All songs on this album were new to me, except the outstanding All Around The World, the reason why I bought the CD. I am sorry to say this, but the rest of the songs are nowhere near as good. Her type of soul doesn't have enough fire. The Barry White song "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" does not come near the original at all. There are not many white women with a soulful black voice. Amy Whitehouse was one, Dusty Springfield was the other. Lisa Stansfield doesn't do it for me, I am afraid.
Something/Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star, and Todd are Todd Rundgren's best albums as far as I am concerned. The present collection of albums I find disappointing on the whole. Todd has lost his drive. The records have lost their spark. His indomitable energy is dissipated. His unique exuberance has become deflated. He is no longer a rock-star, he is going on 40.
Shocking Blue's music has a simplicity and a directness of style that is reminiscent of the instrumentation of the later punk rock movement. Still very fresh today and in now way dated. All in all an excellent compilation.
The music for the TV series Brideshead Revisited, composed by Geoffrey Burgon contributes so much to the success of it. However, it is not entirely original. It is based on the trio Soave sia il vento from the opera Così fan tutte by Mozart. I think Geoffrey Burgon adapted it brilliantly for Brideshead, though. All credit to him for contributing to the enjoyment of so many viewers and listeners.