Polygon Years, Vol. 1 (Tell Me Truly)

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
To much of the British public, the 27 songs on this CD are part of Petula Clark's forgotten early years, as a teenager during the years 1950-1952, while for Americans, who never heard her records until the end of the 1950s, they're utterly unknown. The music rises out of the mists of the late '40s, the 17-year-old Clark intoning like an American pop singer at least ten years older than that even as her breasts were being bound up and her hair deliberately styled downward to prevent photos from showing any hint of her maturation, singing with a winsome maturity, with the clarity of a bell learning how to ring, backed by an American-style pop chorus and orchestra. The earliest...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
To much of the British public, the 27 songs on this CD are part of Petula Clark's forgotten early years, as a teenager during the years 1950-1952, while for Americans, who never heard her records until the end of the 1950s, they're utterly unknown. The music rises out of the mists of the late '40s, the 17-year-old Clark intoning like an American pop singer at least ten years older than that even as her breasts were being bound up and her hair deliberately styled downward to prevent photos from showing any hint of her maturation, singing with a winsome maturity, with the clarity of a bell learning how to ring, backed by an American-style pop chorus and orchestra. The earliest sides on this CD never even came out in England -- they were licensed by the fledgling Polygon label to companies in Australia and Denmark while Polygon's English operation was being set up. The eerie thing about this material, other than showing off Clark singing in a musical style that's at least a decade removed from anything that Americans ever knew about her, is the transformation of her voice -- she takes on a pleasing sassiness on "Silver Dollar," or an impish quality on "Talky Talky Talky" the latter an annoying novelty number, then brassy on "Who Spilt Coffee on the Carpet" and sliding back into a bouncy, girlish quality on "You're My True Love." By the later sides, Clark's intonation and diction have settled down into a mature, flexible presentation that set the stage for her conquest of the charts in England. The sound is a bit uneven on this volume -- many of the Polygon masters, which would have been on wax anyway, were destroyed or lost after the company was sold to Pye/Nixa in late 1955, and the songs here are drawn from original 78s. They're generally very clean but lack clarity and sharpness, even from material going back this far. On the other hand, under ideal conditions, most recordings never made it onto LP, much less CD before this, so one should just be glad it's here. The notes by Richard Harries are excellent, and this set, though lacking the intrinsic musical fascination of the Vol. 2 disc, offers a rare glimpse at the earliest years of Clark's career and roots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929513020
  • Catalog Number: 130
  • Sales rank: 150,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Go to My Head (2:39)
  2. 2 Out of a Clear Blue Sky (2:18)
  3. 3 Music! Music! Music! (2:39)
  4. 4 Blossoms on the Bough (3:01)
  5. 5 Silver Dollar (2:52)
  6. 6 Talky Talky Talky (2:48)
  7. 7 Who Spilt Coffee on the Carpet (2:57)
  8. 8 You Are My True Love (2:51)
  9. 9 You're the Sweetest in the Land (3:01)
  10. 10 Beloved Be Faithful (3:00)
  11. 11 Fly Away Peter, Fly Away Paul (2:37)
  12. 12 Tennessee Waltz (2:57)
  13. 13 Sleepy Eyes (3:03)
  14. 14 Teasin' (3:07)
  15. 15 Black Note Serenade (3:04)
  16. 16 May Kway (3:06)
  17. 17 Clickety Clack (2:33)
  18. 18 Mariandl - Jimmy Young (3:07)
  19. 19 Broken Heart - Jimmy Young (2:52)
  20. 20 That's How a Love Song Is Born (3:00)
  21. 21 Cold, Cold Heart (2:30)
  22. 22 Tell Me Truly (3:13)
  23. 23 Song of the Mermaid (3:08)
  24. 24 It Had to Be You (2:54)
  25. 25 The Card (2:12)
  26. 26 A Boy in Love (2:18)
  27. 27 Where Did My Snowman Go?
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Petula Clark Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Steve Mann Composer
Richard Adler Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Jimmy Shirl Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Philip Springer Composer
David J. Ruvin Composer
Nick Watson Mastering
Michael Carr Composer
Clark VanNess Composer
Richard Harries Liner Notes
Alice Kuhns Composer
Jane McNealy Composer
Geoffrey Venis Composer
Freddie Poser Composer
John Turner Arranger
Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson Composer
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