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The Best of P.J. Proby
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Album: The Best of P.J. Proby: The EMI Years (1961-1972)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Try to Forget Her
2)    Hold Me
3)    Cuttin' In
4)    Somewhere
5)    Just Like Him
6)    Answer Me
7)    What's on Your Mind
8)    I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore
9)    My Prayer
10)    Mission Bell
11)    If I Loved You
12)    Maria
13)    Quando Tornera
14)    I Can't Make It Alone [Alternate Mono Single Version]
15)    Niki Hoeky
16)    Mama Told Me Not to Come
17)    Give Me Time
18)    I'm Comin' Home
19)    And the Sun Will Shine
20)    Delilah - (previously unreleased)
21)    Today I Killed a Man (I Didn't Know)
22)    Daddy's Home
23)    I'm Ahead If I Can Quite While I'm Behind - (previously unreleased)
24)    Clown Shoes
25)    We'll Meet Again
 
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Stephen Munns.
  • A native Texan, P.J. Proby had to relocate to England to find musical success, and he did it just as the British Invasion era was starting, finding the charts with energetic and soulful songs like "Hold Me." Proby was hardly a jingle-jangle mop top, though, and he had a strong theatrical side to his singing style, and he soon was sounding more like Tom Jones than any of the Beatles. Unfortunately, Proby's odd, dramatic singing style was at best an acquired taste, and at his worst, he sounded overblown and bombastic, if not downright bad. This generous single-disc collection draws key tracks from Proby's EMI years (1961 to 1972), and features "Hold Me" and his biggest American hit, "Niki Hoeky," which charted in 1967, among many others, including his British singles, some B-sides, key album tracks, and a couple of previously unreleased sides. The end result is an interesting period portrait of an unusual and quirky pop singer. ~ Steve Leggett
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