Review: Tracey Ullman - Move Over Darling: The Complete Stiff Recordings (2010)
Tracey Ullman is best known as a versatile actress and comedienne, but she also had a successful music career in the early 1980s. She recorded two albums and several singles for the legendary Stiff Records label, which specialized in new wave and punk rock artists. Her songs were mostly covers of classic pop hits from the 1950s and 1960s, but she gave them a fresh and quirky twist with her distinctive voice and style.
Move Over Darling: The Complete Stiff Recordings is a two-CD collection that gathers all of Ullman's recordings for Stiff, including her albums You Broke My Heart in 17 Places and You Caught Me Out, as well as B-sides, remixes, and rarities. The compilation features 37 tracks in total, spanning from 1983 to 1985.
Ullman's biggest hit was \"They Don't Know\", a catchy and sweet song written by Kirsty MacColl, who also provided backing vocals. The song reached #2 on the UK charts and #8 on the US charts in 1984. Other notable singles include \"Breakaway\", \"Move Over Darling\", \"Bobby's Girl\", \"Sunglasses\", and \"Terry\". Ullman also showed her versatility by tackling songs by Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Shangri-Las, The Chiffons, and even Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Ullman's music is fun, nostalgic, and charming, with a touch of humor and irony. She sings with passion and personality, making each song her own. The production is crisp and lively, capturing the spirit of the original songs while adding some modern elements. The compilation also includes informative liner notes by Paul Lester, as well as rare photos and memorabilia.
Move Over Darling: The Complete Stiff Recordings is a must-have for fans of Tracey Ullman and lovers of retro pop music. It showcases Ullman's talent and charisma as a singer and entertainer, as well as the diversity and quality of Stiff Records' roster. It is a delightful and comprehensive collection that will make you smile and sing along.
Some of the highlights of the compilation include:
\"Breakaway\", Ullman's debut single and a cover of a 1964 song by Jackie DeShannon. Ullman's version is upbeat and energetic, with a catchy chorus and a saxophone solo.
\"Move Over Darling\", a cover of a 1963 song by Doris Day, which was originally written for Marilyn Monroe. Ullman's version is playful and sassy, with a rockabilly vibe and a backing vocal by Hank Wangford.
\"They Don't Know\", Ullman's signature song and a tribute to her friend Kirsty MacColl, who died in 2000. Ullman's version is sweet and sincere, with a catchy melody and a charming video that features Paul McCartney.
\"(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear\", a cover of a 1978 song by Blondie. Ullman's version is faithful to the original, but with a more poppy and polished sound.
\"If I Had You\", a cover of a 1941 song by The Korgis, which samples the piano concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Ullman's version is dramatic and romantic, with a powerful vocal performance.
Move Over Darling: The Complete Stiff Recordings is a testament to Tracey Ullman's musical talent and Stiff Records' legacy. It is a fun and nostalgic trip down memory lane, as well as a discovery of some hidden gems. It is a perfect album for fans of pop music from any era. aa16f39245