Petula Clark

Greatest Hits [BR Music]

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For someone who is regarded in America as a one-hit wonder, Petula Clark had a surprisingly long run as a singer in no less than three languages -- English, German, and French -- beginning in 1954 and ending after she tried to redo her best singles in 1988. This collection, a budget-priced set, contains 20 of her authentic greatest hits; there are no redone versions here. In addition to the music, there is a difficult-to-decipher but nonetheless accurate chart of all of Clark's charting records from 1954 on, and a list of her LPs -- surprisingly few in comparison. Along with "Downtown," which mercifully kicks off the disc, there are her versions of "The Windmills of Your Mind," "The Show Is Over," "Call Me," "Don't Give Up," "Round Every Corner," "My Love," and of course, "Happy Heart." There are many more from the Clark/Hatch collaboration as well as a version the Charlie Chaplin classic "This Is My Song" from 1967. Virtually every song from Clark's glory years, from 1965 to 1967, is here, and the rest are the moments when the flames shot up and were embraced by the charts -- in some country. It's true that Clark's voice and material are not everyone's cup of tea, but there is a certain appeal that cannot be denied; one listen to the airy, blustery empathy in "Call Me" (one of the most perfect pop songs ever written) should be proof enough.

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