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1. Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Album Description

This is the first career-spanning, multi-label single disc compilation of her career, including hits from Elektra, Arista, etc.

20 songs- every one of Carly’s top Billboard charting hits Digitally Remastered directly from the master tapes.

First single disc multi-label compilation ever!

One of music’s most influential and cherished singer/songwriters, Carly Simon has recorded and released over 25 albums and is internationally renowned as a versatile artist who is consistently breaking new ground.

Grammy and Oscar winner, her experiences in life, love and motherhood and her strive for success have translated into several of the most memorable hit songs ever recorded.

Various musicians such as Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Tori Amos, and Mandy Moore have recently covered some of Carly’s songs.

Extensive CD booklet with introduction by Carly Simon!

Includes rare photos and complete essay by Stephen Davis on Carly’s illustrious career. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well done
Easily the most comprehensive Carly Simon collection out there. It's in chronological order and leads off with the hits from a generation ago, including "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "You're So Vain," "Anticipation" and the rest of the favorites. Although her pop hits dried up by the late 1980's, there are some very good songs on the second half of the disc, including "Let The River Run," "Coming Around Again," and "Better Not To Tell Her." The final track is a duet with Carly's daughter, and it's worth hearing. All in all, highly recommended, especially for casual fans of Carly Simon. The sound is great, and there's a nice booklet with great liner notes and photographs.

With an impressive career span going back toward the 70's Carly Simon has reached an impressive outpour of fans from around the world and still continues to be one of the most popular singers of the universe. This collection set titled Reflections is far more superb compared to the Best Of Carly Simon cd cause this covers nearly all of carly's most loved songs that made her a huge success in the 70'S. From touching ballads such as That's The way i always heard it should be to popular children's tunes such as Itsy Bitsy Spider from her Arista Debut Coming around again. The gospel sounding anthem Let the River Run is also included here from the Melanie Griffith film Working Girl as well as the James Bond hit Nobody Does It Better that was also used to hawk Safeway Supermarkets in the Late 90's. While this may be a fine sample of Simon's work it would have been nice to include Carly's version Of Winnie The Pooh from Disney's Piglet's Big Movie and Son Of a Gun with Janet Jackson and also from her Holiday album Pretty Paper with Willie Nelson. If you are a diehard Carly Simon Fan or just a starter like me this is a real true collection every fan must own. For more lite fare try these albums, Shirley Bassey- The Best Of Shirley Bassey, Carole King- Tapestry, Carole King- Throroughbred, Vikki Carr-It Must Be him/For Once In My life, Melissa Manchester-Melissa, Anne Murray- The Best So Far

4-0 out of 5 stars missing one of her best songs
I have not heard this reissue as yet but i'm sure it sounds wonderful. However, any CD that omits "I've got to have you" cannot be considered definitive. When that track appears on a "greatest hits" reissue my wallet will open. Until then, this is another missed opportunity. It's about time that compilers asked for feedback/suggestions from music lovers before issuing compilations. After all, we are the customer & our views should count.


1. That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be {From Carly Simon} (4:18)
GOOD SONG!!! 8/10

2. Legend in Your Own Time {From Anticipation} (3:46)
Not my favorite, but still good. 6/10

3. Anticipation {From Anticipation} (3:21)
GREAT TUNE!!! 9/10

4. The Right Thing to Do {From No Secrets} (2:58)
Good tune. 8/10

5. You're So Vain {From No Secrets} (4:18)
GOOD SONG!!! 9/10

6. Mockingbird [With James Taylor] {From Hotcakes} (3:48)
LOVE IT!!! 9/10

7. Haven't Got Time for the Pain {From Hotcakes} (3:55)
Good, too. 8/10

8. Nobody Does it Better {From The Spy Who Loved Me: Original Motion Picture Score} (3:44)

9. You Belong to Me {From Boys in the Trees} (3:12)
Okay song. 7/10

10. Jesse {From Come Upstairs} (4:19)
Just as good as it always was. 8/10

11. Coming Around Again {From Coming Around Again} (3:42)

12. Give Me All Night {From Coming Around Again} (4:04)
Not my favorite. 4/10

13. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of {From Coming Around Again} (4:27)
GOOD SONG!!! 9/10

14. All I Want is You {From Coming Around Again} (3:59)

15. Let the River Run {From Working Girl: Original Soundtrack Album} (3:41)
Nice song. 7/10

16. Better Not Tell Her {From Have You Seen Me Lately} (4:46)
Don't like this one as well. 5/10

17. Love of My Life {From This is My Life: Music from the Motion Picture} (3:33)

18. Like a River {From Letters Never Sent} (4:46)
Relaxing song. 8/10

19. Touched by the Sun {From Letters Never Sent} (5:28)
SOOTHING song. 8/10

20. Amity [With Sally Taylor] {From Anywhere But Here: Music from the Motion Picture} (3:02)

Total Run Time: (79:33)

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitive...
I believe the Carly Simon has a few "greatest hits" albums out there. This, however, seems to be the one to buy. The original recordings have been remastered to sound as good as they possibly can. The twenty tracks provide a comprehensive range of Carly's career - although I don't care for a few of the later songs. ALL of her greatest hits are here, so you will not need to buy another album to get one of her popular songs. ... Read more

2. Ultimate Manilow
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There's a cynical adage that argues if you stand still long enough, history will eventually catch up with you. It's tempting to say that about Barry Manilow, an artist whose stubborn, quarter-century dedication to old-fashioned song craft and musical melodrama has earned him few critical praises but a loyal worldwide following in the millions. When a cult of 20-something would-be lounge lizards tried to cash in on Manilow's shtick in the 1990s, they distanced themselves from its emotional potency with telling dollops of irony and retro-hip cynicism--anything to keep from looking too sincere. This album serves up the high points of Manilow's long, successful career, rightly focusing on the long string of '70s hits that built both his legend and record label. They're a body of songs whose solid craftsmanship is undeniable, but it's Manilow's sincerity that crucially sells them--indeed, he didn't write "I Write the Songs," but who could doubt him? It's an odd tribute that much here--"Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Copacabana," et. al.--has become the palette for a popular entertainment spectrum that somehow encompasses endless hotel piano bars on one flank and TV sketch-com parody on the other. Good to remember that kitsch, by definition, requires a deep and lasting impact on the culture. Manilow hasn't just embraced the "K" word; he's reveled in it with a smile--how could one frown through "Bandstand Boogie" and "Copa" anyway?--and elevated it to something approaching the transcendental through his sheer, joyous force of will. And if his latter work has been unabashedly nostalgic, how could anyone be surprised? --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Barry gets the last laugh again!
When was the last time Barry Manilow seriously charted a record? My guess is that it's been about 20 years since broke the top 25, let alone the top 10. Well, lookie here -- this album debuts on the Billboard 100 this week at #3. You read it right.....NUMBER THREE.

The really "Ultimate" thing about Manilow is that for all the jokes about him over the years - he has always had the last laugh. As a songwriter/arranger who most thought had only a passable voice with his thick Brooklyn accent, he became one of the top vocalists of the 1970's with many of his biggest hits being the songs he DIDN'T write. He also single-handedly brought back the sound of a full orchestra in popular music after years of only rhythm instruments.

When the early 1980's arrived and musical tastes changed, Manilow disappeared from the airwaves. But he has never disappeared from the public. He maintained and built his solid concert following worldwide, selling out shows for years and years. The average person in the U.S.A. has no concept of how big Barry is all over the world. In fact, unless you have and play his old albums, many people haven't heard him in years because his records don't even get played on "oldies" stations and only occasionally on "granny" stations.

Manilow's unabashed vocal sincerity and musical romanticism, while not always hip, has always been "in". As be-bop, hip-hop, new wave, grunge, and every other here today/gone tomorrow style passes by, the one constant is the romantic ballad. Barry knows it and never strays far from it. Unlike Coca-Cola who foolishly changed their winning formula several years ago to disasterous effect, Manilow is constant and loyal to both his product and his fans. He makes no apologies and you're either with him or you're not - but HE'S not going to change.

As for the songs in this collection, they are quintessential Barry - huge production values, soaring vocals, the halting drum break before the inevitable key-change. I had the full library of Manilow albums while growing up and we have long since parted. It's great to have the cream of the crop (with a few minor omissions) on one CD. These songs bring back some great memories.

I'm thrilled for Barry that he's regaining some prominence with this collection, his appearance on "Ally McBeal", and at the Super Bowl pre-game festivities. I suspect that about four years from now when he turns 60 and is tired of touring, we're going to see Barry pitch his tent in Branson, Missouri at the Copacabana Theater! Good for him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview Of All Of Barry Manilow's Best!
Besides the fact that we share a common first name, I have little in common with seventies crooner Barry Manilow, but I have to admit to having a soft place in my heart for a number of his most famous song. Thus I recently purchased this CD, which has all my favorites and a whole lot more to often the casual fan. From the original rendition of "Mandy", which burst him onto the mid-seventies scene, to "It's A Miracle" to "Could It Be Magic", both the lyrics and the arrangements of Manilow's songs were memorable and immensely popular. He was truly the king of the formula song, and reportedly made his start in entertainment by writing clever jingles for commercials, and that sense for what is catchy and saleable permeates all of his work.

This is not to say it isn't good, for much of it is really quite good, but to admit he was interested in writing popular commercial music. No fault there. And he did it exceptionally well, with hits including "Can't Smile Without You", "Even Now", "Copacabana", "Looks Like We Made It", and "somewhere In The Night" among many others. He also was a superb interpreter of other's songs, as with his smash hit, "I Write The Songs". Some of my favorites are "Weekend In New England", "Somewhere Down The Road", "I Made It through The Rain", and "Trying To Get The Feeling". All of Manilow's work deals with aspects of love and romance, so he finds himself somewhat limited in terms of his scope. But within that particular genre no one has been more successful in producing such a stream of marketable songs that won such enduring public acclaim. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guilty Pleasure
Though he may be the most maligned singer in pop music history, Barry Manilow remains one of the most successful and popular solo male vocalists ever. His musical versatillity is matched only by a select group of artists, as is his success (he topped the AC charts 13 times).

If you're a casual or even a huge Manilow fan, it's hard to not to enjoy the songs here. Whether you prefer "Mandy", "I Write The Songs" or "Can't Smile Without You", the latter my personal favorite, it's unlikely that you won't find your favorite Manilow song here. Also included is a fare amount of lesser - known numbers like "Daybreak", "This One's For You" and the haunting "When October Goes". And while some people think that he peaked with the "Even Now" album and its four hit singles, his post - 1978 is among his best work; "Ships", "I Made It Through The Rain", "The Old Songs" (another personal favorite), "Somewhere Down The Road", and the haunting "When October Goes" are just as good as "Mandy", "I Write The Songs" or "Copacabana".

If there's one criticism I could make about his songs, it's this. Manilow's music has often been criticized for being overblown. I find this partly true. Some of his songs - namely "Ready To Take A Chance Again" (though this one is one of my favorites) and "Looks Like We Made It" - are great song but suffer from heavy orchestration instead letting them stay simple, piano - driven ballads. But most of Barry's hits rely on his powerful voice and simple arrangements. He also didn;t rely on entirely ballds. For instance, at first "Can't Smile Without You" may seem like a traditional Manilow ballad at first, but when listens to the whimsical whistling intro and the chugging melody, the song goes from a ballad to a delightfully melancholy romp. And when he's at his best, he can deter the listener from the hefty arrangement with his powerful vocal presence. This goes especially for "I Made It Through The Rain", "Ships" and "Somewhere In The Night". As with all greatest hits collections, there is an abundance of singles missing. Most of them are minor hits, but it would have been nice to have seen them included. They are:

"When I Wanted You" (number 20 in 1979, but number one Adult Contemporary)
"I Don't Want To Walk Without You" (number 36)
"Lonely Together" (number 45)
"Let's Hang On" (cover of the 4 Seasons hit) (number 32)
"Oh Julie" (number 38)
"Memory" (number 39)
"Some Kind Of Friend" (number 26)
"Read 'Em And Weep" (number 18 and number one for eight weeks on the Adult Contemporary charts)
"I'm Your Man" (number 86)
"Hey Mambo" (number 95)

So, as you can see, this could've have easily been a 2 - cd set.

