White Sox, Pink Lipstick...And Stupid Cupid: Connie Francis in the 1950s

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone who thinks they appreciate Connie Francis probably doesn't know half of what she could do as a singer -- this five-CD box will set them straight. The revelation of disc one lies in the fact that the three included demos and the other "failures" from her early career are all worthwhile, even inspired recordings. Francis had a superb voice, richly emotive and evocative, with an alluringly delicate enunciation when she wanted it. Listening to these sides today, one hears an extraordinary talent that was ignored until "Who's Sorry Now." After that, things really get going, because Francis was working under a contract that nobody -- not even Frank Sinatra -- had: the right...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone who thinks they appreciate Connie Francis probably doesn't know half of what she could do as a singer -- this five-CD box will set them straight. The revelation of disc one lies in the fact that the three included demos and the other "failures" from her early career are all worthwhile, even inspired recordings. Francis had a superb voice, richly emotive and evocative, with an alluringly delicate enunciation when she wanted it. Listening to these sides today, one hears an extraordinary talent that was ignored until "Who's Sorry Now." After that, things really get going, because Francis was working under a contract that nobody -- not even Frank Sinatra -- had: the right to choose her own material. Disc two picks up her career after the explosive success of "Who's Sorry Now"; these are more confident performances, and reveal Francis as not only a dazzlingly talented singer but an excellent judge of songs and arrangements. Disc three showcases Francis' efforts in the long-player market, where she was really aiming her best work. The outstanding material here is the product of her February 1959 New York sessions and the sessions a month later at Abbey Road in London; here she's starting to sound like a female analog to Sinatra, just when Sinatra was at his coolest and swinging-est. But at this point, it was the rock & roll singles that were moving, and she cut a whole album of standards in that genre, represented on Disc four; also featured are her country sides. Disc five is mostly made up of unissued tracks and various alternate takes. They're all first-rate, and a few should have been hits and could have redefined her career. The lavish booklet and the detailed notes and sessionography cap this reissue, which puts Polygram's efforts with Francis to shame.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051156169
  • Catalog Number: 15616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Didn't I Love You Enough? (2:26)
  2. 2 Freddy (2:43)
  3. 3 (Oh Please) Make Him Jealous (2:29)
  4. 4 Goody Goodbye (2:35)
  5. 5 Are You Satisfied? (2:39)
  6. 6 My Treasure (2:52)
  7. 7 My First Real Love (2:47)
  8. 8 Believe in Me (Credimi) (2:43)
  9. 9 Forgetting (2:30)
  10. 10 Send for My Baby (2:30)
  11. 11 I Never Had a Sweetheart (2:48)
  12. 12 Little Blue Wren (2:19)
  13. 13 Everyone Needs SomeOne (2:51)
  14. 14 My Sailor Boy (2:41)
  15. 15 No Other One (2:35)
  16. 16 I Leaned on a Man (2:28)
  17. 17 Faded Orchid (2:18)
  18. 18 Eighteen (2:14)
  19. 19 My Sister's Clothes (2:30)
  20. 20 The Majesty of Love (2:34)
  21. 21 You, My Darlin' You (2:04)
  22. 22 Who's Sorry Now? (2:20)
  23. 23 You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling in Love) (2:21)
  24. 24 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:43)
  25. 25 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2:24)
  26. 26 The Wheel of Fortune (3:53)
  27. 27 How Can I Make You Believe in Me (3:35)
  28. 28 You Belong to Me (3:22)
  29. 29 Daddy's Little Girl (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (2:31)
  2. 2 I Cried for You (2:58)
  3. 3 You Always Hurt the One You Love (2:26)
  4. 4 I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) (2:35)
  5. 5 Lock up Your Heart (2:33)
  6. 6 Heartaches (2:34)
  7. 7 I'm Nobody's Baby Now (2:24)
  8. 8 My Melancholy Baby (3:54)
  9. 9 I Miss You So (2:37)
  10. 10 It's the Talk of the Town (2:55)
  11. 11 If I Had You (2:48)
  12. 12 How Deep Is the Ocean? (2:24)
  13. 13 Carolina Moon (2:35)
  14. 14 Stupid Cupid (2:17)
  15. 15 Happy Days and Lonely Nights (2:11)
  16. 16 Fallin' (2:18)
  17. 17 You're My Everything (2:43)
  18. 18 My Happiness (2:30)
  19. 19 Don't Speak of Love (2:23)
  20. 20 Love Eyes (2:55)
  21. 21 Never Before (2:49)
  22. 22 In the Valley of Love (2:08)
  23. 23 Time After Time (3:14)
  24. 24 Blame It on My Youth (2:57)
  25. 25 How Did He Look? (3:40)
  26. 26 That's All (3:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Toward the End of the Day (2:43)
  2. 2 I Really Don't Want to Know (3:07)
