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41. Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
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This compilation repeats seven tracks from 1988's Money For Nothing anthology. Given that Mark Knopfler and crew have recorded one new album during the decade between best-of collections, how different could Sultans of Swing be? For one thing, CD dominance has made for longer compilations, and this one is fleshed out by singles, three tracks from 1991's On Every Street, and Knopfler's solo "Local Hero" theme, performed live. More importantly, the second track here is the band's terrific second single, "Lady Writer," previously only available on the otherwise dismal Communiqué LP. Five tracks from Dire Straits' huge Brothers in Arms LP appear here, but only two tracks surface from Making Movies, the group's pinnacle achievement. Ultimately, if you own Making Movies and this compilation, you own the essential Dire Straits. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and not helped by some unnecessary editing...
Make no mistake, Dire Straits made some classic material and all their studio albums (with the possible exception of On Every Street) were first rate, and Mark Knopfler is one of the most talented guitarist and songwriters around as well as a brilliant lyricist. Dire Straits were seen as much more of an 'albums' band than a singles band.

However I found this 'Best of' compilation disappointing; it is not a good reflection of the group as a whole. 'Sultans of Swing', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Tunnel of Love' are all here, but most of the remaining tracks are either edited or not worthwhile enough inclusions which is where this set falls down.

'Twisting By the Pool' is a thoroughly cheesy song which sits uncomfortably with most of the groups other material with its appalling lyrics!. A dud live version of a track which was appealing in its original studio form is also included with 'Love Over Gold'. 'Money For Nothing' is not only edited but the second verse is omitted here. Ditto 'Brothers In Arms', as a result the brilliant guitar solo at the end is omitted. Other tracks which were not included but should have been are 'Skateaway' (from Making Movies), and the superb 'Telegraph Road', which was one of Dire Straits' best songs ever.

Probably the best answer to this would be a double CD (like Billy Joel's Greatest Hits package among others). You're better to collect the original studio albums (and possibly the live ones too) than buy this, and Knopfler's solo albums are also worth considering.

4-0 out of 5 stars amazon critic is one big -MORON
"Communique" is a dismal album aside from "Lady Writer" ? Get real you clown. That's maybe the best ever Dire Straits album & has maybe the 3rd best Dire Straits track ever--after "Sultans of Swing" & "Wild West End," (another essential track not on this comp)--& one of the greatest songs ever written: "Once Upon A Time In the West," which isn't on this comp. This guy should be serving Fries, not reviewing albums if he's that tone-deaf & that clueless about rock'n'roll.

This comp. is a great intro & is designed to be just that. Especially awesome is the "Local Hero" track included which only more hardcore fans know about. They knew what they were leaving out & they left out exactly songs cool enough to make people whose interest is piqued pick up masterpieces like "Communique" & "Making Movies" & "Dire Straits 1978" for the rest of the gems. MAKE SURE that you do that if you dig this best of, because this is only part 1; parts 2-5 are on all the individual 1970s & 1980s albums. Any one great song on those is easily worth the price of 2 albums & there is nothing but great songs on them from beginning to end.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love some of these songs
I am originly a country and Christian music fan. There are some classic rock bands that I like. I love some of these songs. My favorite is Tunnel of Love. This is a good song. One problem, I wish it were longer, I love the instrumentel at the end and wish it were longer. Sultans of Swing is also cool, and so is Walk of Life. I'm 16, but I can't do the adult review. God Bless

2-0 out of 5 stars EDITED!!!
I realize that they had to edit this CD in order to put all the tracks on it...that's clear. My advice to all of you is to do what I did. Download all of the full versions of every song on the album minus "Private Investigations" and "Local Hero/Wild Theme". Leave those 2 songs off and you will have enough room on your blank CD to put the rest on it. The reason for eliminating these 2 tracks is....1. "Private Investigations" has no beat or rythym to it at all and is a boring song...and 2. "Local Hero/Wild Theme" is a cover of a solo working by Knopfler, so why is it even on here. Go buy the album "Screenplaying" if you want to hear that song. Do this and you will have a perfect Dire Straits "Best Of" CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect collection.
This may be missing a few tracks, but for the casual fan, it should be just what you want. I got this recently and ended up knowing about twice what I thought I would, and what I didn't know I now like as well. It's top-notch 80's/classic rock, with great guitar and lyrics. Included are the huge hits "Walk Of Life", "Sultans Of Swing", "So Far Away", and "Your Latest Trick" live. Other good ones are "Romeo And Juliet", "Calling Elvis", and "On Every Street". My only complaints are that "Money For Nothing" is edited, and that "Twisting By The Pool" seems out of place, it's kind of cheesy. But otherwise, this is what you want if you're looking for your first, or only "Dire Straits" cd. ... Read more

42. Help! [UK]
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How John Lennon's confessional song became the title for a silly JamesBond spoof I really don't know.The funny thing is, it works both ways--as ayoung man's personal statement about learning to open up to others, and as thefrantic theme for an exotic espionage chase comedy starring those lovable mop-tops (this time in color). Like A Hard Day's Night, only the first"side" of this album actually contains songs from the movie--thebiggest hits being the eponymous cry for assistance and "Ticket toRide."But part 2 has a few nice tunes as well, like "It's OnlyLove," "I've Just Seen a Face," and a little ditty called"Yesterday."And I always love it when they do an all-out screamerlike "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," which sounds like John's raucous answer toPaul's "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" vocal on Beatles forSale.Of course, it's essential--as are all the Beatles' soundtracks (allthe Beatles' albums), with the possible exception of YellowSubmarine. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Half Soundtrack, Half Studio, All Terrific
The Beatles' dizzying pace continues with their fifth UK album in two short years. [It was their ninth U.S. album!] Unlike the previous BEATLES FOR SALE, this album contains only two covers: the Larry Williams rocker "Dizzy Miss Lizzie" and the song Buck Owens had a country hit with "Act Naturally" sung by Lennon and Ringo respectively. These covers and the other five tracks the cromprise the second half of this album were not used in the movie. However, it includes what is probably the most universally recognized song in the Beatles' catalog, McCartney's lovely ballad "Yesterday."

Lennon's soul-searching songs like the title track and especially "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" clearly show the influence Dylan was having on his songwriting. Harrison also gets a couple of his songs onto the album: The lovely "I Need You" and the infectious "You Like Me Too Much." McCartney also offers the standout tracks "The Night Before" and "Another Girl."

While not as good as the two albums to follow, this is nonetheless a terrific album in its own right. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of the 60's music
1. Album Cover: Just resembles one of scenes of the Help movie. Not a creative cover, however it rates well compared to other album covers released during 1965.

2. Composition & Recording: An album with great compositions (like in A Hard Days Night) which expanded their music style and evidenced improvements in their interpretation when compared to their 4 previous albums. Track highlights include the great vocal harmonies, great melody, and catchy fast tempo in "Help" and "You are Going to Lose...". John reveals his appreciation (he would have never let me use admiration)for Dylan in "Hey, You've Got to....". Also on this album, "Ticket To Ride" introduces a "heavier" sound than that normally heard in 1965. Paul plays the electric guitar solos on "Another Girl" and "Ticket to Ride". Harrison introduces a great song with a very 60's atmosphere. On side "B" (UK catalog please), Paul introduces the classic "Yesterday", which evidences that behind the Beatles, John, Paul & George were also individual musicians. This album is 60's calssic. The song writing and the musical arrangements distinguish the album from the rest.

3. Originality: The Beatles had already introduced their "new" sound into the 60's music and many groups were already following them by either imitating or trying a different approach. As a result you will find the value of the album not so much in its originality but in its completeness and in that it evidneces a better integration of the Beatles as composers and players.

4. Final Message: This album is one of the main voices of the sound of the mid 60's and an interesting place to start listening to the 60's decade.

5. Other Data: Paul composed Yesterday on his home piano after waking up one moring with a jazzy melody in his head ("Yesterday" with a faster tempo). He thought the melody belonged to some one else and had to be reassured it was his own. Instead of the opening lyrics that say Yesterday...", in his head the opening lyrics said "Scrambled Eggs..." That Would have cost Paul one star in my review if those lyrics would have been approved. The lyrics on Help were John's way to scream for help during his "fat Elvis" period (as described by John himself)as he found himself unsecured, famous, rich, popular, chubby, and unhappy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help
The last great Beatles album, released in 1965, the year they reached their peak of creativity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still on top
If you've read my review of "Beatles For Sale", you know I consider it a classic, but there's no doubt many people find it disappointing due to its "sad" feel and dark, depressing songs. On "Help!", the shockwave of pain and pressure from "Beatles For Sale" is still being felt a little bit - the album has a few covers and many of the songs (the title track, obviously) deal with rejection and surrender. For the most part, though, "Help!" is a "return to form", if you will, and is noticeably brighter and more dynamic than "Beatles For Sale".

This is mostly due to the contributions of Paul McCartney. While he remained somewhat reclusive on the previous record, he returns here with a strong and deliberate foot-stamp. He lets loose with rip-roaring rockers like "Another Girl", "The Night Before", and the jaunty "Tell Me What You See". But that's not to say he doesn't follow in the innovative footsteps John left from "For Sale". Embracing folk-rock like John did, he gives us the excellent "I've Just Seen a Face". And let's not forget the most innovative track - "Yesterday", which featured nothing but Paul's voice and guitar as well as some chamber strings.

John still makes his presence known, though. He continues his Bob Dylan obsession with the wonderful "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (a true standout). His weary and bitter songwriting from "For Sale" is still, to a slighter extent, in effect here. The pleading title track, "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", and "Ticket to Ride" are all somewhat somber lyrically (although they sound bright and happy musically). The happiest contribution from John is "It's Only Love". This song is often regarded as a "weak" or "filler" track. I disagree. It has a wonderful melody and very inventive use of a G+ chord. And, let's not overlook George's contributions. His two songs, "I Need You" and "You Like Me Too Much" are also regarded as filler. I *highly* resent this. They are *great* songs, as good as anything Paul and John cook up for this album. "I Need You" features a creative ending and "You Like Me Too Much" has a brilliant chord progression. George doesn't get nearly enough credit for his songs on the earlier Beatles albums.

The two covers chosen - "Act Naturally" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", are wisely chosen. The former is a great exercise for Ringo (another reviewer commented that his "aw, shucks" delivery is very "appropriate" - I agree), and the latter shows off John's great Rock and Roll voice.

