Note-able Ditties

HOLLANDThe Beach Boys – Reprise/Brother Records K54008

One of pop music’s most durable groups are The Beach Boys. In recent years they have had their ups and downs, but they still emerge as one of the most universally appealing bands in the history of rock and roll. Pet Sounds is obviously their masterpiece, but if Holland is anything to go by, they will be making dazzling recordings for some time to come.

The most magical aspect of The Beach Boys is their ability to clearly convey the images they conjure up. You not only hear their music — you also feel it, experiencing all the sensations and emotions condensed into their records. The enthusiasm, stories and messages expressed in their songs are at times naive, but usually never stray far from reality, whatever that happens to mean to you.

Their last album, Surf’s Up, re-activated their popularity and reputation as significant music makers and a discerning public gave them the attention only the truly creative and original should enjoy. Holland, keeps all the promises their previous recording made, of heralding the beginning of an exciting new Beach Boys era, and demonstrates why they will remain part of pop’s establishment.

Their music, as ever, is made up from the ingredients one expects from them. The surf influence is still there, the songs about California’s climate, beauty and freedom reappear as usual and the stunning production and arrangements joyfully continue to astound. The opening track, Sail On Sailor, is another Brian Wilson classic. It leads you straight into the essence of the album – the wondrous order of life and nature, never-ending but glimpsing searches for identity, and humanity’s surprise at finding out we are only human. Feelings of openness and distance spring to mind. The sound is familiar, making it easy to settle down comfortably on the right level of consciousness to enioy what is to follow. Dennis Wilson’s Steamboat does in fact. A lazy, drifting, but thoroughly pleasing composition, that is an ideal cut to come after the anthem-like opener

Next comes the three part song cycle California Saga, chiefly composed and conceived by Mike Love and partially by Alan Jardine. An ambitious attempt at unifying several themes, but the end result is not entirely successful, owing to too many obvious weaknesses.

Side two takes off with The Trader. The lyrics are amongst the best heard on the album. The arrangements and singing seem so effortless and simple, until you start examining what has gone into producing the song. The other highpoint on this side is Leaving This Town. A brilliant cut, hauntingly simple in its basic construction, but incorporating so many complexities it begs to be replayed over and over again.

The record is called Holland because that’s where it was recorded. The words and music though are still, as always, drenched in Californian symbolism and lifestyles. Assessing Holland as a complete entity, I am left with no doubt that it will become one of the most buyable albums of ’73.

As an added bonus you get a seven inch 33⅓ rpm disc as well. Brian Wilson is responsible for the fantasy that takes up both sides of the record. It is titled Mount Vernon And Fairway.

Described as ‘A Fairy Tale’, it tells the story of a magic transistor radio. Fun for children of all ages.


JOE SIMON’S GREATEST HITSMonument MNT 65419

Joe Simon’s Greatest Hits album should really have been called his ‘greatest hits so far.’ Perhaps he hasn’t broken through to a large audience in Great Britain yet, but he has had a string of successes in the States and is still producing hit parade material.

The only people to realise the extent of Joe Simon’s talent so far have been soul enthusiasts and the younger generation of our black population. They, at least, haven’t missed out on one of soul music’s most distinguished and sophisticated singers. Simon’s style takes in blues, jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues, and this combination of influences has enabled him to storm the US charts with songs such as The Chokin’ Kind, Message From Maria, Teenager’s Prayer and Hangin’ On, each of them destined to become contemporary soul classics.

Despite Joe Simon’s lack of recognition in this country, his Greatest Hits collection serves as an excellent introduction to a very special artist. It makes for ideal late-night listening too.

HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT – Gladys Knight and the Pips – Tamla Motown STML 11226

Unless Tamla Motown are planning further volumes of Gladys Knight’s ‘greatest hits’, this will probably be her last album on that label. She recently ended her long lasting relationship wjth Tamla to join Buddah records. It is a disappointment for the London staff of her former company, as Gladys has finally broken through to British record buyers with her version of Kris Kristofferson’s Help Me Make It Through The Night, the title track of this album. Quite deservedly so too, as Gladys adds much to this already beautiful song, turning it into an immensely moving and earthy epic about love and emotion.

