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Looking Back: The Very Best of the MGM Years

Looking Back: The Very Best of the MGM Years

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by Conway Twitty
     
 
For those who lack the cash or incentive to invest in Bear Family's mammoth eight-CD Rock 'N' Roll Years box set, this two-CD, 40-song overview of Conway Twitty's 1958-1963 MGM sides is a fine summary of his early career. Nearly all his Top Hundred chart hits are here, as are numerous flops, B-sides, and LP tracks. It's true

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For those who lack the cash or incentive to invest in Bear Family's mammoth eight-CD Rock 'N' Roll Years box set, this two-CD, 40-song overview of Conway Twitty's 1958-1963 MGM sides is a fine summary of his early career. Nearly all his Top Hundred chart hits are here, as are numerous flops, B-sides, and LP tracks. It's true that these were the most rock-oriented years of Twitty's long career, and also that many of these sides are derivative of early Elvis Presley. But it can also be said that of the singers who owed much to Elvis, Twitty was one of the best -- not just on hits like "It's Only Make Believe," "Lonely Blue Boy," and "Danny Boy," but also lesser-known items like the growling rockabilly-pop of "Make Me Know You're Mine" and "Trouble in Mind," the "Mystery Train" imitation "The Long Black Train," and the ballad "Heavenly." Twitty was also one of the few sub-Elvis singers equally capable of summoning decent rockabilly-pop and slow deep-voiced ballads. It's not all pop
ock, either, with his incipient country-pop leanings coming to the fore on some early-'60s tracks like "What a Dream" and "Looking Back" (which sound a little like Brenda Lee's productions of the era), "A Man Alone" and "She Ain't No Angel" (both not far in mood from Roy Orbison's harder-rocking early-'60s cuts), and the melodramatic "The Flame." He didn't cultivate as strong an identity as any of his reference points, Elvis and otherwise, and some of these tunes are generic if spiritedly performed late-'50s/early-'60s period pieces, but overall it's a quite worthy anthology.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2003
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929524620
catalogNumber:
246

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's Only Make Believe
  2. I'll Try
  3. I Vibrate (From My Head to My Feet)
  4. When I'm Not With You
  5. The Story of My Love
  6. Make Me Know You're Mine
  7. Mona Lisa
  8. Sentimental Journey
  9. Hey Little Lucy (Don'tcha Put No Lipstick On)
  10. Heavenly
  11. Just Because
  12. Danny Boy
  13. Hey Miss Ruby
  14. Lonely Blue Boy
  15. Blue Moon
  16. Foggy River
  17. Trouble in Mind
  18. Pretty Eyed Baby
  19. The Hurt in My Heart
  20. Tell Me One More Time

Disc 2

  1. What Am I Living For?
  2. Knock Three Times
  3. What a Dream
  4. Is a Blue Bird Blue?
  5. The Flame
  6. Long Black Train
  7. The Next Kiss (Is the Last Goodbye)
  8. A Tree in the Meadow
  9. A Man Alone
  10. Tower of Tears
  11. I Can Hear My Heart Break
  12. It's Driving Me Wild
  13. Portrait of a Fool
  14. There Is Something on Your Mind
  15. Looking Back
  16. It's Too Late
  17. Big Boss Man
  18. Don't Cry No More
  19. She Ain't No Angel
  20. Got My Mojo Working

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