2-CD Cap-Box with 60-page booklet, 58 tracks. Playing time approx. 2 hrs 47 mns.
Two CDs provide a superb collection of alternative takes recorded by Johnny Tillotson at Cadence Records. The set offers Johnny Tillotson fans and collectors an opportunity to hear the differences between early and later takes. The material focuses on the first six years of Johnny Tillotson's recording career.
Bear Family Records is proud to present this most welcome entry in its series of Studio Outtakes releases that now includes the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Billy Riley, Gene Vincent and Janis Martin.
Johnny Tillotson is an international star who secured 26 entries on the 'Billboard' charts between 1958 and 1965. His biggest hit was Poetry In Motion which peaked at #2 in the States but managed to secure the number one position in the UK where it spent the first three weeks of 1961 at the top of the charts.
These recordings, the great majority of which are released for the first time, give the listener the opportunity to hear songs develop in the studio. Some appear without later overdubs and orchestral backings that were included on the recordings first time round. A major highlight is the discovery of previously unheard versions of Poetry In Motion recorded in New York with King Curtis on sax. This version was recorded a short time before the 'hit' version, cut in Nashville with Boots Randolph. Alternative takes of the Randolph version are also included.
Another major find is an unissued song in Please Help Me I'm Falling, recorded four months after the Hank Locklin hit recording.
Johnny Tillotson's final single for Cadence was Judy, Judy, Judy c/w You Can Never Stop Me Loving You, and this package boasts not only an alternative take of the released master of the latter but also a take from a second session on the song with a different arrangement.
Favorites like Judy, Judy, Judy, Out Of My Mind, Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, Dreamy Eyes, Princess, Princess, Why Do I Love You So and Earth Angel are all present, many more than once.
Several of these outtakes have survived in stereo when the released masters did not!
A special addition is the very rare recording Johnny Tillotson made with Genevieve in 1958. I'm Never Gonna Kiss You is reissued for the first time on this collection.
Yes, Bear Family is extremely proud to present this collection of wonderful recordings by Johnny Tillotson who, together with his wife Nancy, has supported the project throughout its development.