Retro Spins: Tracey Ullman - You Broke My Heart In 17 Pieces
Long before The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons and being retro was considered cool, twenty-four year old Ullman recorded and released her first studio album, You Broke My Heart In 17 Pieces. It was a love letter to the 60's and 70's, featuring a variety of cover songs with an upbeat early 80's musical style.
Though I never would have put two and two together as a child, in terms of who the singer was versus her popular comedy sketch show of the mid eighties, I was very familiar with Ullman's top ten hit, They Don't Know About Us. It was something my sister played frequently, boosted by a steady rotation on MTV. As I watched it as an adult, it was actually quite interesting to have an understanding of what the video was portraying - A happy girl in the thralls of dating, shifting midway to a housewife not so taken in by the sweetheart who swept her off her feet.
Due to its overall price and lack of replay-ability, I wouldn't necessarily recommend rushing out and grabbing this one. Original pressings of the CD can run as high as seventy dollars, with low points being around forty. That's quite a bit of scratch. Most readily available versions, which are few, are usually the Stiff Records versions from the UK, or other foreign countries, such as Russia and the Netherlands. I don't think I've ever seen an MCA labeled USA release - If a CD version even exists.
If you want something unique in your collection, then this album is definitely that. However, if you're looking for something that's going to have a lasting impression, with songs that can be replayed over and over, you probably won't find that here.
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