Bobby Vee

Singles Collection

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It's about time that Bobby Vee, one of the most talented and successful of the early '60s teen idols, received something approaching the box set treatment. The British wing of EMI compiled Singles Collection, a three-disc set that collects the A- and B-sides of Vee's singles from 1959-1977. Groomed as Buddy Holly's replacement after his untimely death, Vee actually did capture the sound of Holly's final recordings when Holly was moving toward lushly orchestrated pop music. Vee could write songs but lacked Holly's supreme compositional skills and relied heavily on outside songwriters, including many of the greats, among them Sonny Curtis, John D. Loudermilk, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Snuff Garrett's production work, augmented with meticulous string and vocal arrangements, is always interesting and easy on the ears, and Vee's performance style distinctive and strong. The later singles, recorded after Vee's early-'60s commercial peak, find him trying out various styles in pursuit of a hit, including British Invasion sounds, adult contemporary balladry, country-pop, and country-rock, but most of the recordings are generally in line with his established style. A number of songs make their stereo and/or CD debuts, and four Italian language versions of Vee's hits appear as a bonus.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:50 Spotify
2 1:46 Spotify
3 1:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:02 Spotify
5 1:59 Spotify
6
2:04 Spotify
7 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:21 Spotify
9 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:11 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:04 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:06 SpotifyAmazon
14 1:59 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:11 Spotify
17 2:09 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:04 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:06 Spotify
21 2:02 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:08 Spotify
23 2:08
24 2:06 Spotify
25 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
26 1:54 Spotify
27
2:10 Spotify
28
1:48 Spotify
29
2:13 Spotify
30 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
31 2:16 Spotify
32 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
33 1:45 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:04 Spotify
3
2:39 Spotify
4 2:17 Spotify
5
2:18 Spotify
6
2:28 Spotify
7
2:23 Spotify
8
2:04 Spotify
9
2:27 Spotify
10
2:25 Spotify
11
2:10 Spotify
12
2:14 Spotify
13 2:31 Spotify
14 2:20 Spotify
15
2:14 Spotify
16
2:19 Spotify
17
2:34 Spotify
18 2:06 Spotify
19 2:12 Spotify
20
2:44
21
2:06 Spotify
22 2:21 Spotify
23 2:24 Spotify
24 2:36 Spotify
25 2:01 Spotify
26
2:25 Spotify
27 2:09 Spotify
28
2:27 Spotify
29 2:30
30 2:13 Spotify
31 2:16 SpotifyAmazon
32
1:46 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:09 Spotify
2
2:17 Spotify
3
2:10 Spotify
4
2:06 Spotify
5
2:14 Spotify
6 2:33 Spotify
7 2:07
8
2:48 Spotify
9
2:30 Spotify
10 2:41 Spotify
11 3:23 Spotify
12
3:13 Spotify
13 1:49 Spotify
14
2:12 Spotify
15 3:10 Spotify
16
2:43 Spotify
17 2:43 Spotify
18 2:22 Spotify
19 2:43 Spotify
20
2:38 Spotify
21 3:08 Spotify
22
3:28 Spotify
23 2:39 Spotify
24
3:05 Spotify
25 2:36 Spotify
26
2:51 Spotify
27
2:06 Spotify
28
2:02 Spotify
29 2:10 Spotify
30 2:18
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