Alas, these songs aren't among his most popular works, but their inclusion would have pleased hardcore fans who are dying to hear these songs again. Overall, a hugely worthwhile collection of classic songs that remain timelss Also worth picking up is 1978's "Even Now" and his 1977 live album.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Smile Without This CD
Love him or hate him, it's no denying that Barry Manilow is one of the most successful solo male vocalists of all time. Anything but a "critics' darling" (I hope I'm using that phrase in the right context), he still has a large fan base, "Even Now".

Indeed, very one of his biggest hits are here (with the exception of, as one reviewer pointed out, 1983's Top 20 hit "Read 'Em And Weep"), as well as a couple of album tracks (including the stirring Johnny Mercer composition "When October Goes"). Indeed, his best songs were his finally crafted ballads -"Mandy", "Could It Be Magic", "I Write The Songs" (a song which, ironically, he didn't write), "Weekend In New England" and many others. My personal favorites are "Can't Smile Without You" and "Somewhere In The Night", but let's not forget uptempo hits like "It's A Miracle" and the immortal "Copacabana (At The Copa)", plus the above average novelty number "Bandstand Boogie". He also is open to collaborations with many other famous writers, such as Cynthia Weil ("Somewhere Down The Road") and Randy Edelman ("Weekend In New England"). Perhaps his strangest collaboration was the Top 10 hit "Ships", written by Ian Hunter. Hunter had previously rose to fame as a member of the hard rock group Mott The Hoople.

Overall, a great collection of hits by a great artist who deserves more recognition than he gets "Ultimate Manilow" is all fans need until the Barry Manilow boxed set.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Old Songs
For 7 years, Barry Manilow ruled the charts with his signature style of "easy listening" hits, during which he racked up an amazing 18 top 40 hits in a row, inluding 3 number 1 hits. Dozens of gold and platinum awards later, his music still sounds as fresh and innovative as it did during his heyday.

The hit streak began in 1974 with "Mandy", which topped the charts. This started the balladeer's astonishing winning streak. Over the next two decades, he created some of the most dynamic ballads ever to grace the Hot 100 - "I Write The Songs", "Looks Like We Made It", "Even Now", "Weekend In New England", "Can't Smile Without You", "Somewhere In The Night" and many others. But while they gave him the most success, Barry didn't limit himself to ballads. He also broke through the top 25 with the upbeat "Daybreak" and conquered the top 10 with the immortal "Copacabana (At The Copa)". Also included is his immortal paean to "American Bandstand", "Bandstand Boogie".

Many "greatest hits" collection tend to leave songs out, and "Ultimate Manilow" is no exception. Here is the complete list of singles missing from this collection, plus their chart positions:

"When I Wanted You" (number 20)
"I Don't Want To Walk Without You" (number 36)
"Lonely Together" (number 45, the single that broke his top 40 streak)
"Let's Hang On" (number 32)
"Oh Julie" (number 38)
"Memory" (number 39)
"Some Kind Of Friend" (number 26)
"Read 'Em And Weep" (number 18)
"I'm Your Man" (number 86)
"Hey Mambo" (number 95)

But as a collection of his greatest and most popular songs, it would be difficult to pass up "Ultimate Manilow". Also, pick up his recently released live album, "2 Nights Live", which features most if not all of the songs here. ... Read more

3. The Best of Bread
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If they are to believed, David Gates and the other members of Bread never intended to become the enduring icons of a subgenre they virtually invented: soft rock. Indeed, scattered throughout this expanded edition of a perennial bestselling catalog album are tuneful evidence of their original intent, as one band mate said, "to make the '60s last a little longer." But it's the familiar, largely Gates-penned and -sung hit singles that remain the band's legacy, from "Make It with You" through the reunited band's last hurrah, "Lost Without Your Love." Though they've become oft-mocked clichés, these are singles informed with a rare, often complex melodic sense, delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of pop's purest tenors. Gates and Bread clearly colored artists as diverse as '80s MOR icon Christopher Cross and nouveau singer-songwriter David Mead. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning Collection
Rhino's remastered "BEST OF BREAD" is, above and beyond, the ultimate single disc hits collection of the group's endearing hit singles that also includes some of their lesser known "45's" and notable "B" sides. To give BREAD credit for "inventing the soft rock sound" is a zealous huge mistake...that honor belongs to the quintessential soft rock 1960's pop band, The ASSOCIATION, and their chart companions The Turtles, who quite remarkably, effortlessly, unknowingly and undeniably pioneered the genre, set the groundwork and created the market for such stellar hit recording pop bands such as the Carpenters, ABBA, Bread, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Culture Club, Bangles, and solo artists such as Whitney Houston, Madonna, Phil Collins, and Anne Murray, and amongst many others, who all went on to sell millions upon millions of records with their respective soft rock hit singles and albums. BREAD is a genuine pop rock band that deserves its credit for their enduring and originally composed hit singles, but, they were not the pioneering band they have been unfairly acclaimed and credited to be. BEST OF BREAD remains an ESSENTIAL collection for every Top 40 music lover's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soft Rock Excellence
One of the biggest problems I had with Bread was not with their music, but that my friends who liked Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath. Alice Cooper and others of various "more serious" rock genres, as did I, made fun of me any time I mentioned Bread. Well, the fact remains that I did like Bread and continue to like Bread from time to time, so much so that I own this CD.

David Gates has a great voice for the maudlin music he sings. The song I think of most is "Diary", a poignant song about the fear that all of us as young males had that the girl we love loves someone else. David Gates just rips your heart out with his soft mellow words as he reveals that the writings in the diary of his girlfriend weren't in fact about himself, but another guy. Talk about a gut-wrencher.

But of course the gut-wrenching emotion doesn't stop there. Here is a guy singing about himself and all of us and our dreams for the girls and women we love. "Lost Without Your Love", "Sweet Surrender", "Aubrey", "It Don't Matter to Me", "Make It With You", "Everything I Own", and more...David Gates just refuses to let you be anything other than morose about relationships. But somehow that doesn't matter. It seems like there are times when I just can't get enough of David Gates pouring out his heart, making me feel that he and I are one when it comes to how women can tear our hearts out. But that's okay, because it feels good to hear about it in David's songs.

Okay, I admit that maybe you have to be a little self-destructive in listening to this music. However, it can be a little cathartic too to listen to what you feel out loud. Just don't listen to this music while you are drinking a lot, you might feel too maudlin for your own good. On the other hand, if it makes you go sing a Bread song outside the window of your girlfriend's house, or apartment, maybe it's a good thing.

This CD is great stuff in small doses. Well performed mellow and soft rock, very romantic. Perfect for the right mood. I wish they still made music like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars MY SOFT SPOT
well, i was a little baby when these guys were playing, but i do remember their songs. It just so happens that i love their music. Guitar Man is a very inspriational song for any musician (which i am one). Lost without Your Love is amazing love song. Pretty much all the songs on this are really nice and sweet. As for the guy who wrote a review for this, "Da Peace Dawg"... yo man, i listen to AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden as well...and i love these guys...everyone has a SOFT SPOT...yours is Dokken, obviously..(i am laughing)...everyone else...all love..peace

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
So many wonderful songs on this CD..big hits of a long time ago, but still very good! Bread had a knack for these kinds of songs, songs that capture the heart!

1-0 out of 5 stars These guys were so weak
Thanks, Bread, you ushered in an era of Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Toto and Chicago. And for that, these guys are to be revered? Gimmee a stinkin' break. Rock music was at its worst in the early '80s, and it's these shaggy-haired hippies that are solely responsible. Thank goodness the world was soon saved by Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Styx, AC/DC and Dokken. For without those groundbreaking metal bands, we'd still be saddled with the dusky '70s boredom that is Bread.

Avoid this sluggish "rock" at all costs, and instead pick up anything Motley Crue or Judas Priest.

ROCK AND ROLL SHAN'T NEVER DIE!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

4. The Best of James Taylor
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Any good singer can interpret a song, but it takes a stylist to make it his own. James Taylor is a stylist. This 20-track anthology obviously can't chronicle much more than the hits and high points of Taylor's career, but it nonetheless captures the artistic essence of a performer who's become a virtual synonym for "singer-songwriter" since his emergence in the late '60s. A lot of ink has been spilled ruminating about Taylor's role in soothing a '60s-burned generation, but given his own well-known demons (depression, addiction) his gentle voice often sounds like the physician wisely healing himself. His muse seems fully formed from the opening "Something in the Way She Moves," a track cut for the Beatles' Apple label in late ‘68 (and one that seems to share some symbiotic relationship with George Harrison's own classic "Something" from the period), its tone at once familiar and inviting--if ripe for a few decades of parody--as it wends its way from his seminal early '70s hits through a slate of later originals, R&B ("How Sweet It Is," "Handy Man") and pop ("Up On the Roof") covers. Tellingly, he delivers those chestnuts with an offhand confidence and illumination that makes them his own, a sense that informs even his jazz and Brazilian ("Only a Dream a Rio") flirtations. The set's newly recorded bonus cut, John Sheldon's "Bittersweet," is a pleasant pop confection that showcases Taylor's knack for being laconic and upbeat in the same breath. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One for the JT Newbies
Couple of notes: the version of "Something In The Way She Moves" is the Apple Records version from 1969, but "Carolina In My Mind" is the 1976 re-recording. Also "Steamroller Blues" is the live 1975 cut. Among the odd surprises on this Collection are "You Can Close Your Eyes" a great album track from Mud Slide Slim, and "Golden Moments" a forgotten track from 1976's In The Pocket. This CD swallows the whole of the first Gr. Hits album, save for "Something" which is remade on the first (but not this) Hits CD. Because this is a WB Records release, 15 of the 20 songs are from JT's WB days. The Columbia years are sorely lacking. Where's "Her Town Too" or "Copperline" or "Secret O'Life" to name three. So, if you're a beginner to JT's catalog and you like what you hear on this CD then seek out his Greatest Hits Vol. 2 on Columbia Records. The one new song, "Bittersweet" is a good uptempo song that wasn't written by Taylor. There are no liner notes, except for a quick paragraph from JT. If you're a JT newbie this is for you. The rest can do with the other 2 Greatest Hits albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great remastering, just a few flaws...
Ok, so if you're like me, you've been waiting for a newly packaged remastered edition of JT's earlier work. All in all, this cd sounds great.. much better than the classic "James Taylor's Greatest Hits" (white cover) that's been on the shelves for such a long time. My only glitch though is that "Something In The Way She Moves" is the original version from his '68 debut, and not the recut (and better) version on the old greatest hits. The version for "Country Road" is also different, and not nearly as good. However, they did manage to include the old greatest hits version for "Carolina In My Mind" (thank God). Songs like "Up On The Roof" and "Only A Dream In Rio" are good, but not needed since they're already covered on the James Taylor Greatest Hits 2 (Columbia) release. It would have been nice to have other older tunes. The cd is great though.

5-0 out of 5 stars True talent and ability
This CD is great! The collection is perfect for any James Taylor fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This CD has all my favorite James Taylor songs all in one high-quality compilation. What a great addition to any music collection! My entire family enjoys James Taylor and it is wonderful to take on roadtrips. I highly recommend this CD!

