20 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Culling the best songs from five of Georgie Fame’s studio albums recorded between 1967 and 1971, this 1996 compilation does a great job of sequencing the cream of his crop to play with a cohesive flow. “The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde” from his 1968 album by the same name opens with a whimsical take on old Dixieland R&B, interspersed with sound effects of police sirens and mobsters. The following cover of Burt Bacharach’s “This Guy’s in Love with You” returns Fame to the buttery-smooth jazz-pop that he’s known for, with an exquisitely arranged string section and a nice little melancholic horn solo. He turns Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son” into a brass-blasting mod-groover before transforming The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” into a loungy little slice of melodramatic balladry tinged with Tropicália instrumentation. Fame’s take on Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood” retains the song’s strong Stax soul sound, which made for a Carnaby Street club favorite back in swinging London’s heyday.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Culling the best songs from five of Georgie Fame’s studio albums recorded between 1967 and 1971, this 1996 compilation does a great job of sequencing the cream of his crop to play with a cohesive flow. “The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde” from his 1968 album by the same name opens with a whimsical take on old Dixieland R&B, interspersed with sound effects of police sirens and mobsters. The following cover of Burt Bacharach’s “This Guy’s in Love with You” returns Fame to the buttery-smooth jazz-pop that he’s known for, with an exquisitely arranged string section and a nice little melancholic horn solo. He turns Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son” into a brass-blasting mod-groover before transforming The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” into a loungy little slice of melodramatic balladry tinged with Tropicália instrumentation. Fame’s take on Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood” retains the song’s strong Stax soul sound, which made for a Carnaby Street club favorite back in swinging London’s heyday.

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