Classic Song Book
Dionne Warwick was not able to make as much of an impression on the charts in Great Britain in the 1960s as she did in her native U.S., points out annotator David Shrimpton, because U.K. artists like Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield would cover her American hits before she had a chance to put them out in Europe. Even after she began to release her records simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic, as of "Walk on By" in the spring of 1964, British disc jockeys favored homegrown talent. Still, Warwick was able to place seven singles in the U.K. charts in the '60s. Six of them are on this compilation ("[Theme From] Valley of the Dolls" is the exception), which nevertheless isn't really a hits collection, even though it contains many of Warwick's popular recordings. Rather, the compilation is devoted to a "classic song book" of standards, some of them associated with Warwick (in addition to those British hits, songs like "I Say a Little Prayer" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," which were U.S. hits), some of them just well-known ("For Once in My Life," "Summertime," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"). Thus, this is not the album to buy to hear Warwick's greatest hits, but instead provides the listener with Warwick's interpretations of some great songs, a number of which happened to be hits for her. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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