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"Greatest Hits Of Petula Clark"
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A Sign Of The Times
Don't Sleep In
Let It Be Me
Colour My World
This Girl's In Love
Kiss Me Goodbye
I Couldn't Live
I Know A Place
The Other Man's Grass
Is Always Greener
Who Am I
This Is My Song
Round Every Corner
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"Greatest Hits Of Petula Clark"
Petula Clark was a popular British singer from the 1960s. Her biggest hit
was the #1 song "Downtown," (1965) and she would achieve a second #1 hit
a year later with "My Love." She would be more popular in other
countries, such as Europe, France and Germany. In later years and decades she
would appear in films, and on Broadway. Recently, she achieved the Commander
of the Order of the British Empire (1998), from Queen Elizabeth. A very
interesting career for Petula Clark, where many may not remember the name,
but her signature hit "Downtown" will always bring back memories for
those who remember, and those who would hear her song on television commercials
Record company GNP Crescendo released her Greatest Hits compilation
in 1986. GNP Crescendo had released many greatest hits compilation on vinyl,
and when CDs were first introduced in the late '80s, conversion of their
releases to CD were introduced to the market for sale. Another greatest hits
compilation I would have on vinyl (then later found on CD) was The Best of
John Lee Hooker, which was originally a two-disc vinyl album, released on
one CD. In both cases, the original songs are intact, which makes the fan of
either Hooker or Clark not to be disappointed if the songs were re-recorded
for CD, due to copyright conflicts.
Petula Clark's British and style sound is heard on popular hits such as
"Don't Sleep In The Subway," "Colour My World," "I Couldn't Live Without
Your Love" and "I Know A Place." Likewise on "A Sign
Of The Times," "Round Every Corner" and the impressive "Kiss Me
Goodbye," a song that is very entertaining with its orchestration.
"Let It Be Me," "The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener" and "This
Girl's In Love With You" (which would become a #1 vocal hit for Herb Alpert
-- "This Guy's In Love With You") has Petula Clark recording songs in an
entertaining style for what would later become Easy Listening. Other examples
of the Easy Listening style is heard on "Who Am I" and "You'd Better
Come Home." "Happy Heart" has a slight resemblance to Frank Sinatra's
"Fly Me To The Moon." "This Is My Song" has a Broadway-style atmosphere,
which could be a contender for a Broadway stage play.
This compilation of Petula Clark's Greatest Hits is a great look
at how British music was heard in the 1960s. Clark's style is not that as
of The Beatles so-to-speak, yet it has a distinctive British sound that would
be unique for her voice, and includes a very impressive orchestrational
background to support her. With the British Invasion occuring in the 1960s,
a British female singer by the name of Petula Clark would be also popular along
with the likes of her fellow British male counterparts.
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