This collection is not a new set of recordings, for it is comprised of some of the better material from her past albums. The title track comes from her latest, Standing Ovation, whilst the others range from 1967 through to 1970. A fair proportion of the cuts are on her Greatest Hits package, so make sure you are not doubling up on too many tracks before laying out your cash for this full price record. There is a total of fourteen tracks, most of them perfect examples of Gladys Knight’s exceptionally soulful and funky range. Worth mentioning are Look Of Love, Letter Full Of Tears, It Should Have Been Me, and what for me is the best version of Smokey Robinson’s The Tracks Of My Tears.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITEElvis Presley – DPS 2040

Elvis Presley seems to be churning out ‘live’ albums the way he used to bring out those mediocre to bad movies a few years ago. This latest offering was recorded at a concert in Hawaii and contains a selection of some of his best known material, with a few ‘standards’ and contemporary hit songs to fill out the programme.

The concert commences with the pretentious use of the opening passage from Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’) to announce Elvis’s arrival on stage. He starts by rushing his middle-aged spread through an up-tempo version of See See Rider, then moves on to Burning Love, one of the best new songs Elvis includes in his current repertoire. As I said earlier, the rest of the songs can be sub-divided into two categories, golden oldies and new and old ‘standards’, the former always coming off the best, except for the extended version of Suspicious Minds.

This two-record set is modestly priced at £3.19 and is guaranteed to keep the hordes of Presley fans around the world happy, although it is unlikely to turn on younger generations and those who were only turned on by Elvis’s vintage ‘rockers’.

LEADERS OF THE PACKVarious Artists — Buddah 2318078.

Leaders of the Pack is a re-issue of a 99p budget compilation album released a couple of years ago. This time around it is full price, but it does contain four extra tracks. Most of the cuts were hit singles and originate from 1969 and 1970. They were recorded by groups mainly based in New York.

There are sixteen tracks on the record, three of them from the Shangri-Las, including Leader of the Pack and Remember (Walking In The Sand). They are not the original versions though, as I suspect is the case with The Token’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Of the other cuts, two are the best songs put out by the Dixie Cups. These are People Say and Chapel of Love. The latter has recently been covered by the rising New York ‘superstar’ Bette Midler. There are tracks from 1910 Fruitgum Co., (Simon Says), a couple from Lou Christie and two excellent contributions from Tommy James & The Shondells (Mirage and I Think We’re Alone Now). Obscure groups such as the Jelly Beans, the Ad-Libs, San Fransisco’s legendary, but now sadly vanished Sopwith Camel, are also represented, along with the Tradewinds (Mind Excursion) who complete the line-up of artistes.

Leaders of the Pack is an interesting, amusing album, especially for connoisseurs of pop music. My major complaint about it is the rather inflated price and the absence of any sleeve notes, which would have made this package of nostalgia a far more attractive investment.

THE MOTOWN SOUND (Volume One)Various Artists – Tamla Motown – STML 11217

The Motown Sound (Vol. 1) is a collection of lesser known Tamla Motown recordings, most of them being unavailable in the UK before or else unobtainable owing to the companies policy of quickly deleting the majority of singles they issue.

The album is an essential buy for avid collectors of Motown and soul disco music enthusiasts. Amongst the fourteen tracks are songs by the Marvelettes, The Originals, The Miracles, Terry Johnson, and the Lollipops.

Although I try my hardest to disagree with self-congratulatory cover notes on album sleeves, I find I must accept that Motown’s sound is one of the most distinctive, creative and enjoyable ever produced by an independent record company. This album, despite the relative obscurity of many of the artists and songs, is a worthwhile attempt to clarify Motown’s unique position in the recording industry.

THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVERay Charles – Probe SPB 1066

Ray Charles’s latest album, Through The Eyes Of Love, comes over as being rather pleasantly quaint. To start with the record’s cover reminds me of the jackets 10” LP’s used to come wrapped in. It portrays a pair of black shades on a violet velvety background, with the title and credits in camp, exaggerated serif type face. The musical content takes me back too, conjuring up memories of his ‘Modern Sounds In Country & Western’ ventures of a few years ago. That era, if your memory stretches back that far, produced such classics as I Can’t Stop Loving You, You Don’t Know Me and Georgia On My Mind.

