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Emergence (Digitally Remastered)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2010
These were the first two albums that launched his comeback in the 1970s...and excellent albums they are. Such a wonderful writer and also an excellent and underrated vocalist too.
Emergence is well orchestrated and includes the excellent ' I'm a song' plus other gems including super bird, cardboard Califoria, Rosemary Blue etc...The second album is mostly a rhythm set featuring 10cc on backing tracks, musically & vocally...but once again good material including 'Thats when the music takes me', Leba's song etc... Great value 2 on 1 cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2009
When you're like Neil Sedaka you don't get books written about you because you're too normal.Ditto Gene Pitney who Sedaka demoed IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE for.
His 70s comback -like another great man of High School Pop-Tony Orlando--took place in both here and in the States where he was on a roll after STANDING ON THE INSIDE-he had 2 No 1s as a writer with the Captain & Tenille and no less than Elton John rooting for him when singles appeared on his Rocket label.
BAD BLOOD saw Sedaka himself at the top in America and regular albums came every other year.
Though mainly a writer of his own songs with Howard Greenfield and later Philip Cody-he did his share of covers many times getting the original artists of the song in on bvs.
Possibly Neil Sedaka is the biggest solo success story of the 20th Century
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2009
Must haves for any fans of Sedaka's. These two albums presented here as a twofer, represent Sedaka's renaissance.

Organic and straight from the heart, some wonderful tunes worthy of a remaster and re-release.

I hope the rest of his catalogue follows suit, please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2009
Emergence/Solitaire
Had these two albums when they were first released on vinyl and now I can re-live all the much loved but never forgotten music. All the tracks here never age and can relate to everyone. Perfection in every note. I can recommend this collection 100%.
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on 4 January 2015
Bought as a gift and well received. Two older albums released by Neil - a number of recordings were new to us, other we recognised immediately. Some of the musical arrangements also different but this makes it all the more interesting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2014
I first heard Emergence on vinyl back when it was first released. I'd been a fan of Sedaka's from the beginning and here was a modern album from the hit songwriter. I wish I could say that it was a balanced effort but it felt patchy even back then and hasn't aged well. Sedaka's voice and the production is sublime and it is a shame that the songs don't really stand the test of time. The album wasn't a success and it's not hard to see why. Songs like Cardboard California, a highly negative rant about the US state and its lifestyle surely wasn't going to make him any friends amongst the West Coast population not to mention the record company executives of the vast music industry California was already home to. A lot of the ballad lyrics are also terribly cheesy by today's standards. Not a classic.

Solitaire, his first collaboration with 10CC, definitely shifted Sedaka to a more serious plane. Songs like That's Where The Muisc Takes Me and Solitaire became defining moments from the project. But........and here is the great disappointment for me the recording quality that emerged at the time from Strawberry Studios, 10CC's own studio here in the UK is poor. The CD reveals audible distortion, moments where the drums are distinctly over-recorded and a rather minimalist approach to the arrangements that place it a world away from the audio quality and sophisticatd arrangements Emergence achieved. The digital transfer of Solitaire is flat and dull, a great shame. Nevertheless this double CD is an interesting curio even if these two albums don't sit comfortably alongside one another.
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