I was in two minds while writing my view over how many stars to give this, either 3 or 4. Overall it's a pretty good compilation that is great value for money, but I think it has some serious shortcomings. 4 stars is what I went with, but be mindful that I considered 3.
Obviously there are some fantastic songs on here and with 100 songs for not much more than a fiver the value is obvious. Where I have a problem is the choice of artist for some songs. For example, the song 'You are so beautiful to me' is associated in most people's minds with Joe Cocker, so why do we get a wimpy Donny Osmond version? People automatically think of Cilla Black when they think of the song 'Anyone who had a heart' so why do we get a muzak version by Barbara Dickson? And so on - none of the versions come close to the original, so I feel like I've been cheated out of a good version. The compiler of this songlist should really remember that "If it ain't broken, don't try to fix it".
Having said that, I will compliment whoever picked the other songs on their choice - there are some great songs that aren't that well known but *should* be better known - Lorraine Ellison's 'Stay with me' is one of those great vocals that sends shivers down your spine when you hear it; the great 'Martha's Harbour' by All About Eve makes it onto here, certainly a very underplayed song.
My only other complaint that made me think about only 3 stars is that this concentrates on the 80s and 90s mostly. There are a few 70s, but I don't think any of the other songs were recorded earlier than that. There are so many great songs from the 50s and 60s (and earlier) that this compilation would have benefited from a few from those decades too.
Overall, good value, but some not so great choices of artists and limited in range of years that the songs are taken from.