TamlaTamla T 54032 (B), October 1960

B-side of True Love

(Written by Donald Davis)

Scan kindly provided by Robb Klein, reproduced by arrangement.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!More forgettable material from the man known to history as Mr Mary Wells. Slower, smoother and softer than the A-side True Love, incredibly brief (less than two minutes long) and very slight.

This is a 3/4 ballad, well-played, but which can’t seem to decide what sort of song it wants to be; there are hints of pop, doo-wop and blues all mushed in together here, but by the end of it we’re no closer to knowing what Herman had in mind than we were at the beginning.

The Columbia release.  Scan kindly provided by Robb Klein, reproduced by arrangement.It’s You starts out wetter than the wettest MOR romantic pop, but then Griffin keeps losing control and howling his vocals at full pelt before getting a grip and going back to the crooning. It sounds like a bunch of bits from about four different songs, and what’s worse, you never really want to listen to any of them very much.

It’s not actually all that bad, it’s just very confusing, and it’s too short to be effective or memorable – it’s already over before it’s had a chance to get anything going at all. Like this review, in fact.


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3 / 10

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