  3. 3 No One to Cry To (2:43)
  4. 4 If I Didn't Care (2:47)
  5. 5 If You Love Me Tonight (2:27)
  6. 6 If You Love Me Tonight (2:26)
  7. 7 Come Rain or Come Shine (2:20)
  8. 8 All by Myself (2:32)
  9. 9 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (3:43)
  10. 10 The Song Is Ended (2:04)
  11. 11 There Will Never Be Another You (1:56)
  12. 12 Melancholy Serenade (3:39)
  13. 13 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (2:31)
  14. 14 Hallelujah, I Love Him So (3:02)
  15. 15 My Thanks to You (3:39)
  16. 16 The Bells of St. Mary's (2:37)
  17. 17 Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You (2:25)
  18. 18 A Garden in the Rain (3:12)
  19. 19 Try a Little Tenderness (3:55)
  20. 20 Goodnight Sweetheart (3:09)
  21. 21 Cruising Down the River (2:28)
  22. 22 I'll Close My Eyes (3:32)
  23. 23 I'll Close My Eyes (3:36)
  24. 24 The Very Thought of You (3:53)
  25. 25 These Foolish Things (4:25)
  26. 26 A Tree in the Meadow (3:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Gypsy (3:06)
  2. 2 Now Is the Hour (2:39)
  3. 3 You're Gonna Miss Me (2:46)
  4. 4 Frankie (2:21)
  5. 5 Lipstick on Your Collar (2:32)
  6. 6 Oh, Frankie (2:24)
  7. 7 I Almost Lost My Mind (2:38)
  8. 8 I'm Walkin' (2:02)
  9. 9 Just a Dream (2:56)
  10. 10 Heartbreak Hotel (2:05)
  11. 11 I Hear You Knockin' (2:23)
  12. 12 Tweedle Dee (2:31)
  13. 13 Ain't That a Shame (2:16)
  14. 14 It's Only Make Believe (2:33)
  15. 15 Sincerely (2:53)
  16. 16 Don't Be Cruel (1:44)
  17. 17 Bye Bye Love (2:25)
  18. 18 Earth Angel (3:12)
  19. 19 Hearts of Stone (1:57)
  20. 20 Silhouettes (2:48)
  21. 21 Plenty Good Lovin' (2:06)
  22. 22 Singing the Blues (2:18)
  23. 23 My Special Angel (2:54)
  24. 24 Tennessee Waltz (2:55)
  25. 25 Let Me Go Lover (2:37)
  26. 26 Young Love (2:37)
  27. 27 Half as Much (2:49)
  28. 28 Anytime (2:47)
  29. 29 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:23)
  30. 30 Cold, Cold Heart (2:44)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Peace in the Valley (3:37)
  2. 2 Too Young (2:56)
  3. 3 Temptation (2:23)
  4. 4 You Made Me Love You (4:15)
  5. 5 Prisoner of Love (3:36)
  6. 6 Young at Heart (3:34)
  7. 7 It's Not for Me to Say (3:16)
  8. 8 Thinking of You (2:54)
  9. 9 That's My Desire (3:22)
  10. 10 Because of You (3:19)
  11. 11 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) (2:57)
  12. 12 April Love (4:01)
  13. 13 Cry (3:25)
  14. 14 God Bless America (2:47)
  15. 15 Among My Souvenirs (3:12)
  16. 16 Snap Dragon (2:26)
  17. 17 No One (3:48)
  18. 18 The Tiger and the Mouse (2:07)
  19. 19 Forgetting (2:27)
  20. 20 Lock up Your Heart (2:30)
  21. 21 My Melancholy Baby (3:50)
  22. 22 No One (3:21)
  23. 23 The Tiger and the Mouse (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Connie Francis Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Bert Jansch Composer
Rudy Vallée Composer
Ian Gillan Composer
Teena Marie Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Jackie Gleason Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Glen Moore Composer
Carroll Gibbons Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Roger Glover Composer
Jon Lord Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Foy Willing Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Fontaine Brown Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Rick Cartey Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Carol Joyner Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Steven Kirk Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Arthur Lee Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Harry Meyerson Producer
J.D. Miller Composer
Kurt Neumann Composer
Ian Paice Composer
Tony Rich Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Frank Slay Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Curley Williams Composer
Alex Rybeck Composer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Russ Columbo Composer
William Ruhlmann Biographical Information
R.A. Andreas Photo Illustration
Milton Subotsky Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Pearl King Composer
George Norton Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Herbert "Happy" Lawson Composer
Kent Robbins Composer
Gladys Shelley Composer
Brad Boobis Composer
Bobby Burke Composer
Alessandro Cicognini Composer
James Dyrenforth Composer
Anthony September Composer
John Dentato Composer
Al Hill Composer
Ted Gray Composer
Peter Pan Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Chilton Price Composer
Churchill Kohlman Composer
Horatio Nicholls Composer
Horace Gerlach Composer
Neil Nephew Composer
Duke Enston Composer
George Goehring Composer
Mark "Moose" Charlap Composer
Scott Sheets Composer
Washington Composer
Gisela Guenther Composer
Ginger Grey Composer
N. J. Clesi Composer
Lannie Grey Composer
Sam Llanas Composer
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