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A Timeless Gem!,
By A Customer
This review is from: One Year (Audio CD)
When i first got this album on vinyl in 1979 i played it until it was worn out and then went on a pilgrimage to find a new copy! This happened at least every few years. As another reviewer mentions it was long criminally unavailable on cd. 'One Year' encompasses the essence of Colin's voice and choice of material - and having met Colin it also reflects his persona! Some songs are actually remakes of old zombie songs that were only released long after their disbanding. 'Smokey Day' and 'Misty Roses' are truly powerful songs - 'Her Song' and 'Say you don't Mind' leave you breathless. Colin has, probably, the best and most unique voice in the pop genre. What puts this album on another level is the fact it is mostly a classically arranged collection which, though i doubt was overly deliberate, was a risk at the time - Colin's love of orchestral and concerto arrangements gives it a unique flavour. This cd (album) was ranked as one of the top 10 gems by the New York Times a few years back. Thank goodness they finally released it on cd. Hopefully the same will happen with 'Ennismore' (his second album) one day. If you like great singers and wonderful melody buy this cd. 'Echo Bridge' released in 1995 actually rivals this album!
(This review was originally written for Amazon USA. I couldn't believe there was no review on the UK site when i first happened upon it! I would also add here that now having the CD for a few years I'm becoming frighteningly more demanding and wish someone would re-master the CD to 24 bit!!! The album really does deserve it!