Petula Clark

You'd Better Come Home

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The deep voice that begins Warner Brothers single #5643, Petula Clark's third U.S. hit "You'd Better Come Home" in the summer of 1965, was a bit of the style that she was successful with in Europe prior to her "overnight success" in the Americas. This two minute and fifty-six second Tony Hatch composition owes much to Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Dionne Warwick's earlier successes, and the Clark/Hatch team were not only aware of that style and the substance that brought Dionne so many hits, they emulated it as well as,

Petula tracking a superb Italian version of "Anyone Who Had A Heart" in Europe. The familiar Pet Clark vocal style is replaced with a "Message To Michael" phrasing as the singer makes it clear this individual can leave if he's not ready to give their relationship all. Problem is, he's probably already gone - and she wants him to come home, not only for the love, but for him to see the damage he's done. A little guilt along with the demands. "Baby come back to me, love me like you did before" runs along the lines of The Chantels' "Maybe" - or as '80's artist John Hovorka said about Janis Joplin's rendition of the Chantels hit, "maybe, but probably not." The strings and backing vocals get dramatic with the piano a la Bacharach/David, and it is dramatic in another way, a departure from the declarations that became the signature of Petula Clark's work. Even when she ventured into this world again with "Kiss Me Goodbye" three years later, it was with a new authority and self-affirming power. Here she is being someone else, and it is a good study, as well as being a fine listen.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Know a Place 1965 Sequel 2:52
The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1986 GNP 2:57
Her Greatest Hits 1998 2:52
The Classic Collection 1999 Castle Pulse 2:53
Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1999 Buddha Records 2:53
Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard 2000 Uptown / Universal 2:56
Legendary 2000 BMG 2:56
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2000 Pulse / Sanctuary 2:57
Downtown: The Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2001 Pulse 2:57
Complete Golden Hits Collection 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 2:56
Spirit of Today 2002 Castle Music Ltd. 2:56
The Ultimate Collection 2002 Sanctuary 2:53
Ultimate Petula Clark 2003 BMG Heritage 2:53
1965: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 2:50
Call Me: The Songs of Tony Hatch 2003 Castle / Sanctuary 2:50
Essential 2003 Metro 2:53
Don't Sleep in the Subway 2005 WMO (Netherlands) / Wonderful Music 2:56
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