|Lulu - 1960s style|
Later inspection showed they had the track on two Lulu albums and an original 1965 45RPM single. However it isn't necessarily Lulu's best remembered hit. Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in 1949 and broke the British charts in 1964 with her cover version of The Isley Brother's Shout! on the Decca label.
Over the next three years she continued to record with Decca releasing a bevvy of popular hits including Can't Hear You No More, Leave A Little Love and Here Comes The Night.
|Try To Understand - Decca Records|
Try To Understand has everything I love about a perfect 60s record, pop piano, an instrumental break, girly backing vocals and a soulful delivery from Lulu herself. Lulu belts out a reassuring vocal to a loved one who is obviously feeling a little threatened in the relationship as a "harmless flirtation" comes on the scene. The piano introduction still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end 40-odd years from originally hearing it and I have to say I love this far more than Shout! as good as that is!
Lulu of course went on to record for EMI in the late 60s scoring even greater hits with producer Mickie Most including The Boat That I Row, Lets Pretend and To Sir With Love, but for me Try To Understand represents the Scottish songstress at her very best!