Petula Clark

Treasures, Vol. 1

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When this title was initially available, it was one of the only domestic North American collections to highlight Petula Clark's premier sides, some of which date back to the mid-'60s. Presumably, producers of Treasures, Vol. 1 (1992) planned subsequent installments, although they never materialized. The primary impetus for enthusiasts interested in this anthology are the inclusion of songs from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Curious consumers should be aware that several of these are re-recordings of key album tracks and a few minor hits. For instance, the readings of "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "The Gyspy" are not the mid- '70s renderings, but rather more modern productions by Tony Scotti. This title is equally notable for the trio of previously unavailable cuts as well. "Oxygen," "I Like What I'm Looking At," and "City Of Dreams" were all initially issued here. Interestingly, the Nik Kershaw penned "Oxygen" was a 1991 project that featured collaborative efforts from none other than Michael Jackson, who considered himself a "superfan" and was eager to encourage Clark to go back into the recording studio with the hopes of introducing her to new generations of pop music lovers. Without question, other highlights are the original prominent platters "Don't Sleep In The Subway," "I Know A Place," and "American Boys," all of which are the familiar Vogue Records versions. By 2000, Clark's voluminous back catalog had been almost entirely restored onto CD and a seemingly infinite number of full-length compilations, nearly doubling the 40-minute run time of Treasures, Vol. 1.

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