Third Face of Fame

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Georgie Fame was firmly enrolled within his pop phase by 1968, and Third Face of Fame did not care who noticed. In fact, it rather hoped that everybody lured into earshot by his recent chart-topping lament for outlaws Bonnie & Clyde the opening "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde," of course, would all come hurtling in. In fact they didn't, and the album marked Fame's first non-charting outing since his debut, five years before -- which means the millions missed out on a handful of cuts that were at least as enjoyable as the hit. A version of the Beatles' "When I'm 64" rivals any other cover of that song, with Fame's treatment truly capturing the foreboding that lurks ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Georgie Fame was firmly enrolled within his pop phase by 1968, and Third Face of Fame did not care who noticed. In fact, it rather hoped that everybody lured into earshot by his recent chart-topping lament for outlaws Bonnie & Clyde the opening "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde," of course, would all come hurtling in. In fact they didn't, and the album marked Fame's first non-charting outing since his debut, five years before -- which means the millions missed out on a handful of cuts that were at least as enjoyable as the hit. A version of the Beatles' "When I'm 64" rivals any other cover of that song, with Fame's treatment truly capturing the foreboding that lurks behind the superficial buoyancy of the lyric, while there's also a heartfelt version of George and Ira Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me." Earlier fans are treated to a powerful visit to "St James Infirmary," which proves that Fame has lost none of his earlier taste for menacing R&B, while the closing romp through Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" is nothing if not, er, mellow. Third Face of Fame can scarcely be recommended to anybody yearning for Fame himself to return to the blues-breaking growl of old. But, as an example of British pop's own longtime fascination with "adult"-sounding entertainment, it's certainly an enjoyable slice of very easy listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Pure Pleasure
  • EAN: 5060149620076
  • Catalog Number: 63293
  • Sales rank: 233,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde
  2. 2 When I'm Sixty-Four
  3. 3 Ask Me Nice
  4. 4 Exactly Like You
  5. 5 Someone to Watch over Me
  6. 6 Blue Prelude
  7. 7 Bullets Laverne
  8. 8 This Is Always
  9. 9 Side by Side
  10. 10 St. James Infirmary
  11. 11 Mellow Yellow
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Georgie Fame Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Shorty Indexed Contributor
John McLaughlin Guitar
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Gordon Beck Keyboards
Tony Coe Saxophone
Ronnie Scott Saxophone
Greg Bowen Trumpet
Frank Clarke Bass
Les Condon Trumpet
Art Ellefson Saxophone
Bill Eyden Drums
Arthur Greenslade Keyboards
Ian Hammer Trumpet
Bobby Haughey Trumpet
Derek Healey Trumpet
Hayden Jackson Drums
George Kish Guitar
Harry Klein Saxophone
Morris Platt Trombone
Cyril Reubens Saxophone
Ronnie Seabrook Bass
Ernie Shears Guitar
Gib Wallace Trombone
Tommy Whittle Saxophone
John Marshall Saxophone
Terry Smith Guitar
Albert Hall Trumpet
Phil Bates Bass
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Norman Greenbaum Composer
Peter Callander Composer
Traditional Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
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