4-0 out of 5 stars easy listening
The Cd was great and it has all the songs i like although it would have been a better cd if it was a double because he's missing a lot of songs that should have been on the cd other than that it was a great cd ... Read more

5. Grease: The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
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The movie is a 1970s take on 1950s musicals, providing all the kitsch anyone could hope for. It's John Travolta as Danny Zuko as Olivia Newton-John's pompadoured main squeeze, and the kids go crazy. Fresh from his astronomical success with Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gee Barry Gibb penned the title track (sung by Frankie Valli). Sha Na Na is over-represented, and actress Stockard Channing struts her, um, versatility, singing a couple of tracks. This has become a touchstone in American culture, and so isn't likely to improve our standing in the world's eyes. Maybe the point is that it's supposed to sound amateurish, but it does manage to eke out some fun, most notably on the hit "You're the One That I Want." --Scott Wilson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 50's fun with 70's production values
Given the national funk the USA was in, the songs in Grease was also a longing for a funner, simpler time, when rock wasn't so complicated. Stylishly, it's 50's music, some with 70's disco sensibilities, 70's non-disco pop, and songs whose sound harken back to the stage play, clearly meant to stay within the confines of the movie.

The order of songs on the soundtrack frontloads the theme song and singles in the first part before getting back in movie order for the rest. Now, in order of the movie...

After the brief "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," comes the title song, the perfect marriage of the 50's, exemplified by singer, Frankie Avalon, and the catchy disco-like rhythms of the 70's, hardly surprising given that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees penned this song.

"Summer Nights" the first duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring members of the cast, harkens back to its stage origins, with the differing versions of what went on in Danny and Sandy's fateful summer marked by vocal tradeoffs between the two, highlighted by predominantly male voices in Travolta's segment, female ones in Newton-John's.

"Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" too is a stagey song, sung by Stockard Channing when making fun of Sandy, with references to Elvis, Troy Donahue, and Doris Day making it a look back at the late 50's. The sugary pop ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was tailor-made for Newton-John, a ballad alternately with steel guitars one moment, strings the next.

"Why this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic. Why it's greased lightning!" For downright fun and energy, "Greased Lightning" bears the hallmark of Elvis and Eddie Cochrane-type rockers, an ideal song accompanying the spanking red hot rod fantasy sequence.

"It's Raining On Prom Night," sung by Cindy Bullens, is another vintage 50's-type slow ballad, and is the song that plays when Sandy goes to the jukebox, only to have Danny make fun of the jock she's hanging out with.

Frankie Avalon's slow-dance "Beauty School Dropout" is a nod back to the days when his "Venus" was a big hit, strings laden doo-wop style female accompaniment including Stockard Channing. This number was done in the guardian angel (Avalon) telling Frenchie to get her act together and go back to school.

"Rock And Roll Party Queen" can be briefly heard in the dance segment when the people start entering the decorated gym.

Another example of 50s/70s dynamic is Sha-Na-Na, who spearheaded a rock and roll revival movement. Their songs is one fun track after another, from Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay," the slow dance of "Those Magic Changes," Little Anthony's "Tears On My Pillow," Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the climactic and fun-brimmed "Born To Hand Jive," and then a cover of "Blue Moon."

Travolta's solo song "Sandy," done after Sandy storms out of his car after his manhandling her, is more a defense than an apology, as he says in the monologue that she hurt him. The monologue he has inbetween the singing segments is more a hallmark of girl group songs like "Leader Of The Pack." Solo, Travolta's actually not bad, replicating 50's-style falsetto at times.

Next, is another Stockard Channing solo, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and a reprise of "Sandra Dee" by Olivia Newton-John, before the final blowout. In the interview segment of the video, Olivia Newton-John herself knew that with the bouncy bassline throughout the energetic "You're The One That I Want," the second Travolta duet, was going to be a hit, and it was. And in the movie, it's followed by the equally vivacious "We Go Together," which could've been a single.

Other notes: These were not included in the movie:"Alone At the Drive-In," "Freddy My Love," "Mooning," and "Rock N Roll Party Queen" were in the movie, because I don't remember them. Another exemplary soundtrack from the 70's and perhaps of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Grease" is the word!
This soundtrack album is the second biggest-selling in pop music history. The first is the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. And both films starred John Travolta. Not only that,they were both originally released on the defunct RSO(Robert Stigwood Organization) label. I went through 2 LP copies of this album,as I said in the review for the DVD movie. There are actually 23 different recordings on the album. Track 24 is a repeat of the title theme(track 1). The title theme was written by ex-Bee Gee Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons. The song is heard during the playing of the opening and closing credits in the film. SUMMER NIGHTS is about the summer romance of Danny Zuko(Travolta) and Sandy Dombrowski(Olivia Newton-John). ONJ performs HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU,later recycled for her GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2 album. YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is another duet between Travolta and ONJ,also appearing on GHV2. SANDY is Danny's ode to his sweetheart(he sings this after being abandoned by Sandy at a drive-in theater in the film). BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT is Frankie Avalon's advisory to Frenchy(Didi Conn). LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE is sung by Rizzo or her portrayer,Stockard Channing. GREASED LIGHTNIN' is about the power of automobiles,sung by Travolta with moral support from Jeff Conaway(Kenickie). IT'S RAINING ON PROM NIGHT is OK,so is ALONE AT A DRIVE-IN MOVIE. Sha-Na-Na,as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers in the film,performs BLUE MOON,ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY,THOSE MAGIC CHANGES,HOUND DOG,TEARS ON MY PILLOW and BORN TO HAND-JIVE. MOONING,FREDDY MY LOVE and ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN are OK. Channing superbly performs THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO(the song is heard in "Connie & Carla" also,but not Channing's recording of it). There's a reprise of LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE performed by ONJ. The Rydell High School seniors perform WE GO TOGETHER,heard in the final scene. LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING is an instrumental easy listening classic,heard in the very first scene before opening credits. This album is packed with still photos from the film. The one on the back cover of the LP and CD booklet is of the overall film cast. It would have been great if the title track was recorded by the Bee Gees. ONJ's manager John Farrar wrote or co-wrote some of ONJ's recordings on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars i Love this soundtrack
I love this movie, i have wacthed his movie so many time i don't get own this soundtrack but i plan to in the next couple days. You should really get this soundtrack if you love the movie you are sure to love the sound track. i love it and i am only 16.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Grease
Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!

I love every single song on the CD and I've watched the film so many times I've lost track. Let's jus say enough times to know the words off by heart even when I'm only 17.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD Ever

6. America - The Complete Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars America Gets Their Complete Greatest Hits On One CD!
Finally, America gets a Complete Greatest Hits on one cd, without having to buy their expensive box set. I've always enjoyed America's brand of folk rock from the first time I heard on radio "A Horse With No Name" way back in 1972. I actually thought it was Neil Young singing and to my surprise I never realized it was this great band called America. This Complete Greatest Hits has it all, from songs from 1972 to 2002. All the great songs are here such as "A Horse With No Name", "I Need You", "Ventura Highway", "Don't Cross The River", "Tin Man", "Lonely People", "Sister Golden Hair", and so on. I always thought America had harmonies similar to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young who are my absolute favorite artists of all time. If you, like me love America then you gotta have this collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new classic
An excellent compilation plus two brand new songs! It contains all their charted singles and some of their album classics that received a lot of airplay and were hits in their own rights! If you are a new or casual America fan, this is the CD to start with. It is the most complete single CD compilation available. And if you are a hardcore fan, you will have to buy this for the two new songs (and you know Rhino planned it that way). The sound quality and packaging are first class, but Rhino always seems to do everything first class. Highly recommended!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars AMERICA classic music for real people
AMERICA has some of the most soothing & also some of the most energy creating music on earth. Sort of in a quiet way their music can fill you up if you allow yourelf to get lost in a full LP. Their lyrics are both heartfelt as well as soulful.
They have done almost 20 LP's/CD's of original material, you really have to listen to some of their newer material. They are still touring & going stronger than ever. They did release a Christmas CD, HOLIDAY HARMONY last year. It is amazing ! This greatest hits is a great representation of some of their finest work.

4-0 out of 5 stars incomplete greatest hits
america should included 3 more songs to make it really a complete greatest hits album. these songs are ALL MY LIFE, ALL AROUND & INSPECTOR MILLS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Greatest Hits CD
It's about time when they would release the best hits of America ranging from the early 70's to the early 80's on one single disc and we get to hear two brand new unreleased tracks and they're one of the best groups of the 70's due to a wide diversity of music ranging from folk rock, soft rock and pop rock, if you're a new fan of America, then this CD is an excellent choice for you and the booklet is very informative and interesting, I had no idea that Dan Peek left the group in 1977 until I bought this CD 2 years ago, no fan of 70's music should be without this CD, even the ones on a small budget. ... Read more

7. The Essential
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4-0 out of 5 stars He has definitely made it
So many guilty pleasures will always come & go in this well-shown music industry. Yet, with all the manuifactured artists today, we often forget about guilty and simple pleasures from the past generations that continue to influence music from all around the world. That goes true for so many acts from the 70's, especially Barry Manilow. His songs have really brought out the best appeal to all around this great globe. As the first U.S. artist to have a album debut at #1 on the Billboard charts, Barry has been one of the few crowning acts that just keeps having very well near perfection with greatest hits records. A few years ago, Arista and Barry achieved surprising status upon hits with the recognized Ultimate Manilow from 2002, now it has been shown again.

The Essential Barry Manilow, is a reflected look at the legendary Barry Manilow's career on 2 cd's. The compilation is the first of Arista acts recognized from Sony's essential series, since the merger of Sony & BMG. The songs here are reflected graciously with so many of Manilows biggest hits recognized including his classics I Made It Through The Rain, the legendary Copacabana, the guilty pleasure piano ballad Mandy, Weekend In New England, Somewhere Down The Road, and many of his other greats. The collection has been remastered nicely, and is delivered quaintly well. Yet, for some who've bought any earlier Barry Manilow collection, this one might want to be a good addition for some, where others may just consider the earlier Ultimate Manilow collection, considering all 20 tracks from that collection are also here.

Nevertheless, Barry Manilow just keeps coming back with his great pop songs issued all over again. I just absolutely suggest this package for anybody who is interested into Barry Manilow and his great songs. He just can't keep smiling without you.

Songs: B+

Album Cover: B 1/2+

Price: B-

Mastering: B+

Overall: B

4-0 out of 5 stars It Attempts To Be Essential.
Barry Manilow hand-picked these songs according to the packaging label.The songs and the booklet are impressively selected.What you'll find to be interesting are pieces from his 1977 "Live" album.There are three of those.What you may not find interesting is the absence of "Let's Hang On", "Oh Julie", "Stay (hit in the U.K.)", "I Wanna Do It With You", and at least "Keep Each Other Warm".The song did chart in 1989 as did two other songs from that self-titled album.
When Manilow went to another label in 1985, he recorded a dance track, "I'm Your Man", included on this compilation which was a hit in the clubs across the country and likely most of the world.Anyone wonder where "You're Lookin' Hot Tonight" is? Or "It's Just Another New Year's Eve"?In studying the success of the 1985 album he had another hit, "In Search of Love".We need to keep in mind what he had hits with in other places ofthe world.This also goes for where he "bounced" back from being on hiatus.Something from "Live On Broadway" would have been nice.
The word "essential" doesn't necessarily mean 'best of', although that's what we're being handed here. It is better to take action after saying "essential" with constituting an essence. The ones involved for making this CD didn't give an essence.Barry gave hits, but he didn't pull stuff out that would show some differences to his musical artistry.You can check out his box set from 1992, but even this has failures.
In closure, I would encourage him or other people to look at his albums differently and cut out compositions that show various angles of musical work.One song that does stand out that would have been excellent for the CD would have been "A Little Travelling Music, Please".He has performed it in concert and it was warmly embraced by his audiences."Live" versions of hits sound better because they could be sharper than the studio cut."Looks Like We Made It" is a definite example.When anyone hears his signature anthem, "I Write The Songs", more so than not the ideal way to hear this is a concert recording."Live" from 1977 would provide this elegantly, or his most recent concert 2 cd set, "2 Nights Live!" would suffice quite well.That CD is almost worthy of essentialness too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent double-CD of Barry's music
In an age where most people placed more importance on the beat of a song than the song itself, Barry came along in the seventies to remind us what great songwriting is really all about. He wrote or co-wrote several of his classic songs but he was always willing to record quality songs written by others. Fortunately for Barry, there were still enough people around in the seventies and eighties who loved great songs, so he was able to become a major star despite being unfashionable in some quarters. Of course, he got - and continues to get - plenty of criticism from those with different musical taste, but the appreciation of his fans provides him with more than adequate compensation.

