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Singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan successfully combined a flair for Beatlesque popcraft with an old-fashioned music hall sensibility to emerge as one of the most distinctive and popular new performers of the early 1970s. Born Raymond O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland on December 1, 1946, he went on to attend art school in Swindon, England, writing songs throughout his formative years ... Read more in Amazon's Gilbert O'Sullivan Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B006M6GPMS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Gilbert O'Sullivan is one of the UK's most successful singers, songwriters and musicians, selling over 15 million albums and singles. To celebrate an amazing forty-five year recording career, Union Square Music are releasing 'The Very Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan'

Part of a major Gilbert O'Sullivan reissue campaign the album chronicles songs from his debut album, 'Himself' in 1971, through to his most recent album 'Gilbertville' and features no less than 14 top 10 UK hits, including the multi-million selling US chart-topper and Grammy-nominated 'Alone Again (Naturally)' and the unforgettable UK number 1 singles 'Clair' and 'Get Down', the latter of which won him an Ivor Novello Award in 1973 for Most Performed British Song.

Gilbert's first two albums, 'Himself' and 'Back To Front' both stayed in the UK chart for over a year (86 and 64 weeks respectively) and in 1972 Gilbert was the biggest selling UK artist in the world. The incredible success of 'Alone Again (Naturally)' in America catapulted Gilbert into stardom and he made several appearance on US shows hosted by music legends such as Dean Martin and Burt Bacharach.

Gilbert's songs have appeared in TV series including The Simpsons and Life On Mars and in films such as The Virgin Suicides, Stuart Little 2, Margot At The Wedding and Stuck On You. His songs have been covered by acts as diverse as Elton John, Bobby Darin, The Feeling, Nina Simone, Har Mar Superstar, Sarah Vaughan, Andy Williams, The Pet Shop Boys, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Herb Alpert.

More recently 'Gilbertville', which was released in January 2011, was hailed as one of his finest albums to date, which led critics and the media to suggest maybe it was time to revisit O'Sullivan's career for re-appraisal.

'Smart kitchen-sink lyrics, super melodic songs, his new stuff just as good as his old; if he'd never had a hit, or worn an oversize flat cap, he'd be hailed as our own Randy Newman one who references tea (frequently) and frozen peas (occasionally). At his best, he is the missing link between the Kinks and Squeeze' - The Guardian

Along with the release of 'The Very Best Of', fans will be delighted to know that Gilbert will be performing 18 live dates across the UK from March 17th 2012. He will be joined by his amazing 11 piece band, including a string quartet, to present a stunning two hour plus performance.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Hume on 9 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
The Very Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Singer & His Songs

This is a wonderful collection and PLEASE give this a chance by giving an un-biased listening without subconsciously dismissing this because it is so un-cool to like Gilbert.
I consider myself a cool enough dude in his early 50's with a massive music collection of up to date music and claasics from the 60's though the decades to the present. I heard ' Alone Again' on the radio a few years back and it was so inspiring that , despite myself, I bought the 'Bery Very' Album and was transfixed by the lyrics and melodies.Gilbertville got good reviews and I bought it out of curiosity and REALLY enjoyed it and played it continually in the car..the stories are just great.

So much so ,in fact, that my wife and I are going to see Gilbert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in April...can't wait!!

This is another excellent compilation and get some good headphones on, lie back and immerse yourself in this...you know you are worth it, even if you think you might not be!!!

I guarantee you will LOVE this album

David
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
It is virtually impossible to encompass all of O'Sullivan's best songs within 18 tracks - three discs wouldn't be enough to include the enormous output of his quality songs - but this collection is an excellent introduction to his amazingly original songs written in the 70 & 80s, including some of the most memorable hit songs, like Nothing Rhymed, Alone Again (Naturally), Clair, What's In A Kiss. It also includes the memorable songs like 'We Will ', 'Why, Oh Why, Oh Why' and the heart-achingly wistful songs like 'At The Very Mention Of Your Name', 'Dear Dream' and 'I Wish I Could Cry', written in the late 80s and in the 90s. If you come to love these songs, you will surly buy his all albums and will be on an amazing journey of discoveries.

1. Matrimony
2. Ohh Wakka Doo Wakka Day
3. Claire
4. Alone Again Naturally
5. Get Down
6. Nothing Rhymed
7. You Are You
8. No Matter How I Try
9. We Will
10. At the Very Mention of Your Name
11. Why, Oh Why, Oh Why
12. Ooh Baby
13. Can't Think Straight
14. I Wish I Could Cry
15. What's in a Kiss
16. Lost a Friend
17. I'll Believe It When I See It
18. Dear Dream
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
This eccentric Irish singer-songwriter was a regular visitor to the upper reaches of the UK charts in the early 1970s. Three of these songs made the top ten in the USA: the poignant Claire, Alone Again (Naturally) and Get Down. He specialized in the mid-tempo ballad, although Get Down was a real rocker with a catchy hook. Other UK hits on this compilation include Ooh Wakka Doo Wakka Day, No Matter How I Try, We Will, Ooh Baby, Nothing Rhymed and I Don't Love You But I Think I Like You. What's In A Kiss was a solitary stray hit from the late 70s when his time had passed. The music is not profound but charming enough with its often clever lyrics and decent tunes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Long on 23 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Even Gilbert admits he is out of vouge but his music is just brilliant.This has a song on it called Taking a chance which is sublime.His music speaks for itself,catchy honest and sometimes heartbreaking.Long may he continue.Get the shopkeeper to put it in a brown bag to hide your shame but do it!
Beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Ridehalgh on 14 May 2012
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This CD was really great, full of great songs by a great artist. I bouught every LP he made and this had all the very best on one CD. Good to have you back Gilbert!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. LISK on 21 Feb 2013
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Knew all the hits he had originally, & liked most of them, but most of these tracks I didn't know, & weren't that strong, but altogether not a bad CD, at a good price, many thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Sheargold on 16 Jan 2013
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This was got for my sister who had just lost her husband and they used to lister to Gilbert O'Sullivan all
the time. She loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Singer/ Songwriter 'Gilbert O'Sullivan' broke into the U.K Charts in 1970
with 'Nothing Rhymed'
He went on to grace the Charts in many countries including 'U.S' and 'Japan'
with his very unique style.
Here in the U.K he continued to register hits throughout the Seventies achieving
fourteen Top 40 successes, half of these being Top 10 entries, in 73' he registered
Two Number Ones, those being the 'enchanting' ''Clair' followed by ''Get Down''
Among some of his other popular recordings on-board - 'No Matter How I Try' -
'Matrimony' - 'We Will' - and my personal favourite - 'Alone Again (Naturally)
These some of the gems you'll find on-board.
When he first appeared on our TV screens I'm not sure that we knew what to make
of him, there he was 'Grey Flannel suit' 'Flat Cap' 'School Tie' 'Soccer Socks' and
'Hobnail Boots' sat at a piano, suddenly producing a new music style of his own.
This is a pretty good album to own, it reflects most of his popular material of those
distant times.
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