The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Believe it or not, even the 62 songs squeezed onto this two-CD set don't quite cover all the material Freddie & the Dreamers released in the 1960s. But while this might not be the "Ultimate Collection" -- it would be necessary to wait for the unlikely prospect of a Freddie & the Dreamers box set for that to happen -- it is indeed the most comprehensive CD anthology of the British Invasion band. The first disc has the A-sides and B-sides of 16 of their 1963-1969 U.K. singles; the second disc has 30 "album tracks, EPs & rarities" from 1963-1966, though one of these, "Do the Freddie," was actually the group's sole Top 20 hit in the U.S. besides "I'm Telling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Believe it or not, even the 62 songs squeezed onto this two-CD set don't quite cover all the material Freddie & the Dreamers released in the 1960s. But while this might not be the "Ultimate Collection" -- it would be necessary to wait for the unlikely prospect of a Freddie & the Dreamers box set for that to happen -- it is indeed the most comprehensive CD anthology of the British Invasion band. The first disc has the A-sides and B-sides of 16 of their 1963-1969 U.K. singles; the second disc has 30 "album tracks, EPs & rarities" from 1963-1966, though one of these, "Do the Freddie," was actually the group's sole Top 20 hit in the U.S. besides "I'm Telling You Now." Whether you need so much Freddie & the Dreamers, even if you're a die-hard British Invasion fan, is more of an open question. All of their U.K. and U.S. hits, and a good share of their best non-hit sides, are on the 25-song single-disc compilation The Very Best of Freddie & the Dreamers. Sure, this more extensive anthology has a few additional OK B-sides and stray tracks in the quasi-Merseybeat style, à la "Feel So Blue," "Don't Do That to Me," and "How's About Trying Your Luck with Me" (the latter an obscure Gerry Goffin-Carole King tune). But it also has some forgettable 45s (particularly from the latter part of their career, including their final U.K. chart entry, the odd 1965 country-pop detour "Thou Shalt Not Steal") and way too many mediocre rock & roll oldies covers. It's also unfortunate that the liner notes don't detail the exact source of each track, other than giving a date of release. In a strange way, such an extensive collection does reinforce their credentials as a legitimate rock band, rather than a novelty act, as they did write much of their own material, and played it fairly straight (if fairly lame) on the same kind of American rock & roll covers being ground out by more respected British Invasion acts. Most fans, however, will be more than satisfied with a more selective single-disc best-of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2006
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094635542622
  • Catalog Number: 355426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody (2:00)
  2. 2 Feel So Blue (1:54)
  3. 3 I'm Telling You Now (2:07)
  4. 4 What Have I Done to You (2:08)
  5. 5 You Were Made for Me (2:18)
  6. 6 Send a Letter to Me (2:15)
  7. 7 Over You (1:57)
  8. 8 Come Back When You're Ready (2:19)
  9. 9 I Love You Baby (2:02)
  10. 10 Don't Make Me Cry (2:10)
  11. 11 Just for You (2:11)
  12. 12 Don't Do That to Me (1:52)
  13. 13 I Understand (2:33)
  14. 14 I Will (2:11)
  15. 15 A Little You (2:13)
  16. 16 Things I'd Like to Say (2:45)
  17. 17 Thou Shalt Not Steal (2:10)
  18. 18 I Don't Know (2:31)
  19. 19 If You've Got a Minute, Baby (2:05)
  20. 20 When I'm Home with You (2:49)
  21. 21 Playboy (2:47)
  22. 22 Some Day (2:15)
  23. 23 Turn Around (2:34)
  24. 24 Funny Over You (2:45)
  25. 25 Hello, Hello (2:07)
  26. 26 All I Ever Want Is You (2:37)
  27. 27 Brown and Porters (Meat Exporters) Lorry (2:27)
  28. 28 Little Brown Eyes (2:31)
  29. 29 It's Great (2:10)
  30. 30 Gabardine Mac (2:20)
  31. 31 Get Around Downtown Girl (2:58)
  32. 32 What to Do (2:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Yes I Do (1:52)
  2. 2 Tell Me When (2:07)
  3. 3 I Think of You (2:14)
  4. 4 Don't Love You Anymore (2:33)
  5. 5 Do the Freddie (2:00)
  6. 6 A Love Like You (1:53)
  7. 7 How's About Trying Your Luck with Me (2:07)
  8. 8 Money (That's What I Want) (2:24)
  9. 9 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (3:15)
  10. 10 Kansas City (2:22)
  11. 11 It Doesn't Matter Anymore (2:11)
  12. 12 Johnny B. Goode (2:59)
  13. 13 Little Bitty Pretty One (2:23)
  14. 14 I'm a Hog for You (2:10)
  15. 15 I Just Don't Understand (2:00)
  16. 16 Silly Girl (2:30)
  17. 17 In My Baby's Arms (2:27)
  18. 18 I Wonder Who the Lucky Guy Will Be (2:13)
  19. 19 The Viper (1:55)
  20. 20 Sally Anne (2:00)
  21. 21 Jailer Bring Me Water (2:26)
  22. 22 See You Later Alligator (2:25)
  23. 23 Some Other Guy (2:08)
  24. 24 Crying (3:05)
  25. 25 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) (2:07)
  26. 26 What I'd Say (3:13)
  27. 27 A Windmill in Old Amsterdam (2:08)
  28. 28 Camp Town Races (2:23)
  29. 29 Short Shorts (2:40)
  30. 30 When I See an Elephant Fly (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie & the Dreamers Primary Artist
Freddie Garrity Vocals, Group Member
Derek Quinn Guitar, Group Member
Peter Birrell Bass, Group Member
Roy Crewsdon Guitar, Group Member
Bernie Dwyer Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Malvina Reynolds Composer
Harry Belafonte Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Freddie Garrity Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Alan Greene Composer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Derek Quinn Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Peter Lee Stirling Composer
Peter Miller Composer
Peter Birrell Composer
Bernie Dwyer Composer
Ian Jones Mastering
Pat Best Composer
Oliver Wallace Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Joe Melson Composer
Tim Gale Composer
Kent Westberry Composer
Bill Harry Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Alex Creedy Artwork
Gavin O'Neill Retouching
Sloan Barri Composer
Les Vandyke Composer
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