SONGS - AN APPRECIATION
This new Decca release is an exceptionally crafted compilation of Billy's work at its most appealing.
These are 28 stunningly mastered tracks of Fury standards, with a few that will not be as familiar to those who have never delved beyond the hit parade, and a couple of real gems: a version of Don't Tell Me Lies, recorded in the early 1970s, appears on CD for the first time, as does Your Words, the B-side of Forget Him.
The inspiration behind this compilation, and the author of the superb sleeve notes is Chris Eley. I'm pleased to count Chris as a personal friend, and his dedication in encouraging new releases makes him a friend to all who treasure Billy's work.
The specially-commissioned blue-tinged portrait is not to everyone's taste, but the 16-page booklet has some superb colour photographs.
The definitive compilation remains, and probably always will remain, the 40th Anniversary double CD, but this superb production deserves a place in everyone's collection.
As Chris concludes: "This love song collection, predominantly culled from the more contemporary of Billy's available material, is unashamedly aimed at the female of the species. However, the rock 'n' roll edge and sheer presence of this unique voice ensures that there is something for everybody here."
The full listing is: Forget Him, Like I've Never Been Gone, Give Me Your Word, I Love How You Love Me, I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Once Upon A Dream, Didn't See The Real Thing Come Along, Let Me Go Lover, In Thoughts Of You, Halfway To Paradise, Because Of Love, Run To My Lovin' Arms, Don't Tell Me Lies (fast version), Do You Really Love Me Too, I Will, We Were Meant For Each Other, That's The Way It Goes, Be Mine Tonight, I'm Lost Without You, I'll Never Quite Get Over You, Devil Or Angel, Last Night Was Made For Love, When Will You Say I Love You, Jealousy, Your Words, I'll Never Find Another You, Wondrous Place and Maybe Tomorrow.