Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965

Suzie: The Hickory Anthology 1961-1965

by Sue ThompsonSue Thompson


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Although this 26-track compilation does have all five of Thompson's Top 40 pop hits ("Norman," "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)," "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," "Paper Tiger," and "Have a Good Time"), it's not a career-spanning best-of. It just covers her work at the Hickory label in the early to mid-'60s, leaving her subsequent country-oriented material for the company untouched. Because of its thorough look at her early Hickory years, however, it might be a more preferable listen for pop
ock-oriented fans than the chronologically wider-ranging (though shorter) The Very Best of Sue Thompson on Varese Sarabande, which tagged on a bunch of her duets with Don Gibson. Thompson is most known for her rather novelty-oriented polka-tempoed hits "Norman" and "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)," but in fact much of her output was very much in the orchestrated pop
ock and country field Brenda Lee was ploughing in the same era. You get both sides of the coin on this CD, and the Brenda Lee-like stuff actually holds up better -- the 1961 single "Angel, Angel," written by the great songwriting team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, is perhaps the most accurate Lee sound-alike ever done. Thompson doesn't measure up to Lee, though -- her voice and interpretive skills aren't in the same class, and nor is the material. So this is an inconsistent listen, and too long for non-collectors. But it does have some decent songs, including a few obscure ones by major songwriters like the Bryants, John D. Loudermilk, and Roy Orbison (though the latter's "Bad Boy" hardly rates among his finer moments). Thompson also gets into a strangely more soul-oriented groove on a few of the later cuts -- 1965's "Sweet Hunk of Misery" (an obvious Supremes imitation written by Fame Studios chief Rick Hall), the fairly decent gutsy rocker "It's Break-Up Time," and Loudermilk's "Paper Tiger."

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