Colour My World: Songs of Tony Hatch

Colour My World: Songs of Tony Hatch


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For a time, Tony Hatch defined British pop -- not the underground, not the vanguard, but the savvy, swinging sound of the go-go '60s in the U.K., a splashy sound that could appeal to both the young and the old. His greatest muse was Petula Clark, and her hits "Downtown," "Colour My World," and "A Sign of the Times" epitomize Hatch's gifts: propulsive rhythms that don't rock too hard dressed in the fanciest, frilliest studio trickery and delivered by a polite, charismatic singer who never seemed dangerous. Ace's 2014 compilation Colour My World: The Songs of Tony Hatch celebrates his heyday, offering 23 cuts from the '60s plus two '70s instrumentals from the Tony Hatch Orchestra. As comprehensive as this is, it doesn't have every noteworthy artist Hatch produced -- his singles with David Bowie, commercial duds all, are absent -- but most of the hits are here, including four hits from Clark, several from Jackie Trent (who was also Hatch's wife), the Searchers' "Sugar and Spice," Chris Montez's "Call Me," and the Vogues' "You're the One." Occasionally, Colour My World illustrates how Hatch could play it straight, stripping away the stylish rock & roll accouterments to wander down the middle of the road with Jack Jones, Matt Monro, and Bobby Rydell, but having these cuts interspersed with the livelier, teen-oriented hits helps this compilation feel like a robust portrait of mainstream pop: it's possible to hear what the mainstream sounded like, and also to hear how Hatch expanded that definition with his rhythms and rich orchestrations. (Also, in this context, it's plain to see how Scott Walker, represented here by "Joanna," came closer to MOR than rock at the start of his solo career.)

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667059428
catalogNumber: 1226325
Rank: 63553


  1. Colour My World
  2. A Step in the Right Direction
  3. You're the One
  4. Call Me
  5. That's How it Goes
  6. A Sign of the Times
  7. Sounds of the 70s
  8. I Know a Place
  9. Heart
  10. You've Got to Be Loved
  11. Love is Me, Love is You
  12. Who Am I
  13. Love Found a Way to My Heart
  14. Where Are You Now
  15. If You Ever Leave Me
  16. Joanna
  17. Lonely Without You
  18. Downtown
  19. 7.10 From Suburbia
  20. Man Alive
  21. I Love the Little Things
  22. Look for a Star
  23. Forget Him
  24. Sugar and Spice
  25. Sportsnight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Hatch   Conductor
Marty Paich   Conductor

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Director
Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer
Petula Clark   Composer
Bob Leaper   Director
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Ted Cooper   Producer
Luchi de Jesus   Arranger
Tony Hatch   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Jim Pierson   Photo Courtesy
Jackie Trent   Composer
Johnny Douglas   Arranger,Director
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Johnny Scott   Director
Eric Charge   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Colm O'Brien   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
David Bell   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
George Aber   Composer
Cenci-Hakim   Producer

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