This compilation covering his most successful years contains many of Barry's classic songs including all his important American hits though there are some notable omissions from a British perspective. Although Barry had many UK hits, only one of them actually made the top ten (I wanna do it with you) and it's not included here. Two other major UK hits (Let's hang on, Bermuda triangle) are also missing. Nevertheless, this is a fine compilation and a class act like Barry should not be judged on hits alone.

Among the many classic songs included here are I write the songs (ironically, not written by Barry), The old songs, Somewhere in the night, I made it through the rain, Daybreak, Trying to get the feeling, Ships, Looks like we made it, Mandy, Copacabana at the Copa, Can't smile without you and Could it be magic.

This compilation provides a great introduction to Barry's music while being more comprehensive than the Ultimate single CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most (almost) Complete Manilow Ever!!
I'm not a big fan of edits, I've always believed that songs are the length they are for a reason, radio needs to get over itself. Saying that, this collection is the most comprehensive of Barry's radio hits save for the two tracks already mentioned in the other reviews prior. The two albums missing to make this a comprehensive studio representation are "Singing With The Big Bands" and "Manilow Sings Sinatra."The song "Let Me Be Your Wings" performed with Debra Byrd would have made a nice inclusion but again, it wasn't a hit. What is here is a track from Barry's obscure gem "Manilow" and it's the ultra rare 12" inch version of "I'm Your Man."I loved this song when it was new, it's nice to hear it again in all it's digital splendor.One more overlooked song is from 1989's "Barry Manilow," "Keep Each Other Warm," a hit in it's own right and there is enough space left over to accomodate at least that track. Oh well, these small omissions do nothing to deter this collection from being the best currently available. Now that Sony has merged with BMG reissues of Barry's previously unavailable albums may be released on disc, maybe.

4-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars as well!
I just wanted to add something to "cdlover2277"'s well documented and informing review.I have the vinyl 45 single of "Could It Be Magic", which incorrectly states a run time of 3:37 on the record label, thus leading to some confusion.The single version actually runs 4:16 and is exactly what appears on the "Essential Barry Manilow" CD set.While some reviewers have expressed disappointment with the inclusion of the single version, it should be clarified that this is how the song was played on Top 40 radio back in 1975.

Also, "It's a Miracle" does not appear in its correct single version form on this CD.The 45 runs shorter. ... Read more

8. The Very Best of Cat Stevens
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Kicking off A&M's ambitious Cat Stevens reissue program is this 20-song introduction. The set surveys all of Stevens's stages, from the orchestrated late-1960s sides through his early-'70s peak to his more eclectic late-1970s experiments. Following the progression makes for an interesting endeavor as Stevens learns to harness his ambitious ideas with arrangements that don't obscure his rhapsodic messages. Few artists of his generation were more gifted when it came to plucking timeless melodies out of thin air, and his sumptuous voice was always able to movingly convey his bittersweet lyrics. As a career overview (including one previously unreleased cut) this set achieves its goal, hitting all of the chart successes along the way and basically defining his role as a sensitive '70s singer-songwriter, but some fans may opt for the classic early-'70s studio records, which find Stevens at his most consistently touching. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection!
Cat Stevens came out of the U.K. in the early 70's with the very rare talent of writing great and meaningful lyrics with beautiful music. This collection starts off with some of his early work that earned him fans in Britain and includes "The First Cut is the Deepest" an eventual smash hit bt Rod Stewart. It's interesting to follow the evolution of his art as he gains international star status. His U.S. debut album, Tea for the Tillerman, begins to show his ability to put his heart into his lyrics. Songs such as "Where do the Children Play" (questioning what price we pay for progress) and Father and Son (a song about the different paths fathers and sons travel) demonstrate a deep passion for life. As his music progresses through his other albums he continues to explore the world and relationships while searching for his own path. "Morning has Broken" is a hymm he found in a religous section of a bookstore that he arrainged and recorded. Moonshadow is nice and catchy, if not a little morbid. Also his last album really demostrates his final conversion and the sense of awareness and acceptance he found within. If you only buy 1 Cat Stevens CD, this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The 5th Time's The Charm
It is impossible to compile a single-disc greatest-hits compilation for Cat Stevens that will come close to satisfying all of his admirers. The Very Best of Cat Stevens is the fifth major attempt to do so and, like its predecessors, it is challenged by its subject's success.

Stevens was practically a permanent resident of the British and American pop charts from his debut as a teen star in 1966 until the late '70s when his conversion to Islam prompted him to abandon his music career. Add to the hit singles the many enormously popular album tracks and it becomes extremely difficult to identify the "very best" 20 songs.

The first Greatest Hits was released in 1975, too early to include material from the last three albums. It also ignored the early pop albums, excluding catchy hits like "Matthew & Son" and "Lady D'Arbanville." The second volume was dominated by weaker album tracks from the late albums. The Stevens edition of the A&M Classics series suffered from some peculiar song choices ("New York Times"?) and it, too, ignored the early albums. Remember Cat Stevens - The Ultimate Collection is the longest of the five (24 tracks) and may be the most comprehensive.

But The Very Best of Cat Stevens, released just a year later, has several advantages that make it more appealing. To begin with, it is the only compilation to sequence chronologically songs from every one of Stevens' albums, including the experimental Foreigner. It also contains the delightful folk creed "The Wind," which was a glaring omission from the so-called Ultimate Collection.

Most significantly, it contains the previously unreleased "I've Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old." Stevens recorded a demo of the song during the Mona Bone Jakon sessions in 1970, but it never saw the light of day until it was remixed for this collection.

Perhaps this was because it was considered too eccentric for public consumption, straddling the line between the hook-rich pop of Stevens' '60s records and the groundbreaking folk-rock of his '70s efforts. If so, the public was vastly underestimated. The song is a buried treasure that fits in perfectly in the company of Stevens' best work.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one your collection needs.
I consider this the most dope collection of Cat Stevens (in a single CD form). It has the most prolific of his songs from "The First Cut is the Deepest" and "Another Saturday Night". But it also has the most Treasured Cat Stevens song ever (by my opinion). If you Don't have "Morning has Broken" do yourself a favor even if you have to bust out an illegal download. This song actually started out as a church hymn, but stands alone as no other song does. Powerful and emotional, you can almost feel the lyrics hit you. Buy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Cat Stevens Collection...
There are other "best of Cat Stevens" collections out there, but this is the one to buy. It is the only one that I know of which features The First Cut is the Deepest (my primary reason for buying it). It is a fairly comprehensive overview of his career from earliest onwards. All of his "greatest hits" really are included.

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Fan
I wasn't very familiar with the work of Cat Stevens when I purchased this album. The extent of my exposure to his music was "Wild World" and "Father and Son". Well, since I bought this CD last year, I have become hooked. I have this playing in the background on a regular basis these days. Every song on here is a quality piece of work and the meaning behind the lyrics is more meanful than most of what you hear on the radio today. His voice just makes the songs perfect and they aren't the same if he's not singing them. ... Read more

9. All of Me
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Anne Murray, whose singular voice made her a country-pop icon in the 1970s and '80s, returns with a dual-disc set of 16 of her greatest hits, paired with 15 Tin Pan Alley pop standards.While her own signature tunes ("Snowbird," "Danny's Song") withstand time's brutal test in artistry and currency, Murray doesn't fare nearly as well with the pre-World War II tunes.She finds the modern blues heart of "What'll I Do," but she's often sidetracked by cheesy arrangements (the Dixieland treatment of "After You've Gone" is particularly onerous), and ultimately the collection fails to engage.Such hoary songs as "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "You Made Me Love You" are too quaint and schmaltzy for a woman who came of age in the 1970s. Unlike the great Rosemary Clooney, who could infuse the most shopworn classic with new meaning, overall, Murray lacks the emotional resonance or experience in her voice to convey authenticity.Her corduroy alto remains a thing of wonder, however, and may make even her most casual fans yearn to hear it employed on a stellar album of contemporary material.--Alanna Nash

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5-0 out of 5 stars Anne only gets better like fine wine
Anne is the tops and there are no others who can compare to this lady. She does everything to perfection. She can take a song and wrap her voice around it and make it a gem, no matter what....This album is full of wonderful suprises and the instrumentals are just out of this world. Anne is full of emotion on every note, what a tribute to a best buddy.
We love her and hope to hear more of her over the years to yourself a favor and buy one of these albums for everyone you know......and when Anne guys on tour, make sure you catch her there too, because it is something you will never forget....
Anne, You go with your bad self............
We love ya....

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Arrangements
You can safely ignore the Amazon Editorial Review.This CD is one of my very favorites.Not only does it include many of the songs that I grew up with and recall fondly to this day, but they are arranged in what I'd consider an almost perfect balance to both the lyrics and to Anne's presentation, complementing but not overpowering her singing.Very professional and creative arrangements.In fact, I listen to this CD as much for the arrangements as for Anne's performance.I hope she'll do another one like it, with some more of the old classics on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars "31 tracks of pure entertainment ~ Anne Murray"
Straight Way and EMI Music present "All Of Me", featuring the latest release from Anne Murray on a deluxe two CD set for fans and music lovers alike...this is a compilation of extremely high quality concentrating on some of the very best from her repertoire and early music of the decades.

Let's take a look at disc one..."AFTER YOU'VE GONE", "ALL OF ME", "AS TIME GOES BY", "DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE", "DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME", "I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HIM NOW", "I'LL BE SEEING YOU", "I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER", "MY BUDDY", "OVER THE RAINBOW", "SMILE", "TWILIGHT TIME", "WE'LL MEET AGAIN", "WHAT'LL I DO", "YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU"...this is an overall blanket to any serious music gem after another with top notch arrangements, much more than just a toe tapper...each track represents Murray's incredible success in this business of entertainment through song.

Murray's career travels back to the early '70s and continues right up to the present...she has covered every genre from Country, Easy Listening, Contemporary Christian, Folk and Pop Rock...with one of the most recognizable voices and styles in music today...her records and albums have hit the Billboard Charts and sold millions from the very beginning "A LOVE SONG" (1973), "YOU WON'T SEE ME" (1974), "I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN" (1979), "DAYDREAM BELIEVER" (1979), "BROKEN HEARTED ME" (1979), "SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT" (1979), "COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE" (1980), "ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT" (1981), "A LITTLE GOOD NEWS" (1983), "JUST ANOTHER WOMAN IN LOVE" (1983), "TIME DON'T RUN OUT ON ME" (1984), "NOBODY LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO" (1984), "NOW AND FOREVER (YOU AND ME)" (1986), "SNOWBIRD" (1994), "DANNY'S SONG" (1994), "YOU NEEDED ME" (1994)...and that my friend is the second disc of 16 tracks that distinguished Anne Murray from the rest of the pack...brought her to the forefront and in the stream of the international scene.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
Anne Murray has one of the most pleasing voices around, and these tunes on 'All of Me' is pure pleasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect !
This is a must have CD for Anne Murray's fans and surprisingly the recording quality is also good. That's why is almost perfect for audiophile lover, it will pair nicely with your high-end!
Wonder if there will be SACD version for high-end player.... ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for these kings of balladeering
A lot of people have a hard time understanding how I can listen to Air Supply when I am a college student who also gets into heavy metal, punk, and indie rock most of the time. Yet their craft is undeniable, and I find myself reaching for this CD now and then because they simply do a fantastic job of slow to mid tempo ballads. The biggest problem with this CD is that it is painfully evident that that is their one trick - there's very little to shake things up here. Bands like Journey and REO Speedwagon who specialize in ballads can do rockers very convincingly, even Bread has a few tougher tunes in their repertoire. Yet the sheer amount of work put into these tunes, as well as the powerful voices of both vocalists, make them solidly enjoyable. "Lost In Love" is still probably one of the top 10 soft rock songs of all time, a nice blend of Eagles/Bread/Seals & Crofts, while "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" is a fantastic anthem.

