Billy Fury – Liverpool’s foremost poprocker for grown-ups

The Beatles: Liverpool’s foremost poprockers for grown-ups, yeah?   

Naaaah: not even the foremost 1960s Scouse beat band (The Searchers, if you’re wondering).  No, Music for Grown-Ups’ favourite Scouse poprocker, by a country mile, is Billy Fury, best known for a slew of hit singles like Halfway To Paradise, which elevated the classic Goffin-King ditty into pop art. 

Until recently, though, Fury’s rich legacy was hidden, thanks to a confusing multiplicity of sub-standard compilation albums. 

Whenever I’ve attempted to play The Collection, a disappointing album in my collection, I’ve quickly switched it off, wondering why I ever thought so highly of Billy Fury in the first place.   Pap like covers of Hippy Hippy Shake and Glad All Over are not where it’s at, pretty baby. 

Fury was a powerful singles artist, but what’s been available hitherto have been compilations juxtaposing a few singles with filler. 

Thankfully, Fury’s catalogue has now been massively improved by His Wondrous Story: The Complete Collection, a high quality compilation which has been in the Anglo album charts for weeks.  It’s a complete collection of Fury’s singles, for the first time on a single CD. 

Play.com is selling it for £8.95 delivered – bargain of the month, I’d say.   

Track List 

Halfway To Paradise

Maybe Tomorrow

MargoColette

That’s Love

Wondrous Place

A Thousand Stars

Don’t Worry

Jealousy

I’d Never Find Another You

Letter Full Of Tears

Last Night Was Made For Love

Once Upon A Dream

Because Of Love

Like I’ve Never Been Gone

When Will You Say I Love You

In Summer

Somebody Else’s Girl

Do Really Love Me Too

I Will

It’s Only Make Believe

I’m Lost Without You

In Thoughts Of You

Run To My Loving Arms

I’ll Never Quite Get Over You

Give Me Your Word

Love Or Money

Devil Or Angel

Forget Him    

Gerry Smith

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