The Bobby Sheen Anthology 1958-1975
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Title: The Bobby Sheen Anthology 1958-1975 CD
Artist: Bobby Sheen
Label: Ace
Catalogue #: CDCHD1257
Format: CD
Genre: Northern Soul, Southern & Deep Soul
Release Year: 2010
Condition: New & Sealed

01 Dr Love
02 I May Not Be What You Want
03 Sweet, Sweet Love
04 Something New To Do
05 Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah
06 Just Like That
07 How Many Nights (How Many Days)
08 How Many More Times
09 The Bells Of St Mary
10 A Little Bird Told Me
11 My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
12 White Cliffs Of Dover
13 The Shelter Of Your Arms
14 Come On And Love Me
15 Live Wire Suzie
16 Love Stealing
17 I Want You For My Sweetheart
18 Don't Make Me Do Wrong
19 Ding Dong (Saw Wood Mountain)
20 Don't Pass Me By
21 Magic Of A Dream
22 Baby I'll Come Right Away
23 She Taught Me What Love Really Is
24 Payback

The landscape of pop music is dotted with unsung heroes: brilliant artists who, for any number of reasons, were held back from stardom by the vagaries of the record business. Shortly before her amazing breakthrough, after 40 years of striving, Bettye Lavette attributed her obscurity to "snakebit luck". Nobody ever explained it better.

 

Bobby Sheen laboured long and hard in the music biz, amassing a tremendous body of work that went mostly unheard during his lifetime. His one moment in the Top 10 sun occurred under a pseudonym, and most casual fans would behard pressed to recognise his name. Ace is proud to remedy that situation with this sweeping survey of Sheen's recordings covering 18 years and a stunning variety of styles. Whether a solo artist or group frontman, whether doo wop or disco, soul or pop, Bobby Sheen delivered the goods.

 

The earliest tracks here were cut by Sheen as the lead vocalist of the Robins, the doo wop group he joined as a 16 year-old in 1958. By 1962 he was recording for producer Phil Spector, and we are proud to be able to include the Wall Of Sound classics 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' and 'The Bells Of St Mary", released as by Bob B Soxx & the Blue Jeans. Turning solo, Bobby joined Capitol Records in 1966, debuting with 'Dr Love', which became a Northern Soul favourite. A later stint at Warners yielded another dance floor-filler, 'Something new To Do'.

 

This compilation is the brainchild of the Ace A&R department's Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce, the guys who put together our recent anthology of the recordings by Sheen's friend and colleague Darlene Love. The accompanying 20-page booklet contains a 5,000-word essay by Dennis Garvey and a cornucopia of rare photos and memorabilia, much of it courtesy of Bobby's family. - Ace Records


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