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Album: Big Twenty: All the UK Top 40 Hits 1961-73
# Song Title   Time
1)    (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
2)    Town Without Pity
3)    Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
4)    That Girl Belongs to Yesterday
5)    It Hurts to Be in Love
6)    I'm Gonna Be Strong
7)    I Must Be Seeing Things
8)    Looking Through the Eyes of Love
9)    Princess in Rags
10)    Backstage
11)    Nobody Needs Your Love (More Than I Do)
12)    Just One Smile
13)    (In The) Cold Light of Day
14)    Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
15)    Somewhere in the Country
16)    Yours Until Tomorrow
17)    Maria Elena
18)    Street Called Hope, A
19)    Shady Lady
20)    Twenty Four Sycamore
 

Album: Big Twenty: All the UK Top 40 Hits 1961-73
# Song Title   Time
1)    (I Wanna) Love My Life Away
2)    Town Without Pity
3)    Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
4)    That Girl Belongs to Yesterday
5)    It Hurts to Be in Love
6)    I'm Gonna Be Strong
7)    I Must Be Seeing Things
8)    Looking Through the Eyes of Love
9)    Princess in Rags
10)    Backstage
11)    Nobody Needs Your Love (More Than I Do)
12)    Just One Smile
13)    (In The) Cold Light of Day
14)    Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
15)    Somewhere in the Country
16)    Yours Until Tomorrow
17)    Maria Elena
18)    Street Called Hope, A
19)    Shady Lady
20)    Twenty Four Sycamore
 
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  • Photographer: Tony Rounce.
  • The concept behind this compilation is to assemble all 20 of Gene Pitney's U.K. chart hits onto one CD. But while this naturally has very good music and includes a lot of his best songs, it's not synonymous with a greatest-hits collection. For a bunch of Pitney's biggest American hits didn't chart in Britain, particularly in his early career. That means this disc is missing a number of songs that most would think essential to any basic best-of, including "Only Love Can Break a Heart," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Mecca," "Half Heaven -- Half Heartache," "Last Chance to Turn Around," and "She's a Heartbreaker." On the other hand, in addition to including some classics that were big hits on both sides of the Atlantic, it has a number of U.K. chart singles that didn't make it big in the U.S., like "Nobody Needs Your Love," "Just One Smile," and "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," though the handful of smaller-selling items from 1968-1970 aren't as good as either these three songs or his best earlier work in general. As is customary for the Ace label, the packaging and annotation are excellent. But those looking for one or two Pitney comps are truly better off going with Varese Sarabande's 25 All-Time Greatest Hits anthology, or with that and Varese Sarabande's More Greatest Hits, if they want to be more comprehensive. There's one obscure bonus here, though, in the use of the mono single version of "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday," which has extra vocal overdubs not present on the stereo album version. ~ Richie Unterberger
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