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5.0 out of 5 stars sweet music, 7 Oct 2013
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This review is from: 100 Hits: No.1s (Audio CD)
enjoy listening to this in the car, would recommend this would be ideal as a Christmas or birthday present.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some absolute classics - and a little something from David Soul, 13 Feb 2013
Hal Marshall "Literary philanthropist" (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 100 Hits: No.1s (Audio CD)
This five CD set is a very well put together little window into the tastes (generally good, occasionally bad and sometimes utterly diabolical) of the great British record-buying public from the late fifties right up into the late noughties. What a ridiculous word that is by the way. I'm working on the assumption that these were all British number ones anyway - the design of the cover does seem to indicate more than a nod and a wink towards the Union Flag. With scant details of any kind contained within however, it's difficult to say for certain.

The music progresses through the decades in more or less chronological order. With six decades to cover, it isn't quite as simple as having one disc for each one, but the plus side of that is that there is less space for the likes of Jimmy Young at one end while the years 2000 - 2008 (time didn't stop then, so far as I am aware - that's when the box set was produced) are somewhat under represented. Having listened to A1's remake of the A-Ha classic 'Take On Me' and being left feeling old beyond all comprehension, I am personally rather grateful for that fact.

CD1 - Opens the action with Elvis Presley and 'Jailhouse Rock' and takes a fairly steady route through some absolutely cracking late fifties / sixties / early seventies tracks. 'Love Grows Where My Rosemary Grows' is my own favourite. It was number one for five weeks back in 1970, proof that people had great taste back then - despite the presence on this disc of 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep', which might just suggest otherwise.

CD2 - This is the epitome of a seventies collection - it has a little bit of everything. Country, middle of the road, soul... Johnny Logan. He defies description really. As does David Soul, for that matter. 'Without You' is worthy of a good singalong even if, like me, trying to hit the top notes makes you sound like you're suffering from a hernia. Actually, if you managed to hit those top notes you probably WOULD be. 'Hold Me Close' is a little unnerving to listen to, particularly through headphones. True to his word, David Essex seems to be ridiculously close. Miles away from any of his band and apparently shouting right in your ear. No doubt the stuff of which teenage dreams used to be made of, but it frightens the living daylights out of me.

CD3 - The seventies were obviously too big to be contained within just the one disc and have spilled over into this one. 'Suicide Is Painless' seems to be following me around at the moment, which I'm inclined to view as just a little disconcerting. Particularly given the fact that it is crap. Never mind though, because the 80s are here! Now then, if it's an 80s CD then it has to have... Ah yes! There they are. 'Down Under', 'You Spin Me Round' and '99 Red Balloons'. Any 80s compilation worth its salt (or simply lacking in imagination) just won't leave home without them. All is right with the world.

CD 4 - 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart', surely one of the most powerful love songs ever, sits two doors down from another great one, 'Eternal Flame'. And then we whizz into the nineties, with Shaggy's 'Oh Carolina'. There's some very good music on this disc. Oh, there's also a song by Rick Astley too.

CD 5 - This is really where my enthusiasm for music, and for life in general, seems to wane. 'Mambo No.5', that is a great song. 'The Ketchup Song' too has great appeal, certainly as a good way of getting you off your bum and moving around a bit while doing the hoovering. But then things go wrong. It's like I'm at a party that I really oughtn't to have ever been invited to. Nothing sums this up more than Eamon's contribution to proceedings. I've only ever heard that song once. In fact I can't even remember whether the version on here is the full-fat version or not, but the meaning of the thing was clear in any case. I bought 'Relax' for heaven's sake, I am certainly no prude. But that song (and indeed the latter tracks on this disc in general) made me want to rush headlong into wherever it is Rosemary is growing and to never come out.

All things considered, the songs on this collection are well chosen and do give a good overall representation of how music has progressed throughout the decades. Even CD5 has its merits, even if it served merely to drive me into the more comforting arms of 'The Very Best Of Jimmy Young'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overall Service, 14 Nov 2011
Mr. K. Finn "Amazonian" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 100 Hits: No.1s (Audio CD)
Bought this as part of a collection of Christmas presents for my sister.It was the product she wanted,at a great price and was delivered promptly earlier than the time limit specified.Amazon provide a great overall service and I recommend them strongly.
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