It's All in the Game: The MGM Recordings 1958-1960

It's All in the Game: The MGM Recordings 1958-1960

by Tommy Edwards
     
 

Remembered mostly for his 1958 number one hit "It's All in the Game," Tommy Edwards recorded prolifically for MGM throughout the 1950s and early '60s. This two-CD compilation concentrates on his period of highest visibility and commercial success, containing four albums he released on the label between 1958 and 1960, as well as ten tracks that appeared on singles in… See more details below

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Remembered mostly for his 1958 number one hit "It's All in the Game," Tommy Edwards recorded prolifically for MGM throughout the 1950s and early '60s. This two-CD compilation concentrates on his period of highest visibility and commercial success, containing four albums he released on the label between 1958 and 1960, as well as ten tracks that appeared on singles in the same years. With "It's All in the Game" (which leads off this anthology), Edwards and MGM found an approach that paid off with one of the biggest pop hits of the era, adding just enough early rock & roll -- light electric guitar and drums, insistent piano triplets, doo wop-influenced backing vocals -- to a ballad by a pop singer to make him sound contemporary. This was an approach MGM hammered on repeatedly in its immediate aftermath, a strategy that makes such a lengthy collection -- particularly the first disc -- tough to endure all at once. The insistent midtempo beats are relentless, often in conjunction with updated standards. Edwards was at his core a pop balladeer with a touch of jazz, and not one who owed much to blues or R&B, let alone rock & roll, which can make his style sound dated and contrived in some respects. He did break out of the rigid confines of this formula to some degree on the 1960 releases on disc two, heading toward a more middle of the road, orchestrated direction on some sides, and a slightly more swinging jazz one on others (particularly on the Step Out Singing album). Be aware that Edwards recorded quite a bit of additional material for MGM before and after 1958-1960 (and for some other labels before and after his lengthy MGM tenure), including (in 1951) his first version of "It's All in the Game," which made the Top 20. This compilation extensively covers his peak period of popularity, however, including the other hits "Love Is All We Need," "Please Love Me Forever" (predating Bobby Vinton's much bigger hit with the same song almost a decade later), "Please Mr. Sun," "My Melancholy Baby," and "I Really Don't Want to Know," along with a few other lower-charting singles. Most listeners are better off with a single-disc release concentrating on those hits, however.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2012
Label:
Shout
UPC:
5013929507920
catalogNumber:
2950792
Rank:
223967

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's All In the Game  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  2. The Morning Side of the Mountain  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  3. I'll Always Be With You  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  4. You Win Again  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  5. Mr. Music Man  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  6. Please Love Me Forever  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  7. That's All  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  8. My Sugar, My Sweet  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  9. Love is a Sacred Thing  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  10. (Now and Then There's) a Fool Such As I  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  11. Love is All We Need  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  12. Please Mr. Sun  -  Leroy Holmes & His Orchestra
  13. My Melancholy Baby
  14. It's Only the Good Times
  15. A Teardrop On a Rose
  16. Paradise
  17. I Looked At Heaven
  18. She Sends Her Regards
  19. It All Belongs To You
  20. Music, Maestro, Please
  21. Take These Chains From My Heart
  22. Once There Lived a Fool
  23. Up In a Cloud
  24. Welcome Me
  25. I've Been There
  26. (New In) the Ways of Love
  27. Honestly and Truly
  28. Don't Fence Me In
  29. I'm Building Castles Again

Disc 2

  1. Indian Summer
  2. Always
  3. Stars Fell On Alabama
  4. Lost In the Desert of Love
  5. You're a Heavenly Thing
  6. Navajo
  7. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  8. You're a Sweetheart
  9. You Started Me Dreaming
  10. My Love is a Sparrow
  11. All Over Again
  12. Stormy Weather
  13. That Old Feeling
  14. Symphony
  15. My Lucky Star
  16. Tangerine
  17. The Lamp is Low
  18. Over the Rainbow
  19. Sentimental Journey
  20. Isle of Capri
  21. Should I
  22. The Composer
  23. I Really Don't Want To Know
  24. Unloved
  25. Blue Heartaches
  26. It's Not the End of Everything
  27. As You Desire Me
  28. Suzie Wong

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