Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Very Best of
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Steve's Early Years 1959-1960
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Songs on this CD were recorded from 1959 to 1960 (according to the CD insert). Steve seems to have been at a transition period here. About four of the songs are in the pop rock category, like "Pretty Blue Eyes" and "Footsteps". The other songs are more like your mom and dad would listen to. Steve eventually sang more for the adult crowd when he teamed up with Eydie Gorme. Sound quality is excellent. All songs are in true stereo. The following statement is contained in the CD insert: "This compilation was made from the best original stereo 2-track master tapes available at MCA Records. Documentation shows that the multi-track session tapes were destroyed in the 1970's". Final note: noticeably missing on this CD (in my opinion) is "Poor Little Rich Girl", a great pop rock song from this same time frame."
The Best of Steve Lawrence/ His ABC-Paramount Years
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Lawrence recorded for many labels throughout his career,
having hit singles on several of them.This compilation from Taragon represents some of his best tracks
for the ABC-Paramount label, for which he recorded in 1959 and
1960.Most of the selections utilize double tracking and echo,
popular techniques for singles back then.
Two of them, "Footsteps" and "Pretty Blue Eyes" were giant hits.
The remaining songs have that Top 40 sound in a similar vein."Loving is a Way of Living" writen by Burt Bacharach/Hal David
"Come Back Silly Girl" written by Barry Mann, and "Why, Why, Why"
written by Teddy Randazzo, are other favorites that might have been radio hits
if they had been given enough airplay.
But for reasons unknown to me, they fell through the cracks."You Don't Know" is a beautiful romantic ballad certain to
please those who like Steve's inimitable crooner style.By far, not the best work of his career, but definitely an
Best of Steve Lawrence
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Where is his hit song..Go Away Little Girl...of all the songs he has recorded..this is the one that should have been included in one of his albums..."