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Terrific CD only let down by the record company glitch,
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This review is from: River Of Dreams - The Very Best Of Hayley Westenra (Audio CD)
I came round to Hayley Westenra via a very obscure route. One of the saturday paper supplements had a 'what ever happened to ...' feature and this week it was Neil Reid who had a hit in the early 70s with 'Mother of Mine'. I checked Youtube and sure enough it was there but also listed was another version by a singer called Hayley Westenra. To say I was knocked out by Hayley's version would be an understatement (incidently her version is on an album of Japanese songs Vol 2 I think - it costs a fortune!).
I spent an evening running through Hayley's various performances and wondered how I had missed such a good singer. As for the CD it's a lovely collection showcasing both her classical credentials and a beautiful lilting voice on songs such as 'Danny Boy' and 'Shenandoah'
The 'sleeve notes' feature various photos of Hayley meeting famous people and her enthusiatic and charming comments remind you just how young she is.
The one black mark on this CD is a mix up with the tracks. On the version I got the printed cover and the tracks match, however pop this into your PC and the media player will tell a different story, the tracks from number 5 onwards have the wrong titles so if you rip the CD to your portable music device you will have to rename most of the tracks. I think this mix-up may have been caused by different tracks being used on the compilation in different countries. I am assuming that this error has been picked up now and future versions will be fine. In any event I won't mark the CD down for a technicality when the songs themselves are so beautifully delivered.