Although it's not one of the Beatles greatest efforts, "Help!" is still an excellent album through and through. Pick it up!
~John Ballantyne

5-0 out of 5 stars I just love this album
It's a very vibrant album but it's also laid-back. It has so many beautiful melodies and it also has some interesting and unusual ones as well. Let's deal with the best songs shall we, help!, the title track, is a classic, so is Ticket to ride and Yesterday is a fantastic little gem. Lets talk about the other excellent song here, firstly the two George Harrison songs. I thought I need you was a fantastic song and it has such an unusual melody and guitar effect. You like me too much is under-rated in my opinion and it also has an interesting yet beautiful melody. Ringo's cover of Act naturally is fantastic and of-course there's other excellent songs like you're gonna lose that girl, The night before, the Dylanesue You've got to hide your love away, which uncobvers the bands [and especially Lennon's] growing interest in folk music that would lead to them becomming a more Political group, and It's only love. All teh other songs are great if not excellent. This was their last pop album before they went in their own fantastic direction. But it's fun, interesting and shows them still willing to experiment. ... Read more

43. The Lovin' Spoonful - Greatest Hits
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It sometimes feels as though the Lovin' Spoonful have been reduced to a footnote in the history of rock & roll. Yet few of their contemporaries could match the likes of "Daydream," "Summer in the City," and the transcendent "Do You Believe in Magic?"--a song that can still turn January into June. Legend has it that the Spoonful auditioned for The Monkees, and they'd have been good in those roles, having the right candy-sweet sound and a warm humor in constant evidence. But it wouldn't have lasted: lead songwriter John Sebastian was too willful and idiosyncratic, coming on like an American Ray Davies on songs such as"Younger Generation," a prescient meditation on the hippie generation's future parental dilemmas. Greatest Hits is a fine 26-song introduction to a perennially underrated band. --Taylor Parkes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't Rhino Do This Same Collection 10 Years Ago?
It's official. The Lovin' Spoonful were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2000. And What does Buddah do to celebrate the label's most successful act? It clones the Rhino Anthology that's been available for the last ten years! Granted, Buddah claims these songs are recorded from first-generation masters, but the difference in sound quality is negligible.

Both anthologies contain 26 songs. So what's the difference? Very little. Twenty-three songs are duplicated on Greatest Hits. Where Anthology includes "Good Time Music" (from an Elektra sampler before the Spoonful recorded their first album), "Fishin' Blues" and "Me About You" (from the Joe Butler-led Spoonful--and their final chart single at No. 91), Greatest Hits offers instead "Wild About My Lovin'," "On the Road Again" and "Darlin' Companion." The differences between the two releases make Greatest Hits virtually unnecessary if you already own Anthology. Sure there are new liner notes, and some terrific photos from Henry Diltz, whose work has graced many of the Spoonful's original albums. But is that enough? I don't think so. This should have been a 2-CD set. And if it couldn't have included any previoulsy unreleased material, it could have offered some live versions from the band's mid-Sixties prime. At the very least, a two-disc set would have been more comprehensive and more valuable to die-hard fans. We can only hope that Buddah will see fit to release the Spoonful's entire catalog either as two-fers or loaded with bonus cuts.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVIN' THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL
If you're looking for one cd collection that has "the hits" and the best memories of "The Lovin' Spoonful" this "Best Of" is the one. Twenty six trax and each opne an enjoyable experience of "magic". From "Do You Believe in Magic?" and "Daydream" to "Lovin' You" and "Darlin' Be Home Soon".
This collection includes two of my personal all time favorites of The Spoonful: "Rain On The Roof" (caught up in that summer shower . .. maybe we'll be caught for hours . . .waitin' out the rain) and "Darlin Companion"! I first heard John sing as a duet with Mama Cass Elliot (possibly a carry-over from "The Mugwumps?). This song brings back a great memory of them both together . . .and it's a great neat song to boot.
This cd brings back many many happy memories of younger years. But it's much more than that. The songs and music are timeless and hold up well over these decades. It sounds as good or even better now, today, than it first did a-way back then. My thanks go out to "The Lovin' Spoonful" for this great album of truly wonderful songs and music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Biggest and Best Mouthful of the Lovin Spoonful
I had a couple of inexpensive cd's of the Loving Spoonful and what a waste of money. The mastering was horrible like someone had an old album recorded it onto a cassette and then transferred it to a cd. Well after Buddha Records decided to release the original masters and put them on cd it was like seeing the sun for the first time after about a week of rain.
The music is good stuff and the sound is crisp and clear like never before. One song that you never seem to hear on the radio anymore is here-(Didn't Want to Have to Do it) and a very clean recording. Also, the song (You Baby) is great and I believe that John Sebastian is not singing lead on this song. Evidently all of the members could sing and sing well. THIS IS THE ONLY CD TO BUY, no disappointment here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best collection of one of my all-time favorite groups
In the summer of '65 I turned 14. It was virtually impossible not to be mesmorized by the sounds eminating from my little Radio Shack transistor radio. The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and Motown was churning out one memorable tune after another. I went on vacation with my parents for two weeks in mid-July and when I returned a couple of hippies I had never heard of---Sonny and Cher--had several records on the charts!! It was difficult to decide which 45's to buy with the limited resources from my paper route. It was about this time that two rockers from Long Island teamed up with two folkies from Greenwich Village to form what would become the Lovin' Spoonful. They would become one of my all-time favorite bands. The debut single "Do You Believe In Magic" quickly raced up the charts and became a Top Ten smash. Over the next year and a half the group would place another 6 tunes in the Top 10. The biggest of these, "Summer in the City" reached number one for 3 weeks in August 1966. To me, the amazing thing about the Spoonful was that no two tunes sounded the same.
Lead singer John Sebastian was also an incredibly gifted songwriter. The evidence of this can be found throughout the 26 selections on this incredible CD. Believe me, there is no filler on this CD. You will find what I discovered years ago.
Even the "B" sides of Spoonful records were amazing!!! Check out tunes like "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", "Younger Girl" and "You're A Big Boy Now".
Unfortunately the party was short lived. Lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky left the band in 1967 and was replaced by Jerry Yester. About a year later John Sebastian left to pursue a solo career and the group disbanded. It was not until 1991 that original members Joe Butler and Steve Boone and the aforementioned Jerry Yester decided to re-form the band. They have been touring ever since. In 2000, the Lovin' Spoonful was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
All of the tracks on this fabulous CD are the original Kama Sutra recordings. You'll also enjoy perusing the 12 page booklet included here. Very highly recommended!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Lovin' Spoonful's good time music.
The Lovin' Spoonful is often unrecognized for their other great songs in their catalog besides the ones we all know: "Do You Believe In Magic", "Daydream", "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice", and "Summer in the City". On here are 26 selections from hit singles to album cuts you might not have heard but worthy of getting acquainted with. "Rain on the Roof" kind of stuck out at me with it's sunny-natured tone even though pictured on a rainy afternoon. The liner notes indicate its B-side is "Pow! (Theme From 'What's Up, Tiger Lilly?')" (What a silly name. Good fun!)
That song is one of the must fun songs on here. There is a big musical montage as you listen to this disc. The band wasn't worried about experimenting. Why, on one of the last songs on the disc, they play on a typewriter! (Cool, huh?) This disc is marvelous overview of an often over-looked good-time '60s band. ... Read more

44. Return to Pooh Corner
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The appeal of this album isn't limited to children--though the gentle repertoire and soft acoustic musical accompaniment will surely soothe little ones at the end of a long day, adults will find the silky-smooth vocals, beautiful harmonies, and creative production just as engaging. Parents will enjoy listening to the metamorphosis of Loggins's 1969 Top 40 hit "House on Pooh Corner" to the updated '90s version. And with titles like the traditional "All the Pretty Little Ponies" and "To-Ra-Loo-Ra" and covers of Paul Williams's "Rainbow Connection," Jimmy Webb's "The Last Unicorn," and John Lennon's "Love," Mom might find herself borrowing this CD from the nursery when it comes time to kick back and relax after the kids are asleep. --Deborah Moore ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Magic for Children and Adults Alike
I realize from the large amount of reviews for this CD that everyone loves Return to Pooh Corner. It is wonderful to relax and unwind to. Babies, children, and adults love it. For the shopper who hasn't actually seen the CD cover, here are the songs listed on it:

1. All the Pretty Little Ponies (with background vocals from David Crosby and Graham Nash)

2. Neverland Medley: Somewhere Out There/Never Never Land/ Pure Imagination (Gene Wilder reprises his voice as Willy Wonka at the begining of Pure Imagination)

3. Return to Pooh Corner (Kenny originally wrote this song as a high school senior as a farewell to childhood. Now he rearranged it and added more lyrics)

4. Rainbow Connection (from the Muppet Movie)

5. St. Judy's Comet (written by Paul Simon)

6. The Last Unicorn

7. Cody's Song (Written by Kenny Loggins for his son Cody)

8. The Horses

9. Love (written by John Lennon)

10. To-Ra-Loo-Ra (a traditional Irish Lullaby)

I can't say enough about this CD. It gives me the warm Fuzzys. My 76 year-old mother also commented several times how much she liked this CD. This CD pampers the souls of young and old alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars the perfect naptime music
I work in child care and therefore spend a section of each day watching sleeping children. We probably have 100 naptime cds with a variety of classical music and music for children and this is by far my favorite. I put it on repeat and listen to it for 2.5 hours without getting bored. It is a must have for any parents or teachers of young children!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it
I am a 16 year old, and return to pooh corner almost makes me cry when i listen to it because it is so touching and it makes me remember my childhood. You definately dont need to be a parent to love these songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me cry just thinking of the songs! I LOVE IT!
We received this as a baby gift in 1998 when our son was born. It was played every night in his nursery as we rocked him. We played it for our daughter many times after she was born as well. Now that they are getting older, I keep it in the car and whenever I am stressed with the kids, I just pop it in and it takes me back to those precious moments I spent rocking them. WHAT WONDERFUL MEMORIES! I still find myself singing or humming "All the Pretty Little Ponies" to my daughter when she is having trouble sleeping. This is such a wonderful alternative to the "typical" lullabies you hear. It really gives you a nice collection of songs that even adults enjoy listening to. We also bought his other collection...just wish he would make more!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best baby's bedtime CD.
Music for babies that Mom and Dad will love too. Calms down everyone in the house when it is time for bed for the little one. We often let it play to the end after the baby was in her crib to soothe ourselves. Not boring classical, not corny nursery rhymes, not sappy baby songs. This is the perfect music to relax to for parents ready to put their little bundle down for the night. Received it as a gift and have given it as a gift at least a dozen times. ... Read more

45. 1967-1970
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Even as the Beatles began heading toward an inevitable breakup, their prolific ways continued; this two-disc look back only skims the surface of their later achievements. Excerpts from Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, the white album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be compete for space with classic singles that do as much or more to prove their eclecticism: the epic ballad "Hey Jude," the plaintive "Strawberry Fields Forever," straight rock & roll of all stripes from the plainspoken "Revolution" and "Get Back" to the surreal "Come Together." Decades after the split, this (and its companion set of 1962-1966 cuts) remains a favored introduction for young listeners and a key sampler for veteran fans. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Second half of their career together
While the first compilation contained 26 tracks lasting 65 minutes, this one contains 28 generally longer tracks lasting 95 minutes. The Beatles recorded fewer songs during this period so there are fewer obvious omissions. The best-known track from this period not included here is When I'm 64.

Of course, all their own British and American hits from the period are here, including Strawberry fields forever, Penny lane, All you need is love, Hello goodbye, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get back, The ballad of John and Yoko, Come together, Something, Let it be and The long and winding road.

Also included are their own versions of songs that were hits for others, including With a little help from my friends (Joe Cocker), Lucy in the sky with diamonds (Elton John) and Ob-la-di ob-la-da (Marmalade).

As if all that were not enough, there are some brilliant album tracks, including my favorite track here, Fool on the hill. I am the walrus is a very silly song, but it has a certain appeal.

