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Greatest Hits: Postcards From East Oceanside
Paula Cole
Greatest Hits: Postcards From East Oceanside
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1

GRAMMY-winner for Best New Artist in 1997, alt-rock singer-songwriter Paula Cole rose to stardom with her signature hit "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" from her 1996 Warner Bros. debut album This Fire. The acclaimed dis...  more »


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All Artists: Paula Cole
Title: Greatest Hits: Postcards From East Oceanside
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 6/20/2006
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227761622, 081227761660


Album Description
GRAMMY-winner for Best New Artist in 1997, alt-rock singer-songwriter Paula Cole rose to stardom with her signature hit "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" from her 1996 Warner Bros. debut album This Fire. The acclaimed disc also delivered "Me" and the smash "I Don?t Want To Wait," a song that amassed global fame as the theme to TV?s Dawson?s Creek. A key performer in the first Lilith Fair tour, Cole?s unique artistry deepened on 1999?s soulful alt-pop-skewed Amen, whose stand-outs include the title track and "I Believe In Love." All these and more favorites?plus 2 previously unreleased tracks "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours" and the title track "Postcards From East Oceanside" ?make this first-ever Paula Cole compilation an ideal way to explore her distinctive music.

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Compilation of one of the best pure voices in music...
A. G. Corwin | 06/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am not quite sure that three albums really qualifies anyone for a Greatest Hits album, but Paula Cole gets a pass simply for her amazing voice, which is one of my all time favorites. And it turns out she has almost enough excellent music to warrant it on this release, Greatest Hits: Postcards from East Oceanside. It's a nice return for Paula, who has pretty much left the commercial music scene and returned to New York City, to raise her daughter, teach yoga, and write music for herself. And more power to her for doing so.

The album contains her best work, the ghostly beautiful Hush Hush Hush, the jazzy Feelin' Love, the perfect single Where Have All The Cowboys Gone, and the Dawson track, I Don't Want To Wait. In addition to the 14 tracks culled from her three Warner Brothers albums, there are also two new tracks. Tomorrow I Will Be Yours is a standard midtempo elegant love song and Postcards from East Oceanside is a piano based song laced with orchestral strings, and some beautiful singing. The 16 tracks are pulled straight off the originals, it doesn't sound as if the tracks were remastered at all, but overall the sound quality is still good. This record is released by Warner Brothers, and since Paula left the label this was likely a release of her vault of music. So this album is in essence, her swan song as a commercial artist, even if the record wasn't her idea. At least we as fans can still enjoy it. This is an hour and eighteen minutes of pure Paula, and you know what, she still sounds great."
You don't have to wait anymore
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 03/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Berklee Music grad Paula Cole burst into the spotlight when her self-produced second album, "This Fire," asked the question "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" Much like Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," Paula observed the situation that her man was miring them in ("I will wash the dishes and you'll go have a beer") and ached to escape. With the advent of "Lilith Fair" artists (Paula was on the first of these tours), she became a standard bearer for women singing about women's issues.

"I Don't Want To Wait" was cut from the same cloth. By being chosen as the theme to the a teen drama on the nascent WB network, her ode to teenagers in puppy-love gave her another hit. She also went deeper with the ballad "Hush Hush Hush." Written as a conversation between a victim of AIDS and his father (sung beautifully by Peter Gabriel), Paula captures perfectly an emotional conflict. It was these songs and the "This Fire" album that brought Paula the best new artist Grammy in 1997.

Despite the fact that her middle album is her best album, she had releases on either side. Her debut, "Harbinger," contains as many great singles as "This Fire" did. The anthem "I Am So Ordinary" is a triumphant description of women trying to break out of their predetermined roles, and should have been a smash. That her first record label went out of business right after "Harbinger's" release is probably what prevented that. The follow-up to "This Fire," the more spiritually based "Amen" is a forthright confessional album that probably was too honest in the dawning of "Hit Me Baby One More Time" pop puff princesses. Paula was not about to make her career into that of a silly poptart and as "Amen" failed to meet the peaks of "This Fire," she quietly left the music scene. (Her appearance with Chis Botti notwithstanding.)

There are two new songs on "Postcards." The melancholy title track is just the kind of song that would have made a perfect teen-drama theme song, and "Tomorrow I Will be Yours" hearkens to the beauty of the songs on "This Fire." The real surprise, however, is the standard "Autumn Leaves." Rescued from "Midnight in The Garden Of Good and Evil" soundtrack obscurity, it is a perfect showcase for the richness of Paula's voice. It is enough for you to long for a full album of standards. Were it to be so. But with a mere three albums of material to pick from, "Postcards From East Oceanside" is a strong collection from a singer-songwriter who deserved a better fate. If you have Annie Lennox, Sara McLaughlin or Natalie Merchant in your collection, Paula Cole's greatest hits will fit in nicely.

Wonder still about me
Brandon Henslee | Texas! | 09/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wanna know for whom my love runs deeper than the holler, y'all? Paula Cole, a phenomenal talent that we have shamefully allowed to fall by the wayside. You remember her, yes? Driving the Lilith Fair pace car, she exploded onto the scene not quite ten years ago with a bizarro smash called "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" that ended up winning her a Best New Artist Grammy. In `99, she followed up with Amen, a deeply introspective record that confounded critics, turned off radio programmers -- who by that time were already enraptured by Britney -- and completely failed to connect with all her fairweather fans, who just shrugged and wondered where all the "Cowboys" went. Humbled by her enormously public failure, Cole pretty much fell off the face of the Earth, and except for a handful of one-off collaborations -- a duet with Dolly Parton for 2001's Sweet November soundtrack, and an uncommonly elegant reading of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do" for Chris Botti's 2004 breakthrough set When I Fall in Love -- she hasn't been heard from since.

All that's changed now. In June, Warner Brothers released a greatest hits collection, Postcards from East Oceanside, which rounds up all the usual suspects ("Cowboys" of course, as well as "I Don't Want to Wait" and "I Believe in Love," and Cole's original take on "Hush, Hush, Hush" that Annie Lennox forever staked her claim on last year) and includes two new songs: the unremarkable title track, and the deceptively devastating "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours," which covers the same territory -- doomed teenage puppy love -- as a million tunes before it, and seems at first listen to be a fairly peppy, upbeat pop piece. Listen closer: few before Cole (and virtually nobody since) have been as good as she at cultivating the from-the-gut, for-the-gut quasi-wail that is her vocal trademark, and by the time she reaches the obligatory "wonder / if you wonder / still about me" line in the final verse, her voice has hit all points in the spectrum and has taken along for the ride your heart, peacefully enough to fill it and plaintively enough to break it."