Greatest Hits CD (2004)

Artist: Neil Sedaka

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Label MSI Computer
SKU 60432095
UPC 743217738129
UPC 14 00743217738129
Format CD
Release Date 5/18/2004
Author Neil Sedaka
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection-70's
Compilation Appearance 60s Rockers
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits Of The 60s
Compilation Appearance Real 50's:big Beat
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2:April
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade Part 3:Septem
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 3
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:pt3 Sept-dec
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt3 Sep
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits:1962
Compilation Appearance 1960 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 1
Compilation Appearance 1960 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 3
Compilation Appearance 1959 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Compilation Appearance 1959 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 1
Compilation Appearance Bridges
Compilation Appearance Sixties Classics
Compilation Appearance Nippers Greatest Hits:50s Vol 1
Compilation Appearance Golden Memories
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits 1961
Compilation Appearance Jewish Songbook:heart And Humor Of A
Compilation Appearance Engelbert Calling
Compilation Appearance Engelbert Calling
Technical Info
CatalogID 74321773812
Lable Name Camden
Released 07/31/2000
Original Release 1962
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00743217738129
Album Notes and Credits
This 25-track greatest hits collection by American singer and songwriter Neil Sedaka includes "One Way Ticket," "Calender Girl," and "Oh Carol."
Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits from 1962 -- containing the pop singer's material from the late '50s/early '60s -- is not to be confused with the 1976 Rocket Records compilation Neil Sedaka's Greatest Hits, though the two 12-song single discs from different decades make an almost comprehensive collection of his 21 Top 40 recordings, as well as pretty good bookends. You won't find "Where the Boys Are," his big Connie Francis hit, here, though Sedaka does belt that one out live,
which brings our attention to the downside of this otherwise fine roundup of songs composed with lyricist Howie Greenfield. The first ten songs to make the grade from 1958-1962 are here, including the double-sided "You Mean Everything to Me" and "Run Samson Run," Top 20 and Top 30
showings, respectively, that are about as effective as "Sweet Little You" and "King of Clowns," not up there with the best of Sedaka. The amazing thing about the material, though, is seeing the proficiency the team of Greenfield and Sedaka attained, and that progress is easy to follow. "The Diary" hit when the singer was 19 years of age in December of 1958, four months after Little Anthony took "Tears on My Pillow" Top Five. The influence of one song on the other is obvious; the composers emulated the music they heard on the radio while developing their own voices. The success of "Calendar Girl" in 1960 and "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" in 1961 have the charts rewarding the pair as their craftsmanship evolved. Did their "Stairway to Heaven" inspire the more famous Led Zeppelin song? It probably did -- Page and Plant were always in the market for a good title to lift; they have Rosie & the Originals to thank for influencing their sole hit of 1973, "D'yer Mak'er." This record is more influential than it has been given credit for; the culmination of Sedaka and Greenfield's efforts resulted in their finest moments here, "Next Door to an Angel" and "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." Both are exciting pop songs that remain irresistible and exhilarating decades after they were recorded. Rather than start things chronologically with "The Diary," Nevins-Kirshner smartly open up the album with "Next Door to an Angel" and kick off the flip with "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." Maurice Seymour's four snapshots of Sedaka on the original issue of this disc range from high-school yearbook-type photographs to the look of a soon-to-be crooner, and if a picture's really worth a thousand words they explain why Sedaka still doesn't get the attention a Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin or Jeff Barry sometimes receives from the underground, that hipness that eluded Sedaka despite the blessings of Elton John in the next decade and the fact that this original is second only to Neil Diamond in popularity of male Brill Building stars. Yes, there are the obligatory tacky liner notes from a mysterious "Carol" (teasing that maybe Carole King scribbled the silliness) and, as mentioned, filler that the Connie Francis hits "Stupid Cupid" (August of 1958, four months before Sedaka's first hit on his own) or "Where the Boys Are" could have cured. LaVern Baker's R&B "I Waited Too Long" in June of 1959 is proof of how hip this artist really was at a very early age. Its inclusion here would be preferable to "King of Clowns," but those were the '60s -- and it doesn't take away from the fun that does exist in these grooves. ~ Joe Viglione
Disc 1
1 Diary
2 I Go Ape
3 Oh Carol
4 One Way Ticket
5 Girl For Me
6 Goin Home to Mary Lou
7 Stairway to Heaven
8 You Mean Everything to Me
9 Run Samson Run
10 Calendar Girl
11 Little Devil
12 Sweet Little You
13 Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
14 King of Clowns
15 Breaking up Is Hard to Do
16 Next Door to an Angel
17 Alice in Wonderland
18 Let's Go Steady Again
19 Dreamer
20 Bad Girl
21 Sunny
22 World Through a Tear
23 Answer to My Prayer
24 Beautiful You
25 That's When the Music Takes Me

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