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Matt Monro was born Terry Parsons in north London in 1930, to Alice and Frederick. He had three brothers, Arthur, Reg and Harry and a sister, Alice. It was a tough childhood, his father died when he was three and after his mother became ill, he was fostered out for two years. Leaving school at 14, he tried a succession of jobs without sticking at any of them ... Read more in Amazon's Matt Monro Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00076SJ64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Portrait Of My Love
2. My Kind Of Girl
3. Walk Away
4. I Can’t Stop Loving You
5. Softly As I Leave You
6. Gonna Build A Mountain
7. And We Were Lovers
8. If I Were A Carpenter
9. I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
11. Southern Star – English Version
12. Volvere Alguna Vez
13. All My Loving
14. For Once In My Life
15. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Spanish version)
16. What To Do
17. It’s A Wonderful World
18. Yesterday
19. Hey
20. My Way
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D.L. on 21 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a hugely rewarding time for Matt Monro fans all over the world. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing, his family has played a major role in the release of this album as well as the upcoming DVD set "An Evening With Matt Monro," which includes the only known (and newly-discovered) filmed concert from his entire career.
Matt was the greatest pop singer of the last century, and if that sounds like fawning hyperbole, maybe it will at least entice you to have a listen to this album, a compendium of his top hits with other notable tracks included to personalize the collection a bit. The centerpiece is a live rendition of "One Voice," the Barry Manilow number that Matt performed regularly in his final years (but never recorded). As always, Matt makes the song his own, keeping you interested in the song's repetitive lyric through varying interpretations and turning a sing-song tune into an anthem.
Not coincidentally, "One Voice" showcases the extraordinary power and range of Matt's voice. Engineered from a TV program, it is his only "live" recording ever released, and may represent a newly-determined resource for future live tracks, Matt never having recorded a live album.
The success of this album, which had reached into the Top 25 at the time of this writing, may propel EMI to release more cleverly-conceived compilations like it. My bigger hope, being an American, is that their U.S. division will perk up and get Matt back into stores over here, giving him a leading presence in our ongoing singers-and-standards boom. This chart success, 20 years after he left us, shows that he has passed the "timelessness" test and has proven his appeal to new and future generations.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Considering that Matt is largely forgotten these days, and is not around to remind people of his brilliance, quite a lot of his music is available on CD (at least in the UK) including a bewildering array of compilations as well as several twofers containing re-issues of original albums. This one contains all the essential tracks.

Matt was Britain's best balladeer of the sixties. He had five UK top ten hits, these being Portrait of my love, My kind of girl, Softly as I leave you, Walk away and Yesterday. The Beatles' own version of Yesterday was not released as a UK single at the time although it was released in the USA (where it topped the charts) and eventually got a UK release in the mid-seventies. So Matt's version competed with several others but the only other one to chart was by Marianne Faithfull. Matt recorded several other Beatles songs, of which Michelle is included in this set.
Although it was only a comparatively modest hit (just making the UK top twenty), Matt's most famous recording is probably From Russia with love, a James Bond theme song. He recorded plenty of stage and screen songs during his career and on this collection you will find Matt's versions of Born free (from Born free) and Gonna build a mountain (from Stop the world and let me off), the last-named providing another minor UK hit for Matt.
Matt was an excellent interpreter of other people's songs and this collection includes his covers of several classic songs including I can't stop loving you, If I were a carpenter, Bridge over troubled water, All my loving, For once in my life and My way.
Several minor hits are missing so this is not a definitive collection but it contains all his big hits and everything else that casual buyers need.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 1 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Matt Monro died 20 years ago, on 7th February 1985, and this is presumably the motivation behind the release of this collection of some, not all, of his best-known material.
Popularly dubbed the "Singing Bus Driver" (his occupation between National Service and turning professional as an entertainer) when he came to fame on BBC Radio in the late 1950s, George Martin hired him to imitate Frank Sinatra (as "Fred Flange") on Peter Sellers' comedy LP "Songs For Swinging Sellers". Apart from that little commission, Matt mostly steered well clear of Sinatra numbers when it came to his own recordings, but his easy style and phrasing, not unlike Nat King Cole or Dean Martin, and clarity of diction, drew compliments from Bing Crosby and Sinatra himself.
His forte was the easy-going love-ballad, nothing over-wrought or emotional, such as "Portrait Of My Love", "Softly As I Leave You", both big hits, and the Beatles' "Yesterday", with which he made the Top Ten in both the UK and USA. His style leant itself easily to movie music of the day and it is for "From Russia With Love" and "Born Free" and (strangely not included here) "On Days Like These" (from The Italian Job) that most people will know him. He was not averse to the odd uptempo number - "My Kind Of Girl" and "Gonna Build A Mountain" are the only two included here, and were both 1960s successes.
Most of his hits and best known numbers are here - we could argue all day over tracks I thought might have been included. The shops and Amazon listings are not short of Matt Monro collections, some of which provide fuller coverage and/or better value and it's very much a case of paying your money and taking your pick. Matt was a very fine singer who managed to cover much the same ground as some of the big American names of the 50s and 60s, without copying them, by making the songs his own (just ignore "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). If you like Sinatra, or Cole, or Andy Williams, Matt will be right up your street.
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