This is a superb collection containing almost (but not quite) all the essential Beatles tracks from the period covered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection of the later years
You can't go wrong if you purchase this collection, along with the 1962-1966 compilation. Of course, why stop there?
I listened to my sister's copy all the time when I was in junior high, and was really bummed when she took it away. There are so many classics here that are essential to any music library: "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" kick off with a one-two double-A-side punch. Next are key tracks from Sgt. Peppers, especially the haunting "A Day in the Life." Nearly everything from Magical Mystery Tour is here, please outstanding singles like "Lady Madonna" and "Revolution" and of course, "Hey Jude."
On CD 2, George Harrison finally gets his due, with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Old Brown Shoe," "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." I still thing "Something" is one of the most beautiful Beatles songs ever.
The Beatles had eclectic tastes, and each piece had something original, whether it was instrumentation, their use of voice, unusual lyrics, or just simple yet instantly memorable melodies.
Yes, the White Album is under-represented, and you miss out on the entire Abbey Road dynamic, but this collection has so much to offer.
Also, the liner notes include lyrics and rare photos of the band. This is a can't miss disk.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Soundtrack of My Life
I have had this on 8-track, vinyl, cassettes, and now finally on CDs. These classic songs only get better with age. My favorite album - ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Great Compilations (and Sequencing)
Despite the number of releases in the late 90's with the Anthology series, the Beatles greatest songs have been compiled only one time in the last 30 years, in 2000's "1". It's fun to go back to the companion 1973 releases "1962-1966" and this "1967-1970" (28 tracks, 99 min.), and marvel in particular at the latter's song selection and sequencing.

While now a bit awkwardly on 2 CDs, the original double vinyl was the perfect package. The song selection is just about perfect, really. Nothing to take away from "1", but can you really call that the ultimate compilation of the Beatles when it doesn't have "A Day in the Life" (the definitive Beatles song?) or "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"? Maybe it's too soon yet after "1", but I really believe there is room for a 2 CD collection of the entire Beatles catalogue (greatest hits and essential album tracks) along the lines of "The Definitive Bob Dylan", a great example of how to use the full capacity of CDs. Is anyone with me on that?

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY Beatles album in my collection!
And there's a good reason why! While the hits that propelled them to international stardom are the ones of which most "purists" salivate (i.e., the ones found on THE RED ALBUM covering 1962-1966), it is the latter stage of the FAB FOUR's career that I find most fascinating.

It was during this time that they were their most experimental, most challenging, and most controversial. Theirs was the music that influenced a generation and this showcases their most memorable tunes and provocative tunes.

I bought this three decades ago and still consider it among the best collections ever assembled. ... Read more

46. Adapt or Die: Ten Years of Remixes
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Vocalist Tracy Thorn and multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt began making music together as Everything But the Girl in the early '80s while students at Hull University in the U.K. By the '90s their spare-yet-sensual, jazz-inflected tunes evolved nito a richly textured fusion of pop and electronica-"Pop-Tronica"-that shimmered with diverse musical idioms. A favorite both in the clubs and with critics and aficionados, the duo's innovative sound has become iconic to the genre. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stay on Topic
I really hate it when people don't review the CDs. Bartender "metropic1"'s review was completely useless because he did not say anything about the CD.If he is angry because Everything But The Girl has not released any new music in years, he should post on their website, He knew it was a remix CD."Remix" means no new material.This is not the place to vent over a lack of new music.

1-0 out of 5 stars Remix/Rehash
It is pathetic that a duo as talented as EBTG keeps releasing the same old stuff with slightly different twist. They should take a page from PSB and release new stuff as well as old. Purchase "Like the deserts miss the rain" instead of this. Ben can run a label, why not create new stuff and release it on Buzzin'Fly. Trust me, I know, you can do both, or(and I hope not)is it just over for these two musically?

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Album
"Adapt Or Die" collects Everything But The Girl's remixes over the past 10 years, and is an excellent companion piece to their recent hits compilation "Like The Deserts Miss The Rain", since it adds several tracks from their 1999 LP "Temperamental" that were not included in the former. Besides the signature tunes ("Missing", "Wrong", "Walking Wounded"), there are some pleasant surprises along the way, like the Jazzy Jeff remix of "Mirrorball", which stands as one of EBTG's best remixes ever. "Before Today" is given a new lease of life by Adam F, incorporating a harder drum n bass beat than in the original. The remixes for "Single", "Lullaby of Clubland", "Downhill Racer" and "Corcovado" are also outstanding. The inclusion (at the end) of the 1990 acoustic mix of "Driving" is a nice touch, since it gives release to the relentless dance beats that occupied the last 13 songs on the record. Overall, this is one remix album you can actually listen to from beginning to end, because it is very consistent and compelling, just like anything EBTG has ever put out. If you like innovative, intelligent dance music with heart, you should definitely pick this up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, at times good, but not, as is typical, great.
Adapt Or Die is a compilation of recordings made over the last 10 years (although there are some tracks older than that on here?).For longtime followers of EBTG, this is a welcome gift from the understandably reclusive group (made up principally of vocalist Tracy Thorn and husband/producer Ben Watt); they are new parents, and have made the rare decision to tether themselves to family first, and let their musical momentum subordinate.Refreshing indeed.

I've been anticipating this album since they mentioned it on their fan site some number of months ago (yes, I'm that big of an EBTG psycho, keep that in mind when I get a bit course here soon), I have great respect for Ben Watt's musical talent.I was certain he'd shepard a world-class mix.Well, after a few listens, this certainly isn't that.It's an "ok" mix.There are, in my opinion, only a couple of songs that are better than their original productions (Corcovado, and Mirrorball).Then there are a handful of songs that'll freshen-up interest in the EBTG playlist, but regrettably, not for long.

However, there are some unbelievable stinkers on this CD.I couldn't believe how bad the Tempermental remix is.It's...well, listen to it yourself before you get all worked up.It sounds like they forced Tracy by gunpoint to do a cover for that weird costume scene in Eyes Wide Shut.Disturbing.Also, the remix for Single is like...well, it's like the same song, only with some kind of Casio-watch-style beeping in the background.Maybe some people, like fans of Casio watches will be like "wow, some beeping at intervals, just what this track needed".I however am offended by what I consider needless tampering.

Which should be the title of this CD:Needless Tampering With Perfection.But that wouldn't move many units would it?

I'm obviously dissapointed.If you care to look up my reviews, you'll see that I'm a consistent 5 star reviewer of EBTG, I'm always the one strongly advising you to go buy the album.This time however, I can't in good conscience advise you to do anything but steer clear.


Christian Hunter
Santa Barbara, California

5-0 out of 5 stars More than what you may expect
Beyond just a remix album, this is an overhaul of most of these ebtg classics. Admittedly biased-I am a die-hard ebtg fan, but this one impressed me none-the-less. The total reworking of great songs with fun results! Although I admit I don't like the Tempermental redo, it is certainly creative, and fits a certain mood and theme within the song. Whilst I would of course prefer new ebtg stuff, as Tracey is playing house (in a good way), this is an awesome alternative.
If you are new to ebtg or a long-time fan, this is a very worthy investment. Ben & Tracey have so much to say, in so many ways. I thank them for the latest in over twenty years of stellar releases. ... Read more

47. Complete Hit Singles
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5-0 out of 5 stars What's a little mono?
I have both 'The Best of 3 Dog Night' and this new collection. Whilst I'm not thrilled that Geffen did not specify which tracks are in mono, it really doesn't matter. The sound is excellent. I listened to both versions of "Joy to the World" and the results are... stereo version, hissy; mono version, no hiss and more propulsive. People tend to get their shorts in a bind when they hear the word "mono", but when it's done right (such as Phil Spector's productions and Motown 45s), the results can be explosive. And that's what the mono versions on this set are. You have to remember back in the 70s lots of music was still being played on AM and singles were still being recorded in mono for the format.
Erick Labson should be given some sort of award for his remastering job. He brings such a warmth to the sound and pulls out insturments you never knew were there; just listen to "Liar". It's a revelation. We've heard these songs for years, but as I played the disc I felt like I was listening to them for the first time.
What we have here is the definitive one disc compilation of 3 Dog Night. The songs are listed in chronological order, there's a nice essay, and ample credits. Lyrics would have been nice, but hey, we all know the words.
So, don't be afraid of a little mono. Toss out your copy of 'The Best of 3 Dog Night' and pick up this one. You will be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!
It's about time they released a single CD compilation with all 21 top 40 hits AND included the 45 single versions that we all loved listening too on the radio!!! This collection is long overdue and instantly becomes THE DEFINITVE single CD Three Dog Night collection! While Best of was great, this CD has something that it was missing: first, their last top 40 single from 1975, Til The World Ends, and secondly it includes the 45 single mixes of several of their classics (which were previously only available on the 2 CD Celebrate release). Some of Three Dog Night's 45 singles were pumped-up and sounded better than the album versions. The difference is most noticeable on Joy To The World, Liar, and Old Fashion Love Song. If you are only going to buy one Three Dog Night CD, this should be it! Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars The return of three dog night
Iam thrilled that the hits cd is out, this brings back golden memories of my youth. When I first got an actual record player in high school, three dog night's golden bisquits, jethro tull's aqualung and black sabbath's paranoid were the very first 3 albums I ever bought. You couldnt escape three dog nite on the radio when I was in high school and of course they had hit after hit after hit. A very solid band, 3 great singers and wonderful songwriting, you cant beat it. I recently saw a commercial on tv using joy to the world and then ran into this new cd hits collection on sale and said, why not! Its great to revisit them and enjoy them again all these years later. What a great singles band!

5-0 out of 5 stars At Last
Finally, a single cd that contains all of Three Dog Night's 21 top 40 hit singles (all of which were in a row) has been released to the public, and my what a great collection of classics.

Between 1969 and 1975, Three Dog Night sold millions of albums with their trademark blend of rock, pop, and blues. Indeed, many of these songs rank among the most infectous singles ever written - ""One", "Celebrate", "Celebrate", "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy To The World", "Black And White" and "Shamabala", to name a few. The key ingredients to these hits were their trademark vocals (lead by lead vocalists Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells) and intricate instrumental skills

As several reviewers already mentioned, the group had a knack or giving up - and - coming songwriters their big break by scoring big hits with their songs. They launched the careers of Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me (Not To Come)"), Paul Williams (An Old Fashioned Love Song"), and David Loggins ("Pieces Of April").

Special Note: Although it's not here, they also helped jumpstart the careers of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, who later became the most successful songwriting team of the mid 1970s', by recording their 1969 composition "Lady Samantha".

Overall, a highly wothwhile collection that belongs in everybody's cd collection. It is the most complete single - disc collection of Three Dog Night's hits (you could get the "Celebrate" boxed set, but it's quite pricey). If you want to hear great pop music, you could do little better than this cd.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Mama Told Me Not To Come" is not the single version
I'm glad to hear six of the tracks on this CD appear in their mono single versions (which they did previously on the "Celebrate" boxed set). However, Mama Told Me Not To Come was a mono single as well, and also a good twenty seconds shorter than the stereo mix, but for some reason that longer stereo version is used here.