If the slightly old-fashioned and restrained presentation of the material he uses doesn’t immediately make you lose interest, you may find that the combination of the highly romantic lyrics and sweeping strings is relaxing and entertainingly diverting. Charles’ decision to sing a selection of sophisticated/soulful ballads and modern love songs shows an exquisite, mature taste, and he interprets each number in his own inimitable way. Included are versions of George Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me, Paul Williams’ delightful A Perfect Love, a very sexy If You Wouldn’t Be My Lady and Tony Joe White’s Rainy Night In Georgia. Apparently Georgia is still on his mind.

Through the Eyes Of Love is very much a retrospective offering from Ray Charles, but it is likely to appeal to both old and new admirers of the man who more or less is responsible for the word ‘soul’ having the musical connotations it now possesses.

ODYSSEYMowest MWS 7002

Odyssey are a new band from America’s West Coast, and this is their initial album outing. The group is comprised of seven guys and one lady. Whilst the record as a whole is neither remarkable nor unpleasant, it does include one very exciting track entitled Georgia Song which hopefully is to be released soon as a single. This cut possesses all the ingredients a hit single should; a strong melody, perfect balance between instruments and voices, danceability and easy to catch, meaningful words.

Giving a plug to a forthcoming single is perhaps not the best way of reviewing an album, but compared to the rest of the material, Georgia Song is a masterpiece in a collection of easy listening mediocrity. But on the strength of this one number, I look forward to hearing future releases by this better than average middle-of-the-road band.

TROUBLE MANMarvin Gaye – Tamla Motown STML 11225.

Trouble Man is not the enthusiastically awaited follow up to Marvin Gaye’s classic album What’s Going On. It is the soundtrack to a movie of the same name and almost entirely consists of instrumentals, featuring only one song by Mr Gaye. But don’t let that put you off as this is a very ambitious piece of work.

The film from which the music is taken, features a predominantly black cast, and to venture a guess at its plot, it looks as if it is in the same vein as the ‘Superfly/Shaft’ movies that have preceeded it. The film is not scheduled for release yet, so I’ll have to wait until then to see if my assumptions are correct or not. Unlike the soundtracks of the movies mentioned, it is not comprised of contemporary soul sounds, but reflects the various devlopments in black music, and with the help of various arrangers and superb Motown engineering, it is a most adventurous extension of Marvin Gaye’s already considerable talents. Without wishing to get into comparisons, Trouble Man occasionally reminds me of Miles Davis’s earlier compositions, such as his ‘Sketches of Spain’ and ’Porgy & Bess’ recordings. Special credit should also be given to Trevor Lawrence, whose solo work on alto, tenor and baritone sax is featured throughout.

Trouble Man is not an easy album to immediately come to terms with, but it is well worth persevering with if modern music is more than just a background noise to you.

I REMEMBER BUDDY HOLLYBobby Vee – Sunset SLS 50318

Another recent re-issue is I Remember Buddy Holly, first released ten years ago. It was recorded by Bobby Vee at the height of his career and was a tribute to the singer who was his great idol as well as the main influence on his work.

All twelve tracks included are songs made famous by Buddy Holly, and Bobby Vee’s interpretation of them is remarkably original to the originals, as is the support from the harmony group and back-up musicians heard on record. Amongst the Holly classics revived on the recording are That’ll Be The Day, It’s So Easy, Oh Boy, Think It Over and Maybe Baby.

I’m not sure who will be attracted to this album despite its being reasonably priced at 99p. Nostalgia fiends like me perhaps, but I can’t see it reaching the ears or anyone who isn’t either a kitchy Bobby Vee fanatic or still an ardent Buddy Holly fan.

Denis Lemon

ALONE & TOGETHERSalena Jones – RCA SF8335.

For lovers of the melancholic, smooth and sophisticated, this latest offering from Salena Jones is an essential part of a record collection. She glides her way through some of the finest arrangements I have ever heard of such classics as Bewitched and End of a Love Affair by way of Everything I have and I’ll Be Around.

It is seldom that one finds an album which contains no redundant tracks — no fillers but this is one without any doubt at all. Whilst without doubt some of the credit for this must go to RCA, it is largely a result of the efforts of Miss Jones – don’t believe me – go and buy the record and see for yourself.

