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4.0 out of 5 stars Great track listing, great sound, shoddy finish, 26 Aug. 2010
This review is from: 100 Essential Singer Songwriter Hits (Audio CD)
When Sony belatedly entered into the already crowded 100 hits or more in one package market with their 100 Essential Tracks series last year, they should in theory have wiped the floor with their competitors. However, judging by the heavy discounting of some titles, they have not been as successful as the Demon Music Group's series, at least so far.

Despite attractive packaging and a superior sound quality not generally found in budget releases, too many of the titles have been let down by unimaginative track listings (heavily duplicating both the Demon series and each other), and by a shoddy finish.

This release however does stand out as having a terrific set of tracks, almost justifying the Essential title, and a fair number of these songs I have not found on other compilations. Broadly, there are two discs focussed on 90s/00s tracks, with the rest mainly representing the 70s and 80s. Even the more well known tracks are worth having again to hear in pristine sound. Best track? For my money its Jeff Buckley's Lover You Should Have Come Over (all 6 wonderful minutes) although its nice to hear Dan Fogelberg's Longer and Leader of the Band and Lesley Duncan's Love Song again after all these years.

I would have given this 5 stars, but unfortunately this release has not escaped the shoddy finish found across the series - CD5 Track 17 is not Carly Simon's Coming Around Again but rather Johnny Logan's Hold Me Now, and Simon & Garfunkel's Sound Of Silence seems to be a live version. Also CD3 Track 9 is attributed to the Indigo Girls but is (I think) Brian Kennedy.

I recommend this series because of the sound quality, but suggest you do not buy on the strength of one track alone as it may have been replaced by something else. Come on Sony - this is potentially a great series if you could just pay a little more attention. I look forward to future releases.
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