So the single version of Mama Told Me Not To Come is still MIA on CD. In short, there's nothing new on this disc. ... Read more

48. The Essential Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond is one of a rare breed. As a songwriter, his music has been covered successfully by artists as diverse as the Monkees, Deep Purple, UB40, and Smash Mouth. But Diamond used that three-chord alchemy to build an unparalleled career as a performer as well. The 38 tracks on these two discs address those interlocking legacies in the most comprehensive manner yet, gathering his material from Bang! Records (including such pop staples as "Solitary Man," "Cherry, Cherry," "Kentucky Woman," "Red, Red Wine," and "I'm a Believer"), Universal (highlighted by "Sweet Caroline," Song Sung Blue," "Holly Holy," and "I Am ... I Said"), and Columbia for the first time. And if Diamond has veered toward the middle of the road on those latter recordings (such as "September Morn," "Heartlight," and the Streisand duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), there remains a remarkable consistency throughout his work. As if to underscore the point, a number of mid-period hits (including "Shiloh," "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," and "Soolaimon") are featured as live recordings from fall 2001. These performances show that the sweet roughness of his voice has only grown in power and drama; it's small wonder that Diamond remains one of the top live draws in the business. Even if it overlooks Diamond's unlikely late-'90s hit country album (Tennessee Moon), this set manages to be both concise and thorough, the best introduction yet to an American music legend. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Songs sung blue.
This collection is very similar to his 2-disc "Greatest Hits 1966-1992", but I think this is the better one. For the casual fan, every song is here that matters, and with 38 hits, it really is essential. Included is "Solitary Man", "Sweet Caroline", "I Am...I Said", and "America", among many others. It also has my favorite "Heartlight", which wasn't a huge hit, but makes me feel good. It's true some of these tracks are live, but they're still nearly as enjoyable as the originals. Live "Neil" is pretty good after all. If you want just 1 disc, get the 18 track "Collection".

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Collection with 3 Must-Haves for Diehards
Since most of the tracks on this collection have been released previously (numerous times for many of them), I will focus my review of this collection on the new live cuts, more specifically Captain Sunshine, He Ain't Heavy, and the medley of Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene.

Before I focus on them however, let me say that the studio recordings of Neil's greatest songs are all on this collection. Listening to all of these tracks, one can gain an appreciation why Neil Diamond is not only revered as a songwriter but as a vocalist. These are timeless pieces of Americana and popular music.

The three live cuts that are noteworthy in this collection are songs hitherto, unreleased as live recordings. In fact, they are songs that Neil has rarely performed live until this current 2001-2002 tour. For me, they represent two things, one the strong writing skills Neil Diamond has even in songs that never became 'greatest hits' and two, the enduring voice Neil Diamond has even after 60+ years.

1. Captain Sunshine is a song from Neil Diamond's 1972 album called Moods. The song was put into the current tour as a tribute to a longtime band member, Vince Charles. The song is a beautiful tribute to the man. Neil Diamond's voice on this song sounds as youthful as it has since the early 1980's (listen to Play Me on this collection as a early 1990's comparison to see how his voice improved from the 90's to today).

2. He Ain' Heavy, He's My Brother is in Neil's current show as a tribute to the heros and victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the troops that are currently fighting for the U.S. What is particularly interesting about this song is that Neil sang it before it ever became a hit. In essence, he discovered the song. Although sung differently than the way the hit goes (I believe by the Hollies), the song emulates a feeling of sincerity and love. Again, Neil's voice is solid in this song, although he does tend to talk/sing a bit in places.

3. Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene was put on this album, in my opinion, in response to the diehard fans that continually have requested that Neil sing this live in concert. Many Neil Diamond fans consider these two songs as Neil's finest compositions, and I concur. These two songs represent a more mystical side of Neil with lyrics that aren't as straight-forward as most of his songs. Not only are the words incredible, but the music is awesome. Neil sings these songs almost as well as he did in the studio back in 1973/1974. Truly this and the other three tracks are totally worth buying another greatest hits collection of America's greatest singer/songwriter.

A living legend? Neil Diamond is, and this collection proves it!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's the newer "Live" ones that make this set unique!
There are at least four Neil Diamond's represented on this collection -- from the (1) very early "Bang" pieces (Cherry Cherry, You Got to Me) to the (2) classic studio hits (Sweet Caroline, I Am...I Said) to (3) mid-career MOR pop songs (You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Forever in Blue Jeans) to (4) newly recorded "live" versions of often-overlooked, but quite substantial, ND compositions (Soolaimon, Captain Sunshine, Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene).

It's the later group (found only on this CD) which makes it especially worthwhile, because in recording them here ND has (finally) learned to sing into the microphone, instead of shouting over it to the last row of the arena. Much better engineering than on previous "live" collections, excepting the full-throttle (original) Hot August Night, and 1997's hard-to-find "ND Live in Concert" 3-CD collection, whose Missa/Soolaimon and re-mastered Jonathon Livingston Seagull suites are not to be matched. Enjoy!

1-0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs, Rock N Roll get old
this album is just too hardcore for me, with thrashing guitars and banging drums, i got a headache, maybe i have a tumor! but this cd sucks. Metal at its worst

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best One Out There, But...
The studio stuff on here is great. Early stuff is in mono, later stuff is in stereo. Yes, as others have pointed out, 9 of the 38 tracks are live, and we all agree, the originals of the 9 are by far superior. Sony doesn't own the masters to those songs, but Universal does. There are a few Universal Collections, Like "Neil Diamond - The Collection" and "20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection" that will complete the set. Unfortunately, those compilations don't have all the stuff this one does. Want it all, you'll have to buy both this one and one of the two I listed above, but it will certainly be worth it! If you do like the live stuff, I recommend the remaster of Hot August Night! ... Read more

49. Ultimate Collection
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24bit Digtally Remastered Double Disc Comprehensive Set of their Best from the 60's to the 80's. This Collection Offers the Most Varied Set Ever Offered by the Acknowledged True Originators of What Has Evolved Today as Heavy Metal Rock and Roll. Tracks Are Culled from the Early Pye/Warner Bros. Recordings and the RCA/ARISTA Years. The Package Includes Sleevenotes by Ray Davies and Many Photos and Many Previously Unseen Shots. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beatles, Stones & the Kinks
Pete Townshend said he never understood why the Big 3 bands of British rock were always listed as the Beatles, Stones, and Who. He said he always thought they were the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks. He admitted that the early Who used to blatantly rip off the early Kinks. And it's common knowledge that the opening riff of 1964's "You Really Got Me" created the template for heavy metal, which emerged about 4 - 6 years later with Blue Cheer (1968), Led Zeppelin (1969), and Black Sabbath (1970). Anyway, after ripping themselves off with their next single, 1965's "All Day & All the Night," Ray Davies evolved into a songwriter of greater depth with "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Days," and "Victoria." They're all here, as well as the "Lola"/"Apeman" period tracks. A good album with most (but not all) of the best tracks from the unappreciated Kinks. Get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great big chunk of Kinks!
Lots of great Kinks clinkers.Can't beat the price if you shop on Amazon marketplace.CD#1 has the better known tunes while CD#2 the lesser.Each CD is arranged chronologically from the earliest times to the latter...making each representative of their whole output rather than splitting up the material and risking the atypical 2cd "strong/weak" anthology common when music groups cover a large span of years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everybody's Gonna Be Happy With This Collection!!!
What a great idea!!! Collect ALL the Kinks great songs in one place on one album! How fabulous is it? Well, pretty fabulous, but let's talk reality for a moment. In order to have a complete set of ALL the Kinks great songs, a minimum of six discs would be necessary, and Ultimate Collection only has two. Disappointed? Yes, but only a little. Because these two discs are chock-full of more Kinks classics than you can shake a stick at, and most of the collection centers on their most creative period, the sixties and early seventies. Trendsetters? How about "You Really Got Me," which drew the blueprint for every hard rock/heavy metal band for the next 30 years? What about "See My Friends," which was one of the first "Eastern" songs in rock, predating the Yardbirds by six months and George Harrison by three years? What about "Lola," probably the first hit ever about an encounter with a transvestite? What about " Victoria", one of the first and only hit songs written about an English monarch? Or, how about such great songs as "All Day and All Night," "Autumn Almanac," the music hall treatment of "Dead End Street," the shimmering poetry of "Waterloo Sunset," "Celluloid Heroes," the best song about Hollywood ever written? Or "Superman," and "Come Dancing," two songs which proved conclusively that the Kinks could and did change with the times? Or what about a body of work so staggering that the Kinks were one of the first British Invasion bands voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame WITHOUT a number one single? What about.......well, I could go on and on. Yes, there are a few clunkers here, yes, there are some great songs missing ("Destroyer," "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Gallon of Gas," and most of the good songs from The Village Green Preservation Society), but there are so many tasty tunes here that this collection must be obtained without hesitation. So, get the Kinks Ultimate Collection today! Short of a few frenzied diehard fans, everybody's gonna be happy with this one!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the Ultimate Collection
This is definitely the Kinks collection to get. It's the most comprehensive collection yet, with all of their early and later hits, including You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Tired Of Waiting, Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset (in stereo), Days, Stop Your Sobbing (in stereo), A Well Respected Man, Come Dancing, Better Things, Celluloid Heroes, and much more (a total of 44 songs). And the songs have never sounded better, especially the remastered selections from the 60s (including Lola in stereo). My only regret is that they left off Catch Me Now I'm Falling. Even so, this is the best collection out there. You won't regret buying it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tons of Fun
After all this time, it is amazing the number of sublime songs that were put out by the Kinks. This is not a "greatest hits" collection, as there are a few b-side clinkers in the bunch, but even these display the splendid combination of melody and chaos that made this band so interesting. The audio quality is wonderful (yes, you can listen to the quality of the studio recordings improve over time), and it is a revelation to re-listen to songs only known through 45's decades ago. OK, I'm reliving my childhood. It's great.

The texture of both the words and music displayed by this band at its best is remarkable. And they only got better. The last recordings, songs like "Better Days," "Superman" and "Come Dancing" are superb. ... Read more

50. 1962-1966
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The closest the Beatles came to a greatest hits package, this document of the early part of their career features hit singles (in chronological order) and selected album tracks, running from "Love Me Do" through the groundbreaking Rubber Soul and Revolveralbums. While this may be an excellent intro for beginners, real fans will never be content with only selections, especially when you're dealing with those aforementioned albums. Capitol packages the collection on two discs, copying the original vinyl version--but, of course, CDs hold more music than records did. Still, you do get 26 bona fide classics, so there's no real need to complain. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection of singles, but missing quite a bit
A fine collection that manages to capture the essence of the Beatles' songwriting craft in their singles, but short changes on the album tracks from their best album REVOLVER. This collection, not surprisingly, veers towards the commerical side of the band. Surprisingly, Capitol didn't take advantage of the extended time found on cds to include additional key album tracks(both discs clock in at less than 70 minutes combined).

The packaging is quite good(in fact better than most of the Beatles cd's issued) with lyrics and photos. The packaging could have been more complete with insights from the surviving band members about the overall mood this collection evokes(everything else about these songs seems to have been discussed, but the feeling the band has now listening to these tracks in retrospect).

George, although he didn't have any a or b side singles during this time, is not well represented. While John and Paul were the driving force of the band early on, some of George's compositions("Don't bother me", "If I needed someone", "Taxman")are some of the finest album tracks on their respective albums.

Emi if you're listening when you reissue this, I'd suggest the additon of the previously mentioned tracks by George, "And your bird can sing", "She said, she said", "For no one"(one of Paul's finest songs)and "Tomorrow never knows". Additionally, a better selection from one of the band's finest albums, A HARD DAY"S NIGHT, would be appreciated.

Overall, not a bad collection but not the best representation of the band(a similiar flaw exists with The Blue album--The White album isn't represented as well as it should be).

