The Best of P.J. Proby: The EMI Years (1961-1972)

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A native Texan, P.J. Proby had to relocate to England to find musical success, and he did it just as the British Invasion era was starting, finding the charts with energetic and soulful songs like "Hold Me." Proby was hardly a jingle-jangle mop top, though, and he had a strong theatrical side to his singing style, and he soon was sounding more like Tom Jones than any of the Beatles. Unfortunately, Proby's odd, dramatic singing style was at best an acquired taste, and at his worst, he sounded overblown and bombastic, if not downright bad. This generous single-disc collection draws key tracks from Proby's EMI years (1961 to 1972), and features "Hold Me" and his biggest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A native Texan, P.J. Proby had to relocate to England to find musical success, and he did it just as the British Invasion era was starting, finding the charts with energetic and soulful songs like "Hold Me." Proby was hardly a jingle-jangle mop top, though, and he had a strong theatrical side to his singing style, and he soon was sounding more like Tom Jones than any of the Beatles. Unfortunately, Proby's odd, dramatic singing style was at best an acquired taste, and at his worst, he sounded overblown and bombastic, if not downright bad. This generous single-disc collection draws key tracks from Proby's EMI years (1961 to 1972), and features "Hold Me" and his biggest American hit, "Niki Hoeky," which charted in 1967, among many others, including his British singles, some B-sides, key album tracks, and a couple of previously unreleased sides. The end result is an interesting period portrait of an unusual and quirky pop singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099921684920
  • Catalog Number: 72781
  • Sales rank: 57,918

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Try to Forget Her (2:17)
  2. 2 Hold Me (2:43)
  3. 3 Cuttin' In (2:50)
  4. 4 Somewhere (3:18)
  5. 5 Just Like Him (3:16)
  6. 6 Answer Me (2:12)
  7. 7 What's on Your Mind (2:47)
  8. 8 I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore (3:20)
  9. 9 My Prayer (2:37)
  10. 10 Mission Bell (2:24)
  11. 11 If I Loved You (3:28)
  12. 12 Maria (3:38)
  13. 13 Quando Tornera (3:03)
  14. 14 I Can't Make It Alone (4:19)
  15. 15 Niki Hoeky (2:34)
  16. 16 Mama Told Me Not to Come (2:46)
  17. 17 Give Me Time (3:49)
  18. 18 I'm Comin' Home (3:13)
  19. 19 And the Sun Will Shine (4:03)
  20. 20 Delilah (3:31)
  21. 21 Today I Killed a Man (I Didn't Know) (3:27)
  22. 22 Daddy's Home (2:18)
  23. 23 I'm Ahead If I Can Quite While I'm Behind (3:13)
  24. 24 Clown Shoes (2:51)
  25. 25 We'll Meet Again (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
P.J. Proby Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Bee Gees Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Peter Callander Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Dick Glasser Composer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Pat Vegas Composer
Amedeo Tommasi Composer
Les Reed Composer
Jack Little Composer
Ira Schuster Composer
Gerhard Winkler Composer
Georges Boulanger Composer
Hughie Charles Composer
Fred Rauch Composer
Stephen Munns Liner Notes, Concept
William Michael Composer
Ross Parker Composer
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