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Dell Shannon - Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock
These 20 tracks include all the big early-'60s hits by this maverick artist, plus several obscure gems. Shannon was atypical of his era by virtue of age (26 when he had his first hit, "Runaway"), originality (he wrote most... more »
These 20 tracks include all the big early-'60s hits by this maverick artist, plus several obscure gems. Shannon was atypical of his era by virtue of age (26 when he had his first hit, "Runaway"), originality (he wrote most of his songs), aggression (unusually among white artists of the early '60s, most of his stuff rocked), and temperament (his songs weave an alarming pattern of misery, paranoia, desperation, vengeance, and despair). Not to mention musical innovation--"Runaway" contains what could be called the first pop synthesizer solo, "Little Town Flirt" casts the mold for the entire British Invasion, "From Me to You" was the first American version of a Beatles song, "Handy Man" transforms the bouncy Jimmy Jones novelty into a rock maelstrom, "Do You Want to Dance" anticipates the Beach Boys' subsequent rockin' reworking, "Keep Searchin'" and "Stranger in Town" could have been the soundtrack to The Fugitive, and "Sister Isabelle" is the ultimate boy-loses-girl song--Del's gal becomes a nun, and he rails at God for beating his time. It's not 100% brilliant--"Sue's Gotta Be Mine" is a blatant Four Seasons ripoff and "The Swiss Maid" is, as the title might warn, far from yodel-free--but this package is a neat summation of the career of a tragically overlooked artist. --Ken Barnes
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Untypical teen idol, much better than Four Seasons
TimothyFarrell22 | Massachusetts | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only Shannon CD you really need to own (unless you are a diehard and you need to buy the Bear Family box set). Del Shannon was a 60s rocker who sometimes get lumped in with Four Seasons and other pop stars of the time, but he was very unique, much different from his so-called contemporaries. Unlike the happy bubblegum sounds of Frankie Vallie, Shannon was much more downbeat. He prefered heartbreak ballads to love songs, and his vocals always conveyed desperation and loneliness. "Runaway" is about a man wondering where to go in life after a breakup, and "Hats Off to Larry" is about a man's ex being let go herself. Okay, maybe I'm looking way too deep into this. The fact is that in addition to wondeful songwriting, its great pop music. Is there any true oldies stations out there where "Runaway" isn't a staple on the playlist? My one minor complaint is that they didn't include the version of "Do You Want to Dance" that was on Rhino's "Grandson of Frat Rock". Still, it's a great song. The Amazon editorial review said that "Swiss Maid" and "Sue's Gotta Be Mine", and while they are legions away from "Cry Myself to Sleep" or "Follow the Sun", they're not bad filler at all. One of Rhino's best "Best of", hopefully this one doesn't go out of print like many other Rhino classics have."
Hats off to Del
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 02/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If rock's premier stoic was Roy Orbison, then Del Shannon was its leading paranoid. Most of his great hits have an aura of doom and gloom about them. On the surface, they seem like typical upbeat rock hits of the era, but the lyrics are often about feeling lonely and alienated. Anyway, this CD features all his hits (and misses), other than his '80s comeback hit "Sea of Love". This is great stuff, and I highly recommend it."
Gold and Schmaltz.
Tom | Palatine, IL USA | 08/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gotta love this guy. "Runaway" is easily one of rocks single greatest songs, but there's a couple lesser-known gems hidden on this comprehensive disc."So Long Baby" is fabulous. Deep horn blasts underscore Del's dismissive lyrics. Del makes it clear there is no way this chick burned him more than he burned her. Why isn't this gem in more oldies rotations?Sadly, Del spent a lot of time on sappy spineless ballads, and Rhino saw fit to include all of them here. Still, this is a great collection of Del's lesser known work. Del's raucous cover of the Beatle's "From Me to You" is an unexpected surprise.Like all things Rhino, the liner notes are complete and entertaining. Unklike most things Rhino, some of these cuts don't seem as sterlized as they might be. Actually, the static under "Runaway" just makes it that much cooler."