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on 12 November 2011
You're probably aware of shameless record company greed but this is ridiculous. This is not the 'very best' of Anthony Newley. Not the 'best' or even the okay. It is in fact the second reissue of the worst studio album he ever made ("Too Much Woman"), able to be cunningly passed off as a "best of" because it contained some rotten re-recordings of his most famous songs. One glance at the selectively familiar track-list and the unsuspecting Sunday shopper may be leaving the supermarket with something that will shortly be sharing black plastic bag space with a tuna tin.
Begrudgingly, I do have to say that if you're already aware of Newley's genius and have a twisted interest in the truly awful, then this issue is the one to own as it's the only edition to include some passable bonus tracks. Two from his studio cast recording of "Fiddler on the Roof" and four from a rare minor-stars-sing-Broadway budget album. Unlike the woeful "Too Much Woman", these feature a big orchestra and Newley warbling with a grin as cheesy as his bow-tie and flowered lapel. Of course, that fascinating grin was always on the edge of a pained grimace.