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Track Listing
CD1
1. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9015) 1954
2. I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY (OVER YOU) Roy Hamilton (Epic 9015) 1954
3. IF I LOVED YOU Roy Hamilton (Epic 9047) 1954
4. SO LET THERE BE LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9047) 1954
5. LAMENT Roy Hamilton (Epic 9061) 1954
6. EBB TIDE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9068) 1954
7. BEWARE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9068) 1954
8. HURT Roy Hamilton (Epic 9086) 1954
9. STAR OF LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9086) 1954
10. I BELIEVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9092) 1955
11. IF YOU ARE BUT A DREAM Roy Hamilton (Epic 9092) 1955
12. UNCHAINED MELODY Roy Hamilton (Epic 9102) 1955
13. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Roy Hamilton (Epic 9102) 1955
14. FORGIVE THIS FOOL Roy Hamilton (Epic 9111) 1955
15. YOU WANTED TO CHANGE ME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9111) 1955
16. A LITTLE VOICE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9118) 1955
17. ALL THIS IS MINE (TO HAVE AND TO HOLD) Roy Hamilton (Epic 9118) 1955
18. CUBAN LOVE SONG Roy Hamilton (Epic 9125) 1955
19. WITHOUT A SONG Roy Hamilton (Epic 9125) 1955
20. EVERYBODY'S GOT A HOME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9132) 1955
21. TAKE ME WITH YOU Roy Hamilton (Epic 9132) 1955
22. WALK ALONG WITH KINGS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9147) 1956
23. THERE GOES MY HEART Roy Hamilton (Epic 9147) 1956
24. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9160) 1956
25. SINCE I FELL FOR YOU Roy Hamilton (Epic 9160) 1956
26. I TOOK MY GRIEF TO HIM Roy Hamilton (Epic 9180) 1956

CD 2.
1. CHAINED Roy Hamilton (Epic 9180) 1956
2. A SIMPLE PRAYER Roy Hamilton (Epic 9203) 1957
3. A MOTHER'S LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9203) 1957
4. MY FAITH, MY HOPE, MY LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9212) 1957
5. SO LONG Roy Hamilton (Epic 9212) 1957
6. THE AISLE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9224) 1957
7. THAT OLD FEELING Roy Hamilton (Epic 9224) 1957
8. (ALL OF A SUDDEN) MY HEART SINGS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9232) 1957
9. I'M GONNA LOCK YOU IN MY HEART (AND LOSE THE KEY) Roy Hamilton (Epic 9232) 1957
10. DON'T LET GO Roy Hamilton (Epic 9257, UK Fontana H113) 1957
11. THE RIGHT TO LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9257, UK Fontana H113) 1957
12. CRAZY FEELIN' Roy Hamilton (Epic 9268, UK Fontana H143) 1958
13. IN A DREAM Roy Hamilton (Epic 9268, UK Fontana H143) 1958
14. LIPS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9274) 1958
15. JUNGLE FEVER Roy Hamilton (Epic 9274) 1958
16. WAIT FOR ME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9282) 1958
17. EVERYTHING Roy Hamilton (Epic 9282) 1958
18. PLEDGING MY LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9294, UK Fontana H180) 1958
19. MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9294, UK Fontana H180) 1958
20. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9301) 1959
21. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY Roy Hamilton (Epic 9301, UK Fontana H143) 1959
22. I NEED YOUR LOVIN' Roy Hamilton (Epic 9307, UK Fontana H143) 1959
23. BLUE PRELUDE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9307) 1959
24. TIME MARCHES ON Roy Hamilton (Epic 9323) 1959
25. TAKE IT EASY, JOE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9323) 1959
26. ON MY WAY BACK HOME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9342) 1959
27. A GREAT ROMANCE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9342) 1959

