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Looking Back: The Very Best of the MGM Years

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929524620
  • Catalog Number: 246
  • Sales rank: 107,541

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Conway Twitty Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Conway Twitty Contributor
Mamie Van Doren Contributor
Bob Fisher Contributor
Buddy Kaye Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
David Hill Composer
Ethel Lee Composer
Gordon Fleming Liner Notes, Compilation Coordinator
Alan Coventry Artwork
Weiss Silbert Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From a New Zealand Conway twitty fan

    A very good budget priced compliation from Conways rocking years,with a good selection.Would have liked to have seen Comfy n Cozy and one or two other hard to get tracks included,but overall a pretty good CD.Hope another similar CD can be issued to fill a few more gaps.The ultimate set remains the Bear family box set,which is quite expensive.

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