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Gems From Down Under.
on 10 February 2015
I, like many, probably only remember New World for their three U.K. hits. But, having listened to some of their material online recently, I was drawn to purchase this collection. It contains their single releases between 1970 and 1976 and as has been said elsewhere, some of the material is available on other albums. Here though, the singles are all together.
I am not a sound expert, but i have to say the audio quality does seem a bit poor in places. This may be because of the conversion from analogue tapes into digital, and the fact that those tapes are more than likely over 40 odd years old. Certainly on the first track, I'll Catch The Sun, you notice the quality issues, especially at the beginning of the song. That said, it is nice to have this material on compact disc.
I am not going to do a track by track comment, not least because it would take forever. But it is worth noting that two songs, which were much bigger hits in the U.K. by other artists are on here. Track 3, Rose Garden, was a monster hit for American country singer Lyn Anderson. And I am sure many will not realise that the new World version actually reached number 15. The other track, many will know as a song sung by Smokie, is track 7, Living Next Door To Alice. New World did not chart in the U.K. with this, probably because it was slightly more folk orientated that the later version from Smokie.
This is a nice album and introduces those who missed out on them, to their gentle folk sound.