CD 3
1. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9354) 1959
2. NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN Roy Hamilton (Epic 9354) 1959
3. DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9354) 1959
4. I GET THE BLUES WHEN IT RAINS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9373) 1960
5. I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART Roy Hamilton (Epic 9373) 1960
6. PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9374) 1960
7. MY STORY Roy Hamilton (Epic 9374) 1960
8. SING YOU SINNERS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9376) 1960
9. BLOW, GABRIEL, BLOW Roy Hamilton (Epic 9376) 1960
10. THE CLOCK Roy Hamilton (Epic 9390) 1960
11. NEVER LET ME GO Roy Hamilton (Epic 9398) 1960
12. A LOVER'S PRAYER Roy Hamilton (Epic 9398) 1960
13. LONELY HANDS Roy Hamilton (Epic 9407) 1960
14. YOU CAN HAVE HER Roy Hamilton (Epic 9434, UK Fontana H298) 1961
15. ABIDE WITH ME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9434, UK Fontana H298) 1961
16. TO THE ONE I LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9443, UK Fontana H320) 1961
17. YOU'RE GONNA NEED MAGIC Roy Hamilton (Epic 9443, UK Fontana H320) 1961
18. NO SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9449) 1961
19. PLEASE LOUISE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9449) 1961
20. I'LL NEVER BE FREE Roy Hamilton (Epic EA-2) 1961
21. DREAMS OH DREAMS Roy Hamilton (Epic EA-2) 1961
22. DON'T COME CRYIN' TO ME Roy Hamilton (Epic 9492) 1962
23. IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN Roy Hamilton (Epic 9492) 1962
24. I'LL COME RUNNING BACK TO YOU Roy Hamilton (Epic 9520) 1962
25. CLIMB EV'RY MOUNTAIN Roy Hamilton (Epic 9520) 1962
26. I AM Roy Hamilton (Epic 9538) 1962
27. EARTHQUAKE Roy Hamilton (Epic 9538) 1962
Artist:
Roy Hamilton
Title:
The Singles Collection 1954-62 (3CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ACTRCD9076
Format:
CD
Price £11.99
• Roy Hamilton was one of the truly individual and innovative performers of the R&B and pop scene during the 1950s and early ‘60s as he combined his classically-trained vocal style and his roots in black gospel music to bring another dimension to interpretations of contemporary pop and R&B material as well as to classics of the Great American Songbook to achieve a string of pop and R&B hits during these years.

• Along the way, he also provided inspiration for R&B and soul singers who followed in his wake, most notably Brook Benton, for whom he was a significant mentor, and Sam Cooke, encouraging him to turn towards secular music. Elvis Presley also credited him with influencing his ballad-singing style, while the Righteous Brothers also drew on his hit repertoire.

• This great-value 80-track 3-CD set comprises almost all his A & B sides recorded for the Epic label during this era, and features all his sixteen career hits he achieved before his untimely death from illness in 1969, including the R&B No. 1s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Unchained Melody”, and the Top 10 classics “Ebb Tide”, “Hurt”, “If I Loved You”, “Don’t Let Go” and “You Can Have Her”.

• It’s a comprehensive introduction to an artist who has not received the attention or recognition over the years that his influence and success merits, and it offers a substantial and enjoyable showcase for a highly distinctive vocal talent.
Reviews For The Singles Collection 1954-62 (3CD)
Blues & Rhythm - Tony Watson
Expanding on Jasmine's double CD 52-tracker from 2010, the 80 tracks on this set will be embraced by the many collectors who appreciate Roy's golden voice… This excellent value set, with fine notes by Paul Watts, contains all the gems.
In Tune - Gerry Stonestreet
The collection is assembled with the usual care shown by the Acrobat label and I hope it does well although judging by the liner notes it seeks to position Hamilton as a kind of pre-soul pioneer rather than a standard era balladeer who never got the breaks he deserved.
Now Dig This - Pete Bowen
For rock'n'rollers the uptempo minoritty are perfectly acceptable, if sometimes a little pop… but what a talent.