You Are My Lucky Star Import
When the Downtown girl's first album, You Are My Lucky Star, arrived in 1957, it proved to be a mere 12-track affair, featuring the youthful showbiz veteran performing songs culled from Hollywood movies. Thankfully, even then, Pet knew enough not to indulge in straight covers but, instead, opted to personalise each item, even to the extent of turning Carmen Miranda's "I Yi Yi Yi Yi" party-piece into a scat-attacked jazz affair. These days, quality has also to equate with quantity, so the original album has been extended into a 28-song package, the 16 bonus tracks being formed by rare singles and suchlike, including an early example of Sondheim in "Mama's Talking Soft". And though there are moments when the arrangements sound as dated as the dress that adorns the CD's front cover, this diverse offering confirms that, well before the Tony Hatch connection established her worldwide reputation, Pet Clark knew how to deliver a lyric. --Fred Dellar
This compilation is made up of Petula's first original album (the first twelve tracks here, all covers of Hollywood movie songs) and a lot of other tracks recorded in the fifties, plus one from 1961. Many of these additional songs are either from the Great American Songbook, or they are contemporary songs that carried on the tradition.
Very different from Petula's later music, this collection is likely to be of greatest interest to fans of the thirties and forties. Petula proves here that she could have been a big band singer - just listen to her version of Fascinating rhythm. She could swing with the best.
As time goes by, originally from the Broadway musical Everybody's welcome, was a top twenty American hit for both Rudy Vallee and Jacques Renard in 1931. Years later, it was included in the movie Casablanca, enabling Rudy to take the song to number one in 1943.
Of the other songs here, perhaps the most famous are Zing went the strings of my heart (Judy Garland), Memories are made of this (Dean Martin), but there are too many great songs here to mention in detail. If you are a fan of the thirties and forties, you will recognise your own favorites. If not, you should ignore this.