Best Tracks:
"Lost In Love" - The best song in the band's history. Gorgeous soft pop with a great flowing chorus and nice acoustic backing, I love this tune.
"All Out Of Love" - A bit slower and perhaps more indicitave of the bands sound, this is nevertheless a good ballad.
"Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" - Thrilling, anthemic, and builds to a climax more times than any similarly styled Meat Loaf song. Man these guys can sing!
"Without You" - Had to mention this one, I love both the Badfinger version and the Nilsson version, and these guys take a great stab at it. Vocally perfect, but the producers can be faulted a bit for making it a BIT too slick (nice 80's guitar solo though!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Complete Air Supply Collection Out There....
Of all of the Greatest Hits' collections that Air Supply has released, this is by far the best and most complete one out. This contains 18 of Air Supply's best songs. The period covered starts in the early 80s with "Lost in Love" and goes to 1995 with "News From Nowhere".

Air Supply really went through three phases. Phase 1 was from 1976 through 1980 -this was before they had commerical success and most of these songs are hard to find and only available on imports. Phase 2 was the most successful commercial period for Air Supply going from 1980 with the "Lost in Love" album, through the "Greatest Hits" album. Phase 3 was less commercially successful, yet the creativity didn't disappear during this phase. On the "Ultimate Air Supply" collection, Phases 2 and 3 are what is included. It would have been nice to see some Phase 1 songs, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the album. One thing to note, if you are looking at other Air Supply collections of hits, this is the most complete. In fact every song from "Greatest Hits" (which really focuses on Phase 2) is on this collection.

The nice thing about this CD is it chronicles all of the songs in the album order. The liner notes are excellent and feature short commentary by Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell. Although the commentary is short, it gives you a lot of insight into the songs as well as some of the producers Air Supply worked with (Clive Davis, Jim Steinman). The liner notes do open with a chronicle of the band's history written by Michael Hill. This chronicle does talk about some of the Phase 1 work that was done by Air Supply. The only shortcoming of the liner notes is that the studio musicians are not credited very well (they actually do a better job on 'Greatest Hits' with this) and the photos included aren't really that great.

The songs from Phase 2 really speak for themselves. Songs such as "I Want to Give It All", "Two Less Lonely People in the World", "Don't Be Afraid", and "Young Love" which were omitted on the "Greatest Hits" album are a part of this album. In Michael Hill's chronicle and the commentary, they discuss how they had to convince Jim Steinman to cut "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" from 20 to 5 minutes - personally I would have loved to have heard what the 20 minute version would have sounded like.

For Air Supply, "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" marked the peak of their popularity and the end of Phase 2. Phase 3 saw Air Supply's record sales dwindle - especially in the U.S. The first album "Air Supply" was actually a very solid album and featured two songs "Just As I Am" and "The Power of Love". "Just As I Am" surprisingly didn't chart well and its a shame because it was probably one of the best songs they produced. "The Power of Love" is a song that was later made famous by Laura Branigan and "Celine Dion", but Russell Hitchcock's voice blows any other version away of that song. Those two songs are two of five songs included from Phase 3. Another Phase 3 song is a remake of Harry Nilsson's "Without You" which I also think is the best version you will hear. I was surprised that the song "Lonely is the Night" from the "Hearts in Motion".

This is a solid collection and well worth the price. It chronciles the band very well and delivers some great insight. It would be my first choice if I was looking to build an Air Supply collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost "Ultimate"
Ultimate? No ... for two reasons:

1. Where's Air Supply's final Hot 100 hit, "Lonely Is The Night," which also reached #12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart? Its exclusion cannot be explained considering how cluttered this compilation is with forgettable album tracks ... a flaw of every Air Supply compilation that has been released.

2. Where are some of the group's other singles - "One More Chance," "Stronger Than The Night," "Evidence Of Love" - that did not chart?

For now, this is the best Air Supply hits collection out there. Hopefully, their record company will someday release a true singles collection that chronicles all, not most, of their hits.

5-0 out of 5 stars In a word, Marvelous
I hope I can conjure up the words necessary to explain to the world how important this band is to me. Their arrival on the scene in the mid-to-late seventies was like a breath of fresh air (no pun intended) and helped soothe some of the pain that I felt from Bread's disbanding. Soft rock had some new kings, and they weren't going to let anything bad happen to the kingdom (metaphor).

Listening to "Ultimate Air Supply", it's hard not to think back to some of the best times of my life, falling asleep to "Lost in Love" with the headphones on, or playing a little air guitar to "The One That You Love", trading Air Supply albums with friends. . .good times.

This is the good stuff, right here. This is rock music, gutsy and raw, as pure as it has ever been and ever will be. Punk may lay claim to being the purest genre, but no punk can sing or write with one tenth of the heart and soul that Graham and Russell bring. That goes for the Clash, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Gin Blossoms - all the punks.

As long as Air Supply is still making music, I can sleep easy at night. Thanks guys - from a real fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Romantic pop at its finest
Air supply were much bigger in America, where they had a string of big hits, than in Britain, where they had just two hits - All out of love made number eleven and Even the nights are better was a minor hit. Both of those made the top five in America, as did Lost in love, Every woman in the world, The one that you love, Here I am, Sweet dreams and Making love out of nothing at all. They had other hits in America too, including Two less lonely people in the world, Young love (an original song, not a cover of the rock'n'roll classic) and Just as I am, all included here.

Their last American hit was Power of love, the song that was originally a massive hit in several European countries for Jennifer Rush (including number one in Britain where it charted at the same time as a completely different song with the same title by Huey Lewis) and was later an American hit for Laura Branigan. Celine Dion revived the song in the nineties and had a huge hit in both Britain and America.

For those of you that enjoy romantic pop music, this collection should be just ideal. Fans of Bread in particular should enjoy this. ... Read more

11. The Very Best of England Dan & John Ford Coley
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5-0 out of 5 stars Following in the footsteps of Bread
England Dan was actually Dan Seals, who eventually achieved success as a solo country singer in the eighties, and was also a cousin of Johnny Duncan, a country singer of the seventies. Another cousin, Troy Seals, became a successful songwriter. Dan's brother, Jim, was one half of Seals and Croft. In contrast, John Ford Coley was a classically trained piano player. They met in the sixties but they had no real success until 1976, when this collection of their music begins.

Their first and biggest hit, I'd really love to see you tonight, was the sort of song you might expect to hear from Bread. It reached number two in the American pop charts. The follow-up, Nights are forever without you, also made the top ten. Despite this promising start, they only had a few more hits. We'll never have to say goodbye again and Love is the answer both made the top ten. It's sad to belong and Gone too far made the top thirty. What can I do with this broken heart just made the top fifty. In Britain, their chart record was almost non-existent.

This collection contains all their pop hits, plus the best of their other music, including a couple of singles that were minor hits on the adult contemporary chart. They split in 1980, after which Dan was a successful country singer, but that music is outside the scope of this collection. John has done little of note since the split.

England Dan and John Ford Coley made some great music that should appeal to fans of Bread in particular, but also to fans of great seventies pop music in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars '70's AOR/Pop At Its Finest!
If you were near a radio in the late '70's, then chances are, you were bombarded by the latest hit single from England Dan & John Ford Coley. This collection of their very best hits contains some of their most memorable songs: Their first and follow-up singles "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" and "Nights Are Forever Without You". ED & JFC also struck it rich with the following: "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again", "Gone Too Far", "It's Sad To Belong" and "Love Is The Answer". But, not only do you get the above mentioned AOR/Top 40 songs featured here, you also get the country-esque "Lady" and "Showboat Gambler", including a little disco flavor in "What Can I Do With This Broken Heart", as well as many other hidden gems performed in a style that only England Dan & John Ford Coley can muster. Dan Seals, without the "England", would later find success on the country charts in the mid-'80's, both as a solo and as a duet artist with songs such as "Meet Me In Montana" (with Marie Osmond) and "Bop". As for John Ford Coley, last I heard, he was selling used cars in Podunksville, Texas, although I could very well be wrong, which I am! Even though JFC may no longer be involved with the music business today, he sure left behind a lot of good music during his brief partnership with (England) Dan Seals (whose brother is Jim Seals of "Seals & Crofts", who had a plethora of early '70's pop hits as well). "The Very Best Of England Dan & John Ford Coley" is a very suitable and soothing collection of songs for any connoiseur of this style of music to have in their collection(s). But, like all good things, this CD won't be around forever. So you better purchase this priceless gem of must-have songs before it becomes a thing of the past. Buy yours today!

5-0 out of 5 stars good CD !
These guys wrote and performed some of the most memorable and widely played songs of the 70s.Their songs might seem sappy by todays standards,but back in the romantic 70s they were the best.When I was courting my wife back then we always listened to england dan and john ford coley..and paul davis too!

4-0 out of 5 stars Five stars w/o the "help" of England Dan
I always thought this would have been the perfect album without the meddling of England Dan. His constant blocking of the limelight that was meant for John Ford Coley blots out what could have been a truly cosmic listening experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing like time traveling back 25 years.
This is good stuff. I forgot how haunting "Soldier in the Rain" was... and still is.

Would that someone would still make this kind of music. Beats all the "I'm mad at the world, I'm gonna kill my mother" nonsense out there. ... Read more

12. Tea for the Tillerman
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Cat Stevens tends to be lumped in with the early-'70s singer-songwriter school led by James Taylor and Carole King, but he actually fits in rather neatly with such wistful English contemporaries as Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, and Donovan. Tea for the Tillerman's "Wild World," "Into White," and "Longer Boats" indicate that he may have been a more gifted tunesmith than the lot of them. As with the best of the Brit folk-rockers, Stevens mixed melancholy with whimsy. Yes, he was prone to airy platitudes, but when he harnessed his eccentricities, as he did throughout this 1970 masterwork, you had something truly distinctive. A natural cult artist, à la Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen, Stevens connected with record-buyers to the tune of 25 million units sold before he changed his name to Yusuf Islam, established an Islamic school, and raised a ruckus by supporting Ayatollah Khomeini's death decree against author Salman Rushdie. This remastered 2000 version of the 1970 recording, which was overseen by the artist, is a vast improvement over the earlier CD reissue.--Steve Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Cat
In the early 70's Cat Stevens was recognized as a major talent by the likes of Time magazine, and his records sold very well. This was before he turned his back on Billboard, top 40 radio and the material world, and embraced the Islam religion.

The album starts with "Where Do The Children Play?", which was very politically correct, but soon turns to more timeless folk songs like "Hard Headed Woman", which every single guy should listen to before deciding to tie the knot. "Wild World", his top 40 hit, is followed by the slower ballads "Sad Lisa" and "Miles From Nowhere", two of my favorite tracks. "But I Might Die Tonight" returns to the Philosophy 101 brooding themes, with the calipso "Longer Boats" breaking the ice. "Into White" and "On The Road To Find Out" are breathtakingly georgeous.

The album closes off with the ode to generation gap angst "Father And Son", which reminds me of Lennon/McCartney's She's Leaving Home from Sgt. Pepper, and the brief ditty of "Tea For The Tillerman".

