Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
imagination, love,respect and great value
on 25 January 2012
I remember saying in a review of another tribute album that i didn't see myself buying one honouring a real favourite artist of mine because as a fan I would always prefer the original and not be objective about the covers. Well, with this one, I have to set that opinion aside. I have been an enormous fan of this man for decades and have seen him many times. In recent times I have had to defend him from the comments of my wife, who calls him the "Hooly Hooly Man" because of his vocal style. This is an almost unqualified triumph. Many of the versions are fairly faithful to the original, but none is slavishly so, they all retain the stamp of the performer. Others are very different but these are always done with respect and ingenuity. For a double album containing many tracks by people that I'd not come across before I have to say that I'm completely won over, I think he would indeed have loved it. I actually borrowed it from my library, but after 1 listen and 1 viewing of the DVD (which increases the set's value no end) I went online and ordered it straight away. Even without the warm and sincere comments from everyone on the booklet and DVD, it was obvious that everyone was delighted and privileged to be asked to contribute from the sheer exuberance of the performances. The only track I can say is not a complete success is Couldn't Love You More, which suffers from the singer's weebly tone, which is sadly all too prevalent among female "stars" at the moment. If you love the man's work, you must at least investigate this. Bring an open mind.