SOUNDS LIKE HITS – “No. 5” (Fontana SFL 13124) February 1969
All in all a strong collection of cover versions – the only numbers that don’t really do much for me are “Monsieur Dupont”, a painful novelty song recorded by Sandie Shaw and “Where Do You Go To”, I’m also not keen on the original by Peter Sarstedt. All personal taste of course.
The Move and both Bee Gees remakes stand out but my winner is “One Road”, an obscure top twenty hit for The Love Affair at the start of 1969.
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This album in the ‘Sounds Like Hits’ series is an excellent collection of the cover versions of titles which have been dominating the charts over the past six weeks.
“Blackberry Way” was recorded by The Move weeks before Christmas and after it’s release The Move threatened to split up if it failed. It made the number one position.
At last Glen Campbell has gained the recognition due to him. His recording of “Wichita Lineman” will no doubt be held up as one of the best sounds of pop for many years to come.
Following her failure with “Those Were The Days”, Sandie Shaw returns to the charts with “Monsieur Dupont” which is her first hit of 1969.
“Half As Nice” is a second number one record for The Amen Corner and if they continue with this high standard there will be a lot more.
The Bee Gees creative ability is confirmed by the number of artists who record their material and by the number of hits they have enjoyed themselves. “First Of May” is their seventh hit.
Four years ago “Dancing In The Street” was a hit for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Today it is another hit and only the great sounds of pop can do that.
Peter Sarstedt wrote “Where Do You Go To?” over a year ago and obviously it’s potential was hopelessly underrated – it’s currently top of the charts.
“Surround Yourself With Sorrow” is perhaps an unlikely title for a song by Cilla Black, as she is currently enjoying a popularity as never before – deservedly so too.
The Love Affair have finally quietened their noisy critics with their latest hit “One Road”, because no group has three hits in a row if completely devoid of talent.
Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations came together to record “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” and when two groups of such outstanding ability fuse chart success is a formality.
Joe South is undoubtedly one of the most underrated singer composers around at the moment. His talents have been richly rewarded with a big hit “Games People Play”.
“To Love Somebody” is yet another hit penned by the Gibb brothers of the Bee Gees and yet another hit for Nina Simone.
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