miércoles, 29 de julio de 2009

Timi Yuro: Volume 2 - The Voice That Got Away (1996)

If you want more Yuro than what you can find on The Lost Voice of Soul, this 26-track compilation is the next stop. Drawn primarily from her Liberty material (from both the early and late '60s), it also has a few obscure '70s sides that hold up much better than expected. B-sides, non-hit singles, and album tracks abound, and the songs are of nearly equal quality to her more celebrated performances. It also showcases her remarkable versatility, which may have been both an asset and a hindrance, as listeners found it difficult to match a solid musical identity with that magnificent voice. She does blue-eyed soul, orchestral pop ballads, pop-rock, and country with assurance, but rarely latches onto a classic bit of material. There are original songs here, but also great covers of ‘It's Just a Matter of Time’ (Brook Benton), ‘I'll Never Fall in Love Again’ (Tom Jones), ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ (Sam and Dave), ‘Hallelujah I Love Him So’ (Ray Charles), ‘I Apologize’ (originally recorded by Bing Crosby in 1931 and revived by Billy Eckstine in 1951, but a sixties hit for P J Proby - Timi's version was the B-side of Hurt so pre-dates P J Proby), ‘All My Love Belongs to You’ (Little Willie John), ‘If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody’ (an American hit for James Ray and a British hit for Freddie and the Dreamers) and ‘I Waited Too Long’ (LaVern Baker). There are only two country songs here, these being ‘I Just Got Back from There’ (Billy Walker) and ‘When You Were Mine’ (Justin Tubb). The 52 tracks on The Lost Voice of Soul! and The Voice That Got Away still remain the most comprehensive study of Timi's music available. http://www.allmusic.com/, http://www.amazon.com/

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