As with several of their earlier double CD's, this collection mixes new recordings with tracks they've previously recorded. Here, about half the tracks are new recordings and most of them are on the first CD. The theme this time is loosely defined, as some of the songs sold a million in America, some sold a million in Britain and some ... did they really sell a million? OK, I accept that if total world sales were a million or more, inclusion here is justified, but I was most surprised that they included Crystal chandeliers. This is a very popular song among country music fans in Britain, Australia and elsewhere - but not America, where its success was limited to say the least. I love the song, and Foster and Allen do a fine cover of it, but no comments are provided, so I am left to wonder how the song qualifies for this compilation, although I'd be very pleased if it does.
I have absolutely no doubt that the vast majority of tracks not only qualified for this set, but did so with ease. The set opens with You'll never walk alone, originally from Carousel, but covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers and adopted by both Celtic and Liverpool football clubs as their anthem. Foster and Allen do a fine cover of this song but my favorite version of this song is the one by Tammy Wynette. That opener sets a high standard that is maintained, for the most part, all the way through to the cling cover of the Seekers classic The carnival is over. In between, there are plenty of pop classics interspersed with a few country and folk songs.
Whereas previous double CD's by Foster and Allen have avoided duplicating tracks already included on earlier double CD's, I spotted that this one includes Unchained melody and Good luck charm. Both of them previously appeared on Sing the Number 1's, while several other tracks here previously appeared on Foster & Allen Sing The 60's. Fans may also have some of the other previously released tracks, as I do. Still, I don't mind too much as I knew that if they were going to keep putting out 40-track doubles, duplication would occur eventually.
Fans of Foster and Allen will enjoy this compilation, of course. Being typical of their style and breaking no new ground, it won't attract them to a wider audience, but they have such a massive fan base that they don't need to worry about that. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.
I always have a penchant for this duo and was not sorry I purchased this latest double album by them.It has a wide range of MILLION SELLERS from "IL SILENZIO" to "FROM A JACK TO A KING", all gems in their own right, and a must for all their fans.Go get it without any further delay.
I found this cd to be very good and entertaining . It was so nice to hear many of the songs that I had given up hope of every hearing again ,such as ," You raise me up ","Candle in the wind" and "Deck of cards".To name but a few on this excellant buy .Ican thoughly recommend this cd to any one who is interested in songs of yesterday.
my nephew who has Downs Syndrone loved his new record of the Foster and Allen. my second CD of this record was a gift to a lady who is blind and 90 yrs old. It gave her great pleasure to hear the new and old songs by Foster and Allen