williedynamite | 05/09/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Avoid this cd like the plague! If you are like me, A johnny Hartman junkie. You may have heard him one the Bridges of Madison County CD or on the absolutely brilliant John coltrane/Johnny Hartman CD and loved those and wanted more. Please, I repeat please do not buy this CD. It looks like it's a bargain because it's two albums on one cd. It looks like a bargain becauase it's a little cheaper than some of his other cd's. DO NOT BUY IT ! What's wrong with this one. First of all the sound quality is awful. What we have here is a Cd that hisses and sounds low. Second the music, The music is awful. How they can have one of the most wonderful balladeers singing pop tunes raindrpos keep falling on my head and Betcha by golly wow is beyond me. It's ovious it was all about the money. There are dozens of other Johnny Hartman Cd's that are 1000 times better. Suggestions: Songs from the heart, For trane ans I just dropped by to say hello."
Not THAT Bad
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although this double album does have less then admirable sound quality, and although many of the tunes are poorly put together, it still remains not just a bargin, but a pleasure to hear and own. Listen to "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "If" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Sure, other Hartman discs are better, such as "Songs from the Heart", "(with) Coltrane" and "The Voice That Is", but never the less, this collection contains songs that are originally okay, and then made fantastic by Hartman's voice. Johnny can simply take anything and turn it into gold."