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits and Classics from the Beatles early period
The Beatles 1962-1966, also known as the "red" album, along with its counterpart, 1967-1970, the "blue" album, make a great starter combination for new fans.
1962-1966 is packed with great music, from the early hits "Love Me Do" and "She Loves You" to the beginning of the experimental era with "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yellow Submarine." You get all the key A-side singles not found on the regular releases, such as "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Feel Fine" plus essential album tracks like "Yesterday" and "Nowhere Man."
Yes there are plenty of omissions, but the 26 tracks are all classics. I also agree that Rubber Soul is weighted over Revolver, and that there should have been a couple George Harrison tunes. And here's a final quirk. A cassette version I listened to a lot in college had the original soundtrack intro to Help!, a James Bond-like bit that gave the disk a bit of humor. That has been deleted here. I don't know why. There is plenty of time on the disks.
Oh well, you still can't go wrong with this collection, plus you get the lyrics in the liner notes and some fun shots of the Beatles as the mature through the 1960s.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fanstastic Music But Horrible "Bang for the Buck"
Music: 5 stars; Economic Value: 1 Star

Not counting the Anthology albums in the 90's (which are not hit compilations anyway), the Beatles have in the last 30 years been compiled only once, on 2000's "1", an excellent overview for what it is, their best known and biggest hits. The 1973 "Red" and "Blue" compilations remain in print, and I guess are still selling. While the "Blue" 1967-1970 compilation justifies its continued availibility on 2 CDs, one really has to question why the "Red" 1962-1966 compilation does.

"The Beatles 1962-1966" (26 tracks) clocks in at 62 min., way below the capacity of a single CD, yet remains on the shelf as 2 CDs (along with a heftly $31 retail price). This is nothing short of ripping off the buying public, in my opinion. The reason given by the label management is "to keep the integruity of the original vinyl issue", but is anyone really buying this? Shame on them!

The music on the "Red" album is of course stellar, that's not the point. Maybe it's too soon yet after the "1" compilation, but hasn't the time come for a definitve 2CD compilation of the Beatles, along the lines of, say, "The Essential Bob Dylan", maximising the capability of 80 min. of a CD?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Start Towards Your Beatles Collection
If you've been a Beatles Fanatic for a while, then you will probably own all of the material on this CD already, but for someone just begining their Beatles Collection, or for the casual fan, this is a great place to start! The Beatles have far too many classic hits to include on any one album, but this set has a great selection of some of the best. It makes a great choice if you're introducing your kids to The Beatles as well. Selections range from up-beat poppy songs to sentimental heart-felt balads. All of the songs are well known so it's very easy to sing along with, and a lot of fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars John, Paul, George, And Ringo
Most people know how great The Beatles are. Therefore, I should only have to say, "it's The Beatles; need I say more?". Since I'm a nice guy, I'll detail it anyway...

"1962-1966" is a great compilation two-disc album for any Beatles fan. This is the set that shows how this musical phenomenon started. It was released three years after their break-up, a time that society still awaited anxiously for their reunion. Fans had never seen a greatest hits compilation from them before this. Still devoted to them, many rushed for this album. These songs continue to inspire a generation of musicians that have come after them, including The Bangles, Sheryl Crow, Def Leppard, and many more. Therefore, it was more than just their good looks and their bopping heads that made them a wonderful band.

This set explores John, Paul, George, and Ringo through their first two years of fame in the US. When the British Invasion began in 1964, a new musical revolution began. Their long-lasting impact was the least expected. The Beatles were the first of many British acts (The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Dusty Springfield, etc.) to conquer the US during this time with their first smash it single "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Then, their performance on "The Ed Sullavin Show" that year made music history again. Over 70 million people watched them perform five songs that night. All five of those became smash hits. Their impact, aside the screaming fans, proved that they came to stay.

Before their debut, only doo-wop and rock & roll captured the airways, namely by Elvis Presley. It seemed like society was looking for something new. No other act performed in that style of rock before 1964, including the more accented guitar and the absense of a piano/ keyboard. This gave new meaning to rock music. Their great vocal harmonies gave an added spice for listening pleasure. The lyrics gave these love songs the extra catchiness. Most of these songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They later became one of the greatest songwriting duos. Through the years, The Beatles's style wonderfully evolved while continuing to make music history.

Those wanting to observe more of their evolution should also buy "1967-1970", which explores lyrics about peace, love, drugs, and anti-war. "1962-1966" is a great album for any Beatles fan to own as it'll continue pleasing listeners for a long time. ... Read more

51. Has Been
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From pop-culture icon William Shatner comes Has Been, an album unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Produced and arranged by Ben Folds and featuring numerous notable guest appearances, Has Been is the result of the collision of two great creative forces — a surprisingly pop-driven, lyrically potent collection of songs to enlighten and entertain.

Throughout Has Been, Shatner’s own insightful lyrics are masterfully woven into perfect pop melodies written and arranged by Ben Folds. Giving Shatner and Folds a hand on the project is an incredible lineup of singers and musicians, including Jon Auer, Adrian Belew, Matt Chamberlain, Joe Jackson, Lemon Jelly, Aimee Mann, Brad Paisley, Henry Rollins and Sebastian Steinberg.

Highlights include the poignant "That’s Me Trying," penned by Ben Folds with High Fidelity author Nick Hornby, a brilliant version of the Pulp Britpop classic "Common People," featuring vocals by Joe Jackson and closing track, "Real," a duet with country star Brad Paisley, written exclusively for this project. ... Read more

52. The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
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Sensing that the Beatles, Stones, and Who were radically transforming rock music by turning it literate and conceptual, Ray Davies decided the Kinks should be his vehicle to explore his unusual longing for a simpler time when the English empire was not in decline. A reliance on English music hall tradition and sentiments indicated in titles such as "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains," "Picture Book," and "Village Green" clearly show Davies's nostalgia streak. Davies's singing has always been rough and non-Kinks fans may have trouble getting past his sloppy pitch. But for those listening closely, the tales are one of a kind. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest rock albums of all time.
But why does everyone miss the point of this LP? To me - and ok, I could be wrong - Village Green is about childhood, loss of innocence, about being in that transitional phase between childhood and adulthood. I think the 'old England' setting is largely just a metaphor for that. "How I love things as they used to be" comes immediately afterthe line "Picture of me when I was just three"

Secondly, this is NOT an altogether folky, subdued album. 'Big Sky', 'Johnny Thunder' and 'Steam Powered Trains' rock as hard as anything on 'Something Else'. And it's not altogether a sweet, whimsical album. It's wistful, and often very sad. 'Do You Remember, Walter' and 'People Take Pictures of Each Other' are almost painfully so.

For my money this the Kinks best album. I would give it a dead heat with 'Astral Weeks' as the album of 1968. Any other year, either of those would have won it alone. It also comes close to the beginning of The Kinks purple patch - a 4 to 5 year period from circa 1967 to 1971, when everything Ray Davies wrote was magic. That this corresponded to the period of their least commercial success (up until that time) is criminal. In the late 60's, Davies arguably put more runs on the board than any other songwriter in rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Ray Davies creates a bucolic small-town paradise--or so it would seem--on this (unfortunately) little known Kinks album. For certain, songs such as "Animal Farm," "Sitting by the Riverside," "Picture Book," and the title track muse on the traditional thoughts of the simple, quiet and pleasantries of small town life. But there are some snakes in this Garden of Eden: a witch, "Wicked Annabella," an aloof God, "Big Sky," childhod dreams that meet sad adult reality, "Do You Remember Walter?"

Davies, one rock's greatest lyricists, is in championship form here.

From the title track:

"We are the skycraper codemnation affiliate/God save Tudor houses, antique tables and billiards."

The arrangements and the musicianship--in sharp contrast to many of the better known classics of the late 1960s--are lean and bare. The melodies are first rate, enhancing the direct and effective little-old-man-sounding vocals of Ray Davies.

Easily the greatest 1960s album no one (almost) has ever heard of. Village Green Preservation Society never cracked Billboard's top 200 chart. A shame.

The last line from the title track: "God Save the Village Green."

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Band Ever?
Are they? This album is a strong argument; sound exploding with full awareness of which page in history they are sitting on, The Kinks step into "the whole west coast long name thing" you know "Fred's Incredible Shrinking Grapell Aeroplane",
"The Peanut Butter Conspiracy", "Chicago Transit Authority", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "The Notorious Byrd Brothers", right into Village Green Preservation Society, a perfect name impervious to all erosion with ingrained thematics and then a tour of life around you, the pictures we take to document our experience, the sky above us, animals, different people who have wandered in and vanished out from our life like Walter and Monica, Wicked Annabella, songs like "All of my Friends Were There" that leave you stupefied, intimate storytelling interweaved with a gripping band that just stepped out of a garden circus party. Maypoles and smiling Brits are abound give it a spin and you'll be sucked into the Village Green

5-0 out of 5 stars Minstrels in your Garden
Ray Davies wrote this album with his creative processes flowing totally against the prevailing musical climate in 1968. At that time most bands were dropping acid,letting their hair grow longer and turning up the volume. Yet Ray seemed to promise himself that he would write songs from his soul; songs that provide indelible images of an England gone more than a little off-track.He looks unhappy on the CD cover and was probably wondering why his good music was not selling better. Anyway, let me say this is one of the BEST musical experiences of my life. The songs are at turns nostalgic,witty,literate and expansive. If you are unfamiliar with this music as I was until several months ago,this is the apex, but Face to Face, Something Else or Arthur will treat you wonderfully as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incomparable
Born and raised a Beatles fan, I stumbled into Kinkdom only after High School graduation (1978) with the newly released "Misfits". I suddenly realized what a deprived childhood I had.
I worked backwards from "Misfits", stopping along the way to be initially disappointed by "Something Else" (which I outgrew) and blown away by "Arthur". But nothing prepared me for.....this.
"The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" (VGPS from here on in) is quite simply the best disc I have ever heard. Period.
Better than Rubber Soul, Revolver, and the vastly overrated Sgt Pepper. Better than anything by the Who, Stones, Zeppelin, yada, yada, yada.
And yet, it sold along the lines of 40,000 copies in the LP years (1968-1980 or so) and never cracked the TOP 200. Incredible; it's as if somebody built Disney World on the moon.
The songs? From rock to pure pop to folksy stuff to calypso. All songs run only about 3 minutes or so each (except for 'Last of the Steam Powered Trains', and that weighs in at about 4:11), but almost all are overflowing alternately with wit, charm, brilliance, warmth, regret, longing, loving.
If there are better songs than 'Animal Farm' and 'Big Sky', please show them to me (outside of the Kinks catalogue, of course). 'Johnny Thunder', 'Picture Book', and one of the sweetest pieces of ear candy you'll ever hear, 'People Take Pictures of Each Other', which can best be described as a 2 minute, 15-odd second audio smile.
If there is a "weak" song on this album, I would have to nominate 'Sitting by the Riverside', but that's like criticizing Joe Louis for being slow on his feet.
Recommendation: Get the version of the CD with the 28 tracks, which includes 'Days' and a song that it is hard to believe was written by the same man who gave us "All Day and All of the Night": 'Mr. Songbird'.
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53. Neil Diamond - The Greatest Hits (1966-1992)
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Though now known mainly for his middle-of-the-road balladry, Neil Diamond started his career in the '60s as a Tin Pan Alley pro who turned out a string of ballsy, folk-rock-styled classic Top 40 singles that may come as a surprise to anyone who's grown up with the image of Diamond as a sensitive crooner and Vegas showman. This 2 CD set contains all of his hits, but it isn't quite the definitive package that its title suggests. His early Bang singles ("Cherry, Cherry," "Kentucky Woman," "Solitary Man") and his later Columbia material ("You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "America," "Heartlight") appear in their original versions. But his mid-period MCA/UNI hits ("Sweet Caroline," "Song Sung Blue," "I Am ... I Said") are represented by live re-recordings from 1989 and 1992. --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Needs the disclosure: LIVE versions of classic hits.
Don't get me wrong: I dig Diamond. I love his earlier work. Seeing him perform live was a great treat, and like some others, I don't think he can be overdone.

