9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2000
Don't expect nothing new from this Cd released by Sony Music in France: basically it's another compilation of the songs published for the German company Siebenpunkt. There are nine songs (perhapst the best and most hilarious ones) from "Alter Ego" (still available). Some of these ones are also in the Laserlight compilation "Amanda Lear". The other nine from "Back in Your Arms" - which was published only in Italy. So this is the opportunity for other European fans to enjoy her new re-recordings (and not remixes!) of her old hits, such as "Queen of Chinatown", "Follow Me", "Tomorrow", "The Sphinx", "Fabulous" and many more. Moreover, this Cd is precious for two more aspects. First, its sloppy editing: on the cover there are funny misprintings, like: "These Boots are MAID for walking", "The SPINX" and "compilmation", then the wonderful picture of our Goddess on the cover. Oh, Amanda, everything you do is always slightly second-rate, but we love you so much more for that!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2001
I've always thought that Amanda Lear had some short of mystery. You know that really deep voice, thatsexy dark image... Lately i bought her album "sweet revenge" witch I must confess was quite good. It contains the original versions of the exceptional "Follow me" and of the simply unique " Enigma". So I thought I'd give a go and buy this album with brand new songs ( form 1999 i think) and re-recordings of the old classics. What a dissapointment! forget the mystery! Amanda sounds like a third rate drag-show artiste and the orchestrations are pitifull. The new songs try to be camp and outrageous but fall flat on their face. Lyrics like "when i say go...you have to take it off" don't really help when you sound like a really cheap immitation of 2Unlimited. I really regret buying this album..not because of the money I've spent but because Amanda has lost all her magic for me now. I quess the best thing about the album is the nice cover (if you ignore all the spelling mistakes-and yes they are even worse than mine).... Buy "Sweet revenge" instead....You'll love "Enigma(give a bit of hmmm)". Besides it's Amanda's biggest hit to date...
This compilation is made up mostly of the orginial songs that Amanda Lear recorded on her 1995 album 'Alter Ego', as well as eight re-recordings of her popular '70s disco hits.
The songs are mainly fun and camp, which has always been her trademark. Some are really quite funny, 'Muscle Man' and 'Peep Peep' have almost cringe-worthily cheesy lyrics, very dated even for 95, but you can't help but smile when you hear them. There are however two real gems, the weepy 'I'll Miss You', and the heartfelt 'This Man (Dali's Song)', which Amanda co-wrote about her long-term friend and muse, the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. The re-recordings of 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', 'The Sphix', 'Tomorrow', 'Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me)', 'Queen of Chinatown', 'Fashion Pack', Blood and Honey' and 'Follow Me' don't hold a candle to the originals, in terms of both the production and Amanda's vocals, but they aren't bad.
'Follow Me' is a cheap and cheerful compilation of a mysterious and unique artist who was well past her heyday, but still knew how to make fun, 'gay' disco music.