Cilla Black

The Best of Cilla Black [Parlophone]

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By the fall of 1968, Cilla Black had scored 14 chart entries in the U.K., of which eight had hit the Top Ten and two had gone to number one. This 14-track British compilation contains 11 of those songs, including all but one of the Top Tens. Her singles began with "Love of the Loved," a Beatles cast-off in their Merseybeat style, but she really hit her stride copying Dionne Warwick on "Anyone Who Had a Heart," and went on to score all her hits in a melodramatic ballad style, with lots of strings and heartbreak. She is thus in a category with contemporaries like Dusty Springfield and Lulu, but unlike them, she never showed much taste for rock or blues, moving instead unerringly to the middle of the road. As a result, today she seems not much more than a footnote in the history of the Beatles.

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