TIMI YURO "The Lost Voice Of Soul!"

"The little girl with the big voice," Timi Yuro was America's finest white soul singer of the 1960s. Her million-selling debut single, "Hurt," introduced a performer of such profound poignancy and depth that many listeners assumed she was a man, an African-American, or both, and while Yuro never again achieved the same commercial heights, her finest records deserve mention in the same breath as Aretha Franklin, Irma Thomas, and the other soul queens of the era. (Jason Ankeny, Allmusic)Timi will be forever remembered for Hurt, a record which has often been covered (including by Juice Newton, who had a country number one with it, and Elvis), but never bettered. You will find it on any Timi compilation (except The voice that got away, a companion volume to this CD) but Timi deserves to be remembered for much more, as this collection shows. Even 26 tracks does not cover everything worthwhile, but there's another 26 on The voice that got away, for those who want to explore further.
Perhaps Timi was best at the tearjerkers like Hurt, but it is a measure of her brilliance that she did a wide variety of songs really well. This collection includes a lot of mainstream pop, some more R+B, and even some country songs. It would be a good idea if a record company would issue a separate compilation of her country recordings, just as has been done for Ray Charles and others. As it is, they are sandwiched between all the other stuff, but that's a minor criticism.
This is an outstanding compilation of one of the finest - and most under-rated - singers of the sixties (or any era, come to that). (Amazon)trax:
01 Hurt 02 Just Say I Love Him 03 Trying 04 Smile 05 Let Me Call You Sweetheart 06 Count Everything 07 I Know I Love You 08 What's A Matter Baby 09 Only Love Me 10 That's Right, Walk On By 11 Should I Ever Love Again 12 The Love Of A Boy 13 I Ain't Gonna Cry No More 14 Insult To Injury 15 Make The World Go Away 16 Leaving On Your Mind 17 She's Got You 18 Are You Sure 19 I'd Fight The World 20 Gotta Travel On 21 Down In The Valley 22 Permanently Lonely 23 A Legend In My Time 24 Call Me 25 Something Bad On My Mind 26 It'll Never Be Over For Me
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