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Gale Garnett
"We'll Sing In The Sunshine"

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March 27 - 02, 2022

Year of Release: 1997
Rating:
  • I Know You Rider
  • Take This Hammer
  • Oh Brandy Leavve Me Alone
  • Malakia
  • Little Man Nine Years Old
  • I Came To The City
  • Pretty Boy
  • Wanderin'
  • Prism Song
  • We'll Sing In The Sunshine
  • Sleep You Now
  • Fly Bird
  • Lovin' Place
  • St. James Infirmary
  • God Bless The Child
  • Excuse Me Mister
  • We'll Sing In The Sunshine
    (Hit Version)

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    Gale Garnett is best known for her hit, "We'll Sing In The Sunshine." On Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, it was #1 for 7 weeks, in 1964.

    Where most artists known for only one hit, some consider them a "one-hit wonder." But, as this "compilation" proves, that Garnett also recorded other songs. Sure, they probably weren't big as the song she was best known for, but it's good to learn that there were other recordings made. Actually, this "compilation" consists of her first album, My Kind Of Folk Songs - all 12 songs, with five bonus tracks. (Released by Collectables Records, this label has releaesd "compilations" of artists, consisting of a complete original album, with or without bonus tracks.) Gale Garnett recorded nine albums, from 1964 to 1969. She also ventured into movies, radio, television and author throughout her career, spanning over 50 years, from the 1960s to the early 2000s. She is still with us, as she is currently 79 years old.

    The album starts off with a very catchy upbeat tune, "I Know You Rider," which could pass as a Country tune. Likewise, "Take This Hammer." Both these songs are quite different than her "Sunshine" tune, and very impressive.

    "Oh Brandy Leave Me Alone" is more of a folk tune, and matches the style/format of the "Sunshine" tune. Add "Malaika," a song that has the tropical style to it. "Little Man, Nine Years Old" has more of the "Easy Listening" style, likewise folk. "I Came To The city" is a song that could easily been recorded by Harry Belafonte. It's another "different sounding" tune, that you heard on "We'll Sing In The Sunshine." "Pretty Boy" could also be another Belafonte tune.

    "Wanderin'" is smooth. It could be a Blues tune, maybe Country. It's kind of Patsy Cline'ish. Another impressive tune. A nice spoken word by Gale on the next track, regarding a prism she received. Written by her, "Prism" is another track that matches "Wanderin'." It's kinda bluesy, another good, impressive tune. "Sleep You Now" easily fits the style of her most biggest hit. "Fly Bird" is another "tropical styled" tune.

    The next five songs are "bonus tracks," taken from future album releases. "Lovin' Place" would be the title of her second album, released in 1965. It's another impressive Pop song. The next three songs were from her third released album, The Many Faces Of Gale Garnett, also released in 1965: "St. James Infirmary" -- the famous song that many Blues artists have covered. Gale's version is more on the Pop style, quite different than the Blues artists have recorded. Making her version her own, yet it's the other Blues artists' versions that are most remembered.

    The famous "God Bless The Child" was covered by Gospel/Christian artists, such as Mahalia Jackson. (Another version was by Blood, Sweat & Tears.) Garnett's version is very pleasant; as she makes her version her own. "Excuse Me Mister" has the Pop/Tropical style, as heard on many tunes previous. The last bonus track is the "Hit Version" of the song that she is known for -- "We'll Sing In The Sunshine."

    Gale Garnett's music has that "Wow" factor, as it fits the Oldies format. You could easily agree that there were other songs that could just be better than her "Sunshine" song. Maybe these other songs were "hits" or not -- These songs should not be overlooked. Sure, she will always be known for "We'll Sing In The Sunshine," but she had other songs that just could have been other hits in her career. And in looking at her Wikipedia page, she did have other singles, but they never stood out as her "Sunshine" songs. That's too bad, because there are some very impressive tunes on this CD. The first 12 songs were from her debut album, My Kind Of Folk Songs. I disagree that all of these songs are really not folk songs. But that doesn't change the final review of these 12 songs. They are Folk, Pop, Tropical, and just a touch of Country and Blues. And her singing voice was quite good on each recording. With the bonus tracks, you could also see that she kept recording more good material. If you like the Oldies format, you will enjoy the music of Gale Garnett.




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