GENE PITNEY – GREATEST HITS SERIES VOL. 1 (HALLMARK SHM 842) 1974

24 Hours From Tulsa

It seems that poor old Gene Pitney has had his day in the sun. No one appears to be that interested in his music anymore. Apart from one or two of his 45s I’ve got no idea what his early sixties records sound like. But I’m about to find out because I bought three Pitney’s and found another one mistakenly hidden away in one of the covers.

Back cover liners:

Gene Pitney has won many gold discs, yet it’s ironical to recall that this all-time international singing Superstar once found record company doors closed to him because he sounded “just another singer”.

Happily Gene proved the so-called experts wrong and in doing so exercised another of his talents, that of a songwriter. For his first single “I Want To Love My Life Away” was written and sung by Gene and, quite apart from producing the finished product, he also played drums, piano and guitar. When the single was released the charts found a new name and popular music had discovered a talent that wasn’t merely restricted to the current pop climate.

The business awareness that Gene has always brought to his career means that he hasn’t only been providing first class entertainment for his fans but has also secured himself a high place on the international entertainment scene.

His own efforts helped bring about the enduring British fan success when “24 Hours From Tulsa” broke in the UK and Gene stayed on to promote it actively. Similar success stories followed in Italy, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand and certainly where there has been a market Gene has followed it up by recording in the language of the nation.

This collection, which takes its title from his fourth Golden Disc, written by Bacharach and David, is undoubtedly a favourite with all Pitney fans. But then so are tracks like “It Hurts To Be In Love”, “True Love Never Runs Smooth” and the many other Pitney classics that make this a musical portrait of someone who isn’t just another singer, because there isn’t another singer who can make songs like these sound quite so good.

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Inside the cover of the Pitney album was another one which had been filed away in error. So this one is a freebie. It turned out to be a later pressing of the Hallmark collection on Pickwick Records, released during 1984.

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