You Gotta Believe It's...

You Gotta Believe It's...

by Sharon Tandy


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You Gotta Believe It's...

This 26-track compilation is a virtually complete collection of the 1965-1969 material this South African singer cut during her period as a British resident, including 17 songs from her 1966-1969 Atlantic singles (one of them cut as half of the duo of Tony & Tandy); her two 1965 Pye singles; and five previously unreleased tunes she cut at Stax in Memphis in 1966. (Unfortunately her sole Mercury single, from 1966, was unavailable for licensing.) Sharon Tandy was a blue-eyed soul singer rather in the mold of Dusty Springfield, both in terms of her voice and her versatility, blending various shades of soul, British pop, and even some tinges of mod-psychedelia. Her voice wasn't as exceptional as Springfield's, and she didn't record songs that were as memorable, though a couple would have been worthy hits. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable anthology of a worthwhile if minor performer, hitting its peak on a couple of songs on which she's backed by British mod band Fleur de Lys, "Hold On" (galvanizing soul-freakbeat) and "Daughter of the Sun" (on which she plays the part of something like a psychedelic witch). That's an avenue that, arguably, Tandy should have pursued further, both because she was good at singing harder soul-rock, and because it might have distinguished her from the numerous sub-Springfield women '60s pop
ock-soul singers in the British market. There are some other standout tracks here, though, like the straight Stax-like soul of "I Can't Get Over It"; the gentler, fully produced mid-'60s dramatic orchestrated pop of "Perhaps Not Forever" and "Hurtin' Me"; the sexy dance soul of "Hurry Hurry Choo Choo"; the very Sandie Shaw-like "The Way She Looks at You"; her fine, graceful cover of Lorraine Ellison's soul classic "Stay With Me"; and her cover of the Bee Gees' "World." Stax Records collectors might want to note that Booker T. & the MG's, Isaac Hayes, and the Memphis Horns back Tandy on seven of these tracks (the five 1966 outtakes and the single "I Can't Get Over It"/"Toe Hold"), and that one of those outtakes, "One Way Street," is an Isaac Hayes-David Porter composition that doesn't seem to have been recorded by anyone else. The disc is accompanied by voluminous liner notes, including detailed reminiscing by Tandy herself.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667423328
catalogNumber: 233
Rank: 38183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Tandy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Hill   Conductor
Johnny Arthey   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Petula Clark   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Graham Dee   Composer,Producer
Donnie Elbert   Composer,Producer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Ian Green   Arranger
Gordon Haskell   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Paul Clay   Producer
Tony Colton   Composer,Producer,Duet
Tony Cotton   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Mort Garson   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Wayne Jackson   Composer
Rod Lynton   Composer
Norman Newell   Composer
Carlos Olms   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Gerry Shury   Arranger
George David Weiss   Composer
Frank Fenter   Producer
Richard Hill   Arranger,Producer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Concept,Memorabilia
David H. Walters   Cover Photo
Phil Smee   Memorabilia
Bill Kimber   Composer
Raymond Smith   Composer,Producer
Sharon Tandy   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Johnny Arthey   Director
John Bromley   Composer
Mike Noble   Composer

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