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The Classic Hooked On Classics Albums,
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This review is from: Original Hooked On Classics Collection (Audio CD)
I was first introduced to Hooked On Classics in the early 80s. In those days children used to have "music lessons". At my school we used to be treated to a track from the original Hooked On Classics album at the end of the lesson if we'd behaved well. Astonishingly, this incentive actually worked. I later owned the three albums on cassette but wore them out, then, for a while, I owned a "best of" compilation CD. So the other day I had a sudden urge to listen to the original trilogy of albums again in full and had a hunt around - and found this set along with a number of other releases.
For those of you interested in the packaging, here are some details. What you get is three CDs, each in their own jewel case and each with their original album cover, contained within a thin card O-ring (as pictured on the Amazon listing). Each double-fold inlay contains a full listing of tracks and titles from each segment of music, along with the composer and the usual recording information. This particular set is released by K-tel International, the publisher of the original albums - so you are getting the "official" CD versions of the original albums.
At the time of writing this the set is available for around a tenner. There are other versions of this release available, and they are cheaper, but if you are nostalgic for the original albums then this is the best set to get.
Hooked On Classics is not for classical purists; that is not the point of the albums. The arguments for why these albums should not exist are about as thin as those which claim there is no place for the Giorgio Moroder version of "Metropolis". Like other people I know, Hooked On Classics (along with The Planets by Gustav Holst) was my formal introduction to classical music. As albums, they stand high in their own right and are true classics.