ARTIST: Jackie DeShannon
TITLE: What the World Needs Now Is…Jackie DeShannon – The Definitive Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Faded Love (#97), Needles & Pins (#84), When You Walk Into the Room (#99), What the World Needs Now Is Love (#7), A Lifetime of Loneliness (#66), Come and Get Me (#83), I Can Make It With You (#68), The Weight (#55), Put a Little Love in Your Heart (#4), Love Will Find a Way (#40)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really.
LINEUP: Jackie DeShannon and session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A singer and a songwriter, DeShannon was held in high acclaim by many in the 60’s but somehow only hit the charts a few times, which isn’t her fault.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Jackie DeShannon started out as an interpreter of songs under Jackie Lee or Jackie Shannon, but found success, at Liberty Records working with Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche as a songwriter and opened for the Beatles in the US. She also made friends with influential people and finally had some success on her own with a Burt Bacharach tune that became her signature.
DeShannon’s material covered the gamut of the 60’s style, and her songs were covered extensively. This collection may be lengthy (as it covers her work from 1960 to when she left Liberty / Imperial in 1969) but it’s worthwhile to hear her in full, except for a couple of supper-club type songs.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She dated Elvis and Jimmy Page.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. There are some shorter collections but they give her the short shrift
GRADE: B+: It may be too lengthy for some fans, but this is the overview she needs.