October 28, 2016 Pet Sounds

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Petula Clark, My Love, Warner Brothers W-1630, 1966

Petula Clark was on a roll.  Mostly because her producer kept writing and recording some really great pop tunes that only she got to record.  Tony Hatch was to her what Brian Wilson was to The Beach Boys and the hits only dried up when they went their creative ways.

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Ms. Clark sometimes gets tagged as being a part of the British Invasion, but she really transcended that label.  Her music was much more popular on the Adult Contemporary charts than the Pop charts in the USA, even though she was hugely successful pop-wise.  In fact, the title track of this album made her the first British female to have two number one hits in the USA.  The follow up single, A Sign Of The Times, barely missed the the top 10, peaking at number 11.

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Beyond the hits, though, this isn’t much of an album to listen to.  It’s all pretty much a collection of material not strong enough to be released as a single, instead of anything done to advance Petula Clark’s career or music.  It’s kind of a shame, because she really can sing, but 50 years on, it is what it is.

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