Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Frank Ifield...Sings Country and Classics

This 30 track album includes all 12 tracks from the super-rare Yours Sincerely album. All cuts were made in the 1950s for Regal Zonophone and Columbia in Sydney and some of Australia's best known session players are featured.

Frank Ifield is well remembered for his big hits of the 60s, including "I Remember You", "The Wayward Wind" and "Nobody's Darling But Mine". Collectors will be aware that his albums always included a substantial number of country songs. Most do not know he recorded more than 40 sides over several years before coming to England in 1959.
This album - compiled and noted by Paul Hazell - explores Frank's super-rare Australian recordings from the 1950s. His country roots are strongly evident and fiddle, accordian and steel are heard on some tracks. Following his early releases on Regal Zonophone 78s, Columbia began issuing 45rpm singles and encouraged Frank to include a percentage of standards and popular songs.

This album presents 30 tracks from that period that have never been released outside Australia before. Most have never been available anywhere since the original 45s and 78s. All the recordings have been digitally processed with meticulous care by Bruce Bastin in Crows Nest, Sydney so that sound quality is excellent. Ballads, country songs, hymns, yodels and familiar classics are all presented here in this superb package. 

The track "True" was Frank's first crossover hit - issued only in Australia - and presents words sung to the theme from Swan Lake with a 50s pop backing. At the other end of the spectrum, "Yodelling Mad" presents Frank with just his own guitar accompaniment, showing off some of the old guitar runs and yodels he learned from old-time artistes like Tex Morton, Tim McNamara and Slim Clark.

Track Details:
I've Got A Feelin' / Unchained Melody ++/ That Lucky Old Sun ++/ Yerranderie / No Need To Cry Anymore / Deep Purple ++/ Will I Ever / Since You Went Away / Kaw Liga ++/ Molly Darling / Troubled Heart / These Hands ++/ Put Me In Your Pocket / You Better Not Do That / Autumn Leaves ++/ Serves You Right / Legend Of The Robin's Red Breast ++/ That Old Feeling ++/ Yodelling Mad / Sad Am I / Don't Do That / Pale Moon ++/ I'll Be Yours / Gypsy Heart / Guardian Angel ++/ Maybe I'll Cry Over You / True ++/ Gold Digger Blues / I Believe ++/ Chip Off The Old Block

++ indicates tracks from the Columbia 33rpm LP "Yours Sincerely" 

1 comment:

  1. Well ..what can a old Aussie friend say about this very fine cd .. ???

    A BIG THANKS !!!!!