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Another great collection of mostly familiar songs
on 10 March 2010
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.