Petula Clark - A Valentine's Day Concert at the Royal Albert Hall


Limited Collector's Edition, numbered from 1 to 2000

(France): ffff
Le Devoir
(Canada): ****1/2
Mojo (UK): ***


Petula Clark - A Valentine's Day Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

On February 14th, 1974, Petula Clark gave an outstanding concert on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The complete recording of this legendary concert, which includes unreleased live versions of her greatest hits and many other classics, is available for the first time as a numbered Collector’s Edition which has been prepared in close collaboration with the artist.

The best surviving audio sources have been preserved, restored and enhanced in high resolution audio on the occasion of the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

British legend Petula Clark, who has been living in Geneva (Switzerland) since 1968, has sold over 70 million records, and has played in about 30 films - including two Hollywood productions alongside Fred Astaire and Peter O’Toole - and continues to record and perform around the world.

2 CD Set + 40 page hardcover booklet, numbered from 1 to 2000
with hot-stamped gold printing, including:

  • The complete concert recording preserved and restored from the original master tapes and the best surviving audio sources, including many unreleased tracks,
  • Rare or previously unpublished pictures,
  • An essay in English by Alan Jackson, with the story of this legendary concert and interviews of Petula Clark, her husband and manager Claude Wolff, her musical director Frank Owens, and TV director Yvonne Littlewood,
  • Forewords by Stevie Wonder, Tony Hatch, Richard Carpenter, Leslie Bricusse, Francis Lai and Burt Bacharach, as well as an afterword by her son Patrick Wolff,
  • An exclusive code for a free download in 24 bits / 96 kHz Hi-Res Audio*
    *Valid only in the 18 countries where Qobuz is currently available: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.

All benefits from the sale of this Collector's Edition will be used for future projects in favor of the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of recorded music heritage.

CD 1

Part 1

  1. CD1-01Fanfare & Announcement
    Colour My World
  2. CD1-02You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  3. CD1-03Don't Sleep In The Subway

    Gilbert O'Sullivan Medley
  4. CD1-04Alone Again (Naturally)
  5. CD1-05Get Down

    London Medley
  6. CD1-06London Is London
    From the film Goodbye Mr Chips
  7. CD1-07London Pride
  8. CD1-08Portobello Road
    From the musical Make Me An Offer
  9. CD1-09A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
    From the musical New Faces
  10. CD1-10London Is London (Reprise)
    From the film Goodbye Mr Chips
  11. CD1-11You And I
    From the film Goodbye Mr Chips
  12. CD1-12The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
  13. CD1-13Without You
  14. CD1-14Music
  15. CD1-15This Is My Song
    From the film A Countess From Hong Kong
  16. CD1-16What The World Needs Now Is Love

CD 2

Part 2

  1. CD2-01I Can See Clearly Now
  2. CD2-02Killing Me Softly With His Song
  3. CD2-03I Know A Place
  4. CD2-04My Funny Valentine
    From the musical Babes In Arms

    Yesterday Once More Medley
  5. CD2-05Yesterday Once More
  6. CD2-06G.I. Jive
  7. CD2-07Mona Lisa
    From the film Captain Carey, U.S.A.
  8. CD2-08Your Cheatin' Heart
  9. CD2-09The Man That Got Away
    From the film A Star Is Born
  10. CD2-10Yesterday Once More (Reprise)
  11. CD2-11I Couldn't Live Without Your Love
  12. CD2-12Une Histoire d'Amour (Love Story)
    From the film Love Story
  13. CD2-13You've Got A Friend
  14. CD2-14I Don't Know How To Love Him / Superstar
    From the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar

    U.S. #1's Medley
  15. CD2-15My Love
  16. CD2-16Downtown
  17. CD2-17A Song For You

Sound quality throughout is exemplary. The discs are housed in an attractive, oversized hardcover book of 40 pages. Alan Jackson’s comprehensive essay features Petula’s own memories of the evening (and her generous tributes to the musicians and behind the scenes personnel), along with fascinating nuts-and-bolts details about the concert.

Track-by-track notes are also provided for each song performed, and a “Who’s Who” of talent have provided new appreciations including Tony Hatch, Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Richard Carpenter, Leslie Bricusse, and the late Francis Lai. The package is lavishly illustrated with photography of the concert and rare memorabilia.

The Second Disc (U.S.A.)

[...] Petula Clark: A Valentine’s Day Concert at The Royal Albert Hall is—without a doubt—one of the most deluxe and elaborate repackaging products I have seen in ages, and it truly deserves attention.

The sound is pristine, the orchestra sounds lush, and Clark sings the hell out of every song, all of which makes this a real treat from beginning to end.

The New York Independent (U.S.A.)

A decade after the U.S. debut of "Downtown," Clark was on stage at London's venerated Royal Albert Hall for a Valentine's Day concert, a memorable evening of song that has not been heard in full again since that day in 1974.

That changes this month with the release of a lovingly-compiled set through the auspices of the Switzerland-based United Music Foundation, an organization with a mission to preserve, enhance and spotlight endangered musical recording heritage, and, when financially possible, to make those recordings available to the public.

Billboard (U.S.A.)

Le son est sidérant de limpidité et d’équilibre, un livret de 40 pages détaille l’événement, Stevie Wonder ou Burt Bacharach y témoignent de leur admiration.

Pour le public international, il s’agit peut-être «seulement» du meilleur concert de Petula Clark. Mais par ici, «A Valentine’s Day Concert at the Royal Albert Hall» a des airs de rédemption, de redécouverte et de miracle. Petula Clark, en cette nuit de 1974, avait la grâce.

Le Matin Dimanche (Suisse)

On est d’abord frappé par la qualité du son, qui met en valeur non seulement la voix de Petula, mais aussi le swing de son orchestre et la patte de ses arrangeurs, que ce soit le très classique et londonien Peter Knight ou le plus rhythm’n’soul Frank Owens, un pianiste noir américain rencontré à New York au milieu des années 1960.

Télérama (France)

Sommet en carrière ? Spectacle d’une vie ? Oui.

Le Devoir (Canada)

Le plus sidérant, c’est la qualité vertigineuse du son de ce concert, re-mastérisé avec amour et talent par son producteur David Hadzis, avec le soutien de la United Music Foundation basée à Genève.

Gonzo Music (France)

Au sommet de son art, accompagnée d'un grand orchestre, elle enchaîne des classiques comme "My Funny Valentine", "Killing Me Softly"... et bien sûr son éternel "Downtown". Un joyau de la couronne d'Angleterre !

Femme actuelle (France)

Petula Clark royale à l'Albert Hall. Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Roberta Flack, James Taylor… Petula Clark reprend les grands classiques pop dans A Valentine’s Day at the Royal Albert Hall. Tout, sauf de la gadoue… (France)

Un véritable collector que les fans vont adorer ! (France)

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