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Steve Lawrence
"The Best Of Steve Lawrence"

© Taragon Records

Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Pretty Blue Eyes
  • I Hear A Rhapsody
  • There'll Be Some
    Changes Made
  • Loving Is A Way
    Of Living
  • Somebody Else Is
    Taking My Place
  • Why Why Why
  • Footsteps
  • You're Everything
  • (I Don't Care)
    Only Love Me
  • You're Nearer
  • You Don't Know
  • Come Back Silly Girl

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    "The Best Of Steve Lawrence"

    Steve Lawrence returns to the WSVNRadio review with his compilation of hits from his years at ABC Paramount (1959-1960). As a kid, I had one of his hits on 45 rpm vinyl -- "Footsteps"/"You Don't Know." Taragon Records would release this compilation, likewise his hits on the Coral label, Songs By Steve Lawrence. Easy Listening and the early sound of Rock n Roll best describes Lawrence's music on his Best Of.

    "Pretty Blue Eyes" has the typical 1950s pop style, likewise "Footsteps," and "Why Why Why." There are many songs consisting of a crooning styles. Frank Sinatra and/or Bobby Darin comes to mind on songs such as "I Hear A Rhapsody" (Sinatra), "There'll Be Some Changes Made" (Darin), "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place" (Sinatra/Darin; nice big band sound on this one). Another nice big band sound and having the Bobby Darin style is "You're Everything Wonderful."

    Steve Lawrence defines his own crooning style on songs such as "Loving Is A Way Of Living," "You're Nearer" and "You Don't Know." "(I Don't Care) Only Love Me" is very impressive, havving a jumpy Easy Listening sound, and the closing tune, "Come Back Silly Girl" has a slight Harry Belafonte style; another nice Easy Listening style.

    The Best Of Steve Lawrence, likewise Songs By Steve Lawrence are good collections in discovering his music. Surprsingly, his most famous hit, "Go Away Little Girl" (which reached #1), is not on either compilation. That song would be found on a greatest hits collection, featuring both himself and his wife, Eydie Gorme. The early 1950s sound and styles of Sinatra and Darin are covered mostly throughout this set, and for those who enjoy Easy Listening, and Big Bands will enjoy this compilation.

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