TWO OF PATTI'S BEST ALBUMS!
Music Lover: Bill Busse
-- December, 13, 2003
In 1962 Patti Page left Mercury Records for Columbia after 15 years on Mercury and scores of hits, many million sellers, and many great albums.
Patti gave her reasons for going with Columbia. The number 1 reason being Columbia's expertise in the production and marketing of albums. Patti wanted to concentrate on album product and the first two albums released on Columbia included in this cd release are evidence she made the correct choice. SAY WONDERFUL THINGS and LOVE AFTER MIDNIGHT truly brought Patti into the ranks of top album sellers as these albums were not only popular in the US but also in Japan, Hong Kong, etc. In fact the title tune of the debut album, SAY WONDERFUL THINGS, was a No. 1 single in Hong Kong, Top 10 in Japan, Spain, etc, etc. The success of the album was guaranteed. Patti's smooth readings of the new standards of the early 60s still rank with the best readings of those songs, even in the new millenium. One of the real treats on this album is IF AND WHEN. This song was also a Columbia single before the days of Billboard's EASY LISTENING chart....but it was on turntables every where.
Although LOVE AFTER MIDNIGHT was not named after a hit single, you can see the care in selection and arrangements that resulted in this popular collection. Billboard magazine gave both of these original LPs, their SPOTLIGHT!. How wonderful to hear these two lps on cd.
If you enjoy these, you will especially like the companion volume TODAY MY WAY/HONEY COME BACK: not only for those great albums but especially the addition of 3 previously unreleased Columbia tracks: UP UP AND AWAY, TOY BALLOON, ON THE OTHER SIDE.