Polygon Years, Vol. 1 (Tell Me Truly)

Polygon Years, Vol. 1 (Tell Me Truly)

by Petula Clark
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929513020
catalogNumber:
130

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Tracks

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

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
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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