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  • Audio CD (17 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000251VE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. I Can't Live Without You 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Let Me Come Closer to You (Album Version) 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Say You Don't Mind 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 23 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a gorgeous, gorgeous album this is!
Unlike many others, Colin Blunstone was not someone I knew or loved back when he fronted The Zombies nor when this album originally came out, yet I fell under its spell immediately upon the first listening.
I don't know if this has ever happened to you but this is one of those albums that, even as you hear each song for the first time, makes you feel that you are meeting again with an old friend or, more accurately, that you has just met a kindred spirit.
"Misty Roses," which you may know through Tim Hardin's original already, is simply breathtaking. In this version, it starts almost in a hush, a gentle guitar hinting bossa nova-like chords, as Blunstone glides over the melody, and then evolves into a string quartet interlude that, when you stopped expecting it, returns you to the original melody as he sings "If I believe in love forever / I'll forget the past / You are too lovely not to try."
The beauty does not end there, the self-penned "Caroline Goodbye" and Though You Are Far Away" ?in different ways? may remind you of Nick Drake's phrasing except than here the singing is backed by a full orchestra, ever so tastefully arranged.
"Her Song" and "Let Me Come Closer To You" are also gems, perfectly accompanied by Rod Argent and others ?who' together would go on to form the band Argent? and, again, showcasing the extensive, unforced emotional range of Blunstone?s voice.
All in all, as other people have already mentioned, this album is both a masterpiece of its time and unusually relevant by any current musical standards. Ultimately, this is an absolute, timeless beauty. Buy it now, and await with bated breath.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By hamilton@netherburn.fsworld.co.uk on 1 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
I guess I was an unusual 16 year old when I first heard Colin Blunstone's single Say You Don't Mind. The romance of his voice and of the lyrics captivated me. At the same time I was into such music as Genesis, Yes, Rory Gallagher and the Groundhogs - so listening to Colin was something I couldn't share with my mates. I first bought One Year after I met my wife, and I have happy memories of us both listening to songs like Smokey Days and Misty Roses. We saw Colin in concert at Glasgow University's QM Union, and live he was every bit as good as on record. My copy of One Year is on vinyl, and I am delighted to see you can now buy it on CD. If you have any romance in your soul, add this to your collection - and then seek out Ennismore and Journey. Blunstone is a marvellous singer who has been ignored for too long.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
...you will love this album. It's a masterpiece blend of exquisite, breathy vocals and a very English string quartet. Possibly the most under-rated album of all time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
When i first got this album on vinyl in 1979 i played it until it was worn out and then went on a pilgrimage to find a new copy! This happened at least every few years. As another reviewer mentions it was long criminally unavailable on cd. 'One Year' encompasses the essence of Colin's voice and choice of material - and having met Colin it also reflects his persona! Some songs are actually remakes of old zombie songs that were only released long after their disbanding. 'Smokey Day' and 'Misty Roses' are truly powerful songs - 'Her Song' and 'Say you don't Mind' leave you breathless. Colin has, probably, the best and most unique voice in the pop genre. What puts this album on another level is the fact it is mostly a classically arranged collection which, though i doubt was overly deliberate, was a risk at the time - Colin's love of orchestral and concerto arrangements gives it a unique flavour. This cd (album) was ranked as one of the top 10 gems by the New York Times a few years back. Thank goodness they finally released it on cd. Hopefully the same will happen with 'Ennismore' (his second album) one day. If you like great singers and wonderful melody buy this cd. 'Echo Bridge' released in 1995 actually rivals this album!
(This review was originally written for Amazon USA. I couldn't believe there was no review on the UK site when i first happened upon it! I would also add here that now having the CD for a few years I'm becoming frighteningly more demanding and wish someone would re-master the CD to 24 bit!!! The album really does deserve it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheshire Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
One of the best ever in its admittedly niche genre: string quartet melodic pop rock. Think of The Beatles' 'Yesterday' for the general style (but with a couple of band numbers and orchestras thrown into the mix sometimes on a few tracks). Conjures up images of frosty autumn days, grey skies, moonlight, crackling fires and ice cold wine.
Most - but not all - of these tracks are on the similar-looking 'Some Years / It's The Time Of...' CD album. But don't get 'Some Years', or you'll miss out on some tracks that aren't on that album. Just buy his 1st three albums. My opinion is that the following 2 albums are not as good - some great tracks, but some not so great, as they start to go rockier and drop the quartet. But with albums 2 and 3 available on one CD, it's prob worth getting that too, if you like this first one.
I never made the Nick Drake connection until I read these reviews but now, yes, I see exactly what people mean. Breathy 'English' vocals and small, not-too-busy arrangements.

An aside - I couldn't believe the review from Mr Hamilton / Glasgow is almost the my own life story - prog-rock> Blunstone> girlfriend> album> marriage! And in a final coincidence, our son eventually studied at the GSA, so I know Glasgow pretty well by now.
Isn't life strange? (Who sang that? And didn't a former member of that band go on to write a Colin Blunstone track, and also link up with Mr McCartney of Beatles' 'Yesterday' fame? Answer on page 92.)
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