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The Ultimate Collection (Deluxe Version) Special Limited Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 May 2014)
  • Special Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00JPFJDHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Cry For Me Argentina (1978 Version) [From "Evita"]
  2. Memory (1981 UK Single) [From "Cats"]
  3. Ave Maria
  4. I Don't Know How To Love Him (From "Jesus Christ Superstar")
  5. What I Did For Love (From "A Chorus Line")
  6. One Night Only (From "Dream Girls")
  7. Sometimes (From the film "Champions")
  8. Unchained Melody (From the film "Unchained")
  9. I Know Him So Well (Duet with Barbara Dickson) [1984 Single] [From "Chess"]
  10. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  11. For You
  12. La Vie En Rose (From "Piaf")
  13. I Dreamed A Dream (From "Les Miserables") (Live)
  14. As If We Never Said Goodbye (From "Sunset Boulevard")
  15. With One Look (From "Sunset Boulevard")
  16. The Prayer (Duet with Barry Manilow)
  17. I'm Still Here (From "Follies")
  18. It's Raining On Prom Night (1983 Outtake from Stages) [From "Grease"]
  19. What A Feeling (Ted Carfrae Mix - 1984 Outtake from Cinema) [From "Flashdance"]
  20. Be On Your Own (Almighty Remix) [Radio Edit]

Disc: 2

  1. If You Don't Want My Love
  2. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
  3. Far Side Of The Bay
  4. Oh Major
  5. The Second Time (Theme From "Bilitis")
  6. My Knight In Black Leather
  7. Rocking
  8. Running Back For More (From "Blondel")
  9. Losing My Mind (From "Follies")
  10. Be On Your Own (From "Nine")
  11. Another Suitcase In Another Hall (From "Evita")
  12. The Windmills Of Your Mind (From the film "The Thomas Crown Affair")
  13. He's A Dream (From "Flashdance")
  14. Walking In The Air (From "The Snowman")
  15. On My Own (From "Les Miserables")
  16. All Things Considered
  17. A Winter's Tale
  18. Hymne A L'amour (If You Love Me) (From "Piaf")
  19. The Perfect Year
  20. It's Only Life (Duet With Sinead O'Connor)

Product description

Product Description

Elaine Paige is one of the UK’s most loved and distinctive musical voices. As well as starring in major stage shows around the world such as Evita, Cats, Grease, Chess and Follies, she has carved a successful recording career that has produced a number of platinum selling albums. Her incredible talent has rightly made her a national institution.

2014 marks Elaine’s 50th year in show business, and to commemorate this massive achievement Rhino are releasing The Ultimate Collection that gives a definitive look at her recorded work. The track list covers her successful musicals; ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ (Les Miserables), ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ (Evita), ‘I Know Him So Well’ (Chess), ‘Memory’ (Cats); and her gold and platinum selling albums ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ (Love Hurts), ‘The Prayer’ with Barry Manilow (Elaine Paige & Friends)

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I'm surprised by some of the negativity about this release. I'm actually over the moon to get 4 rare '80s singles on CD format for the very first time! Everything else is just a plus (the plus being all the hits, a club remix, unreleased songs and a whole lot of original A&B side singles on the bonus CD).

The rarities which makes this LTD edition so special are Paige's cover of Bette Milder's camp-tastic disco anthem "MY KNIGHT IN BLACK LEATHER", the sweet lullaby "ROCKING", the firey "HE'S A DREAM" and sorry Elaine but the very "B-side" B-side "OH MAJOR". But where are the others we wanted like "TAKE ME BACK", "UP SO HIGH" and "LIKE AN IMAGE PASSING BY"!? I'm ONLY marking this album down by one star as it's a bit pricey and I would have liked more rarities! I'm guessing however the reason we only have the four on the bonus CD is the compilation is a Warner Music release so they've stuck primarily to what they own/have!

There has never been a LIMITED EDITION release of any past EP album. So my verdict is it's a great concept -- lots of information and great songs contained here -- all remind us of the diverse recording career Elaine Paige has had over the last 5 DECADES -- full of chart successes and magical "Memories". After taking a trip with EP down her "Memory" lane I can understand why she can belt out with utter conviction the lyrics to "I'M STILL HERE"!

If you are a newbie Elaine Paige fan and are just looking for the "ULTIMATE" best of her best then I'd suggest you just buy the standard edition of The Ultimate Collection. This edition is for lets say the "hard-core" EP fans out there....who like me want all the unusual rare stuff!
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Elaine has a voice that is similar in many ways to Barbra Streisand's (and they have recorded a few of the same songs), but I enjoy listening to each of them. The first CD contains all the tracks that Elaine is most closely identified with, including Don't Cry For Me Argentina (because she was part of the original London cast recording of Evita, although her version was not released as a single) and I Know Him So Well (her UK #1 hit duet with Barbara Dickson) .

Elaine's most successful album of original recordings was Stages, which featured a dozen songs from stage musicals. Many of the tracks from Stages are to found somewhere in this double CD. She recorded many other songs from stage musicals and some of those are here too.

Elaine also recorded songs from movies, Christmas songs and mainstream pop songs. The second CD includes tracks that were originally released on vinyl singles but are making their CD debit here.

For those who want a smaller sample of her music, there is a single CD version, but even though UI already had a lot of this music, I'm very happy with this double CD.
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All the obvious hits are here but there are some hidden gems to-check out the duet with Sinead O'Connor -or Elaine's version of Rocking. The Second Time is one of her most beautiful songs and check out her version of Judie Tzuke's For You -a great introduction or for a die hard fan like myself a great way of picking some of Elaiine's rarer songs such as her version of Flashdance on Cd for the first time.
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Yes, most of the songs on here have been released before but not all on cd plus a few previously unreleased tracks which are worth the money alone.

The mixture of songs from EP's career really shows the versatility of her voice going right from the beginning through to Follies (a song only to be found on the Follies soundtrack until this cd).

There are omissions I would have loved on here but then I guess we all have our own favourite songs and it would be an extremely large bundle to include everything from such a career and mine will be different from everyone else so all in all this is superb.
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As this is suppose to be 'The Ultimate Collection' I expected much more. There could have been a box set with added DVD celebrating 50 years in the business?? Obviously hard core fans will buy it but for everyone else I suggest Elaine Paige Sweet Memories which has a far better selection of songs.

The artwork booklet is minimal and from the written word in the booklet it seems that Elaine Paige had very little to do with the CD itself. There has been a lot of social media hype over this CD and I was expecting much more than actually was delivered.

Also it seems to be extracting more money from fans as if you want yet more 'extras' you also have to purchase the digital download version.

Amazon are the best as they delivered the disc on time when preordered.
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going against the other reviews here, i really like this collection.
The Remixes sound great and are very different from what i have heard from Elaine in the past.
Overall a good collection, Great Delivery by Amazon as usual
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All I can say is WOW if you are like me and you love Jane McDonald, Barbra Streisand well you will definitely love Elaine Paige! Really nice chilling out music. I wanted the Deluxe because theees more songs on it so why not!
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Elaine Paige is such a fantastic singer and this Album Is worth Buying for any EP fans and i love this Album so much and it is worth buying and i am so please with it and i will use your Serivce again in the Frutrue
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