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Del Shannon

Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12CD)

Stranger In Town: A Del Shannon Compendium (12CD)

Del Shannon

  1. Misery
  2. Daydreams
  3. His Latest Flame
  4. The Prom
  5. The Search
  6. Runaway
  7. I Wake Up Crying
  8. Wide Wide World
  9. I'll Always Love You
  10. Lies
  11. He Doesn't Care
  12. Jody
  13. The Swiss Maid
  14. Cry Myself To Sleep
  15. Ginny In The Mirror
  16. You Never Talked About Me
  17. Don't Gild The Lily, Lily
  18. I Won't Be There
  19. Hats Off To Larry
  20. The Answer To Everything
  21. Hey! Little Girl
  22. I'm Gonna Move On
  23. I Don't Care Anymore
  24. So Long Baby
  1. Two Kinds Of Teardrops
  2. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  3. Happiness
  4. Two Silhouettes
  5. She Thinks I Still Care
  6. My Wild One
  7. Runaround Sue
  8. From Me To You
  9. Kelly
  10. Hey Baby
  11. Go Away Little Girl
  12. Little Town Flirt
  13. The Wamboo
  14. Sue's Gotta Be Mine
  15. Now She's Gone
  16. Memphis, Tennessee
  17. That's The Way Love Is
  18. Ruby Baby
  19. I'll Be Lonely Tomorrow
  20. I Can't Fool Around Anymore
  21. Handy Man
  22. Crying
  23. Mary Jane
  24. A World Without Love
  25. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)
  26. Give Her Lots Of Lovin'
  27. Twist And Shout
  28. Time Of The Day
  29. Stains On My Letter
  30. Torture [version 1]
  31. Nothin'
  32. Froggy
  33. Pursuit
  1. Your Cheatin' Heart
  2. Kaw-Liga
  3. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  4. Honky Tonk Blues
  5. Lonesome Whistle
  6. You Win Again
  7. Ramblin' Man
  8. Hey Good Lookin'
  9. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
  10. Weary Blues From Waitin'
  11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  12. Cold, Cold Heart
  13. Stranger In Town
  14. She Cried
  15. Needles And Pins
  16. Broken Promises
  17. Why Don't You Tell Him
  18. Do You Wanna Dance?
  19. I Go To Pieces
  20. I'm Gonna Be Strong
  21. Rag Doll
  22. Over You
  23. Running Scared
  24. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)
  25. This Is All I Have To Give
  26. Break Up
  27. Move It On Over
  28. She Still Remembers Tony
  29. I Can't Believe My Ears
  30. I Wish I Wasn't Me Tonight
  31. Torture [version 2 – instrumental]
  1. The Big Hurt
  2. Kicks
  3. For A Little While
  4. Lightnin' Strikes
  5. When You Walk In The Room
  6. The Cheater
  7. Oh, Pretty Woman
  8. Everybody Loves A Clown
  9. Never Thought I Could [aka I Got It Bad]
  10. It's Too Late
  11. Hey! Little Star
  12. Action
  13. Under My Thumb
  14. Under My Thumb
  15. She Was Mine
  16. Where Were You When I Needed You
  17. The Joker Went Wild
  18. The Pied Piper
  19. Sunny
  20. Show Me
  21. Time Won't Let Me
  22. What Makes You Run
  23. I Can't Be True
  24. Summer In The City
  1. It's My Feeling
  2. Mind Over Matter
  3. Silently
  4. Cut And Come Again
  5. My Love Has Gone
  6. Led Along
  7. Life Is But Nothing
  8. Easy To Say Easy To Do
  9. Friendly With You
  10. He Cheated
  11. Runaway '67
  12. She
  13. Led Along [single version]
  14. Mind Over Matter [single version]
  15. Runaway '67 [single version]
  16. He Cheated [single version]
  17. The Letter
  18. Silently [single version]
  19. Stand Up
  20. The House Where Nobody Lives
  21. Something To Write Home About
  22. Never Be The Same
  23. Deadly Game
  1. Thinkin' It Over
  2. Be My Friend
  3. Silver Birch
  4. I Think I Love You
  5. River Cool
  6. Colour Flashing Hair
  7. Gemini
  8. Runnin' On Back
  9. Conquer
  10. Been So Long
  11. Magical Music Box
  12. New Orleans (Mardi Gras)
  13. Leaving You Behind
  14. Raindrops
  15. You Don't Love Me
  16. Comin' Back To Me
  17. Sweet Mary Lou
  18. Sister Isabelle
  19. Colorado Rain
  20. How Can I Tell You?
  21. Southern Part Of Town
  22. She's Got Soul
  23. Good Love
  24. Sun Don't Shine (Drip Drop)
  25. Anita (I'm Walking On Fire)
  26. Reason To Believe
  1. Hats Off To Larry
  2. Handy Man
  3. The Swiss Maid
  4. Hey! Little Girl
  5. Little Town Flirt
  6. Kelly
  7. Crying
  8. Two Kinds Of Teardrops
  9. Coopersville Yodel
  10. The Answer To Everything
