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The definitive UK and USA hits collection,
This review is from: Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan [Us Import] (Audio CD)
More recently, another compilation of Gilbert's music has been released in the UK but it misses out several hits and others are remixed. This collection contains all his American hits and most of his British hits. The missing British hits are We will, Christmas song and So what - however the set includes Matrimony, a song that I heard a fair bit of in the early seventies. I'm surprised that it wasn't a hit.
Gilbert only had three top ten American hits (Alone again naturally, Clair and Get down) and these were also his three biggest UK hits, but whereas the first-named topped the American charts, the other two topped the British charts. His only other top twenty American hit, Out of the question, didn't chart in the UK. Gilbert had four other top ten UK hits (Nothing rhymed, No matter how hard I try, Ooh-wakka-doo-wakka-day, Why oh why oh why).
Gilbert lost a lot of female fans when he made clear his views on domestic life in A woman's place - this song was only a minor hit in the UK and I'm surprised it charted at all. Maybe a few men bought the single to tease their partners. In the years since, it seems that this song has been largely forgotten (or forgiven), allowing Gilbert's popularity to recover.
Gilbert's music is sometimes dismissed as lightweight early seventies pop but that is unfair. His continuing popularity (at least in the UK) shows that his music is more enduring.