Peter Mundy

JESUS WAS A CAPRICORNKris Kristofferson — Monument Records – MNT 65391

The essentially downbeat American mood singer, Kristofferson sings about the downs, the drugs, the ugliness and isolation of the cities and the pain of living in a horrific, hostile world in songs like Sugar Man. He is one of the new group of singers and actors, Jack Nicholson, is another, who through their roughness, their cynicism, their absolute pessimism, express the dull twang of pessimism in our souls.

This new album carries on where ‘Cisco Pike’ left off, with more mood numbers like It Sure Was Love, Enough For You, Give it Time To Be Tender, all executed in that unmistakeable Kristofferson style.

David Seligman

JACQUES BRELBarclay/RCA 80740

I congratulate RCA’s initiative in releasing this selection of Jacques Brel’s best known songs. They have new arrangements and the sensitive touch of Gerard Jouannest on piano provides the best possible accompaniment for the eleven tracks. Brel’s greatly matured voice is very moving and warm, maybe more so than ten years ago, when he first recorded these songs. You will enjoy the particularly vivid emotion of Ne Me Quitte Pas, the gentle nostalgia of Les Prenoms de Paris, and the stirring melody of Quand On N’a Que L’Amour, which are amongst the best of these all-time song/poems. I personally regret the absence of Amsterdam, and it is a pity that a few of Brel’s more recent compositions are not included, but they could constitute a pleasant sequel to this album.

Anyway, it’s a very good sample of Brel’s lyricism. Listen to a very alive European poet, and be seduced.

Jean-Claude Thevenin

Between The Grooves

SUNDOWN LADY – Lani Hall – A&M AMLS64359

One of the most pleasing records I have heard recently has been Sundown Lady by Lani Hall. It is this lady’s first solo outing, but you may find her voice familiar as she was lead singer with Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 for a number of years. (At present she is a ‘close friend’ of Herb Alpert.)

Now that she is starting a solo career, she manages to exhibit far more tenderness and maturity than was evident in the past. The choice of songs for this initial venture (an important matter for a first effort and also difficult if the majority of material being used is from other writers) is superb. Her capabilities, which are by no means limited, are especially suited to what she has chosen to sing here.

The album opens with Lesley Duncan’s Love Song. A very good beginning. Then follows Tiny Dancer by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. If you are not converted by these first two tracks, then one of Cat Stevens’ better songs, How Can I Tell You is next. And how beautifully she performs it. Also included are Don McLean’s Vincent, and an unaccompanied version of Paul Simon’s very lovely Wherever I May Find Her. Particularly of note too is Sun Down from which the album gets its title. This is written by Willis Alan Ramsey, a little-known but superb songwriter and musician. The rest of the material is as strong as that already mentioned.

Lani has a gentle, smokey, expressive voice. Completely relaxing and undemanding of the listener. Perfect for the quiet hours.

I highly recommend Lani Hall to you. The moods created, the sensitive singing and the sympathetic arrangements all combine to form a great addition to quality, intelligent but popular, music and entertainment.

DIANA ROSS GREATEST HITS – Tamla Motown STMA 8006

A must for Diana Ross addicts is her newly issued Greatest Hits compilation. It contains all of her hit singles, plus some of the best tracks from past albums. The twelve tracks selected make for very good value, and the inclusion of the full six minute version of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is an added bonus.

There isn’t much to say about Diana Ross that hasn’t been said before. The freedom of now being a solo artist has meant the range of her talents has been vastly extended.And always the fully orches trated backings and faultless production are in perfect harmony with the songs and Diana’s singing.

This is a great collection by a great artist. It’s handy to replace those worn out singles and Remember Me and I’m Still Waiting will stand out as two of the best pop songs in recent years.

GRASS ROOTS — Dillard and Clarke – The Flying Burrito Brothers — A&M AMLB 51038

Grass Roots is a very interesting collection of material by two of the finest country/rock bands that have been around in recent years. They are the Flying Burrito Brothers and Dillard and Clarke. Both groups have now sadly gone their separate ways, but this record comes as an excellent reminder of their strength and achievements. And at the low price of 99p it is remarkably good value.

Each band has taken one side of the record. The material included is a selection of some of the better tracks from their past albums. Of note are Dillard and Clarke’s Don’t Come Rollin and their version of the Everly Brothers hit, So Sad, whilst the Flying Burrito’s are at their best on Dark End Of The Street and Cody Cody. All told there are eleven tracks, all of them perfect examples of what happened when rock musicians returned to their country roots.