  11. Keep Searchin' (We’ll Follow The Sun)
  12. What's A Matter Baby?
  13. So Long Baby
  14. Runaway
  15. What's A Matter Baby
  16. Early In The Morning
  17. Oh, How Happy
  18. Something To Believe In
  19. Something To Believe In
  20. In My Arms Again [mono]
  21. Tell Her No
  22. Restless
  23. Cry Baby Cry
  24. She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
  25. Since I Fell For You [demo with Max Crook 1973/4]
  26. Raylene [demo with Max Crook 1973/4]
  1. Best Days Of My Life
  2. Love Letters
  3. Till I Found You
  4. Raylene
  5. One Track Mind
  6. Black Is Black
  7. Oh, Pretty Woman
  8. Another Lonely Night
  9. Amanda
  10. Love Don't Come Easy
  11. Today I Started Loving You Again
  12. Sea Of Love
  13. Life Without You
  14. Out Of Time
  15. Sucker For Your Love
  16. To Love Someone
  17. Drop Down And Get Me
  18. Maybe Tomorrow
  19. Liar
  20. Never Stop Tryin'
  21. Midnight Train
  22. Cheap Love
  23. Distant Ghost
  24. Help Me
  1. Stranger On The Run
  2. Stranger On The Run
  3. What Are You Going To Do With That Beautiful Body Of Yours
  4. In My Arms Again [new version]
  5. She's Always On My Mind
  6. Little By Little
  7. You Can't Forgive Me
  8. Nobody's Business
  9. Part Time Lover
  10. Broken Down Angel
  11. Miss You Like I Do
  1. Walk Away
  2. Who Left Who
  3. Are You Lovin' Me Too
  4. Callin' Out My Name
  5. I Go To Pieces
  6. Lost In A Memory
  7. I Got You
  8. What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am?
  9. When I Had You
  10. Let's Dance
  11. Hot Love
  12. One Woman Man
  13. Nobody's Business
  14. You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
  15. Songwriter [demo]
  16. It's A Lie [live – unreleased song 1979]
  17. Runaway (Crime Story version)
  1. Little Oscar
  2. Living In Misery
  3. Angel Of Love
  4. Could Be, Can't Tell, Don't Know
  5. What's The Use (In Trying)
  6. This Feeling Called Love
  7. This Is All I Have To Give
  8. Happiness
  9. She's Your Girl
  10. One More Time
  11. Face Of An Angel
  12. Johnny's Got The Blues
  13. I Fell In Love With You
  14. Condemned To Die (Version #1)
  15. I Guess I'll Never Really Know
  16. A Girl Of My Own
  17. Time Marches On
  18. Daydreams
  19. Wishing On A Star (Counting Stars At Night)
  20. Honey Bee (Version #1)
  21. Lies
  22. He Doesn't Care
  23. The Prom
  24. Honey Bee (Version #2)
  25. Condemned To Die (Version #2)
  26. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
  27. Runaway
  28. Jody
  29. One Kiss
  30. Pepsi Commercial #1
  31. Pepsi Commercial #2
  32. Pepsi Commercial #3
  33. Pepsi Commercial #4
  1. The Things She Said
  2. I Can't Let You Go
  3. Just You
  4. If She Were My Girl
  5. For A Little While
  6. This Feeling Called Love
  7. It's Funny
  8. She
  9. Where Is She
  10. I've Got Eyes For You
  11. Did I See What I Think I Saw
  12. Makin's Of A Heartache
  13. I'm Going Through It Too (Table Reserved For The Blues)
  14. Pardon Me (I Guess I'm In The Way)
  15. Pardon Me
  16. The Jury
  17. Deep In The Valley
  18. I Never Caught Her Name
  19. Thunder And Lightning
  20. The Wedding (There Goes Billy)
  21. Rest Your Mind
  22. Lorrayne
  23. Wrong Day, Wrong Way
  24. Table Reserved For The Blues
  25. Pardon Me
  26. Queen Of The Honky Tonks
  27. Flat No. 3 [previously unreleased demo, 1963]
  28. Take Me Back [previously unreleased demo]
  29. Here Comes That Fool in Love Again [previously unreleased demo, 1964]

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 302-track 12 CD set is a compendium of the entirety of Del Shannon’s career, from his hits in the early 60s, via his mid-60s recordings with Andrew Loog Oldham, to his 70s and 80s recordings with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, as well as Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds. It also includes all of his mid-80s “Nashville Sessions” recordings, most of which are issued for the first time, plus b-sides, demos and a further eight previously unreleased tracks. The 28 page booklet features photos and ephemera, plus extensive annotation by Alan Robinson.

This set contains 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.