Del Shannon: Stranger in Town- The Compendium

Between 1961 and 1965 Del Shannon had eight Top 10 hits and six more than made the Top 40 here in Britain.

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He was more popular, for a longer period, here than he was back home in America. Del’s voice and the sound on his records were instantly recognisable and many of the songs were written or co-written by him.

There have been Best Of collections before, a lot of them in fact, but never anything like this package from Edsel Records – 12 CDs in individual wallets inside a slip case outer packaging alongside a thirty-two page booklet. This is the ultimate Del Shannon collection and brings together everything Del Shannon recorded, so the over three hundred tracks includes all of his early A and B sides, his mid-6os work with Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham and his 70s and 80s recordings with the likes of Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Dave Edmunds.

Among the lesser known gems is his early cover version of The Beatles’ From Me To You and A World Without Love which Lennon & McCartney wrote for Peter & Gordon and which appeared on Del’s 1964 album Handyman. Few will be aware (I’d forgotten) that he recorded an album of songs written by country legend Hank Williams or that in 1967 his Total Commitment album included The Stones’ Under My Thumb, Summer In The City (Lovin’ Spoonful), Pied Piper (Crispian St. Peters) and Sunny (Bobby Hebb).

OK, this isn’t going to be cheap, but if you were a fan of Del Shannon’s, finally, here’s something that will give you hours of listening enjoyment and a fitting tribute to a very talented man.

AUSTIN POWELL
Author: AUSTIN POWELL

Austin Powell has spent his entire working life in the music business. From being an agent and manager of ‘beat groups’ in the sixties to working for major record companies in the seventies and eighties, he has also held management positions at radio stations in England, Wales and on the Isle Of Man. He continues to act as a consultant to several record companies and artists and presents a weekly 'oldies' show on Monday evenings on 101.8 WCR FM in Wolverhampton.

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