Saturday, 5 October 2013

Retro Vinyl: Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits (Columbia, 1964)

Between 1962 and 1963 one of the most popular male vocalists in the UK charts was Frank Ifield.

Notching up a string of chart hits and no less than four number ones, Frank's music had appeal across the generations, although prior to 1962 he had struggled to even crack the charts despite a strong selection of great recordings.

Despite the onslaught of beat groups on the British charts in 1963, Ifield's popularity endured, so much so he even shared a compilation LP in the US with The Beatles on a now highly collectible VeeJay album.

Although the majority of big hits had passed by late 1964, Columbia still felt Frank was eligible for a Greatest Hits release (Columbia 33SX 1633). This LP was unusual in that it largely comprised both A and B sides of hit singles released since his first number one I Remember You in 1962.

With sleeve notes by Norrie Paramor, Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits is a strong release and sounds fabulous in its original mono format, particularly his renditions of The Wayward Wind, Lovesick Blues, Waltzing Matilda and Please.

I have to admit rescuing this album from a rubbish skip in Catterick Garrison back in 1987, it just seemed so wrong to see it consigned to a skip doom. I took the album home and it played beautifully and has since been transferred to MP3 format.

Frank Ifield's Greatest Hits
(Columbia, 1964)

Side 1
  1. I Remember You
  2. I Listen To Your Heart
  3. Lovesick Blues
  4. She Taught Me How To Yodel
  5. The Wayward Wind
  6. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
  7. Confessin'

Side 2
  1. Waltzing Matilda
  2. Please
  3. Mule Train
  4. Don't Blame Me
  5. Say It Isn't So
  6. Angry At The Big Oak Tree
  7. Go Tell It On The Mountain

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