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30th Anniversary Collection: His All Time Greatest Hits


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Born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa into a tight-knit Canadian family, Paul Anka didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at Church and studied piano. He honed his writing skills with journalism courses, even working for a spell at the Ottawa Citizen. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers. He performed at every amateur night he could get to in ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Anka Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000334E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Diana
2. You Are My Destiny
3. Crazy Love
4. Let The Bells Keep Ringing
5. The Teen Commandments
6. (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings
7. Lonely Boy
8. Put Your Head On My Shoulder
9. It's Time To Cry
10. Puppy Love
11. My Home Town
12. Summer's Gone
13. Tonight My Love, Tonight
14. Dance On Little Girl
15. Love Me Warm And Tender
16. Eso Beso (That Kiss!)
17. Goodnight My Love
18. Jubilation
19. (You're) Having My Baby
20. One Man Woman/One Woman Man
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Editorial Reviews

The hits on this 24-track CD span almost two decades. His teen-idol smashes Diana; You Are My Destiny; Lonely Boy; Puppy Love; It's Time to Cry; Put Your Head on My Shoulder , and My Home Town join his '70s hits (You're) Having My Baby; I Don't Like to Sleep Alone; Times of Your Life , and more.

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I highly recommend this CD, especially for people who enjoy classic pop vocals.
Matthew G. Sherwin
I really love this collection, despite the fact that one of my favorite Anka songs is missing from it-"Do I Love You".
R. Sorrow
I bought this CD for the tunes 'Love Me Warm and Tender' and ' Goodnight My Love.'
John L Frigo

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Upon recommendations of several Amazon.com reviewers, I bought this Paul Anka 30th Anniversary Collection. I am listening to it right now. It is great to hear the early songs in their ABC Paramount original versions, rather than the RCA re-do's a few years later. Don Costa's orchestra is there in all its glory, conjuring up all my old teenage memories. (I was a small-town part-time disc jockey at the time and did a Paul Anka Birthday Show for two or three consecutive years.)
Of course, it is also good to hear the RCA originals and those from United Artists and the one from Buddah. Originals: That's the key.
Rhino Records has done an outstanding compilation job once again. As one reviewer suggested, now how about a 4-CD set by someone at sometime?
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is the only one I have seen which has the original hits, not re-created. A fine addition to my music collection.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the things that distinguished Paul Anka from the vast majority of his contemporaries was the fact that he wrote most of the songs he recorded. This was true both in his heyday in the late 1950's and early 1960's as well as during his improbable comeback in the 1970's. Paul Anka's "30th Anniversary
Collection" is truly a celebration of the man and his music. Anka's early recordings for ABC-Paramount truly captured the flavor of that era. Anyone who grew up during those years has a very special place in their hearts for such classics as "Put Your Head On My Shoulder", "Lonely Boy" and of course his 1957 summertime smash "Diana". His chart success continued pretty much uninterrupted until he departed ABC-Paramount late in 1961. Anka moved on to RCA records who had extremely high hopes for him. As often happens when artists switch labels, the move simply did not work out. Despite a couple of fairly big hits in 1962, Anka failed to distinguish himself for the remainder of the decade. A short stint at Buddah also proved unproductive.
Then in 1974, Anka re-emerged with a vengeance with an unlikely hit "You're Having My Baby". Much to everyones surprise, the tune became Anka's first number one song in 15 years. His new label, United Artists, promoted him heavily and Anka followed up with three more Top Ten tunes. Rhino has done a magnificent job in putting together a retrosepective of this very important artist. The disc includes 24 of his very best. Among my favorites are 1961's "Dance On Little Girl"
and his 1975 hit "Times of Your Life". You may recall that Kodak used this in it's commercials for quite some time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Growing up in the Ottawa area in the 1950s, one of my favourite haunts was Andy Anka's club across the river in Angers, Quebec and, from time to time, we'd see Paul there. We also played a bit of hockey against him during his Fisher Park high school days [he was a goaltender], and saw some of his earliest performances with a group called The Bobby Soxers at the Central Canada Exhibition around 1955/56.

His talent even then was apparent, and so it was no surprise when his very first record, I Confess b/w the oddly-titled Blau-Wildeveest Fontaine [a South African location in the novel Prestor John] received considerable airplay in the area. Released by Modern Records in 1956 it wasn't a national hit, but that and his renowned determination did serve to bring him to the attention of Don Costa and ABC-Paramount Records.

The first effort there was Diana, about his babysitter in Ottawa, and the rest, as they, was history. Diana herself capitalized on her new-found fame by opening the Diana Grill after the record shot to # 1 on both the Billboard Pop Top 100 and R&B charts in the summer of 1957.

His follow-up disc, I Love You, Baby. did not fare even remotely as well, reaching just # 97 that December. But then came You Are My Destiny [# 7 Top 100/# 14 R&B early in 1958] and, in short order, the double-sided hit Crazy Love [# 15] and its flip Let The Bells Keep Ringing [# 16] in June 1958.

From there to 1983 he would chalk up another 48 Pop Hot 100 singles, four of which would also cross over to the R&B charts [tracks 7, 8, 9, and 12], and from 1969 to 1984 some 20 would make the Adult Contemporary charts. He would do all that for seven different labels - ABC-Paramount, RCA Victor, Buddah, Fame, Epic, United Artists, and Columbia.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on March 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Paul Anka has writing some of the greatest songs ever.this set reflects that.Diana is still a classic as is My Way.a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ted Miller on March 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've order Paul Anka CD's previously and was disappointed to find out, after purchase, that some cuts were not original recordings. This one is all original and the songs bring me back to my high school days wnen folks danced close. Great Music!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on January 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This package covers Paul's career from his days as supremely confident teenager through the hitless gap in the 60's, his welcome reemergence in the 70s and forward. I recommend it but have to deduct a star for not including "A Steel Guitar and A Glass of Wine", a 1962 song rightfully included on his "Best" compilations. One of several other songs could have been sacrificed to include that distinct one; otherwise, this is a good compilation.
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