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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars


on 13 December 2014
As no one at Amazon or their partners has bothered to write a track listing....
This CD has 24 Songs from the 'pop' repertoire of the early years of The King's Singers. Few are currently available to purchase new, some tracks particularly those from the 'Out of the Blue' and 'Keep on Changing' albums are almost impossible to find outside this later compilation release because these albums were never, ever, produced on CD. A great shame for those of us that grew up with this music.

1. Ding a Dong (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album)
2. The Windmills of your Mind (Originally released in the 1972 Collection album, their 2nd album)
3. I'm a Train (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album)
4. The Fool on the Hill (Originally released in the 1974 Out of the Blue album)
5. Java Jive (Originally released in the 1976 Swing album)
6. Widdicombe Fair (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album)
7. Life on Mars (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
8. A Horse with No Name (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
9. She's Leaving Home (Originally released in the 1972 Collection album)
10. Morning Has Broken (Originally released in the 1972 Collection album)
11. Bye Bye Blues (Originally released in the 1976 Swing album)
12. Song and Dance Man (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
13. It Don't Mean a Thing (Medley) (Originally released in the 1976 Swing album)
14. Building a Wall (Originally released in the 1972 Collection album)
15. There are Bad Times Just Around the Corner (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album)
16. Bring Me The Sun Again (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
17. God Bless Joanna (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
18. Strawberry Fields Forever (Originally released in the 1978 Tempus Fugit album)
19. Sweet Gingerbread Man (Originally released in the 1974 Out of the Blue album)
20. After the Goldrush (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album
21. For the Peace of All Mankind (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album)
22. The Jimmy Brown Song (Originally released in the 1975 Lollipops album)
23. Pantomime (Originally released in the 1975 Keep on Changing album) - very rare & excellent
24. A Taste of Honey (Originally released in the 1972 Collection album)

If you like this type of music can I recommend that you also have a listen to music from groups 'Rajaton' and 'Pentatonix', more modern, but well worth your consideration.
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on 16 September 2012
I grew up listening to my dads LPS of the Kings Singers and had the Privilege of seeing them in the 70's in Manchester.

Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, where the group was formed by six choral scholars in 1968. However, the group that I grew up listening to were formed late 1969 and lasted until 1978. This group comprised of Nigel Perrin (countertenor 1), Alastair Hume (countertenor 2), Alastair Thompson (tenor), Anthony Holt (baritone 1/tenor 2) (actually from Christ Church, Oxford, rather than King's), Simon Carrington (baritone 2) and Brian Kay (bass)

This CD has a superb collection of songs from Fool on the Hill, Life on Mars, A Horse with no Name to God Bless Joanna. The Kings Singers introduced me to these tunes at a very young age (I was born in '65).

I am a Rock girl at heart and love nothing better than listening to Metallica, AC/DC, Whitesnake etc but I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed singing along with all the tracks on the CD, all 24 of them.

The King's Singers are still around with a different line up - I can't comment on them - but this line up was very special and I look forward to finding more CD's of their recordings.
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on 22 July 2017
I wanted a representative selection from the Kings Singers from the "original" days, and this wonderful CD fits the bill perfectly, as well as being at a modest price (although the postage was somewhat expensive, costing as much as the CD). There are a lot of Kings Singers CDs and Vinyl records listed, many at overly high prices in my view, but this particular CD stood out.
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on 23 June 2013
Delighted with the CD. It contained several of the tracks that I had on 12 inch LPs so now I can listen and sing along in the car. As ever, I love the arrangements having sung some of them with a small group some years ago. The condition of the CD, although a used one, was excellent so, all in all, a very good buy.
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on 1 April 2017
CD quality good, but most of the tracks have music from different instruments backing up the singers. To me this ruins their pure a capella sound that they are famous for, and adds a tacky effect. But I am sure there are fans that like this sort of thing!
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on 25 April 2013
The King's Singers are of course famous for their unique harmonising arrangements which make even oft heard songs sound wonderfully different.
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on 28 December 2006
We have loved this album for 30 years. We are so pleased it has been released on CD. It was originally part of a very small collection of gramophone records, and is now one of hundreds of CDs, but it is one we keep playing and playing.

The singing is flawless, the songs are wonderful and the arrangements are very clever. What more could you want?

It includes The Kings' Singers theme song, "What Kind of Things (do the Kings' Singers sing?)" which is a humorous description of the variety in their music and in their vocal ranges.

Other highlights are:

Summertime, which is quite close to the original sheet music, carefully arranged for 6 voices.

The folk song Scarborough Fair adheres quite closely to the Simon and Garfunkel arrangement, whereas The Oak and the Ash and Blow Away the Morning Dew are special creations for the group by Gordon Langford.

Time Was and The Green Leaves of Summer show the group's ability to create a wonderful mood through slow, soulful singing.

Highly recommended. Timeless music.
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on 27 November 2000
This is my 4th incarnation of this recording (original LP, reissued LP, CD re-release, and now this). The liner notes include a nice write-up by Brian Kay, the KS original bass. Get this and listen to it, and immediately follow it with a listening of the k's latest, "fire~water". You will be stunned by the growth!
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on 7 May 2004
This is an album of truly empathic music, very beautiful, very varied, haunting. The a cappela voices of these classical cambridge boys applied to the great anthems of pop are delightful in the extreme; their takes on beatles classics and the way they mix and match makes for very enjoyable listening. one of those albums one plays so often one ends up singing along.
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on 6 February 2017
I was told circa 1990 that, "the King's Singers have been around a long time, you know". Yes indeed, since 1970, although I gather that none of the original (King's Cambridge) contingent remain. But dated though they may be, the songs on this album are good and sung beautifully. The CD is a fairly short one, and ties in well with the amount of time we spend on our afternoon game of Scrabble.
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