Much of the great A.M. radio songs of the 1960's and early 1970's were from his pen and voice. "I Got the Feelin", "Girl You'll be a Woman Soon", "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" (more on that later) established his bona fides for a place in the Hall of Fame. Be forewarned though. In this album, I thought I had found the treasure I was looking for: Most of the stuff I grew up with in one place. However, I was abjectly disappointed to find too many of the songs I wanted were not the original versions I had come to love, but instead were live versions.

I wanted the versions of the songs "Brooklyn Roads", "I Am I Said", "B.L.T.S.S." and "Sweet Caroline" like I remember them. Unfortunately, the versions here were all live. According to one of the critics, a full third of the album is. Some of these are just fine, but if you want originals, this is going to leave you searching elsewhere.

2-0 out of 5 stars not deceived, just not thinking.....
I agree with some of the other reviews. I too didn't care for the live versions. Then again, I assumed I was getting the original recordings, without doing myself a favor and reading the reviews by those listed here on Amazon. Shame on me. I've given this one away, and now am hunting for a compilation of the original studio stuff.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't get tricked like I did
Buyer beware! I used to own this album -- got it through a CD club, but returned it. After purchase, I discovered, to my dismay, that some of the songs were not the original versions but lousy live versions instead. There was no indication that these were "remakes" on the cover. Deception! Why, oh why, do the powers that be feel compelled to keep including these awful live versions of some songs on all of Neil's "greatest hits" type albums?? It makes no sense! If I wanted live versions of his songs, I'd buy a live album. (I'm not a big fan of live albums as a rule anyway. Give me the studio versions!) I haven't yet been able to find a compilation of Neil's wonderful work that includes all original versions of all the songs on one album. I'm still waiting, Neil ...

3-0 out of 5 stars Misleading, but good
If you are a Neil Diamond fan, this is a good buy. All od his classics and more are on here, but there are some disapointing aspects. On the first disc, half the songs are live, which are interestingly not mentioned anywhere in this CD collection. If you enjoy Neil singing live, then this won't bother you. For me though, I found this disapointing because some of the live songs were songs I like in their original versions. The second disc is better in that aspect, but you get less of the songs we all know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Perfection
This is the one to buy if your are a Neil Diamond fan. ... Read more

54. Songs You Know by Heart
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Critics have always been singularly unkind to Jimmy Buffett. Or at least they have since the singer became immune to their jabs, commanding a nation of Parrotheads who sell out his shows, snap up his records and books, and eat and drink in his nightclubs in Key West and New Orleans. By now, you've made up your mind as well: To paraphrase Buffett himself from his song "Volcano," you either lava him now, or you lava him not. Songs You Know by Heart is a friendly little best-of collection that features concert perennials such as "Margaritaville," "Fins," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," and the immutable "Why Don't We Get Drunk." If by some chance you've not yet been introduced to Buffett's music, this album is the best way to say hello. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It's "heaven on earth with an onion slice"
This very c.d. was my introduction to becoming a Parrothead. My sister had heard some of the songs from a friend and kept singing what little words she knew of the songs. Finally, I got the c.d. because I wanted to hear a professional sing the darn songs. From the first song to the last song ("volcano"), this c.d. is a pretty good Buffett compilation. Very few slow, melodramatic songs (except for "He Went to Paris" including the infamous line "and it left Jim with only one eye"). This c.d. always reminds me of going to Myrtle Beach, watching the peers, and seeing the people having fun, fishing, and drinking.

Each song is a gem, but I gave this 4 stars because there are more great songs that buffett has made beside these. I felt that this should have been a 3-c.d. set.

Nonetheless, a great artifact for Parrotheads and a great introduction to a great, screwed up man!

Also reccomended are "Living and Dying in 3/4 Time" and the live video.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Compilation For All Us Parrott Heads!
No one has better captured the feckless, footloose, and the "let the good-times roll' spirit of many babyboomers than pop legend Jimmy Buffett, whose own publicly relaxed and easy-going songwriting style and persona in actuality belies a serious artist of multiple talents, a keenly articulate narrator of the story song genre that one must rub beneath the surface of to properly appreciate. Like everyone else, I fell in love with the collection of loveable losers he sings about in songs such as "Margaritaville", "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor', and "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes", but if one listens carefully, one hears an accomplished lyricist whose songwriting skills border on poetry, and a guy so facile with haunting memories that it is almost rattling to consider.

This is also a singer sensitive enough to do wonderful covers, and I was disappointed to see his wonderful version of Jesse Winchester's "Biloxi" was not included here. The only other credible version of this I've heard is by Tom Rush, and in my opinion that is pretty good company to be keeping. My own favorites here are "Come Monday", a lovely love song that saw a lot of air play, "A Pirate Looks At Forty", and, of course, "Why Don't We Get Drunk'. This is a great compilation album of an artist who still packs them in, and who admits himself as to being amazed at the popular acclaim and the loyal, even fanatical following he has developed over the years. Yet anyone listening to the songs included here will instantly understand why he is so well loved and so consistently appreciated. This is a great album; enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars timeless colaboration
Now since I was little, i'd say about 6, i have been listening to Jimmy Buffett. My Grandfather listened to him when he sailed the Atlantic then my mom listened to him when she was growing up. My whole family lsitened to Buffett growing up. This CD is what i have listened to since I was 6 and there is no better way to be introduced to the smooth, layed back, island siging, genius Jimmy Buffett. The music on this CD just takes you away for a while and puts you into a good mood and reminds you to enjoy life. Some of my fav. songs include 'changes in lattitudes, changes in attitudes', ' Valcano', 'Fins', and of course ' Margaritaville'. But this CD is a Deff. buy and i would also recomend his live album entitled "Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays" another favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars You do know them by heart
If you want a classic collection of classic Jimmy Buffett songs, then get this album. That's all there is to say. It's not a collection of his concert recordings--it's a studio collection. So, if you don't like Jimmy Buffett, move on. If you do like Jimmy Buffett, stop and put your money down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't want to spend some time in MARGARITAVILLE!
In the middle of the work week, with 3 children hanging at my waist, I wish that I could slip away to a nice, warm, white sandy beach with a margarita in my hand.....but then when I get back to reality I realize that the next best thing is Jimmy Buffett! I LOVE THIS C.D.!! ... Read more

55. Songs in the Key of Life
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Songs in the Key of Life (1976) was the highest high point of Stevie Wonder's career. More sprawling than Innervisions and Talking Book, this two-LP-plus-EP was also less of a consistent stunner than either of those masterworks. That Songs retains an enormous amount of visionary relevance, though, is demonstrated not only in Coolio's borrowing of "Pastime Paradise" as a template for "Gangsta's Paradise," but in the cold-as-ice synthesized string quartet of "Village Ghetto Land." This is Stevie, so naturally that cut's anger is balanced by the ultra-buoyant "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and "Another Star." The 2000 reissue boasts radically improved remastered sound. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Digital Sound Defiles a Pop Classic
"Songs in the Key of Life" is truly Stevie Wonder's opus. It is hard to imagine this, having already fallen in love with "Talking Book" and "Innervisions." Many, including myself, consider it to be the greatest pop album ever recorded. It is just about the most magnificent, wide-ranging and deeply moving recording I've ever heard. This record truly displays the depth and integrity of Stevie's gifts as a composer, instrumentalist, vocalist and producer. His choice of musicians on this record (including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and Greg Phillangaines) is of course top-notch. Musically and artistically it is a masterpiece on every conceivable level. However, I am saying all of this of the original recording, not the one you see here.

I have been trying for some time now to dispell the notion that digital remastering somehow enhances the quality of an older record. I have heard remasters that were excellent, and I think for recordings of the 1950's and 60's vintage they can improve the overall fidelity of early stereo. However, Stevie's albums in the early and mid 70's were also masterpieces of recording technology. I have such fond memories of hearing this record on LP and being so entranced by the warmth and intimacy of the sound. Analog masters sound as though the musicians are with you in the room! Many new recordings lack this quality, sounding sterile and reproduced. I was greatly disappointed with this particular remaster, as well as all of the Stevie Wonder remasters that were recently released by Motown. It sounds to me as if someone simply compressed all of the waves and then cranked up the treble about a hundred notches. Some of the cymbal crashes on this record left my ears ringing, I can't understand why so many people prefer to listen to this.

Having come of age after the advent of CDs, I feel I am being as objective as one can be. I think this is not simply an issue of preference, or analog vs. digital. I think this about preserving and respecting the original 'voice' of the record. Stevie Wonder, in addition to all of his musical accomplisments, was a master producer. He knew what he wanted to hear, and when I listen to the original recording I am so stimulated by the entire sonic experience. There are textures and nuances in many of the layers (especially the intricate bass lines and synth work) that have been obscured by the high frequency, high compression sound format that has somehow become the standard. I am afraid that the fascination with technological advancement has superceded the pure listening experience, and it's disappointing.

Nevertheless, the music speaks for itself. I would only advise that those who wish to hear the album how it was intended to be heard in 1976 buy the original.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Isn't Music. This Is History.
For those who care to know, this is my 1,000th review (ladies and gentlemen, please hold your applause!), and I thought it'd be a good idea to revisit Stevie Wonder's still-influential masterpiece "Songs in the Key of Life." Yeah, he's turned in other classics, and I'm also fond of "Music of My Mind" and "Hotter Than July," but "Songs..." ranks up there with "The Beatles" and Prince's "Sign o the Times" as one of the greatest double albums ever released. I still have the original vinyl edition (left to me by my late father), and very little of the material sounds dated, but all of it ranges from "excellent" to "even better." Wonder is most effective when he sings about love, as evidenced on the still-groovy "As" (which George Michael and Mary J. Blige would later cover), the brilliant "Knocks Me off My Feet" (which Tevin Campbell would later cover), and the ever-memorable "Isn't She Lovely." Other songs that hold a place close to my heart are "Another Star," "Sir Duke," and the soaring "If it's Magic." More than a quarter century since its release, this album has lost none of its luster. A classic album as towering as "Songs in the Key of Life" isn't simply music. It's also history.

5-0 out of 5 stars So Lovely, So Funky
Beautiful, rich color and soul. Kicking up the blues into funk, improv, fusion, and prog. Huge fidelity recoding. Songs are so catchy and well-written. You'll be singing the songs before the first of the 2 discs are even finished. A masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't belive...
I walked in to record town with 40 dollars that fatefull day. Totaly disgusted with the music sceen today i drifted in to the back of the store. I looked through the artists and stevie wonder's name appeared. Suddenly somthing came over me and i had songs in the key of life in my hand and i was walking to the cash register. I don't know why i bought it, i don't know what came over me. All i know is that this is one of the best albums of all time. Trust me it wont dissapoint you at all, it will inspire you to do greater things. Don't think, just buy it.

