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James Darren
Complete Singles & Albums 1958-62 (2CD)
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Price £9.99
James Darren was an actor turned pop star who scored his first hit in 1959 with the title song of his surf movie Gidget. His screen and recording careers then went hand in hand until, in 1961, he had the biggest hit of his career with the US No.3 Goodbye Cruel World, following it up with the No.6 Her Royal Majesty. This 57-track collection comprises all his US A- and B-sides on the Colpix label during these years along with all the tracks from his albums James Darren No.1, Sings The Movies, Love Among The Young and Sings For All Sizes not otherwise released on singles. It’s a comprehensive set that brings together numbers recorded during the first five years of his pop career and helped establish him as a top-class entertainer.
Reviews For Complete Singles & Albums 1958-62 (2CD)
In Tune (331) - Gerry Stonestreet
“This collection with the satisfying word 'complete' in its title rounds up everything from his early years and illustrates very clearly the tug of war between recording kiddie pop material and the aim to appeal to the more mature LP market. Although this collection does contain everything he recorded during this period, it is worth pointing out, as is made plain in the excellent liner notes, that his LPs were a bit of a hotchpotch of previously released singles along with newly recorded material.”