GEORGIE FAME - 20 Beat Classics (1980)
Georgie Fame (born Clive Powell, 26 June 1943) is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer, and keyboard player. The one-time rock and roll tour musician, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries such as Van Morrison and Bill Wyman.
Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: "Yeh Yeh" in 1964, "Getaway" in 1966 and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in 1967.
This is the kind of compilation that can easily transport any guy of my age group to his pre-teen years; but unlike many other nostalgic initiatives that have flooded the market intentionally targeting the teenagers of yore who now have comfortable financial situations and which are instantly rejected by our more sophisticated listening filters as a bunch of crappy, syrupy stuff, this one has aged very well and is as appealing today as it was back then. The included program, released between 1964 and 1966, half of it recorded with the Blue Flames, is mostly spirited, lively music served by Fame’s impassioned singing -which carries many Blues and Motown genes but also Jazz singers’ as far back as Armstrong New Orleans inflections-, inspired horns arrangements that occasionally sound like spontaneous conversations (as on “Getaway” which happens to be the only Fame’s original), many scorching sax solos and the occasional flute or guitar one.
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