Representing a convincing antidote to the proverbial January Blues, our first release of 2015 dives headlong into the heartfelt and lovelorn odes of the fifties and sixties. Great Songs Of The Heart comprises 90 cuts which all reference the heart as the traditionally symbolic core of affection. Traversing a time when heartthrobs were in the ascendancy and the industrious Brill Building was exacting a significant impact on the charts, the collection represents an anthology of the most enduring expressions of adoration produced in the period.
As to be expected with manners of the heart the moods range, with a cast that includes Johnny Cash, LaVern Baker, Petula Clark, Buddy Holly, and Sam Cooke providing ample awe and warmth as much as they do ruefulness and dejection. As well as individual declarations, groups including Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers, and The Shadows add even more prestige to the devout doting. Although the fame of those present is clearly significant, there are plenty of lesser known discoveries to be appreciated, indicating both the rich depths of the period and the extent of Austin Powell’s trawl through the vaults. Powell, who’s previous form includes It Takes Two: Dynamic Duos Of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Era and The Forgotten 45s series, compiles a set which anticipates Valentine’s Day and distils the bygone innocence of the era and the special intimacy of its requited – and unrequited – outpourings.