2010 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title THE PEANUTS "The Best 50-50"
CD Label King Record Co., Ltd.
CD Number KICS-1542~3
Music by: The Peanuts (Emi & Yumi Ito)
Number of tracks Disc 1 - 25
Disc 2 - 25
Running time Disc 1 - 73:07
Disc 2 - 74:51
Number of discs 2
Year of release/manufacture April 30, 2010

REVIEW

May 18, 2010

This new repackaging of music by The Peanuts represents 50 A & B sides from various singles. Not really much here we haven't heard before but there were several tracks I didn't remember hearing before. This is a nice double CD with 50 songs total. You also get your money's worth since both CD's clock in at over 70 minutes each. The packaging says these tracks are MONO & STEREO and that's true but only three tracks on disc 1 and three tracks on disc 2 are in MONO. The other 44 tracks are all in STEREO. I also believe part of the title comes from this being The Peanuts 50th Anniversary.

After listening to this set twice so far I will say that this is probably the best sounding Peanuts CD I can remember hearing. It sounds like a lot of work was put into remastering these singles that mostly date back to the 1960's. For fans of The Peanuts music or those that haven't bought many or any of their previous CD's, this is one I can highly recommend.

THE PEANUTS "The Best 50-50"
Translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates (March 18, 2011).
The years listed are when the Singles were released either on vinyl or CD.

    DISC 1

  1. Love Fugue - 1967
  2. Love Vacation (Holiday Of Love)- 1963
  3. Una Sera Di Tokyo - 1964
  4. Don't Look Back - 1962
  5. Mothra's Song (mono)- 1961 & 1998
  6. Passion Flower (mono) - 1959
  7. Petite Fleur [literally, 'Loveable Flower'] (mono) - 1959
  8. Golden Street - 1966
  9. Osaka Woman - 1970
  10. Stardust - 1970
  11. Soap Bubble Holiday - 1961 & 2003
  12. Lover Come Back To Me - 1974 & 1980
  13. Roman Rain - 1966
  14. Sudden Goodbye - 1972
  15. Coffee Rhumba - 1961
  16. When Tomorrow Comes - 1965
  17. Love Ophelia - 1968
  18. Love Rondo - 1968
  19. Love Finale - 1968
  20. Passion Judgment - 1973
  21. I & I - 1962
  22. Tokyo Woman - 1970
  23. Face It - 1963
  24. I'll See You In My Dreams - 1960
  25. After The Ring - 1973

    DISC 2

  1. The Light in the Window of the Heart (mono) - 1960
  2. The Heights of Two - 1962
  3. You Are Divorced - 1974
  4. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (LIVE) - 1974 & 1980
  5. June Bride - 1964
  6. The Peanut Vendor (mono) - 1959
  7. Young Season - 1963
  8. Glass Castle - 1968
  9. Heartaches At Sweet Sixteen (mono) - 1960
  10. Mr Taro of Yamagoya - 1962
  11. Traces of Love - 1974
  12. Fickle One - 1975
  13. Handknitted Socks - 1962
  14. Grieving Valentino - 1969
  15. Napolitan Moonlight - 1960
  16. Tears Lost in Sand - 1965
  17. Daughters of Infant Island - 1961 & 1998
  18. Give Back Right Now - 1965
  19. Souvenirs Aus Tokyo - 1965
  20. Heut'Abend - 1965 & 1995
  21. Papa's Beating Mama - 1960
  22. Epitaph - 1972
  23. There are 15 Summer Festivals - 1961
  24. Don't Leave - 1967
  25. Smile of the Blue Sky - 1964