One of Shannon's finest singles, both songs beautifully recorded and performed, Del in full mastery of his voice and production talents. If only the sessions that yielded these two tracks had resulted in enough material for an album, it could have been one of Del's greatest successes. In 1975, Del deserved a hit. This wasn't it, but when you hear it, you'll wonder why. This is as good as anything that was on the radio at the time. Solid Gold Del Shannon.
On the A side, Del delivers a definitive take on the Zombies classic "Tell Her No", smoothing it way down, singing with so much soul, so much power. Del had so much power.
The B side is a slow country original, demonstrating Del's easy perfection of the form. Del's country music roots dug deep, and his voice committed to country songs like the best of them. His vocal harmonies on "Restless" are just so... and the way he holds the lead vocal behind the beat... it tears your heart right out. "Restless" is a hidden treasure in Del Shannon's catalogue, inexplicably absent from most Shannon anthology collections (and reproduced poorly on the one 2-CD where it can currently be found digitally). It must be heard at 45 rpm.
"Never prayed for anyone, so don't you pray for me. But something deep inside of me keeps calling out, please."
Both of these songs: Tell Her No and Restless - classic Del Shannon. One of his most essential releases, lost in time and obscurity. Some versions of this 45 have Tell Her No on both sides (mono and stereo), and that's fine, but the one you want has Restless on the other side.
Also recommended: Del's two Warner Bros. country 45s from the mid-1980s.