Very Best of Sue Thompson

Very Best of Sue Thompson

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by Sue Thompson
     
 

Sue Thompson had two distinct phases in her career: the first as a teen pop vocalist, singing light, cutesy tunes (often written by John D. Loudermilk) perfect for a prom, the second as a lush country crooner, singing songs for housewives. Since Thompson had a thin, light voice, it was perfectly suited for the pop material, butSee more details below

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Sue Thompson had two distinct phases in her career: the first as a teen pop vocalist, singing light, cutesy tunes (often written by John D. Loudermilk) perfect for a prom, the second as a lush country crooner, singing songs for housewives. Since Thompson had a thin, light voice, it was perfectly suited for the pop material, but tended to cut against the burnished countrypolitan productions, which is why her duets with Don Gibson work so well -- she provides a good counterpoint to his rich, warm voice. It can't quite be said that the teen pop and country-pop material function as good counterpoints to each other on Varese's 2003 collection The Very Best of Sue Thompson, however. They have very different tones and they're not complimentary. Nevertheless, this approach does mean that it has nearly all of Thompson's hits from throughout her career -- the few that are missing scraped the bottom of the charts -- and therefore provides a thorough retrospective (the only collection to come close to The Very Best of Sue Thompson is Collectables' 1995 release Golden Classics, which contained two more songs, but wasn't as well-produced and nicely assembled as this). But country fans take note: Although the back cover touts that all songs were produced by Wesley Rose, a good 11 songs are all trifling, lightweight pop and the five country tunes are pleasantly generic, mainstream, early-'70s country. Finally, it has to be said that a little of Thompson's light, nasal voice goes a long, long way, particularly when it's squeaking out silly, cutesy, contrived teen novelties. That's where Thompson's biggest hits lie, and that's what fuels this compilation, and though they're interesting as period pieces or nostalgia trips, they're hard to listen to all in a row.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206648324
catalogNumber:
066483
Rank:
71200

Tracks

  1. Norman  - Sue Thompson
  2. My Hero  - Sue Thompson
  3. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)  - Sue Thompson
  4. Angel, Angel  - Sue Thompson
  5. If The Boy Only Knew  - Sue Thompson
  6. James (Hold The Ladder Steady)  - Sue Thompson
  7. Have A Good Time  - Sue Thompson
  8. Two Of A Kind  - Sue Thompson
  9. Bad Boy  - Sue Thompson
  10. Paper Tiger  - Sue Thompson
  11. Language Of Love  - Sue Thompson
  12. The Two of Us Together  - Sue Thompson
  13. I Think They Call It Love  - Sue Thompson
  14. Big Mable Murphy  - Sue Thompson
  15. Good Old Fashioned Country Love  - Sue Thompson
  16. Oh How Love Changes  - Sue Thompson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sue Thompson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Don Gibson   Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Boots Randolph   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Glenn Barber   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Earl Sinks   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Bobby Montgomery   Composer
Steve Massie   Producer
M. Myrie   Composer
Bobby Bond   Composer
James White   Composer
Phyllis Powell   Composer
Bryant   Composer

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