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Del Shannon

Del Shannon: Handy Man – The Best Of (2CD)

Del Shannon: Handy Man – The Best Of (2CD)

Del Shannon

  1. Runaway
  2. Hats Off To Larry
  3. Hey! Little Girl
  4. So Long Baby
  5. The Answer To Everything
  6. He Doesn't Care
  7. Wide Wide World
  8. His Latest Flame
  9. Misery
  10. Ginny In The Mirror
  11. I Won't Be There
  12. Cry Myself To Sleep
  13. The Swiss Maid
  14. You Never Talked About Me
  15. Little Town Flirt
  16. Kelly
  17. From Me To You
  18. World Without Love
  19. Two Silhouettes
  20. Sue's Gotta Be Mine
  21. That's The Way Love Is
  22. Two Kinds Of Teardrops
  23. Memphis
  24. Mary Jane
  25. Handy Man
  26. I'll Be Lonely Tomorrow
  27. Do You Wanna Dance
  28. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)
  29. I Go To Pieces
  30. Why Don't You Tell Him
  31. Needles And Pins
  32. Rag Doll
  33. Over You
  34. Broken Promises
  1. Stranger In Town
  2. Break Up
  3. Move It On Over
  4. I Can't Believe My Ears
  5. I Wish I Wasn't Me Tonight
  6. For A Little While
  7. She
  8. The Big Hurt
  9. Under My Thumb
  10. The Letter
  11. Show Me
  12. Led Along
  13. Mind Over Matter
  14. Cut And Come Again
  15. Runaway '67
  16. Thinkin' It Over
  17. Gemini
  18. Raindrops
  19. Sister Isabelle
  20. What's A Matter Baby
  21. And The Music Plays On
  22. Sea Of Love
  23. To Love Someone
  24. Cheap Love
  25. Life Without You
  26. Callin' Out My Name
  27. Walk Away

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 61 track 2CD set contains an overview of the entirety of Del Shannon’s career, from his hits in the early 60s, via his mid-60s recordings with Andrew Loog Oldham and Jimmy Page, to his 80s recordings with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne.

This set 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, and later covered the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb”. Also included is his song “Sister Isabelle”, later covered by Frank Black & Teenage Fanclub for a John Peel session.

The booklet features photos and extensive annotation by Alan Robinson.