Great song selection
Candace Scott | Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA | 04/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's something of a cottage industry to bash Pat Boone and remind everyone he didn't write his own songs, he patterned himself after Bing Crosby and he "desecrated" rock classics like Ain't That a Shame. But I challenge these naysayers to really listen to this collection of Pat's greatest hits. Pat had a natural talent and an easy style which makes for great listening, even after 45 years. Of course he sounds like Bing Crosby, but what's wrong with that? Bing influenced an entire generation of male singers, including Sinatra, Como and Dean Martin. But Pat branched out and became a truly good rock n' roll singer. If you don't believe me, listen to Bernadine, which is an outstanding rocker, and Don't Forbid Me, which sounds so much like a Presley recording you'll do a double take.It's a shame that Pat Boone isn't played on oldies stations and is dismissed by rock's elite as something of a joke. I will guarantee you they haven't listened to these songs because they showcase an innate ability to casually croon and mightily entertain. My personal favorite here is Speedy Gonzalez, which is not politically correct anymore, but hilarious in its stereotypes and "inappropriate" humor. If you love Pat Boone, you'll love this disc no matter what. If you're not a Boone fan, you wouldn't be here in the first place. The sound quality of these remastered recordings is excellent, they sound even better than the original Dot releases. Enjoy Pat without feeling a twinge of guilt, I know I do!"