Well, we now have three original albums on CD - even if these are the US versions. Elektra must look after their master tapes; as "We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" sounded as good as these albums do. Up until now the "Songbook" had sounded to my ears the best - but after back to back listens to the tracks that appear on these re-issues and on "Songbook", these come out on top. If only Polydor had cared for, or even kept (!!?) their masters in the same condition, we could have had all the original albums on CD by now. For a band who sold as well as they did, the New Seekers have been extremely poorly represented on CD. The aforementioned "Songbook" amd even the Readers Digest compilations were excellent; but not the same as having the original albums intact. "Never Ending Song Of Love" and "Circles" have never sounded better; the same with, in my humble opinion, Eve Graham's best vocal: "Allright My Love" which I think was a far better song than any single she sang lead on. The only let down for me as a long-term fan of Lyn Paul is "A Perfect Love" - a stunning song which Lyn re-recorded her vocals for on the "Farewell Album". The difference in the two recordings - three years apart - show how her voice got even better as she grew in confidence. She sings it beautifully here; but her voice is richer on the 1974 version. I also am pleased to have a decent copy of "Mystic Queen" a vastly underrated song, which the group sing perfectly and show just how 'in perfect harmony' they were; in fact - the songs composed by Marty Kristian and Peter Doyle are among the standout tracks. Let's hope we soon get the UK version of "Circles" plus "Now"; "The Farewell Album" and "Live At The Albert Hall" and we'll almost be done for the output of the most successful line-up of the group. Somewhere, someone in Polydor UK has to find the masters - look harder!!
All in all, a great job has been done with this release - keep 'em coming.