Vikki Carr

It Must Be Him: The Best of Vikki Carr

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With 24 tracks from 1962-69, this is the best anthology of Vikki Carr's early career, covering the time when she rose to easy listening pop stardom with English-sung material in the United States, and predating the era in which she concentrated on the Spanish-language market. In addition to the huge hit title track, it also includes her two other late-'60s Top Forty singles, "The Lesson" and "With Pen in Hand," as well as a number of other songs that charted high in the easy listening listings at the time ("She'll Be There," "Don't Break My Pretty Balloon," "Eternity"). Certainly easy listening turned out to be her commercial forte, but a number of the more obscure tracks show she could have been a pop/rock singer had things turned out differently, particularly the little-known original version of "He's a Rebel." There's more orchestrated pop with mannered vocals than anything else, but other oddities of interest include the dramatic James Bond-like theme for "The Silencers"; the slightly Phil Spector-influenced production of the 1966 single "My Heart Remind Me (And That Reminds Me)"; and the 1967 45 rpm "(Walk in the) Sunshine," perhaps her best '60s single that didn't chart.

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