25 All-Time Greatest Hits CD (1999)

Artist: Gene Pitney

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The ultimate Gene Pitney Greatest Hits Collection. This 25-song anthology contains every significant Billboard and UK hit by Gene. Includes 16 Top 40 hits, ten top 10 UK hits. Eight page booklet with photos from Gene Pitney's personal collection as well as detailed liner notes.


Label Uni/varese Sarabande
SKU 60062271
UPC 030206600223
UPC 14 00030206600223
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/1999
Author Gene Pitney
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Compilation Appearance Rock & Roll: first 50 Years: early 60s
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits:1962
Compilation Appearance Anyone Who Had A Heart
Compilation Appearance Romancing The 60S
Compilation Appearance Amazing Early 60s Box:88 Hard To Find
Compilation Appearance Legendary Voices
Compilation Appearance Hairspray
Associated Artist/Work Jones, George
Associated Artist/Work Orbison, Roy
Artist Influence Buddy Holly
Artist Influence Carl Perkins (Rockabilly)
Artist Influence Eddie Cochran
Artist Influence Elvis Presley
Artist Influence Frank Sinatra
Artist Influence Gene Vincent
Artist Influence Jerry Lee Lewis
Artist Influence Johnny Mathis
Artist Influence Johnny Ray (Country)
Artist Influence Phil Spector
Artist Influence Rick Nelson
Artist Influence The Coasters
Artist Influence The Drifters (US)
Artist Influence The Platters
Artist Influence Tony Bennett
Artist Contemporary Andy Williams
Artist Contemporary B.J. Thomas
Artist Contemporary Billy Joe Royal
Artist Contemporary Bobby Darin
Artist Contemporary Bobby Vee
Artist Contemporary Bobby Vinton
Artist Contemporary Brenda Lee
Artist Contemporary Brian Hyland
Artist Contemporary Buddy Holly
Artist Contemporary Burt Bacharach
Artist Contemporary Chris Isaak
Artist Contemporary Danny Williams
Artist Contemporary Del Shannon
Artist Contemporary Donnie Brooks
Artist Contemporary Dusty Springfield
Artist Contemporary Eddie Cochran
Artist Contemporary Elvis Presley
Artist Contemporary Harry Nilsson
Artist Contemporary Jack Jones
Artist Contemporary Jay & the Americans
Artist Contemporary Lesley Gore
Artist Contemporary Lou Christie
Artist Contemporary Neil Sedaka
Artist Contemporary P.J. Proby
Artist Contemporary Paul Anka (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Contemporary Roy Orbison
Artist Contemporary Steve Alaimo
Artist Contemporary The Everly Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Righteous Brothers
Artist Contemporary The Walker Brothers
Artist Follower Billy Joe Royal
Artist Follower Chris Isaak
Artist Follower Cyndi Lauper
Artist Follower Dusty Springfield
Artist Follower Engelbert Humperdinck (Vocal)
Artist Follower Johnny Rivers (Pop)
Artist Follower Marc Almond
Artist Follower Michael Fracasso
Artist Follower Neil Diamond
Artist Follower Nick Cave
Artist Follower Smokey Robinson
Artist Follower The Statler Brothers
Technical Info
CatalogID 6002
Lable Name Var?se Vintage
Released 03/23/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00030206600223
Album Notes and Credits
Producers include: Phil Spector, Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold, Gene Pitney, Stan Kahan.
Compilation producers: Carey E. Mansfield, Steve Massie, Mike Ragogna.
Recorded between 1961 & 1968. Includes liner notes by Mike Ragogna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Remasterer: Daniel Hersch.
Liner Note Author: Mike Ragogna.
Recording information: 1962-1970.
Photographer: Gene Pitney.
Arrangers: Alpa; Garry Sherman; Gary Geld; Chuck Sagle; Helen Miller; Howard Greenfield; Teacho Wiltshire; Peter Udell; Burt Bacharach; Charlie Foxx.
This takes the highlights of Varese's earlier More Greatest Hits and Rhino's Anthology and sweats it all down to one scintillating single disc with 25 All-Time Greatest Hits. All of Gene Pitney's biggies are here ("24 Hours to Tulsa," "Town Without Pity," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "It Hurts to Be in Love," "Only Love Can Break a Heart," the original "Hello, Mary Lou"), along with rarities like "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," and it all stands as a monument to Pitney's enormous talent, both as an emotional purveyor of song and a brilliant arranger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. With 16 Top 40 hits and another ten Top Ten U.K. hits, this becomes the perfect one-stop-shopping must-have to round up a bunch of great Gene Pitney music. ~ Cub Koda
Artist Overview
With his urgent, keening voice and pathos-ridden songs, Gene Pitney had some huge hits in the early 1960s ("Town Without Pity," "Only Love Can Break a Heart"), all just a little off-kilter and sinister, and was by far the most substantive of the era's teen idols. He was equally successful as a songwriter for other artists, though. Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou" and the Crystals' "He's a Rebel" bore Pitney's name, as did songs recorded by everyone from Roy Orbison to Nick Cave. Along the way, the eclectic, unpredictable Pitney recorded albums of country music and Italian songs, and even played on an early Rolling Stones session. He died in 2006.
Disc 1
1 Love My Life Away, (I Wanna)
2 Every Breath I Take
3 Town Without Pity
4 Hello Mary Lou
5 Liberty Valance, (The Man Who Shot)
6 Only Love Can Break A Heart
7 If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)
8 Half Heaven, Half Heartache
9 Mecca
10 True Love Never Runs Smooth
11 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
12 That Girl Belongs To Yesterday
13 It Hurts To Be In Love
14 Lips Were Redder On You
15 I'm Gonna Be Strong
16 I Must Be Seeing Things
17 Last Chance To Turn Around
18 Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
19 Princess In Rags
20 Backstage (I'm Lonely)
21 Nobody Needs Your Love
22 Just One Smile
23 Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
24 She's A Heartbreaker
25 Yours Until Tomorrow

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