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Del Shannon

Del Shannon: Handy Man – The Best Of (1LP)

Del Shannon: Handy Man – The Best Of (1LP)

Del Shannon

  1. Runaway
  2. Hats Off To Larry
  3. So Long Baby
  4. Hey! Little Girl
  5. Cry Myself To Sleep
  6. The Swiss Maid
  7. Little Town Flirt
  8. From Me To You
  9. Two Kinds Of Teardrops
  10. Two Silhouettes
  11. Sue's Gotta Be Mine
  12. Mary Jane
  13. Handy Man
  14. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)
  15. Stranger In Town
  16. A World Without Love

About this release

Del Shannon was, without doubt, one of the most gifted and distinctive of musical talents to emerge in the immediate pre-‘British Invasion’ era of American Pop. His was a talent that travelled well – indeed, his UK and European fanbase proved far more loyal and his success in those territories of greater longevity than in his native USA. Moreover, he was also much admired by successive generations of musicians, including the likes of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. His songs, more often than not, essayed a bleak world of doomed romance, lovelorn disenchantment and existential gloom. Paradoxically, of course, those themes were frequently juxtaposed to surprisingly upbeat and bright-sounding melodies.

This sixteen-track LP features all of Del’s UK hits, eight of which reached the Top Ten, including the #1 hit “Runaway”, “Hey! Little Girl” and “The Swiss Maid” (both #2 hits), and “Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun)”, which reached #3. Also included are Del’s recordings of two Lennon/McCartney songs (“From Me To You” and “A World Without Love”). Del was the first US act to record a Beatles cover version. Pressed on 140g black vinyl.

The inner sleeve features extensive annotation by Alan Robinson.