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5.0 out of 5 stars Three decades of great music, 27 Aug 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Essential Collection (Audio CD)
In the sixties, Dionne Warwick was much more successful in her native America than she was in Britain, but this was mainly because so many of her American hits were covered by British artists and became hits for them instead. As time progressed, this practice died out and Dionne gained the recognition she deserved in Britain too. This compilation, covering Dionne's best music from 1962 to 1990, is proof of that.
Bacharach and David were prolific songwriters in the sixties and Dionne relied heavily on their songs at that time. The first CD is devoted exclusively to Dionne's versions of Bacharach-David songs. Do you know the way to San Jose and Walk on by were the only songs here to provide Dionne with significant British hits. Many of the other songs provided Dionne with American hits, but even in America, some songs were given to others to have hits with. Among the songs here that were hits for other singers in Britain, America or both are Anyone who had a heart (Cilla Black), Raindrops keep falling on my head (B J Thomas). I just don't know what to do with myself (Dusty Springfield), Always something there to remind me (Sandie Shaw), I'll never fall in love again (Bobbie Gentry), I say a little prayer (Aretha Franklin), Close to you (Carpenters), Make it easy on yourself (Walker brothers), What the world needs now is love (Jackie De Shannon), Alfie (Cilla Black), You'll never get to heaven (Stylistics), The look of love (Dusty Springfield) and Only love can break a heart (Gene Pitney). Indeed, there are very few songs on this CD that will be unfamiliar to fans of sixties music.
Dionne's biggest success in Britain came with her 1982 album Heartbreaker, which was produced by the Bee Gees. Four of its tracks can be found here, of which the title track and All the love in the world were both big hits. Other notable tracks here are I'll never love this way again and That's what friends are for (on which Dionne is joined by Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder). The set is completed by four of the songs that Dionne recorded in the sixties that weren't written by Bacharach and David.
This is a comprehensive collection spanning almost thirty years of Dionne's excellent music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only one you need, 16 April 2012
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Mr. K. Webster "true film" (manchester UK) - See all my reviews
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I seem to have, erm, 'misplaced' my copy of this so I am getting it again!
I'll keep it short...this is the ONLY cd that you need to buy by this artist. It is heaven and any true music fan will wear this down with the amount of play. Fantastic music and craftmanship.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection, 17 Aug 2011
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With a career spanning so many decades, it's always going to be difficult to put together a greatest hits collection to satisfy everyone, but this pretty much ticks all the boxes. Great collection of fantastic tunes from an amazing singer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the best songs, 19 Feb 2014
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I tried to find a reasonably priced CD that had all my favorite songs. After making comparisons with other candidates I found this CD (actually two CD's) had them. Great recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, 9 Jan 2014
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Mr. R. Collins "flipper" (Norfolk UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a very good CD with many of my favourite track, ideal for relaxing at home or to listen to while driving
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