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Reviews: Connie Francis: 26 Greatest Hits

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Review by breydon_music December 16, 2010 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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You had to be there I guess, and if Connie Francis lights your particular nostalgia button in a big way, I can guarantee that you will never have heard these tracks sounding so good. Ronnie Chan, who has masterminded a series of excellent remasters for Top Music, has certainly done wonders with the originals here.

That said, if you are not a Connie Francis fan, hold on! For a start this SACD is not what it says it is - there are only 10 hits here amongst 26 tracks, and of those only 3 - "Who's Sorry Now", "Stupid Cupid" and "Lipstick on your Collar" - could really be called "Greatest". Elsewhere you get some second rate, almost karaoke, covers of other people's country and western and rock and roll hits, and a few Italian songs of the sort that Dean Martin or Mario Lanza (depending on your bent!) did very much better indeed. Couple all that with recording quality that does scant justice to Francis' voice and you have a rag bag of very forgettable stuff indeed.

Given how much other late 50's stuff is out there, and given what a mind-blowing job the same team did with Ella and Louis, Nat King Cole and a host of others, the pity is that so much talent, time and technology was wasted on all of this.

The rating for sonics reflects the wonders Chan has worked on very dodgy originals. But, unless you're a Francis super-fan, keep your wallet zipped.

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Review by Lawrence Schulman December 17, 2010 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Whether one appreciates Connie Francis or not, one cannot go wrong with this new SACD. Povee Chan has done a splendid job remastering these sides, and in so doing retrieves natural and warm sound from these not-so-new recordings. No exaggerations, no thumping bass, no earth-shattering surround, but a wealth of detail and a real audio revelation.

LAWRENCE SCHULMAN

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Review by South Bend Toad January 5, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The problem with this issue seems to be the original recording with too much early 60's reverb. The style works wonderfully for Connie's classic "My Happiness." Some of the other tunes seem to have her singing in a phone booth, while the band is outside. The other recent Top Music releases have all been top notch, but this one gets only a qualified recommendation for a handful of the songs.

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