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  • Audio CD (18 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B000006X23
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Standing On The Inside
  2. Love Will Keep Us Together
  3. Solitaire
  4. The Other Side Of Me
  5. A Little Lovin
  6. Lonely Night (Angel Face)
  7. Brighton
  8. (I'm A Song) Sing Me
  9. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  10. Laughter In The Rain
  11. Cardboard California
  12. Bad Blood
  13. The Queen Of 1964
  14. The Hungry Years
  15. Betty Grable
  16. Beautiful You
  17. That's When The Music Takes Me
  18. Our Last Song Together

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The cover may seem naff but this inexpensive CD is indeed the best single-disc 70s compilation of Sedaka you can get, with no misleading rerecordings (the reinvention of Breaking Up ... is hardly that).

I've long had a sneaking affection for Sedaka, even though he teeters on the verge of mawkishness. Betty Grable has some toecurling lyrics (by longtime collaborator Howard Greenfield) - "I'd eat some jam and bread / And watch her overhead" - and a bit of a gear-crunching key change, but the poignancy of that insistent, childlike melody is everything. (Love to hear Philip Goodhand-Tate or Joe Cocker wrap their gravelly tonsils around that.)

Other songs, like Laughter in the Rain, can be simply charming in capturing a moment though Queen of 1964, outrageous rhymes and all ("conquer" with "Bianca"), is as cheerfully heartless about the fate of its protagonist as Manilow's Copacabana - though funnier. It's entirely fitting that Our Last Song Together, Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's tender farewell to a collaboration which began in the 50s, closes the set.

Now if only there were a decent 50s CD which did more than recycle the hits - for the moment the expensive Bear Family box set seems the only way to go ...
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2003
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Neil had more success as a songwriter than as a singer but he was a good singer too, as this collection of his seventies music shows.
Laughter in the rain is perhaps the most famous song here and it is typical of the kind of song that Neil was so good at – a bouncy pop song that seems lightweight but has something enduring about it. Another famous song here is Solitaire, which provided a hit for both the Carpenters and Andy Williams. It has also been covered by a lot of other singers and is surely the most-covered song of those here. Love will keep us together and Lonely night were both superbly covered by Captain and Tennille who took them both to number one in America, though they didn't do much in Britain. Breaking up is hard to do is a re-recording of one of Neil's sixties classics, taken at a much slower pace than his earlier version. Bad blood was an American number one hit for Neil.
Of the other songs, The other side of me, A little loving, Sing me, The hungry years, That's when the music takes me and Our last song together are all wonderful songs, some of which you've probably heard via covers even if you haven't heard the originals.
Special mention must be made of the song Betty Grable, a tribute to one of Hollywood's all-time greats written soon after she died, and The queen of 1964, a song with a story to tell. They may be among the more obscure songs here, but they are worth hearing.
There are many Neil Sedaka compilations on the market. Some cover his whole career while others focus on particular periods. As a collection of his seventies music, this is as good as you are likely to find.
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Minus points:
Only on playing this cd did I discover that 2 tracks - "Solitaire" and "That's When The Music Takes Me" - are not the original 1972 studio recordings. Both tracks are recorded "live" from, I believe, the 1974 London Festival Hall concert. There is no indication of this on the cd insert.
I was hoping the cd would be accompanied by a booklet containing, among other things, some detailed information about the recordings; but there is only an insert listing the track titles and composers.
The 18 tracks are unfortunately not in recording date order.
For these 3 reasons I have given 2 stars only.
Plus point:
Neil Sedaka wrote 4 and co-wrote the other 14 songs.
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There are many Sedaka compilations out there. This one does not mix and match his 60's and 70's work as it is totally a representation of his best Seventies songs. With the exception of the badly dated 'Queen of 1964' every track is a gem. His slow and tender 'jazzy' re-working of 'breaking up is hard to do' is an absolute treat to my ears. The superb lyrics are better absorbed too in this ballad style. 'Bad blood', 'the other side of me' 'beautiful you' and 'the hungry years' are my other favourites. 'The hungry years' is not only Neil's best song by far it represents the pinnacle of song craft.
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The mature Sedaka has much more subtlety than the early works, great though they were. This is an excellent companion to the "Best of" album which covers the early years with only one duplicated track.
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The best collection of Neil Sedakas greatest hits that Ive seen with a beautiful slow version of Breaking up is hard to do! They're all on here along with my all time favourite Sedaka track, The Hungry Years!
Other stand out tracks are Brighton, Betty Grable and The Other Side of Me and Laughter In The Rain.
Buy it, you won't regret it
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Can't go wrong with Neil Sedaka music really.....great stuff.
Again I have to mention about damaged CD casings the CD itself is fine, but the casing is cracked and scratched, also the CD was not cellophane wrapped, I thought all new CD's were wrapped in cellophane?
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I had this on vinyl in the 70's and the songs are as good as ever. From upbeat to poignant such as The Hungry Years and The Other Side Of Me. For any " child of the 70's" this is a must have!
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