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

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

by Billie Davis
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929532625
catalogNumber:
326
Rank:
87072

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Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. Sweet Nothin's
  3. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  4. Tell Him
  5. It's So Funny I Could Cry
  6. You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  7. Bedtime Stories
  8. You and I
  9. That Boy John
  10. Say Nothin' Don't Tell
  11. School Is Over
  12. Give Me Love
  13. Whatcha Gonna Do
  14. Everybody Knows
  15. The Last One to Be Loved
  16. You Don't Know
  17. No Other Baby
  18. Hands Off
  19. When You Move You Lose
  20. Tastes Sour Don't It
  21. Heart and Soul
  22. Don't Take All Night
  23. You Don't Know Like I Know
  24. Two Little People
  25. That's Really Some Good
  26. Swingin' Tight
  27. Just Walk in My Shoes
  28. Ev'ry Day

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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