We Want Billy!/Billy

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The BGO CD reissue of two 1963 albums, the live We Want Billy! and the studio Billy, presents a pair of unenduring sets. Fury may have been one of the best of the pre-Beatle rockers, but that doesn't make him great. About half of the "concert" date consists of rock & roll oldies like "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Unchain My Heart," sung in a competent sub-Elvis mold though the Tornados aren't about to make anyone forget Scotty Moore or James Burton. There's also a lengthy medley of many of his early-'60s pop hits, which are better heard in their studio versions. The studio record Billy was Fury's biggest-selling album of the '60s, reaching the British Top Ten. But ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The BGO CD reissue of two 1963 albums, the live We Want Billy! and the studio Billy, presents a pair of unenduring sets. Fury may have been one of the best of the pre-Beatle rockers, but that doesn't make him great. About half of the "concert" date consists of rock & roll oldies like "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Unchain My Heart," sung in a competent sub-Elvis mold though the Tornados aren't about to make anyone forget Scotty Moore or James Burton. There's also a lengthy medley of many of his early-'60s pop hits, which are better heard in their studio versions. The studio record Billy was Fury's biggest-selling album of the '60s, reaching the British Top Ten. But it wasn't very good, typifying the kind of teen idol fare that rode high on the British charts before Merseybeat. He could rock half decently when given the chance, but most of the numbers are pop ballads, replete with light orchestration and crooning female backup vocals. These records have little more than nostalgic value, and not even that for American listeners, who were never aware of Fury in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2002
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261202581
  • Catalog Number: 258
  • Sales rank: 199,420

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Fury Primary Artist, Vocals
Ivor Raymonde Musical Direction
Technical Credits
Hank Snow Composer
LaVern Baker Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Carole King Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Hank Jones Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Paul Hampton Composer
Arthur Bannister Engineer
Jack Clegg Engineer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Mort Garson Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ivor Raymonde Producer
Roger Dopson Liner Notes
Mike Smith Producer
Claude Boone Composer
Bob Shelton Composer
Joe Shelton Composer
Tony Barrow Liner Notes
Ann Ronell Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Bert Carroll Composer
Greg Richards Composer
Freddy James Composer
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