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My Life: The Greatest Hits (2CD)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Julio was originally a goalkeeper for Real Madrid, but that career was cut short before it really got going - he was badly injured in a road accident. During his period of recovery in hospital, he became interested in a career in music, something at which he has since become very successful, originally singing just in Spanish, but later also singing in English.
Most of CD 1 is taken up with English language recordings. His solo songs include excellent covers of Crazy (Patsy Cline), Vincent (Don MacLean), Can't help falling in love (Elvis Presley) and When I need you (Leo Sayer).
He also sings duets with Willie Nelson (To all the girls I've loved before), Diana Ross (All of you), Stevie Wonder (My love), Dolly Parton (When you tell me that you love me), All 4 One (Smoke gets in your eyes), Frank Sinatra (Summer wind) and Paul Anka (My Way). Julio sings his parts of My way in Spanish but Paul sings in English. Fragile features Sting on background vocals and lead guitar.
Spanish recordings fill almost the whole of CD 2. I do not know any Spanish, though I recognize the occasional song (Amor and his British number hit Begin the Beguine, a cover of the Cole Porter classic sung mainly in Spanish), but it works brilliantly.
If you only want one collection of Julio's music, you won't find a better one than this. If you want to build an extensive collection of his music, this is a great place to start.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2007
I liked the first disc a lot,in particular Julio's versions of Vincent (starry,starry night) and the sublime Caruso (which Julio says is the best song from Italy in the last forty years and tested his voice to the limit).But I didn't think all the duets worked on disc 1.However,the second disc,where Julio's voice dominates every song,gave me the most pleasant listening experience I have ever had.So good that I don't expect to hear better than this from him or anyone else,in the future.Julio writes something about all 37 of the songs he sings in the accompanying booklet,and what he writes is worth reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2007
Like everyone I know, I first heard Julio when on holiday and his voice, even many years later, brings a warm feeling whenever I play his CD and I confess that I play it more than any other single CD I own.

Yes, some tracks work better for me than others but this is not just a greatest hits but an ultimate hits copllection.

His voice envelopes everything, bringing smooth flowing sound that is pleasing even if you are not listening but rewarding if you are.

This collection lifts him to the position of the number one European singer of romantic love songs.

I don't have his other CDs - there is no point this is the collection to have.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2009
My wife and I enjoy listening to Julio... his voice just oozes sex appeal. His songs aren't half bad either though personally I'm not so keen on the actual hits he's had and duets he's made. Fortunately for me at least, his hits and duets are all covered in disc 1 of this two CD set. That means I can settle down to listen to the songs he sings in Spanish on disc 2 which all sound fresh and untainted by commercialism. Disc 2 is pretty good, but if you want a really good album by Julio and you're not worried about possessing his hits/duets then I'd go for 'Begin the Beguine' which is great. Nevertheless, I have to give this album 4 stars since it represents great value for money. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
Have been a fan of Julio for many years and purchased this CD set because a friend wanted to know who it was singing in a cafe in Germany.

Julio lives on!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2009
Bought this for my dad's birthday, really pleased with it, excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
I love Julio's voice, but I prefer all the Spanish versions. Great Album though.I have all these on cd but now they are all downloaded on my ipad
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on 24 February 2011
A double CD collection. CD 1 is mainly a collection of hit singles and very popular songs sung with English speaking celebrities e.g. Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, strangely, no Nana Mouskouri duets. All there to enjoy. CD 2 is a collection of Spanish songs that epitomise Julio. There are also plenty of album notes written by Julio that explain how,where and why the songs were recorded, quite a nice touch. A pleasing collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
i Love the Voice And Songs of Julio Iglesias i am looking forward to seeing him Perform in Dublin Ireland
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on 1 January 2011
Although I already have a lot of these songs could not resist buying this CD as am a great fan of Julio and have kept it in my car and so far have listened to it over and over again! I can recommend this to anyone who wants to have a relaxing disc by a great singer.
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