Whatcha Gonna Do? Singles, Rarities and Unreleased 1963-1966

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The split of Billie Davis' 1960s recordings between three different labels seems to have made it impossible to compile a truly definitive retrospective of her work, which would take two CDs if it were to be complete. Should you want everything she recorded between her two separate stints with Decca Records, however, this compilation is exemplary, even if its omission of that Decca material (which included all three of her British chart hits) means that this shouldn't be mistaken for a best-of. All of her 1963-1966 singles for Columbia and Piccadilly (including her duets as half of Keith & Billie) are on this 28-track anthology, along with five previously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The split of Billie Davis' 1960s recordings between three different labels seems to have made it impossible to compile a truly definitive retrospective of her work, which would take two CDs if it were to be complete. Should you want everything she recorded between her two separate stints with Decca Records, however, this compilation is exemplary, even if its omission of that Decca material (which included all three of her British chart hits) means that this shouldn't be mistaken for a best-of. All of her 1963-1966 singles for Columbia and Piccadilly (including her duets as half of Keith & Billie) are on this 28-track anthology, along with five previously unreleased 1963 cuts (two studio outtakes and three live performances). These show Davis to be a singer worthy of attention by serious British Invasion fans, yet not one who was quite good enough to demand re-investigation by less intense specialists. Influenced by both girl group and soul, she had a perky, girlish, vibrato-heavy sound that wasn't far off the standards of, say, Lulu. Yet she was clearly not in the same league as Lulu either vocally or in terms of the quality of the material she recorded. Some of the tracks are dull or hindered with cheaper, more dated early-'60s British pop production than the likes of Dusty Springfield or Lulu ever had to overcome. Still, there are some very good songs here, like the sassy, swaggering "Whatcha Gonna Do" -- the one track here you could peg as a should-have-been hit that never was -- and its swinging, infectiously catchy girl group-ish B-side, "Everybody Knows." Other singles (like 1966's "Just Walk in My Shoes"/"Ev'ry Day") showed her gravitating toward credible blue-eyed soul, and "The Last One to Be Loved" is a good and sumptuously orchestrated cover of a Bacharach/David song that's highly reminiscent of Dionne Warwick's mid-'60s recordings -- no real surprise, since Warwick herself recorded it too. The duets with Keith Powell (billed to Keith & Billie), however, were tame soul-pop tunes that undermined her strengths. The liner notes give a good account of Davis' career during this hitless period, and if you pick this up in conjunction with the compilation Tell Him: The Decca Years, you'll have everything you need to hear by the singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929532625
  • Catalog Number: 326
  • Sales rank: 113,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Mike Sarne (1:34)
  2. 2 Sweet Nothin's (2:41)
  3. 3 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (3:54)
  4. 4 Tell Him (2:02)
  5. 5 It's So Funny I Could Cry (2:16)
  6. 6 You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry (1:57)
  7. 7 Bedtime Stories (2:51)
  8. 8 You and I (1:44)
  9. 9 That Boy John (2:31)
  10. 10 Say Nothin' Don't Tell (2:06)
  11. 11 School Is Over (2:43)
  12. 12 Give Me Love (2:41)
  13. 13 Whatcha Gonna Do - Billie Davis & the Leroys (2:42)
  14. 14 Everybody Knows - Billie Davis & the Leroys (2:18)
  15. 15 The Last One to Be Loved (3:17)
  16. 16 You Don't Know (2:52)
  17. 17 No Other Baby (3:14)
  18. 18 Hands Off (2:14)
  19. 19 When You Move You Lose - Keith & Billie (2:41)
  20. 20 Tastes Sour Don't It - Keith & Billie (2:44)
  21. 21 Heart and Soul (2:22)
  22. 22 Don't Take All Night (3:04)
  23. 23 You Don't Know Like I Know - Keith & Billie (2:22)
  24. 24 Two Little People - Keith & Billie (2:52)
  25. 25 That's Really Some Good - Keith & Billie (1:43)
  26. 26 Swingin' Tight - Keith & Billie (2:27)
  27. 27 Just Walk in My Shoes (2:31)
  28. 28 Ev'ry Day (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Davis Primary Artist
Alan Tew Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Rufus Thomas Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Ronnie Self Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Priscilla Bowman Composer
Hal David Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
David Porter Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Terry Shand Composer
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Dickie Bishop Composer
Mark Barkan Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Walter Spriggs Composer
Jay Mac Composer
Billie Davis Composer
Kieron Tyler Liner Notes
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