Notes: Gene's recent passing was coincidental with my choosing this record for the Gallery. I had a hankering for a little Liberty Valance recently and this is the record that came off of the shelf. As Judith gushes on the cover (she "really flipped" when asked to pen the liner notes back in those far off days of 1963) these are the hits that helped spread Gene's vocal talents across the globe.
Chock full of the type of tunes that made Gene a heart-throb among the teen set it's a pretty good record. We get the smash hits like Liberty Valance and Town Without Pity and the writing talents of Bacharach-David, Goffin-King (did she start writing tunes at age 6 or what?) and a few Pitney originals as well (did you know that Hello Mary Lou came from his pen?). Maybe a little too saccharine for today's discriminating teen, at the time this was a collection of world wide proportions. With cover notes by the president of his fan club and a front cover shot of a few of his adoring fans this is a fine addition to your pre-hippie 60's collection. Toss another quarter in the jukebox would'ja? And come on now, could you get anymore clean cut than that trio on the front cover. titlehough the one on the left looks a little old for that sailor suit.