Sandie Shaw

Love Me, Please Love Me/The Sandie Shaw Supplement

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Sandie Shaw's two weakest albums shouldn't make a very good CD when paired together, but somehow this compilation, part of EMI's 60's 2 on 1 series, sort of works -- at least, gathering all of Shaw's pop music digressions (as opposed to pop/rock) of 1967-1968 into one place allows the music to have a fighting chance, without competing with her more suitable pop/rock sides. This is still a collection primarily intended for completists, but with 24-bit remastering it does sound great, and her renditions of songs such as "Smile" and "I Get a Kick Out of You," or the Dixieland-flavored "Yes, My Darling Daughter," are not uninteresting, just not what most of Shaw's fans wanted or expected -- think of Sandie Shaw trying to turn into Petula Clark and one sees the inherent weaknesses and incongruity, but not total impossibility. The material off of The Sandie Shaw Supplement is closer to what was regarded as appropriate for Shaw, including a cool rendition of "Satisfaction," stuck right up against a less ambitious but enjoyable version of the Bee Gees' "Words." Stephen Wright's essay on the EMI CD, justifying the Supplement album, is an excellent defense of the work and, coupled with the good sonic workmanship on the CD itself, might even make a few converts who would admit to the music's worth, limited though it is.

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