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The Classic Years Import

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00000BIBV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Not Saying
2. The Last Mile
3. I'll Be Your Mirror
4. Femme Fatale
5. All Tomorrow's Parties (From: 'The Velvet Underground & Nico')
6. The Fairest Of The Seasons
7. These Days
8. Little Sister
9. Chelsea Girls (From 'Nico: Chelsea Girl')
10. No One Is There
11. Ari's Song
12. Frozen Warnings
13. Niebelungen (From: 'The Marble Index')
14. Janitor Of Lunacy
15. Abschied
16. Afraid (From: 'Desertshore')
17. Secret Side
18. You Forgot To Answer
19. The End (From: 'The End')

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tielo Jongmans on 6 Sep 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation of songs that are all readily available on Nico's original albums, but the compilers have added her first single, "I'm not Saying", and its B-side, which are not available anywhere else as far as I know, and which are wonderful. So, believe me, this is a record you want to have, even if you already own all Nico's original records.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Don't be afraid of your feelings and buy this CD! 9 Dec 1998
By Stephen Caratzas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here--finally--is a terrific and long-overdue collection from one of the great icons and musical innovators: Nico. Because long before there was Madonna, Natalie Merchant, Debbie Harry and even Yoko Ono, there was Nico. Her icy, resonant vocals are still, for me, the best thing about 1967's groundbreaking album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Gifted with a chilling vibrato, Nico delivers brilliant interpretations of some of Lou Reed's finest lyrics: "I'll be your mirror, reflect what you are, in case you don't know, I'll...." When Nico sings that second "I'll", my heart breaks, every time. Similarly, on her first single, a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Saying" (produced by then-Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham), Nico sings: "I'm not saying I'll be true, but I'll try". And again, it's that one last word, "try", that puts me in touch with an overwhelming sense of sadness.
The incredible longing in Nico's singing apparently reflects a void that she could never fill. Her strange life of opportunities seized and lost (rehashed in the oddly-worded liner notes), comes through loud and clear in the early music she sang and, later, the music she wrote. Early pop stylings give way to songs like the haunting "Chelsea Girls"--a collaboration with Velvets alumni Reed and John Cale. Cale would go on to produce many of Nico's subsequent recordings, and working with him, and later with Roxy Music's Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, Nico originated and crafted an idiosyncratic brand of diva music, which often took its form in deconstructed tone poems of regret and longing. Could anyone, other than Nico, have made a song entitled "Janitor of Lunacy" so beautiful in its yearning? Could anyone else deliver a version of the Doors' "The End" that actually goes further than the original in evoking stark, flat-out fear? Doubtful.
In short, if you are a sensate, feeling human being, you will be moved to your core by Nico's music, which is thoughtfully presented in this wonderful compilation. Be brave, and be good to yourself: enjoy and embrace your feelings--both good and bad--with Nico.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
And what costume shall the poor girl wear...? 11 Dec 1999
By Miguel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"An IBM computer doing an impression of Greta Garbo," this is how Andy Warhol once described the voice of his then protegé, Nico.
Ever since, the range of comparisons has known no end. "Who?" some younger people may ask (and I am 25!) when hearing about her for the first time. Certainly, when one mentions Lou Reed or Warhol, a face lits up with recognition and say "oh, I see." But they don't.
This compilation may well be the first to reach the mainstream in a long while, to put them in contact with one of rock and roll's most unsung heroines.
Featuring such classics as "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "I'll be your mirror" (both penned by Reed), this CD tracks the first few years of Nico's career, covering her transformation from the first of the supermodels (which she was) to the mother of goth-rock.
Either as a blond, eurodecadent ice maiden or a wild-eyed, hennaed vesper, the many faces of Nico surge through the songs here presented to show a dark chest of wonders.
And try to keep your eyes dry and your heart free of that sweet ache of longing and loss when you listen to the beautiful, a capella version of "Nibelungen".
A grand surprise.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
the one and only nico 11 Jan 2002
By geneseo_rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This collection of Nico's work is excellent, spanning the breadth and length of her career. The collection starts with her earliest work, upbeat folk-rock songs (tracks 1 and 2), progresses through her Velvet Underground period (tracks 3 through 5), through Chelsea Girls (tracks 6 through 9), and then through her gothic phase (tracks 10 through 19). There are a few songs that should be here that aren't, such as "Das Lied Der Deutchen" (the German National Anthem), "Mutterlein", and "The Falconer." And the longer version of "All Tomorrow's Parties" in "The Velvet Underground and Nico" (5,55 minutes versus 2,52 here) is obviously better. But still, this is a great collection for Nico fans.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, Haunting, Avant-garde 9 Oct 2001
By D. Morrical - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is really one of the most AMAZING collection of songs that I've ever heard. My first introduction to Nico? Yes. I am so impressed with this music, Nico's voice, the atmosphere these records create, the song structures, the total package. This is well deserving of these 5 stars - these songs are great. Stop reading and buy this cd, you are in for a great suprise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Collection! 17 Mar 2000
By Gloom & Beauty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am glad That Nico finally got a "greatest collection" album. Even her earliest singles from 1965 are awesome ("I'm not saying" "Last Mile" ). I really love tyhe music that she creates. She is in a way like a poet, because her lyrics are so powerful and revealing.
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