Two Faces of Fame/Third Face of Fame

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Georgie Fame is one of the most fascinating personalities and restless musicians ever to emerge from the British music scene of the early '60s, and continues his adventures in the 21st century -- most notably as a sideman with Van Morrison, who's lucky to have him. In any case, the BGO (Beat Goes On) label, which specializes in prime reissues, has done a wonder job here. While it's true that Fame's records have been reissued here and there since the dawn of CDs, most of what is available currently (2006) are compilations of his early- and mid-'60s hits. That's all well and good because the man released some real smokers. But it's not the same as being able to listen to the ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Georgie Fame is one of the most fascinating personalities and restless musicians ever to emerge from the British music scene of the early '60s, and continues his adventures in the 21st century -- most notably as a sideman with Van Morrison, who's lucky to have him. In any case, the BGO (Beat Goes On) label, which specializes in prime reissues, has done a wonder job here. While it's true that Fame's records have been reissued here and there since the dawn of CDs, most of what is available currently (2006) are compilations of his early- and mid-'60s hits. That's all well and good because the man released some real smokers. But it's not the same as being able to listen to the process, to be able to engage an entire album as it was assembled. And these two offerings, The Two Faces of Fame from 1967 and The Third Face of Fame from 1968, are fine examples. The former is named The Two Faces of Fame in that the first side was a live date with killer selections like his boss reads of "Greenback Dollar Bill," "River's Invitation," and "Bluesology." The second side, recorded in the studio, contains the stomping B-3 and horn-driven soul of "El Pussycat" and a couple of standards in Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen's "It Could Happen to You" and Rodgers & Hart's "Do It the Hard Way." The next album, The Third Face of Fame, contains Fame's only Stateside hit in his awesomely old-school vaudevillian "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde." Whereas Flatt & Scruggs were enjoying chart success -- again -- for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," on the opening tune here Fame covered the Peter Callander and Mitch Murray song that told the entire story. And with horns, an upright piano, and a hip little bassline, he did a hepcat update of the old nugget and it was a smash. Other tracks include "Bullets Laverne," "St. James Infirmary" (which digs deep into the blues), Lennon and McCartney's "When I'm Sixty-Four," and Donovan's "Mellow Yellow." This is a great grab-bag of prime Fame and a fine place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261207081
  • Catalog Number: 708

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Georgie Fame Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Tubby Hayes Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
John McLaughlin Rhythm
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet
Gordon Beck Piano, Rhythm
Tony Coe Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Phil Bates Drums
Greg Bowen Trumpet
Alan Branscombe Alto Saxophone
Keith Christie Trombone
Frank Clarke Bass
Jeff Clyne Bass
Les Condon Trumpet
Art Ellefson Saxophone
Bill Eyden Drums, Rhythm
Hughie Flint Drums
Arthur Greenslade Piano
Ian Hamer Trumpet
Derek Healey Trumpet
Hayden Jackson Drums
George Kish Guitar
Harry Klein Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dick Morrissey Tenor Saxophone
Morris Platt Trombone
Cyril Reubens Saxophone
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton Trumpet
Derek Wadsworth Trombone
Gib Wallace Trombone
Tommy Whittle Saxophone
Harry South Conductor
Ronnie Seabrooke Bass Guitar
Chris Frazer Smith Trombone
Ronnie Scott's Quintet Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Tubby Hayes Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Peter Callander Composer
Denny Cordell Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Dave Siddle Engineer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
James Van Heusen Composer
Derek Wadsworth Arranger
Harry Warren Composer
Nigel Hunter Liner Notes
John Tobler Liner Notes
Mike Smith Producer
Harry South Arranger
Ted Persons Composer
Mack Wolfson Composer
John Hays Original Sleeve Design
Mitch Murray Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Edward R. White Composer
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