A toure d'force, an album for the ages. Long live the cat man.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Definite Classic
I had previously reviewed this CD, but I'll have another shot at it, as I now feel that my previous review does not do this terrific album justice. So here is my new review for Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman":

Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman" is truly a classic album, and they don't come any classier than this. Stevens was a talented musician, and was not afraid to make music that came from the heart - a quality many musicians nowadays lack (see Limp Bizkit). Stevens had the ability to write memorable tunes and pen intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics, which made him the top of his game in the early 70's, and has gained him successions of new fans year after year, even if he isn't Cat Stevens anymore (I believe he is now known as Yusuf Islam). "Tea For The Tillerman" is in my opinion, Stevens' finest album, and one of the most perfect albums ever recorded. Although most people are only familiar with the albums' hit singles ("Wild World", "Father And Son" and "Where Do The Children Play") - each one a classic in its own right, the other eight songs on the album are equally as great. The songs are not overly produced, and comprise largely of acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, with the odd string arrangement here and there (arranged by Del Newman). The album kicks off with "Where Do The Children Play?" and although it may strike the average listener as a nice, simple tune, the lyrics present a social commentary that is as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago (in a world dominated by materialism, technology and want, is there any room for children to play and carry on with their simple untinctured lives?). "Hard Headed Women" is another simple tune, floating mainly on acoustic guitar and strings, but the lyrics about needing a serious woman rather than superficial "fancy dancers" are lyrics that quite alot of men (including myself) can relate to. "Wild World", the song that "broke" Cat Stevens in America remains a timeless pop tune. "Sad Lisa", with its plaintive piano and string arrangement is one of Stevens' overlooked masterpieces. Stevens' singing of wanting to comfort a girl when she is sad is touching, and the violin solo never ceases to send shivers up my spine. "Miles from Nowhere" is a terrific rocker, and from the lyrics, we can sense that Stevens is one a spiritual quest of some sort (and we all know where this quest would lead him, don't we?). "But I Might Die Tonight" is another great rock song, and one of my favourite Cat Stevens' songs. The song is quite short but almost everyone can relate to its lyrics about the monotony of everyday life. "Longer Boats" is quite a weird one, with some really strange lyrics (I suspect the song is about UFOs - but this is just a personal observation), but its a good song nonetheless. "Into White" has a more traditional folk sound. Its psychedelic lyrical content reminds me alot of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". In the 5 minute-long "On The Road To Find Out", Stevens tells us more about his spiritual voyage. The tune may not be as catchy as "Miles from Nowhere", but it is by no means a bad song. The classic "Father And Son", a moving commentary on the generation gap of Stevens' generation is still relevant today, as not all parents and children get on well with each other. "Tea For The Tillerman" sees a return to the themes explored in "Where Do The Children Play" and Stevens reminds us that "while the sinners sin the children play" - that innocence will forever exist in a monotonous material world.

Well, there you have it. Keeping in mind the thought-provoking lyrics and the catchy tunes, it is no wonder that "Tea For The Tillerman" has become a staple in folk and rock record collections since the day it was released. Stevens was a true master and this album is a testament to his genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars gotta love it
Most people my age (15-20) dont even know who cat stevens is. I bought this CD after first hearing "Wild World". Over time i came to love the entire CD. The lyrics are awesome and can be used for any occasion. People any age can enjoy and appreciate this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching
This album is really amazing. You can listen to this music and you don't feel alone. THis music has an air of spirituality with it. It's sought of listening to someone's soul. Not only do the lyrics which contain many references, create this image, but also the stripped down sound and soft strumming of the acoustic guitar. THe themes are universal, mostly, though I do have my doubts about 'Miles from nowhere' and 'But I might die tonight' though I understand the idea in the second one. My favourites are 'Where do the children play?' 'Sad Lisa' 'Into White' 'Longer Boats' 'Father and son' 'Hard-headed woman' and 'Wild World'

5-0 out of 5 stars Never could I rate it any less
To me, I feel so close to Cat Stevens as I listen to his peaceful music. I listen to the words he sings, and I can't help but feel like I've known him my whole life- I almost feel as close to his music as I do to my own father.

Now I understand if your reaction to all of that is, "What the hell? Who is this psycho-chick?". Get to know this album well; buy it, listen to it, listen to it again, listen to it again, and so on until you can memorize a bit of the lyrics. Then[say that with emphasis] read what I have to say about Cat Stevens over. By the end of this assignment, being that you dared to take it on, you will feel completely nourished. Word. ... Read more

13. Magic - The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John
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It's hard to have a more milquetoast image than Olivia Newton-John. Even when she was decked out in stretch pants and stiletto heels at the end of Grease, you never mistook her for a wild girl. Proudly carrying the torch once held high by Karen Carpenter, Newton-John embodied the safer and, yes, blander side of the '70s and early '80s. But just like Carpenter went on to be rehabilitated as a pop singer, Newton-John's career deserves a second look--and this compilation is a good way to start. Even if the singer's precise touch was audible as early as 1973 (on the countryish "Let Me Be There"), she reached her peak five years later with Grease and the torchy "Hopelessly Devoted to You." "Physical" may be the best-known episode of the singer's leg-warmer years, but the one to cherish forever remains "Xanadu." On it, Newton-John basically fronted Electric Light Orchestra and the result is one of the most underrated songs of the past 25 years. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Olivia Lover from Fredericksburg, VA
I am giving this CD 5 stars only because it does contain excellent music. However, as much as I do adore and love Olivia Newton-John, I have to agree with my fellow Fredericksburg reviewer. How many more times are record companies going to keep re-releasing and re-packaging all these old tunes from Olivia's hey-day? How many copies of Olivia's Greatest Hits collections does one person need? Apparently, however, there are still people out there who are willing to buy this stuff because record companies keep coming up with new "greatest hit" collections for ONJ. I have all these songs, already--several copies of them, in fact. But I have reached a point where "enough is enough".

It is time for ONJ to do something new and different. Her last country-pop album was brilliant--but unfortunately, she made the grave error of introducing the album with the remade "I Honestly Love You". Since the new version was so similar to the original, when most people heard it, they assumed it was just an oldie-but-goodie being played on the radio. It certainly did not make people run out to the CD store to pick up a copy of a song they had already heard constantly for the last 25 years. So, the other great songs on the CD never had a chance to get airplay. Basically, the CD went "down under" before it had a chance.

Olivia's voice is still in top form. Her live concert CD from 1999 is proof positive of this. It's just that she needs to do something new with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars "this album is so perfect, it's almost...Magic"
With songs like ~ "I HONESTLY LOVE YOU" (an early favorite of mine), "LET ME BE THERE" and "HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW", still give me chills when I hear a popular vocalist in the '70s and '80s, nothing could compare to her pure innocence to a song.

Now comes the diverse entertainer with ~ "YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT" (with John Travolta)..."HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU"..."SUMMER NIGHTS" (With John Travolta), all from the musical "Grease", which I might add still holds up pretty well by today's standards (in other words a "classic").

Next, are three selections from "Xanadu", starring Olivia and the late Gene Kelly, the songs are haunting, almost trance-like...just listen to "MAGIC", the title tells it all..."XANADU" (Electric Light Orchestra), better known as "ELO"..."SUDDENLY", one of my favorite duets in the world, with Cliff Richard, exceptional performance with screen added to complete the picture, if you remember this film sequence.

Entire album is a trip down memory lane, the final track is a bonus "THE GREASE MEGAMIX - WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA", this my music-loving-friends, will knock your socks off!

Total Time: 75:01 on 21 Tracks ~ UTV Records 314-585-233-2 ~ (2001)

3-0 out of 5 stars Olivia Is Ok
I checked out some of her CDs, because she does some good songs, and this is the best collection of hers you can get. Let me state that, Olivia is one of the most overrated singers in history (Check out her version of "Jolene" which is the worst of the four (Sherrie Austin, Dolly Parton, and Martina McBride being the others), thank God it is not included here). Back to this CD, it has some good material "Please Mr. Please", "Have You ever Been Mellow", "Xanadu", but this woman does not have enough material (Except Grease) to fill up one entire CD (If no one believes me, check out "Olivia Newton-John radio": On Match Radio, and you will finding yourself skiping most of her material). I cannot believe all of the Olivia completists, writting in here, acting like she is is Patsy Cline. This woman started the decline and abandonment of country music (Notice how she crawls back to Nashville after 20 years, cause her career is dead (Like Linda Ronstadt (Although Linda, is much more talanted)). And since she left, others like, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and The Dixie Chicks, copied her game plan, which is why there are very few quality country female singers out there today (Sherrie Austin (Olivia's much more superior Australian countrywoman), and Gretchen Wilson come to mind. I would recommend this CD and Grease, and that is it for her career.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Missing Songs
This is a nice complilation with some songs that are normally forgotten by the masses like "Little more love" and "Deeper that the night" that were well suited during her Ronstadtesque era. Still when are they going to add some great but forgotten hits like the sexy "Soul Kiss", the Elton John produced "Rumours", her John Travolta duet "Take a chance", as well as the quirky but fun "Landslide". These are songs people might have missed or forgotten but helped make her own style. Speaking of style, we can't forget J Farrar and the incredible work that went into making O N-J well, O N-J. That is the person behind the talent and maybe a commplilation with just his work with O N-J would be a good tribute. You know, since they're making all these greatest hits cds. I'd buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! My girl Olivia knows how to do it!
Olivia Newton John was one of my favorite singers in the late '70s and '80s. I still remember when she had like 7 to 8 hits in a row from 1978 to 1980, just a nonstop run of hits like her competition Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, the Bee Gees and others. This album justifies that. Her country songs of 1973 and 1974 are still fabulous. "Physical" still sounds funky today! "Heart Attack" just gets you dancing! "Deeper Than The Night" I still love! "Twist Of Fate" still sounds good with its aerobic sound 21 years later! "Magic" opened the music of the '80s quite well when it came out in 1980. "Xanadu" still sounds weird, but I'll take it. Her duet with Cliff Richard, "Suddenly", still sounds smooth. The "Grease" movie songs with John Travolta clash the '50s and 1978 so very well within the same songs! Her willingness to take chances were what made her a good singer. I still like the fact that she overcame her battle with cancer and is still performing and touring today. Her still remaining active just brings everything full circle with this album! Excellent career compilation!!!!! My girl Olivia knows how to do it!!!!! ... Read more

14. Seals & Crofts - Greatest Hits
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Although the prime exponents of the '70s California soft rock style were album artists such as America, Bread, and Poco, Seals and Crofts--essentially an AM singles band--have aged even better. The key is in their tight songwriting. "Summer Breeze," "Diamond Girl," and the rest of the hits display an odd, but apt, sense of arrangement and instrumentation--and enough of a rock & roll sensibility to keep their sound from slumping into period piece laid-backism. Case in point: The duo's first band was the Champs, noted for the fake-Latin crudhopper "Tequila." Even so, it's not grit, but ace songcraft that captures the prize here. All of the ace songs are included. --Gavin McNett ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Torn Between 4 and 5 Stars
This CD is a reissue of the original 1975 vinyl album. Therein lies the problem. Seals and Crofts crafted excellent lyrics and music in superb style that showed in song after song. Their catalog of "best of" or "greatest" is larger than the 10 songs from the 1975 collection, including at least 3 top 40 songs released after this compilation. Even thought there are numerous 70s artists that have various definitive collections, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts seem to have been overlooked.

The songs on this collection are a good representation of Seals and Crofts up to 1975, though there are several other good songs from this era that could be included on a new collection. Until a nearly full CD collection appears with closer to 80 minutes of music, this 40 minute collection is the closest you can achieve to an overview of Seals and Crofts. For artists underrepresented by their compilations I usually recommend the individual CDs. Unfortunately most of Seals and Crofts' albums are not readily available.

