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One person found this helpful. All of the recordings are updated meaning different then-new recordings of her Mercury hits, not the original hit recordings.
Think of this as an entirely new album, circa Patti's Columbia style at the time was more or less on par with early Barbara Streisand, Andy Williams, and Eydie Gorme', and reflects that general sound. The Columbia recuts have a larger brassier orchestra, the drum kit sometimes overwhelms, a full violin string sound on the left channel, drum, brass, and choral voices on the right. Patti's vocals are recorded without the usual period Columbia echo, and where she was double-tracked vocals on the Mercury, her voice is solo clean without the vocal overdub on the Columbia versions.
The sometimes country music suggestion of the Mercury songs muted steel guitar, say, on "Detour" is absent, in place the large club urban orchestra sound for the middle '60s on this album. Producer credit is to Bob Johnston. The arrangements do not approximate the overall feeling of the Mercury hits, so you can probably think of this an entirely new album, not an approximation of her Mercury hits recordings. You may notice track 4, "Detour. Patti's performance on these songs is absolutely flawless.
Her voice is at it's best, silky smooth and resonant. I'm a long time Patti fan and comparing these to the original hits is unfair. These recordings were definitely made to take advantage of song name value and Patti name value but Columbia was smart enough not to make mere copies of the originals.
My only disappointment was the bluesy feel of Tennessee Waltz but then again Patti has sung Tennessee Waltz thousands of times and I've heard it that many times too.
I'm always happy to pull out this CD to hear a different arrangement. If you buy this CD expecting it to be the original Mercury million sellers you will be disappointed. But if you buy it to hear Patti at her peak performance, you will be very satsified.
I bought this thinking it was the original recordings. It is not, they were re-recorded when Ms. Page went to Columbia. Turns out I like the Columbia version better. The Mercury disks suffer from poor original recording quality some of them were recorded before magnetic tape was available and poor digital mastering bad equalization, over emphasizing highs, etc.
The Columbia disk has very high sound quality and I really enjoy it. What no-one is mentioning here is that all the Patti hits here have been given dynamite, extremely stylish new arrangements by Marty Paitch. They are very slick, high-energy horn and string arrangements which give Patti a whole new verve and energy.
I have come to love this album, and now find the original 's arrangements somewhat stodgy by comparison. You can feel Patti really working to match Paitch's energy here and she does, with great aplomb and wit. This album is highly recommended for Patti lovers and for lovers of fine jazz orchestra arranging.
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Retrieved 8 January Patti Page.Apr 07, · This set is the CD reissue of the Columbia CS (stereo) Patti Page vinyl Lp album from October, All of the recordings are updated (meaning different) then-new recordings of her Mercury hits, not the original hit recordings. Think of this as an entirely new album, circa /5(14).