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The Very Best of Melanie
The Very Best of Melanie
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Christian
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1998 compilation on the Camden label featuring 21 of the best tracks ever by this late '60s/ early '70s singer/ songwriter, including all five of her U.S. chart hits for the Buddah label: the #1 smash 'Brand New Key', the ...  more »


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All Artists: Melanie
Title: The Very Best of Melanie
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor Europe
Release Date: 4/19/1999
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Christian
Styles: Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Oldies, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 766484348228, 632427903727, 743215585022


Album Description
1998 compilation on the Camden label featuring 21 of the best tracks ever by this late '60s/ early '70s singer/ songwriter, including all five of her U.S. chart hits for the Buddah label: the #1 smash 'Brand New Key', the top 10 'Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)', 'Peace Will Come (According To My Plan)', 'The Nickel Song' and Melanie's unique rendition of the Rolling Stones' 'Ruby Tuesday'.

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The very best of, played by heart and soul. Lovely | Nijverdal, the Netherlands | 02/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best of the best. The very special "Lay down", hardly to find on CD in this way. The long track, over 7 minutes. The whole CD is one of the best "Best of.." ever. And, for this time, the story of Melanie is correct.Kees."
Melodic Pop & Moving Folk
Pieter | Johannesburg | 03/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although she emerged from the folk/singer-songwriter boom of the Woodstock generation, Melanie's music has always had more of a pop edge to it. This excellent collection includes most of her hits - with the exception of Bitter Bad - and the cream of her popular album tracks. It kicks off with the novelty song (and her biggest hit) Brand New Key, followed by her soulful and moving version of Ruby Tuesday which alone is worth the price of the album. Her interpretation of Mr Tambourine Man is unique and delectable too; she never fails to elegantly make the songs of her others her own (Lay Lady Lay and Carolina On My Mind). Her own compositions are catchy and intelligent, like Nickel Song or poetic and perceptive, like Beautiful People. The only serious omission in my opinion is the song Ring The Living Bell Shine The Living Light, but otherwise this album is comprehensive enough. Somehow Melanie represents the essence of the 60s folkie, although this album demonstrates her pop prowess too."
Folk-pop singer-songwriter of the early seventies
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 03/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Born Melanie Sagfa but only using her first name for her music, Melanie burst on the music scene in 1969. In 1970, she had top ten hits in Britain and America with different songs - Ruby Tuesday, a Rolling Stones cover, in Britain, Lay down (Candles in the rain) in America.

Melanie's biggest hit, Brand new key, was a top five UK hit and a number one American hit. Sometimes dismissed as a novelty song, it became even more of a novelty song when the Wurzels wrote their own lyrics to it and released it (with Melanie's permission) as Combine harvester (Brand new key) - it topped the UK charts in 1976. Of course, you have to look elsewhere if you want Combine harvester - it's not here.

The New Seekers also liked to record Melanie's songs. Rival versions of What have they done to my song Ma both became minor UK hits, with Melanie doing slightly better than the New Seekers, who also covered Nickel song and Beautiful people.

While Melanie wrote plenty of original material, she also liked to record a few covers. Apart from Ruby Tuesday, this collection includes Melanie's versions of Lay lady lay and Mr Tambourine man, both written by Bob Dylan although the latter was popularised by the Byrds.

Melanie has a very distinctive voice that does not appeal to everybody although I love it. If you enjoy the folk-pop singer-songwriters of the early seventies, you will enjoy Melanie's music providing you like her voice. There have been plenty of Melanie compilations released down the years but this one is as good as any."