Seals and Crofts were a very good team, and crafted well-written, beautiful music. The music on this collection gets 5 stars. Given we are in the CD era, the lack of a more comprehensive collection gets 2 stars, but I'll keep the rating for the CD at 4 stars because Seals and Crofts should not be penalized for the inadequacy of the only available Seals and Crofts collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but frustrating
Seals and Crofts have, for no conceivable reason, missed out on the CD reissue program given to practically every other 70s artist, including a good many a damn sight less successful - artisically or commercially.

Other than this bare-bones collection only "Summer Breeze" (A good album, but far from their best) is available on CD, so if you're looking to get some S&C this is about your only choice (Although you should get SB as well, if only for "The Euphrates", one of their best songs ever).

What's here is, for the most part highly enjoyable - never liked "I'll Play For You" much (Although it comes from one of their best albums), but "Diamond Girl", "Hummingbird", "King Of Nothing" and "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" are all flawless pop gems. The musicanship (including several future TOTO members) is outstanding, and the harmonies are fantastic. The lyrics are also noteworthy, containing a strong spiritual element that never becomes preachy, but instead adds an extra layer to the material.

This is recommended listening, but, if you have the patience, wait until somebody FINALLY releases a comprehensive collection -not to mention the rest of their albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars When will this be remastered?
Of the five albums the tracks on this disc were taken from, only one, "Summer Breeze" is still in print. That's too bad because even though this album is very worthy of its title, it's only a small sample of what this duo have accomplished as singer/songwriters. Of course their two most recognizeable hits "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl" are here along with the Top 40 hits "Hummingbird", "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" and "I'll Play For You"."Castles In The Sand" was also a minor hit. The track "Ruby Jean and Billie Lee" was written for their respective wives. They also had a controversial hit called "Unborn Child" which isn't here but "King Of Nothing" from the same album is. The other tracks "When I Meet Them" and "East Of Ginger Trees" are album cuts. "Get Closer" was a hit after this collection.

I've had the cassette of this album for over ten years and just recently purchased the CD version but I can only imagine how much better this would sound if Warner Bros. or Rhino would step in and remaster this along with the rest of their catalog. It's been done with other artists already and for this duo it's high time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Treasure!!
"We May Never Pass This Way Again" and "Summer Breeze"
are the best tracks. This whole CD is pure gold!

Too bad their songs are not still popular, perhaps they are not because of their religious politics, i.e. joining the Bahai Faith. Would love to see more recordings from this great duo hit the big time again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Should have been more inside!
Now don't get me wrong, Seals & Crofts are great song writers and musician but the record company fell asleep on this one. There are so many tunes not on here that truely should be, this is what happenes when record companies get greedy and some cat in a suit who does not know the music makes the decision to put out a greatest hits Cd. Jim and Dash are great guys and I know first hand, I grew up jamming with them at San Fernando park in the San Fernando Valley. A certain song is truely missing here "Cause You Love", no I wont tell you what album its from you need to look it up and buy that album or Cd. Too bad that some record companies do this kind of thing? ... Read more

15. James Taylor: Greatest Hits
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James Taylor's mid-'70s departure from Warner Bros. may be one of the best things that ever happened to the label; otherwise, it might not have been in such a rush to compile his Greatest Hits, one of the company's biggest sellers ever at 11 million and counting. Taylor's style, which all but defines the word diffident, has more backbone than it's often given credit for. Here, as surprisingly complex songs like "Carolina in My Mind" (in a newly recorded version) and "Steamroller" stack up, he sounds like an artist worth spending some time with. At the least, few of his singer-songwriter cohorts came up with a melody as lovely as "Sweet Baby James." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In my mind I'm going to Carolina!
There has always something very soothing and pleasant about the soft rock god James Taylor. He's not a great guitar player, nor a great singer, yet his down home personality and poetic whimsy of his songs can bring you on a train to heaven after you've been through heck.

Greatest Hits Volume One gather together some of the greatest songs from James Taylor's creative peak. Within these 12 tracks are tales of love won, love lost, lost friends, wandering a Country Road, dreams of "women and glasses of beer, and a glorious trip to Mexico. All centered around a simple accoustic guitar and a simple voice that just might be you or me. There's something very beautiful about that. (Oh yeah! If you think this man is "sensitive" you have yet to hear this classic live version of Steamroller)

So if you want to hear some relaxing (but never boring) folk-rock/singer-songwriter music then I suggest you look towards one of the best. One of the most personal, most melodic, most modest, simply one of the greatest songwriters around turn to James Taylor. And if you want to start with the best, start here!

P.S. Get Greatest Hits Volume 2 after that.

P.S.S. What are you waiting for. Get it NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars A chapter from 70's songwriting no one should miss
His warm, earnest vocal style has always gone down easy, and his folky, introspective compositions are among the most touching and astute in pop history. So, packed with 12 songs from Taylor's definitive and acclaimed Warner Brothers years, this is one Greatest Hits package no one should be without.

The somber tone of "Fire and Rain" didn't stop it from becoming one of Taylor's biggest hits, and the song still aches with a gorgeously-sung longing that is impossible to resist. "Something in the Way She Moves" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" are among Taylor's best romantic ballads, and his reading of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" (featuring backing vocals by Joni Mitchell) remains the definitive version of the song. "Carolina in My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," and "Walking Man" are all beautiful acoustic ballads with a sweet hint of country, but Taylor proves adept at lightening up too, on the touching "Shower the People" and a joyous reading of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)," both featuring vocals by Taylor's then-wife, Carly Simon.

Without so much as one lackluster composition or performance in tow, this hits package plays like an old friend you're always happy to visit. 11 million people can't be wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUST MUST MUST HAVE
Wherever I take my backpack, which is pretty much everwhere, I take this cd in my cd holder, along with my Peter Paul and Mary "Around the Campfire" cd, Zachary Provost, Josh Groban
BSB, *NSYNC, Beatles 1 cd and Elton John "One Night Only" cd. James Taylor is one of the classics. There's something so simple and beautiful abobut his music: it's just his voice and the guitar. We need to get back to that!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly essential
I can't imagine a music lover who could resist to stay without this record in his/her collection for too long. This is what I called an "essential album". I think that noone should be without it, I'm talking about the common listeners too not only the music connossoirs. Each track here is fantastic. There's not a single weak moment in the entire album. This is probably the best of the best in folk acustic music. James and Jim Croce are surely the best in this style but where Jim Croce is a little bit folker and harder in a sense, a little bit locked in the style, James's music is universal, incredibly sweet and lovely and it never sounds dated or trivial. James's music was able to trascend the genre boundaries and to become part of the universal pop culture, part of the world music mainstream of the last 40 years. This greatest hits contains some of the best overall music of the last forty years. That's for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHO DOESN'T LIKE JAMES TAYLOR?


16. The Best...So Far
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Not exactly a country artist, since her records lack twang, and too casual and intimate to make for a standard-issue MOR pop performer, Anne Murray's phenomenally warm, smooth voice has nevertheless secured a lofty place for her in both categories--and has occasionally brought her into the mainstream (read: traditionally rock and soul dominated) pop arena. If you're not a fan, or much of a country enthusiast, it's her '70s pop hits that'll make the package worthwhile. "Snowbird" is here, as is "You Needed Me." If you are a fan, or are looking for songs that hit only on the country or Canadian charts, there'll be a lot of key stuff missing. Investigate the 3 CD Now and Forever collection. --Gavin McNett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums, from one of the best singers .
This album is probably my most valued posession in my cd collection. I have loved Anne Murray since I was a little girl. I would sneak my dad's old cassette which I believe was a compilation album because I can't find it anywhere, and sing along with her using my hair brush for a microphone, and I knew every word to all her songs by the time I was five years old. The good thing about this album is that it has all of her old favorites such as "Danny's song" and "Snowbird" and it also has some of the later ones like "Now and forever". My husband just recently got him and I tickets to see her in concert, and she sounds just as good today as she did twenty-five years ago. She put on one hell of a show. If you are a true fan like me, buy this album, I guarantee you will love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
[One CD, with a running time of 65:02 minutes.] The golden tones of Anne Murray have been a companion of mine for many years, and with this CD that will continue. This CD has 20 songs totaling up to over an hours worth of Anne's great songs! Many old friends are here, such as Snowbird and Danny's Song, and there are some that I am not at all familiar with, such as Over You. Over You is a great addition, in that it was released as a single, and is not on any other album (as far as I know), including the three CD Now & Forever boxed set!

This is a great CD for any Anne Murray, or anyone who simply like listening to wonderful singing (dare I say, "crooning"?) Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Serious Music Fans!
Anne Murray - The Best...So Far is must for any serious music collection. Murray has been in the business more than 35 years, has sold more than 40 million records, and is still selling out concert halls today. The songs included are songs we all know by heart including her four Grammy winning songs (Love Song, You Needed Me, Could I Have This Dance, A Little Good News), the early RPM award winning songs (Snowbird, Danny's Song), her Duet of the Year with Dave Loggins (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do), and countless others.

The woman who has been named Female Vocalist of the Year more than 20 times by various awards shows and has won more JUNOs than anyone - EVER -has indeed put 20 of her finest tracks on this one CD. This includes one unreleased gem of a song - the sweetly sentimental Over You. Of course there will be some songs that weren't included on the CD that could have been there, but that's only because Murray had so many top-notch songs to choose from. Indeed, these 20 songs do represent Murray's incredible success in the far. If it's not in your collection, add it right away. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great compilation of Anne's music
This compilation, concentrating as it does on the American hit singles, is not necessarily the best of Anne Murray. Two of my favorite Anne Murray tracks - Wintry feeling and Song for the Mira - were not released as singles, but I would certainly rate them more highly than some of the major hits. That said, this is a compilation of extremely high quality.

All the classics are here including Snowbird (the song that made her famous), You needed me (an American number one pop hit), Danny's song, You won't see me (a cover of a Beatles song), Daydream believer (a cover of a Monkees hit), Could I have this dance (from the Urban cowboy soundtrack) and A little good news (a political song, rare for Anne). Of the others, I particularly like Just another woman in love, Broken hearted me, Shadows in the moonlight and I just fall in love again.

While it is not possible to fit all of Anne's classic songs on one CD, this is an excellent collection. If you only want one CD of Anne's music, this is a good choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but incomplete.
This is a very good compilation of Anne's pop hits, but unfortunately once again two of her best have been omitted: "Walk Right Back" and "Lucky Me". While both were country hits, they nonetheless crossed over to the pop charts and enjoyed considerable success as pop singles, just like "Danny's Song", "Could I Have This Dance", "Blessed Are The Believers" and "Another Sleepless Night". There is an album of all Anne's hits out there, and hopefully someday soon will stock it. Until they do, hold off on your purchase. Unless of course, you can't wait -- then buy both! ... Read more

17. Softly With These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack
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1986 collection, deleted domestically, 11 tracks showcases her biggest ballads. Atlantic/WEA Int. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent (But Missing Jesse and You Are My Love)
Dang, I love Roberta Flack. That husky, soulful chocolate flavored voice, that wonderful piano playing... she is an American treasure, and unfortunately, she doesn't get the respect of today's radio programmers. That's why a Roberta's Greatest hits is an essential element in a CD collection.
This Cd has many classics, all sung in that husahed, warm voice with quiet, subtle instrumentation that made you stand up and pay attention the first time you heard Roberta's voice. "Killing Me Softly" and "The first Time Ever..." still sound as fresh as when they first appeared 30 years ago. The great Donny Hathaway, Roberta's best duet partner, makes "Back Together Again" a gem, and "Where Is The Love" is a perfect vehicle for their voices. This CD covers later Roberta work as well, when she went beyond her traidtional approach to adult-oriented reggae ("Set The night To Music", with Maxi Priest), and her misguided, but still beautiful sounding venture into disco ("Look Out Here It Comes). They are good songs, but I'm kind of stunned that the programmers of this disc chose those tracks over two of Roberta's classics, "Jesse" and "You Are My Love" "Jesse" in particular, was long a staple of Roberta's live shows, and is as elegant a recording as she ever laid down. And "You Are My Love" (again with D. Hathaway) was probably the best of their duets.
I've long wondered why Roberta, who is still a vital artist, hasn't earned the respect of the "diva-goddesses" (Chaka, Aretha, Gladys and Patti) from the neo-soul movement. With the love of live instrumentation and the recognition of the value of quiet over bombast, it seems Roberta was the true pioneer for artists like Jill Scott, Angie Stone, et al. Her music still sounds beautiful and haunting, and is waiting for a new generation to discover.