Fav. Songs : Another Star, As, Knocks me off my feet, summer soft, sir duke, if it's magic, ebony eyes, isn't she lovely, have a talk with god, i wish, love's in need of love today, saturn, village ghetto land, pasttime paradsie.


5-0 out of 5 stars ignore songlife's review
it is apparent that u songlife have an incredibly foolish
nature when it comes down 2 stevie's important issues such
as slavery and race in his music. these are important topics
that need be addressed and stevie did it with truth and honesty.
if u r black-well then u r a brained washed negro. if u r white
u have never walked in black peoples shoes 2 understand the
painful effects of slavery and how it still affects black people
even 2day right now at this moment!if u r white, u would not

dare trade places with us black people because u couldn't handle
the stress,strife and racism that we black people have 2 endure
on a daily basis for over 450 years and counting.yes-songs like 'pastime paradise' and 'BLACK MAN'are essential and important 2 stevie's career-or betteryet 4 me and stevie 2 make u more upset about the issues of blacks being oppressed buy stevie's 1971 album 'where i'm coming from'and listen 2
'i wanna talk to you'or stevie's 1980 album-'hotter than july'
and listen 2 'cash in your face' or the track that stevie had
written and produced for the group third world called
'you're playing us too close' from the 1982 album
'you've got the power'/or the track 'its wrong'(apartheid)
from stevie's 1985 album,'in square circle'/or the track
'dark'n lovely' from stevie's 1987 album 'characters'/or the
track 'conversation peace' from stevie's 1995 album
'conversation peace'/now with all that being said i suggest 2u fool- stop living in a 'mickey mouse-disneyland'attitude
because racism is alive and well-because these issues are
important 2 stevie's music-YOU IGNORANT FOOL!!! ... Read more

56. Graceland
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57. Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol. 1-2
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE definitive Joel Collection
Billy Joel has always been better as a singles artist than he is at recording albums. By condensing the highlights from the best part of his career (1973-1985) onto two discs, it hightlights the reason for his massive popularity during that time period. The album starts out with a selection of his best pre stardom songs, including, of course, "Piano Man," but also other strong cuts like the teenage loser anthem "Captain Jack," "Say Goodbye to Hollywood," and "The Entertainer." Then comes a generous helping of songs from his 1977 breakthrough album, "The Stranger," including the massive hits "Just the Way You Are," and "She's Always a Woman." The second disc is then mostly a run through of Joel's succession of late 70s and early 80s hits, starting with the teenage independence ode "My Life" and ending with 1985's "You're Only Human."

All in all, this is the perfect collection of Joel's music for the casual fan who doesn't want to splurge for all of the original albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers this era exceptionally well!!!
This two-disc set is loaded with huge singles, but some of Joel's very best songs are album cuts which Casey Kasem never got to comment about. "Piano Man" is the all-time favorite of many Joel fans, but the lovely "New York State of Mind" is a strong ballad from his early days. "Captain Jack" is an eye-opening description of a Generation Xer from his generation, and it's powerful. His finest song might be "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," however, and it's here, too--all of the aforementioned tracks are on Disc One.
Disc Two begins with hits from the "52nd Street" LP and continues through the mid 1980's. Highlights include the three tracks from "The Nylon Curtain"--"Goodnight Saigon" is a haunting reminder of Vietnam, and "Allentown" scored a bullseye in its description of steel mining woes in the northeast. Joel was a hit-making machine by this time, and although there was no drop in the content of his albums, Disc Two primarily concentrates on the hits. The final two songs were new at the time: "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" is a throwaway, but it was a substantial hit. "The Night Is Still Young" is a lost gem, however--this failed single is a soaring tale of hope and optimism and is one of his very best songs.
Nearly all of Joel's studio albums are worth owning, but this is an excellent starting point for the younger fan who isn't as familiar with his first decade of recording. And it's nice to hear these great songs after a fine remastering process.

1-0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel Greatest Hits -- Vols. 1& 2 (enhanced)
The "enhanced" audio CD sucks. To listen to the music, it is necessary to load "Apple Quicktime" from the CD to your computer. It is not possible to load the CD into a computer and simply listen to the music. I wanted music on my computer, not clutter on my hard drive. Avoid buying the "enhanced" versions of Sony music CDs unless you want a lot of hassle.

5-0 out of 5 stars First album I ever bought
Just buy it because you know all of the songs and can make your husband crazy singing them all out of tune in the car...

5-0 out of 5 stars A great best of album
Billy Joel inspired my about 4 years ago at a young age of 17. My physics teacher would put him on during class and after a short time of listening I came to realize that Billy Joel is great. It is stereotypical to say that Billy Joel is not for the younger generation but anyone, no matter what age, who has an appreciation for good music would love Billy Joel. I am just about to turn 22 and graduate from college and Billy Joel is still cranked in my car and junky little apartment. ... Read more

58. The Best of the Moody Blues
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Fans of the Moody Blues hungry for the band's intoxicatingly rich arrangements and soaring melodies need look no further than this terrific compilation. What it lacks in depth this collection makes up for in breadth, spanning the band's 30-year history of hits from "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" to "Your Wildest Dreams." Featuring some of Justin Hayward and John Lodge's best songwriting and packed with performances truly worthy of the superlative adjective greatest, this collection of hits delivers the goods. --L.A. Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, worth every penny.
[One CD, with a running time of 78:22] This collection of Moody Blues hits would better be called, "The Moody Blues Through The Years." The songs run from their early Go Now (1964), through I Know You're Out There Somewhere (1988). Along the way, we get the touching Isn't Life Strange, the haunting Forever Autumn, the radiant The Voice, and many other great songs.

My one and only complaint is that Nights In White Satin is included without Graeme Edge's spellbinding poem Late Lament. I have always found that poem to be a fantastic epilogue to the song. But that's such a minor complaint. This is a great CD, and well worth the money.

By the way, the sleeve includes a one or two-sentence story of each song, and a conversation between John Reed and Justin Hayward, which tells the story of the band. Nice bonus!

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy introduction to a great band
The Moody Blues have been making fantastic music for more than 30 years, and this cd probably has everything of theirs you have ever heard on the radio. From the stunning epic "Nights in White Satin" to the rollicking "Ride My See-saw", the mermerizing "Story in Your Eyes", the sweeping "Voice" and the soaring "I Know You're Out There Somewhere"... with lots in between. There's even a couple of great Justin Hayward side projects, "Blue Guitar" and "Forever Autumn", thrown in for good measure.

It's not a perfect collection. For one thing, this collection came out more than ten years ago, so the two studio albums and two live albums they've released since then are not covered. For another, there are four excellent songwriters in the band (five during their classics period) and only two, Justin Hayward and John Lodge, have their works featured here. But, every single that the Moodies have ever put out has been penned by either Hayward or Lodge, so the compilation can hardly be faulted for that. Granted, the Hayward side projects (as much as I love them) don't really belong here, and "Go Now," which came out before Justin Hayward and John Lodge even joined the band, when they were a hack R&B group, is out of place. The elimination of these could have made room for some songs written and sung by other members of the band, such as "Legend of a Mind", a 1968 classic written and sung by flutist Ray Thomas which to this day is a quintessential part of their live show.

I am a die-hard Moodies fan who has in his collection all of their studio material and officially-released live material (which is a lot) as well as a multitude of solo albums from the band members (totalling nine albums.) My love affair with the Moodies started with a little now-out-of-print greatest hits package that was a lot like this one, only with less songs. And that one sure got me going! So this is a perfectly great collection to introduce oneself to their music, unless of course you want to spring for the comprehensive double-cd "Anthology."

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, but buy the Anthology
I am a devoted Moody Blues fan, and find that this is a great hits compilation. Having seen the Moodies recently in concert, I am reminded of how great they are, and I can confidentally give this CD 5 stars. The Moody Blues are on par with the Beatles, Stones and Who in my estimation. It is a disgrace and travesty that they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, especially when so many lesser acts and one-hit wonders are. But to return the Very Best of The Moody Blues CD, I do not think it is their best compilation available; The 2-Disc Anthology, and the now out-of-print Legends of A Band: The Moody Blues Greatest Hits (1989), are each much better sets in my estimation. The latter does not have Go now, Blue Guitar or Forever Autumn, but it does have 12 of their best singles, and covers well the span of their career through the Sur La Mer CD. Go Now is okay, was a great single for 1964, but it pales in comparison of the material that the Moodies would be producing once Haywood and Lodge joined the team. Blue Guitar and Forever Autumn are great tunes, but they arise from solo projects, and I believe this set should stick to the group material. There is group material left off that is better, anyway. This set, the Very Best of the Moody Blues, would have been better with the same track listing as Legends of a Band, plus 3 out of these four titles: Driftwood, Blue World, Lean on Me, and English Sunset (English Sunset came out after this compilation, but should be the chronological finale in any future single disc Moody Blues CDs).

1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Many times have I dreamily listened to "Nights in White Satin." I was intrigued enough to buy the album, but what followed was a gradual disappointment in the cd as each song progressed. I found myself cutting songs short in the vain hope that the next would redeem the album. No such luck. I'm not thrilled with their sound. If I want psychadelic rock, I'll listen to Pink Floyd. If I want mellow rock, I'll listen to Procol Harum. I shall NOT listen to the Moody Blues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than "Your Wildest Dreams".
This is a cd I picked up expecting to know about three hits, and ended up knowing half the disc, well. Plus, what I didn't know, I also grew to like. Besides the big hits like "Nights In White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Ride My See-Saw", this includes "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", "Voice", "Question", and "Your Wildest Dreams". All these songs most people will know, even if not by title. Yes, a few tracks are edited, but I doubt the casual fan will notice, or care. Overall, it's a great collection, that any level of fan should enjoy. ... Read more

59. Motown
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4-0 out of 5 stars Uneven but enjoyable
Michael McDonald has one of the finest, most expressive voices of any white singer - or singer of any other color - on the planet. Motown music, as Michael so rightly points out in his liner acknowledgements, is perhaps the most passionate American music ever produced. Berry Gordy and his associates, along with the magical environment of Detroit and the incredible roster of singing groups, provided a musical sound that will be meaningful long after Christina, Justin and Britney are dead and gone. This CD has moments of sheer brilliance. I never thought I'd hear a rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" that makes me cry like Marvin and Tammy's, but his is oh so close. "Everything is You" is stunning, and several other cuts are almost perfect. However, other cuts seem to lack real energy. There are several slow songs made slower by Michael's rearranging. They drag. And "How Sweet It Is" is too convoluted to understand in the context of the rest of the CD and the familiar sound of the song as performed by other Motown artists and James Taylor. I applaud his desire to step away, but he missed on that one by a mile. Also, I am so frustrated by the fact that Michael's voice shimmers throughout, but there are arrangements where the drum machine was simply turned on and turned off. There is no CREATIVITY to the music. The music, the playing of the song, in some cases fails to match Michael's energy, and, with a few exceptions, the drums are dead. If the musical presentation could have matched the vocal output and the spectacular harmonies, this would have rated a fifth star for me, even with the uneven songs. The truth is that Michael McDonald has made a fine CD that will be played often by mature adults who crave his great voice and the joy of hearing great old songs. "Ain't nothin' like the real thing", and Michael delivers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
There is no question that Michael McDonald has one of the most distinctive and soulful voices in modern pop music today!

It would only seem fitting that "Motown" is a wonderful tribute to great artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Temptations, and the list goes on. What makes this record stand out is how McDonald gives these songs his own unique style.