An important reissue, this, and an essential buy for those who have an interest in the development of rock and roll.

IN SEARCH OF AMELIA EARHART – Plainsong – Elektra K42120

Plainsong are very much a neo-folk band, who occasionally stray into country music. And the sound they end up with is a very agreeable mixture that is both easy listening and relaxingly rewarding. In Search of Amelia Earhart is their initial album release, and is, for a first outing, both entertaining and competent, if not a particularly exciting effort.

The title of the record comes from the famous woman aviator who was believed lost whilst attempting a flight around the world in 1937. Recent newspaper stories, which are repeated on a printed insert that comes with the record, offer other ‘possibilities/probabilities’ of what happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator. Two tracks refer to this heroine of the air and her disappearance. Of the other songs, those written by Ian Matthews, are handled extremely well, whilst the rest are never less than pleasant

Plainsong will sell well to folk enthusiasts and are good enough to attract other ears.

LOOKIN’ THROUGH THE WINDOWS – The Jackson Five – Tamla Motown STML 11214

Coming fairly quickly after their recently released Greatest Hits collection, is a new Jackson Five album.

Apart from the tracks which have already been single hits, there is a very good cross-section of other songs.The inclusion of Jackson Browne’s Doctor My Eyes is a particularly good choice, and their performance of this beautiful song is excellent. Also a version of Roy (Professor Longhair) Byrd’s classic Little Bitty Pretty One is a great success.

With each album the Jackson’s release they become more proficient, which in turn means more enjoyable, quality pop entertainment for us. These kids are really going to be something by the time they all reach their twenties, if they are still working together.

THERE IT IS — James Brown — Polydor 2391033

One of the most powerful and successful black men in America has just unleashed another album to keep ‘frenetic soulsters’ and discotheque people up and moving on their feet. For the ‘king of soul’, James Brown, has a new release, full of his tight, uptown brand of funk. There’s no stopping this guy, he keeps on bringing out hit after hit and in quantities to make any record company executive leap with joy. In the States he’s never out of the charts, although in this country he doesn’t receive the same amount of attention, and certainly does not get the fanatical adoration his North American fans lay upon him. But his records sell consistently well here and each new cut released is a must for every club and disco.

The basic format of a Brown album is the latest batch of single smashes he’s had. For instance, There It Is and Greedy Man are both included. Then there’s a few new tracks to fill the record out. Of these Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing and I Need Help are the most outstanding and contain all the vibrating magic that Brown can instil into them. King Heroin and Public Enemy No 1 are both heavily anti-hard drugs and are the type of ‘message to society’ songs Brown is fond of experimenting with now and again. Hopefully they will reach the ears of those involved in that form of chemical self-destruction.

There It Is isn’t really meant to be analysed. It’s for dancing and grooving to, and on that level the album’s achievements are admirable.

ON STAGE – Richie Havens — Polydor 2659015 (2 record set)

Richie Havens has been around now for a number of years, and despite being a confirmed favourite at festivals and the like (also one of the ‘heroes’ of Woodstock) has never managed to catch the imagination of the majority of the record buying public. A slightly puzzling situation considering his talents, but one that also applies to many other excellent, original artists who find great difficulty in breaking through to a mass audience.

This new release, a double album, is made up of recordings from three ‘live’ concerts and contains many of the numbers Havens is well-known for. Plus there are a few new songs that haven’t appeared on his previous waxings. These include Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey and Bob Seeger’s immortal Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Amongst the old favourites are Freedom, Just Like A Woman, and Rocky Racoon.

On Stage captures the essence of Havens’ performances very well, but I’m afraid that its appeal will mostly be to the already converted, and stands little chance of reaching many new ears. But if you feel like taking the trouble to discover a most satisfying entertainer, this could well be a perfect introduction to a lot of rewarding musical experiences.

PLIGHT OF THE REDMAN – Xit – Rare Earth SREA 4002

Plight of the Redman is an explicitly biting album from a new Red Indian rock band called Xit. It is divided into two ‘phases’, each of which takes up one side of the record.

