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Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
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Summer of '72
Tony James | Canadarocks | 12/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Known as Raymond Edward O'Sullivan to his mother, Gilbert O'Sullivan had one of those careers that gave us a number of memorable hits but unfortunately flamed out when all of his songs started to sound the same. The exception was "Alone Again (Naturally)". It was just one of those songs that grabbed you when you first heard it. It even takes on more meaning over thirty years later when those of us that were around when it was released have lived a lot more of life and can reflect on the song's meaning even better. The other semi memorable little ditties would include "Out of the Question, Clair and Get Down".These are all good little tunes for a trip down memory lane."
The Best One Disc Compilation of the Man That's Out There!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 01/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino has once again managed to release an excellent best of compilation. Not only are the 20 tracks here great value for money, they represent the best that Gilbert O'Sullivan has ever done and each track has been mastered brilliantly for a great sound. Amazon yet again has made an error on the track listing as "Christmas Song" although a great song is not on this album but the duet with Peggy Lee, "Can't Think Straight" is.
Gilbert O'Sullivan represents that quirkey, talented, individual who can write great melodies and tongue-in-cheek lyrics that make you smile and even laugh at yourself as you empathise with the characters in his lyrics. I'm sure many of us can at one time or another identify with the individual described in "Alone Again, Naturally" for instance or even thought about the stuff on "Matrimony" while not actually acting upon them and yet nonetheless, having sympathy with the people involved in the lyrics.
All the great ones are here, from "Alone Again..." to "Claire" to "What's in a Kiss" to "Get Down." No weak tracks to talk about as you marvel at the great melodies and lyrics that this guy's able to put together track after track after track. I never get tired of listening to this guy and if you are looking for the best one-disc compilation of Gilbert that's out there, this one is it. Very highly recommended!"
All the singles, plus What's In A Kiss
Paul D. Rasmussen Jr. | Pittsburgh PA, United States | 07/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Collectors rejoice! This CD, unlike some compilations, includes all of O'Sullivan's Top 40 charted songs. The bonus is getting "What's In A Kiss", released by Arista (if memory serves) in the early 80's. Another one of those songs that coulda, woulda, shoulda been bigger."