The truth is this is the type of record that really grows on a listener. You need to honestly sit down and relax to enjoy the cd! "Motown" is work of art, and certainly only a few elite musicians can sing motown music to a high effect, and Michael McDonald does it in spades.

My favorite tracks on this record include the opener, "Heard It Through the Grapevine," "You Are Everything," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "I Want You," "Since I Lost My Baby," and finally "Too High," with the supergroup, Fourplay.

This record has great musicianship from McDonald and his supporting cast of musicians, producers, and engineers. I have been a big fan of Michael McDonald since the Doobie Brothers, and I know that any fan of soul music can appreciate his effort with "Motown." "Motown" is simply one of the best and delivers good music on all cylinders.

Nick Kalenze.

4-0 out of 5 stars Doing a Remake Album is Not Easy
In general, I think it is extremely hard to pull off a remake album. It even gets hard when its a remake from various artists. When Universal Music decided to do a project of Motown remakes, they went after not only someone who could fit the Motown sound - they went after a talented musician. Michael McDonald's credentials are well known in the music world. As one of the lead singers for the Doobie Brothers, he added a new dimension to the band. In the 80s, he had a modest solo career with such hits as "Sweet Freedom", "On My Own", and "I Keep Forgettin". Although not a "Christian Contemporary" artist, McDonald has dabbled in the area on songs such as "Lonely Talk" and "Homeboy" on the "Take it to the Heart" album. McDonald does good with the music on this album. McDonald adds his personal touch and style to a lot of classics. The album itself could have taken some different directions, but this is more of producer Tony Swain than of McDonald himself.

There definitely is a focus on three artists on this particular album - Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross & The Supremes. Yes there are nice remakes of "Since I Lost My Baby" by the Temptations, "You are Everything" by the Stylelistics and "How Sweet It is" by James Taylor. The remaining 11 songs all have the the Gaye, Wonder, and Supremes connection. There are three ways I could second guess this - 1) The Selection of the 14 songs could have been second guessed. If there was to be an influence on Gaye, Wonder, and the Supremes - perhaps some other songs like "I'll Be Doggone", "Sir Duke", and "The Happening" could have been included; 2) Include other artists such as The Four Tops, Billy Preston, The Isley Brothers, and Commodores. I would have also liked more songs by the Tempatations; 3) In general, the other problem is that the emphasis on the "Motown" music seems to be from the earlier days and there isn't much material included from the later days (such as including some Lionel Richie stuff). However the collection is what it is.

This album has had some good commercial success. This album wasn't getting much airplay, but this album did receive a boost when two of the songs were featured on an MCI television commercial - the remake of Gaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing". Some may criticize McDonald for selling out with the commercials - but in general there has been a bias on commercial radio against getting airplay of new material from 70s and 80s artists. As a result - I applaud McDonald's efforts. It got a lot of folks interested in this new album as well as introduced a lot of new fans to Michael McDonald.

I really like the intro that McDonald does on "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". There are some great harmonies on this song as well. The background vocals also add a nice effect on "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing". The MCI songs are two highlights of the album, but there are others as well. The remake of The Supremes' "Reflections" has some classic McDonald crooning combined with a gospel choir background. "Reflections" is my all-time favorite Motown song and McDonald's version - while very different, does not disappoint. Three other excellent remakes are contributed by Stevie Wonder. In "Signed, Sealed, Delivered - I'm Yours" and "I Believe". , McDonald brings a energy and passion that show his talent as a vocalist as well as why he was an excellent choice for doing this album. The background vocals in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" also add a great effect. As for "I Believe", I do think that McDonald's version is better. A third Wonder remake "Too High" is the last song on the collection. The McDonald remake brings more of a Jazz element than the original and I feel it also is pulled off well. Finally on "You are Everything", Michael McDonald keeps all the passion of the original song - another solid remake.

The collection leads off with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". I've never been a fan of this Marvin Gaye classic. I wasn't thrilled it was included on the collection and I don't think McDonald adds much to change my personal opinion. I do think than fans of this song will be happy with it. It is also worth noting that McDonald's wife Amy provides vocals on the Gaye remake of "Distant Lover" - this is another solid remake that is included. There is a great saxaphone on this collection.

Remake albums don't often include the lyrics. In the liner notes, Michael McDonald mentions how the lyrics were able to be reproduced with permission. The songwriters are listed for the songs, but I would have also included the original artists. I'm not sure if this album is going to satisfy the pure Motown fan, but I think Michael McDonald fans will be thrilled with this - as well as those fans who enjoy a good Motown tune. I do highly recommend this album.

1-0 out of 5 stars The wrath of Gordy...
At last! Berry Gordy has achieved the ultimate goal. Motown has truly been assimilated into the collective consciousness of the pop music fans everywhere. The success of Mike's record irrefutably proves this. Instead of over-the-hill recording artists doing remakes of classic tunes like 'Misty', 'Girl from Ipanaema', and 'Autumn Leaves', now they're doing(or undoing, depending on your point of view) Motown standards. And just as they hacked-up and otherwise massacred those classic tunes, they'll surely do likewise to songs like 'My Girl' and 'Superstition'. Watered-down and devoid of any inkling of emotion, soulfullness or funkativity. Elevator-ready, if you will. But of course, in the eyes of the music industry big-wigs, its really more about money than art, isn't it? Long live Motown. Look out Hip-Hop! 'Rapper's Delight' and 'The Message' are next on the list.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT listen
I love The Doobie Brothers and I love Michael McDonald...and I love this CD.

If you like The Doobie Brothers and/or Michael McDonald, then you'll definitely like this CD. It incorporates some of the best Motown hits and Michael McDonald does a GREAT job covering them. The CD is filled with R&B/Soul rhythms and Michael McDonald's voice is diverse with extreme octaves.

I definitely recommend this CD if you like this kind of music and/or his voice.

My favorite songs on it are: I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever), Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, Reflections, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I Want You.

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60. Please Please Me
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Their first-ever album, raw and rough and still very rock & roll. Lennon and McCartney begin to flex their writing muscles and had already scored two UK hits when this appeared, but they still relied heavily on the cover material to see them through. Their insecurity about their own abilities seems curious in hindsight since they'd pulled the title song and "I Saw Her Standing There" (with thanks to Little Richard) out of their hats. But they were an unknown quantity, still to launch a million bands and take pop music to places it had never dreamed off. A small step for four men, a giant leap for music. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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As a child of just 6 years old at the time, the music of The Beatles had a major impact on my life and continues to do so over 40 years later. Recorded in very short time - 12 hours "Please, Please Me" is a remarkable album that captures the spirit and vibrance of 4 working class guys just wanting to make music together. At the time Producer George Martin decided to record their stage act as it was then. Contrary to Tony Barrow's album liner notes at the time, Lennon-McCartney DIDN'T have enough songs tucked away to last till 1975! Hence the 8 cover versions of songs by artists (some obscure) that were major influences on the boys at the time...Motown, Girl Groups (Shirelles, Donays etc), Arthur Alexander and Isley Brothers among others. (Except for "A Hard Day's Night", they would continue to record covers up until the "Help!" album). Of The 6 originals, 4 tracks, the title song, "P.S. I Love You", "Ask Me Why" and "Love Me Do" had been released on the 2 previous singles though the last-mentioned song was remade for the album. The opener, "I Saw Her Standing There" still stands, over 40 years later, as one of music history's supreme rockers and sets the tone for the rest of the album. "Twist & Shout" is John Lennon's "one-take wonder". A remarkable performance, you can hear a flu-ridden John tear shreds off his voice as he puts everything into the lead vocal. It's little wonder they recorded this track last. The quality this first Beatles LP is all the more remarkable given the short recording time allowed...EMI still weren't prepared to invest too much time in a relatively new group despite the huge success of the "Please, Please Me" single in the UK. However that would soon change to the point that the band would start pushing the envelope and stretch what were once normal studio limitations. The best was yet to come...and then some!
This CD (and the next 3 albums) were remastered and released in Mono and it sounds all the better for it. The audio quality of all Beatles albums was never in question though thanks to George Martin. Remember stereo was pretty much an afterthought in 1963, mainly to be used on Classical and jazz recordings. As a starting point for new fans, I recommend this album as a wonderful testament to how joyful and exuberant music can be. It will also bring tears of joy to those that grew up with these guys and want to revisit the music of the Beatles.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Birth Of The Beatles
1963's "Please Please Me" was the album that started it all for the world's most beloved band of all-time, The Beatles, and the music world would be forever changed. An outstanding 33 minutes of pure rock 'n' roll fun, the album was recorded in a single day, with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr blasting through their live repertoire of originals & cover songs as quickly as producer George Martin could record them. Lennon/McCartney originals such as "I Saw Her Standing There," "Please Please Me," "Love Me Do," and "Do You Want To Know A Secret" are all immortal Beatles classics, but the group also had the magical gift of making anyone else's song they covered totally their own, such as "Anna (Go To Him)," "Boys" (featuring Ringo's debut lead vocal), "Baby It's You," and, last but definitely not least, the Fab Four's barnburning treatment of "Twist And Shout." Great songs, classic vocals & harmonising, Lennon & Harrison's jangly guitars, McCartney's strong bass-playing, and Ringo's slap-happy drumming, it's all here on "Please Please Me." Has it really been *40 years* since the Fab Four made this classic album? It hasn't aged one bit. I've always wondered what the music world would've been like had the Beatles never come around. Thank God they did with "Please Please Me."

5-0 out of 5 stars Seeds of greatness
I was a young teenager when this was released. It's good to have a digitally enhanced version of this classic available; as much of a period piece (actually way beyond the times) as timeless talent. The harmonies, tight rhythm and bass, and just plain fun abound here. The "Taste of Honey" is haunting; "Boys" is raucous youth unleashed, Beatles style. Their maturity (for a first album) is also evident (c.g. "Anna"). Very good rock and roll (you know them). I'm glad that I was a teeny-bopper (never really grown to date) to experience this superior level of music.

4-0 out of 5 stars yes, please
not quite as good as i thought it would be, but i figured it was something i needed. if nothing else, it's fun. just nowhere near the quality of, say, rubber soul.

"do you want to know a secret" is still one of my all-time favorite oldies, and i do believe that this version of "twist and shout" is not only the definitive version, but also one of the beatles' most successful vocal performances.

5-0 out of 5 stars Under-rated classic
"Please Please Me" may be eclipsed by the Beatles later efforts, but their debut is a fine one. They had been gigging for a good few years with material, so it's no surprise they were confident and tight enough to blast out most of this album in less than ten hours. What this results in is a very energetic and consistent album. Due to this, it all flies by in an incredible rush that makes it easy to ignore just how great the music is. The covers are all very well chosen and perfectly sum up the group's influences, but what is most surprising is that their originals are just as good as anything the artists they covered could have cooked up. This results in a very smooth flow of consistently high-quality pop rock. "I Saw Her Standing There" is a great attention-getter, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the track they opened their club gigs with (indeed, the "one two three four!" shout of Paul McCartney is one of the most recognizable album introductions ever). "Misery" and "Ask Me Why" recall their favorite girl groups, the title track could have been written for Roy Orbison, and "Twist and Shout" is a screaming end to the album. Oh, sure, some of the material has aged ("P.S. I Love You", for example), but with grace and charm. Even if the Beatles made many better records than this, it still stands its ground as a classic debut and a great, great pop album.
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