Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this 26-track compilation does have all five of Thompson's Top 40 pop hits "Norman," "Sad Movies Make Me Cry," "James Hold the Ladder Steady," "Paper Tiger," and "Have a Good Time", it's not a career-spanning best-of. It just covers her work at the Hickory label in the early to mid-'60s, leaving her subsequent country-oriented material for the company untouched. Because of its thorough look at her early Hickory years, however, it might be a more preferable listen for pop
ock-oriented fans than the chronologically wider-ranging though shorter The Very Best of Sue Thompson on Varese Sarabande, which tagged on a bunch of her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this 26-track compilation does have all five of Thompson's Top 40 pop hits "Norman," "Sad Movies Make Me Cry," "James Hold the Ladder Steady," "Paper Tiger," and "Have a Good Time", it's not a career-spanning best-of. It just covers her work at the Hickory label in the early to mid-'60s, leaving her subsequent country-oriented material for the company untouched. Because of its thorough look at her early Hickory years, however, it might be a more preferable listen for pop
ock-oriented fans than the chronologically wider-ranging though shorter The Very Best of Sue Thompson on Varese Sarabande, which tagged on a bunch of her duets with Don Gibson. Thompson is most known for her rather novelty-oriented polka-tempoed hits "Norman" and "James Hold the Ladder Steady," but in fact much of her output was very much in the orchestrated pop
ock and country field Brenda Lee was ploughing in the same era. You get both sides of the coin on this CD, and the Brenda Lee-like stuff actually holds up better -- the 1961 single "Angel, Angel," written by the great songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, is perhaps the most accurate Lee sound-alike ever done. Thompson doesn't measure up to Lee, though -- her voice and interpretive skills aren't in the same class, and nor is the material. So this is an inconsistent listen, and too long for non-collectors. But it does have some decent songs, including a few obscure ones by major songwriters like the Bryants, John D. Loudermilk, and Roy Orbison though the latter's "Bad Boy" hardly rates among his finer moments. Thompson also gets into a strangely more soul-oriented groove on a few of the later cuts -- 1965's "Sweet Hunk of Misery" an obvious Supremes imitation written by Fame Studios chief Rick Hall, the fairly decent gutsy rocker "It's Break-Up Time," and Loudermilk's "Paper Tiger."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667199124
  • Catalog Number: 991
  • Sales rank: 101,691

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sue Thompson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Don Everly Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Robert L. Montgomery Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Rick Hall Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ray Rush Composer
Virgil Johnson Composer
Earl Sinks Composer
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Joe Melson Composer
Marcus Mathis Composer
Ronald Blackwell Composer
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