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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000JMK626
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sisters Of Mercy
2. Good Morning Sunshine
3. This Wheel's On Fire
4. My Heart Cries For You
5. Some Of These Days
6. Quand Les Hommes Vivront D'Amour
7. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
8. (Take Me For A Walk In The) Morning Dew
9. Boo Hoo
10. Coconut Grove
11. You Were On My Mind
12. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
13. Weak In The Knees
14. Out Of The Blue
15. Just Another Day

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Public on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love Serena's raw, natural voice and the stripped-down sound. I would call it more blues/country I think. This is her second album, made when she was 23 and is a collection of well known Canadian songs from the past. Serena is Canadian and is celebrating these songs. There is Leonard Cohen's "Sisters of Mercy", Galt MacDermot's "Good Morning Starshine" , The Band's "This Wheel's on Fire" and Paul Anka's "It Doesn't Matter Any More." The album has gone Gold in Canada. I don't understand the criticism in some reviews as if you wanted to hear the original then you could buy that. These are a fresh take on the old songs and I think they work very well. Perhaps I'm not old enough to remember the originals that well but I loved these.

There are two tracks written by Serena Ryder and I really like these, particularly "Weak at the Knees" which is accomplished and memorable. If you think you may be interested then check out Serena Ryder's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in the Street" on YouTube which is an acoustic version that is absolutely brilliant and was featured on Springsteen's website last year. It certainly gives you a flavour of the artist.
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By zimmi710 on 19 May 2010
Format: MP3 Download
I think its a bit harsh to write her off. Having said that I really only liked 5 of the 15 songs.

Good Morning Starshine has a nice husky feel to it; This Wheels on Fire is also good. I preferred her covers of Some of These Days, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, and You Were on My Mind.

Overall the music has a country feel to it. I like her voice; and believe there are some songs out there she could really do well.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harvey B on 29 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD on the strength of one song, Wheels on fire, which I agree, is a foolhardy thing to do. However, as there was no other way available to me of hearing this new (to me) singer, I felt that she wouldn't let me down. Unfortunately, the album is extremely disappointing and apart from her excellent cover of the Dylan/Danko song from which it takes its title, this CD is unlikely to get played very often. The problem for me is that I like roots music and was not expecting this to be a pop album which it so definately is. If I have to listen to pop music then I like it to be a little bit more original than this, I'll even settle for the originals but not the easy listening cover versions that make up eleven of the tracks on this CD.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 21 April 2010
Format: MP3 Download
This is a canter through a bunch of iconic, mostly Brit, pop hits of around 1969 - 71. What a mess. These are wonderful, atmospheric songs which are well worth (re) discovery - either in the original recordings, or by a competent modern artist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Ryder Rules! 4 Feb. 2007
By Ralph Quirino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An exceptional "covers" type of album where Serena tackles "Canadian" songs in excellent fashion. Her remake of Oliver's 1969 hit "Good Morning Starshine" deserves a 5 out of 5 for sheer guts alone (who else could tackle the nonsense chorus and get away with it without sounding like a complete hack?). Every song is a genuine delight. Especially memorable are "This Wheel's On Fire", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Quand Les Hommes Vivront d'Amour". The arrangements are tasteful and folky (without eliminating a casual rock feel altogether) while Ms. Ryder's voice sounds heavenly (her joy in singing these hits clearly evident). If you've enjoyed recent albums by Corrine Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse and K.T. Tunstall, then make "If Your Memory Serves You Well" your next purchase.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Serena Ryder's Magical Voice 10 Jan. 2007
By Music fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Serena Ryder has an absolutely amazing voice. Her live performances are tremendous and she gains more fans with every show. Her choice of material for this release is a bit odd, and - in the hands of a lesser talent - would be totally forgettable, but she is able to pull it off with her voice, a very tight (esp. Kevin Breit) supporting cast and good production.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
stunning 4 Jun. 2008
By Dana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a huge Serena fan. Half of her fantastic songs are on this CD, and the other half are on Unlikely Emergency. I saw her live in October, and she absolutely struck me speechless. Her voice alone is a beautiful instrument, and she is a beautiful, humble soul.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for What It Was Intended to Be 5 Sept. 2010
By smgsmc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A word of caution here. Sometimes you fall in love with a singer's current CD and then start buying up her previous CDs. Sometimes you're pleasantly surprised and find material as good or even better and are amazed at her depth (such as discovering Sarah Mclachlan with "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and then being floored by her earlier "Solace"). Sometimes you're disappointed because the earlier material just lacks maturity or is of an entirely different genre (such as stepping back from the Alanis of "Jagged Little Pill" to Alanis the teen dance pop queen). And some albums intentionally have a different, focussed theme, such as Connie Stevens doing covers of Hank Williams' country and western songs or various singers (Connie Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon ...) doing covers of big-band-era or large orchestra songs.

For the most part, this is not the Serena of "Is It OK", but it was not intended to be. It's a compilation of 12 covers of pop songs by Canadian writers + 3 songs written by Serena. Relative to it's intent, I'll give it 5 stars. If I had to characterize it in one word, I'd say it's "funky". That's an out-of-date word, and not one I've often used. But it's so apropos here. The opening track, "Sisters of Mercy", has a medieval flair to it; I'm mesmerized by it. She brings sincere emotion to classics such as "My Heart Cries for You", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", and "You Were on My Mind". And she has a lot of fun with the sing-alongs "Good Morning Starshine" and "Boo Hoo".

Two of her original songs ["Out of the Blue" and "Just Another Day"] have a pop feel in keeping with the covers. The third original is an earlier version of "Weak in the Knees". It is more subdued, less emotionally overwrought than the version in "Is it OK". Good to compare the two and realize the rapid progression she's made.

If you're someone who buys a singer's compilation of Christmas songs, and then rips into her "because this is just a bunch of stupid Christmas songs", go away. If you're expecting the hard-edged Serena of "Is it OK", you probably should skip this and save yourself some disappointment. If you want to sample Serena's wide dynamic vocal and emotional range, have a historical interest in Serena, want to follow her growth and development, or just want a fun, quirky, album, for sure get it.
I suspect "If Your Memory Serves You Well" was created out of Ryder's genuine love of this eclectic mix of songs 16 Nov. 2014
By Daniel Burnette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Albums of covers often are done by artists to fulfill the contract with a label. I suspect "If Your Memory Serves You Well" was created out of Ryder's genuine love of this eclectic mix of songs, all composed at least in part by fellow Canadians. Her versions of "This Wheel's On Fire" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" are definitive, as far as I'm concerned, and this is coming from a fan of Bob Dylan and The Band (who recorded "This Wheel's On Fire") and of Buddy Holly and Linda Ronstadt (who both recorded "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"). And that voice! Ryder rocks!
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