This is a 32 track collection from Petula Clark. All tracks are re-recordings. It is not noted when these tracks were recorded but her voice is great and the instrumentation is good also. Casual listeners may want to look for a single CD collection of her original recordings. Fans may be interested in this more extensive collection.
This album is just like a greatest hits album since all tracks are smash hits of the 60's by the originals artists. Ray Conniff did it even better than the original versions. I mean I've never heard such harmonies like this before, it just blows me away. Ray Conniff really did a great job for this.
There are almost more Petula Clark collections than there were actual songs (that's saying something), and Sanctuary's three-disc Songs of My Life: The Essential Petula Clark is one of the better ones. Split into three themes, "Swinging Times," "Mellow Moods," and "Beautiful Sounds," Songs of My Life relies heavily on the English pop sensation's peak '60s and '70s output. All of the key radio hits are here ("Downtown," "I Know a Place," "My Love," "This Is My Song"), as well as countless ballads, uptempo pop gems, and choice covers. Fans looking for a decent career overview (sadly, none of Clark's vast arsenal of French hits are here) may find the 78 tracks that populate Songs of My Life a bit overwhelming, but they're well worth spending some quality time alone with.
Time Life's AM Gold '60s series provides a highly enjoyable history lesson. Each year is represented by songs drawn from a wide range of sources, features all very big hits all the time and plays like an hour of true golden oldies radio. As usual with the series, you'll get a pretty good idea of what was going on in the charts from this disc and would be hard-pressed to find a better single-disc collection of hits from the year.