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Big Twenty: All the UK Top 40 Hits 1961-73

Big Twenty: All the UK Top 40 Hits 1961-73

by Gene PitneyGene Pitney


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The concept behind this compilation is to assemble all 20 of Gene Pitney's U.K. chart hits onto one CD. But while this naturally has very good music and includes a lot of his best songs, it's not synonymous with a greatest-hits collection. For a bunch of Pitney's biggest American hits didn't chart in Britain, particularly in his early career. That means this disc is missing a number of songs that most would think essential to any basic best-of, including "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Mecca," "Half Heaven -- Half Heartache," "Last Chance to Turn Around," and "She's a Heartbreaker." On the other hand, in addition to including some classics that were big hits on both sides of the Atlantic, it has a number of U.K. chart singles that didn't make it big in the U.S., like "Nobody Needs Your Love," "Just One Smile," and "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," though the handful of smaller-selling items from 1968-1970 aren't as good as either these three songs or his best earlier work in general. As is customary for the Ace label, the packaging and annotation are excellent. But those looking for one or two Pitney comps are truly better off going with Varese Sarabande's 25 All-Time Greatest Hits anthology, or with that and Varese Sarabande's More Greatest Hits, if they want to be more comprehensive. There's one obscure bonus here, though, in the use of the mono single version of "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday," which has extra vocal overdubs not present on the stereo album version.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2004
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667001922
catalogNumber: 1012
Rank: 110794


  1. (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
  2. Town Without Pity
  3. Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
  4. That Girl Belongs to Yesterday
  5. It Hurts to Be in Love
  6. I'm Gonna Be Strong
  7. I Must Be Seeing Things
  8. Looking Through the Eyes of Love
  9. Princess in Rags
  10. Backstage
  11. Nobody Needs Your Love (More Than I Do)
  12. Just One Smile
  13. (In The) Cold Light of Day
  14. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
  15. Somewhere in the Country
  16. Yours Until Tomorrow
  17. Maria Elena
  18. A Street Called Hope
  19. Shady Lady
  20. Twenty Four Sycamore

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Pitney   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Roger Atkins   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Bobbie Gentry   Composer
Roger Greenaway   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
George Tobin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia,Annotation,Cover Photo
Leslie Reed   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Fred Anisfield   Composer
Willie Denson   Composer

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