Greatest Hits Import
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I guess I'm just writing to say the following to those people who are spewing the sarcastic remarks about this stuff: Knock it off! It's nostalgia, for pete's sake! We were little kids growing up in different times, we sang these songs in our heads walking to school when thinking about the little girl across the room we had a crush on. So stop with the modern day "weren't the 70s awful" retro-criticism stuff, alright? I'm a fan of artists like Van Halen, Springsteen, Styx, etc., but yes, I love a few of those PF songs even now. Not because I think their music quality rivaled, say, the Beatles (although "I Think I Love You" outsold "Let It Be" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in 1970), but because it brings back happy childhood memories long forgotten. So grow up, ya little punks (I'm sure most of the spewers are under 30), and let people enjoy what they like. Incidentally, I think much of TODAY's music is nothing but disharmonious garbage passing for talent. More so than in the 70s, it is TODAY's music that requires no real talent -- if you can bang two trash can lids together, you can get on MTV. This editorial was brought to you by...
Unfortunately, this compilation - like most compilations of Partridge Family music - do not do the material justice.
It is a paradox that the songs from this band - which was basically a top 40 singles band - sound better on their respective albums than cut and pasted onto "best of" albums like this one.*
Personally, I find the most puzzling aspect of this album is the inclusion of songs that David Cassidy did as a solo artist NOT under the Partridge Family banner. While the sound is similar, it is definitely NOT the same - and by golly David Cassidy was NOT the Partridge Family! Sorry girls!
Further, the choice of songs is odd. These songs were not necessisarly the BEST songs from the PF albums, neither are they the best sellers.
On an "up" note, the liner notes written by Danny Bonaduce are great fun. Do they make up for the rest of this disappointing album? In my opinion, no.
Personally, I would encourage you to skip this album and simply purchase each of the PF albums. Start with "Sound Magazine" then to "Up To Date" then to "The Partridge Family Album". After that you can purchase the other albums in whatever order suits you. Just buy them all - you won't want to miss a one!
This way you will end up a better PF music collection and, overall, with better music.
Best regards - and have a nice day!
* note this is actually the THIRD Partridge Family compilation ever done - the first two are out of print and were only released on vinyl.
PF fans are a little different from David Cassidy fans, oddly enough and when they compile the 2 together, everyone gets upset! David Cassidy included 3 PF hits on his Greatest Hits(1974) to make the LP have more buying power. They would have been better off adding his own 3 much sought after hits Daydream, the non lp B-sides All I Wanna Do Is Touch You (b/w Cherish) and Frozen Noses (b/w If I Didn't Care)
This collection includes David Cassidy's first 2 hits Cherish and Could It Be Forever and 14 PF favorites. The openning theme Come On Get Happy arks the first time release on a PF collection. It also includes How Long Is Too Long from Bulletin Board (STILL not available on CD!) The rest are their hits and most noteable album tracks like Summer Days, One Night Stand and Point Me In The Direction Of Albuquerque.
Missing in this collection are the hits Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Friend And A Lover, Walking In The Rain and their last single released in 1973-4 Looking For A Good Time. Also, there is no inclusion of any material from Crossword Puzzle.
So the only reason to have this in your collection is for How Long Is Too Long. Otherwise choose the Definitive Collection or the New Very Best for hard to get stuff.