- 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)
The Ultimate Collection (Deluxe Version) Special Limited Edition
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a veruy good collection - ina double album a couple of lesser tracks are ok, on balance this is great and I think has the whole of the Stages album in it which is why i bought itPublished 16 months ago by MWH
not had the whole story before , some excellent tracks and wanted Bilitis foe ever , a beautiful song, excellent price and service tooPublished 19 months ago by Anthony Ince