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An excellent cd of great songs from a great singer !
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most people probably recognize Anita Bryant more for her 1970's orange juice commercials on t.v. and for her outspokenness on the subject of gay rights, but most folks who know Anita for only those two things are really missing out on Anita's great voice. Anita had several hits in the early 1960's-"Paper Roses", "Till There Was You", "My Little Corner of the World", etc. Those are 3 fine songs and Anita's versions are the best. Also here are standouts such as "Pretty Lies", "The World of Lonely People", "Cold, Cold Winter" "The Unopened Letter" and the plum silly "Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed". Then there's the lovely "The Wedding ( La Novia)" and "Step by Step, Little by Little". Anita Bryant had a great voice like Patsy Cline, and like Patsy recorded some darn good songs! This is a great cd. it wolud have benefited from the inclusion of a few more songs. Anita 's music is romantic and swings!"
I may not like her politics but boy, I love her music
Wilfredo C. Derequito | Dhahran, Saudi Arabia | 01/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this album, Anita Bryant takes us back to the days when life was simpler and songs were still meant to be sung. What better way to celebrate and trek back to that golden age than through her songs. Paper Roses, My Little Corner of the World, The Wedding, Pretty Lies, The Unopened Letter...these are just some of the gems awaiting the listeners.
Unfortunately for Anita Bryant, looks like as an artist, she's being judged - and crucified - not for her music but for her politics! And it's just plain unfair.
It appears quite obvious that many reviewers give Anita Bryant negative ratings not because her performance is mediocre or falls short of their expectation but rather because, well, they disagree with her political beliefs! Jeez, where does it say in the U.S. Constitution, or in the constitution of any other nation on earth for that matter, that an artist must be politically correct before she could be considered a good artist?
If an artist must always be on good behavior before she could truly be appreciated as an artist, then Ludwig van Beethoven, sour, choleric and insufferable that he was, should not even have merited a second's attention in the music world.
I consider myself a liberal and I just strongly disagree with Ms. Bryant's politics which borders on bigotry no matter how I look at it. But, hey, do I have to be in agreement with her political leanings before I could start appreciating her as an artist? I just don't see the connection. I surely would hate it if, say, Barbra Streisand, an artist I so greatly admire - and whose politics I agree with, by the way - is given bad ratings by reviewers from the conservative right simply because of her liberal political leaning. Why, that would be Anita Bryant's case in reverse!
If we allow our biases to affect our judgment as reviewers, it's an easy bet that our ratings will always either be one-star or five-star, determined solely by the rater's politics - rather than by the music's effect on him as listener - which would be truly bad. Besides, suppose we rate an artist based on her politics, where goes our rating if we agree with her about certain political points but disagree on some other points? More importantly, by negatively rating her artistic performance based on her exhibited bigotry, aren't we as raters in effect revealing our own bigotry as well?
Let's cool it a bit, folks. How about if we just separate Anita Bryant's politics from her music and instead just focus on her artistic merits or lack of it? Surely an artist's political leaning and her artistic performance are two different things. Or aren't they?"
A Good Sample Of Anita's Work
austinjeep | Austin, TX USA | 10/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This release is really Columbia's "Anita Bryant's Greatest Hits" with the last two tracks added on. Strangely, they chose not to include "Wonderland By Night" which would have made a clean sweep of Anita's Gold records (the other 3, Paper Roses, 'Till There Was You, and In My Little Corner Of The World are all here). Anita had more of her chart hits before signing with Columbia, and the afformentioned 3 tracks all came from her tenure with the small R & B label, Carlton Records. Columbia bought the rights to these when she switched labels in 1961. I believe "The World Of Lonely People" (1964) was her last pop chart hit. "God Bless America" is glaringly out of place in this collection -- It was recorded some years later, though she did record the song in 1963 which might have blended a little better with these tracks. Most of this album is from singles released on Columbia (released for the first time in album form on "Greatest Hits") in 1962. If the producers of this comp wanted to show her versatility, they might have at least given us one of her trademark show stoppers, "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" or "Battle Hymn Of The Republic."
However, "Greatest Hits" has always been my favorite album of Anita's, and it comes through here clear and strong.
I am a great fan of Anita, the Glamour Queen, and I truly enjoyed her first 3 gospel albums for Columbia, but Anita, the psychotic religious zealot is another story entirely! Great voice: twisted mind."