The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966

The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966

by Del ShannonDel Shannon


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An underappreciated fact in Del Shannon's career is how he wound up racking up more big hit singles in the U.K. than he did in his American homeland. Yes, the same songs were big on both sides of the Atlantic -- "Runaway," "Hats Off to Larry," "Little Town Flirt," "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)" -- but Shannon had more Top Ten hits in the U.K., where "Hey! Little Girl," "The Swiss Maid," and "Two Kinds of Teardrops" all resided, and there were many others that showed up in the lower reaches of the Top 40. So, it makes sense that Ace decided there was a market for The Complete UK Singles (And More) 1961-1966, a double-disc set of the As and Bs Shannon released on London and Stateside during the first half the '60s. The "And More" comes from such quirks as the addition of "The Snake," a groovy instrumental by Maximilian that was mis-credited to Shannon on the initial singles of "Runaway," but the bulk of this collection simply serves up the straight singles he released during these six years. This was right during the height of the British Invasion, but Shannon kept racking up British hits because his sound lay somewhere between the teenage parties of the '50s and the swinging sounds of the '60s. All the minor chords, keening vocals, wailing organs, and insistent rhythms made Shannon sound thoroughly modern in the first half of the '60s, and listening to all these singles pile up one after another is a heady experience. After all these years, Del Shannon still sounds like no other rocker and this collection, with its odd turns and detours sitting next to the big hits, is perhaps the best place to appreciate his unique style.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2013
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667053426
catalogNumber: 6705342
Rank: 58010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Del Shannon   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Del Shannon   Composer,Producer
Dennis Coffey   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Max Crook   Composer
Bobby Freeman   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Cover Photo
Bill Ramal   Arranger
Rob Finnis   Memorabilia
Harry Balk   Producer
Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Vicki Fox   Sheet Music
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Stephen Friedland   Composer
Colm O'Brien   Sheet Music
Wilbur Meshel   Composer
Salvatore Trimachi   Composer
Phillip Barr   Composer
Maron Mackenzie   Composer
Henry Balk   Producer

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