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Good, but not perfect
on 12 July 2013
As other reviewers have posted, this is quite a good selection of answer songs. In fact I much prefer this to Bear Family's answer CD collections from some years ago. However it suffers from 2 songs included here -
Firstly, Carole King's 'Oh Neil' is mastered TOO SLOW. The original recording timed out at 2:05 - on here it runs for a sluggish 2:10. This faulty version first appeared on a bootleg Carole King compilation on the Marginal label in the early 90s, and unfortunately it's been used as a source by a number of grey area CDs ever since. I have the original 45, as well as Bear Family's reissue of the song on their Neil Sedaka box set which runs at the correct 2:05 speed.
The second error concerns Johnny Tillotson's 'Poetry In Motion'. This is not the hit version, but an unissued alt take which first appeared on a Tillotson 30 track CD issued by Ace UK in the 90s. It's easily distinguished from the hit version by the line "for all the world to see" at 1:15 into the song. The hit version (which is also more polished than this take), uses the words "a-swaying gracefully" in that spot. Ace later corrected their error by issuing the correct version in their London-American series.
Those errors aside, this is an excellent collection of answer songs. There are a few personal favorites of mine missing, however value-wise and sound-wise, it doesn't get much better.