‘Phase 1’ describes Indian life before the coming of the white man, in what was then a vast, sprawling, unspoilt continent. ‘Phase 2’ is more intense and is concerned with the rape of the Indian people through countless atrocities, committed by the ‘invaders’. The last track is spoken condemnation of the ‘immigrants’ who destroyed the redman’s tribes, stole their lands, and humiliated them almost out of existence. The words are direct and simple and are filled with anger and frustration. At times they sound very pretentious, but, for me, the sincerity and truthfulness of the statements compensates adequately.

Musically the band are extremely proficient. Side two, which comprises exciting, extended pieces, and reaches two thrilling, rhythmic climaxes, is the most rewarding. The production and arrangements are also of a high standard.

Xit have produced a fine first album, and promise better things to cnme with subsequent releases. More experience should remove the limitations they saddle themselves with, in the form of repetitiveness and over stagey lyrics.

TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER – Dave Cousins – A&M AMLS68118

Dave Cousins is lead singer and songwriter with the Strawbs, who with their last album, Grave New World, managed to achieve the success and popularity they had sought for some time. Two Weeks Last Summer is Cousins’ first venture solo, and to Stawbs fans it will come as a very welcome release.

Cousins has a soft, folky voice, and whilst never losing sight of his folk roots, is not afraid to experiment and to make use of all a modern 16-track studio has to offer. Thus we have an album that attempts to go further than The Strawbs have gone with their recordings, through the occasional use of electronic effects and the often bizarre songs. All the compositions incidentally, are written by Cousins. Also there are some very tasteful lead guitar breaks amidst the songs.

It all works very well, and as I said earlier, is sure to delight Strawbs devotees. Two Weeks Last Summer is also different and inspired enough to attract a lot more attention from people previously unreceptive to that group’s work.

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“Greatest Hits” — Simon & Garfunkel — CBS 69003

05-197208xx-9Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits album is a fine memorial to a great duo who over the last six or seven years have produced some of the best and most pleasing popular music. It is a pity that they have finally decided to split up, although Paul Simon has already released a promising solo album. S & G’s musical roots are in folk but with the passing of time and with the gaining of experience and production knowledge they have moved into the less limiting world of rock, and in the last year or so have been into what could be called ‘symphonic’ rock. But without losing sight of the simplicity and directness of folk music.

And as they have progressed, so has their following grown. But without them having to sacrifice their ideas and experiments to please this wider audience. In other words, they are one of the few acts to incorporate the wide spectrum of musical styles available and at the same time have been able to bridge the gap between peoples peculiar likes and dislikes.

Now-a-days, S & G are usually put down by the hipper-than-thou trendies, who seemingly need a new ‘superstar’ to worship every few weeks, and not artists who get better as they develop their talents. Not for them anymore is the singing duo who once only used to turn them on, for now S&G manage to communicate to Mums abd Dads, ‘squares’ and ‘straights’, skinheads and greasers, and all the other social groups that aren’t in the seventh heaven of hip-dom. And that’s a shame for them because they have missed out on much good music and words; words that are more than just romantic sentiments and are valid, realistic comments and descriptions of the emotional states that are part of us all.

Simon & Garfunkel songs like Bridge Over Troubled Water and America are very much anthems of the times we live in. The two people in the latter song are looking for America – for an identity, and aren’t we all looking so very hard for something, something that this materialistic, automated world is unable to provide. And with a song like Bridge Over Troubled Water, there aren’t many people who, in a serious loving relationship with another, couldn’t have applied the words in the song to themselves.

If you have S & G’s other albums, you may find it unnecessary to get this album, although ‘live’ versions of some of their hit singles are included here, but without them losing any of the power of the studio recorded versions.

Also, despite their age, songs like The Sound of Silence and I Am A Rock still sound as convincing as ever, for me the imagery of The Sound of Silence is even more provocative and intriguing than it was before. Personally, I miss the non-inclusion of At The Zoo and Baby Driver, but all the other hits and well-known songs are there.

Greatest Hits albums quite often don’t make it because the songs are out of context from the original way they were presented, or time doesn’t allow songs from different periods in an artists career to jell well together. But with this album none of these problems arise. If you don’t know S & G’s earlier material this album is a good way of getting to hear it, and if you feel like rediscovering past favourites this is an ideal medium to do So. For me, this album will be regularly played for some time to come.