- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Bella Musi
- ASIN: B0000C03BN
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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From start to finnish this album celebrates everything that Melanie stood for- Peace, Love and a great tune on an acustic guitar!
"Ruby Tuesday" blows The Rolling Stone's original out of the water.
And after that it get's better and better.
This album has twenty one songs and is for people who like music of quality.
The songs on this album may be a product of their time - all songs are - but what a time it was!
1. Ruby Tuesday
2. Brand New Key
3. Nickel Song
4. What Have They Done To My Song Ma
5. Beautiful People
6. Any Guy
7. Close To It All
8. Mr Tambourine Man
9. Baby Day
10. I Don't Eat Animals
11. Lay Lady Lay
12. Pebbles In The Sand
13. Save The Night
14. Garden In The City
15. Christopher Robin
16. Good Book
17. Carolina On My Mind
18. Somebody Loves Me
19. Leftover Wine
20. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
21. Peace Will Come
Melanie's biggest hit, Brand new key, was a top five UK hit and a number one American hit. Sometimes dismissed as a novelty song, it became even more of a novelty song when the Wurzels wrote their own lyrics to it and released it (with Melanie's permission) as Combine harvester (Brand new key) - it topped the UK charts in 1976. Of course, you have to look elsewhere if you want Combine harvester - it's not here.
The New Seekers also liked to record Melanie's songs. Rival versions of What have they done to my song Ma both became minor UK hits, with Melanie doing slightly better than the New Seekers, who also covered Nickel song and Beautiful people.
While Melanie wrote plenty of original material, she also liked to record a few covers. Apart from Ruby Tuesday, this collection includes Melanie's versions of Lay lady lay and Mr Tambourine man, both written by Bob Dylan although the latter was popularised by the Byrds.
Melanie has a very distinctive voice that does not appeal to everybody although I love it. If you enjoy the folk-pop singer-songwriters of the early seventies, you will enjoy Melanie's music providing you like her voice. There have been plenty of Melanie compilations released down the years but this one is as good as any.
Tracks 1, 4, 17, 20 from the Buddah album "Candles In the Rain" (1970). (Track 4, "Lay Down (Candles In the Rain)," is in its extended version on this CD, not the shortened single version on the original album. The extended version was originally released on the 1972 Buddah compilation "The Four Sides of Melanie.")
Track 2 from the Neighborhood album "Gather Me" (released on Buddah Records outside of the United States; 1971).
Tracks 3 & 16 from the Buddah album "The Good Book" (1970 or '71, can't remember!!).
Tracks 5 & 6 from the Buddah album "Melanie" (this album was just titled "Melanie" in the United States, but it was titled "Affectionately Melanie" in England and other countries; 1969).
Tracks 7, 8, 9, & 15 from the Buddah album "Born To Be" (1968).
Tracks 10, 19, & 20 from the Buddah album "Leftover Wine" (1970).
Tracks 11, 14, & 18 from the Buddah album "Garden In the City" (1971).
Tracks 12 & 13 from the original soundtrack recording "All the Right Noises," released on Buddah Records outside of the United States in 1970. These tracks were eventually released in the United States on the Buddah compilation album "Please Love Me" (1973).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came across this and immediately felt nostalgic and bought it. Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk is an American singer-songwriter, known professionally as Melanie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GRP
The cd was in good condition and well packaged. Regarding the content of the cd there are a few "fillers" but the the rest of the tracks have stood the test of time and are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter Scrivener
Something wrong with the CD I got - some tracks, including my favourites, don't play.Published 9 months ago by ALAN MORAN
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