3-0 out of 5 stars I Still Got Love For Roberta, But...
...I'm just not feeling the entire CD. I got the CD because my *favorite* songs were on there (1-6 and 9). Seeing that this is Roberta Flack and all, I thought the rest of the CD would be just as wonderful as it was in the beginning, but it wasn't. The songs toward the end of the CD sound like she was just chillin' at home, jamming on a keyboard in her bathrobe. I never really liked the song "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" with Peabo Bryson; it's too corny and mushy for my liking. Roberta is actually before my time, so I may not have a profound appreciation for her like older people do. She has a nice voice and style, but the CD is only worth getting if you're a die-hard fan. But if you really think it's worth having because of the first six songs then I guess it would be worth it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Roberta - the finest voice...
I had the wonderful opportunity to see Roberta Flack live last night in NY at BB Kings. What a show, what a voice. Later, I thought about all of the songs that she did not sing, including "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," perhaps the most soft and chilling song ever recorded. I got home and listened to this CD and then this morning, I listened to her masterpiece "Killing Me Softly," at only 8 songs, some may think it's not worth buying, but it is. This happens to be her most intimate album ever and should be the first on your list. Buy this remastered hits CD after you listen to the Killing Me Softly CD (which is a better introduction to this exceptional artist). Where else can you get the beautiful "Jesse?"

5-0 out of 5 stars Start here....For your 'Roberta Flack' Collection!!!!
Probably best known for her "Killing me Softly" song (later covered by 'The Fugees'), but on closer inspection, Roberta has a presence and delicate singing tone, that shone beyond her contemporaries. "Where is the Love?" duet with Ralph McDonald is a exceptional torchbearer of a song, poignant, silky smooth vocals & hushed instruments reveal a truly sensitive side to Roberta. "The first Time Ever I saw your face" has been covered so many times before, that it's surprising that Roberta's version still remains the definitive version of this magnificent track. "Back together again" is the probably the most dance friendly track on here, with a Soul-Disco fusion being splendidly focused into a 5 minute classic. But as truly amazing as Roberta's duets were, it's the heart warming ballads that leave the lasting impression with Roberta's beautifully soothing voice, being as remarkable as any female vocalist in the last 20 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars KILLING US ALL WITH THIS WORDS...
Something that is missing today, are classical songs, with words that would take you to a different world. Today is all about the music video or the beats. But when you discover people like Roberta Flack, you will realize there is more. Robert'as finest Greatest Hits is filled with classical, inspirational songs. Her voice is so tender and sweet in a jazzy way. This album is totally worth it, and perfect to chill out night, highlights in this album are "The FIrst Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly With His Song", "The Closer I Get To You", Roberta Flack is one of the finest vocalist of the 21st century. ... Read more

18. Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish he was back!!
I wish Cat Stevens was back... I miss his talent and his creative genius. Our loss is Islam's gain. At least I can stick this CD in and enjoy the likes of "Peace Train," "Oh Very Young" and "Father & Son." ...and, I am glad to say that my personal favorite "Morning Has Broken" is present and accounted for! Every time I listen to Cat Stevens's music I am transported back to the mid '70's laying on my bunk in the barracks listening to this wonderful music on my KOSS head phones! Take it from a LONG-time fan -- Buy this CD you will not regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent cat stevens greatest hits CD!
This collection has all of his very best in one great music compilation ever with most of Stevens popular hits from the seventies. The songs on here are really good classics like "Wild World", "Two Fine People", "Oh Very Young", "Peace Train" and "Moonshadow"!

4-0 out of 5 stars The artist formerly known as Cat
Before devoting himself to Islam and retiring from the music scene, the former Cat Stevens produced an impressive body of folk rock employing inventive acoustic arrangements and his own expressive, gruff-yet-tender voice. This compilation does not include all of his hits and obviously none of his fine songs that did not become radio hits, but it is an enjoyable overview of some of his most popular work. Very impressive. "Oh Very Young" has always been a particular favorite of mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful album!!
These are classics that will live for centuries to come.
One has to wonder why Stevens has virtually gone into hiding nowadays. He has a lot of talent to offer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Uniquely mature artist
The thing about Cat Stevens' songs is that the guy was just 22 years old when he became a star. To hear the lyrics of songs like "Oh Very Young," "Hard Headed Woman," "Father & Son," and "Sitting," it's amazing to think that his peak of popularity was only five years along when the set was released in mid 1975. While almost every other singer-songwriter of that time was whining about their personal troubles or griping about the political arena, Stevens was treasuring humanity.

"Oh Very Young"
Oh very young, what will you leave us this time?
You're only dancing on this earth for a short time.
And though your dreams may toss and turn you now,
They will vanish away like your daddy's best jeans
Denim Blue fading up to the sky.

Life is like a maze of doors, and they all open from the side you're on.
Just keep on pushing hard, boy, try as you may,
You're gonna wind up where you started from.

"Hard Headed Woman"
I'm looking for a hard headed woman,
One who will make me do my best,
And if I find my hard headed woman
I know the rest of my life will be blessed -- yes, yes, yes.
I know a lot of fancy dancers,
people who can glide you on a floor,
They move so smooth but have no answers.

"Father & Son" is a delicate and unbelievably mature and touching song detailing a conversation between two men, Stevens singing both parts, as the father tries to give his son a simple instruction on how to handle a current life-changing situation while the younger one expresses frustration at how he can't talk to his father although he wants to.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.

From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.

That's special. If you're not very familiar with this artist but enjoy gentle music with a real heart, you've got to check this one out. ... Read more

19. Firefall - Greatest Hits
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20. Teaser & The Firecat
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The third album Cat Stevens put out in a 15-month burst that began in the summer of 1970 with Mona Bone Jakon, Teaser and the Firecat is where the enigmatic folk-pop idol crested commercially, if not artistically. Its immediate predecessor, Tea for the Tillerman, possesses an air of mystery and unforced whimsy that proved impossible for Stevens to replicate. That said, the singer-songwriter had it in him to pull together a captivating collection that boasted two of the biggest hits of his meteoric, if self-inhibited, career--"Peace Train" and the sublime hymn "Morning Has Broken." "The Wind," "If I Laugh," and "Moonshadow" are every bit as tuneful and appealing as the hits, while "Rubylove," "How Can I Tell You," and "Bitterblue" would be standouts on Stevens's less accomplished later albums. In fact, only the bellicose social statements "Changes IV" and "Tuesday's Dead" ring hollow. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Stevens teases with his songcraft and melodies
Cat Stevens. Most folks remember him today for "soft rock", his devotion to the Muslim religion and little else. Which is sad. Stevens at his peak was one of the finest singer-songwriters to emerge during the 70's. He had his pretentious moments (Foreigner Suite from Foreigner) and his intellectually challenged songs as well (anything from Izitso)but most of his material has aged gracefully.

Teaser along with Mona Bone Jakon, Catch Bull and Tea for the Tillerman is among his best gems. Although it misses the whismical undercurrent of Tea and Mona, Teaser more than makes up for it with sharply constructed songs. The melodies throughout are rich and when the words get in the way (as happens on a couple of tunes), the rich production and music more than make up for it.

So how's the sound quality? Quite an improvement over the previously issued edition but not a huge difference from the last couple of anthologies that were issued. The sound quality is stunning with plenty of sonic detail. The remastering by the ubiquitious and talented Ted Jensen manages to capture both the warmth and depth missing from the previous version. Jensen doesn't sacrifice anything to achieve a better sounding CD.

The packaging varies a bit as there is a limited (numbered) edition with tries to duplicate the original LP art(which will probably be around for at least a little while). Then there is the standard CD version with the booklet. It doesn't really matter which one you get as they're about the same.

This reminds us about the life Cat Stevens had before he changed his name and gave up pop music. He moved on at the right time as he was pretty much a spent force musically by the time of Buddah & The Chocolate Box. Teaser has aged well and still charms with its percolating rhythms and rolling acoustic guitar sound.

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Tea for the Tillerman
Let me begin by saying that I think Cat Stevens was an amazing songwriter and he is truly a musical inspiration in my life. I don't care whatever his personal beliefs are in present day... his music speaks to me.

Teaser and the Firecat is no exception as it contains some of Cat's best songs: "Morning Has Broken", "Moonshadow", and perhaps the best song he ever recorded: "The Wind".

As a whole album though, this one is just slightly worse than the classic "Tea for the Tillerman" which was recorded one year prior. Tillerman seemed to be the peak in his career that he just couldn't top (Teaser being the first in the decline). Some tracks on this cd are somewhat weak and the structure of the album seems incohesive when compared to Tea for the Tillerman.

Tillerman had an ongoing theme of youth vs. adulthood and this one just seems to ramble about, similar to "Mona Bone Jakon", which is also a very good cd. These three albums are considered his best and I agree with that. But for my money, Tillerman is the very best.

Don't pass this album up though! And don't buy his greatest hits album.... You must buy Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, and Teaser and the Firecat or else you will be missing some wonderful gems from one of rock's greatest artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories 1973
I can still remember laying in bed almost all day long with my girlfriend Gayle, in the upstairs room in Chico, CA, listening to Cat Stevens play over and over on our old phonograph. Do you remember those days, being young and in love, laying in darkened bedrooms while the sun shone so brightly and hopefully outside?

Later I remember standing on a beach near Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. I was 19, hitchhiking alone through Western Europe. I was so lonely one night, I walked to the beach. I stood by the tide pools singing "Moonshadow" while I watched the moon slowly rise over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Thank you, Cat, for some wonderful moments. And I finally found my hard-headed women. I hope you found yours.

2-0 out of 5 stars An OK CD
Quintessential 70s music. If that's what you like, then this is the album for you. Unfortunately, it's NOT what I like. Thus my two star rating. Of the 10 tracks on the CD, I rate two of them as Good, four as OK, and the remaining four as Bad (I use Media Player's five star rating system where two stars (not three stars) rates as OK). My specific track ratings are:

1. The Wind -- 1 Star
2. Rubylove -- 2 Stars
3. If I Laugh -- 1 Star
4. Changes IV -- 1 Star
5. How Can I Tell You -- 2 Stars
6. Tuesday's Dead -- 2 Stars
7. Morning Has Broken -- 3 Stars
8. Bitterblue -- 1 Star
9. Moonshadow -- 3 Stars
10. Peace Train -- 2 Stars

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Cat Stevens was one of the most popular singer and songwriters of 1970's. Almost every album he relesed between 1970 and 1975 went to the top of charts and even had a string of #1 songs including "Peace Train" which is included on this album. I love "Teaser and The Firecat" it is one of my favorites albums from this very talented and gifted performer who retired way too early from the music industry and converted himself into a buddist who I believe now lives somwhere in the Middle East. "If I Laugh" and "Bitterblue" are two of my favorite songs on this album and "Changes" is very good also. This is was a landmark album in Cat Stevens brief but successful career, come to think of it I think is one of his best albums ever next to another great one called "Tea For The Tillerman" I love the covers on both these albums. I don't know about "Tea For The Tillerman" but I do know that he thought of the concept and actually drew the cover for "Teaser and The Firecat". A man of many talents he was not only a fine musician but a very good artist as well. This album is FANTASTIC and I'm glad I found it on CD. ... Read more

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