Ralph Quirino | Keswick, Ontario Canada | 05/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was tough growing up as a kid in the seventies and loving bands like Charlie, Tarney-Spencer Band, Pablo Cruise, Sad Cafe, even Hall & Oates. Too often, their lite-rock nature was derided by critics...remember, Zep and The Who ruled the roost back in '77. Charlie weren't a particularly amazing band. But they did know how to write catchy pop with bright edges, varied instrumental accompaniment and savvy hooks. This best of is a good starting point. It includes the band's better known material over the entire course of its career. Their best album, NO SECOND CHANCE is also available on Renaissance (it's a two-CD set with the band's next-best album, LINES). I've always compared them to Lindsey Buckingham's Fleetwood Mac-styled songs, especially on cuts like "Turning To You". Fans, of course, will bemoan the omission of some of their faves from the running order here. But for most of us who never heard of them and have a love for mid-seventies pop, this anthology is both recommended and welcome."
What happened to LA DREAMER?
S. Fogt | SIDNEY, OHIO United States | 05/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"HOW CAN YOU HAVE THE BEST OF CHARLIE WITH OUT LA DREAMER?"