anthology), Edwards and MGM found an approach that paid off with one of the biggest pop hits of the era, adding just enough early rock & roll -- light electric guitar and drums, insistent piano triplets, doo wop-influenced backing vocals -- to a ballad by a pop singer to make him sound contemporary. This was an approach MGM hammered on repeatedly in its immediate aftermath, a strategy that makes such a lengthy collection -- particularly the first disc -- tough to endure all at once. The insistent midtempo beats are relentless, often in conjunction with updated standards. Edwards was at his core a pop balladeer with a touch of jazz, and not one who owed much to blues or R&B, let alone rock & roll, which can make his style sound dated and contrived in some respects. He did break out of the rigid confines of this formula to some degree on the 1960 releases on disc two, heading toward a more middle of the road, orchestrated direction on some sides, and a slightly more swinging jazz one on others (particularly on the Step Out Singing album). Be aware that Edwards recorded quite a bit of additional material for MGM before and after 1958-1960 (and for some other labels before and after his lengthy MGM tenure), including (in 1951) his first version of "It's All in the Game," which made the Top 20. This compilation extensively covers his peak period of popularity, however, including the other hits "Love Is All We Need," "Please Love Me Forever" (predating Bobby Vinton's much bigger hit with the same song almost a decade later), "Please Mr. Sun," "My Melancholy Baby," and "I Really Don't Want to Know," along with a few other lower-charting singles. Most listeners are better off with a single-disc release concentrating on those hits, however. ~ Richie Unterberger
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